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January 30, 2007

Busy as a bee?

This entry is not about you Christine, despite the title.

Anyway, I noticed again that it has been a few weeks since I updated the blog. I have been doing lots of things and my first reaction to seeing how long it took was to think that I have been busy lately. And I have, but not nearly as busy as I was when I was working.

It reminds me of that old saying:

"If you want something done, give it to a busy man"

I used to spend almost five months every year travelling and I managed to get something posted most days, but now I am spending A LOT of time at home and not getting around to the blog very much.

I am not a busy man.

What can I say? Actually, maybe part of the problem is that I do not have anything to write about anymore. Well, not exactly true...

I have finally bought a desktop computer to supplement the faithful laptop. I am still getting used to it, but I got a 21" monitor with it and that is very cool. I also decided to get a wireless keyboard to cut down in the spaghetti-like mess that comes with a desktop, but that is not so cool. It is huge because there seems to be a special button for almost any situation (My Favorites, My Documents, My Pictures etc.)...In fact, it seems to be twice as big as my laptop.

I have also signed up for driving lessons to get my Japanese license. This is such a scam - $3,000 and 60 hours of my time, but it will be worth it in the end. Many of you already know that you can get a license rather easily if you come from a country that has reciprocal licensing priveleges, like the UK or Australia. BUT...you are out of luck if you come from the US.

I have heard a lot of reasons for this...the one that makes the most sense is that reciprocal rights is based on the exchange of safety data with other countries' department of motor vehicles. In the US, licenses are issued at the state level, which means 50 seperate exchanges and that is apparently too much.

In any case, I went for the first time on Sunday. Not bad, except that I was at Kamiya Bar in Asakusa the night before with some of my Japanese language classmates. Oops.

Also, I made ANOTHER trip down to the beach to look at apartments to buy. I wanted to take a second look at one of the places, but the real estate agent tells that someone else could be going to contract on it today. I will wait and see what happens.

So, that is about it. I will go take some pictures so you do not have to read through my aimless chat next time.

Posted by Kirk on January 30, 2007 05:16 PM