My two year anniversary on Saipan came and went and I didn't even notice.
Early in the morning of March 28, 2006 I landed here. I spent the night at Fiesta Resort and when I got up a few hours later I opened a bank account, rented a car, bought a cellphone, and got my local driver's license.
I was only supposed to stay for one year.
At the end of that year I only expected to be here for one more year.
Well, that second year has come and gone and I can now say that I should be here for at least another year.
We'll see what happens after that.
Travel was the theme of my second year in Saipan. I visited the Marshall Islands, Pohnpei, Guam, and Chuuk for reasons related to my career choice as a tree huggin' liberal and I visited Thailand, Laos, Cambodia, and Viet Nam for no other reason than I wanted to taste some beer brewed in those countries.
On every single one of those trips I would proudly tell people that I was from Saipan. Those of us who have lived off-island for long stretches of time know what I mean.