Archive | June 2006

The amazing apple store on 5th

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The amazing apple store on 5th, originally uploaded by dputty123.

words of encouragement from the past…

I spent this past weekend in Cincy at my mom (and tom)’s home. I love going there because I really do feel closer to her, as I’m surrounded by some of her things, and many memories of time spent there with her. This weekend I stumbled upon a baby book on my bookshelf, where she had kept some records and memories of me from birth up until I was 6 or 7.

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So yesterday was my birthday (june 16th), and I have to say it was not really a day I wanted to face.  I feared it because I knew it would be hard, sad, and frustrating…It was. I couldn’t and can’t help but feel cheated and frustrated to come through this 25th birthday without my mother at my side.  Despite all the wonderful people who sent me cards, left me voicemails, and wished me in person a happy birthday, it all really felt empty.  I didn’t have the one person I really wanted here with me. And never in a million years, even at my 24th birthday, would I have envisioned my life as it is on my 25th birthday.  The truth is, I miss her so much, but I’ve gotten so good at pretending life is normal up in columbus.  It really took my birthday to bring the reality back again.  I didn’t get one of her famous cards with tales of me being born, how proud she is of me, how much she loves me, how much she enjoys watching me grow each year, and how much she looks forward to sharing the years ahead with me.  The only thing certain about the future is that it is uncertain.  I am glad that I valued my time with her.  I’m glad that I saved most of her birthday cards from the last few years.  I’m glad I saved a little of my past, for the future.
There are no guarantees that something here today will be here tomorrow.  So before you go out and dismiss your birthday as just another, or even tomorrow as just another…take a minute to enjoy who and what you have today.  Nothing is forever.

A few videos…

Turn your sound up to really enjoy this one:
Waves crashing on Vimeo

The video does not do this justice, but I had limited storage space to work with. There were literally hundreds of kids flying kites out in front of El Morro in San Juan, and it was truly an incredible experience. The senses were overwhelmed with sounds of sea birds, kids laughter, the wind, and an incredible view.

Kids flying kites in front of El Morro on Vimeo

Another relaxation clip, the view of the ocean at dawn. Awesome…

The beach at Dawn on Vimeo

Why Not?

So I’m fresh back from a nice long weekend in San Juan, Puerto Rico and man do I feel good.  When I travel, especially to see the ocean, I always fill up with energy, excitement, and fresh perspectives all around.  I really enjoyed San Juan, as it really reaffirmed my goal to live in a Caribbean or Central American country for a year or two.  It really got me thinking Read More…