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…

REUNITED

Serena & Kyle are back! 686 days apart.Now, REUNITED. The last time we saw each other, January 21st, 2020, no one knew a thing about any COVID-19 or pandemic. Don’t give up, don’t ever give up…

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…

HOPE

Quarantine Day XI 685 days since my girlfriend Serena & I were last together. Approximately 75 hours until we reunite. BELIEVE

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.

It’s a Blessing

Was a bit hesitant. Didn’t want to jump ahead of elders using the “teacher card.” But I waited a couple extra weeks, allowing more Kentuckians to get vaccinated. Then, an appointment opened at this new vax site and I went for it. That’s what they’re all telling us to do, right? Go for it when…

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:

Stop the Red Line

This is why we need a mask mandate. This is why we have sensible restrictions for businesses. This is why, even when we disagree or question, schools have just closed. Observe the red line shooting up vertically. Here in central Kentucky, this is how quickly virus cases would rise if there were no restrictions. Of…