Heavy on my mind…

October 6, 2015 // 1 Comment

I felt the same way that Obama did when he gave the speech this past week– here was our president again, saying how senseless the violence is, how it should be different.. and then he gives the examples that we all know– we have a congress that is split and because of that split, nothing gets accomplished.  This country doesn’t get to move forward, we stay in the same place, neutral.  Neutral isn’t safe, its not progressive and its not liberal, its status quo and status quo is killing people– its killing people in daily gun shootings, its killing people in mass shootings, its killing small children.  It’s not something anyone wants to talk about.  I don’t want to be blogging about it right now, but I am going to because I can’t stop thinking about it. I don’t live in violent America.  I have fired a gun four times in my life.  If I don’t ever do again, I am totally fine with it.  Guns are not necessary is any format, […]

Death on the High Seas

September 16, 2015 // 0 Comments

I have been thinking a lot about last weeks post about wrapping up seeing Dave Matthews at the Gorge– the tour ended soon after I wrote that post and I am still thinking about what it is about the music that kept me so loyal over the years — I found it something particularly hard to explain to my father, who has for years watched me to go to these shows and he and my mom would both ask why the hell I would go and watch the same band so many times.  My immediate response would always be that it is hard to explan, they wouldn’t understand, blah blah blah. The reality is/was that I didn’t have a reason in particular other than the face that time after time, I would happen to catch what appeared to be a great set and I would just keep coming back for more. But on the other hand, I also started to realize that what draws me to the music is that it all feels so […]

Winding down

September 14, 2015 // 0 Comments

The end of summer has always been a busy time and this year was no exception.  Last week I talked about my last trip to the Gorge to see Dave Matthews for awhile, but I don’t think I mentioned that we were going to the Gorge the very next weekend to close out the season with a Foo Fighters show.  That is what we were up to this weekend and it was another great weekend with some good friends.  We opted to get a hotel at the last minute over camping at Wildhorse campground again.  We couldn’t get a place in Ellensburg, we Moses Lake was our destination for the night– 40 miles in the opposite direction, but when you are in Eastern Washington, 40 miles of road is like 12 miles of city road.  It added a little bit of time to get there, but overall it was worth it. The show was a great one to end on– Gary Clarke Jr. was the opening act and I feel like he […]

The Last Stop

September 9, 2015 // 0 Comments

As we rode up from the Gorge pit for the last time, I couldn’t help but get a little nostalgic watching the view from the back of a golf cart traveling to the General Parking area.  It is time to hang up my Dave Gorge shoes for a little while.  The band played their 50th show at the Gorge this weekend and its not too many of those shows that I didn’t attend.  I think the only three pack of shows I missed entirely was 10 years ago when I was in China. Giving up the Gorge has been on my mind for a few years now, really since having children, but the addition of Liam makes it simply too long to be away from your family.  Four (for some five) days away from your kids is a lot of time– sure people do it all the time, but these little guys– I miss too much being gone.  I missed the life that we have now– and I would say I also missed […]

Waxing Nostalgic

August 29, 2015 // 0 Comments

I received an email this week from Fiona, my colleague that I worked with to get the teaching job in China.  She emailed to let me know that it has been 10 years this week since I first arrived in China. 10.years.  It’s hard to believe that I answered an ad in craigslist for a teaching job in China, got the job, got the visa, travelled to China and became a teacher for a year.  Harder to believe that was 10 years ago.  This has been the busiest decade of my life.  I taught in China, met my wife in China, travelled, got Married in Germany, worked for Microsoft, had a son, got more jobs, bought a house, had another son and here we are. The decision to go to China was an easy one– provided the whole thing wasn’t some kind of sham.  Answering an ad on craigslist hardly seemed like a secure way to get a teaching job in China, but I remember I was at work at AT&T (where I work now… Oh, […]

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