So it’s been a while since I’ve updated this thing. My last update was on May 18th, which means I did not post once during the month of June. I know I’m bad at updating things, but going more than a month without blogging is a record for me.
So what has happened in the past month and a half? The short answer is: many different things.
The long answer is:
1. Graduation— For the first time in 17 years, I am not a student and will not be anytime in the forseeable future. I have plans for Grad school, but those are a long way off. For now, I want to establish mysef financially, as a professional and as a person.
2. Catching up with family— After being away from them for a couple of months, I am now fully caught up on the lives of my mother, father, brother and two sisters as well as some of my uncles, aunts and cousins. I chatted with my Dad’s brother last night and I’ll call his father today. In addition, my mother’s side of the family will be holding a family reunion, so I’ll know more about the Caves and the Moores by the end of this weekend.
3. Trying to find a job— Because I’m planning on teaching abroad after the summer, I’m looking for work in Klamath Falls to keep me busy and to save up some money. But I’m only looking for part time work. I want to have most of my time devoted to being with my family before I leave them for a year. So far, I haven’t had much luck, mostly because the local economy is hurting. But persistance is the key when looking for employment, and I know if I search hard enough, I’ll find something.
4. Preparing to leave for South Korea— I didn’t realize how much paperwork I had to do before I accepted a position until this summer. I need my university degree, my university transcrips and a criminal background check apostalized. In addition, I needed to apply for a passport (which will come in 4-6 weeks) and prepare for a trip to Seattle upon getting a position to be interviewed for an E-2 visa.
Paperwork aside, I’ve been spending my spare time learning elementry Korean. I’m pretty good at typing Hangul and I can say some pretty basic phrases, but that’s all I can do right now.
5. Reading— I’ve completed reading Naked Economics (an excellent book if you want an easy to understand crash course in economics) and am in the process of thumbing through Team of Rivals (a book that documents president Lincoln and his most prominent cabinent members). I plan to pick up Freakonomics from my local library and then delve into books about the Iraq war. The war is the conflict of our times, but I know shockingly little about the conflict.
6. Reconnecting with old friends— Some of my tennis buddies from Klamath are still here, and I’ve been having a blast playing with them. Some of my other friends have forced me to get involved with other projects, such as a street drumming performance that my cousin is composing and conducting. It’s good to catch up with these people and see where life has taken them. Time really does change people, and in many cases, it has changed them for the better.
7. Missing my college friends— There is a not-so-famous quote in Dune that says “Parting with friends is a sadness. A place is only a place.” How true that is. A tiny part of me misses Eugene, but an even larger part of me misses the people that made Eugene one of my favorite cities to live in. In Eugene, I forged three of the strongest friendships I’ve ever had in my life, but life has torn us apart and set us on our own paths. Inevitably, time will change us and therefore the dynamic that existed between us if we ever meet again, but our relationships with each other over the last couple of years (or at least mine with them) was unforgettable. We spent the majority of our Friday nights together, we traveled together and we created a nice little niche for ourselves.
In addition, I’m going to miss all my other friends and coworkers who helped shape and mold my college career. The last four years has provided me with a network of friends who are littered all across the world, so no matter where I go, I feel like I have a personal connection to me nearby.