The Mainichi Daily is Japan’s English tabloid of record and proud of it. And I mean that as a complement. They regularly pick up interesting but easily-missed tidbits such as news about a toilet that exploded in a hospital. I don’t know if I should be proud, but my father has now made it onto the paper.
My father is embarking on a 2500-mile journey down Route 66 as I write this. He and four other post-retirement buddies over 60 are driving from Chicago to Los Angeles. My dad is driving the accompanying car while the others drive Harley Davidsons. It’s a total guy thing although my poor mom is being dragged along for reasons that are unclear. My father, who can be convincing when he wants to, has somehow managed to get people to cover this trip, and the Mainichi DailyÂ is one of them. (He’s also gotten Harley Davidson to donate jackets and bike rentals, Toyota to provide the car, and a number of hotels to provide lodging. I don’t know if I should be proud of him or embarassed.)
Anyway, if you’re interested in what they’re up to over the next two weeks, the Web site will get updated every day apparently, courtesy of reporter George Itagoshi. I wish George bon courage. I can’t imagine what it might be like to go on a roadtrip planned by my father, who is not, let me tell you, a planner by nature.