It's almost July. Finally, summer is here. Michael said it will, but I didn't believe him until now.
The good news is that the sun is up, and the city looks pretty. The bad news is that JY's leaving date is getting closer. We are planning every day to make something out of it. Going to Seattle even after work is always an option. I think we've explored Tacoma enough. It's a small, quiet town. We may revisit some spots, but that will be it.
We went to the Seattle pride parade last week. This was the first time for JY and me. I loved seeing people dressed and how strangers shouted "Happy Pride!" to each other. Seattle center was lively and crowded. I enjoyed music and played around fountains. My jeans got wet, but they dried fast because of the sun! It was a hot day even after 6pm. We had to stop for ice cream eventually. JY confessed that she used to not like ice creams before coming here. I could not believe her!
We kept walking and got to Capital Hill. Capital Hill was quite different. Fewer kids, more booze. I had jello shots. Maybe I could make them for myself? After a few rounds, we ran for the bus and came home.
This crazy hang-out schedule makes me constantly tired on weekdays. I have to sleep early to fix this fatigue. At least I sleep as I turn off the lights. I used to have sleeping problems, but now with a LOT of walking and enough sunlight on me, I pass out every night. No counting sheep. And I would wake up at 6:30 without an alarm clock!
LiftPort in the Mountain Rainier
As usual, I did cat herding and a personal project this week. Cat herding works have been plain sailing. I’ve sent lots of emails to 18 speakers so far and there will be more. My new personal project is making a promo video for Living in Space on July 8+9. I collected free video clips about Mars and Moon for that. Now I’m editing the clips and writing subtitles. Because it is my second time editing the video, every process goes smoothly and the speed is faster than before.
This week, I restarted to participate in the session held by spaceworks Tacoma. The session was about the difference between branding and marketing. I could learn the definition and important pillars of them, and it was really helpful information. Honestly, we haven’t spent much time thinking about branding. We learned that branding should be first before marketing, so we are going to make our branding strategies soon. Because the session contains practical information and gives insight, I’m going to take the following sessions.
Instead of weekly Pizza Tuesday for team building, we went to mountain Rainier on Thursday. It is the 3rd biggest mountain in America, so I can see it in our office whenever it’s sunny, even though it is 77.4 miles away from our office. Because it is the representative mountain covered by snow, I really want to see it with my own eyes. Thankfully, Michael took me and YoungEun to the mountain! On the way to the mountain, we dropped by a pop-up fruit store and bought cherries and nectarines. The owner gave us samples and they were so fresh and tasty! We finally arrived at the mountain after driving for 1 hour and 30 minutes. We had quick meals at the cafeteria and walked 30 minutes course. Due to the snow, my eyes were dazzling in the sunlight, and sometimes I was about to slip. Despite the difficulties, the view was breathtaking. Especially I liked the top of the mountain which is covered by permanent snow. I could feel the greatness of nature. On the way down the mountain, we looked around the falls. It was quite huge and made lots of drops of water and two rainbows. It was interesting to be hit by water drops. We really enjoyed this short trip. I’m very thankful to Michael to make this memorable day!
Getting our work back on track!
We finalized when we host our following events; The Starfleet Enterprise, The Space Investment Summit, MarsCoin, and Lunar Development Conference! Therefore, we are working on cat herding right now. Michael hosted a bunch of speakers and I sent emails for the speaker portal. Young Eun made a useful checklist for cat herding on the notion page, so I could do my work very smoothly. I’m glad to communicate with speakers again and restart the event series! July will be a VERY busy month for us, even though I’m looking forward to that month!
We restart our Formal Monday too. Actually, it was Formal Thursday this time. It was my second presentation. We shared what we’ve done and what we’ve learned. I presented my personal project, social media stuff, and our Pizza Tuesday. As I said before, I made promo videos and images as a personal project. At the start, I was unsure of the result because I’m not artistic but now Michael and I are quite satisfied with my work. Regarding the images, I made two versions so they are waiting for the AB test! I’m really curious about the results.
Now we move forward to the following events and have promo stuff. I hope we can launch our event series like Nuri, Korea Space Launch Vehicle-II, which was successfully launched even though lots of delays.
Less than a month remains with my internship, and I can't believe I've spent more than two months in this office.
This small office is full of personal belongings. Naturally, Micheal is very attached to this place. He called the office "sanctum", if I remember it correctly. Since then, I am extra careful with locks.
He has a lot to talk when it comes to this place. He could have written a book about his office and his whole life if he wanted to. He's not sharing a lot of it with the public, which feels like a waste to me!
I thought of taking pictures of every tiny bit of this office and posting them on social media with his stories. This place have robots, posters, notes, book collections, lanyards, giraffe dolls(LSEI), loads of boxes filled with glory, and lots more in this office. But now I am running out of time.
I've also noticed a random "Get well soon" balloon on the wall made me curious. Nevertheless, I might not even start the conversation about this because I've learned the lesson: Micheal is VERY talkative.
I wonder what will make him recollect us after we're gone.
I ripped up the calendar of April and spilled lots of water on the fridge, so maybe that?
We are happy with intangible memories.
We enjoyed our weekly lunches and drives. We had some Korean snacks and traditional drinks (막걸리; makgeolli) and enjoyed the view of Mt.Rainier from the window(wink wink).
Wow, what days we've had.