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Sigh, Lost All Email For the Last Day
Japanese Gargoyle of Email Destruction at a craftman's workshop in Otsu, Japan ( email troubles have been part of Japan's cultural lore for centuries ) -- Minobe Onigawara Workshop (美濃邉鬼瓦工房) -- Otsu, Shiga, Japan -- Copyright 2014 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Nikon D4 + Nikkor 24-70mm f/2.8 @ 38mm — 1/80 sec, f/4.5, ISO 1600 — map & image datanearby photos
Japanese Gargoyle of Email Destruction
at a craftman's workshop in Otsu, Japan
( email troubles have been part of Japan's cultural lore for centuries )

I've used Emacs as my primary email client since about 1982, and for the first time in those 30+ years it inexplicably deleted my entire queue of unread mail (about 1,400 messages) when I tried to load the last day's worth of new mail this morning. Doh!

The thought of losing 1,400 messages awaiting my attention was both frightening and liberating. Sadly, I keep good automatic backups (in this case with Crashplan), so I was able to recover my mail queue as it stood a few hours ago.

As I mentioned yesterday, I've not been too attentive to email lately so hadn't even tried to load new mail for about the last day, so anything sent to me in the last day or so is lost. Sorry.

Most people who send me email don't read my blog so I suppose this won't do any good, but if you've sent something in the last day or so, please resend.

(The huge gargoyle seen above is the kind that normally adorns a temple roof's peak, such as the one seen in the following photos.)

Shoju Raijoji Temple (聖衆来迎寺) Otsu, Japan -- Shoju Raijoji Temple (聖衆来迎寺) -- Otsu, Shiga, Japan -- Copyright 2014 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Nikon D4 + Nikkor 24-70mm f/2.8 @ 24mm — 1/320 sec, f/2.8, ISO 100 — map & image datanearby photos
Shoju Raijoji Temple (聖衆来迎寺)
Otsu, Japan
Gargoyle Detail -- Shoju Raijoji Temple (聖衆来迎寺) -- Otsu, Shiga, Japan -- Copyright 2014 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Nikon D4 + Voigtländer 125mm f/2.5 — 1/800 sec, f/2.5, ISO 100 — map & image datanearby photos
Gargoyle Detail

Back in Kyoto (with some Cousin-Play Pics from Ohio)
Cousin Play Anthony and his cousin Grace at Grandma and Grandpa's, Rootstown Ohio -- Grandma and Grandpa's -- Rootstown, Ohio, USA -- Copyright 2014 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Nikon D4 + Voigtländer 125mm f/2.5 — 1/400 sec, f/2.5, ISO 100 — map & image datanearby photos
Cousin Play
Anthony and his cousin Grace
at Grandma and Grandpa's, Rootstown Ohio

I'm back in Kyoto after a couple of weeks visiting my folks in Ohio and a friend in Milwaukee.

I've accomplished a lot in the week I've been back:

  1. Gotten over jetlag

That's an impressive list for me after a transpacific trip.

I also got a new MacBook pro set up (upgrading from a circa 2010 model) and replaced, for the umpteenth time, failing Seagate Barracuda hard drives in my NAS (giving some Western Digital NAD drives a try this time).

What I haven't gotten done since returning is a much longer list, including processing photos from the trip, writing blog posts, or reading email. So today I'm trying to chip away at this list with a few photos from Anthony's first day of play with some of his cousins, also visiting Grandma and Grandpa (from California).

