Eugene Cho

low tide in seattle = adventure

Update:  Check out the pics from our adventure.

I’m really excited.  So excited that I’ll sneak my kids out of school for couple hours tomorrow [Wednesday, June 4] to head off to a local beach called Golden Gardens to enjoy the adventures of what experts are speculating to be the lowest tide in Seattle in about 20 years.

Years ago, I would have been strongly against the idea of our kids missing any school.  Nowadays, I’m always looking and wanting for the kids to take a day or two off school so that my wife and I can spend some extra time with them.  Especially on weekends when my role as a pastor infringe on my time with the family, missing a day here and there are great.  Anyone have any stories of playing “hookie” with your parents?

If you’re around the Seattle area, click here to see how amazing low the tide will be tomorrow between 10am-2pm and visit any local beach for some fun during midday.  Take your kids out of school!  Tell your boss to shove it!  Go for a nice walk on the beach!  If you go, come back and share your photos.

http://www.dairiki.org/tides/daily.php/sea/2008-06-04

Here’s a recent article from the Seattle Times:

It’s fat city in Puget Sound country, with some of the lowest tides of the season arriving this week right at midday picnic time.

There are primo beachcombing opportunities to enjoy all week. Pick a beach, any beach: Golden Gardens, Carkeek Park, South Alki, Lincoln Park, or even hop in the car and head north to Richmond Beach Park or south to Seahurst and Des Moines…

Watch the sea lettuce drift in cold, crystal salt water as it slinks down the beach; tickle an anemone with a wet finger. And this week trained naturalists will be on hand to reveal the secrets of the low tide: Who knew bright orange sunflower stars have 15,000 tube feet, enabling them to zip along at 10 feet a minute? That barnacles spend most of their life standing on their head? Or that geoducks can live to be old-growth clams, clocking 150 years in the same spot?..

At Golden Gardens, a slow-lane drama unfolded as the tide dropped Sunday. Clams startled the strutting crows with zesty squirts. Red rock crabs spangled clean, gray sand, and stately herons stalked eel-grass beds with Zen grace. And everywhere, the kids did what they do best…

The unusually low tides that began Sunday will keep dropping through the week, bottoming out below minus four on Wednesday. Midday tides will still be low through Saturday. [read full article]

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8 Responses

  1. Melissa says:

    I played hookie every day! Glad you’re starting to see the benefits…

  2. Charlene Farber says:

    Played hookie 3 times in hs to spend with my dad: once to go to a farm show in Harrisburg PA (largest in Northeast), once to go visit some of his old friends and drive around, and another to go christmas shopping.

    On my own…once cut college class to get extra money out of my account (at 17, couldn’t have debit card at the time) so I could get deal on a phone before deal ran out at 4 pm that day.

  3. jHong says:

    are you sanctioning me to tell YOU to shove it?

  4. eugenecho says:

    @jHong: sometimes, you just gotta do it. but do it nicely.

  5. Dan W says:

    I love Golden Gardens. Back when I was a kid you couldn’t really go there ‘cuz of all the “crime and bad element” there. Now we enjoy taking the kids and flying kites. Although last summer I was almost beat up by a homeless man who thought my kite-flying was invading his space. Really. He charged me and everything; I thought I was going down. But then he left.

    Anyway, Olivia’s class is taking a field trip to a local beach today for the low tide, and I get to go along. So I’m not really playing hooky, since I’m doing community involvement activities, all the while getting to play on the beach with my wife and daughter. Good stuff.

  6. Danielle says:

    I’ll be there with our kids too!

  7. Meghan says:

    Every year my grandpa would take me out of school on the day when you could purchase an “unlimited rides” pass at the Puyallup fair… Still some of my favorite memories. I’m with you on the occasional hookie day!

  8. […] here in Seattle and the low tides during midday did not disappoint.  So glad that Minhee and I took the kids out of school for couple hours to explore the Low Tide Adventures.  Our kids knew what most of […]

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Being invited by the King Family to speak at the MLK worship service at Ebenezer Baptist Church in 2016 remains one of the most unexpected honors of my life. On the right is his daughter, Dr. Bernice King and his sister, Dr. Christine King Farris. Walking throughstreet markets in different parts of the world is the best. Soaking in the culture. Listening to the local language and music. Enjoying the amazing cuisine. Meeting new friends. Praying for the Gospel to penetrate. #ChiangRai Blessed be the local, indigenous leaders for it is they who live in the very communities they seek to love. For it is they who understand their context and culture...better than a Westerner ever will. For it is they who will continue to tenaciously pursue a better world with hope, justice and love when visitors like me leave.

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Photo: @benjaminedwards Part 2 on my wrestling with the complex issue of human trafficking. In part, documenting my trip to Thailand for @onedayswages...to listen, learn, and visit one of our partner orgs @thefreedomstory. More to come.

There's such painful and poignant irony in pursuing justice...unjustly. One way we do this is when we reduce people into projects...and thus, propagating the dangerous power dynamic of US as heroes and THEM as helpless and exclusively as victims. So dangerous.

Human trafficking is not just an issue. It’s ultimately, about people. Depending on the sources of statistics, there are anywhere from 29-40 million people in some form of forced labor and slavery, including sex trafficking.

And one thing I’ve learned, personally, is how easy it is easy to reduce people into projects which is why mutuality, reciprocity, and dignity are so vital. These are critical because God never intended people to be reduced into projects.

We forget this and we indirectly foster a culture and system of victimization or worse, the pornification of the poor or in this case, "the trafficked." And when you start dehumanizing the poor or trafficked, you have no genuine desire to build relationships with them. You believe or build stereotypes in broad strokes, singular, black and white narratives that have been told about them. You believe the lie that they have nothing to teach us and are incapable of contributing to the larger society.

Lord, break our hearts for the things that break your heart. Give us eyes to see others through your eyes. Give us humility so that we acknowledge our own need to learn and grow. (Photo via @thefreedomstory) May our hearts break for injustice and exploitation - whether abroad or in our own backyard. Spending a few days for @onedayswages in Thailand. Along with one of our board members, I'm traveling with a group of 10 others to learn, listen and visit a few NGOs including one of our partners, @thefreedomstory. Couple days ago, we spent an evening walking through Soi Cowboy. On a given night, about 10,000 people are in the ring of prostitution in Soi Cowboy, Nana Plaza, and Patpong. Much of this is driven by the consumer demand. Approximately 70% of male tourists go to Thailand for the sex industry.

Human trafficking is complex. Anyone that says otherwise is lying or selling you something. 
To reduce it to simple terms, or simple problems, or simple solutions…cause harmful consequences. While we can all agree that it is sinful, egregious, evil, and wrong…there are many nuances and complexities. It would serve all of us to grow deep in the awareness not just of the larger issue but the nuances and complexities.

When people speak of human trafficking, they tend to be ‘attracted’ to the issue of sexual exploitation. Dare I say it, human trafficking has become trendy as a justice issue.

Clearly, it’s evil and egregious. But to reduce the entire issue of human trafficking into one form is not helpful. Because the mission is to fight the entire injustice of slavery. And if that’s the commitment, we have to not only combat sexual exploitation but engage in issues of poverty, forced labor, commercial exploitation in tourism, land rights and power abuses, organized crime networks, cultural and economic realities, etc.

Oh, it's so complex but we have to be engaged whether in Thailand or in our own backyards. May our hearts break for the things that break the heart of God... More thoughts to come.

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