But... I shall perservere. This is the sort of experience I probably won't be able to have later; I have an opportunity now that shouldn't be passed up. Perhaps I should have done this years ago, but I doubt I would have been mature enough to take advantage of it. I certainly wasn't mature enough to actually consider it -- up until now, my life's been easy and there was never a reason to change it. It took the current economy for me to realize how uncertain things can get.
Now, mind you, JET isn't my first choice. I would have preferred to get the programming job I was hoping to get last year working on character dictionaries in Japan, and I'll contact them again to see if there might be any new possibilities there. Also, I'd prefer to get a job in a small juku (cram) school somewhere in hopes of getting a job a little more "personal" given the likely fact that I'd be sitting in front of bored students reading out of a textbook for JET, but, well, I don't really have enough contacts to find anything like that right now.
Whatever happens, though, my goal is to be in Japan sometime next year.
And some time after that, grad school. Possibly even in Japan.