06/15/2014 § Leave a comment
Taking the Leap 6/11/2014
Let’s see, going back a ways;
THURSDAY 5TH: I got a text message from Berlitz that I didnt get the job, and a return call from RRR asking if I could schedule an interview the next day?
FRIDAY 6TH: I went in the pouring rain and had a fairly good interview that ended ambiguously at the end of the day, I get a text message from a neighbouring prefecture’s office for a Skype interview Monday morning.
MONDAY 9TH: Ive got the job.
TUESDAY 10TH: I dont got the job. « Read the rest of this entry »
06/08/2014 § 1 Comment
The Man in the Mirror 5/20/14
Everybody I know is doing better than me!
that I follow.
that I watch
that I read about
that I collect business cards from.
that I network with
How do they all see me?
Best not to think about it
Its a mirror easily mishandled. « Read the rest of this entry »
06/08/2014 § Leave a comment
The Language Whores 5/26/14
Not my students, not them! They’re great!
I’ve kept two students for 4 years now, since June 2010, and I see them every Monday night in Chiba City about 30 minutes away by train. They are doctors at the university hospital, in the Hematology/Leukemia Department. They are national leaders. I feel intimidated by them, they are younger than me, but so much more accomplished. Yet they have told me directly that I’m the best English Teacher they ever had. Its something to feel proud about.
Last class, Ch____ lamented that he still had trouble listening to English speakers despite all the advances he’d made. We talked about it. « Read the rest of this entry »
06/08/2014 § Leave a comment
The F%&$ing Passport Expired! 5/28/14
I sent off a resume to Berlitz on the 23rd, a Friday, and on the 26th, a Monday, I got a reply with a long application form. On Tuesday I was feeling paralyzed by doubts I could pull this off, with my history of losing my temper, so I took time off for a guided meditation to renew my spirit. On Wednesday morning, I began working on the Berlitz application and cover letters for other job offerings.
The application for Berlitz asked for the expiration date of my passport. What, 2016? I spun around to my desk and pulled the passport out, and blinked twice. It said, April 24th, 2013. I stared at it, my heart pounding. It said, SEE PAGE 27. « Read the rest of this entry »
06/07/2014 § Leave a comment
Loathsome Creature 5/24/4
The days just keep flip-flopping and getting more intense. If I don’t have a visa sponsor in 3 weeks, I fall through the cracks between Japan and the U.S. I’m terrified.
I think I know why the Agency killed the job after they gave it to me. « Read the rest of this entry »
05/27/2014 § Leave a comment
Out of the Frying Pan edition
The crisis is averted, for now. Another has begun, potentially. I have a job, theoretically. I have a visa sponsor. It is my old employer from 3 years ago. Funnyboffo City Board of Education, the organization that traumatized me 3 years ago. Welcome Back!
The day after I got the interview appointment was a Saturday; I went to see my therapist. “Dont put all your eggs in one basket” she says. Fair enough. Im going to follow through on my other job leads and not just count on this one job interview to solve all my problems. « Read the rest of this entry »
05/24/2014 § Leave a comment
The one about the good job offering.
Oh, wow, a lot has happened. A lot of nothing.
This was a Friday. I went into Tokyo, went for a dentist’s appointment, on the way back stopped off at an Asian food store that sells Filipino, Chinese, Indian and Thai foods, bought some red lentils and mung beans for myself, a jar of chili-pepper paste for a new Chinese friend of mine who can’t get the good stuff here in Japan.
Back on the train platform, I see a missed a phonecall on my cellfone from somebody. It’s Interac, a big big job agency specializing in Native English speaker/teachers that goes into a city board of education and buys up all the contracts for all the schools in that city. Since I need an organization to sponsor me in six weeks or I have to leave Japan, I was excited; they have a bad reputation but they have a lot of contracts, so I could easily get a job.
I talk to the recruiter. Its mid Friday and he wants me to come in Monday. I make an appointment for the late afternoon, and feel about 10 kilos lighter as I make my way home.
(To be Continued)
05/14/2014 § Leave a comment
I’m having trouble keeping up with this journal, so Im just going to write down a few of the highlights:
Stupid Letter from my Auntie! My Narci Moms twin sister; they’re both 84 going on 85. If my moms a narci, what does that make her? I dont know. Anyway, she keeps reaching out to me to come back into the fold, the whole dysfunctional mess, and when I say I dont want to she doesnt even hear it. Because she’s been pushing, I made the case in my last letter that knowing what I know about my mother, I’m carrying a burden and if she wants to keep reaching out to me she has to share it with me. Shes not having any of it. So it comes down to this, how do I ditch her? I can’t explain myself any better, she willfully doesnt want to understand my explanations, so I either have to drop something really offensive on her to scare her away, or just stop writing to her and not read her letters, without explanation. The latter way is best. But let me tell you, being reminded to what degree they all wash their hands of me is vexing. Vexing! « Read the rest of this entry »
05/06/2014 § Leave a comment
I would rather go running right now than go to this classical music concert, but my landlord is in the choir and Ive been planning to see this for half a year.
Mr.Nakanaka sang tenor in Carmina Burana by Carl Orff in the community orchestra choir today. It starts and ends with the song O Fortuna, for which a few years ago Rachel Maddow said it had become the theme song for a lot of apocalyptic anti-Obamacare commercials. « Read the rest of this entry »
05/04/2014 § Leave a comment
I just typed a whole journal with the modem off, and when I published it I lost it! Gotta type it all again.
Today a busy day. Leave house 8:00, Coffee shop at 9:30, Employment office at 10:00, therapist at 1, doctor at 3, all in different parts of the Tokyo Kanto Plain. « Read the rest of this entry »