My Esteemed Colleage in Toronto still had this on file – a blog I attempted in August of 2001 ( a month before THE WORLD CHANGED FOREVER™). My computer conked out soon after, and my host soon after that, so I thought these pieces were lost for good. In those days, the blog was called Osakaben. I spent a lot of time at Starbucks in Hommachi, because I’d just bought my first iBook (and there were very few other Starbucks to go to then). On the whole, I think I wrote better five years ago. But I’m working my way back.