Update from normalcy SF

2010-11-12 19:11:00-0800

Since I haven't been traveling, it's been a long time since I've actually written on my blog. Right now I'm sitting on my front steps in Chinatown, SF, sipping on cognac and waiting for my wife to come home with the key to our front door.

I've been working back at GWOS where I was contracting before my last trip to Asia. Tien is going to cosmetology school here in SF and we're waiting and waiting on immigration to give Tien a green card. Contrary to what I believed, getting married does not solve any immigration problems.

I've been thinking a lot about life and about traveling lately, comparing my–our current situation to what it was like last year. This time last year Tien and I had just arrived back in Binh Hoa from a trip to Da Lat. It was still my second trip. Near the equator the daylight does not go away in the winter time, and in Vietnam there is no daylight savings time darkening your evenings. I can't imagine why on earth they call it daylight savings time when it takes your daylight away...

As for photography, it's been a little tough to remember to photograph things every day. The life of a technologist is not the life of a photographer, only one can be primary. Logical thought and art use two separate parts of the brain, and creativity in the visual, optical sense has almost nothing to do with the abstract, logical sense. I must admit, I've cheated on my 365 project twice this year... thanks to my technologist side, nobody will ever know which days I cheated on, as I've fixed my exif data.

I'm looking forward to traveling again, anywhere, but for now it's time to sit tight, save money and let things that need to be accomplished be accomplished. Tien needs to finish school, immigration needs to do its thing, and the holidays.. oh the holidays. I want to say that winter needs to get the hell out of the way, but I know that if I just sit back and enjoy it then I may actually have a good time. Luckily for me, San Francisco winters are warmer than the summers, if not a bit more wet.

On the topic of travel, since Tien is technically in the country illegally since her visa has expired and the US has no (to my knowledge) intermediary status between on a fiancé visa and legal resident, we can't really travel outside the country. This is one of the many problems with immigration... they say it's legal if you're here as long as you've filed your paperwork, but there's nothing to show that you've filed your paperwork, so as far as anybody knows she's illegal. Anyhow, we can't travel outside the country, and it's risky even traveling inside the country. When we do travel inside the country I have a few places lined up...

I want to visit Hawaii. I've never been there even though everybody I know has told me to go there. It's beautiful, the ocean is warm, it's a photographers dream. To top it off, I have a friend or two there who wants to show me the local spots. Sounds great! Line that up for 2011.

I want to visit NYC. I've always wanted to. Last time I had a plan to do so was just before 9/11. In fact, my travel arrangements to the east coast were on 9/18, the first day you were allowed to fly after 9/11. Needless to say, I canceled my plans to visit NYC and stuck to the easy stuff, although a 6,000 mile drive home wasn't exactly easy, even without the thieves and luggage rack coming undone on the freeway. So, I've never been there but I'd love to go. I have a few friends who live there, and a few friends in the not so nearby cities like DC and Boston, which means NYC deserves a good chunk of time above the good chunk of time that NYC already deserves.

I want to visit Alaska again. It'll be my third time, Tien's first. Alaska is breathtakingly beautiful. Just gorgeous. My aunt lives up there and I fully plan on visiting her next summer during the solstice, which is a photographers dream come true. The sun goes across the sky at a severe angle, never straight above, which leads to hours upon hours of evening and morning light conditions. The landscape is wonderful, the weather is wonderful, the people are wonderful, the outdoors are wonderful. Can't wait to get back to Alaska...

Which brings me to a slight digression from domestic travel... I met My while I was in Alaska, an her family graciously hosted me while I was in Thailand. I regret not having spent more time there... My schedule wasn't planned, I never knew where I'd be from day to day, and I skipped out early on Thailand to spend a few days in Laos before returning to Vietnam, staying for a few weeks and flying off to Malaysia for a week. I *seriously* need to revisit Malaysia, Thailand and Laos, in that order, proceeding on to Sapa and the rest of northern Vietnam. Maybe even stop off in Burma for a while...

So, back to domestic travel, there are a few other places I'd like to go that I've never been. Mt. Rushmore, The Grand Canyon, Florida, even Yosimite for heaven's sake. Hmm.... Maybe I should drive there this weekend or so... before selling the car, of course. Tien and I bought a scooter and it's wicked cool for getting around the city.

