Back in the US

Yes, it is a new post. Another post just to say I will be posting more later, there are a few more things I want to say before I bring this blog to its natural end. I just haven’t made the time to do it yet.

I’m re-integrating back into my LA home, and that is taking some time. Combining two households isn’t easy, but I’m slowly wading through everything. And then I’ll start writing about the last few months. So sit tight, more to come.

Don’t give up on me!

Time is running out here in Japan, and it seems that I’ve been doing a lot and not writing about it. Right now I am looking at “memory books” from a couple of different going away parties, a Facebook page people used to organize one of my parties, packing, sorting, reducing, thinking about the past, thinking about the future, and trying to go to work every day. So I’m a little distracted.

I will get some updates here, including some stories I’ve been sitting on, before I call an end to this blog. And I can’t imagine I will stop blogging. I’ve finally gotten a start to my domain, and the My Blogs page will definitely have a link to all my blogs. So please come back for a visit, I’ll tell you when it is closed, and I’ll tell you where to look for future entries. In the meantime, just know that I am collecting stories.


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 that’s why I’ve always had trouble with the commutative property in math. I’ve been walking backwards though to my repatriation. If I don’t look at it, it won’t notice me and I’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 crackin’ on things. So I’m taking vacation this week.

After over 3 years on a 19 month assignment, and after being told I’m too expensive, it is time to go home. Plus, I need to reconnect with my home organization before they start saying “Jon who?” or spelling my name with an “h.”

This blog will still report on stuff, and I’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.

You’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!