So, here’s my story…

My name is Joe but I my online handle is BaronDestructo.  I’m a television writer/producer with about 400 hours television to my credit, most of it in sci-fi, some of it in animation.  Over the course of my career, I’ve created, developed, written, story-edited, and produced.  No plans to direct.  I was born in Montreal, moved to Vancouver to work on a little show called Stargate, then moved to Toronto to work on my own little show called Dark Matter.  My varied interests include food, reading, and dogs (particularly of the snub-nose variety).  I’ve been with my girlfriend, Akemi, for almost nine years now after meeting her on one of my annual trips to Japan.

This is me in a nutshell – more or less.

Now, I want to hear about you.

Blog regulars have come and gone over the years, and I’ve gotten to know them (and you) as best I could, drawing from the various tidbits you drop in the comments you leave on these entries.  Lately, I’ve been reviewing and thinking – Wouldn’t it be nice to have a little refresher on who frequents this blog.

So, if you’re feeling up to it, have at it.

What’s your story?

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Katie Oster
Katie Oster

My name is Katie but my Twitter handle is SimplyMe (@risumalways) I currently live in South Dakota aka the middle of nowhere. I recently decided to quit my job to follow my dreams to become a writer and hopefully showrunner (someday). I am currently in the process of moving to Toronto, because I believe Canadian television is more inclusive and a better fit for me. I am excited for what’s to come. That’s a little about me!

Colleen Scott
Colleen Scott

My name is Colleen. I was born and raised in Port Dalhousie Ontario. Lived in Hamilton and Welland in my teen years. I have lived in Niagara Falls for over 40 years. I retired from banking last year and now have a fun part time job. I have been happily married for 30 years to Brian. We were set up by friends. He likes the outdoors and I enjoy the indoors. We both love Sci FI. I love cosplay and attending Comic Cons. Wr will retire up north when we officially retire in 5 years.

Kathy Constantine
Kathy Constantine

I’m Kathy, known on Twitter & Periscope as KathLuvsGH. GH stands for General Hospital & Ghost Hunters, my two favorite shows at the time I joined Twitter. Born in Nebraska so I’m a Husker by birth. Forced as teen to leave my corn fields move to the hustle & bustle of NJ. Currently hold three college degrees. Had lots of different jobs over the years, never finding my true passion but enjoying where I am at the moment – until I’m not enjoying it anymore and then I move onto something else. I enjoy reading, hiking, yoga and cruising. Have a wonderful family with two boys in college, making the most of my empty nest. Getting closer and closer to retirement so looking for a nice lake somewhere that offers a good spot for our boat where I can sit and read all day while the hubs fishes.


I’m Brenda. Normally I don’t talk much about myself, so this is weird that I’m doing this. Don’t want to bore anyone, so please just read and scroll on by while I get past my shyness. Currently single. I work in health care. I used to read a lot of books, not as much these past few years. (I blame Twitter. Evil thing that it is.) I used to write fan fiction in a lot of fandoms. There are several original novels rattling around in my head but I can’t seem to write anything at all anymore. Can you say blocked? I am owned by cats. Traveled a bit back in the day — Australia, New Zealand, Singapore, Hong Kong, Bangkok, Tokyo, Texas, California, Alberta, Montreal. Huge tennis fan. Canadian. Saskatchewanian.

Dr Z
Dr Z

Hi Joe
I am a Medical Physician specialist from Australia. Married with kids.I have a life long love of good science fiction. I am inspired to comment here because of your generosity in sharing bits of your private life and mostly because I think you are a genius at writing good sci fi and Dark Matter was so great.
I treat patients and spend a lot of time teaching training specialists and medical students
My escape from the stress of work consists of good sci fi and playing guitar
Carry on with the good work!
Best wishes


Put the 140 char version on twitter….

