Author Archives: James Godde

Italy Again

I woke up at 3:30 am, according to my watch that I had set in the plane. I knew right away that I wouldn’t be able to go back to sleep, so I got out my computer and worked on … Continue reading

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Leaving Japan

I woke up at 6 am, as usual, and helped Trudy with the rest of the packing. We woke the kids up at 8, and Kiyoe came by about 20 minutes later. She needed to pick up the keys to … Continue reading

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Cleaning Up

I hurried to catch the 8:00 bus for the first time in a long time, knowing that it would be my best opportunity to say goodbye to my fellow foreigners who usually rode that bus. Sure enough, Peter, the Slovakian, … Continue reading

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Speaking Engagement

I needed to close out our bank accounts, so I left with Brennan and took the monorail to Senri Chuo. I had gone a little early, since I had realized that I actually had no idea where our bank was … Continue reading

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Parting Gifts

Instead of going to work first thing in the morning, I instead walked to Brennan’s school with him to pay for his final month of lunches there. Normally, they did an automatic withdrawal from a bank account that we had … Continue reading

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Final Meeting

I went in to work wanting to accomplish one more thing: to characterize what the fraction of chromosome that did not precipitate in the presence of magnesium consisted of. I had not had time to pursue this before leaving for … Continue reading

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Church’s Farewell

We got up and left for church like usual, arriving around 11 am. Ric, a Filipino man who would be returning to his country in January, gave the message. He gave an emotional sermon about making it through some difficult … Continue reading

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The Talk

I woke up early and left the house by 7:30, before the rest of the family was awake. I took the train in to Yokohama once again and headed over to the convention center, this time going into the tall … Continue reading

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Disney Sea

We got up early and arrived at Disney Sea right when it was opening at 9 am. Upon my return to Tokyo, I had planned from the beginning to visit Disneyland, which I had not yet seen, but had then … Continue reading

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One Final Shrine

I had promised the family another “down day”, which was just as well, since it was raining when we woke up. I grew restless, however, as the morning wore on and wanted to get out of the house, rain or … Continue reading

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