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Year in Review 2022

Is there any point in your life where you do not change as a person? The nature of existing as a human being is change. That change could be for better or for worse but the only certainty is nothing will ever remain the same on a human or a universal scale–unless you count heat death. When I was younger I had a feeling when positive things happened that something negative would occur in the future and vice versa. It’s an intuition that has borne out but it could also be my convenient classification of good and bad.

In any event, this has been a year where I had attended two weddings of school classmates, made new and reconnected with old friends, contracted COVID-19 during class instruction on campus, almost died in an accident, seen the galactic center of the Milky Way, attended a funeral, and gotten promoted.

When I look back at the past year’s events they don’t always neatly fit together in this mental map, but it is strange that there is a wave-like pattern to things that have positively or negatively impacted me.

A sampling of shots from the last year with possibly more to come:

One of my first photos of Rock Creek Park in 2022
The Year of the Tiger at the REACH

Walking Across Times Square

August Trip to CA to See Brian and Zenia

The Bride and Groom + 4
Through the Milky Way | The best iPhone 12 quality
Sunrise at the billion-star accommodation near Telescope Peak
Mojave prickly poppy (argemone corymbosa) near my tent

Shots from the DC Area

With Ike at Joint Base Andrews
Deinosuchus hatcheri fossil at work

Election Day

Death Cab For Cutie

I’ve never seen Death Cab for Cutie live in concert before and when I saw them last week they did not disappoint. Even though they’re on tour for their new album they played a lot of their old stuff which was great for someone who hasn’t listened to anything from them post 2010.

The Anthem
Ben Gibbard Solo
The New Year

I’ll admit I haven’t listened to their entire new album yet but the song Pepper reflects what I liked Death Cab for growing up in suburban New York.

Brian and Zenia

Pasadena, CA 2022.08.27

Hackensack River

Who knew interstates could be pretty.
Leaving Tri-State 2022.03


She likes dharma rice. Tenleytown mascot

Update on Rock Creek Park

2022/02/10 Update: We’re getting mentions on social media:


I wanted to let everyone know that I have heard back from Councilmember Mary Cheh’s legislative director and they’re finally moving forward with making the trails in Rock Creek Park safer for our neighborhood.



Hi Philip – just to follow up on this: I have confirmed with DDOT that is District property and there is space for signage. I’m working now with them to see what it would take to get signage and painted markings here. I’ll be sure to keep you updated.




My reply:


Hi Michael,

Thank you for this update, I am very pleased to hear this news. I appreciate your help and I look forward to more updates.




I will continue to give updates once I hear them.

My previous updates:

Conversations with Lu Episode One: Robert Klitgaard

Professor Robert Klitgaard from Claremont Graduate University and I discuss his new book, Prevail: How to Face Upheavals and Make Big Choices with the Help of Heroes.

Purchase here:


Host: Philip Lu

Producers: Brandon Mansur, Albert Cramer, Philip Lu

Set Design: Liqing Peng

Episode 1 Transcript:

lightly edited

Philip Lu: Welcome to Conversations with Lu, I’m here with Professor Robert Klitgaard, University Professor at Claremont Graduate University, and we’re here to talk about his new book, Prevail: How to Face Upheavals and Make Good Choices with the Help of Heroes.


We Are Only Visitors Here, We Are Not Permanent

In the face of looming conflict between nuclear powers, this quote from Thoreau comes to mind. Homo sapiens, despite all of their intelligence, will not have the same lasting power as an ordinary deer mouse. Emphasis mine.


My Neighborhood

I wrote to our Ward 3 councilmember, Mary Cheh’s office (specifically her legislative and committee director, Michael Porcello) about a dangerous intersection in the Forest Hills neighborhood. I received a reply and if this issue impacts you as well I recommend expressing support and contacting her office here:

My email to get the issue addressed: