And now for this year's top ten list of marvelous experiences:
10 Murphy's law works just fine in Japan.
9 Saying hello to other foreigners who try to ignore you on the street.
8 Swearing at people on the street without any reprisals.
7 Getting a guided tour at a fancy furniture store.
6 Understanding 70% of simple conversations.
5 Being able to use appropriate responses in conversations.
4 Riding the Shinkansen.
3 Ordering pizza from the web.
2 Dragging a 50 pound bag across 3 continents and two oceans.
1 Spending time with my dad in the ole' country.