Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Home from Japan, Headed to Japan

I picked my parents up from LAX last Thursday after their relatively uneventful flight home from Japan. As I mentioned before, they were unaffected by the quake and were even able to enjoy a short trip to Nagasaki.

My family and friends, including one who lives west of Sendai, are all safe and well.

While my parents were still in Japan, I booked my one-way flight to Japan at the end of next month. (April 25th, for anyone who wants to mark their calendars.) I'm sure some people would think I'm crazy for going to Japan now, but I had been planning to return to Japan for several months and I wouldn't be living in California if I were afraid of earthquakes.

In some ways, I find the timing perfect. The one job I have waiting for me at the moment is a freelance teaching gig and I plan on getting other part-time jobs rather than getting a full time job. The reasoning was so that I could go to my grandmother's or back to my parents' should anything happen that would require me to be nearby, but this also leaves me free to help out with relief efforts, as long as it's financially feasible for me. (I won't be of much use helping people if I can't help myself, right?)

I still have a long to-do list before leaving in less than a month like finding an apartment in Nagoya, registering with temp agencies, and cleaning up my stuff here. I'm finishing up my temp job next week so I can put my full efforts into preparing for the move. Though I also booked a flight to Oakland to visit friends up North and pay my respects to my alma matter.

So many things to do, so little time and I'm looking forward to all of it.

Sunday, March 13, 2011

Firefly and Serenity

To keep my mind off of worldly things, I decided to watch my newly arrived Firefly and Serenity DVDs.

Thoughts behind the cut for fear of spoilers even though the series is from almost 10 years ago, well, it took *me* this long to finally watch it, so there may be others.

*SPOILER ALERT*


Friday, March 11, 2011

The Quake in Japan

Talked to my grandmother last night who had talked to my mother right after the quake and parents and grandmother are okay. They are in western Shizuoka, which is pretty far from the epicenter, so that area felt some really long swaying, but as far as I know, that's it.

I've heard news from pretty much all of my friends in Japan. Waiting on edge for news from a few others. My thoughts to everyone over there and everyone affected by the tsunamis.