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Monday, 29 May 2006
JET Placement Info
I almost forgot to mention this! I received my JET placement info. I'm going to Bungoono-shi, which is in Oita-ken, on Kyushu! Oita is known for its mountainous terrain and hotsprings (onsen). There is also a park famous for its wild roaming monkeys, which should be interesting . Plus, it looks like I am pretty close to a major JR line, so I should be able to explore pretty well.

It was pretty close to my first choice of Fukuoka, at least I should be only a couple of hours from there. Also Oita-shi has an airport, and Beppu has plenty of ferry services, so that should help other domestic travel.

Unfortunately, I have yet to hear directly from the local board of education, who will be my actual employers in Japan. Until then, the details will be pretty sketchy. But at least it appears that I got a cool placement.

Posted by nc/frodaddy at 1:13 PM EDT
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Sunday, 21 May 2006
Hail-acious
Free ice for everyone! Check out these pics from a recent storm. Fortunately my car was in the garage at the time, so it wasn't damaged. Later this storm would spawn a tornado in Cabarrus County. Of course, I locked myself out while taking these pics.










These were slighty larger than quarters- does that make them golf ball sized? Who knows!

Posted by nc/frodaddy at 12:17 AM EDT
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Saturday, 20 May 2006
Lazy
I'm real sick of work. All I want to do is sit at home and play videogames all day. Seriously

Posted by nc/frodaddy at 12:16 AM EDT
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Saturday, 13 May 2006
Class of '06
Congratulations Katie on getting your D.P.T! Guess you are officially the smartest person in the family now!!

Posted by nc/frodaddy at 11:35 AM EDT
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Friday, 12 May 2006
Japan Trip Set
Everyone clear your calendars, because I finally got my plane tickets for my trip to Japan in June. I'll leave Charlotte-Douglas at 9:50 in the morning on Sunday, June 11th and arrive at Narita at 3:30 PM on Monday the 12th (phew!). I'll leave from Narita at about 12:45 on Saturday the 17th, but at least I'll get the day back from the trip over After a quick bus/train ride, I should be in Machida or Yokohama the evening of the 12th. Which leads to the question of what to do? Well, that night both Japan and the United States are playing in the World Cup, so I believe a trip to the Hub is in order. After that, Obirin, karaoke, izakaya, soccer games, Yodobashi, BookOff/HardOff, and all the old spots in Tokyo and Yokohama need to be hit up. Heh, maybe I can finally make it up to Nikko for a day, that would be nice.

Well I'm sure you're asking, Mike aren't you going to teach English in Japan for at least a year? Why spend all this money when you're leaving again in less than two months? Well, I have several reasons. Mostly, it's for the people. My old homeboy Sammy Nave is going to be there, and Kanami will be leaving for Canada pretty soon so we've got to meet up before she leaves. As for JET, I still could be placed anywhere in the country, and domestic travel in Japan can be damn expensive, so if I'm far away it wouldn't necessarily be a whole lot cheaper. And this is a trip that's been a long time coming, who knows the next time we'll all be able to meet up... why wait any longer.

So- if you're in the greater Tokyo area, and want to hang out from June 12-17th, drop me a line. Like I said, this is mostly about the people, so be sure to get in touch!

Posted by nc/frodaddy at 12:53 AM EDT
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Thursday, 27 April 2006
Close Call
I almost had a really big problem with JET this past week. Apparently, some really important forms that I mailed out on the 13th never reached Atlanta, and I received an email from JET stating if we don't get these forms by Tuesday, you're disqualified. Great. So I had to rush to the post office, fortunately I made copies of everything, and express mail it to Atlanta for $15. I was able to contact the JET people, and it looks like everything will work out, but still that's more stress than I would prefer to have.

Also my Aunt and Grandma stopped by for Easter, which was great because there's always a bunch of food when they show up. Seriously whenever extra family is around we eat like kings. Which is nice, but then again it's no surprise we've got some big people in our family. Anywho, I'm still working on my gum cache from Target, mmm delicious.

In gaming news, I finally beat Resident Evil 4. Which basically means that I get to play it all over again! It's one of those games where you can really experiment and play through the game different ways. For example, if you go up the tower in the village, the villagers start to throw fire grenades at you. Or if you barricade yourself in a certain house, the chainsaw guy comes after you. Fun stuff like that. For the next game, I'm thinking of sticking with Capcom and getting Killer 7, it looks pretty cool. Anyone here played it?

Posted by nc/frodaddy at 12:40 AM EDT
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Friday, 14 April 2006
Cold Case
Had a mega-bad day at work today. First of all, everyone (well, almost everyone) had Good Friday off, so the mall was totally packed and people had us running ragged all day. That might not be too bad, but on top of that I caught a cold complete with sore throat, runny nose, fever and fatigue. Fantastic. And then, tomorrow's Saturday so I almost certainly can't ask for the day off- they need me to sell stuff on the busiest day of the week. This sucks.

Posted by nc/frodaddy at 11:18 PM EDT
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Monday, 3 April 2006
Breaking News
I got into JET!! Woo Hoo!

(big sigh of relief)

Posted by nc/frodaddy at 10:50 PM EDT
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Friday, 31 March 2006
Heeere's whats going on.
I'm still waiting to hear back from JET. From what I understand, it should be coming via mail/email anyday now. That's the name of the game here, hurry up and wait. They ought to call it the Japan Patience Building Program, cause that's all I've gotten out of it so far. Even after I hear about possible acceptance, I still have to wait to hear from them about placement. It gets a little ridiculous after a while and it's starting to eat away at my nerves.

I recently heard that three girls from my high school class are getting married. You know you are getting older when your peers start getting hitched. It was definitely a strange feeling to hear about them. To be honest, I feel weird even typing about marriage at all. As for the girls, I say good for them, although from my perspective it's tough because every time someone gets married, that dating pool starts to shrink a little bit more you know? I thought the trend was to marry later these days, but maybe not.

North Carolina finally started their lottery today with scratch-off tickets. I'm glad NC got the lotto, I always thought it was kind of backwards that all the other East Coast states had one but NC didn't. That said, now that it's here I probably won't play it as much as I thought. I work too hard for my money to just toss it away like that. But as a little fun here and there, well I suppose that can't be too bad.

I blame Chris Turner and Capcom for my current gaming addiction, Resident Evil 4. Man, that game is awesome. I'll spare you the details but it's about the most intense experience you'll get in any type of entertainment. Capcom deserves blame for making the game, and Chris because he keeps egging me on with stories of epic boss battles and infinite rocket launchers. I had a rough go of it tonight, died a whole bunch of times. It's all due to the hordes of axe-throwing zombies. Maybe they're the ones who have my JET acceptance letter?

Posted by nc/frodaddy at 1:24 AM EST
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Tuesday, 21 March 2006
Call it the World Yakyu Classic
Congratulations Team Japan on winning the inagural World Baseball Classic. It was cool to see Japan win, and some NPB stars get some shine in the US. I think Ichiro should have been MVP, he was the driving force for Japan and had some huge plays in the final against Cuba. It was interesting to see him show some passion for once, although unfortunately his statements have been misconstrued and taken out of context (I believe). Also, congratulations to Oh-san, another achievement in a long and storied career. Just make sure to write Team Mexico a big thank you note, ok?

Well, as for my weekend, I worked just about as much as possible. My assistant mgr. was on vacation to Hilton Head, so me and the store mgr. had to cover the whole weekend between us. 12-close Thursday, open-close Friday, open-8pm Saturday, open-close Sunday. Phew! That's a lot just to type.

And now, no more sports-related posts, I promise.

Posted by nc/frodaddy at 10:13 AM EST
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