It’s the Gas

Second I came out of my bedroom this morning, Serena tells me there’s no hot water and the stove is unusable. I contacted Mr. Lim, the company’s housing coordinator, via WeChat. He messaged back within 1 minute: Hi,You need to take the gas card to recharge. There is a recharging machine at the entrance of…

A Heavy Price?

Yes, I DO live in China. Sometimes, running freely hither and yonder, prancing around Disneyland, eating at wonderfully cozy vegan cafes, drinking tea in little tea shops, it’s easy to forget we are living within a non-democratic society (choosing my language carefully there). Then, as I’m heading out of my apartment on this beautiful day…

A Question

Running down a country road today, past the strawberry farm, a pretty 30-something year old lady stopped her car and invited me in for a ride. Dressed fully in black—from my black BRONX beanie, to my all black Hokas, I was trotting along in the rain. I thanked her and told her this was my…

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

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.

Bill

The Beatles are playing more in heaven today, welcoming Bill— 18 August, 1961 (Lake Placid, NY, USA) – 01 May 2021 (Zurich, Switzerland) Fellow vegetarian-historian-avid newspaper reader-world traveler… In November, you flew home suddenly from Shanghai to Zürich. Now, you’ve passed on, too soon. Thank you, Bill, for your friendship, fellowship, adoption of little Rocky…

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…

Canceled

Now what?! If you’d told me even 3 days ago: “You will be in the USA on Friday,” I would have replied: “You are insane.” And yet, “here I am,” as Skid Row so aptly said. After this layover, and on into Los Angeles, I honestly do not know what awaits me.