Where the Hell Have You Been, Japan Guy??

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Heeeeeeyyy everybody! How have you been? Good I hope. Okay, okay, enough with all the formalities, let’s get straight to the question at hand…Where the hell have I been?

That’s an AMAZING question. Of course I could just answer you straight, but it wouldn’t be my style. So I wanted to see if I could come up with some witty answer, but I guess my attempts to be clever just ended up being a little lame. But there is absolutely nothing wrong with a lame sense of humor. Some people find it endearing. So, here are the potential answers as to where I’ve been:

Reason # 1: “I don’t know.”
Reason #2: “I’ve been out drinking.”
Reason #3: “I joined a cult.”
Reason #4: “I won the lottery and disappeared.”
Reason #5: “Tsukuba was attacked by zombies. I got bitten by one, and now it’s becoming increasingly tough to settle my thoughts long enough to write a blog post. Blast this insatiable hunger for human flesh…it always clouds my thousoty2q4in2wofiuj…BRAINS!!”
Reason #6: “I was on the surfing on the internet and got sucked into cyberspace, I’m no longer a man…I’m Freakazoid.”
Reason #7: “I’ve been on a spiritual quest to discover the meaning of life.”
Reason #8: “I found the door to Narnia and once I went in, I got lost.”
Reason #9: “I was abducted by aliens and by God those brain probes hurt like the dickens.”
Reason #10: “I found the love of my life, we eloped, got married, and had several babies to together. (wait maybe I haven’t been gone THAT long it takes a bit more time than that to have several kids)”
Reason #11: “I’m a lazy mo fo.”
Reason #12: “I was selected to star in a major Hollywood motion picture and and I haven’t been around because of filming.”
Reason #13: “I have been in the mountains training with Kyokushin Karate monks (do those even exist??)”
Reason #14: “I was kidnapped by a rather unpleasant group of Japanese gangsters and I trying my darndest to type this, bound and gagged in the trunk of a car”
Reason #15: “I ran into Ryu from Street Fighter 2, he took me on as his disciple student and is now teaching me how to shoot fire from my hands…honestly, it burns a little.”

As interesting as any one of the answers above would be…truthfully, I’ve been grinding and job hunting like my life depended on it; in a way I guess it kinda does. I’m sweating bullets after making a pretty ballsy decision. I know I haven’t mentioned it until today, but…I took a major step when I decided to stop teaching public school :O . No, I’m not kidding. I am no longer a public school teacher. I’ll talk more about the reasons why in another post later this week. It was something that I had to do.

It’s time to blow the dust off of the old laptop keyboard, fill in a few post gaps and get back to the blog and readers that I’ve been missing so much.

See you tomorrow! :D

Donald Ash

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  • Rick

    Good luck with your next steps in life.

    • Donald Ash

      Thanks Rick! I truly appreciate the well wishes. I’ll need ‘em.

    • thejapanguy

      Thank you so much, Rick! I appreciate that. I could use a bit of luck right now.

  • Nanami

    G’luck with what you are doing Donald o.o

    • thejapanguy

      Thanks, Nanami Chan!! I’ve missed you. How have you been, friend?

      • Nanami

        I’m getting ready to go back to school for my fall semester.. I’m taking three courses: Text analysis really heavy on the Systemic Functional Grammar for this class, assessment (for writing and testing i think) and my observation practicum. I wonder what kind of teacher I’ll be paired up with!

  • Kumiko

    I saw your commercial ! That’s Amazing!
    Like your “nah” face!
    Good luck with your new career :)
    I know you can do it!

    I’m taking employment exams next month.
    So, your recent posts motivate me a lot.
    Wish me luck!

    Are you still living kasuga?
    Hope we can catch up!

    • thejapanguy

      Thanks, Kumiko! I hope I can do it :) I have to.
      I’m so glad to hear that my posts help to motivate you a bit.
      I don’t have to wish you luck on your exams because I know you’ve got skills!
      I KNOW you’ll do well!

      Yep, still in Kasuga (for now).
      Yeah, catching up one of these days would be cool.

      Rock those exams, Kumiko!

  • kurt

    Life change! You’re not alone. After getting absolutely no response from Interac on my application I decided to stay in telecom a while further. Signed a contract that would have me move to Indianapolis, sent the kid to live with his buddy in Alabama, sold all the stuff in the house and put it on the market, only to have the company I signed with delay the offer indefinitley…ARRRGH! But everything works for the best…I’m now a project manager for a telecommunications equipment supplier, making heaps more than I was, working out of my empty house on my hours. Who knows what the future brings? At least I can start saving $ and plan a vacation to Asia…see my best Aussie mate in Ao Nang Thailand and swing through Japan. Muhuhahahaha!

    Alright, there’s my story…you may continue with yours.

    • thejapanguy

      KURT!!!! Man, it’s good to hear from you, bro…does my heart proud :) .
      I don’t know why Interac didn’t get in touch with people like they were supposed to, but I am glad to hear that you’re doing well. Everything happens for a reason, I believe that. You’ll end up doing cool things, because you’re seeking out cool opportunities. I do hope you have a chance to have an oh so relaxing vacation in Asia. Please keep me posted on how things are going for you…I’ll be here…blogging my heart out. Cheers!

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