Today a year ago I retired from my job and packed the final things, got rid of some remaining things in my upstairs room in the house I shared in Newark, California and went to work the last time. I did a few calls that day, tried to reach my manager to say goodbye, turned in laptop and company smartphone, gave and received a lot of hugs, and left. I walked to the parking lot and drove my car for the last time to my ex-wife’s house in Union City, California. There I dropped off a rubbermaid container of papers and pictures. Basically a boiled down, reduced life in one smaller heavy duty rubber container. I gave my ex-wife the title to the car and signed it over to her. This would be the last time I would have to carry keys in my pocket for anything. I then walked to the BART station and rode over to a stop by the airport hotel I would stay in one night before flying to Japan on 1 March.
The blog details many of the things I found and did from 2018 until now. Its been a year just about of traveling, seeing, and doing. I have walked just about every day from about 5 to 10 miles. I’ve taken a whole bunch of photographs. Good thing Google Photos does not mind and has bottomless storage.
I’ve tried to document my travels on twitter but have given up pretty much on that platform. I deleted two instagram accounts and created a new one for kicks. I am still on facebook but have branched out to Mastodon as the social media expression I enjoy most. There are no ads and I love the federated and instance based approach to finding a site based on interests. I blog most every day and I journal my private thoughts most every day. I used OneNote for awhile for things but have since changed to Google Docs and Sheets for travel and personal stuff.
Its been a year. Quite a year. I miss some things but don’t miss the work at all. I miss some of the people but not all of them. There are many people when I leave twitter I don’t miss at all. Perhaps I will delete my account there again and just let it go. I don’t get travel value from the people there at all or any personal enrichment or fun or profit or anything. I am not looking to monetize my blog, add ads, do sponsored posts, grow my instagram following, pin it on Pinterest.
What I will do is to to continue to write on my travels primarily on my blog and post photographs on instagram and my Mastodon account.
Its been a year. What a year it’s been. Places and things and wondrous events have transpired. I cannot see myself ever going back to the States permanently to live. Everything is in a small rubbermaid container. I could not live in there.