So I finally got off that stupid island of japanland. It seemed like I was never going to leave that place, and getting on that plane was one of the greatest feelings in world. The 12 hour flight not so much.
I went home for 23 days and spent everyday with Alyssa. Definitely made my time count, unlike my last visit. I didn’t tell any of my friends that I was coming back, but Alyssa did. She planned a “date night” for us but wouldn’t tell me where we were going when I’d ask. We wound up at BJ’s and apparently she already had a table for us in the back corner. I was already really excited to begin with because I really like their pizzas and micro brews. But I was completely surprised when I saw my fwends and brothers all sitting there. There were even friends that I hadn’t seen since I joined the AF. Just to make sure people didn’t have a reason not to show, Alyssa offered to pay for the whole thing. Seriously one of the best things anyone has ever done for me. It definitely was an awesome night, even with that dumb cosmo Matt/Elan/someone got me.
One of the many big highlights of my stay was the day we went to the California Science Center and saw the Endeavor. I took a bunch of pictures while we were there. Mostly of Alyssa, but she didn’t mind too much haha. I wish we bought more astronaut ice cream… We stopped in downtown for some ramen at Daikokuya, then got some crepes for dessert. My crepe was kinda weird at first but it grew on me, and it was delicious. And for our last stop we went to the Griffith Observatory at nearly closing. I’ve never been to the bottom floor but Alyssa already knew I’d like it. I took a lot of pictures there too. I’ll upload a couple when I’m not so lazy. Overall that day was probably my favorite.
It has almost been two weeks since I got to Washington, and so far I’m really loving this place. People here seemed to be more relaxed than my last base, and it’s also nice to be able to understand people off base. Work is cake since I have prior experience, but I have a feeling it’s going to get repetitive really fast.
Yesterday I visited some of the big tourist attractions in Seattle, but I really didn’t feel like a tourist since I had done a lot of research prior to even coming here. Pike Place Market was definitely my favorite. There’s so much to see and do there! I found this awesome map store that I know Alyssa will love. Btw she’s coming to see me for the New Years weekend! I can’t wait to see the firework show with her down by the Space Needle as soon as the new year hits. Ghey feelings for sure.