And of course, back to Colorado for the holidays. That's the next plan, with a possible jaunt down to San Diego for Thanksgiving. We'll see... But just writing about my travels has perked me up. And of course the cognac had something to do with it, I'm sure... But I do miss traveling, and I do miss SE Asia and the warm weather. On the cold days, I dream of floating in the Bai Sao waters where it was hard to find a spot cool enough to swim. I look at those photos and wonder what on earth I'm doing in dark, cold San Francisco...

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Leaving Binh Hoa and Saigon

2009-06-07 23:06:00-0700

At 5:30 yesterday three long shadows headed for the bus to Saigon. Thu, Tien's sister, saw Tien and I off. One week after arriving in Binh Hoa we were headed back to Saigon, back to the airport.

One earbud and one earplug each, Tien and I lost ourselves in …

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A relaxing weekend

2009-06-06 20:06:00-0700

Sunday morning in Binh Hoa village, the plans to go to the beach fell through two different ways due to cultural customs. That stuff sure can get in the way... That's OK though, one more relaxing day in Binh Hoa will be fine.Tien and Ngoc

Yesterday afternoon was relaxing and wonderful. Nearly …

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One Week in Vietnam

2009-06-05 22:06:00-0700

Saturday morning in Binh Hoa, I've been in Vietnam for nearly a week now and I it's been a good gentle immersion in to Asian culture in the tropics. Tonight Tien and I will go by overnight bus to Vung Tàu Beach, which is about 20km outside Ho Chi Minh …

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Another day in the shop

2009-06-05 00:06:00-0700

There's nothing incredibly exciting going on yet. We were going to plan my trip to Ha Long bay yesterday but the power outage kinda messed that up. Today we're going to square that away, and tomorrow we'll probably be going back to Ho Chi Minh City.

This morning I woke …

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Crusin' and Relaxin'

2009-06-04 01:06:00-0700

Today I was planning on taking part of the morning to check online for options to go to Ha Long bay and to call Igor to ask him about some comments he left concerning traveling Laos and Cambodia. Before doing that we had a somewhat American breakfast with eggs and …

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Anime Lunch

2009-06-03 01:06:00-0700

Today Tien and I sat at the market where her family store is and talked a long time about language, world culture and classical music. I tried to also explain some things about computers and networking, which was preceded by my saying that I was intrigued by the problem of …

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Trip to Câm Mountain

2009-06-02 16:06:00-0700

Yesterday morning I was greeted by a large spider on the floor of my hotel room. Mai showed up shortly afterwards and brought me back to their house where we ate and talked and showered.

We eat frequently here, though not a lot. There are 8 females in this house …

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Blogging from a VN Hotel

2009-06-01 07:06:00-0700

Tonight I am staying near Tien's house in a $4 hotel room with no toilet seat and a dirty bidet nozzle.

$4 hotel room One hour ago I was on the back of a scooter riding through a warm gentle rain, sharing an earbud with Mai listening to Kaskade off my non-phone-functioning iPhone …

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Scooters and stuff

2009-05-31 07:05:00-0700

I haven't been in Saigon one day yet and I already know the one word that would sum it up. Scooters. It's like everything here is a scooter. I see people doing everything possible with them, from selling corn to hauling TV's 4 at a time. It's actually really really …

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Good Morning Vietnam

2009-05-30 19:05:00-0700

I woke up on a mattress in Saigon this morning, a rooster crowing outside the window and a lizard crawling up the wall.

I decided to throw caution to the windo and went against what everybodytold me to do: be safe. I jumped on a scooter with Tam and headed …

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Made it to Tokyo

2009-05-29 23:05:00-0700

Tokyo Narita Airport runway My flight to Tokyo was fantastic, best flight I've ever had. There were video games, movies, fresh fruit, wine, two meals served with metal silverware complete with wine, hot tea and coffee and ice cream for dessert. I almost didn't want to get off when we landed...

So here I …

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1 hour left

2009-05-29 11:05:00-0700

Waiting for airplanes is always the same, they just can't arrive soon enough, but then you know you'll just be stuck on it for a long time anyway, so what difference does it make? It's a waiting game... So you wander around, look at cute girls and wonder what music …

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Waiting at SFO

2009-05-29 09:05:00-0700

SFO, May 2009I am currently sitting in the check-in area of SFO's international area, waiting. I'm a little underwhelmed by having to wait in this boring section of the airport, but Lisa may come visit me before I pass through security so I have to wait out here.

