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Jonathan Wong March Editorial - Wong Way

Living Life Without Reservations?

Jonathan Wong
Apr 9, 2007

Living Life Without Reservations?
Yeah, I Think I Could Handle That

Calling Mr. Anthony Bourdain-are you out there? Like he'd ever read this. But one can dream that the Travel Channel's cuisine guru picked this up along with a copy of Cheri while en route to some exotic locale! Right now there's no life I envy more than this man's. Chef, world traveler and man willing to stuff anything down his mouth in the name of fine dining-truly living for the new experiences the world and life have to offer. Wow, simply wow. Someday that's the gig I'd want, and the way I see it, being a writer for Super Street is almost like Bourdain's life, except I'm aiming to please the automotive masses as opposed to the culinary fiends. Flying to Atlanta and chowing down on roasted turkey legs ain't exactly four-star dining.

But I can also look at it this way: in about three weeks (as of press time, kids), I'll be gearing up for my annual Tokyo Auto Salon shindig. This trip is my Anthony Bourdain moment. I can almost feel the crisp, cool air as I step outside Narita airport, glancing out the shuttle bus windows at an unfamiliar metropolis. I'm ready to roam the halls of a convention center where lights, music and foreign words will overwhelm my entire existence as I try to bring you the automotive goodness that only Japan can provide. I'm going to take every opportunity to scarf down as much real home-style food I can find-sushi, blowfish, the things on menus I can't even pronounce or shouldn't know what they actually are. This trip will become another "yes, I love my job because I get to _____," and you'll hate me for it...again.

This time I'm actually going to take my lazy ass to AAA so I can get an international driver's license. Maybe there'll be some more exciting stories to share being in a strange land with a bunch of cool toys.

By Jonathan Wong
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