! So Akiko has reappeared in my life, and last week (September 28 2004) I enjoyed a beautiful day with her in our special place, Shinjuku Gyoen. It was like, for a few magic hours, the golden age of late 2003 was revisited. I haven't seen her since then, but I am sure I will be seeing plenty of her in the future. But next job -- I want to send an email to Miyuki later tonight (October 5 2004). Last week I got some Akiko kissing action -- the next step is some Miyuki passion and passing. Into 2004 -- the luaxal year!">
<! - COLOUR BY NUMBERS -- Photos of Japan: Well, the moment has come, and the implications are that 2003 will indeed be a Girlfriend Year. On March 30, as I enjoyed cherry flower viewing at Ueno Park in a decadent allnighter, I held hands with Miyuki, truly a historic moment in my time in Japan. Now I will no longer look back on the semi-hand holding with Maho as the highlight of my recent history, because I have a new memory to remember -- and this time the handholding was real! This time, moreover, the goodness will continue, rather than be aborted, and I am expecting to see Miyuki again on Sunday (April 13). And I have no vibes that she is likely to withdraw her interest. So perhaps this is only the beginning, the beginning of a new golden age here in Japan! COLOUR BY NUMBERS Photo Japan portal>
Roma World -- Photos of Roma, Queensland, and Surrounding Towns
In September 2004 I toured Queensland's Carnarvon Highway, showing me a side of Australia I had never seen before. Starting at the border town of Mungindi, the highway heads north through cattle and cotton growing country to St George. Built on the banks of the Balonne River, St George features quaint country architecture, such as the Australian Hotel (top). The brown waters of the Balonne River (second from top) are famous for their good fishing. Heading out of St George, the highway passes through beautiful, endless plains dominated by an amazingly vast sky, and abounding with wildlife such as emus (third picture from top.) We drove on to the historic town of Surat still pulsing with quaint energy (pictures four and five) before reaching the Warrego Highway at Roma. Roma is the urban center of the region, and features numerous attractions. Like other towns in the region, the streets of Roma are lined with the exotic bottle tree (sixth picture from top), giving it a slightly African appearance. Also noticeable is the distinctive laid-back, somewhat cowboyish look of the locals of this part of the world (sixth from the top). The highway technically ends at Roma, however NR55 continues north along the Carnarvon Developmental Road through Injune, where I enjoyed a couple of memorable hours at the Injune Hotel (bottom photo).