View of the surrounding mountains and sea in the distance

Hello again, world!

I purchased this domain name 19 years ago on December 18, 2003. I thought it would be a good place to create a “brand” for myself and integral to finding work.

Now it’s more likely that this will be a place to reminisce, examine the present, and think about the future.

Twenty years later, I’m living in Fukuoka, Japan, and getting ready to go to bed at 6:30 PM local time, as I start work at 4:00 AM (which is 11:00 AM the previous day in San Francisco). So although my life and location have changed dramatically, I still work for a company based in the Bay Area.

Kat with the IKEA Christmas tree, wrapped in newspaper
Kat with the Christmas tree wrapped in newspaper
Decorating the IKEA Christmas tree
Kat and Yokka decorating the IKEA tree

Last week we went to IKEA to buy a live Christmas tree. My daughter, Kat, really wanted one, and my wife, Yokka, had seen an ad for live trees going on sale. There was a big line, but I don’t think they sold out that first day.

Also last week, I became a homeowner for the first time. I’d been withdrawing ¥100,000 at a time from ATMs in 7-Elevens for months. So after nearly a year of talking with the owner, we made a deal to purchase the house in cash. It’s over an hour away from where we live with my Mother-in-Law. It’s fairly remote, but the view from the bedroom is amazing.

View of the surrounding mountains and sea in the distance
View of the mountains and sea in the distance

I’m not sure how long I’ll keep this blog up, but for now, this is enough to feel like a new start.