Today is a beginning of a car free weekend, after an extremely busy week at work, my weekend finally begin with a happy hour with my buddies Colin and Brian. The weekend began with heading to Blue Acre in downtown for Colin’s special happy hour. My good friend Colin left Sparling for another position. Oh how quickly time passes, I remember when Colin started with Sparling 3 years ago. So since after the HH I was planning to join my other friends in Alki, I decided to ride down with Colin and Brian and then take public transportation to Alki. After hunting around downtown trying to find the bus to pier 50, I was finally at the Seattle Water Taxi to Alki. It’s pretty cool, I’ve been in Seattle for 4 years and I have never taken the water taxi.
The Water Taxi
It is so nice, once I got to Alki, I just jump on the DART shuttle and it drop me right at the Alki beach where my friends are BBQing.
As you can see this is a beginning of a beautiful weekend!!!
Today is a special day… I remember 26 years ago, the day after 8/8 Father’s day we left Taiwan and was on my first flight across the Pacific to America. I remember flying a 747 over to LAX and then because we our flight during the layover, the airline put us in a hotel in LAX. I remember watching American cartoons for the first time in the hotel. Even though I did not understand a word, but I loved it. I remember flying to Houston from LAX. During the flight I remember seeing the Southwest landscape and thought it looked just like a model terrain. I remember flying into Lafayette and reaching my new home in Louisiana. So many things have changed in 26 years. I remember not knowing how to speak a word of English, I remember leaving Lafayette, I remember graduating high school, I remember graduating college, getting my first real job, leaving Alabama, I remember becoming an American, moving from Houston to Ephrata, moving to Seattle, and of course meeting my lovely wife.
So many things has happened in the last couple of weeks that I’ve been way to busy (or lazy) to update my blog. Anyways, lots of bike riding, I’ve also got lots of flats and lot of pictures to show. I will try to update some today. Anyways, I do have one pressing issue. my personal webserver been acting up, I am really thinking about switch over to a paid hosting service. Oh more monthly fees. I really don’t want to do that, but it is just getting too time consuming for me to continue to maintain my own web server. I just want it to work dangit!!!
This weekend was great, we had the only sunny day in months and this Saturday for the first time in many years I washed my own car. I pulled out my old car washing gear from the Ephrata days and washed my car and Vicky’s car. It was also the first time that Vicky washed a car.
Afterward, we went to pick up Vicky’s friends at the airport. They came from China and from Vancouver. We had a chance to enjoy some wonderful dim sum and then did the tourist things around Seattle. I actually saw a place that I haven’t been before. It’s the gum wall in Post Alley. Pretty disgusting but still pretty unique.
Afterward we visited Queen Anne hill and then went to Fremont for a short walk about.
The Dinner was wonderful. I grilled some lemon shrimp and Vicky cooked some wonderful food.
On Sunday, the weather was not as great, but we visited the Future in Flight Tour at the Boeing plant. It was pretty cool. It’s amazing to see the 747 still in production, it is the plane that brought me to the US. It is also the plane that carried the Space Shuttle (which is now retired), so sad.
But all in all it was a wonderful Weekend… and now it’s Monday… it is all wet and nasty again :(.
I never ran a marathon before, I’ve never biked over 50 miles before, but recently I decided to take a chance and signed up for STP with my two best friends. STP for those that don’t know is a bike ride from Seattle to Portland (http://shop.cascade.org/content/events/stp), hence the name STP. The ride to Portland is around 202 miles. The plan right now is to do it in two days. Day 1 will be approximately 120 miles and around 80 miles the second day. With that said, I am starting to train and I find that I am so out of shape. So today is my 3rd ride to work this year. The weather is still cold, but it suppose to turn around. However, it still seems a little gray. I think it will get better this afternoon.
So also as part of my training, I will be signing up for the Tour de Cure. I haven’t decided how much I will ride yet but stay tuned.
So many things have been going on lately after I got married, I haven’t really had time to make much updates, but I do miss posting on my blog and BTW my blog is almost 9 years old!!! Can you believe it!!! The next couple of weekends will be pretty exciting so I will hopefully post some more and keep this blog alive.
Happy Thanksgiving everyone. 2010 has been an interesting year. There are many things I am thankful. I am thankful for Vicky, I am thankful for my family, I am thankful for my friends, I am thankful for my work, I am thankful for the successful purchase of my house, I am thankful for the surgeons in Beijing, I am thankful for the skillful Delta pilots, and I am thankful for everything in this interesting year.
So a major snow storm hit Seattle this week, it is not as bad as the one in 2008, but still shut down most of the city. So today is actually pretty amazing. The sun is out it’s beautiful out, but below freezing the entire day. After working most of the morning in my office. I decided to take a break and walk around the neighborhood and take some pictures. The walk reminded me so much of my time in Ephrata, WA. The crusty frozen ground, the cool air, the patches of slippery ground. Gosh, I really miss Ephrata.