Danine Dolphin
Danine Dolphin

I’m Danine Dolphin and I’ve worked as an Economic Development Specialist in the Federal Government for 18 years. I help citizens start grow & develop businesses, get into government contracting, & recover from disasters. What I do for a living is only a sliver of who I am.
I am a survivor of severe childhood abuse which led to a very challenging tour through the foster care system, some PTSD and a near abrogated adoption to a super large family. Hard living for a decade after their abandonment was almost not survivable, but I’m here!
I know my biological family, but there is no health or harbor there. I had to build my own world literally. While coping those years I wrote fantasy fiction, immersed myself in community theater, oil pastels, piano, hiking, calligraphy, but struggled heavily finding a stabilizing medication for my severe depression. Found a set that worked but they permanently destroyed my metabolism. I didn’t know that at the time.
I found myself pregnant at 28 and absolutely terrified that I couldn’t do it alone. Happily, having someone to live for really tweaked my mindset. My daughter is a beautiful gem of a human, but not quite yet independant. She just came back from a tour of Europe that I have always dreamed of. Ok, I sometimes live vicariously. Who can blame me?
I’ve been married 13 years this October to a cleric from the MMORPG Everquest. That’s right, i met my spouse virtually. Which led to me having everything that is part of the American dream.
We are foodies that love to eat and critique. I’m the one with the passion for hot sauces. For hobbies I’m searchingsancestry, playing Minecraft, watching all sorts of food related programming & mourning the last best show I engaged in on an emotional level. I’m sure everyone here knows which one that is. I was the recipient of Ones necklace and have the Lego minifigs of the Raza crew.
I follow the Suji chronicals as I also want to own pugs, but the climate in Arizona is bad for their breathing & until I can be home full time I don’t think it’s fair to have a pet. See, there’s that vicarious living thing again!
Hope this bio bit helps people have a better understanding about who is behind the Penguin Sushi chef icon.
Thanks for reading.


Me in a nutshell…Well…

My husband says I AM a nutshell. Thanks, Hubby!

My name is Mary. I live in Idaho (yes, the place with potatoes) with said hubby. We been married almost 20 years now. I am the mother of an Autistic kiddo. I run an animal rescue with my sister. I am a writer/editor by day and novelist by night. I love good story-telling and compelling characters, so I naturally enjoy Sci-Fi. I found some of my best friends through fandom (Thanks, Gateworld!), even though I haven’t actually met any of them. I’ve been Joe’s stalker–erm, I mean FAN–for longer than I care to admit, and I tell myself that when (not if) I ever have fans, I’ll be as cool to them as Joe is to his.

Those are the broad strokes.


Hi, my name is Rita Lewis but my online handles have been “ixchup” and lately “mayanscaper”, the last vestiges of my former life and still intense interest in Anthropology and Central America ethnohistory. I have lived most of my life in the Washington, DC suburbs trying to ignore the noise on Capitol Hill but kind of involved in volunteering politically. My mother is a Holocaust survivor and my father was strongly involved with the local Democratic party.

I have an MA in religious sycretisms of the Maya and worked for a while as a researcher and writer as well as computer -aided designer at the Smithsonian Institute in Washington, DC back in the late 1970s. I have a lot of training in graphic arts and set out to recreate myself in the computer field and after a lot of false starts an the writing of 10 computer books and years writing Federal proposals, I became a successful freelance web marketer for small films and web series as well as for non-profits for the past 25 years.

I’m a certified geek who came to Farscape late in its third season after years of reading science fiction and keeping my hand in Anthropology and history through reading intensely about anything historic, Archaeological or fantastical about King Arthur. I went through a bad but of Breast cancer and it was a Scaper survivor group who sustained me for whom I’m forever grateful. I’ve kept in touch with wonderful friends from all over the I meet periodically at cons. I’ve been married for 36 years and my two grown daughters followed me into Archaeology and history as well as our family hobby of Farscape, Stargate, supernatural, dungeons and dragons and other games and manga/anime. I’ve been lurking and reading Joe’s blog for years.

I’ve worked with various producers on Ben Browder’s projects and feel honored to be helping Joe with his site and what little I can do to spread the Save Stargate word on social media. Oh, and I do cat rescue and There are two nutty females who own us.

David Issel

My name is Dave. I was born in Sacramento,CA in the early 60’s. Growing up, I was smart, but a poor student (bored). I was hanging out with my uncle one Summer day (probably 1980 or so) and he took me to the college where he worked. He sat me in front of a Commodore PET computer and handed me the manual. He thought I could figure it out while he got some work done. I typed in some BASIC programs from the manual and got them to work. It was fun. After a couple of hours, I was figuring out how to modify the programs to do what *I* wanted. At the beginning of the school year, I asked the high school math teacher to offer a programming course. I scored 100% in the course–never missed a point on homework or test. The following year, I was the teacher’s assistant in that course. After graduation, I got a job programming computers for the local power company and I’ve been programming ever since. I’ve been programming for Intel for over 21 years.

