A month before my entire department was laid off in early 2020 (the very same week lockdown occurred 🤦🏽♂️), I received a nice award from the company for a year-long project that I was involved in. The award was a nice glass photo frame, two pieces of glass that have magnets inside, with the awardContinue reading “When Life Hands You Lemons”
Hi Folks! What started as yet-another-pet-project of mine has grown enough that I decided to finally upgrade my account with the good folks at WordPress. That means no more ad banners on the site, and I finally get a proper URL: partycentral.blog If you have this page bookmarked, feel free to update your bookmarks toContinue reading “New URL”
As my last post for 2020, I wanted to share a small feature of Japanese culture called the bōnenkai (忘年会) which are parties meant to say goodbye (lit. “to forget”) to the old year. The last week or two may be filled with bōnenkai: work parties, parties with circles of friends, associates, etc. Such partiesContinue reading “Bōnenkai: Forgetting the Old Year”
From my family to yours, happy holidays, live long and prosper, and Merry Christmas! 🖖🏼 P.S. For my fellow Buddhists out there, please enjoy the Maha Santa Claus sutra.
Not a great photo, but something fun that I took while my wife drove us home from south Seattle: Enjoy!
On Bodhi Day, I picked up some new glasses. My old glasses had scratched lenses and the frame was falling apart. But with COVID I held off getting new glasses until I couldn’t stand it anymore. Finally I gave up and went in to get them replaced with much more stylish, less scratched-up frames. StartingContinue reading “New Glasses”
Despite the premature feeling that lockdown was nearing an end, it isn’t, and at this rate we’re probably going to be dealing with this through the rest of 2020. That said, it hasn’t entirely been unproductive either. After any major, life-altering social upheaval (wars,1 pandemics, etc), I figure that people go through a series ofContinue reading “Making Most of Lockdown”
Today is my last day at my current job. Compared to many people, I have been fortunate in finding another job (they key, I believe, was having a good support network), but I can’t say I am not bitter at my old company for heartlessly laying us off during a pandemic like this. Cost savingsContinue reading “Last Day At Work”
We are adjusting to life under lockdown: Update: this post was published on accident before completion, but I’ll leave as is.