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Travel advice: Dress for success

I do think the author can’t help but come off as a bit of an elitist twit but I don’t fault the concept behind this article. As crappy as one can get to feeling after a long slog through the airways, it helps to at least be dressed nicely. Nothing extravagant and don’t compromise your comfort of course, but I find it easier to relax when I don’t look as wrung out as I feel, if that makes any sense. Dressing up for air travel: In defense of looking nice on a flight or train..

Handpanning: Spacedrum with Yuki Koshimoto

So I just got my first introduction to handpans from this interesting article about the production of them. After watching just this first video, of course I want one!

▶ Spacedrum by Yuki Koshimoto – YouTube.

Chuseok Ends

I’ve enjoyed the extra long Korean Thanksgiving holiday. Reduced our “stuff” in serious ways, both via a huge pile of trash and about 20 boxes of stuff (LOTS of books) for the garage sale coming up in a couple weeks. Took a couple bike rides and am ready for my first bike commute tomorrow. It’s getting cooler so we’ll see how well my natural insulation holds up. I’m very happy to be incorporating a 25 minute bike ride twice a day but I will miss the morning chats on the shuttle bus and the opportunity to catch up on some news podcasts. The sacrifices one must make.

The house is mostly unpacked and organized, I’d say it now looks more like a messy house than an un-unpacked one. Well there is the large exception of “my” room where I’ve got the computers and instruments. I promised to go through it during the holiday but somehow didn’t get to it. Maybe I can get it done by Saturday, otherwise it might not get done in time for the garage sale. It’s hard for me to give stuff up but I’m facing up to the reality that many of the projects I had planned just aren’t going to happen, especially in this lifestyle. And we have too much stuff to drag it all over the world every couple years. So I’m culling old computers and my academic library. There still are many activities that I’m struggling to let go of but it’s foolish, really, to keep clinging to the idea that I’ll devote the time to learning enough electronics to be able to tinker with stuff. It’s time to focus on the few things that I’m most interested in and let the rest go to someone who actually could make use of it.

In the meantime, I need sleep.

Sometimes, the b’ar eats you

Oh look at that, another post by me lamenting my abject failure to maintain any posting regularity and recommitting myself to posting more.

A few days after my last post here, the Eminent Spouse and Child arrived with the Eminent Feline. We had a whirlwind weekend of introductions and then they jetted back to Japan for the rest of the summer. I had high ambitions for the 10 weeks or so it was going to just be me and the pets. I was distracted with family, then with getting myself situated both in the house and at work and lost my focus on blogging here.

I was able to get off the base and into the city the first weekend to get my phone set up (we’ll return to this debacle later on) and took some pictures as part of the 100 Strangers project. I discovered 100 Strangers via my friend Tom Brouns, who incidentally has a phenomenal series of posts in his “found film” series about old film he bought that turned out to have been shot in South Korea soon after the war ended. I’ll put up these pictures as I can too.

But after that weekend, I took delivery of my stuff sent out of Nigeria and Japan, so spent a couple weekends unpacking and organizing that. Was nice to get my chair back! Then I was off to Japan after our National Day Celebration (I dressed up as Uncle Sam) for the weekend. I got back, got sick with an nasty office bug, and before I knew it, the family was returning and I’d barely explored the city. I did get out a couple times with friends for meals and whatnot but realized that you really can’t accomplish much during the week, so it’s essential to be effective and efficient on weekends.

A week before the girls were scheduled to arrive I was able to volunteer for a TDY assignment to the Solomon Islands, which was a terrific trip, both professionally as well as personally. It sucked that I missed their homecoming but as it turned out they got hit by typhoon and ended up delaying their their flight back by a couple days anyway. Right after they got back the rest of our stuff arrived from the US so we’ve been busting ass to get it all put away. The one possible complaint I could make about our house is that we don’t have much extra space, so we’re are aggressively reducing. It’s painful for me to admit defeat and get rid of many of the books I’ve long intended on reading, but its way past time to acknowledge the fact and stop dragging this stuff around.

So there’s lots to catch up on!