Club Josh: The Twentieth Anniversary

Has it been 20 years?? Holy smokes! At the very least, its nice to know I’ve accomplished all but one item on my What’s Ahead List from 2005. Maybe this will be the year that I redesign my Jarre site. Being in China makes it a bit more difficult. Being in China. Crazy. 20 years ago working at the University on my one page long scrolling webpage, I never would have thought that it was possible to be working in a foreign country let alone on a long term project that means a lot to me.

So much has changed in the world in the last 20 years. From technology to social issues, I begin to realize what my parents went through from the 1960s to the 1980s. I’m glad at least for the last 15 years I have kept something of an update. Varying in update frequency for sure, but I still look back and remember stuff that happened back then. Time has faded my memory for sure. I remember thinking exactly that when I started the blog portion of my site. I just wanted to remember the great things I experienced over the years, many years later.

For those of you who have been there for a day or 20 years, I thank you for continuing to indulge me. Here is to many more years and to finally crossing things off of my web site to do list!

Relocating to Shanghai, China

Welcome back!

I’ve been mostly absent as I get adjusted to my temporary new life and I am just know to the point where I can sit down and write about what has happened. Earlier this year, I was selected to help work on a project for my employer that involved me being relocated for up to a year in China of all places. As you have noticed, this has completely turned my life upside down..

The last two months have really been a whirlwind. Starting with going to see my family in Arizona the first weekend of May, it was non-stop packing and stress as I put all my worldly possessions save three bags into storage. This process lasted right until the very minute – 3am the night before I was to get on a plane. I really wanted to be done before then, and I should know better by now that I needed to take the last week of work off to fully get stuff done on time.

There are regrets I have about the whole process (such as not procrastinating, but I really should know myself by now and accept it), but I am glad that I was able to see all of my friends either at a party, going to the movies, or having a family dinner. Even so, it did not make it any easier to get on the plane for the long trip to China. Even now, I look back and it seems weird that I have no car and no apartment to return home. It seems like my home is in a storage facility. Thankfully, this opportunity will allow me to see a whole new portion of the world that I would otherwise not have. Also a plus is that I know many people working on the same project so it is nice to have a bit of familiarity.

The first three weeks have been spent acclimating and getting adjusted to my new surroundings. My apartment is great and I have been actively looking for things to personalize and bring some of home to it. I am glad work is full of challenges and keeps me busy and the weeks have gone by fast. I’m currently waiting for my passport to be returned from the government as they process my resident permit. Once I get it back, let the weekend getaways commence!! In another post, I will try and do a quick summary of the fun activities I have done over the first three weeks. I’m also thinking maybe a monthly summary at the minimum, but hopefully more frequent. Ideally, I’d be able to do daily posts again. Just something I need to get back into the habit of doing.

So here is to my China adventure, and the year ahead. I hope to get through my backlog of posts – I have a notepad with a list of topics to work through when it get slow (like during laundry time).