Well, I've damned the bureaucracy and booked my flight to Tokyo (and will apologize to highers-up if needed.)<br /><br />Any of youse going to be in the LA area Aug 10-Aug 12? (I'll be hanging out with my brother + his wife, but will undoubtedly have some free time, too.)<br /><br />So - surgery on Monday, and flying away in... four weeks. Yikes!