Looks Cool but with a maximum speed of a lazy adult stroll, it was more fun when they were little -- Grandma and Grandpa's -- Rootstown, Ohio, USA -- Copyright 2014 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Nikon D4 + Voigtländer 125mm f/2.5 — 1/250 sec, f/2.5, ISO 100 — map & image datanearby photos
Looks Cool
but with a maximum speed of a lazy adult stroll,
it was more fun when they were little
But Still Poseworthy 9-year-old Grace -- Grandma and Grandpa's -- Rootstown, Ohio, USA -- Copyright 2014 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Nikon D4 + Voigtländer 125mm f/2.5 — 1/800 sec, f/2.5, ISO 100 — map & image datanearby photos
But Still Poseworthy
9-year-old Grace
Easy Smile -- Grandma and Grandpa's -- Rootstown, Ohio, USA -- Copyright 2014 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Nikon D4 + Voigtländer 125mm f/2.5 — 1/400 sec, f/2.5, ISO 100 — map & image datanearby photos
Easy Smile
Lacing Up -- Grandma and Grandpa's -- Rootstown, Ohio, USA -- Copyright 2014 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Nikon D4 + Voigtländer 125mm f/2.5 — 1/640 sec, f/2.5, ISO 100 — map & image datanearby photos
Lacing Up
4½-Year-Old Claire caught through a railing -- Grandma and Grandpa's -- Rootstown, Ohio, USA -- Copyright 2014 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Nikon D4 + Voigtländer 125mm f/2.5 — 1/800 sec, f/2.5, ISO 100 — map & image datanearby photos
4½-Year-Old Claire
caught through a railing
Not Quite Soccer -- Grandma and Grandpa's -- Rootstown, Ohio, USA -- Copyright 2014 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Nikon D4 + Voigtländer 125mm f/2.5 — 1/400 sec, f/2.5, ISO 100 — map & image datanearby photos
Not Quite Soccer
7-Year-Old Luke rode until the battery died -- Grandma and Grandpa's -- Rootstown, Ohio, USA -- Copyright 2014 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Nikon D4 + Voigtländer 125mm f/2.5 — 1/250 sec, f/2.5, ISO 180 — map & image datanearby photos
7-Year-Old Luke
rode until the battery died
Too Big to Fit which somehow makes it more fun -- Grandma and Grandpa's -- Rootstown, Ohio, USA -- Copyright 2014 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Nikon D4 + Voigtländer 125mm f/2.5 — 1/250 sec, f/2.5, ISO 140 — map & image datanearby photos
Too Big to Fit
which somehow makes it more fun
Race -- Grandma and Grandpa's -- Rootstown, Ohio, USA -- Copyright 2014 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Nikon D4 + Voigtländer 125mm f/2.5 — 1/320 sec, f/2.5, ISO 100 — map & image datanearby photos
Race
After The Batteries Died -- Grandma and Grandpa's -- Rootstown, Ohio, USA -- Copyright 2014 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Nikon D4 + Voigtländer 125mm f/2.5 — 1/320 sec, f/2.5, ISO 100 — map & image datanearby photos
After The Batteries Died

I was about to lament on how many photos that I still have to get to from this short trip, when I realized that I have 3x the photos from last year's trip that I've barely touched...


Ohio-Trip Roundup: Misc Fun Photos

Nikon D4 + Nikkor 24-70mm f/2.8 @ 70mm — 1/160 sec, f/2.8, ISO 220 — map & image datanearby photos
Crazy Summer of Fun
well, two weeks of crazy fun
at Grandma and Grandpa's, Rootstown Ohio

Our trip to visit my folks in Ohio ends tomorrow with a long trip back to Kyoto. I've still much to post from this short two weeks, but here are some random photos to fill out my last night...


Nikon D4 + Nikkor 24-70mm f/2.8 @ 70mm — 1/160 sec, f/4.5, ISO 4000 — map & image datanearby photos
Trampoline Dodgeball

We ended up visiting ZipCity four times. I posted about it earlier, and will again I'm sure.


