I’m sitting here having coffee with my wife, getting ready to pack everything away. In about eight hours I will be on way to Japan.
When I first found out that my next duty station was going to be out there I was really happy. I still am. The wife and I will be spending three years in a fantastic culture that is significantly different from anywhere else we ever lived. I can’t wait to immerse myself in a different world and learn as much as possible.
Of course I would be lying if I said I wasn’t a little nervous or stressed out right now. Frist of all I am heading out there by myself. The wife and dog are catching up. The dog.. well the U.S. Navy and the housing people in Japan are not the most sensitive entities when it comes to understanding that Quinn is part of our family. Bringing a dog with us across the Pacific is extremely difficult. Most of the difficulty of course is due to insanely idiotic and erratic bureaucracy. The basic summary is something like this, “Don’t bring your wife and dog to Japan until you have housing secured. Oh yeah, but we can’t assign you dog friendly housing unless your wife and dog are here.” Not to mention that nobody anywhere likes answering phone calls or responding to emails.
Either way, adversity can be overcome and every problem tends to have a solution.
In the mean time I will try my best to finish some writing. I started a story that I think is good. The wife, my pre-alpha reader said it was pretty good. She’s a good critic. Hopefully I will have it finished before the 1st so I can submit it to WOTF.
So next time I sit down to write an update I will be in Japan!