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Yelp Event @ Java Vino + Friday

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After a grueling day of work (more preparation in general for the telecommuting from China, and then also just general stuff that I had to get done that… is actual work but it’s the type of thing that no one knows you do even though it saves everyone a lot of extra work if you do it) and then it was time for the Yelpy Office Hours Event @ Java Vino.

This event was run/submitted by the regional Yelp boss, Deanna J. and she rocks – because when it’s an official yelp event (or somewhat) you get free stuff, like free drinks and then of course… there’s always free yelp junk like um, yelp stick, stickers, buttons, and all this other stuff that I never really take. But it’s still cool cause again, we get to hangout with people that we can have great conversations with and who actually have lives and goals. It’s just so different from other online social groups – AND it doesn’t have that whole ‘networking’ feel that most ‘events’ have for people in our age group.

Deanna is the one in red wearing the I *heart* Yelp – of course.

Java Vino was a nice spot for this, especially since it was a small group of around 7 people and we had a good time talking to each other about stuff – even though as far as guys, it was just me and one other guy. But our friend Yuna was there and it was really great to get a chance to talk to her for a bit about Korea and just getting to know her in general. (She’s the one the first picture with the blurry hands.)

We also got to talk to Laura D. – the person there sitting on the table. Here’s the thing about Yelp events, you never really have to worry about not getting around to talking to people because eventually, you’ll get a chance to actually talk to them beyond the ‘hello I’m Mark T.’ introduction. You initially want to have some sort of conversation with these people who you’ve known ‘online’ but then if you’re awkward like me, you freak out when you actually have to meet them in person the first time… so usually I don’t actually talk to these people until at least the 2nd time I meet them at a yelp event. 🙂

I know. This may have been a totally boring entry. But still. I can’t keep talking about China – it’ll get better when we actually fly out on Tuesday morning.

Oh yeah. I got a haircut – by my favorite Cambodian lady who cuts my hair at the GreatClips on Windward Parkway.

Oh, and one more – This is Three-Four, I’ve been giving him reiki everyday since I got my chakras attuned. He’s really come around. Whereas when I first started, he really wouldn’t sit still for it, and he didn’t really absorb any at all. But now he totally relaxes and stretches out – more than he’s ever done before in his life – and these last few days he’s been absorbing A LOT of energy. It’s an interesting feeling and when I reiki either of our cats I feel them pulling much more energy than any of the actual humans I’ve given reiki to… anyways… it’s just cool.

I’m Getting Attuned to Reiki Today: Reikified!


I’m getting attuned to Reiki today. Although I generally have no real comprehension as to the seriousness of what I’m doing, it should be quite interesting. Leah is a Level II reiki practioner and some of the experiences that she has had in relation to reiki and people have been really great.

For those who have no idea on the subject here’s my summary in a nutshell:

Reiki is a form of energy healing where all of the energy and forces of the universe are channeled through the practitioner into the person receiving the energy.

It is also much more than that when you get into the spiritual aspect of it (think in terms of ‘light’) but with me and my logical scientific reasoning perspective… it’s really a form of energy healing. Considering that there are many forms of energy that we did not know existed for a long time (magnetic fields, radiation) I’m sure there are still some out there that we are yet to be able to register on any machines. Given that at some point, all life and matter is a form of energy… transferring energy through us isn’t too far of a leap – especially given the untapped potential of our brains and their role in each of our universes.

So that’s what I’m doing today. Leah is also getting sort of re-attuned. It’s a two day process and we’re going up to her Reiki Master’s home in Cumming, Ga. It’s actually a couple and they’re some of the nicest people you would ever meet – living by that mantra of ‘go with the light’ and other such trains of thought.

It will be interesting to see where this development leads. Especially given my general lack of metaphysical happenings in my life to this point. Whether simply due to my own mental blocks or some other reasons beyond me, I’ve generally been a grounding rod against such forces. What I mean is that, I’ve always had people in my life that would be considered very talented or naturally gifted in areas more metaphysical or naturalistic and paranormal.

I mean serious disruption of electronic devices simply by their presence and other strange happenings that are commonplace whenever they’re around. It’s like I’m Agent Doggett in the X-Files and all these strange paranormal things keep happening to other people around me. That’s the sort of grounding rod I’ve always been.

But I have to admit, I consider myself fortunate to have had these people in my life at regular intervals.