Every month in in 2014 I've looking back at what I was doing this time of year over the last 10 years. This is your April edition.
I got a big bump in visitors to The Saipan Blog this month because someone posted one of my coconut crab photos to Facebook. Amazing. Ah, blogging. Look at me, look at me. Whatever.
This month I went to Chuuk in the Federated States of Micronesia to work with some of my partners in conservation to pass a law protecting sharks. When I came back, our friends Brian and Jolens came down to DC and we viewed the cherry blossoms just as we peaked. The next day the four of us traveled up to New York, and afterwards, Edz and I went to Massachusetts for a wedding.
In April 2005 I still lived in Orlando and was patiently hoping that I would get a job teaching English in Japan with the JET Programme. I had applied and been wait-listed.
One short year later and my adventure in Japan was already over. I was living in Saipan for the first time in a long time, eating fresh fish, meeting old family friends, starting a new job, and participating in local cultural events.
In 2007, Beautify CNMI! celebrated its first year. I carried the cross up Mt. Tapachou again, too. I rode the bench during CNMI's 1-0 loss to Guam, but enjoyed the adult beverages at the after party.
In 2008, I went to Guam to attend the Micronesians in Island Conservation Retreat, where I saw my first brown tree snake. I also went to Chuuk. Jay Nelson also came to Saipan so that we could launch the campaign for the Mariana Trench Monument.
I failed to complete the Tagaman race in April 2009. I helped organize a dog show in 2009. I also organized more than 4,000 people to participate in an island-wide cleanup, the largest Saipan has ever had. And I won another EPA award.
In April 2010 I was living in Florida. I wrote a letter to Jane Lubchenco to ask her to help fix some of the shortcomings of the Mariana Trench; she declined. Beautify CNMI! also gave me an award.
After three years working as a contractor, I started my job as Pew staff this month. And I sued the CNMI government. I spent three weeks in Fiji in April 2011, and didn't really blog much.
I spent about 5 weeks in Micronesia around this time in 2012. I went to Saipan, Guam, Palau, and Pohnpei.