It's been a long, long time since the whole tribe took a trip together. It's not for lack of wanting to. We use to travel a lot years ago, taking road trips to anime conventions when we ran JapaneseSnacks.com and were active in the anime industry. It seemed like we were always on the road, packing up, heading down south to DragonCon or visiting friends. I don't miss those days - the days in anime - but I miss traveling with the tribe. Between financial ups and downs, lay offs, the economy, and everything in between, it was just not a huge priority to really go anywhere anymore. We wanted to hunker down and just really solidify our family.
It's been ... I don't even remember how many years since we had a group outing and it felt really good to be out with everyone, especially having The Queen with us. This is the first of many more events and outings that we hope to be able to do in the upcoming year.
I have said, in many posts already, how much I value my tribe; my family. I wouldn't be the person I am today without them. I wouldn't have survived honestly. When I look at the picture of the four of them that I took at the end of our day at Six Flags, I really get a great feeling about our continued life together and our future as a strong family. It's one thing to have good friends, it's another to gave good family, it's something entirely different and truly wonderful to have both in one.
It's been a tough past couple of years for our tribe, many changes, tragedies, and losses, but we were always there for each other and we found the strength to pull through and stay strong despite everything. We always have weathered the worst and come out better and wiser. We have been through really bad times and never given up on each other even when others gave up on us.
Next year will be the beginning of a brand new focus for the tribe and I look forward to writing more articles about our growth, our outings, and our decision to finally leave this awful country and build a house somewhere far away from the destructive, negative, and insane American mentality of living.
Six Flags was fun. It was a beautiful day to spend smiling, laughing, and walking hand in hand with people you love. I look forward to more times like this.
Shin Seiki Zoku Stong And Proud!