Ahh….summer memories? Where have they gone? Our son started back to school yesterday for his grinding study schedule. (Big Sigh!)

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The city exercise center….

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Besides gym equipment and an indoor track, they have an indoor pool….

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and an outdoor pool.  Anybody can use the facilities, but residents of he city receive a heavy discount.

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Just taking it easy!

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The Texas sun was strong and hot every day of our visit.  When we got back to Japan, it felt so incredibly muggy and sweaty.  I really dislike summer weather in Japan.  Texas may be hot, but it is dryer than Japan.  (Although it has since cooled off–a lot!–in Japan!)

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Shaved ice flavors!!!!!  I want a job thinking up clever new flavors.

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To tip or not to tip?  When I left America in the nineties, they did not really have these “Tip Jars” at casual places like this.  Now I am alway torn between tipping and not tipping.

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It seems that the coins are CONSTANTLY CHANGING THEIR DESIGN!!!!!!!  So bewildering.  Folks, sometimes change is not good.  Well, I prefer dollars over change.