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Lessons on Life, Vol. 1

Sunday, June 4th, 2006

After three months of traveling, I’ve come to the conclusion that what makes a trip really worthwhile has very little to do with the places you go, and has everything to do with the people you meet. Sure, I’ve seen and done some really amazing things, but take my time in Taiwan as an example. If you’ve seen one or two temples, you’ve pretty much seen them all. Some are larger and more spectacular than others, but when it comes right down to it, a temple is a temple. And I suppose a pub is a pub too, but the things I’ll remember most are talking with the Taiwanese rockers and playing Liar’s Dice with my new friends who spoke almost no English. Turns out, the things I’m enjoying most while traveling are the are the same things that make me happy when I’m at home: hanging out with my friends, hiking, listening to live music, eating good food, etc. I guess the difference now is that because I’m “on holiday” as they say, I don’t have to worry about making the time to do all these things. So I guess the lesson is, holiday or not, take the time to do the things you enjoy. Try leaving the office on time for once, letting the laundry wait until tomorrow, and enjoying today.

I guess I don’t miss Oregon that much after all…

Thursday, April 27th, 2006

Ran across this news story the other day. Good old Oregon.

Oregon man survives 12 nails to the head

Off the Wheel…

Thursday, February 2nd, 2006

Last Tuesday was my last day at work. So now I’m both homeless and unemployed. Or as one friend put it, I’m a “man of leisure.” I think I like the sound of that.

I have to give a shout out to my former colleagues. The last five years working at the University of Oregon Foundation we’re really great. I worked with a lot of awesome people, learned a lot, had a lot of fun, and even made an ok living. If it weren’t for that job I wouldn’t be able to do this trip.

A week or so ago my boss asked me what was the first thing I was going to do once I didn’t have to go to work. My initial response was the usual responsible one. “Maybe sleep in a little, go to a doctor’s appointment, and probably run a bunch of errands,” I said. But a couple days later, I had to rethink that. Knowing me and my friends, I knew the correct answer was really “Recovering from a hangover.” Turns out both answers were correct. I mentioned in an earlier post that I’ve started getting all the shots and pills I need for my trip. On Wednesday morning I had to go to the clinic and get a couple of shots and also start my Typhoid vaccine. This is an oral vaccine that needs to be taken on an empty stomach, and you can’t eat for an hour afterwards. So I got to suffer through a horrendous hangover without being able to drink any coffee or eat any food. What the hell was I thinking when I planned that one?

Anyway, once I was able to eat and caffeinate, the hangover subsided and I spent the rest of the day shopping for gear. I’m supposed to be packing up what’s left of my belongings to put into storage (Thanks, Jeff!) and here I am buying more stuff. Go figure. But I got some cool gear, and the nice thing about shopping in February is almost everything is on sale. So far I haven’t paid full price for anything. I’ll post the list of goodies later. In the meantime, anyone want to buy some “business casual” wear?

Ultimate around the World

Wednesday, January 18th, 2006

For the past year or so, I’ve been playing Ultimate Frisbee with a city league team called the Orange Slices. This past weekend we played in the Winter Thing, a local tournament to raise money for the high school teams in Eugene.

Over the two days we played five games and had an absolute blast. And it got me to thinking about how I could play Ultimate while travelling. It turns out that Ultimate is popular all over the world.

So I guess if I ever find myself alone in a strange place and I don’t know the language, I’ll just pull out my frisbee.