Hiding

Shanghai Lockdown, Day 20: I rush to crouch down between edge of the track path and the row of hedges. A government official or community volunteer—pretty much synonymous—approaches, bullhorn blaring that blasted announcement telling us to not go outside. A young boy of around 9 rushes over next to me, lowering his head. He is…

Not So Fun Anymore

NOW, uncensored blogging: Fuck this. I’m going running later. Back into the shadows. We live in a huge apartment complex, chock full o’ people. You’re tellin’ me we can’t go outside, with sun-wind-tons of open spaces, masks on mind you, because of 2 new infections on other side of the canal? Fuck that. We’ve all…

Check Out This Podcast:

Please check out this new podcast episode, hosted by my friend Tiffanie from Louisville’s Seneca High… podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/s03e13-kyle-macy-hall-educator-writer-marathoner-chinaedition/id1141563918

Sometimes…

Sometimes in these troubled times I’m just compelled to jump on the subway and hop over to my own private Pirates adventure… (Seriously, I was alone with the pirates. It was magical and surreal.)

21 Days: COMPLETED!

Quarantine Day 21: Quarantine COMPLETED! Had to do 2 Covid tests since departing hotel one week ago. Final one was this morning. I ran to the local hospital where there’s a testing trailer set up out front. So, since departing Kentucky on November 21st, I’ve been tested 7 times: Once in Renton, Washington at a…

687

Quarantine Day XIV: Day of Hotel Departure & Day of REUNION! 687 Days separated from Serena In 5 hours, I step outside this hotel room for the first time in 2 full weeks. Then, I head home…home at least temporarily being my girlfriend’s studio apartment in Jiuting! Fun Fact: Jiuting is a large neighborhood (such…

The Triumphant Return, Part II (November 26th)

Quarantine Day III The Triumphant Return, continued from yesterday Pudong Airport Pandemic Protocols 8.Pre-checkpoint for “Health Quarantine” zone (right where we used to all shoot down escalator to show passports) >> lab results checked 9.Checkpoint for Quarantine —15+ thermograph temperature check cameras in front of us. Every single airport employee from customs and immigration to…

The Triumphant Return

November 25th, Thanksgiving Day Quarantine, Day I Sometimes, 1 minute changes the course of your life. After all this—674 pandemic days away—Operation Triumphant Return begins bearing fruit. My girlfriend is no longer 8,500 miles away.Now, it’s more like 8-10. Yet, the separation continues for two additional weeks. Much, much more to come. Patience, Daniel-san. Patience.

A New Beginning Awaits

Well, I may be a pandemic refugee who lost his job and hasn’t seen his girlfriend since January 21st, but let’s focus on the positive message of Calvin & Hobbes:

A New Beginning Awaits

Well, I may be a pandemic refugee who lost his job and hasn’t seen his girlfriend since January 21st, but let’s focus on the positive message of Calvin & Hobbes:

Thank You, New Zealand…

[written on 27 March] For taking me in for 64 days For all the vegan friendly shops and restaurants For your stunningly gorgeous mountains For your shockingly turquoise, jade waters For the opportunities to drink from icy cold, clear waterfalls For your commitment to protect this uniquely beautiful land For your honest attempts at reconciliation…