Day 49 - Young Pioneers

Trip Start May 18, 2008
Trip End Jul 17, 2008

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Sunday, July 6, 2008

Day 49

Again, its great to be so warmly accepted where ever I go. But Sacramento and Diana's home felt a little bit different. I felt like belonged her for some strange reason. Like a second home, like I lived another life as a Sacramento-ite. Diana (and the others followed) started calling me DK because I know her through the other Daniel. In some ways this city reminds me of Baltimore. If you're not from here, you don't know anything about the city. Kinda like Baltimore.

Diana wanted get some breakfast in the morning so we walked around the corner to the Country Kitchen Breakfast and Lunch to get some morning grub. Diana was meeting with another SGI meeting to talk about plans with some activities back at the house so I said I would go check out some stuff to do in Sacramento. What is there to do by the way? Back at the house, I got to meet Jimmy, who was Daniel Perez' sponsor in Sacramento. He talked to me a little about his experience growing up in Okinawa, learning Japanese only when he got to college. He's worked all over the world so he had a lot to share with me.

After talking to him, I walked and visited the California Museum where famous and important Californians are honored on walls with tributes to them. Some of these people include Willie Mays, Jackie Robinson, John Wayne, Steve Jobs, and Tiger Woods. The most interesting thing there was the exhibit on the Japanese internment camps of the 1940s. I don't know much about the reality of the history during that time period but reading and checking out this exhibit definitely put these events in some kind of perspective.

I got back and Diana had to get some teriyaki sauce for the dinner she was preparing. We only found soy sauce at the Asian market across the street and the woman at the counter gave her some tips as to how she could make it herself. Thanks...

Diana was gracious enough to set up a get together for me with some other young members in the local area. In the afternoon Alex and Jana came over to sit, eat and chat with with me. We had Diana's experiemental teriyaki sauce with the food and it turned ot pretty good. These guys were so genuine and real youth with a passionate attitude towards their practice. It was clear to me that they've challenged their lives to get to the point that they're at now. Alex told me about his recent trip to the FNCC for the Young Men's Division Conference. It was his first time there and he really enjoyed the experience. It gave him the inspiration needed to take his practice seriously and aroused his desire to take care of the young guys in Sacramento. Jana and Alex now work together to help support the Youth Division in Sacramento and they're a great team with a growing group of support. Jana had to leave for work but I got to chant with Diana and Alex for half an hour before he left. I asked Alex and Jana if they were doing anything tonight and they said they'd let me know because they had some plans to go out.

Later on that evening, Alex picked me up to go to Bistro in the downtown strip where there are some things to do. THe criticism I keep hearing from people from here is that there's very little to do and nothing really special about this place. I dunno but I was feeling some special energy from this place called Sac-town. We got a chance to sit down and talk between the two of us about our lives and where we're headed. We also discussed the future of the SGI with each other and what we want it to look like. It's great to have a vision and that actualize it through sincere effort. SGI President Daisaku Ikeda urges us to ask ourselves, "'What kinds of causes am I making right now?" "What actions am I taking?' The answers to these questions are what will determine our future."

After getting in touch with Jana a little bit later, we made our way to Whiskey Wild and met up with her, her friend Mika and Mark. We stayed there only a bit because it was crowded and loud. So down to R and 15th we went to a place called R15. There's pool tables and an outside area for tables and things. Erica was there hanging out with her friend Maria. Another SGI friend Reggie came along with a friend and soo we had a crowd hanging out. Jana, Alex and I returned to our conversation about the youth in Sacramento and how they're really going to grow in the near future in their practice and in taking responsibility within the SGI and their communities. They really are pioneers of the youth and it's cool that we can discuss that even at a bar over drinks with friends! Throughout the night, I gained a lot of respect for them in particular but also the other practicing youth in the area with their spirit. Alex drove us back home and I was to see them tomorrow at the Sacramento Community Center at the World Peace Prayer event (Diana convinced me to stay the weekend for that).

Miles driven today: 0.0mi

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