I was thinking about creating a list of all the things in Okinawa that annoy me but I suppose that is an exercise similar to rubbing salt in an open wound.
What I am appreciating might be a better thing to hash over...
My Wife: She does her best to take care of me in so many ways.
And she has finally started to pay attention to the things I have been telling her for over a decade.
My Kids: They are always so excited when I get home from work. I know this won't last but I sure am enjoying it now.
Home cooked meals: Ok, maybe the competition from the ship is not so steep, but it is just nice to eat in my own kitchen.
Tea: I am pretty particular about the way I brew tea, and that is a luxury I could not reproduce on the ship.
Zazen: It is just great to be back on my cushion and not have the sounds of the ship as a constant... Ugh, I have to go back there too...
The Cat and dog: They don't ask questions and are always willing to listen to my rants.
The Bed: I don't have to climb up six feet to get into it, and if I fall out I probably won't break anything.
The door: If I walk out or in I don't have to request permission to go ashore or to come aboard. Or fall into the ocean. And I don't have a four day window in which to use it or have to wait till next month.
Windows: While I don't have the luxury of them at my office, they are at the house. And it is nice to get the natural light into the spaces.
Laundry: Wow, fresh!
The internet: I can actually read blog posts and Facebook, and get my e-mail!
The Shower: I am not constantly told to conserve water, I don't have to hold down a button to get water, and I can get the temperature "Just right" and don't have to worry about it being scalding hot or hypothermia inducing cold.
Clean Toilets: 'nough said.
Physical Training: I am not restricted in what times I can go out for a run due to flight quarters.
In other Physical Training notes, I eeked out a first class on my Combat Fitness Test. Google Marine Corps Combat Fitness test to learn more about that. Guess I'm in better shape than I thought.
That's all I can think of right now, if you are in Okinawa and interested in sitting Zen, look me up. I got a small Zen hall set up and Zafu space available.