I traveled to Japan another 7 times. Since I initiated
work on Japan in 1990, Ive been there over 40
times. Business is growing.
This year two customers went into service and a third signed a major contract.
Work keeps me very busy!
This year the Republican Party, using a libertarian
message, delivered a hammer blow to the welfare state.
The first victim is socialized medicine. In a
few years, historians will see the linkages between this
event and the fall of the Berlin wall and dissolution of
the Soviet Union.
Last December on the Tokyo to Honolulu flight, I was seated
next to a Japanese businessman who had run in the 1992 Honolulu
marathon, but failed to meet his target time. I decided
on the spur of the moment to run in the 1993 Marathon
(25,000 runners, 65% Japanese) the next day with him and 2 of his younger Japanese friends.
I had no
training and no exercise in 1993, but I hoped that
would be offset by our 7-hour target time.
I created an
to show the
clock time at each of the 26 milestones at 6, 7 and 8
hour paces. The Japanese were impressed when I gave them their copy at breakfast.
It really helped us, but 26.2 miles is a very long way! I
achieved my goal with a time of 6 hr 52 min!!
See my certificate of completion.
The time of the Japanese businessman was
6hr 58m beating our target and his friends just missed at 7hr 2m.
My first Marathon was a real adventure! It took me about
three days before I could walk without major pain!
In March, I visited Ecuador and the Galapagos Islands. In
Quito, I discovered people from work also on vacation
there! In Guayaquil, every store, including MacDonalds,
had a guard with a gun, usually a machine gun. The
highlight was 4 days on a yacht cruising the Galapagos
Islands. Here Darwin invented the theory of evolution.
The animals, protected by law, have no fear of people.
You have to make sure you dont step on them. A true
wonder of the world! I just learned my father was here in
After the super special wedding of Renee Latimer in
Vermont, I achieved breakthrus that genealogists dream
about. The house that my ancestor, Ford Plaisted, built
for his bride Sally Cummings in 1800 is still in use! I
solved a major blockage by discovering Sally
Cummings father. This led 6 generations back to the
beginning of the Cummings family in America and 50 new
ancestors. One couple appears three times in my tree!
triple Also an ancestor couple who denounced a woman who
was one of 14 executed in the Salem witch trials in 1692.
The private cemetery of the Plaisteds is in a
circular clearing in a New Hampshire primeval forest with
an American flag on the grave of a patriot in the
Revolution. I now have identified over 500 ancestors and
over 200 immigrants in America. This is a stunning
In September, my brother and I flew to Dallas to
celebrate our fathers 80th birthday. It was very
nice. Just the three of us. My father keeps to his no fat
diet and has added hand weights to his walking exercise.
Works on the family tree too.
I celebrated my 50th birthday in Japan (fourth birthday
in a row in Japan). I also celebrated in America. It was
a shameless milking of the event. While it was nice to
have all the attention, Im glad its finally
In November, I visited Chile and Easter Island (Rapa
Nui). Chile is a very pleasant country. Speaking some
Spanish would be a help for tourists. Easter Island is a
wonder of the world! I assembled a Swiss guide who has a
wife from Rapa Nui with a German couple who live in
Venezuela. The four of us spent three intensive days
traveling around the entire Island. The guide told us
that we saw more of Easter Island than people who have
lived there their whole life. I understand how the
statues were made, moved and erected. The big surprises
were learning that Easter Island had been cut off from
the rest of the world for 1400 years and how it had
degenerated into cannibalism due to over population and
the near annihilation caused by the slave trade in
I also visited old neighbors, Dan and Darlene Kellner
and their two sons, in their house on a golf course in
Texas. In addition I visited the Bonanza ranch, which was
used as the setting of the television program in Lake
Tahoe. This year I had additional training at MIT on
Japan and Japanese culture.