Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Thanksgiving 2013

Edz and I have a lot to be thankful for this year. I somehow landed in a career that I would do for free if money were not an issue, which of course it is. My work continues to be fulfilling and successful and I was rewarded with a promotion last month. My work has taken on a global scale that I never could have imagined; this year I traveled to Thailand, Palau, Federated States of Micronesia, Marshall Islands, and Fiji on behalf of the sharks. On Friday I’m going to Australia. And despite the economic downturn, Edz also found success in her work.

My family remains healthy, despite one of us getting hit by a car in April. And our clan grew by one. I grew by a few chins and chub rolls, which I’m not really thankful for.

We both miss life and friends in Saipan terribly, but had the good fortune to be able to visit this year (as I have every year since 2005). We try to keep those relationships alive and strong. Facebook and Skype helps, but the 8,000 miles separating us makes it hard.

I am thankful for the political reforms that are taking place on Saipan. It is too early to tell if the groundswell of opposition to Governor Fitial were a play for power by his opposition or a game changing move against corruption, but either way it was the right thing to do. The opposition to the militarization of the Marianas is also encouraging and appears organic. I hope some elected officials take strong stands against it and if we’re lucky it will become a campaign issue next fall.

And the Red Sox won the World Series.  Let's not forget that.

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