Richmond, San Francisco, CA Santa Monica, CA Malibu, CA Mission, San Francisco, CA Brooklyn, NY Manhattan, NY Somewhere between Albany, NY and Chicago, IL Somewhere between Lincoln, NE and Denver, CO Elko, NV Ft. Collins, CO Santa Cruz, CA Nice, CA Kowloon, Hong Kong Dongguan, China Shanghai, China Mong Kok, Hong Kong Sheung Wan, Hong Kong Wan Chai, Hong Kong Guerneville, CA San Diego, CA Las Vegas, NV Yosemite, CA Makati, Manila, Philippines Alabang, Manila, Philippines Bohol, Philippines Ebisu, Tokyo, Japan Itabashi, Tokyo, Japan Timber Cove, CA Walden, CO
In many ways 2014 was the best year ever. After getting engaged in Japan in 2013 we got married in Colorado in April, surrounded by friends from all over the world. We saw Japan again, and the Philippines. We took a train across the US. We moved in SF, to an apartment with better light near the train. I got a wonderful new job and did an amazing amount of travel. I didn’t quite reach as many different places slept as 2013, which is fine, I hope it remains a record for some time. More than 2012, 2011, 2010, or 2009, when I first began to keep track.
In many ways 2014 was the worst year ever. After hurting myself worse than ever before I spent two weeks in hospitals in New York, and required a train ride across the country to get home. I missed a month of work. Doctor’s visits, physical therapy, and a slow return to normal activity followed. I didn’t get to play any ultimate at all. Tara had knee surgery in July. We spent much of the year indoors, unable to adventure. We had to cancel our honeymoon.
And yet, looking back at how many adventures we still managed, I can only laugh. We went to four weddings, not counting our own. We saw new places (Dongguan for me, Hong Kong for Tara, and Yosemite, Bohol, and the cross country train for both of us) and so many old friends. If 2014 was the worst, it was also a reminder how lucky we are.
Here’s to the next.
Also, Mr. Squish’s list for 2014, for those requesting:
Richmond, San Francisco, CA Mission, San Francisco, CA Ft. Collins, CO Petaluma, CA Walden, CO
He is still a traveling cat, albeit one currently curled on my feet, asleep.