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Coffee Shops are Loud

July 3, 2015
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Today I am working out of a coffee shop because the building I work in is closed. Here in the US of A we are getting ready to celebrate our Independence and that means most people are on holiday. I took Wednesday off to help with move related stuff and opted to work today. Earlier in the week I verified with facilities that I would be able to get in the building on a holiday. I am a lowly contractor and my access is only M-F 7a-6p.

Last week: “You have access on Friday’s. You should be good.”

This morning [while I am standing outside the door]: “It’s a holiday. You don’t have access.”

I’m just glad someone picked up the phone. The guy who answered was very helpful after I explained and I was able to get in and get my laptop. He did seem a little nervous about me being in the building alone so I moved to the Starbucks down the road.

Today is good practice for the next couple of weeks. I will be working remotely a bit in Massachusetts and Pennsylvania while I travel with the family on vacation. That work will be good practice for when I start working remotely in Tokyo.

Right now I’m waiting for a long query to finish so I thought I would type up a quick blog post. Free wi-fi and access to coffee. I’m surprised more people don’t do their blogging from coffee shops.

Kanji for the day: 仕事     しごと     shigoto     job

The Cats’ Tales

July 2, 2015

There are two members of the family who will not be going with us on our adventure. In theory we could have taken pets to Japan, but it was so impractical that it bordered on the impossible. Perhaps not for everyone, but for me it has been surprising how hard it is to say good-bye to our cats, both emotionally and logistically. Read more…

Sayonarra Donnellys

July 1, 2015

After a long day of playing musical houses Kira’s family threw us a going away party. And because her aunt is very clever I don’t have to be tonight. She put together a 20 questions game to get to see who knew us best. [It was a dual themed party and the first 10 questions were about getting to know our cousin’s new wife, but I wasn’t sure they wanted their story plastered all over the interwebs.]

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Dream Cycling

June 30, 2015

Last night as I slept in my house on my own mattress for the last time I had an interesting dream. I am trying to learn Japanese these days and I would love to say that I have started dreaming in Japanese. I haven’t. It is probably fair to say that this dream is a combination of needing to get things done for the move and trying to learn Japanese. I record it here for you amusement.

I needed to get my bike tuned up before I pack it away, so of course I rode it over to the hair dresser at the Mall of America. They were very excited to see me, but while they were cutting my hair the woman explained that they would not be able to work on my bike today. I would have to come back. I told them I was moving to Japan and couldn’t come back. She said they would do it if I could tell them I was moving in Japanese. This part I remember very well, because I couldn’t figure out what words to use. I wanted to say I was moving to Japan in one month, but if I said one month in Japanese (ichi gatsu) that was the same as saying January. I couldn’t figure it out and the Japanese chef who was cooking behind the counter (at the hair dresser) laughed at my attempt. I rode my bike back home and awoke in real life seriously wondering why I didn’t just take my bike to the bike shop up on Lexington, much closer to where we live.

Weird. And for the record, I’m not packing up my bike. I’m leaving it behind for my sister-in-law’s boyfriend. He’ll probably want to take it in for a tune up.

Boxed In

June 29, 2015

I used up my blogging energy up this evening moving boxes. The snag in the house sale for my sister-in-law was unsnagged and the move is back on.  Read more…

Bon Appétit

June 28, 2015

MosquitosMeterIn my head this was going to be a blog post detailing everything about our recent camping trip, but that seems ambitious. Instead I’m just going to list off the meals we had.

Read more…

Daddy Daughter Camping XVI: Return to Buckhorn

June 27, 2015

Kanji for the day: 娘     むすめ     musume     daughter

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