Nikon D4 + Nikkor 24-70mm f/2.8 @ 48mm — 1/100 sec, f/2.8, ISO 1250 — map & image datanearby photos
Me and Anthony
僕と晏人
photo by Phyllis Friedl

Nikon D4 + Nikkor 24-70mm f/2.8 @ 38mm — 1/80 sec, f/2.8, ISO 1100 — map & image datanearby photos
My Brother Mike
attacking a five-year-old kid
僕の兄

Nikon D4 + Voigtländer 125mm f/2.5 — 1/250 sec, f/2.5, ISO 2200 — map & image datanearby photos

Nikon D4 + Nikkor 24-70mm f/2.8 @ 70mm — 1/160 sec, f/2.8, ISO 560 — image data
Transforming
a rock on its way to become a step in a flight of steps
(My squats at the gym finally paying off; lift with your legs, not with your back)
ジムの筋トレはやっと便利になりました

Nikon D4 + Nikkor 24-70mm f/2.8 @ 48mm — 1/100 sec, f/2.8, ISO 3200 — map & image datanearby photos
Birthday Boy
Cousin Luke turns Seven
ルックいとこは七才になりました

Nikon D4 + Voigtländer 125mm f/2.5 — 1/250 sec, f/2.5, ISO 140 — map & image datanearby photos
Race Results
First place overall, and third in age group
5キロのレースをやって、兄は一位に、義理妹は年齢層の三位を出来ました

My brother Mike and his wife ran a local 5,000-meter race. Mike came in first overall, which is better than he did earlier in the summer in an 56-mile ultramarathon. Chickee came in third in her age group.


Nikon D4 + Nikkor 24-70mm f/2.8 @ 62mm — 1/500 sec, f/2.8, ISO 100 — map & image datanearby photos
Active Summer

The older kids doing a zipline in the backyard while Mike takes his youngest for a tractor ride....


Nikon D4 + Nikkor 24-70mm f/2.8 @ 38mm — 1/640 sec, f/2.8, ISO 100 — map & image datanearby photos
Mike and Claire

Here they are again at ZipCity after 4½-year-old Claire did the big zipline:


Nikon D4 + Voigtländer 125mm f/2.5 — 1/60 sec, f/4, ISO 6400 — map & image datanearby photos
Mike and Claire

Nikon D4 + Nikkor 24-70mm f/2.8 @ 70mm — 1/400 sec, f/2.8, ISO 100 — map & image datanearby photos
Luke's Turn on the Tractor

Nikon D4 + Nikkor 24-70mm f/2.8 @ 34mm — 1/160 sec, f/2.8, ISO 100 — map & image datanearby photos
Claire Switches to Backup Transportation

Nikon D4 + Nikkor 24-70mm f/2.8 @ 70mm — 1/160 sec, f/2.8, ISO 100 — map & image datanearby photos
Grace's Turn on the Tractor

Nikon D4 + Nikkor 24-70mm f/2.8 @ 50mm — 1/200 sec, f/2.8, ISO 100 — map & image datanearby photos
Pro Driver

Nikon D4 + Nikkor 24-70mm f/2.8 @ 70mm — 1/640 sec, f/2.8, ISO 100 — map & image datanearby photos
Photo Op for Mommy

Mike offered to give Anthony a ride, but Anthony declined. Maybe it was because the tractor was too slow after an experience like last spring's go-carts at Adventure World, or maybe it was just because the zipline was too fun.


More Summer-Trip Fun: Zipline in the Backyard
Team Effort zipline in the backyard -- Grandma and Grandpa Friedl's -- Rootstown, Ohio, USA -- Copyright 2014 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Nikon D4 + Nikkor 24-70mm f/2.8 @ 70mm — 1/320 sec, f/2.8, ISO 100 — map & image datanearby photos
Team Effort
zipline in the backyard

More fun at Grandma and Grandpa's in Ohio.... a zipline!
アメリカのおじいちゃんとおばあちゃんの裏庭にジップラインを作りました。

