Monthly Archives: January 2013

Sunrise In Cali-Day 1

A view of the sunrise from my bed!


Travel Day

My day of travel went well. There were no problems in sight. In fact my flight was a half-an-hour early leaving JFK and therefore a half-an-hour early getting into LAX…. UNHEARD of… but I was happy with it.

The van ride from the airport to long beach was interesting. LA traffic is very interesting. OH side note… did you know that on their on-ramps to get on the highways they have traffic lights. These lights only let three cars go at once before they turn red. And then they wait six seconds before they let three more cars go… apparently this helps with the traffic. I didnt witness how it helped but the shuttle driver assured me that it did. 

The ferry ride was really cool. Even though it was dark I could still clearly see the Long Beach/San Pedro shipping port. IT WAS HUGE. There were containers everywhere and the ships carrying them were wicked big!!!

Once we got past the port, I could see the lights of all the houses in long beach and LA. It was beautiful. It was not like east coast cities. There are so many houses and so many lights the land looks like embers in a smoldering fire; the flickering of orange light. It was very cool!


Up and away!

I am writing this post from the terminal inside JFK international Airport. The first leg of the voyage is over with 360 miles in the past! Another 2822 ish miles lie ahead. But All is well! I am good spirits and am having fun.

However this morning was was not a good time. And really the last day and a half has not been fun. Saying goodbye to Raye Anne, and then goodbye to most of karate students monday was really hard. I have worked with most of them for many years… but it was no less hard to say goodbye to the new students as well; Parker and Hunter, Bryce, Dylan, Jacob, Jacob, Keiling, Eli, Jennifer and others will always be in my thoughts! Thank you

Then saying goodbye to Debbie and Brooke from the bank and Master Keith, Grandmaster Hoe, Rik, Jeremy and Jennifer (for real this time) was extremely hard! Jennifer you have been such a wonderful friend and I look forward to talking to you all the time. It was really hard to say goodbye and I will miss you so very much. And Jeremy we have been friends for a long time and I have the utmost confidence that you will do great things, no matter how small or grand. Good luck my friend!  

And Michelle thank you for coming over and saying good bye last night. I love you so much and I will miss you!! You are wonderful.

Even though those good byes were hard… it compared little to the good bye I had to give my parents. Standing there in the security line in Portland… waiting, as the line slowly moves forward… the time finally came when I had to say ” well its that time” Saying good bye to my father who has always been there, from my soccer games as a child to my karate tournaments and to my college graduation. He is a great father, daddy, best friend and person. I love you so much dad. And what is there to say about my mother. The phrase “I love you” really does no justice. She started crying the instant I said goodbye. She is a wonderful mother and I thank her for that. She has always been there for me no matter what. I know it was hard for her and I am a mommas boy and it was very hard for me to… i was fighting back the extreme water works the entire time.

“The process of letting go is like taking a journey to the center of your being.”
Darren L. Johnson 


4 Days :)

Today was a good day! First I spent the morning with a cup of coffee in the company of one of the greatest women and educators I have ever know. Mrs Benedict is such a wonderful lady and I have so much to learn from her wisdom and grace. I love spending time with her. It is always an adventure in its self. Today we watched “The Witness: From the Balcony of Room 306″ a documentary about the assassination of Rev Dr Martin Luther King jr. It was inspiring and humbling… a great account of his last days. 

After a great coffee get-together I tried to come home and pack some more…. HA HA. I moved two shirts to the luggage and was done…. Call of Duty: Black Ops was a much more pressing issue then packing. lol. 

After beating the campaign I got to hang out with Cameron for a little while… If you dont know who Cameron is, he is like a little brother to me. I met him at karate 5 years ago and since then I have been trying to look after him as much as I can. He is a great person who just needs more guidance then most. Anywho, I spent some time with him. I helped him with some drivers ed stuff and did some flag sparring at the dojo. Its always nice to spend time with him

My night included a nice private lesson from Kyoshi Brent Crisci. 32 movement broad sword kata from the sholin temple…. cool stuff. I got half of the kata and need to seriously work on stances and the fluidity that Fung-Fu is known for. 

Finish the day up watching Gardiner boys Basketball defeat Belfast with my dad, sister and Frankie. Not my favorite sport but I was with great people so what more can you ask.

All and all a great day! Busy weekend coming up and crazy packing in the next few days. 

Have a great day everyone!! And go Have an adventure. 🙂