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March 05, 2019


Dear blog,

If this still goes to Judi, hi! (Also: hi Dave!) we corresponded many years back starting when I was a poster on the old message board and later when I somehow designed of bumper stickers for Dave’s presidential campaigns.

Now I’m based in Japan, where I manage the copy desk at The Japan Times and occasionally write for the paper. My most recent contribution, for the bilingual section, references “Dave Barry Does Japan” - specifically the part about goats.

I’m not sure it fits the blog’s core mission, but I wanted to share it in case you found it worthy of a shout-out.

More broadly, I wanted to say thanks to Dave, as reading his columns growing up was among the things that inspired me to pursue a career in newspapering, even if they don’t allow me (yet) to write a silly column.

As they say in Japan, よろしくお願いします。

Dan Traylor


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You have no idea how offen wanted to reply to selfie taker:
この写真を山羊の餌にさせて頂いてもよろしいでしょうか (Kono shashin o yagi no esa ni sasete itadaite mo yoroshii deshō ka, Would it be OK to feed this photo to a goat?).


Happily, the I-outrank-you-outrank-me Confucian thing never caught on here.

Residents of Geezer Acres here in New Mexico would use the photo to build up a fire to roast the goat. We appreciate many things from Japan such as sake and soy sauce to season the goat. Maybe we should add Datsun pickups, they never seem to wear out.

dan! *hugs*

yoroshiku onegai shimasu

Many thanks to Google Translate.

Dan, go here (or don't - it's up to you): https://www.facebook.com/groups/Dave.Barry.Fans/

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