I like to surround myself with attractive, interesting people. To be honest, if you’re attractive enough, I’m willing to float you some points if you aren’t interesting. Whether it’s aging or selfishness, I’m thinking I need to start making friends with attractive children. Luckily, this happens to be the case with my friend Jasmin (my Puerto Rican sister). We were neighbors in Colorado, and I have loved her and her family ever since. I remember her son Brian as this shy, high school student who enjoyed baseball. Imagine my surprise when he shows up on my doorstep all 6ft 2 inches and having traveled the world for 4 1/2 months!
Originally, Jasmin had booked a hotel for him to stay in Tokyo. Turned out to be 2 kilometers from our apartment! I was livid! As soon as I realized he wasn’t here with a tour group, I started emailing her and insisting that he stay with us. If you will recall my last timeline, May 25th-May 27th I was feeling sorry for myself and Brian’s visit gave me a reason to put it on hold for a few days. In true form, Jasmin was mortified to be “burdening” a friend, but because she is my hermana and I understand her, I forced the situation and just told Brian to go get his bags and bring them to the apartment. Done!
Brian mentioned that one of his favorite foods is sushi, so of course today I found myself back at Tsukiji Market walking around and having sushi for lunch. I was happy to go because during my last trip with my dad I forgot to get myself a cereal bowl. I found a bowl that “spoke” to me and I was very happy. It was impressive to see the way Brian enjoyed sampling some of the street food. After walking around for a while, we finally ended up at Sushi Zanmai for lunch.
It was such a pleasant surprise to spend time talking with Brian and getting to know him better. Very quickly, I realized besides being very attractive and athletic, he is a thoughtful, courteous gentleman. Just another reason to appreciate my friend Jasmin. She is not the most traditional of parents, but she has raised three amazing kids.
Since we were so close, after lunch, we walked over to the Ginza. I had forgotten that they close the streets to vehicles during the weekend so we were able to enjoy just walking down the middle of the street.
Afterwards, we headed over to Asakusa to visit the shrine and walk through the bazaar:
We had our “Discovery Channel” moment by the incense burner:
On our way back to the apartment, we stopped by a vendor who was selling things and of course something caught my attention:
The sign read, “Grows 40 times its size in water!” I can’t help but wonder how many chicks have fallen for that one.
Until next time…