Along the way, I got a BS in Computer Science and a MS in Database Administration. I got married and had 4 kids. I bought a house in the mountains (4,000ft elevation, snows a few times per year) and I have a Toyota Highlander hybrid SUV with half a million miles on it.

Some of my interests include science fiction (books, tv shows, movies, etc. which is what brought me here), programming (I’ve written tons of games and other stuff which you can find at, art (I’ve contributed to the free Windows paint program Paint.NET), music (I love the blues, rock, and funk), and the collectible card game Magic: The Gathering (which is where my online handle comes from).

I also like to build things. My most recent was a digital pinball machine. You can see all the pictures of the build here: and now that the pinball machine is done, I’m working on a video game machine to go with it.


For this many years you have known me as my pen name Tuptiang. I have made numerous comments and you have acknowledged my presents. It is a throw back to my US Peace Corp (s) days where I learned to speak and read Thai, and enjoy hot food. Not all Thai food is hot hot. I still have friends in Thailand who wish to see me. I have worked at an airline for many year, and seen them come and go. Mesaba, a great MN name was one such company. They were closely related to Northwest Orient Airlines, of which my Dad retired from as a pilot. Thus the industry earned moniker when the weather was bad and the rides were poor, “Follow the Red Tail.” NWA sold out to Delta and no American airline service Thailand, much to my dismay. NWA used Narita as a hub, and you could count the NWA as the largest foreign carrier. They also developed and proved the great circle routing, but smarter people than me made the end come true. Now I work for United. I am a Aircraft Dispatcher. I tell pilots were to go. I tell the pilots how to get there. No, I am not A.C.T. because I work for an airline. I planned for weather events and equipment limitations. Now I am in recovery mode. Due to a accident that left me in a coma for 2 weeks, and partially paralyzed. I gather all my energy and wits to get myself back to work. (would share a picture if possible) It has been a 2 plus year of recovery that typing this letter serves as a therapy. The Brain is a complex thing. I don’t have broken bone, I drive myself (now I now how dangerous other people are.) I have a health club membership which includes weekly YOGA. I sweat up a storm using my mind, yoga is no easy thing. To paraphrase Clint Eastwood, “A man has to know his limitation.” Such as me; I had to know what I didn’t know. With that in mind and my interest for learning I have over the past 18 months accumulated 9 certificates of completion for college equivalent work classes from Hillsdale College, Michigan. The latest was on economics. I learned that Dark Matter came to an unglamorous end. I had plans to watch season 2 or 3 when I heard the show was cancelled. About that time I work a letter because Jay mentioned to you the desire to give swag to the fans. I wrote my letter. About the same time I heard RUSH was calling it quits. My favorite rock band EVA! I reflect that I made the right choice on traveling to Toronto to see and be apart of their last tour. I remember walking down King and Queen street and around the arena for the concert. If it wasn’t for your love of chocolate, I was have not found Soma. Now seeing ads for… Read more »

Shane Calhoun
Shane Calhoun

Hi I’m shane I’m here everyday even though I rarely comment I’m a 46 year old disabled truck driver from Glendale Az who loves anything genre especially the space based sci-fi epic like dark matter, star trek, the expanse, and everything in between I too am a dog lover of the crazy smart loyal super energetic Jack Russell variety I discovered Joe’s blog just as SG-U was canceled to maybe get inside info on the show and I’ve been coming every day since.


I’m Ogre, but people sometimes call me Kevin.

I am a gamer (board mostly), a science geek, a humanist, and a would be writer.

I have been a science teacher, college counselor and assistant registrar, and now I work in educational publishing doing science content work.

At the beginning of this year, I decided (through the encouragement of Steven Brust and Skyler White) to finish a novel, which I did about a month ago. it’s dreadful, but I learned a lot and am working on (a much better) second novel.

I also build and paint model Gundams. A hobby enjoyed by the whole family.

We have 4 cats. Welcome Cookie, our new kitten. My son volunteered at the local no-kill shelter all summer learning about cat behavior and caring for them. He worked other jobs and saved up the adoption fee and fell in love with Cookie, who picked him out of a few dozens would be kitteh staff.


