Next week should be a fun one.
Not only am I helping to plan the island's largest island-wide cleanup ever (1201 signups so far!), but I'm traveling to San Francisco to accept an EPA Environment Award on behalf of the Friends of the Monument, my second time winning this award in three years (check this link to see how skinny I was two years ago). I have a long layover in Japan, so Ike and I are going to take the train into Narita City for lunch.
I'll be helping to coordinate the island-wide cleanup via the World Wide Web and my MacBook Pro. I'll write press releases and email updates and send them in from California, while the Division of Environmental Quality handles all the logistics of the cleanup on Saipan. So far we've had a very successful partnership and I think we're going to pull off one amazing event. I'm hopeful that we'll reach 5000 participants once the government agencies and the schools submit their signup sheets.
Tuesday is going to be the longest day of my life. We leave Saipan first thing in the morning and then spend an entire day in Japan. Then we get on a plane and when we arrive, it is still Tuesday morning!
I think this will be my first trip to San Francisco since 1990, maybe 1992. We had a day long layover there one year when I was returning from the summer in Saipan. It was so long ago that I don't even remember who we visited. Maybe my godmother or Angie's sister? I forget.
There is a certain baseball team playing a game in Oakland on Tuesday night. I wonder...
I'm also going to try to meet up with Rick MacPherson from Coral Reef Alliance. He asked me about a presentation followed by beers. We'll see...