Some people might think that traveling on Friday the 13th is asking for trouble, I am just quietly hoping that the plane might be less than completely full, so that I can stretch out across a couple of seats. However, I'm flying JAL, so I'm likely to be disappointed. Their typical passenger might avoid the inauspicious 4th of the month, but is unlikely to have any fear of the 13th.

In any case, here I go again. New York to Bangkok via Tokyo, twenty-four hours of air travel padded out at either end with a few hours of local transit, airport waiting lounges and mandatory shoe searches.