Today, I got my first ever email from my Mom. :) It’s pretty amazing. My dad set mom up with a Macbook pro with chinese hand writing ability. So now she is on the internet sending emails in Chinese :).
So it has been a very long time since I wrote in my blog and since I am in the middle of my craziness at work on a Sunday, what better time to write a little bit about what have been going on so I won’t forget all the little things.
So Let’s start from now and go back to where we last left off…
Today.. I am working in the office today… overwhelmed with 2 major projects. Oh and I also receive my new glasses… which is incredibly fast. I ordered them on line on 05/20/2010. Which means I got them in 2 days!!!!! oh and it was only 15 dollars with lens and coatings and all!!! Coastalcontacts.com baby!!!
I may post a picture later if I have time.
Yesterday (05/22/2010), we spend an entire day looking for carpets and paint colors…. why? well… look below…
This past Friday (05/21/2010), I was suppose to be a home owner, however, the stupid lender decide not to fund in the last minute and then decided that they made a mistake and will be funding me. So I will be closing on Monday!!! Oh … I guess I will be a home owner soon!!! yeah!!!
This past Friday was bike to work day, and I biked to work going my fastest getting to work for an 8AM meeting. 54minutes from my townhome to my office!!! just short of 14mile/hour average time. I am getting stronger. In the afternoon, I took on the challenge of 8th Ave NE going south bound. Yes, it was a super step hill and on top of that it was pouring !!!! I was soaked!!!
Wednesday, my folks arrived in Seattle.
Monday, I biked to work with my new bike seat… I felt the comfort and more power!!!
2 weeks ago… I was back in NYC for my second trip for my project.
about a month ago… oh I signed contract for a new house.
I was reminded that today is my 3 year anniversary with Sparling, my current company. It is hard to believe that 3 years ago I moved from the little town called Ephrata to Seattle. It was 3 years ago that I started my life in Seattle. So many things have changed since that time and more changes are coming … stay tuned!!!
Our final day in NYC was pretty easy and relaxed. Vicky and I spend most of the time in central park and just relaxing and really enjoying the city. It makes me think that I maybe able to live here one day? oh maybe.. maybe not.
Woo hoo, after exciting graduation, I am now a Master of Science in Information Assurance. Yeah!!!
Few comments about my masters graduation. I am very excited and nervous about my graduation it was interesting. During the pre-graduation reception, the engineering college offer us a one minute speech time…. yes and my most memorable experience in Iowa State is being signaled off the stage for talking over my one minute time … it was actually very funny
The graduation was good, however, after seeing all the cool gowns of the PhD students, it really makes me want to get a PhD just for that Oh maybe in another 10 years.
Speaking of 10 years, I graduated from Auburn in 1999 for my Bachelors. In 10 years, I finally got my Masters. Thanks for everyone that supported me, especially my parents for encouraging me to get a Masters degree. Thanks Mom and Dad.
Also can you believe it … I actually accidentally meet couple of my classmate during graduation. yes… my classmates were all online classmates. I also met another guy, who also took exactly 10 years to get his Masters. Both of his graduation was on the same day Dec. 18 1999 and 2009. Cool huh?
So… it has been a while since my last blog entry… I haven’t been blogging doesn’t mean life hasn’t been moving. Actually, it is very much the opposite. So this past weekend was Labor day. as usually, I went back to Auburn for Labor day. It was also my Mother’s 60th birthday!!! The trip was good had plenty of good food and Auburn Won their first game of the season!!!..
oh don’t worry… more pictures to come when I get home. But as for now… let’s talk about on board Wi-Fi!!!
Woo hoo… so this flight from Atlanta to Seattle actually have on-board wifi…. actually .. I am writing on it right now!!! So of course as a super geek… I took pictures.
and I ran speed tests.
All in all it’s pretty nice…
For on-board wifi it is pretty nice. 1.5mb/s down and 256k up. Not too bad.. .. I was not able to get voip to work… VPN works but very unusable. Youtube is watchable… but I wonder how many people can watch it at the same time.
The only problem I see is that my battery will only last 4 hours and the flight is 5 hours… yikes…
Well… I actually have to work now.. on the plan and send something out… ha ha … anyways… short week this week
I been felling a bit depressed and stressed the last couple of days. Mainly I guess I feel like I am stuck… I still haven’t finish my school stuff… and I am not making any good progress, and as time passes I get more stress and more depressed and don’t want to work on it anymore. The feeling is very very awful. During the day I am absorbed by work work and at night I don’t really want to do any work but this thing is just hanging over me and I don’t feel like having any fun until I am done. Gosh… can I just hit reset and start all over? Of course not that will be too easy. So I just have to move on and deal with my poor choices.