Life in America
Note: although I am now a Nintendo employee, my postings should not in any way be interpreted as being on behalf of or condoned by Nintendo. They are my personal views only. And now that that's out of the way…
It's been a whirlwind month. I left Okinawa on March 10, just one day before the Tohoku earthquake. By the time I had recovered from my jetlag, I saw on the news that the earthquake had hit, but I was unable to get through and check on my family for a nerve-wracking day. (My family is staying in Okinawa for a few months so that my son can finish the school year, and my wife can work on the move from that side.)
When I first got back to the US, I experienced a bit of reverse culture shock, which is to be expected after living in Japan for nearly 12 years. Over that time, you forget some things, and other things change, so returning to my home country was like entering a slightly different dimension resembling home but not quite it. Having to find a house, buy a car, get a driver license (my US one having expired), etc. in the space of a month made it even more of a challenge.
But I'm pretty much used to being an American again, and although Seattle locals like to complain about the rain here, this really is a beautiful place. Mountains, rivers, lakes, forest, ocean — it's a nature-lover's paradise. Combine that with great coffee and beer, good music and art scenes, and friendly, cosmopolitan people, and I probably could have chosen a worse place to repatriate.
It sucks being away for my family for this long, but with modern wonders like skype and email, it's a little more bearable. The last time my wife and I were apart this long, it was before we were married, and we had to make do with letters and the occasional phone call (remember how expensive international calls were way back when?).
I definitely plan to keep on blogging, so now that this status report is out of the way, please stay tuned for more of my inane blather about programming, translation, and Japan.