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Those who have known me a while will know that I just about kept my body shape in control (mainly in Okinawa through sweating generally due to the heat and humidity) or because of walking so much with my car dying.  It definitely wasn’t due to exercise though!  But after a couple of months of being back in England […]

 

It’s Been a While…

Posted By Dave on May 30th, 2012

Just looked at the site and realized how long it’s been since I was hammering at the keyboard in anger.  Either raising awareness about radioactive waste being pencilled in to come to Okinawa for storage, or my constant woes with the cursed Evo, I’ve not usually taken this much of a break.  And I’m back, but without a clear idea of what I should talk about.

I could talk about the fact that it seems like summer is here now in Okinawa, and came overnight a week last Monday.  Right now it’s a beautiful 27C outside with just 54% humidity.  That’s much more preferable to the 90% we’ll be subjected to in a few weeks when things really ramp up.  It’s not the heat that most people have trouble with when they come to Okinawa; it’s the intense and unrelenting humidity.  Still, I shouldn’t complain after the winter and spring we’ve had.  The reservoirs aren’t going to be short of any water this year, that’s for sure.

The car… ah yes, the car.  Well I have considered getting an exorcist for it, but I could just imagine it spitting out oil & coolant as the words “The power of Christ compels you” comes from an old and young priest!  I forget where I was the last time with the car, but in the past month or so I’ve grabbed a couple of new tyres, as I realised when driving in the wet that the ones I’d got were shot.  And I have no intentions of repeating what happened with my first Evo with tyres in less than good condition and wet Okinawan roads.  I have been doing a fair amount of tuning and the car is feeling scary quick once it gets up to speed, although it does take a little while for the big old turbo to spool up.  A little more than I think it should to be honest.  Part of it is one of my cheap wastegates leaking and letting some boost pressure out, and doing some more checking I found that my injector seals were… what’s the word… shot to hell.  There was air leaking out of the seals and I don’t think there was one of them in good condition.  So they got replaced in the past few days which should improve things a fair bit.  And then I had the joy of an 8-month old Mitsubishi wheel stud breaking when I was changing tyres.  Just don’t ask…

I could talk about work, and how I’m thinking of making some substantial changes in the next 12 months.  Possibly looking at moving away from teaching, in Japan at least.  Have got some concerns that in 10-15 years I don’t still want to be an “Assistant” Language Teacher, with the same salary as people  in the same position as me had 20 years ago, with no chance of a bonus and no chance of career advancement.  I’ve had it in my mind for a month or 2 now, but am thinking of possibly getting back into something else I’m reasonably knowledgeable about: computers.  My contract with the school runs until at least April next year, which gives me time to study the area of computing I want to get into, and hopefully get some certifications under my belt to make me a little more employable if it comes to it.  We’ll see – maybe I’ll get 6 months into studying it and realise it’s not something I want to do as a career, but you never know these things unless you jump headfirst into them and take a chance.

I could talk about any or all of these things, but right now it’s 1730 and I’m still making duplicates of CDs for teachers so I’d better get to it.  Will get back to the keyboard very soon…

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