One More Year!

Well.

The bit at the side of the page, the sort of… theme of this blog, I suppose, suggests that I’m ready for hellos and new experiences.  Yet, since August, I’ve been chillin’ at home in my (admittedly nice and comfy) apartment instead of going out and experiencing my new life here in Tochigi.

The best way I can explain this, I guess, is that, since my contract was only until March, I didn’t want to invest tooooo too much in my life here.  I didn’t want to go out and make new friends only to have to say goodbye again before I’d even had a chance to get to know them. I wanted to save money, in case I found myself homeless and unemployed. Stuff like that.

But now, I’ve got absolutely no excuses.  As of Friday, February 26, 2010, at 17:24 JST, I have a contract through to the last school day of March 2011.  So now I CAN go out and try to make friends, and try to experience Tochigi and try to live for a change.  This extra time also gives me the chance to possibly finish my Giant Trees of Tochigi photo project.  The fact that I now have 4 or 5 months without having to pay health insurance either (due to the way the system is structured), I can save money / pay down debt at a really good rate, if I keep living nearly as frugally as I have been.

So things are good.

Now, how do I make friends?  Twenty-nine years, and it’s a skill I still haven’t really mastered.