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My week in Hollywood has just finished and I'm now on a plane to Tokyo. Just hearing the Japanese announcements on the airplane's PA brings back fond memories of my trip here last year and makes me more excited to get there.

(Quick aside. The girl next to Todd is sleeping in the most hilarious position I've ever seen. She's kneeling facing the seat with her legs under the seat in front of her. Her head is face down on the seat of the chair, buried in the cushion. I cannot imagine that that's comfortable in any way. I wish I had my camera out to take a picture.)

I waited too long to call people so I didn't get to see all of my old friends, but I did get to see a bunch of them. I stayed at Style's place, spending most of my time working on CD on one couch while he worked on a new book on the other couch. His new girlfriend, an exotic half Indian, quarter Japanese, quarter something else, hung out with us a lot. She's adorable and a lot of fun, and they're in love.


On The Nosy Moth

Marmot, by Suprada on Flickr.

Belding squirrel, Yosemite NP. Marmot, Yosemite NP.

This was a most unexpected viewing of a creature which looks like a squirrel but stands up on two legs! I had read in books that this guy lives in the high sierra. During the time we were there, this guy kept popping up and down the rocks, munching on something (hopefully not human food) and entertaining us.

Interesting fact: Belding squirrels are found in meadows and pastures in California, Nevada, Oregon and Idaho. They are known for their longest hibernation periods of any North American mammal, usually lasting seven to eight months!

Exposure: 1/125 sec at f / 6.7 Focal Length: 200mm ISO: 100 WB: daylight

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