This life…

Refreshed

I just got out of the shower.  But thats not why I’m feeling refreshed.  I had to take a shower after my bike ride.  But I feel so good I wanted to talk about it.

I’ll set the stage.  Some people feel really good when they work out at the gym.  It’s never been that way for me.  I only go begrudgingly.  But riding a bike always makes me feel good.  It seems I had forgotten that.  These days I had been trying to ride my racing bike on the rollers.  Trying to get everything dialed in and I was just getting increasingly frustrated.  I’ve been getting really disappointed with my bike and my ability to ride over these last few months.  But only taking out my city bike, which is also a track bike a few times.

Fast forward to July.  I’m working 10-12 hours a day, so I’m pretty tired at the end of the day.  I had the racing bike here and was trying to ride it in the evenings on the rollers in the hotel room, but I was discouraged, so more often than not I was just looking at it.  Today I brought my city bike back with me, and before taking my shower rode 11.7km to the lake and back.  It’s been cool these days in the evenings so its a perfect time to ride.  In the middle of the ride it felt like a mistake, my legs were hurting I was getting tired, but when I saw the magnificent sunset on the lake, WOW….

As I was riding home, I felt refreshed.  I realized what I had been missing since I left Japan.  When I was there I was riding like this every day 10+km.  And when I was in my hometown here it was a terrible place to ride.  So it added to my discouragement.  But this ride has turned my whole outlook around.  I’m going to try to go back to riding every day.  I feel like a new man with a new outlook on life.  So I understand what those people who enjoy the gym get out of it every day.  I remember how I felt riding the country roads in Nara…refreshment for the soul.

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Anniversaries

Good evening ladies and gents.  I’m gonna keep this one short and sweet…at least thats the plan.  I’m falling behind on my whole monthly thing.  But I wanted to come and say a few things.

I’ve had a friend of mine on my mind for awhile now.  So if you are the praying sort, say a little prayer for him.  He left Japan for a bit to go to Melbourne for Surgery for a Brain Tumor.  He’s been in pretty good spirits about the whole thing, and has actually started a bit of a webcomic.  Aside from on Twitter I don’t know where else he has posted it.  Check it out here.

Ok so this year marks a few Anniversaries, namely September 1st it will be three years since I moved back from Japan.  I can’t believe it’s ready been that long.  On July 4th it was two years since my father died.  Another one that has passed quickly.  And on August 12th it will be one year since I started dating my girlfriend.  And last but certainly not least, June made a year since my back surgery.  I never expected a year to pass so fast.  But I’ve always heard as we get older the years go faster.

Fortunately I’ve been blessed this year and things have been going quite well.  I’ve been working and saving towards what is currently looking to be a bright future.  I guess thats really all I had to say.  Hopefully I’ll get behind the camera again soon.  But I need to come up with some interesting things to talk about first.

What would a post of anniversaries be without some interesting ones…how’s this?

50 years ago Adam West became Batman!  Also 50 years ago Star Trek started playing on NBC.

40 Years ago Rocky Balboa made his debut!

Top Gun turned 30 this year and so did Lindsay Lohan…man I’m getting old.

The RugRats are all 25 this year, and 20 years ago we stared doing the Macarena…imagine that!

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Another one

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HA!  Ok, ok.  I’m back.  Two months in a row.  What was it I came here to talk about again…I just got off the phone with my girlfriend.  I had this whole thing planned out and now its gone….I really need to start taking notes.

OH! So My girlfriend is coming to visit in August, for between one and three months.  We haven’t really decided how long it will be.  I figure tell the peeps at the airport three months to buy as much time as you need, then if something comes up or you decide you need to go home early it’s not a problem.  Anywho because of that we were searching about Visitor B2 visas.  And she enlightened me that last time she visited which was last August she didn’t need the visa, she just got ESTA(Electronic System for Travel Authorization).  So that was new to me but good to know.

So it will have been a year since we actually started dating in August, and its been since New Years that I last saw her.  Time is passing incredibly fast when I look at it that way.  Which reminds me why I started to make tonights blog…

So I was thinking in the shower, which I typically do, about the future.   (Not So Quick Aside) Starting to think I need to find a waterproof tablet and pencil to write notes with while in the shower.  I get some of my best brainstorming done there, but I lose most of it by the time I pull back the curtain.  Alternatively I could hire someone to take notes while I dictate.

