Ugh.. 5:00 AM came much to soon. Everyone was downstairs and ready to leave by 6…well almost everyone… had one person that slept a little late and after several phone calls to his room, finally made it down by 6:15. Hiromi came over to say good bye and then Charlie, Toshiko and Seiya took rode with us to the airport. We are actually flying out of Kumamoto to Nagoya and then Nagoya to Detroit and then home. Kumamoto is a small airport and we are on ANA out of here. They would only issue the ANA flight and we would have to get the DL ones issued in Nagoya. Once we got our boarding passes, we had to send out checked luggage through the xray machine then they would tag our bag. That’s when it all went to hell.
It is so hard to explain to the Artists and Musicians what Country Gold really is all about. About Charlie’s life and why he does what he does. They took the time to get to know him and have this whole new appreciation for him. That what makes trips like this one love my job even more. I could not have asked for 8 better people to take to Japan.