Lebanon Reporter

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July 18, 2012

James Arness is not in Tokyo

Hubby arrived home on Friday evening from a three week business trip to Tokyo. I had been unable to join him, but we did give the option to our three teenage children. They all chose to forego the trip, citing fear of radioactive fallout as their number one concern. By some reports, there is increasing radiation resulting from the nuclear meltdown during last year’s tragic earthquake and tsunami.

However, hubby the fearless HVAC guy forged ahead. I tried to convince him to at least pack his own food, but he chose to live on the edge.

He even ate sushi.

From a vending machine.

In a country showing high levels of radiation in the water.

In my opinion, this is more risky than eating hot dogs from a gas station; something he consistently refuses to do. He won’t eat Spam, or baloney sandwiches, or fish sticks. He gets irritated if I serve beanie-weenies, Hamburger Helper, or tuna casserole.

But he ate raw fish.

From a vending machine.

In Japan.

My theory is that as soon as the plane reached Japanese airspace, radiation started affecting his brain. He did other weird things while he was there too. For example, he visited a cemetery. This is a man who studiously avoids anything that reminds him of death. I take our children to cemeteries pretty regularly. We look for dead ancestors, take pictures of unusual tombstones, and if we’re lucky, observe a vault being installed into a freshly dug grave. Hubby won’t have a thing to do with it. The kids and I were on our third visit to the beautiful Berlin cemetery where the Grimm Brothers are laid to rest before he finally agreed to join us.

Suffice it to say, I found it odd when his excited voice came across the phone line, “Today, I saw where six Shoguns are buried!” 

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