Mr. President, You are the “fucking loser”

I’m not giving him any more of my time than this: Mr. President, you have the audacity to call Senator McCain “a fucking loser” for being captured and tortured by the Viet Cong. The good Senator served our nation with valor and honor. You dodged the draft with a “bone spur.” You denigrate our veterans,…

Screams from Next Door…What Will You Do?

There is a kindergarten class of 20 bright-eyed four and five year olds. A gas leak occurs in their school building. You live next door. You are incredibly comfortable, watching a movie, eating takeout from your favorite restaurant. Several friends are lounging with you. You hear children screaming for help. What will you do? My…

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…

Peter’s Coming Over for Dinner

Meanwhile, Melissa and her future mother-in-law Karen need to discuss September’s wedding guest list. Ethan changed plans and didn’t come home last weekend, but it’s okay since his mates were also scheduled to arrive and it ended up quieter around here. These are the days of my adoption within a New Zealand family. Originally scheduled…

How is New Zealand Different?

Running down the trail, sulphur fumes permeate my nostrils. Steaming gases rise in the distance. Blackened craters spew acidic steam. Just down the road, a traditional Maori village welcomes foreigners to watch–and learn, for men–the Haka war ritual. Sacred Maori lands are home to Middle Earth, where I ran as close to Mount Doom as…

Charlie Forever

Dear Son–Charlie, We could not even see you at first. You were curled up in the back of the cage, behind the other really cute cat that everyone wanted. After he was pulled out, your first human Mom and I peered in, seeing you looking so helpless, eyesight obscured by redness. You looked so sick….

Honeymooning in China

Just learned today from a Chinese colleague about paid honeymoons here in China… First off, women must be at least 20 years old and men 22 to get married. If you are at minimum age, by law you get 3 paid days off to honeymoon. If you are 23 or older you get 10 days….

Lessons Learned: Yokohama Marathon, November 10, 2019

Here’s the story, in short (in no particular order)… 1. Japanese volunteers, race officials and spectators are more vocal on the whole than perhaps any spectators I’ve encountered this side of Boston. 2. Japanese spectators outstretch their hands more for high-fives than anywhere else I’ve seen. 3. At 28k, there are gorgeous Carnivalesque dancers clad…

Better Than a Snow Day

November 3rd: What’s better for a teacher than a snow day?! When the Chinese government decrees all schools in Shanghai closed for TWO (2) days due to the annual International Import Expo. Yes, that’s right. At the noontime hour, I’m back at my second home–东外滩。The East Bund. Its a second Saturday repeating after the first….

China: Marathon Training Weekend

Friday, October 25th: 10 x 1 mile “Square” relay around Oriental Sports Center in Shanghai. Our InterSport team up against 106 other corporate teams from around Shanghai. Leigh & I rushed in from work, way from the other side of the city. Very little time to warm up–enough stretching time but only about 3/4 mile…

A Year In China, IV

Friends: I apologize for the formatting mess-up in this post. 

Tuesday, 10/08: 71 degrees, cloudy. Great conditions. Air somewhat improved,
 but still 120’s right now. Runable, but hoping for more improvement. Went 
out to run a few, but seems there was an endless recess period today. Kids
 from all grades, all directions, were flying around…