For SEB regular lurker Zak on the birth of his new son. I’m about five days late with this as the wondrous event actually took place on the 12th and I blame this on my inability to remember to read his blog even though I keep meaning to. I think I’ve mentioned Zak’s blog before because I find it fascinating in part because he’s living a life I once dreamed of—being an ex-pat living in Japan—as I was once quite enamored with that country (still am to some degree). It was reading the websites of other people like Zak that convinced me that perhaps Japan would be a nice place to visit regularly (if I can ever afford to), but that I probably wouldn’t find living there to be the wonderful experience my fevered imagination kept thinking it would be. Still, I love the contrast between its rich history and its just plain odd-at-times culture. Zak talks of his own ambivalence for his adopted home on occasion as well and I can’t help, but think I’d share some of those same thoughts if I were there even though some of the goofy stuff Japanese people do, like the finger pose they adopt when having their picture taken, is just part of what I think is great about the people there.
Anyway, if you haven’t already done so you should go by his blog and shower him with good wishes and lots of misguided, but well-intentioned parental advice for a new father.