I don’t have anything especially in mind to write, but I figured I should write something before this blog becomes super stale and dead like so many of my friends’ blogs have *coughNR70000cough*. Ha.
Golden Week came and went here in Japan, the week-long national spring break that seems to exist only to give airlines and other travel-related business an excuse to hike up rates times one billion since the majority of the country has vacation during the exact same few days. I really don’t understand why they don’t get rid of Golden Week and just allow people to actually take off. Then again, based on my limited experience, even with an extra 5 or 6 vacation days a lot of people here just wouldn’t use them. Why not? You have vacation days, right? Oh, but it would be such a hassle to everyone else. Ugh. Is it sad that GW might be a necessity here to actually get people to take a vacation? Of course please also note that many “hard working Japanese office workers” spend half their day in pointless meetings, stamping forms, chain smoking, and writing e-mails with super polite language that makes simple communication a chore. And then they wonder why they have to work overtime!
I was planning on taking a few days during GW off myself, but things didn’t work out as planned when the Wednesday before I got hit with some kind of nasty flu or something that knocked me out for a good 4 days almost. I’ve had colds before but this was something much worse. Headache, congestion, fever, chills, fatigue, loss of appetite, all that fun stuff. Usually I’d welcome the chance to lay in bed all day watching TV but I couldn’t even enjoy it this time around. It was pretty bad. But I recovered. Just in time for Golden Week to be over, too!
I don’t really watch Japanese TV anymore, save for a few shows that I just download anyway. American TV has been pretty good recently, and I’m looking forward to some awesome season (and series) finales coming in the next few weeks. Not looking forward to the summer drought of new episodes, but that’s to be expected. Lost has gotten pretty disappointing and I’m honestly just hoping to get it over with. Maybe they’ll surprise us with something awesome in the end? House has been fairly good all season although I miss the better season-long story arcs they had in past seasons. The Office and Family Guy are just kind of there, although still good. Fringe probably has my vote for best show at the moment, especially with the season finale coming up that should tie a lot of stuff together and really drive home the long-term arc they’ve been working on for the past two seasons.
Let’s see, what else is there? Work is still work, for better or worse. I’m hoping something pops in the next few weeks/month or two. Either way right now I’m looking at moving back to the US (for reals this time) sometime in the fall. St. Louis here I come! It’s hard to think about packing up everything here in Japan and moving back to the other side of the planet. It’s been a great time, but I think that four years is a lot longer than I had originally planned to stay here. Yeah I just realized that come September it will have been four years. Yikes. I have no regrets about moving to Japan after graduation, but I think it’s time to start planning for the future. That will be much easier in the US.