Super Photo Corner – Going Going Back Back To Cali Cali

After 18 months abroad, I had the privilege of visiting home soil again.  I whiled away two weeks in California snowboarding, watching movies, and gorging myself on Mexican food and ice cream until my stomach bulged and I prayed for the sweet relief of kimchi and death.

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My Dad was somewhat happy to see me.  Also, this picture likens San Francisco to a classic music video.

“Take…on…me…” (Take on me)

“Take…me….on….” (Take on me)

“I’ll…be…gone…in exactly two WEEEEEEEKS.”

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I missed the feeling of a frozen beard as I ascended the mountain on a chairlift chariot of fire.  Hairs encapsulate moisture like thistles cling to a dog’s fur.

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Mother Nature hammered Lake Tahoe this winter.  Yes, those snow drifts are taller than me :P.  Also yes, my sister is nearly as tall as me :O.

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If you don’t start your morning in Lake Tahoe with a snowy trek to the Tahoe House coffee shop, you might as well stay in bed.  Also, how much more weight can that roof tolerate?  #swole #roofgainz

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This sheepish smile characterized my whole trip.  Trying to avert my gaze with the false belief that if I can’t see it, I can’t count it in my daily calories.  On the other hand, love me some dominoes.

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Snow plows carved trenches between doors redolent of the Great War.

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Okay, I am finished going on about the snow.  But good lord it was a lot of snow.

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I’m not sure if I missed the variety and excess of American grocery store aisles.  But returning to shelves of 10+ Oreo flavors certainly provided some reverse culture shock.

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But the view from my parents’ deck was not shocking at all.  In fact, I missed it dearly.

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How in the hell does one American body squeeze this much food down their throat in one sitting?  Restaurant portions may have been the biggest culture shock of all.  I asked for a restaurant to-go box for the first time in years.

How do people consume this much food on top of unlimited chips and salsa?  The mind boggles.

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A line of palm trees set against a mildly cloudy sky – does it get more California than this?

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Dug this little gem out of a drawer.  While Ian Teacher has a heart of gold, Mr. S did not play around.  In fact, he was borderline militant.  Students would mockingly salute and bark “yes, sir.”

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I know my Mom was happy to see me :).

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It rained far too much during my stay, but the upside was a plethora of rainbows.

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This scene from a local coastal oyster bar could characterize many American coastlines (South Atlantic, North Pacific, Gulf, you name it).

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We seasoned these.  If you shuck an oyster and the meat bears these colors naturally, don’t eat it.  Please.

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A weary smile belies feelings of fatassery.

“Please.  No more.  I can only eat one more bite.  Okay, maybe that bite too.  Well, since we’ve made it this far we might as well grab some ice cream.”

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I also missed coastal hiking.  Northern California has some gorgeous views if you seek them out.

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And two weeks later, he took his heart from San Francisco and took it to Korea.  Just as he’d done 18 months prior.

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Those snacks never stood a chance.

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Yes!  Exercise!  Time to burn off a tiny fraction of the calories I’ve consumed 😛

 

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I finally joined the selfie-mile-high club.  Also, travel tip – the airline blanket can keep your neck warm mid-flight.  All while serving as comic relief for other passengers.  Everyone wins.

Though I will miss my family, I am thrilled to be back in Korea and even more thrilled to resume work next week.

2 thoughts on “Super Photo Corner – Going Going Back Back To Cali Cali

  1. It was so good to see you Ian. You look great and maybe a little more buff from all your exercise. I know your Mom was so happy to see you and so sad to see you leave. You will always be her little boy! Enjoy your visit to Viet Nam.

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