Sunday, April 20, 2008

The Misadventures of Rob #ReloadFull - prologue 2 - Done with Osco

I decided to write again for a few reasons:
1) When I get to Japan, it'll be nice to read about my last few months in the US for a while.
2) Im bored
3) I've really got nothing better to do

So as of last night at 9PM, I'm officially done with Osco forever. It's not like I hated the job to no end, but I really didn't "enjoy" it. And recently, because of me selling so much of my stuff, I have what I feel is enough money to bring with me to Japan. Therefore, I didn't really need the money from the job. Also, they kept cutting my hours. While I don't want to work more than 2 days a week, I went from 16 hours a week with two 8-hour shifts to one 8-hour shift, and a 5 hour shift, to a 7-hour shift and a 5 hour shift. For the pain of having to work 2 days a week at a job I don't like, making 75 bucks a week doesn't really matter. It's pocket change, as far as I'm concerned. Considering how much I'll be making with JET, once i get my first paycheck, i'll be able to live off of that easily, so I won't really need the extra little amount I'd get from work.

The only thing is that now I'll have 4 day weekends every week. And my "week" will now consist of school mondays 1:10 - 9, tuesday off, and school wed 1:10 - 9. Needless to say, with 5 days off each week, I'm gonna have a lot of free time. If i can manage to get all the HW I have done early like I've been doing, then I'm gonna have a lot of time to do...so I dunno.

Since I sold most of my stuff to this one guy in Green Bay, I drove it up to him, and after I finished getting his stuff together tuesday night, I decided to take the stuff in my cabinets and put it in a box to get it out of my room. I also cleaned out my desk. So my room looks somewhat bare now. I've got my posters up still, a few figures, my game stuff, and obviously my computer stuff, but aside from that, just about everything is gone. The biggest problem is all these trophies I have. I won a lot of Naruto 4 tournaments, and for all the majors, there were trophies that are gigantic. I also have a buncha random anime con trophies, as well as trophies from smaller events. Needless to say, it takes up a lot of space and I'm not bringing with with me. My mom will prolly pitch them after i head off to Japan unless my friends want them for some reason.

Arcana Heart US version came out, so hopefully this means that the amount of people playing it will drastically increase, at least over the next few months while i'm still here. The turnout at Final Round XI was pretty poor for AH, only 23 people, so I'm hoping that at MWC, more people will enter due to them having easier access to the game. I can only hope, though.

ACEN - Anime Central, a big midwest anime con like, 20 min from my house is in less than a month. Pwning the noobs should be fun. There's nothing quite like it. While I normally don't enjoy beating people who don't really know how to play, it's a completely different story at cons. You have to be there to experience it. :)

Monday, April 7, 2008

The Misadventures of Rob #ReloadFull - prologue

OK, so this is my new blog. I don't really care for myspace or facebook, and Bozac uses this also, and it seems like a good site to write stuff.

ANYWAYS, I finally got accepted for Jet, as of last Thursday, April 3rd. I put in my 2 weeks notice at work, and I'm done this coming Saturday, the 12th. For the amount that I get paid there, it's really not worth it to keep working, as I have enough money saved for my first couple months in Japan, so that's always nice. I'm not gonna talk bad about my job cause there's no point, but all I will say is that I'll be glad to be done there, as I don't enjoy working at a grocery store.

My departure date is July 26th, 2008, which is only 3 and a half months away. Part of my wants it to go by quick, the other part wants to make sure I enjoy my last long period of time in the USA, at least for a while. I plan on going to a convention, a couple tournies, and maybe an out of state trip or two, and then I'm outta here.

Before i leave, I've been trying to sell my stuff, and one guy i know in Green Bay, who I talk to online is pretty much buying the rest of my stock, except for stuff he has already. This is good because I know it'll have a good home, and someone who will enjoy it, and then I'll get the money and not have it just sitting in a closet. There's gonna be a few things I'm probably gonna end up tossing, but it's not a big deal.

Overall though, I'm just really happy I got accepted. I know a lot of people who apply for jobs, schools, etc, but for me, things seem to always go my way. I got into the high school I wanted to, the college I wanted to, got accepted for the study abroad trip to Japan, and even my part time jobs, while not my dream jobs, obviously, both came at the right time where I was able to make enough money to pay for my first trip to Japan, and for the beginning of this trip. If I didn't get into JET, I didn't really have a backup plan. I was probably gonna try to apply at other English teaching schools in Japan, but they wouldn't have paid as much, not nearly as good benefits, and no plane tickets paid for etc. Granted, I don't know how this job is going to be yet, but I'm definitely looking forward to it. Overall, all is well, though, and it's very relieving, as I was pretty much planning things as if I was going to get accepted without really knowing yet if I WAS accepted.

Normally I don't really write, as I think people are like "Why are you bothering to write, nobody cares" but I unno, I kept a blog last time I was in Japan (for the first couple months at least), but that blog was more directed to both my family AND friends, but I think I'll leave this one to mostly my friends since I'll obviously be talking a lot about gaming, I won't have to make a "happy medium," I'll just type as if people are gamers, which most of my friends are.

(For reference, here's my old blog, "The Misadventures of Rob Nagaro", Ignoring the very first couple and the very last two, it was pretty much revolved around my trip to Japan, and the fun I had while there. Hopefully this blog will be better.)

This last quarter of school isn't too bad. I have my Japanese translation class, which is surprisingly enjoyable and not nearly as stressful as my past two Japanese classes. I have my Japanese Women in Literature pre WWII class, which is the same teacher I had last quarter for a Japanese Lit class, and my current Japanese teacher as well, so that class is enjoyable. I'm taking a "Teaching Foreign Languages" course for the obvious reason, and a "Catholic Themes in Contemporary Film" class, which isn't too bad, but way too much work for no reason. But when I won't have a job after Saturday, having 4 day weekends every week should give me plenty of time to do stuff.

Anyways, I know I'm jumping around from subject to subject, but back to JET topics, since people seem to get in trouble for posting too much information about JET subjects on the internet in blogs and stuff (such as criticizing anything or posting pictures of the school without permission), I'll avoid that sort of talk, so if I don't talk about my job, it's for a good reason. And if I do talk about it, it'll be positive. I don't really take pictures anyways, so I don't have much to worry about in that dept. When I do take pictures, it's only of Engrish signs or stuff like that. (note, i didn't take that particular picture, but I did take a picture of that same sign on my keitai (Japanese word for cell phone, i use it when referring to my Japanese cell phone, as opposed to my American one).

I guess this should be good for now. I don't know how many more posts (if any) I'll make before I leave for Japan, but I'll definitely start blogging once I get there.

-Rob