Ashes to ashes we all fall down

Trip Start Dec 28, 2004
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Wednesday, September 2, 2009

hey there, hi there, ho there my fellow travellers and vicarious readers from abroad.  well here we are once again at yet another summers end where my servitude comes to an end and the ability to enjoy life is once again bestowed upon me.  I'm heading out of homer on sunday (6th) and back to asia once again.  I will be working until 4pm and then clocking out, taking a quick shower at a friends house and then on a plane at 6pm to anchorage and then a 4am flight to bangkok.  i'll be with my girlfriend before the devil even knows i'm gone to paraphrase an old saying.

things have gone pretty well over here and I will be leaving with more money made and in hand then ever before which is a good thing.  tourism has suffered quite a bit up here due to the economic slowdown so business has been off a bit and thus my hours have been cut here and there which sucks but i can't complain too much.  i have to look at it as I'm lucky to have this oppurtunity year after year to live up here and work and have such a steady source of employment where i dont even have to worry about it come march or april.  despite the exhaustion and the constant haggling for hours, tonight i will look at my ordeal in a glass half full sort of way.

so on a funny note.....I got sort of bored over the summer and since I was neither looking for female companionship nor had the time for such shenannigans i decided to grow out a monsterous beard which after a month or two became such a beast that i had to break down and make the worlds largest mutton chops out of it.  I have photos which I'm sure you are probably looking at right now and laughing your ass off but let this be said....I have had my picture taken with so many tourists its ridiculous.  its as if i'm some sort of tourist attraction in and of myself.  just building another layer on my monster ego which is never a good thing.

on another many of my readers already know, my mother passed away this past spring.  it was strange because me and my sister did not have the best relationship with her to say the least.  in fact i had stopped talking to her for about 10 years and my sister for about 5 or 6.  the strange part is that without consulting each other, my sister and i both began to look for her through internet seaches and after a little effort my sister found her and gave me her information.  My mom died about 6 months after we both started talking to her again and it makes me wonder about what exactly ignited that desire to search her out and make peace at that specific time.  I just find it unusual that both my sister and I would have the same desire to bring about a resolution just 6 months before her death.  did we know somehow that time was short?

  It is a bit sad that i find myself thinking about my mother more in death then when she was alive.  I have sat and reminisced about various meaningless scraps of my childhood many times over the last 5 or 6 months and this is something that i never did before her death.  I bring all of this up because my sister has just sent me a portion of my mothers ashes.  I suppose it may sound sort of morbid but you have to understand that upon reconnecting with our mom the one thing she said over and over was how proud she was that we got out and saw the world and how she wished she could have done it, how she would have liked to have seen the wonders and peculararities of other cultures and other continents but was satisfied that we, her two estranged children were able to make these treks in her absence and this was enough for her or so it had to be since she was already speaking of her life in the past tense.  with this in mind, my sister and i have agreed to take our mothers ashes on our travels and leave a small part of her throughout the world.  what she could not do for herself in life we will do our best to do for her in death.  its not much but its something.......
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starlagurl on

So funny...
Hilarious chops, Neal. Glad to hear about your mother's ashes, I think that is an awesome thing to do for her.


cjg735 on

Any Mint Jelly to go with that Mutton?
Lookin ' good Neal. By the time you read this, you'll probably be back in the land of smiles. Have a Singha for me. Take care and I hope you have a great season.

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