Three years have passed since the northeastern shores of Japan were hit by a massive earthquake and battered by a horrible tsunami. In the 1096 days since that horrible event, life has returned to normal for a vast majority of people across the nation. Even those in areas directly affected by the devastation have picked up and tried to move on with their life, as humans are wont to do. To mark the third anniversary of the occasion, I wanted to do something different from just writing a blog post. Time has altered my perception of the events, after all. So, rather than simply write about impressions, I made the second episode of My First Podcast dedicated to the topic of the Great Tohoku Earthquake.
March 11, 2014 2:46 PM
March 7, 2014 10:00 PM
The wife and I will be changing cellular carriers in the next few weeks, which means tha we'll get to go through the hassle of moving our phone numbers to the other company and speaking to a young sales person who will try their best to upsell us on every service they offer. Our monthly phone bill will be less than half with the new company than it is with the old, so the move will be a positive change. There’s just one problem: we’ll need to replace the fully functional phones we already have.
March 4, 2014 9:00 PM
My first real job was at Burger King, and it was with the first paycheque from that company that I bought a pair of glasses. The reason was quite simple, as I am horribly near sighted and have been for as long as I can remember. Buying those glasses allowed me to see the world in ways that I never thought possible … ways that millions of us take for granted each and every day. I still remember walking out of the shopping mall back in 1999 with my new pair of specs, bought 2-for-1 at eyeFocus, and looking across the parking lot at a building some 500 meters away and seeing just how clear its outline was against the blue sky above it. I remember being completely shocked to the point where my friend asked if I was alright. I was better than alright, though — I was simply enjoying the moment of clarity.
March 3, 2014 3:00 PM
“I am so nervous,” she said as we finished the last of our coffee. We sat at a local café situated between our two offices, having come here shortly after a lesson together earlier in the day. The invitation was made on her part, and I accepted knowing full well what she wanted to talk about. It was written all over her face, and has been for the better part of two years. The request was accepted to clarify a number of matters … the most important of which being expectations.
March 2, 2014 6:00 PM
As my 35th birthday quickly approaches I can’t help but think of the rather short expected lifespan a person can have when born into my family. Looking at the last 150 years, it’s true that the number has increased by five, but we’re still looking at the average male passing away before their 74th birthday and the average female a few years after that. None of my genetic family members of either gender lived beyond the age of 79. This means that I am fast approaching the median point of my expected time here. Have I accomplished any of the things I set out to do? Do I still have the ability to do so?