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2018 Was Okay

What a year! Numerous memories! Below are some highlights from 2018.

  • Watched the first sunrise from Jouyama then jumped in the ocean

  • Did kakizome (海が生きがい)

  • Surfed way too many times to count

  • Learned to "turn" while surfing

  • Went to Okinawa (Aka, Zamami, Geruma, Fukaji and Mokaraku* islands)

  • Hung out with Dean and Gabs

  • Swam with sea turtles and a venomous sea snake

  • Camped, swam and survived a week of crazy wind storms in Niijima

  • Saw my two good friends get engaged ocean-side on the pumice sand

  • Snorkeled in Shikinejima (Amazing Nakanoura)

  • Relaxed in natural ocean-side Shikinejima baths (multiple)

  • Took up yoga and continue to enjoy it

  • Took close-up photos of the moon at an event I helped host

  • Ran the first "Minami Izu Trail Marathon" 20 km ends with onsen and ise-ebi soup

  • Acquired some basic archery skills

  • Studied quite seriously for hunting and gun licensing

  • Hiked an epic two-day trail (built an impromptu shelter to sleep in, made a fire in extreme humidity)

  • Escaped on a mountain-leech-infested (yamabiru) 6 hour downhill hike

  • Went to Australia twice

  • Re-interior-designed my main living space with a heated kotatsu, Thai cushions and a Moroccan pouf

  • Bought the ultimate dream tool kit (astrotools); replaced all my tools

  • Put alloy rims and new tires on the Airwave

  • Taught Ana how to change tires and oil

  • Bought my 4th motorcycle (nc700x)

  • Customized it (heated grips, center stand, usb, tool kit, navi, levers and engine guards)

  • Made some professional progress steps

  • Slept on the sand ocean-side under the stars with nothing at all

  • Pulled a giant fishing net out of the ocean with the local community and bbq'ed

  • Went to tons of summer festivals

  • Continued the Izu English Running Club (Dec. 2018 - 92nd time)

  • Met a Belgian-mix beer-making, castle-building, goat-keeping, amazing family

  • Did my own and others' taxes after much research

  • Started (kinda) a podcast that I hope to launch in 2019

  • Made rings from scratch with friends

  • Did 108 sun salutations in a row

  • Didn't spear a fish... maybe next year

  • Undoubtedly a few more things

It was an awesome year. My goals for next year are similar to Woody Guthrie's.

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