When I was a kid, I thought that if I walked into a room backwards, no one would see me because I couldn’t see them. Maybe thatâ€™s why Iâ€™ve always had trouble with the commutative property in math. Iâ€™ve been walking backwards though to my repatriation. If I donâ€™t look at it, it wonâ€™t notice me and Iâ€™ll get to stay longer in Japan. Just like 6 divided by 5 is NOT the same as 5 divided by 6, I must go home sometime. And if that simile makes any sense, you are smarter than me.
My last day in Japan is October 15. Well … it had been until Thursday, then became August 31, and then became October 15 again. That 6 week shortening of the time really knocked me off my feet, and also made me realize I need to get crackinâ€™ on things. So Iâ€™m taking vacation this week.
After over 3 years on a 19 month assignment, and after being told Iâ€™m too expensive, it is time to go home. Plus, I need to reconnect with my home organization before they start saying â€œJon who?â€ or spelling my name with an â€œh.â€
This blog will still report on stuff, and Iâ€™m sure the trials and tribulations of repatriation will move to the forefront. Even sadder, is this blog is likely to be closed (although it will not be deleted). I plan to have a new blog, but I suspect the content will be less.
Youâ€™ve got three months stuck with me on this blog still, and all my entries will still be available even after I return home, so continue to enjoy the ride and remember it in the future!