Cousin Grace 9 years old グレーシいとこ -- Grandma and Grandpa Friedl's -- Rootstown, Ohio, USA -- Copyright 2014 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Nikon D4 + Nikkor 24-70mm f/2.8 @ 70mm — 1/160 sec, f/2.8, ISO 180 — map & image datanearby photos
Cousin Grace
9 years old
グレーシいとこ
Cousin Luke 7 years old ルックいとこ -- Grandma and Grandpa Friedl's -- Rootstown, Ohio, USA -- Copyright 2014 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Nikon D4 + Nikkor 24-70mm f/2.8 @ 70mm — 1/160 sec, f/2.8, ISO 125 — map & image datanearby photos
Cousin Luke
7 years old
ルックいとこ
Cousin Claire 4½ years old クレアいとこ -- Grandma and Grandpa Friedl's -- Rootstown, Ohio, USA -- Copyright 2014 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Nikon D4 + Nikkor 24-70mm f/2.8 @ 29mm — 1/200 sec, f/2.8, ISO 100 — map & image datanearby photos
Cousin Claire
4½ years old
クレアいとこ
Anthony 11¾ years old -- Grandma and Grandpa Friedl's -- Rootstown, Ohio, USA -- Copyright 2014 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Nikon D4 + Nikkor 24-70mm f/2.8 @ 70mm — 1/400 sec, f/2.8, ISO 100 — map & image datanearby photos
Anthony
11¾ years old
Uncle Mikey 10,000 million years old ( or in other words, “ adult ” ) マイクおじちゃん(私の兄) -- Grandma and Grandpa Friedl's -- Rootstown, Ohio, USA -- Copyright 2014 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Nikon D4 + Nikkor 24-70mm f/2.8 @ 70mm — 1/160 sec, f/2.8, ISO 110 — map & image datanearby photos
Uncle Mikey
10,000 million years old ( or in other words, adult )
マイクおじちゃん(私の兄)
Reset in Progress -- Grandma and Grandpa Friedl's -- Rootstown, Ohio, USA -- Copyright 2014 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Nikon D4 + Nikkor 24-70mm f/2.8 @ 58mm — 1/125 sec, f/2.8, ISO 140 — map & image datanearby photos
Reset in Progress
Hanging Style -- Grandma and Grandpa Friedl's -- Rootstown, Ohio, USA -- Copyright 2014 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Nikon D4 + Nikkor 24-70mm f/2.8 @ 24mm — 1/160 sec, f/2.8, ISO 100 — map & image datanearby photos
Hanging Style
Lack of Style -- Grandma and Grandpa Friedl's -- Rootstown, Ohio, USA -- Copyright 2014 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Nikon D4 + Nikkor 24-70mm f/2.8 @ 70mm — 1/160 sec, f/2.8, ISO 220 — map & image datanearby photos
Lack of Style
Crazy Style -- Grandma and Grandpa Friedl's -- Rootstown, Ohio, USA -- Copyright 2014 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Nikon D4 + Nikkor 24-70mm f/2.8 @ 70mm — 1/160 sec, f/2.8, ISO 140 — map & image datanearby photos
Crazy Style
Tarzan Style though Luke called it “ Pirate Style ” -- Grandma and Grandpa Friedl's -- Rootstown, Ohio, USA -- Copyright 2014 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Nikon D4 + Nikkor 24-70mm f/2.8 @ 62mm — 1/160 sec, f/2.8, ISO 100 — map & image datanearby photos
Tarzan Style
though Luke called it Pirate Style
Smile Style -- Grandma and Grandpa Friedl's -- Rootstown, Ohio, USA -- Copyright 2014 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Nikon D4 + Nikkor 24-70mm f/2.8 @ 70mm — 1/160 sec, f/2.8, ISO 140 — map & image datanearby photos
Smile Style
Discus(?) Style -- Grandma and Grandpa Friedl's -- Rootstown, Ohio, USA -- Copyright 2014 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Nikon D4 + Nikkor 24-70mm f/2.8 @ 70mm — 1/200 sec, f/2.8, ISO 100 — map & image datanearby photos
Discus(?) Style
Grandma and Grandpa Friedl's -- Rootstown, Ohio, USA -- Copyright 2014 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Nikon D4 + Nikkor 24-70mm f/2.8 @ 24mm — 1/160 sec, f/2.8, ISO 100 — map & image datanearby photos
Grandma and Grandpa Friedl's -- Rootstown, Ohio, USA -- Copyright 2014 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Nikon D4 + Nikkor 24-70mm f/2.8 @ 70mm — 1/160 sec, f/2.8, ISO 125 — map & image datanearby photos
Grandma and Grandpa Friedl's -- Rootstown, Ohio, USA -- Copyright 2014 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Nikon D4 + Nikkor 24-70mm f/2.8 @ 70mm — 1/160 sec, f/2.8, ISO 100 — map & image datanearby photos
Catch someone had to be there to stop the kids from splattering against the tree -- Grandma and Grandpa Friedl's -- Rootstown, Ohio, USA -- Copyright 2014 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Nikon D4 + Nikkor 24-70mm f/2.8 @ 70mm — 1/160 sec, f/2.8, ISO 450 — map & image datanearby photos
Catch
someone had to be there to stop the kids from splattering against the tree