My fake name on this blog is Ponytail. My fake name on Twitter is gailspeed. If I participated in any other social media sites, which I don’t, my name would be fake too. I’m currently going thru the most stessful time in my life ….caring for 2 elderly parents. I don’t feel appreciated and sometimes want to drive off a cliff. Maybe I will contact Dr Phil. My advice to kids – MOVE AWAY! Far, far, away! Now I’m off to research memory care facilities instead.

Tom Gardiner (@Thogar)

My name is Tom Gardiner & you can find me online as Thogar, a bold-sounding name with a not-so-bold origin story: I got it from a pay stub (THOmas GARdiner). I’ve been a scifi & science nut since before I can remember.

I only have one item on my bucket list: Go to space. I’ll eat any food at least once. Probably multiple times. With my wife of 36 years I’ve raised 2 STEM daughters who, gods willing, will both graduate inside of a year, one with her 3rd degree.

I’m an engineer who’s worked in IT since the 80s, currently a project coordinator for fiber optic networking at LSU in Baton Rouge. I’ve lived in the city since 1979 & was born in a small Cajun farming town less than 100 miles away. While I’ve traveled plenty, I’ve never lived outside this small area. And although I’ve not moved far and have done the same work for most of my life, I’ve never felt like this was what I was supposed to be doing. (I’m thinking frozen drinks on a beach are what I should be doing, but the pay sucks)

While I’ve always been a scifi geek, I didn’t get into conventions & blogging until I was in my 50s when I won a visit to the set of TNT’s Falling Skies in 2012. There, I met a group of bloggers with whom I’ve remained friends to this day. It has opened up a world of geeky opportunities for me and I likely wouldn’t be here writing this were it not for that contest. Nor would I have likely ever felt the crushing force of a full-on Roger Cross hug (I survived … twice!).

My interests include scifi, gardening, making gadgets from random stuff around the house, cooking, science, and anything covered in melted cheese.


My name is Susannah, and I go by StellaByStargate here and on Twitter, and AstraPerAspera over on Gateworld (and I’ve wanted to be a writer since I was 8 years old, but it took me until the latter half of my 50s to achieve the goal of being an honest-to-goodness published author. In the meantime, I’ve had a career in health care planning and policy, was a full-time mom, and was blessed to be able to spend time with my mother in the final years of her life. A couple of years ago, the good people who publish the Stargate novels accepted my manuscript which was a dream come true, not only because it was my very first published work, but also because it was tied to a show I loved (some family members would say obsessed with…) and which had become a huge part of my life. (*waves at Gateworld friends* *pokes LJ*) While I love writing Stargate novels and short stories, I have a small stack of WIPs that I’m itching to get to once my current project is done. I’ve been known to pick up a camera from time to time, and when I want to de-stress, I’ll sit down at the piano or harp. I love animals, especially dogs. I would probably be an animal hoarder if it weren’t for my husband. Lily the beagle is our current pup in residence, although at 12 she’s more of a senior citizen. Joe’s is the first (and only…) blog I ever followed. I came for the Stargate *cough*S/JShip*cough*— and he’s been ever so patient with my questions over the years—but I stayed for the dogs and the weird food purchases and the writerly insights, and of course Dark Matter and whatever exciting production comes next!


