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Fall Colors - Maple Dew

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Honda Driving Simulator

Pat poses in front of Honda driving simulator.

Here I am posing by a Honda driving simulator in Chitose, Japan. The car rental agency had one, though we were not asked to try it out. I wonder if they get some really tentative drivers who might need a bit of training before heading out to drive on the left side of the roadway, as is done in Japan. Chitose is the city just southeast of Sapporo on the island of Hokkaido. The international airport for Sapporo is at Chitose.

Our car's GPS really helped, but it would have been even better had it spoken English!

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Leaves in birdbath

autumn leaves in round birdbath, seen from above

Once again the mundane is beautiful - it's just how you look at it.

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BLIND AMERICANS EQUALITY DAY, 2011

cartoon blind guy with white cane & dog wagging tail

BY THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

A PROCLAMATION

Generations of blind and visually impaired Americans have dedicated their passion and skills to enhancing our national life -- leading as public servants, penning works of literature, lending their voice to music, and inspiring as champions of sport. On Blind Americans Equality Day, we celebrate the achievements of blind and visually impaired Americans and reaffirm our commitment to advancing their complete social and economic integration.

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Red Green Tree

Maple tree green on left and bright red on right

This maple tree is in Seasons Park, Woodbury, MN. It has a pretty even red-green distribution this year.

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Jasper the lifeguard

Jasper pulls some lifeguard duty in Bayfield, WI.

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Jasper on a rock

Jasper stands on a rock

Jasper has a view from this rock near the walking path near Wilmes Lake, Woodbury, MN.

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Skype meeting with Will in Niikappu

Jasper, Will (on computer screen) and Pat.

This morning (Minnesota time), we took advantage of Skype to talk with Will in Niikappu, Hokkaido, Japan. On Thursday morning at 7:00 in Minnesota it is already 9:00 PM in Japan. Will is telling us about his day teaching, but Jasper is scanning the front yard for squirrels.

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Giant Cow

Pat posing with giant cow statue

We spotted this giant cow at the Lutheran church on Olive Street in Stillwater, MN. I'm not sure why it was there, but we definitely had to stop for a "photo op".

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Sphinx

Jasper poses as a Sphinx

Jasper is our own Sphinx!

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