Me in Japan: July 2004

   Rotary Youth Exchange student Dereck tells all of his trip to Japan for a year. Can you manage to figure out the typos???
Saturday, July 31, 2004

Job time.

I got a job! and what a job it is, I will be using the Japanese skills I aquied in Japan to translate for a group of Japanese students coming to my city for 20 days. I will be helping them learn English and stuff and they are on their own for tours and such. It should be intersting and put a penny in my pocket untill I get a real job.

I just hope I know enough Japanese to earn my keep.

Sunday, July 18, 2004

Been here a while

 So it has been about 3 weeks since I got in to the United States of America. I have been busy in the past 3 week, I have been on the computer for about a collective hour.  I have relearned most of my English but I still have urges to speak Japanese.
In fact, I have a translating Job this summer in August. there is a group of Japanese students coming from a Japanese Univeristy to study the ecosystem around here and the teacher doesn't speak any Japanese and the students can't speak English. I hope I can come though for this week long job. It will look really good on a resume though.
I have a truck and I fill in all my free time working on it at the moment. Hopefully I will have a job of some sort coming up soon, It will take away from my truck but I need paint and gas.  The truck if blue and has ample rust around the edges. A tipical northern Michigan truck. I have got 4 holes patched and primed for painting. That leaves about 35 ro so rust holes to go. 
I have gotten the 2 other people that want to try kendo their hakama and kendogi. That is the basic uniform for those not in the know.  That means that we should have a Kendo Club in the Soo  now. After the armor comes in the mail we can worry about where we will practice. I have personaly tryed to keep practicing a little footwork when ever I can. I have not broken any thing yet so I will have to keep trying.
I went to Calven Collage for a Youth Exchange Conferance. It was great to see a ton of friends that were also away in other countries for a year. It was really fast the whole time during that weekend, but a lot of them from this area will meet one more time in October for the first rebound meeting in District 6290 ever.
I can't wait to talk to a few people now that I have a computer that is working now. I will be doing a lot of emailing tonight.

Monday, July 05, 2004

Home is here?

So lets see.. I have a new room and it is all new and stuff, and then my dog is huge!! And what else... I can drive and not die or kill other bystanders, I have no furniture, there is grass everywhere, my grampa will be going on a cruse(as in on a boat (as in on the watter(as in he didn't like boats before I left and now he and all of us will be going on a cruse.))) 

Those are some of the things I noticed here so far.  And also modems sould all be burned... and suffer a horable death .... I need to get a japanese keyboard too, I need my Japanese fix... e-mailing people in Japanese is a slight more painful without a Japanese keyboard.

I will get pictures flowing as soon as I can. this computer may need some work first... and the whole not having broadband thing is a pain too.

Saturday, July 03, 2004


Alright, I put it somewhere... It just wasn't in my suitcase....

Ah, the love of my American keyboard, it looks so weird and I can't type on it. The apostrophes is in the wrong place along with the @ sign.

I brother is in go-kart racing now..  and he has a portable DVD player too.

My parents did more work on the house and I have a new(smaller?) room. But it is Japanese theamed with CHINESE all over the place... Its not finished yet, and there are no doors and my bed isn't finished yet.

there was a lot of spyware on the computer.

My brother is big. Like big big.. And still chubby. Same face though.

My dog had cosmetic surgery. He looks a lot better now.

The grass needs to be cut, so I will have to get out of the house before they see me.

I will try driving today when people wake up, they don't trust me to remember how to turn on the car. Well truck now, I can't wait!


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