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Posted Thu. Sept. 13, 2001 7:45 am Tokyo time

Many, many thanks to my dad and Nissin Travel (a Japanese travel agency near the Toronto airport). Together, they were able to get Jeff and me on a flight that should leave on Sunday, September 16th at 7:15 pm, assuming Air Canada and the Toronto airport are functioning normally then. Flights before then were all booked up.

I had a chance to ICQ briefly with Dave Weingart and Seanan yesterday, which was great...funny how isolated Jeff and I suddenly feel here in Japan. I'm mightily grateful for my Internet access (thanks again to Ryo and Alison!!!).

Yesterday, Jeff and I visited the Canadian embassy in Tokyo to see if they had any additional information. Jeff also spent several hours trying to get through to Air Canada, trying to rebook our cancelled flights. The computers were all down each time he did manage to get through, however, and the operators either advised us to try again later, or promised to call back (no one has called back yet). If Nissin Travel hadn't been able to get through to Air Canada very soon after the computeres were back up, Jeff and I would likely not have been able to get our flight back home until later next week.

Thanks to Steve Brinich for reporting in Blatherchat that the D.C. crowd of filkers seem to be all ok. Steve:

"This morning, I could still see and smell the smoke from the Pentagon from the corner in front of my building....".

Dave Weingart posted for the first time in Blatherchat:

"Checking in, finally. So far, all of our friends and family are OK. My cousin didn't go to her office (104th floor of 2 WTC) and it turns out that a friend was in 1 WTC when the first plane hit, but he got out safely and is home with his wife and son). NY fandom and filkdom seems to be OK."

Merav was the first New Yorker to post in Blatherchat:

"I seem to be the first New Yorker to check in.

So far as I know we are all safe and sound.

We're still waiting to hear from Eyal Moses.

If you live in or around the New York/Washington/Pittsburgh area, for all of our sanity, please check in at so that when one of us wakes up in the middle of the night and says "Is okay?" we can look at the page and know that things are as they should be, for at least our little sector of the world.

Thank you everyone for the hugs and support on #filkhaven. We're still here today if you need some hugs, some handholding, or just a few friendly voices."

Today's Blatherpics:

- Rice bowls for sale during one of our walks in Tokyo last week.

- Jeff talking to a woman at the Canadian Embassy.

- A headline from today's Japan News.

- Photo from one of our garden walks.

Today's Poll:

Were you or anyone you know personally directly affected by the recent terrorist attacks on the U.S.?

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