Hey Joe My name is Christina, my Twitter Handle is NinaMoo07. I used to be known in some online circles as Nina & Moo is my dogs nickname. I am an Aussie girl born and bred. I live in Brisbane, Qld but grew up in a beautiful country area called the Grantie Belt. Was mostly orchards now it’s wineries and tourism especially during winter. I’m a Credit Card debt collector by means of profession, but when I was young I wanted to be a pop star sadly didn’t have the looks nor the talent lol I also love food, the outdoors and am fitish as in I like idea of being fit, but I like food more hahaha I have only ever travelled outside Australia once and that was to NZ, where I lived and worked for a year. Word of advice don’t ever call us Aussies a Kiwi (New Zealander) lol I would LOVE to travel to the UK, Italy, Ancient Egypt especially & Canada… Maybe New York too The history is what attracts me the most! I lead a simple life where family is number one. I am a proud singe dog mum to two mini foxterriers (similar to Jackrussels) and they are my world. I have had our share of challenges and heart break. I helped my dad care for my mum where possible, she had mobility issues and the onset of dementia, an unknown illness cuased her body to shut down before she passed suddenly a year ago. I have 3 elder brothers and a sister. My younget big bro has an intellectual disability, my sister is blind & deaf & an austic nephew. Spend a lot of time keeping them in check and make sure their needs are being met. I just found out my eldest brother has cancer and 6mths to live. I think we must have killed the goodluck fairy or something in a past life. To escape all the bullshit I turn to the wonderful world of Television. I will watch anything that has a great plot, well scripted and acted. I love a great drama like Greys Anatomy, the odd police drama like Blindspot but my absolute love is for Sci-fi. Favorite SciFi is hands down Stargate Atlantis! Was plesently surprised to find out Joe, Ivon and Martin were all involved in someway with my fave show, so it was a no brainer that I bloody LOVED Dark Matter. I set a notification in my phone to prompt me when the series was starting after watching the trailer /pilot ep (can’t recall if that was pre released). The Save Dark Matter campaign and the friends made through that helped me through my darkest time (losing mum) so DM will always be special because of that. Also for introducing me to an arrary of wonderful actors who’s careers I shall follow forevermore! Sorry this turned out to be longer than intended! Keep up the awesome work that you do Joe! Looking forward… Read more »

Nancy Leunens

My name is Nancy. I have an excessively boring job, so I’ve decided to start my own business. I make jewellery for men and women out of bone and wood. It’s my passion! My girlfriend and I have been together for eleven years and we have two dogs, one black male, one white female who light up my life. That’s about it!

Line Noise
Line Noise

Wow! So many interesting people and stories!

G’day! My real name is Shane but I’ve been using “Line Noise” as an online handle since around 1989 when I started my own dial-up Bulletin Board System called “The Halls Of Asgard”. I was doing the whole viking god thing before it was cool! If you were on the Internet during the early ’90s you may have come across an Internet BBS called ISCABBS run by the University of Iowa Student Computer Association. I was an administrator on there.

I was born and raised in Melbourne, Australia. I touched my first computer when I was 10 years old and was hooked! I’ve worked in IT ever since as a systems administrator. Linux is my operating system of choice.

I’ve lived all over the world including New Zealand, Tasmania and the United Kingdom but have been back in my home town of Melbourne for the last couple of years.

In New Zealand I worked for Weta Digital, Peter Jackson’s digital visual effects company, on the first two The Lord Of The Rings films. I also worked for Aardman Animations on their stop-motion animated feature film <a href=""The Pirates!. I was supporting the IT infrastructure for their in-house VFX department. I’d love to get back into VFX at some stage but there’s not a lot of opportunity in Australia. Currently I work for Australia’s largest real estate advertising company

I’m an avid baker and, when I’m not on a computer, I can usually be found in the kitchen baking bread, cakes, and cookies. I also make my own ice cream and regularly make chocolate confectionery. Yesterday I baked Cramiques, a Belgian brioche style bread that I fell in love with when visiting Brussels.

I’ve been into sci-fi since I was a kid, obsessed with Star Trek: TNG and Babylon 5 in my teens. I was slow getting into Stargate. Sci-fi on TV in Australia was hard to come by back then!

Quantum Mechanic®👽🌊 (@JamesEFinch)

Great to hear about you, Joe, especially that you moved to my favorite city. I’m from Buffalo, NY which is just an hour by plane from Toronto. I made my first movie in 1980 at CTV with Johnny Esaw and Cameron Rourke, both of whom have passed on, but were my first mentors in film and video. Most of my work has been in industrial films and videos since, but I produced a project in 2002 called Behind the Badge. We got a script and crew together, but financing fell through, so this gem never got released. I mentioned before that this was in Las Vegas, where I nearly died when the universe decided I needed to abandon my pursuit of major film making. Undaunted, 5 years later pursued it again, despite Karma warning me to stay away. The financial collapse of 2007/2008 and my loss of $10K of savings was the final nail in the coffin of movie pursuit except as a viewer. My adopted uncle Roy Thinnes and I did get together to work on The Invaders TV DVD series set in NY in 2008, which was a success, even if I had just a small part as associate producer. Haven’t done much since except pretend to be a comedian and be a genuine superfan of science fiction. My weird talent (aside from film) is voices. I can do hundreds of accurate voice impressions, including Morgan Freeman. I’ve confused a few people over the phone but other than that, it hasn’t been fruitful. Now, having retired as a professional video and audio editor, I just enjoy the various great TV and film efforts other people have created, including Stargate and Dark Matter. My goals now are to finish a Children’s book and graphic novel before I die from cancer, so that my son and grandson can have something creative from me besides a film and music archive, a hobby of mine. That’s my story and I’m stuck to and with it.