Back again…so the future.  I’m working now, doing inspection.  I travel a lot, I’m once again typing this from a hotel(did I mention that last time?).  My girlfriend and I have discussed the future, and possibilities that probably end up with me back in Japan.  Which I am totally fine with as I actually like it there.  However I did come back to America for the job I am currently working now.  Today is Friday the 13th and was a pay day.  I only mention that because, in the last two weeks I made more than I would make in a whole month teaching English in Japan.  I’m not saying I make a lot of money, or that English teachers inherently make a small amount, but there in lies the crux of the situation.  My earning potential here far out weighs any, there in teaching.  If I get enough experience doing inspection here, there is a possibility to do it in Japan, but I’d rather not work this hard all my life.  So that is the cross roads I find my self at.  Money and constant traveling, or Japan and little money.  I see people do it, but I wonder how does one raise a family on a teachers wage in Japan.  Although some are actual teachers or are doing better than just the neophyte at the Eikaiwa I must say.  Just something for me to think about.  See you guys in about a month.

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It’s been awhile…

WOW! Three years! I guess that’s more than awhile eh?  I kinda let this slide to the wayside.  I did make a few videos both before leaving Japan and after arriving back in Louisiana.  To anyone still reading this, so sorry.

If you didn’t see the videos since I returned check them out.  I made a 30 minute video while driving explaining why I moved back check it out here.

And for those of you who are in the know, you’ll know that my girlfriend is living in Japan and I made a video of my Winter trip to go meet her family this New Years.  If you haven’t seen that then you might appreciate some actual Japan footage.

OK, after you’ve seen those I’ll set the soundtrack for this little, long over due, entry.

Well as it stands now I’ve been back state side since September 2013.  So almost three years now…wow.  Seems like such a short time when I think about it, but when I say it out loud to myself it’s actually been a long time.  For about a week now I’ve been thinking to get the blog back up and going.  I’m gonna start a new category and keep these kind separate from what’s to come, also the past, and I’m sure future, “Big in Japan” posts.

I spent a year working in IT, which wasn’t why I came back.  I wasn’t really enjoying myself, just going through the paces, but I got laid off and wasn’t even mad about it.  It gave me the push out of being comfortable to go out and get the job I initially came back for.  Which I’m doing now and have been doing for over a year and a half now.  It’ll be two years in October.  I’m working outside everyday, I’m traveling the country, and most importantly I’m enjoying myself.  The fact that I have to travel for work is just a bit of a bonus.  So work life is good, but it keeps me busy, and once again away from family.

I’ve got another song for you now if you have finished the first…

Being away from family wasn’t that big of a deal for me.  At least not until just recently.  As I recently entered a relationship with someone I’d known for a few years now.  I say recently, but it will be a year in August.  It’s been incredibly satisfying as far as relationships go.  Which is strange to say, as we are at any given time about 11,000km(~7,000Miles) apart.  But we have managed to talk or see each other every day.  And what’s starting to make it more difficult is my traveling. Which normally in this situation would be a non-issue.  As we are already over 10,000km apart.  However it’s making it hard to plan a time to get together as in my work I don’t have set off/vacation time. I sometimes work 7-days a week.  So as I try to plan a time for my girlfriend to come over here to visit for awhile it’s become increasingly difficult due to my hectic work schedule.  But I actually have faith it will work out.  As we are both happy in this moment and excited.

Well…when I sat down to type this I didn’t mean for this blog to go this way.  It was just supposed to be an informative, catch up on life blog.  And here I am talking in-depth.  No reason to erase it now since it would all come out anyway.

So here is what I’m thinking to do with my resurrected(of sorts) blog.  I’m thinking to continue to chronicle adventures and thoughts I have along the way.  It seems I’m either going back to Japan indefinitely within the next five years, or I’ll be bringing a piece of Japan that close to my heart here.  But I’m thinking the latter will just be for a short time.

So regardless I’ll be talking about the journey, international relationships, visiting back and forth, mindless rants(like this one it seems) and so on.  I’m also gonna talk about the weight-loss that I’m going through at the moment.  For those that don’t know I lost almost 100kg while living in Japan!  And in the last two and a half years, through sheer laziness, and some bad eating habits(thanks Mom for the good food) I’ve managed to back on about 15kg.  So I’ve been in the gym trying to build muscle this time and trying to shape up.  I’m not trying trying to focus on numbers this time, but overall health and fitness.  I’m gonna go hard on the bike too, I’ve picked up a set of rollers and I’ve rebuilt the aggressive trackbike as a track only beast.  I really wanna start practicing.  I’ve got my mind on getting in shape.

IF any of this interests you then I’m glad you stuck around.  Or on the other hand I’m glad you are here if this is the first time thanks for stopping by.  I promise to get a little more frequent with my updates.  At the moment I’m gonna try for once a month.  So I’ll see you again in May!

 

 

 

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