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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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