I managed to pack …

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12 Hours Left

2009-05-28 22:05:00-0700

Go this wayMy last night in the USA is being spent sorting my things into ziplock bags and fitting them into my backpack in a way that will be conducive to easy traveling.

Liquids are in the TSA standard 3-1-1 fashion in the top-front pocket where they are easily reachable at the …

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48 Hours

2009-05-27 14:05:00-0700

In 48 hours I'll be flying over the Pacific Ocean on an airplane bound for Tokyo.

This morning I woke up and wasn't sure where I was. The feel of the bed and the Wall•E bed set reminded me that I realized I was in Maks' room. Looking out …

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Memorial Night

2009-05-25 22:05:00-0700

Sunshine at Heritage It's the night of Memorial Day, the Memorial Night. I'm sitting in 4211 #1 having finished a bottle of Bogle 2006 Old Vine Zinfandel with Lauren. I was just developing photos from a day out with Donna and listening to jazz as Brianna got dressed for a date.

I love …

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4 Days left

2009-05-25 10:05:00-0700

Today is Memorial Day and it will be the most memorable for me because as of today my brother is now out of Iraq forever! He's finishing his second tour and is now officially out of Iraq, waiting only one day in Kuwait before returning to Germany. So so so …

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5 Days Left

2009-05-24 10:05:00-0700

It's been crappy weather in San Francisco this weekend, honestly I've been thinking about heading back to the south bay. This is the freedom that being a vagabond gives you. Instead of doing that when I woke up on the 4211 couch, I went to Java Beach instead. I've been …

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My Last Friday

2009-05-22 23:05:00-0700

Today I headed out from work up to Lila's house to drop off some photos and pick up some stuff I had left up there. On the way up to SF to meet Rob and Donna for dinner I stopped to take some photos of the clouds spilling over the …

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1 week left

2009-05-22 11:05:00-0700

Calm waters in Santa Cruz This morning I woke up at Kyung and Kat's place.

Every morning I wake up and think "What do I need to do before I leave?" Buy a backpack. Get a shot. Sell my car. Find a place for my bicycle. Port my phone number onto a pay-as-you-go phone. Buy …

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8 Days left in the USA

2009-05-21 11:05:00-0700

Checking the Mizzon Every Wednesday my friend Bernadette goes sailing with friends in Santa Cruz, so yesterday Blake and I headed down there to enjoy some time on the water. This was going to be Blake's first time sailing. It was a small group, just 9 of us. The weather was beautiful, the …

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9 Days Left

2009-05-20 10:05:00-0700

Last night after work I went out with Julian and Jason Nassi to a great mom and pop style Mexican place called Las Palmas near downtown San Jose. The food was good in the "cooked at home" sense and we all enjoyed it. We talked about traveling, work, culture. Good …

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10 days left

2009-05-19 10:05:00-0700

Ten days left until I'm on my way to the airport.

Yesterday my replacement at work started his job. He fell right into step, so that's good as I don't want to leave my co-workers in a tough spot with IT support issues.

On my lunch break I had my …

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Life is good

2009-05-17 21:05:00-0700

I am sitting nearly on top of the coastal range in the SF Bay Area at a familiar place, Lila's house. This place is as close as home as I have right now, as home as 4211 is. I have a dog and two cats nearby, a glass of wine …

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Demystifying the miniatures at Dream not of Today

2009-05-17 16:05:00-0700

Just drive around, I forgot where I was going For those who don't know, I do a lot of the photography for Dream not of Today, a gonzo blog run by my good friend Rob Spectre. I also do a weekly photo set every Sunday called the (d)SPOT. I just finished posting the 9th (d)SPOT article, an …

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Drinking in the Tendernob, Post Street Divas

2009-05-17 02:05:00-0700

After getting back from Santa Cruz, Brianna was the only one home at 4211. Shannon and Lily were already well into their evening somewhere out in the city and I was pretty late meeting up with them. Brianna decided to go out, so we got in the car and headed …

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Thoughts from the back seat of a VW on the way to Santa Cruz

2009-05-16 15:05:00-0700

In the back of Blake's car cruisin' down highway 1 on the way to Santa Cruz after a crazy morning running around trying to handle my travel visa's. It looks like everything is going to work out, so that's good, but apparently Laos and Cambodia only give single entrance single …

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Back in the office... on a Saturday morning?!

