Hello and welcome! If you’re reading this, you probably know me on some semi-personal level. I’m happy to have you here as I get ready for a big step in my life! After nearly ten years in New York City, this July I’ll be emigrating to Tokyo. I am terrified and excited at the same time as it’s something I’ve wanted to do since I was ten years old (side note: around this age I remember unsuccessfully running around in Phantasy Star Online lobbies begging strangers for plane tickets to Japan) but I’m terrified because I’m leaving behind literally everyone I care about. Coming to terms with everything that means is proving to be difficult. With no fixed contract length, I have no idea just how long I’ll be there so I’ll be writing about my experiences while I’m abroad.
I’m comfortable saying entries here will be sporadic and the scope of my ramblings will vary greatly. I’m sure I’ll share frustrations while improving my Japanese, give thoughts and impressions on video games I play, embarass myself as I share hilarious cultural misunderstandings, vent while I go over coding problems on paper, or even just provide an update to share the occasional neat stuff.
Occasionally I’ll write posts in Japanese as a means to get better at the language. For those that can’t read Japanese: I’m sorry – I have to practice to improve. For those that can read Japanese: I’m sorry – I have to practice to improve. Those posts will fall under their own categories for those of who end up deciding to filter them. The overall goal is fluency and I am approximately at the N4 level (that means not very good).
And I suppose the last thing I should point out is the stream page which is simply an embed of my twitch account. I like playing games. Sometimes I play games that are fun to watch. If you feel like keeping tabs on me beyond just reading the occasional post, the live streams and archives will keep you appraised. If that’s not your thing, feel free to stick around the rest of this place.
You’re most certainly welcome here.