Guten Morgen… I have arrived in Germany, as I think my last post has stated. I am seemingly over the jet lag at this point, although it is 7:45 here and I am fast away, writing on the blog for my loyal reader(s). Here are some pics of Lili and Wesseling, where her parents live. The planning of the wedding is coming along nicely. Now that I am here in Germany, Lili and I both feel much more connected and more at peace with the current situation that is happening with my job. We are a team and we will get through this slightly rocky part of the journey. Its pretty amazing when you spend your adult life fending for yourself to then move into a shared situation where you have dual incomes and dual responsibility–now when I make a mistake, I have two people to answer to. It’s a great feeling and it has been such a long journey to get to this point, for me and for her and for […]
I just booked a flight to Frankfurt, arriving at 7am on Sunday morning. I have never needed to get out of an area than this moment. It difficult to come to terms with how badly this deal has worked out, how political jobs can be at times. Everyone makes mistakes, but this time, no mistakes were made and I feel like I am imprisioned. I have decided to run off to Germany as the wedding is a month away and there is little chance that I will be working until after the wedding. The time here has been dark, even though the sun shines brighter here than anywhere I have been since Thailand. …More later.
I heard from an old friend today from China whose family lives in Sichuan province, where the recent earthquake hit. One of her Uncles (I am not sure if this is a real Uncle as the Chinese commonly refer to male friends of the family as uncle) two sons were both killed in earthquake and only one of the bodies has been recovered. Things like this should not happen on such a tragic scale anywhere in the world, but it will continue to occur in China as they march at alarming rates toward industrialization. Here’s why: The Chinese are going through their own modern day renessiance. building at alarming rates with no attention to structural intregrety or safety–all of these things will come later in the modernization of China, when the stuff that they built to get through the building process collapses and they realize that building need to be made safer. This is the thing that saddens me so much about the Chinese system of government. Throughout China, a quake of […]
I have been trying to for the last couple of weeks to write about what is happening here in Mobile, but it has been difficult to express my feelings without fear of recourse. I was actually questioned about my blogs, like the HR department of this company forgot that there is the first amendment in the country, which allows me to speak whatever is on my mind as long as I am not slandering anyone. So, if you are reading this blog, please remember that it is my right as a citizen of the United States of America to be able to freely express my speech and it is protected by the laws under which we all operate in this country. I quit my job in Seattle to pursue an opportunity here that seemed to be the perfect fit. It is now painfully apparent that this is not the correct fit and that my intuition, which is rarely incorrect, was in fact, incorrect. The situation now leaves me in quite the peril […]