February 27, 2005

Osaka Sunset

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Wow, even a really cool sunset doesn't help this city look any prettier. Though I will admit, it was quite nice to actually see the sun for once, as the overnight shift has just about transformed Karen and me into vampires.

"So, why did you see the sun today?," you might ask.

Oh, well I'll be more than happy to tell you!

Due to a rare (hopefully), and one-night-only cancellation of our shift, we were forced to wake up and slide our schedule; meaning we had to head to work at 3 p.m.* As a result, I was able to, at very least, enjoy the bright sun as it set in the distance.**

It's not a big deal though, because- A) it's over and done with, and B) in early March we're heading off to Thailand*** to enjoy more of the wonderful sun, and I'm sure we'll catch up on any sleep we may have lost.

In other news, I've almost finished a book called Into Thin Air, which was given to me by Carrie and Sean for Christmas. It's an extremely well written book about the arduous trek up Mt. Everest in 1996, and the tragedy that occured which caught everyone by surprise. In fact, the IMAX movie Everest was filmed during the same time, and captured many of the documented moments in the book. For any of you climbers out there (specifically Chase), or anyone else looking for a real ass-kicking book, I highly recommend it.

That's all for now,

Cheers!


*Because we work the night shift, 3pm actually feels like 3am in comparison to a normal schedule. So, we worked from 11pm - 7:30am, slept for no more than 3 hours, and went back to work from 3pm-11pm. By switching a.m.'s to p.m.'s and vice versa, you can compare to your schedule and realize how difficult this might be (and was). In fact, it's almost as difficult as understanding what I just said.

**The view from this window actually points directly at our neighborhood. If the sun wasn't so bright, you could see the ferris wheel and huge white bridge that are right next to our apartment.

***We were considering going to Thailand over Christmas, but decided against it. If we had gone with our original plan, we would have been in Phuket the day of the Tsunami.

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February 19, 2005

New Gallery

I was thinking back to all the pictures I posted on the Poop Deck, and realized they were slowly beginning to fade away as the months began to pile on top of one another. So, rather then waste all of Alex's space by storing pictures that will never again see the light of day, I decided to put together a gallery for quick viewing pleasure.

It is still under construction, but all of the pictures are on there to date-

Now you can see Chuck and the beef log, trips to the zoo, Easter on the beach, crazy sites in Japan, and a whole lot more... all in an easy to navigate (I think) photo gallery.

You can find a permanent link on the sidebar of the Poop Deck, and I will add collections each time I post a new group of picures. But for now, you can reach the gallery by clicking here.

Also, don't forget, there are still many hidden pictures posted throughout the Poop Deck that you won't find in the gallery. So, if you're really bored, take a look back through the months for some extra photo's.

Hope you enjoy!

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February 10, 2005

Osaka Castle

Getting out of work at 7:30 a.m. is both good and bad. Most often, it's great to come home and eat breakfast for dinner. However, it also makes it very difficult to go out, as stores and resturants don't open until somewhere between 10 and 12. That said, I had a few hours to kill yesterday morning while I waited to meet Karen and Rebecca for a tasty chinese buffet dinner at noon, so I decided to head off to Osaka Castle.

It was quite peaceful, as mist was covering the park, the crowds hadn't yet filled the area, and the Grey Album gave me a surprisingly fitting soundtrack. I didn't go inside the castle, but enjoyed walking around outside for about an hour or so. Of course I took some pictures, but, as always, it was much cooler being there. Check 'em out!

Osaka Castle: it never occured to me the castle would have a moat. I was even more surprised to find out it had two!

Cheers!

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February 05, 2005

Time Keeps On Ticking

Just to remind everyone how fast a year goes by, I'd like to refer you to Andrew's site. He did a good job memorializing the journey that happened one year ago, and I think it's a good reminder that you never know what the future holds.

If we think back to that moment...

-Japan, for me, was not even an option

-Seattle, for Andy, was wishful thinking

-the future, for Karen, was an extraordinary oppertunity

-family, for Carrie, was unfamiliar territory

-the Stranger, for Chase, was a steady job

-the Beef Log, for Chuck, was still being digested

-the Poopdeck, thanks to Alex, was still very young

-the job, for Joe, was the same as always

-vacation, for Chris, was only a dream

Of course, these are just a few examples of how things can be completely different from what you expect. A lot can happen in a year, and it's impossible to predict your own future. A lot has changed in a year, and if you asked me in early 2004 "where would you be one year from now," I can assure you my answer would have been wrong.

One thing has remained consistent, though. No matter how crazy the idea, or how significant the decision may be, family and friends are always there to support and guide you. In my opinion, that's the most important thing of all, and I will always consider myself lucky, no matter what city, state, or country I end up in.

I look forward to another year of strange opportunity, and cheerful reunions.

Till next time,

Cheers!

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