Curse You Temple

Mother Nature has foiled us again. After much discussion, plotting, and organization, she decided to throw a huge wrench into our Mount Temple conquering plans. With winter conditions and blowing snow, Rick, Paul, and I decided for safety reasons that we should postpone our Temple adventure until next year. Nuts. For those of you who don’t […]

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The Remains Of A Decade

I celebrated my 39th birthday yesterday. That’s 14,246 days (including leap years and today) or roughly 1 billion 230 million 854 thousand 400 seconds on this big blue planet (for those of you who were counting). So what does this mean? Really not much. Thirty-nine is just another number. I don’t feel any different from what […]

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Good-Bye Shanghai

Today I said goodbye to Shanghai and the various people I’d met there over the past 8 days. I’m very much going to miss the city, especially the part where I ate street food almost every night after enjoying a tipple or three with the folks I was fortunate to call friends during my stay. […]

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Adventure Time Approaches

I ventured to Toronto on Monday to get my visa. I won’t lie, I was giddy with excitement as I handed over all of the necessary items – completed application, one passport sized photo, and an official letter of invite from Dalian Nationalities University – to the very friendly woman who was working behind the counter. […]

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So Many Thanks

The last few weeks have been weird and wonderful, and today was no exception. Actually, let me take that back. Today was an exception in the sense that it was even weirder and even more wonderful than the last few weeks have been. For those who haven’t already seen the news, read the twitters, liked […]

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Destination: Adventure

It’s been about eleventy billion years since I last wrote something here – but trust me, it’s not for lack of having stuff to write about. I have oodles to write about. Oodles I says. I’ve just been – what’s the word? Oh ya – slacking. I know, I’m a terrible, terrible human being. Hopefully […]

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All The Feels

Last Tuesday I celebrated the fourth anniversary of my PhD defence. It’s hard to believe that four years have passed already. As with most of the anniversaries I celebrate, I marked this particular event with a dram or two of scotch. As is custom, I also marked the event by taking some time to think about […]

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