I wasn’t prepared for the level of…enthusiasm foreign men would have for these glamorous real-life Barbies, and not long after getting settled in a little voice inside began to say, “hey, what about me?
…not unless they want to risk getting cuffed and kicked out of the club.
My favourite part of this month’s magazine is a story called “The Next Offensive” by Peter Able. It’s about two friends chilling playing some video games online, but as the story goes on you can see the subtle distance that’s started to grow between them.
There is some stuff going on here that just makes me scratch my head like…”huh?” Some of it is charming, but some of it is just like “whoa…what? OK, no…no!” You know? Let me give you some examples.
Camaraderie. Fellowship. These are good things, are they not? The very core of the concept of world peace. Everyone doing everything together, supporting one another — it sounds pretty good to me.
Sometimes you find a piece that looks like it should fit, but when you go to put it down, it’s just a little off. It’s tempting to leave it there, but there is another piece somewhere in that daunting pile that fits perfectly.
There’s a particular conversation with one of my students that really hit home, and made me feel uncomfortable, even sad. She was telling me about her amazing, “dream job” as the editor of a magazine. The way she glowed when she talked about it, I could tell she really loved it.
After I’ve got all there is to get out of life in Japan, what the hell do I do next?
I can’t lie, before I moved this was one of things I was the most interested in/concerned about. Would I be able to date at all? or would this time in Japan just be one long dry spell?
Together, we’ve come up with a great collection of posts that will really make you think about life abroad, and life in general.