Thursday, August 13, 2009


Bring Back Bing

Mike Haubrich of Tangled Up In Blue Guy managed to ship his thirteen year old son off to Japan for the summer. There's just a little problem now ... getting him back home. As Mike explains:

Bing has made new friends in Japan, but they want to keep him there. In fact, they have threatened to hold him for ransom unless his American friends and family do two things:

1. Answer questions about Japan/Nippon culture and cuisine.

2. Donate money to help his mother pay the plane fare for his trip.

It's tempting for a young man to stay in Japan, because so far he has found the food to be awesome and the shopping (even in vending machines) to be, let's say, "unique." In fact, the Japanese students think that if he stays long enough he could use his ninja powers to be Emperor someday. I don't think that this would be a good thing for world peace, as Bing has not worked out his "Megalomania" issues and bad things could happen.

The questions are interesting, such as:

Who was the first sitting U.S. President to visit Japan?

a. Gerald Ford.
b. Teddy Roosevelt.
c. Woodrow Wilson.
d. Dwight D. Eisenhower.

Even more interesting are Bing's pictures and his reactions to a very different culture. Give the blog a look and, if you can, drop a buck or two in the plate.

You can question the wisdom of parents paying to get back a child teetering on teenagehood at a later date.
Thanks, John. As for bringing back a kid at his age, we are trying to turn him into a Militant Atheist while there is still time.
Well, thank God ... er ... goodness you have a plan.
I sent my youngest son to Europe several years ago. And, yes, I paid to bring him back (although he probably would have found a way to adjust to staying in Switzerland if he'd been forced to do so). Fortunately, it didn't work out too badly. He didn't bring home and bad habits that he hadn't taken there with him.
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