Saturday, November 1, 2008

October has come and gone

give a s---- What's happened to me in the past few weeks? I can't even fully answer that question. This whole month has been what feels like one groundhog day after another.
I was trapped in a boring daily routine for about a month because I had to stay at school all day, every day to "help" out with speech contest practice. My time was mostly spent on my butt at my desk till 4:30 every day and then another hour after that coaching students because I had no classes due to weird scheduling changes, tests, and a plethora of festivals the school was planning and participating in. It was all due to seriously bad planning and it happens every year like clock-work without anybody doing one thing about it. Those Japanese sure are troopers. At least I don't have to participate in most of the things they do at school or I'd be completely burnt out and sick of school all together. At least there is one good thing about how I handle work; when I come home, work doesn't follow me. I am quite proud of that and it's probably the reason why I am comfortable working here.
1185354528052I look forward to starting the next school year because I do have a certain 1st year class at my base junior high that is more than a handful for all the staff. It basically was a case of not mixing the classes properly after the beginning of the year. I learned that there are a handful of students in the "problem" class that completely ruin any chance of enjoying school for the others because they have home problems and have had no discipline throughout their lives. Oh well, its their problem if they want to be bitter dorks so early on in life. They can enjoy their bleak futures in their monotonous dead end jobs for all I care.
Despite my very small complaints about school in Japan, work is pretty good. I mostly have good classes and great students who truly enjoy having classes with me. I will be a little sad to see this year's 3rd years move up to High School. Hopefully my company won't decide to add yet another school to my job or take more days/hours away from my original base school. I like my new schools but one day a week with them is more than enough time for me.
Outside of school activities, I haven't had much free time as I normally do to just sit around at home and screw around on the Internet with my friends back in San Diego. I have caught up on a few games in preparation for Gears of War 2. I decided I wouldn't buy Gears of War 2 if I didn't finish a couple of the games I bought a couple months back. So my nights have mostly consisted of late night gaming on my Xbox 360 and Sega Saturn.
I did get a couple of big things accomplished this month. Firstly, I paid off my plane tickets for my flight home over Christmas. I am really looking forward to seeing friends and family during my short 10 day stay. Hopefully I can sleep on the flight for once and stave off jet lag better than past trips.
2008 Presidential Overseas Ballot 002 The second big thing I got done was that I sent in my overseas vote for the 2008 presidential election. Thankfully, I haven't been taken up by the hysteria of Obamaina that the mainstream media has pushed on the American public. This is most likely due to the fact that I am not bombarded with their junk (the US mainstream media) on a daily basis and can see through the left biased mainstream media of America and understand that true journalism has dissevered. Everybody has an agenda they want to push, even if that means lower viewership of once popular news shows or falling sales of once large news papers.
Static-DynamicsThe main thing that bothers me about this election is that I can't stand seeing an unknown man with ties to shady figures in his past and isn't forthcoming with events in his upbringing and past getting so much attention by the media as if it were the second coming and Jesus was running for president... I also am very displeased how race has become a big factor in this election as if every thing Martin Luther King Jr. worked for during the civil rights era never happened. Just because the Democratic presidential nominee happens to be a man of a darker skin tone with a Muslim name, he seems to get a free pass by the media and is off limits for any criticism on the grounds that it might be hateful or racist. Barrack Hussein Obama may be a nice man with a slick tongue but he's just not the man I want to see as president.
So whether or not my vote makes a difference, I sent my vote in for McCain. I really don't like McCain either but at least I generally know where he stands politically even if he's slanted well to the left of better Republican Presidential candidates like Mitt Romney. McCain is a pretty weak choice too but at least I know a lot more about McCain than Obama.
I am sick of this election campaign that started almost two years ago. Its been the most expensive, and corrupt one yet and I am truly worried about where our country is going regardless of who's sitting at the big desk in the Oval Office.
handouts_for_troubled_wall_streetBut enough about election politics, my main beef with current governmental affairs is a much larger fundamental issue. America is run by wall street and the bailout is much bigger news than our poor choices for president. America should be going nuts on the current president and his cronies in congress regardless of party affiliation for passing such a ridiculous economic stimulus and buying parts of major American bank. Who's going to pay for the bailout? The common American tax payer of course! The bailout should have never happened, we're putting a Band-Aid on a gaping mortal wound here! We need solutions, not a short term handout...
People need to go to jail and have their assets seized by the government for their blatant disregard for laws and their country. If the big heads at Enron got grilled and tossed in jail for all their financial misdealing's, why aren't the CFOs and CEOs at the many large, now fallen, investment banks that fell over the past month being tried in court for their misdeeds? Also why aren't governmental officials who were in place to prevent such things from happening aren't getting the negative media attention they deserve? Oh what a weird world we live in...
2008 Presidential Overseas Ballot 001 Finally on a lighter note, fall has finally hit Yamanashi, Japan and the color of the leaves are turning to brilliant reds, yellows, and oranges. I went out to the local mountains a couple weeks ago to take a few early shots but I plan to go out again this week to get some better shots of trees in full color near MT. Fuji. I didn't get to do this last year and I really regret it. Hopefully I'll be able to take some decent pictures this time.
2008 Presidential Overseas Ballot 003 That's it for now. Hopefully I'll have more time to remember to keep up with my blog posts. I have a feeling November will go by quick and then I will be getting ready to head out to San Diego for Christmas soon after. Lord willing, I will be able to control my spending before I head back home so I can have a little extra money to enjoy myself.


  1. Glad you feel pretty situated with some of your schools and classes. Definitely a sign of things going well for you.

    The election is pretty crap. If you haven't seen a lot of negative things about Obama, but a lot about McCain, you must be in some kind of la-la land.

    I really don't like how the both candidates make the other look like the extreme and everyone seems to believe them. McCain is pro-war and Obama is anti-war! BS. He just wants more troops in another place at almost the same rate of withdrawal that we're already doing. Obama is a socialist that wants to give your money away! More BS. The tax plans of both candidates coupled with their healthcare plans are both pretty good and are nowhere near socialism.

    I will admit that Palin is getting more flak than either, but she is a complete fool and the worst thing to happen to the GOP.

    As for the bailout, I agree with you. Inflation caused by government creating more money through the Federal Reserve is going to be solved by creating more money? Ha!

    Also, the fact that our government accepted Paulson's plan in which he is legally unable to be punished for being an idiot is one of the dumbest things I've ever seen. Utterly ridiculous.

  2. I agree with you Station. I didn't really put much thought into my presidential election dump.

    Basically they're both horrible "choices." They're not really choices at all because they are both the wrong choice for this country...actually they're just the wrong choice all together.

    The sad thing is that all this wall street bailout junk will never get straightened out by either candidate. El Presidente Bush really managed to pull a big one on the public even in his final months. I hope he doesn't do anything else to complicate things further...