Surfing through my iTunes music library yesterday, I caught a few bars of a Japanese pop tune by Exile, and for just a minute there I missed Japan, for all the associations that tune called to mind. For just a moment I wanted badly to be back in Japan.
But here is good. There will be lumps now and then in getting used to the differences and changes, but the ride has been easy so far. It could be the beach and the climate here. There’s a sameness about the days that feels great one minute, and dangerous the next. It could be Sunday, could be Monday, but the golden weather, the blue-green ocean and the passing flights of pelicans remain constant over what seems like every day.
There is the three miles of walking on the beach each morning, exercise which induces an intoxication like the fountain of youth. At 7:30 a.m. the beaches around here are all but empty in this season. I pass no more than seven or eight others jogging, cycling or walking. On occasion a man surf fishing, lost in his gaze out at the deep blue simple.
My fountain pens, or at least those I have now, have been affected by a change in location and climate. Mac users have been known to describe their computers as having a distinct personality. I won’t use that loaded word about my pens, but I do sense a difference in the way at least four of them are writing these days. (a Sailor, a Lamy, a Pelikan and a Platinum) Does the salt sea air influence ink flow, I wonder. The bulk of my fountain pen collection, as well as sixty-plus bottles of ink are now bouncing on waves somewhere inside a cargo container mid-way across the Pacific. I expect to receive those boxes in early June.
Looking back on the first week, I feel good about this new life.