Joseph Jasper @jjasper123

I teach stuff.

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Only Starbucks at a teachers' convention will create these kinds of epic moments.
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Only Starbucks at a teachers' convention will create these kinds of epic moments.

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What a cheeseball.
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What a cheeseball.

Daisy, with a photobomb courtesy of Dad's socks.
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Daisy, with a photobomb courtesy of Dad's socks.

When we bought these tickets way back in April, we had no idea what we were going to get! Turns out we'd sing "Happy Birthday" to Tommy Lasorda, get a fireworks show, and best of all see the Dodgers clinch the division! What a night. What a team.

#mlb #dodgers #nlwest #thisteam
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When we bought these tickets way back in April, we had no idea what we were going to get! Turns out we'd sing "Happy Birthday" to Tommy Lasorda, get a fireworks show, and best of all see the Dodgers clinch the division! What a night. What a team. #mlb #dodgers #nlwest #thisteam

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Star Wars Night!
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Star Wars Night!

I finally bought some new pairs of shoes. These pictured are the same brand, model, size, and color. The only differences are that the one on the left is a year and a half older, and once went swimming in a Dutch canal.
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I finally bought some new pairs of shoes. These pictured are the same brand, model, size, and color. The only differences are that the one on the left is a year and a half older, and once went swimming in a Dutch canal.

Touring the USS Iowa today!
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Touring the USS Iowa today!

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Here, near the sunset of our trip, we were greeted with a beautiful, actual sunset. We've had some pretty impressive ones almost every night for the last week, but this one might've been the best.
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Here, near the sunset of our trip, we were greeted with a beautiful, actual sunset. We've had some pretty impressive ones almost every night for the last week, but this one might've been the best.

Our last stop for the day, and our last real "destination" on our trip, was the beautiful city of Delft. It's famous for its blue-painted "delft" products that you probably see in every Dutch home you can find yourself in. Pretty much every shop in town sells the stuff, so you're sure to walk away with a bag full of it. Pictured here is the main cathedral in the city's center square.
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Our last stop for the day, and our last real "destination" on our trip, was the beautiful city of Delft. It's famous for its blue-painted "delft" products that you probably see in every Dutch home you can find yourself in. Pretty much every shop in town sells the stuff, so you're sure to walk away with a bag full of it. Pictured here is the main cathedral in the city's center square.

Enjoying the tour of Rotterdam.
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Enjoying the tour of Rotterdam.

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I think that the most surprising part of the cruise, and maybe of the whole trip, was the emotion I felt upon seeing the Holland America Line building in Rotterdam. I remember hearing about (and reading) all the stories from Grandma Jasper, Uncle Carl, and so many more about our ancestors' immigration from the Netherlands. These people said goodbye to all of their family, friends, and everything else they'd every been familiar with to move to a new country on a new continent to start a new life. They didn't have a dollar to their name. They didn't know a word of English. But left they did, most of them through this building.
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I think that the most surprising part of the cruise, and maybe of the whole trip, was the emotion I felt upon seeing the Holland America Line building in Rotterdam. I remember hearing about (and reading) all the stories from Grandma Jasper, Uncle Carl, and so many more about our ancestors' immigration from the Netherlands. These people said goodbye to all of their family, friends, and everything else they'd every been familiar with to move to a new country on a new continent to start a new life. They didn't have a dollar to their name. They didn't know a word of English. But left they did, most of them through this building.

Our next stop today was in the city of Rotterdam. It's a large, industrial port city in the south of Holland. Our whole group took a harbor cruise to see all the various sights.
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Our next stop today was in the city of Rotterdam. It's a large, industrial port city in the south of Holland. Our whole group took a harbor cruise to see all the various sights.

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