Monday, July 03, 2006

Scrubbed! But I Found Christmas

The STS-121 Space Shuttle launch was scrubbed yesterday and rescheduled to launch tomorrow. Although it would be pretty cool to be at the launch for a Fourth of July lift-off, don't think I can make the LONG drive again. Oh, well. There's another launch scheduled in August.
I did, however, get to see Christmas, Florida. I've always heard of it, but really didn't realize it's located on the very eastern edge of Orange County on Hwy. 50. Cattle roam rather than reindeer. Streets are named "St. Nicholas," "Cupid," and "Blitzen." A Christmas tree is decorated year-round and garland and lights drip off the homes of some of the residents. Ft. Christmas was erected during the Seminole War on December 25, 1837. The fort is on display at the county-run historical site, along with other buildings from that era.

My Fall 2004 Trip to Japan

Wonder HOW I was able to live in Japan for a month through Rotary International's Group Study Exchange program? Read the story here.

Speaking of Japan, the stories I contributed to an upcoming guidebook should be out by the end of the year. Visit Celeste Heiter, the editor's blog, about Asian cooking and film (and see the chopsticks I sent her earlier in June - from Philadelphia's Chinatown).