Continued here...


Boatride in Ohio: Two Photos of Each Kid, and One of each Pair
With Silly Determination or perhaps a determination to be silly Rootstown Ohio -- Grandma and Grandpa Friedl's -- Rootstown, Ohio, USA -- Copyright 2014 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Nikon D4 + Nikkor 24-70mm f/2.8 @ 24mm — 1/800 sec, f/2.8, ISO 100 — map & image datanearby photos
With Silly Determination
or perhaps a determination to be silly
Rootstown Ohio

It's been almost five years since a boat ride at Grandma and Grandpa's, so we did it again yesterday along with two of Anthony's cousins.

アメリカのおじいちゃんとおばあちゃんの裏庭にボートを乗りました。

Cousin Luke on his 7th birthday -- Grandma and Grandpa Friedl's -- Rootstown, Ohio, USA -- Copyright 2014 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Nikon D4 + Nikkor 24-70mm f/2.8 @ 24mm — 1/640 sec, f/3.5, ISO 100 — map & image datanearby photos
Cousin Luke
on his 7th birthday
ルックいとこ
Grandma and Grandpa Friedl's -- Rootstown, Ohio, USA -- Copyright 2014 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Nikon D4 + Nikkor 24-70mm f/2.8 @ 24mm — 1/1000 sec, f/2.8, ISO 100 — map & image datanearby photos
Anthony and Grace and their “ beverages ” of choice ( my soda and her bubble juice ) -- Grandma and Grandpa Friedl's -- Rootstown, Ohio, USA -- Copyright 2014 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Nikon D4 + Nikkor 24-70mm f/2.8 @ 31mm — 1/1000 sec, f/2.8, ISO 100 — map & image datanearby photos
Anthony and Grace
and their beverages of choice
( my soda and her bubble juice )
Cousin Grace 9 years old -- Grandma and Grandpa Friedl's -- Rootstown, Ohio, USA -- Copyright 2014 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Nikon D4 + Nikkor 24-70mm f/2.8 @ 24mm — 1/1250 sec, f/2.8, ISO 100 — map & image datanearby photos
Cousin Grace
9 years old
グレーシいとこ
Grandma and Grandpa Friedl's -- Rootstown, Ohio, USA -- Copyright 2014 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Nikon D4 + Nikkor 24-70mm f/2.8 @ 24mm — 1/1250 sec, f/2.8, ISO 100 — map & image datanearby photos
Anthony and Luke -- Grandma and Grandpa Friedl's -- Rootstown, Ohio, USA -- Copyright 2014 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Nikon D4 + Nikkor 24-70mm f/2.8 @ 24mm — 1/1600 sec, f/2.8, ISO 100 — map & image datanearby photos
Anthony and Luke
11¾ years old -- Grandma and Grandpa Friedl's -- Rootstown, Ohio, USA -- Copyright 2014 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Nikon D4 + Nikkor 24-70mm f/2.8 @ 24mm — 1/1250 sec, f/2.8, ISO 100 — map & image datanearby photos
11¾ years old
Grace and Luke my brother Mike's older two of three -- Grandma and Grandpa Friedl's -- Rootstown, Ohio, USA -- Copyright 2014 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Nikon D4 + Nikkor 24-70mm f/2.8 @ 24mm — 1/320 sec, f/5.6, ISO 100 — map & image datanearby photos
Grace and Luke
my brother Mike's older two of three

Continued here...