I went to the Takaoka International Center in Daiwa today to get some help with my Certificate of Alien Registration and to sign up for the English Salon on Tuesday.
I found out that they didn't need anybody for the Salon on Tuesday. They only recruit one native English speaker per Salon and the spot for Tuesday is already filled by Laura T. They do, however, host a salon twice a month. The next one is on Valentines Day, so I passed on that one and signed up for the Salon to be held on February 28. (If you are in Takaoka and reading this, you might want to go to Daiwa and sign up for the Salon on February 14th. It is easy money.)
They pay you 5000 Yen (about $50 American) to come in for an hour and a half to talk about home. I'm going to talk to them about Saipan. I'm excited; I've already started making a list of things to bring in.
The lady at the desk also helped me with my Certificate of Alien Registration. She told me what I would need and how to get to Takaoka City Hall. Since today is Saturday, I'm going to have to wait to get the card on Monday morning.
Emily and I don't have any plans for this evening. We've spent most of the day cleaning our little apartment. It was a top to bottom cleaning; we went so far as to even wash the blankets and scrub the shower.
On another note:
I wrote a post on Big Daikon that links to the entries on my blog where I talk about my JET interview last February. I've been getting a ton of hits as a result.
It seems like only yesterday that I was going through the same emotions that all those people are going through...only to get rejected in September. But you know what? I'm here, aren't I? It all worked out in the end, didn't it?
It would have been nice to have been accepted to JET. They would have paid for my ticket, made getting a visa easier, and I'd be making more money, but then I wouldn't have been able to go to Saipan for a month, I probably wouldn't be living with Emily, and I wouldn't have had all the free time that I have had so far. I like the way things have turned out.