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:: Sunday, December 14, 2008 ::

Moving On


It was inevitable. This blog got old. The code got more and more convoluted. I love the color scheme and design to no end but sometimes you just have to move on. Not to mention that I'm moving to Japan and I want a blog to reflect that. This blog will still act as an archive but all of my new adventures will be posted at

http://japanese-me.com

Thanks for reading, and see you on the new site!

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:: Monday, December 08, 2008 ::

Thinking Ahead


So, this blog is old. Very old. I mean, just look at the nav bar on the left. With my move to Japan I'm going to start a new blog, running into the age old problem--what to call it? I'm asking you guys for suggestions. Guidelines:

1. It has to be something my mom, i.e. any normal person, can spell. As much as I like the name kawasakidreaming.com, I'm not sure any non-Japanese can spell that correctly on the first try. Not to mention I'll get all kind of false hits from motorcycle lovers.

2. If the name has something to do with Japan, great. If not, that's okay.

...that's it. Let me know your ideas, and if I like them one may become the name of my new blog! That's like taking your own little slice of the web and making it your own! -_^

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Okay,,, how about....
1. Around the World and back
2. The World through my Eyes
3. kaze-neechan
4. Looking Ahead and Sideways
 
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:: Saturday, December 06, 2008 ::

The Downward Sprial Continues


Is the bad news ever going to end? Unemployment at 6.7 percent. Many thousands are underemployed or simply gave up looking. Beyond the numbers I'm starting to see the effects at work--30 and 40 year olds are applying for part-time jobs at coffeeshops, and every last one has a look of desperation on their face. A friend in the sciences has been job searching for months with no avail. The only jobs she can find are below her degree level and she's so overqualified they don't take her seriously.

This stinks.

And here I am, willingly giving up my steady job to jump ship and head to Japan. Luckily I have a wide and deep safety net, but it's still unsettling to jump so far when the footing is so unsteady.

But if I don't do these things in my 20s when will I ever get the chance to do them?

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:: Saturday, November 29, 2008 ::

Black Friday - Convo of the Day


Customer: So, what time did you guys open this morning?
Me: Five am. But we get here at four.
Customer: Wow, extra early for Black Friday, eh?
Me: Nope, we get here at four every day.
Customer: What???
Me: ...we're a coffee shop.


Your baristas wake up at ungodly hours each and every morning to make sure that you can get your cup of joe. Show them some love.

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:: Thursday, November 20, 2008 ::

Suit Shopping



Why do things always have to be so difficult?

I have a job interview coming up on Saturday so I thought it would be a great chance to get my first proper suit. A trip to H&M proved fruitless, as everything was too trendy--skirts too short and necklines too plunging for conservative Japan. Macy's had a better selection, though, and a half-off sale to boot! I rooted around until I found the perfect suit--plain and black, no ruffles or sparkles, and a skirt that brushed my knee. Perfect! Ken said it was just the thing.

I love two piece outfits because I'm sized differently on top and bottom. I think a lot of women have this issue, with bust not matching hip perfectly. We're human, for goodness sake. I'm just backwards, with my hips being smaller than my bust. By two sizes. Yah. I know.

So I ask the nice lady if they happen to have the jacket in size x. Just the jacket, she asks? Yes, as I take different sizes. Oh no, these are sold as sets, with size y skirt matching size y jackets, she replies. Separates are one floor down.

We head downstairs. Separates? Where? I saw three suit jackets, and only one of those was black. Not to mention ugly. Bah.

Retailers--please understand that real women come in all sizes, and may even be "mis-matched". Let us buy nice coordinating suits, even if our sizes are little "off". I ended up with a suit jacket from H&M. It's a little cheaper than I wanted. I'm going to pin the neckline so it doesn't gape too much.

But they were willing to sell me my size.

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:: Sunday, November 09, 2008 ::

Utter Happiness...


...is this. A walk to Japantown hand in hand, with the requisite stop for coffee. Sitting near the pagoda, watching kids of all ages play hide and seek in its legs. Reading books in Kinokuniya without the intention to buy (today, anyway). Discovering in horror that Safeway has already sold through its churros and buying two old fashioned donuts instead. Stocking up on juice and croquettes at the Japanese market. Walking home in twilight, rating the cuteness of each passing dog. And now, writing a blog entry in bed while my love dozes next to me. The soft sound of his breathing.

A golden moment in time.

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:: Tuesday, November 04, 2008 ::

I Voted


Have you?

I Voted

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