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Douglas Triggs
25 September 2008 @ 09:33 am
The fact that I don't really have to work anymore has made work a lot more enjoyable.

I think it's something about the fact that I'm now working on my own terms -- that and the fact that if it did start to suck for some reason, I always have the option of walking away.

It's probably also related to the fact there's nothing that will ruin something you enjoy doing more than having to do it, which is why hobbies often don't transition well into jobs.
In the mood: happyhappy
Douglas Triggs
25 September 2008 @ 06:22 pm
So, put an offer on a house a few days ago, and after a little negotiating, got the house under contract. Today, did the inspection, which went quite well (you always take things with a grain of salt, but the inspector said this house was in about as good of condition as he'd ever seen. It is in excellent shape -- it's a seven-year-old house, but in most respects might as well be new -- only issue of any consequence was a dirty furnace, which the seller already agreed to get cleaned).

It's hard to complain about the house I liked best in that neighborhood also being the cheapest (not counting a foreclosure in pretty bad shape) -- but in the current depressed market, a lot of people have unreasonably high asking prices, especially since this is about the time (a few years in) that a lot of people realize they bought more house than they could afford when the housing development was new (it was priced right -- the seller is an appraiser with a broker's license, and knows what they're doing). The timing for me turned out to be quite good, and while the location isn't completely perfect, I'm fairly happy with it (ten minutes off the light-rail terminus, connected to my favorite bike trail in Denver).

And, after looking at twenty or thirty houses, I knew I'd found what I was looking for when I found it.

That said... Well, I need to look at the HOA rules. It isn't an expensive one (in fact, it costs about the same as trash pickup, which it includes), but... Rules, man. Rules. I'd be stuck watering a lawn (a cursory glance seems to indicate that xeriscaping is right out), which I'm philosophically opposed to in Colorado. :-/

So, pictures (one inside, one outside, both link to the set):

Dave and Dusty, I suspect you'll have particular interest in seeing these; also, we can go look at it when you have some time if you like, I'll set it up.
In the mood: busy
Douglas Triggs
25 September 2008 @ 09:49 pm
So, I'm applying to a bunch of Japanese language schools/intensive language programs in Japan for the beginning of the school year (that is, starting in April, although I'd go a bit early and travel around a bit).

So far, I'm applying to these schools:

The Naganuma School a.k.a. The Tokyo School of the Japanese Language (deadline is Sept 30, which there's no way I'll meet, but apparently they have a "secondary offering" in October. Whatever that means. In other words, it may already be too late, since they require you to apply through someone in Japan, and you can't apply directly. But I'll give it a shot anyway).

Keio University's Japanese Language Program (deadline is October 10th).

Waseda University's Intensive Japanese Language Program (deadline is October 14th).

Sophia University's Japanese Language Intensive Program (deadline is November 17th. I think. I'm not quite sure about this, the information I've gotten so far isn't entirely clear).

(I like how they all manage to have different acronyms for their programs.)

At any rate, I would imagine all of these are hard to get into -- what I really need to find at this point are a couple of outlet schools, so I need to find a couple more schools to apply to (I suppose there's always Sapporo). In the meantime, I'm scrambling to get materials together -- it's like applying to college all over again!
In the mood: really busy