12/28/12

Christmas Ride

This time around it had not rained all week, so unlike last week the KTM and I did get nearly stranded out in the middle of nowhere.

Not sure when this windmill's blade was ripped off, but I wish I'd been there to see it. 

Okinawa, Japan

Kashi no Ki



 Okinawa, Japan

12/22/12

Shah Bay


Okinawa, Japan

Okinawa Haikyo 廃墟

The Sunset View Inn. If you take a close look at the windows of the hotel (click on the picture), you will see that they have all been broken by years of typhoons
Lobby of the Sunset View Inn

The Sky Lounge Restaurant and Golden Shower. The kitchen of the restaurant still had cans of food on the shelves.

Even after being closed for 16 years, the gift shop still had souvenirs left of the shelves. Luckily due to the remote location of this hotel it has remained relatively free of vandalism. I only spent about 30 minutes running around the hotel, but everywhere I went it looked like the hotel closed yesterday. In the laundry room there were still linens sitting in baskets to be washed and the banquet hall was set up for party.
Okinawa, Japan

12/13/12

Winning

Raw talent,

What is a 34% percent increase in business over last year? What is the best year in the past five years? What is the quickest rise to the top in company history?

Just a wave perhaps; one which was paddled onto at the right time. Yet when your wave surpasses almost everyone else's you have to wonder. The real question is what do you do from here? Keep ridding, head to the beach, or lose it all together.

It gets harder when you have learned all you can from your teachers. The wins become fewer and further between. The comfort of complacency begins to call. Its been a long trip here, you deserve a rest, begins to creep into your bones.

Even deeper within you begin to wonder how much further can you realistically push it; doubt and fear of loss being to set in. For there comes a point where everyone can go no further. We all have our limits and you start to fear that this is where your's lies.

Then your mind drifts, just for a moment, to that time you left your comfort zone. Beyond that safety net life was indeed harsher, but only for a moment, because while the winters were lean, the harvests were never richer.

And while the bounty never came without a cost, aptitude surely hastened the crops growth.