2009-05-16 10:05:00-0700

*sigh* I forgot some paperwork at the office that I need in order to get my Visas for Vietnam, Laos and Cambodia. It's funny how my mind works, I get so much good thinking done when I should be in deep sleep. And by "funny" I mean "kinda lame." Anyhow …

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Securing data while traveling

2009-05-15 16:05:00-0700

One of the first things people mention when I tell them I'm going to Asia is the possibility of getting robbed or having my possessions stolen. The security minded individual would then immediately consider ways to keep private data private in such an instance, and that is exactly what I …

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Finally finishing up the move

2009-05-14 22:05:00-0700

Another night at Gecko's. I just got back from an evening with Amie. She's letting me borrow her pickup truck, whose name is Truck Truck, in order to move the rest of my things out of Lauren's place. That'll be a relief, and I'm wondering if the trouble of keeping …

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Remembering the South Bay

2009-05-13 22:05:00-0700

Just arrived at Gecko's place after dinner and drinks with Kyung at Kat at 99 Chickens in Santa Clara. Driving towards 101 on Great America Parkway with Kaskade on, anticipating the freeway with that electronic music pouring in my ears and filling my veins, I recalled some of the exciting …

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Rebranding

2009-05-13 14:05:00-0700

Today I am rebranding and redesigning my website. In the near future this is where you can keep up with me and what’s happening in my probably to be mostly off the grid life as I backpack around SE Asia.

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Tuesday in the Office

2009-05-13 09:05:00-0700

I slept on Gecko and Brian's memory foam bed last night! It was interesting, I've never slept on memory foam before. They are letting me stay in their Menlo Park cottage while they attend a wedding in Arizona.

A girl named Megan Lau from Logitech came to my office to …

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Geeking out with Donna

2009-05-10 22:05:00-0700

White Gorilla Man Went to How Weird with Karen today and had an awesome time. Afterwards I realized I probably would've had a more exciting time if I hadn't had my camera on me. I'll have to keep that in mind while I'm over in Asia... remember to have camera-less days. One thing …

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Mother's Day

2009-05-10 11:05:00-0700

Crashed at Rob's place again last night. Just got back from picking him up at the airport.

Yesterday I taught Donna how to drive stick and moved some more stuff out of Lauren's place. I kinda freaked out about having too much stuff and nearly just threw most of my …

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Planning to meet my brother

2009-05-08 23:05:00-0700

I'm crashing at Rob's house to night. Right now I'm on his couch chatting with my brother in Baghdad. He's planning to meet me in Bankok on July 30 and we're working out the details right now. I'll probably arrive early and meet up with My. Hopefully she can show …

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Location Update: 2009.5.8

2009-05-08 18:05:00-0700

Last night I crashed out on Rob's couch. He's out of town until Sunday and I'm staying at his place.

I may go to Angel Island tomorrow with Sara and her BF. Really though I ought to be moving my shizz out of Lauren's apartment. Meh, we'll see.

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Gearing Up for Asia

2009-05-07 15:05:00-0700

I'm trying to not gear up too much for Asia. That is, I don't want to spend a ton of money on this trip, I want to make it cheap. Reason one is so there's less liability for lost, damaged or stolen gear. Reason two is that since I'm quitting …

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Location Update: 2009-05-07

2009-05-07 13:05:00-0700

Learning the Hills So much for keeping track of where I will be staying. I ended up crashing at Lila's place instead of B's because of some work stuff that was going on. Lila's house is on top of a mountain range looking out over the forest down to the ocean. It was …

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Location Updates 2009-05-06

2009-05-06 12:05:00-0700

I suppose I should keep track of where I go. I'm looking for a way to embed some kind of map about my journey, it will be great to have a geographically aware journal with geotagged images. For now I'll just log it.

Friday and Saturday nights I slept on …

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Resuming the Journal

2009-05-04 11:05:00-0700

A lot has happened since I last updated this journal, and now I feel like resuming this introspective personal outlet for my own benefit. I'm going through some changes in life right now and would like to keep track of the thoughts that are developing in my mind. The two …

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