When I woke up this morning, my eyeballs felt like desiccated husks swarming with fire ants. Compounding the issue was the fact that “morning”, in this case, was 3:37 a.m. Following a series of travel-related delays, we didn’t end up checking into our hotel until 9:00 p.m. local time. After grabbing a quick meal, showering, and trying unsuccessfully to get a wireless connection in my hotel room, I turned in for the night a little after 11:00 p.m. – which was a little after 6:00 a.m. Vancouver time, meaning I’d been up for approximately 24 hours. Following an early start to my day, I was greeted this morning by my very first earthquake (apparently there have been three successive shakes today). It was a weirdly disorienting experience. Even though it was more of a sway than a shake, I felt off-balance, as if I’d “caught a touch of the vapors” as they used to say in the old days. Akemi shouted “Earthquake!”. I stepped out of the bathroom and insisted it was impossible. I was sure I’d checked off the “no earthquakes” box when I checked in yesterday.
Anyway, here I sit in the business centre, updating today’s entry. In an hour, I’ll be meeting my friend Keiko and heading out to Le Salon de Chocolat over at the Shinjuku Isetan. Good times, but I miss my Tokyo wingman, Ivon Bartok. Star Bar won’t be the same without him.
Thank you again to everyone who has left comments and touched base with me re: Maximus. I do read all the comments, once when I moderate them and later at night, and truly appreciate your taking the time to write.
I leave you today with some travel photos:
Speaking of my comic book series, Dark Matter, I did an interview with Bloody Disgusting over here: http://www.bloody-disgusting.com/news/comics/1870
And the awesome Garry Brown makes the Best Covers of January list for his work on Dark Matter #1: http://www.comicsalliance.com/2012/01/26/best-covers-ever-this-month-january-2012/