In about 13 hours Iâ€™ll be sitting on NW 1, maybe even rolling down the runway. Heading home from home. It is a much different feeling than Iâ€™ve had before. In all my trips, even the long term ones, I knew when I was coming back. I sort of maybe know that Iâ€™m coming back in 2010 probably. But that seems like a long time from now. Iâ€™m leaving my home in LA to make a home in Nagoya. My place here will look like a time capsule. I didnâ€™t completely sterilize it so to speak. So things are left as I left them. I donâ€™t anticipate a lot of vacation time soon either, so I really donâ€™t know when Iâ€™ll be LA home.
Also, this time, I know what the work is like. I know what I know, and I know what I donâ€™t know. Thatâ€™s reassuring and intimidating at the same time. Some aspects of the job I am dreading, but in general Iâ€™m pretty motivated when I get back there to work really hard and do a good job. Iâ€™d really like to get some good things set in place now so our future goes smoothly. My long term colleagues start arriving next week as well, so Iâ€™m happy that Iâ€™ll be able to start putting together a team and have a plan. Wish me luck!
In some good news, I sold my car today. Yippee! That gives me some closure in LA. The review that I came back to support was successful and I was able to accomplish most of the personal things I had to do. Iâ€™m glad that I am returning to Nagoya without the feeling of a major loose end here in LA. Donâ€™t get me wrong, Iâ€™ve got plenty of loose ends, but I can deal with those.
In some bad news, still no resolution on the Nagoya housing situation. Iâ€™ve been pushing the issue for closure with little success. Iâ€™m convinced it is OK to accept the housing contract as is. I just need to convince some other folks.
In other interesting news, my companyâ€™s policy on blogging was in the company news. Iâ€™m quite aligned with it. If you remember, I made a vow at the beginning not to make this specifically about work. Thatâ€™s good, because if I had I would have been in violation of our policy! Please refrain from any comments that may identify my job, my program, etc. I want to be a good employee and stay out of trouble, but I want to continue this blog too.
Iâ€™m sure you are all waiting to hear how the housing situation resolves. SO AM I! Stay tuned, Iâ€™m sure that will dominate this blog in the near term.