Kyoto to Ohio, Summer 2016 Edition
Mt. Fuji under the rising sun 富士山 from 77km away and 5½km above (48 miles away and 3½ miles above) -- Japan -- Copyright 2016 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/ -- This photo is licensed to the public under the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International License http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/4.0/ (non-commercial use is freely allowed if proper attribution is given, including a link back to this page on http://regex.info/ when used online)
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Mt. Fuji
under the rising sun
富士山
from 77km away and 5½km above (48 miles away and 3½ miles above)

I traveled again yesterday from Japan to Ohio (Kyoto → Osaka → Tokyo → Chicago → Cleveland → Rootstown) to spend some time with my folks, especially since my mom had a stroke earlier in the year. I wanted Anthony to see the property I grew on one more time, so he came along for this trip.

I don't like having to pop up to Tokyo for the transpacific flight, but that hour-long flight from Osaka to Tokyo always holds the promise of a nice Mt. Fuji view, so that's something to look forward to. Mt. Fuji isn't quite so pretty during the summer, as without the cone it's just a big dark cinder cone (This bland shot with snow is not looking so bad now.), but Mt. Fuji is Mt. Fuji.

desktop background image of Mt. Fuji from an ANA flight 50 miles away -- Smart Marketing Airline name on the inside of the winglet puts the name in all the out-the-window photos -- Kamo District -- Matsuzaki-cho, Shizuoka, Japan -- Copyright 2016 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/ -- This photo is licensed to the public under the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International License http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/4.0/ (non-commercial use is freely allowed if proper attribution is given, including a link back to this page on http://regex.info/ when used online)
Nikon D4 + Nikkor 24-70mm f/2.8 @ 32mm — 1/640 sec, f/8, ISO 100 — map & image datanearby photos
Smart Marketing
Airline name on the inside of the winglet
puts the name in all the out-the-window photos
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It's a Big World this picture was taken 48km (30 miles) from where the first was -- Kamo-gun -- Kamo-gun, Shizuoka, Japan -- Copyright 2016 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/ -- This photo is licensed to the public under the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International License http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/4.0/ (non-commercial use is freely allowed if proper attribution is given, including a link back to this page on http://regex.info/ when used online)
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It's a Big World
this picture was taken 48km (30 miles) from where the first was
Jason impromptu portrait while waiting to exit my flight at Cleveland Hopkins International Airport -- Cleveland, Ohio, United States -- Copyright 2016 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
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Friendly Skies Personified
impromptu portrait with United Airlines flight-attendant Jason
while waiting to exit my flight at Cleveland Hopkins International Airport

Our flight from Chicago to Cleveland was on United Airlines, and one of the flight attendants had the most amazing smile permanently affixed to his face. Whether standing back to observe while people boarded, or while helping people board, or while doing the safety presentation, or while passing out drinks and snacks, this smile just radiated at 11 the whole time.

I sat at the back of the plane, so I could watch for a long while as he passed out a packet of snacks and a napkin to each passenger, working his way forward. Each time he passed something out, the smile made you feel that it was the highlight of his day. It was really quite amazing to watch.

The whole time I watched, the smile wavered only twice, each time suddenly blooming into an even more dazzling display, though one touched with a hint of embarrassment; I could tell that he must have just been complimented on his smile.

It really brought a lovely glow to the short flight, one that I appreciated all the more in my jet-lagged zombie state, though it made me wonder why I can't manage that kind of smile for even the 1/60th of a second for a photo. Sigh.

Once we pulled up to the gate, I knew it would take a while before people would clear out enough for me to actually exit, so what the heck, I went to the back galley to ask him for a portrait. I mentioned that he must get complimented on his smile all the time, and he got this well, actually... look on his face and said that he didn't, but had been complimented twice on this flight. I smiled to myself and thought called it!.

He kindly agreed to a portrait, and I spent a few seconds trying to take it as he stood, but the back galley of a 737 isn't the best place for a portrait and the lighting was really bad. I didn't want to take any more of his time than I already was, so I quickly adjusted his position to one side of the galley where the light was a bit smoother, and a few seconds later I had the photo above.

I took the time to get his employee number so that I could pass along this sentiment to United directly, and his email so that I could send a copy of the photo, and by then the ground crew were coming in the back entrance, so I left him to his work.

Still Waiting to Exit I've got time for another dozen portraits... -- Cleveland Hopkins International Airport -- Cleveland, Ohio, United States -- Copyright 2016 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
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Still Waiting to Exit
I've got time for another dozen portraits...

Dad picked us up at the airport, and we stopped by to see Mom, who was looking great. Jetlag shooed us home quickly, though, and we both slept through the night pretty well.

In the morning I took Anthony up to where I went to high school to borrow the soccer goals...

Corner-Kick Practice aiming for the cone in the upper corner Rootstown High School, Rootstown Ohio -- Rootstown, Ohio, USA -- Copyright 2016 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
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Corner-Kick Practice
aiming for the cone in the upper corner
Rootstown High School, Rootstown Ohio
Close Enough -- Rootstown High School -- Rootstown, Ohio, USA -- Copyright 2016 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
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Close Enough

Anthony asked whether they had these goals here when I went to school, and I had to answer truthfully that I had no idea... I never paid attention to soccer or any sport when I was in school. He couldn't comprehend the idea, which silently pleased me to no end.


All 4 comments so far, oldest first...

Tell Anthony no. That was the marching band practice field when we were in school. I am almost sure there was no official soccer program at least into the early 90s.

— comment by Marcina on July 28th, 2016 at 4:01am JST (11 months ago) comment permalink

Actually, it looks like varsity soccer is even newer then we thought – the first team looks to have been 2014. They had a darn good golf team back in our day, though!

— comment by Marcina on July 28th, 2016 at 4:06am JST (11 months ago) comment permalink

I came looking for recommendations on writing my first lightroom plugin, and stopped for the pics of mt. Fuji and the portrait of the flight attendant. As a frequent traveler, I know how much abuse/indifference the airline crew have to endure, so as a follow passenger thanks for treating a smile so well. I hope United passed the image on to him.

Cheers,
Bryn
Portland, OR.

— comment by bryn on July 30th, 2016 at 10:13am JST (10 months, 29 days ago) comment permalink

Jason Roche, my best former colleague in Qatar Airways.
He has been in the airlines for decades with full energy and enthusiasm.
He has always given us a warm smile with full respect.

I could really say for both of you to have always safe onward journey.
Miss ya, Jason! x

— comment by Jonghoon Kim on August 3rd, 2016 at 11:27am JST (10 months, 25 days ago) comment permalink
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