Thursday, July 14, 2005

Observations of Japan

Tokyo, Japan
Special Guest Blogger - Juan N.

Yesterday morning we got up real early to catch the shinkansen to Nagoya, my old Japanese stomping grounds. I made a couple of observations. 1) The skies are gray here. I don't think I've seen the sun since I've arrived. I like the sun! 2) People here don't smile as much. Mike mentioned it was early, and most of them were going to work, and nobody smiles when they go to work.

I had a big smile on my face nonetheless.

The shinkansen are still just as awesome. They are spaceships that ride along the ground! Mike pointed out that technically, all vehicles travel through space, and thus qualify as spaceships. I groaned.

While I was blissfully looking out the window, Jason poked me and urged me to make the D20 Modern version of myself. Here are the results:

Level 2 Smart Hero. Occupation: Technician.

STR 8 (12)
DEX 14 (10)
CON 8 (15)
INT 18 (15)
WIS 12 (12)
CHA 10 (10)

My Talent is Savant: Research and my Feats are Gearhead, Educated: Knowledge (Physcial Sciences) and Knowledge (Popular Culture). And Vehicle Expert. I maxed out my ranks in the Drive Skill.

What's interesting to note is that the ability points that aren't parenthesized are what I think my, Juan C Nuno's, ability scores would be. For a heroic version of me, anyway. The ones in parentheses are what Jason thinks of me. He ended up assigning me the average of both sets of scores.

An interesting exercise in self reflection. Fortunately, I think I've moved past the point of not really caring what others think of me.

Also, quite possibly the NERDIEST thing I have ever done. EVER.

Anyhoo, we got to Nagoya, saw us some great sumo. First time I've ever done that. This trip is gonna be a whole series of firsts.

Which is entirely the point.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Wow. I've said this before, and I'll say this again... You boys are such nerds! But that's why I love you.

7/14/2005 5:08 AM gmt

Anonymous Anonymous said...

I will bet a cool million that this was not the nerdiest thing you have ever done.


7/15/2005 4:03 PM gmt


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