Long time no Blog

It’s been a long time since I have written a blog post. In that time- I have returned back to the USA, married, and also have a baby boy coming in November. I am writing this while sitting in the Freising Marriott waiting for my room to be cleaned. I’ve traveled quite a bit over the past couple of years since my blog post and have been unfortunately lazy on updating the blog. If no reason other than to give myself something to look back at in 10 years I am going to make more of an active effort writing my blog. In the past month I have traveled to New York, Israel, India, and now Germany. It takes a bit of time time to write a proper blog post (which is why I’ve been so lazy), however I do enjoy it and I do like chronicling my travel. Look for an update soon!

Everything’s Amazing and Nobody’s Happy

I saw this clip by an American comedian today that I thought was very funny and also alarmingly true. Nowadays technology advances so fast that we take a lot of thing for granted.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8r1CZTLk-Gk

I was thinking about this when I was studying in the library today. Cell phones have pretty much exploded in the past decade. 10 years ago it was very novelty to have a cell phone it seems. In the library at Texas Tech, there is a huge “quiet” study area section with a bunch of large study desks/cubicles. I like to go there to do homework and study. In my room there are way too many things to get distracted with so I go to the library. Today there was some noisy person on there cell phone. You could tell everyone else in the area wanted to murder this person. This is probably my biggest pet peeve ever.

However, this just got me thinking back to this one clip though. 10 years ago we wouldn’t have this problem as that person wouldn’t have a cell phone. Cell phones definitely have their advantages, but it seems in America they seem to make some people become completely inconsiderate of those around them.

Anyway this has just been a random rant that I was thinking about in my head. This clip is really funny and I really like this one comedian (Louis C.K.). If you have time it is definitely worth checking out some of his other stuff.

Nostalgia

I don’t really know what made me think of this, but it is heart-warming to see stuff from your childhood years later.

I used to watch this show all of the time. I remember sitting in a Las Vegas hotel room on a family vacation with my sister watching this.

Not much is new in my life. Just busy surviving in school and applying for programs/jobs that will let me return to Japan after graduation. I have an interview for the Fulbright program on Tuesday so I am excited about that. The JET Program is also about to open for applications so I will be busy gathering all of the necessary materials for that.

Three Months

Last Saturday marked my three month anniversary in Japan. In other words I have been in Japan for 25% of my scheduled stay. It’s hard to imagine that so much has already passed. Looking back at when I first came I realize how much I have learned not only about the Japanese language but also the Japanese culture. I’ve gone from being the “new guy” to one of the experienced guys. What’s even more intimidating is that after Juan and Mathieu leave, I will be one of the most knowledgeable ones in the Japanese language.

I’ve already been trying to build up my base of Japanese friends. I plan on going to a few international exchange parties to also make some friends. More and more I find myself doing stuff on my own. I’ve become used to everyday life in Japan and I am starting to grow more and more distanced from American culture. I joke around that when I go to a convenience store back in the United States I am going to say “arigatou” and also bow a ton.

Sometimes I do get the ocassional homesickness. Usually it is nothing big though, although I would kill a man for a burito from Freebirds right now. In the end though I am having the time of my life. From the first weekend in Tokyo where I stayed up all night for about 48 hours, to the crazy time I had in Thailand, and even to the relaxing weekends that I spent eating bentos and watching anime in my apartment I have had fun so far. One thing that I have made a point to do is to exercise more. I go running with Levi (American) five days a week. Hopefully before too long I can shed a few of those extra lbs. Also I want to do a lot more outdoors type things. This weekend I am going with a bunch of people from work to Mount Ooyama. It should be pretty fun and I’ll be sure to take pictures. It is going to be nice not having a weekend with a hangover for once.