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:: Wednesday, December 13, 2006 ::

Take a Left at Christmas, a Right at the Moon


I've been having some semi-hard thinks about what direction I would like my life to head in. (A semi-hard think is a hard think without an impending deadline for action.) I finally feel settled in to where I am and the rhythm of things here, so the thought of changing or adding a couple of things doesn't feel as hairy as it once did.

One big part is, how do I want Japanese to fit into my life? How big of a role should it have? Do I want to actively pursue gaining fluency, try and maintain my current level, or just let it slide?

As much as I love Japanese, I don't know if I want it to become my vocation. Right now I'm thinking about journalism--public radio. I would love to do This American Life-esque stories, with witty, deep writing complimented by well-placed music. So maybe journalism will be the elusive "grad school" I'm saving up for.

There are things I'm thinking about doing in the meantime. There's a Japanese language school in town with once a week classes on the cheap. They cater to lower level students, but two of their classes--Practical Communication and Reading for Comprehension--look interesting. The next round of classes starts in mid-January, making for awesome timing.

San Francisco is home to one of the nation's leading public radio stations, KQED. They produce many shows that are aired nationally and broadcast several (that's right, not just one, but several) public television channels. They have openings for two types of volunteers--people to answer the phones during pledge drives, and "daytime" volunteers who can do office work and other menial tasks during a 9-5. Maybe, just maybe, I could work that out around my 'Bux schedule. KQED is a union house so I wouldn't be able to do any audio production work hands-on, but it may be the little oomph I need to get into the field.

2006 was a year of big changes for me, between Japan and graduating and moving to San Francisco. Perhaps 2007 will be a year of many smaller, orderly changes towards a common goal.

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