Jo Kemp
Jo Kemp

Hi Joe, I worked as a lab technician for 31 years until the company closed down 4 years ago, after some retraining I now work at a large church in northern Tasmania as a chaplain for the church and local community. It’s my dream job!!
I’m on Instagram as jo_the_chaplain and Twitter as Jo Kemp@Jo_the_chaplain.
Been married for 37 years, and have pet goats and 2 dogs – 1 jack russell who is almost 19 years old and 1 kelpie.
Love Stargate, Stargate Atlantis and Dark Matter.


Howdy, my name is Hadel and I am Jordanian-American. Family is from Madaba, Jordan. Baptized in a historical Church in Madaba (Saint George’s Greek Orthodox Church) now a tourist site. I have traveled and lived in many places such as Jordan, Holland, Italy, Republic of Ireland, Belgium, Switzerland, Austria, Egypt, UAE and of course United States. I am currently self-employed offering various services in Business Development, Marketing, Social Media, Management, Business training and content writer. I reside in Illinois and plus live in Madaba, Jordan so you can catch me on flight or in town. wink


Hi, my name is Peggy and I live in the Antelope Valley of Southern California. I was a professional pet groomer for 30 years but am now retired due to severe arthritis. I’m an avid photographer with an interest in HO scale little people and real animals. My Chihuahua, Buddy, is frequently my model. (he’ll do anything for food).

I collect HSO’s, (Horse Shaped Objects), mostly Breyer plastic models and have nearly 1,000 of them. I love Science fiction. My favorite TV shows being anything Stargate, Star Trek TNG and Dark Matter. (curse you SyFy) My favorite authors are Asimov, Clarke, Herbert and Vinge.

I’m also a real science geek and my favorites there are Neil deGrasse Tyson, Carl Sagan, Stephen Hawking, Albert Einstein and Richard Dawkins.

I’m also an artist and crafter currently creating mini cactus and potted plants for a small adobe house I hope to use in my miniature photography. I’m also working on items for a fairy garden but that is slow going as everything I buy for it seems to need repainting. Those dang companies need better quality control!!

I’m into computers since buying my first one in 1998 and have become the go to girl for my family and friends when research is needed and computers repaired. I have gotten a reputation for having a knack of being able to get into protected and locked out computers and accounts when people forget their passwords. I only use my powers for good, so please don’t ask. wink

What can I say, when arthritis pain doesn’t allow me a lot of sleep, I find ways to keep from being board.

I discovered Joe’s blog after seeing it mentioned on Gateworld one time and have been here ever since. Didn’t start posting here until a few years ago after finding out how nice people here are and love that Joe keeps us updated on his projects and actually enjoys interacting with his fans.

I think I’ve rattled on long enough.. It’s time for my meds and a happy pill and then back to painting.

Looking forward to learning and reading about others here. Thanks Joe for the invite.


Hi. I’m Sarah, @islandsarah on Instagram. I live in the Outer Hebrides of Scotland on a little island with 1,000 people, 3 pubs, one cafe, and one store. I’m a high school teacher (school has a total of 60 pupils) and I love my job. My island only got broadband last year so I didn’t have netflix or anything like that so my Stargate DVDs got me though the extremely wild winters. Before being a teacher I was an academic in the field of Island Studies. One of the main scientific journals in this field, Shima, was having a special issue on the myth of Atlantis. I wrote a paper about Stargate Atlantis and it was the first thing I ever got published. For that reason Stargate went from just something that I enjoy watching to having a special place in my life for kick-starting my career.

I like to travel and so far I’ve been to: Japan, S. Korea, China, India, Nepal, Russia, Romania, Hungary, Germany, Italy, Spain, France, Portugal, Denmark, Norway, Faroe Islands, Iceland, Canada, and USA. Bizarrely, the only place I’ve been to in Japan is Okinawa so I’m hoping to visit Tokyo and Kyoto soon.