Betsy tends to plug in to social groups wherever we move–whether it’s a group of runners or a facebook association that she stalks without comment. This has helped her twig to some pretty amazing things for our family to do. One of them, of course, was to dress up like Mario Brothers and drive street-legal go-karts around Tokyo for a date. It was awesome, and reasonably priced. We ordered some pretty cheap Mario-Kart costumes off amazon and went over. The employees were a bit surprised to see that we brought our own costumes, and they had a great selection if we had wanted to use theirs. (We had to go with the two brothers, because the cheap options were Mario & Luigi, or Mario and risque Princess Peach. Of course I thought Betsy would look great in the Princess Peach outfit, but she wasn’t comfortable flashing that much skin around town.) The Karts went pretty fast, but didn’t have speedometers, so we couldn’t be too sure exactly how fast. We drove them to our house, to say hi to the kids, swung by the Wares’ house, and of course, buzzed Shibuya crossing and Omotesando and Harajuku. It was pretty awesome, and to top it off, when we went to church the next day, Nate Farnsworth had been in Shibuya and caught us on video!