Last week I went to Narita Airport in Tokyo and took a 5,000 mile 10 hour flight to San Diego where I spent the week on Camp Pendleton getting some excellent training and certification. The best part was that I got to shoot up to Long Beach to catch up with friends and family.
California is a beautiful place. Very different from Japan. Louder, faster, ruder, and a lot dirtier. Yet I still find it charming. Nothing beats driving 100 mph down The 5 freeway with the sun setting over the Pacific at your side.
On the flight back I devoured a slew of short stories and two crime novels. Don Winslow’s The Dawn Patrol and Jo Nesbo’s Nemesis. Once I kick this lingering jet lag I’m going to sit down and write reviews for both. But for now I’m catching up with Japan and working on final edits for my latest short story.