Archive for the 'assistance' Category

Happy Birthday

Monday, November 17th, 2008

I’m in Tokyo for my birthday, and the young women at my favorite cake shop remembered me though it’s been over a year. They slipped an extra piece of cake into my take-out box like they used to do, perfect for a birthday party.

Unforeseen incidents, meetings, and material assistance

Friday, August 22nd, 2008

I expect to add to this list as time goes on.

  • Andrew called the day after I resigned and told me he had quit and was moving to Shanghai to study Chinese (strange coincidence!).
  • My landlord asked to break my lease early, letting me start traveling earlier. He also purchased the furniture I wanted to leave behind.
  • Manny put me up at his place for most of August while I was homeless (see above).
  • Manny gave me the new Nokia phone he got as a “loaner” when his iPhone was stolen.
  • Imme hosted me in Freiburg and Meli took me around.
  • Stefan gave me his lanyard to carry my flash drive.
  • A stranger wrote me out of the blue wanting to buy a domain I wasn’t using. The price he paid covered the cost of all 12 of my other domains three times over.
  • The IRS decided to refund over $12,000 of tax I had already paid.
  • My sister, brother-in-law, niece, and nephew took care of me for a month over Christmas.
  • Andrew helped me find a great apartment the first week I was in Shanghai.