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    Re: Pension Refund [2012 Returners]

    Going on 12 months for me. I got everything in on time last August, and received one of those "do you really want this or do you want to keep putting in to the Japan pension for 25 years" forms in...
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    After my first year I feel reasonably integrated...

    After my first year I feel reasonably integrated at my school, as an ALT. I joined the o-koto club this past term, think I am relatively accessible to the students, interact with my JTEs and other...
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    OP, are you ever going to explain in more depth...

    OP, are you ever going to explain in more depth this "J" from California? You can't just post weird shit like that and not go into more detail!
  4. Thread: Upgrades!

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    This may inspire as much despair as hope, but it...

    This may inspire as much despair as hope, but it was one year ago today that I got the upgrade call, out of the SF consulate. I had been informed by our coordinator about two weeks before that they...
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    Re: A little discouraged by some stories

    The rate of incest over here is greatly exaggerated.
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    That could have backfired in a really bad way.

    That could have backfired in a really bad way.
  7. The human rights museum in Osaka is absolutely...

    The human rights museum in Osaka is absolutely worth checking out. They had an amazing exhibit of Ainu textiles when I visited.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Liberty_Osaka
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    On a more depressing note... Had a...

    On a more depressing note...

    Had a conversation with a JTE yesterday that somehow got around to gay men in America. This guy is not an idiot, lived in Washington DC for a year, has very good...
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    Poll: No one has ever used my last name at school,...

    No one has ever used my last name at school, which I think I asked for, but I forget. The kids call me by my first name only about 80% of the time, and the teachers use a mix of either -sensei or...
  10. Thread: Shizuoka!

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    I saw snow twice this winter. Didn't stick, but...

    I saw snow twice this winter. Didn't stick, but it was snow. Once at about 1 in the afternoon, once at about 10 at night.
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    You're moving to Japan. Why does it matter if you...

    You're moving to Japan. Why does it matter if you get a "Japanese experience" on your flight?[/i]
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    Re: Clueless Jet Wife

    Wow, you are in the midst of some excitement!

    I hope you are not indicating that you will be avoiding doctors while you are here, especially for the kids. Seems a bit reckless with both of them,...
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    The coordinator called my cell on June 29th last...

    The coordinator called my cell on June 29th last year, with the news of the upgrade. She also knew I was a Shizuoka-ken JET, but didn't have any other info. It was right at the cutoff for leaving...
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    I have to like somebody a LOT to want to toss...

    I have to like somebody a LOT to want to toss their junk.
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    Hmmmm...that wouldn't fly in Wichita. Lots...

    Hmmmm...that wouldn't fly in Wichita.



    Lots of crap, lots of broken appliances, my two favorite being a VHS player, and a boom box that plays cassettes. Only cassettes. And it is huge. I can't...
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    OP, I agree that you need to proceed with...

    OP, I agree that you need to proceed with caution, and keep your health as your priority.

    That said, a year ago I was in corporate America, ate Advil like candy every day, and my commute only...
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    My Aunt Gertrude really can't cook, but she makes...

    My Aunt Gertrude really can't cook, but she makes a kick-ass German Chocolate Cake.

    I miss it....

    Great thread!
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    Keep in mind that many "Brazilians" are...

    Keep in mind that many "Brazilians" are Brazilian-Japanese. I have had students who look very Brazilian, but only speak Japanese, and I have had students who I did not know at first were...
  19. Thread: Study Leave

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    OK, OK. Bitch, whine, moan. I'm done. I...

    OK, OK.

    Bitch, whine, moan. I'm done.

    I won't repeat.
  20. Thread: Study Leave

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    It's not so much that I think I should get...

    It's not so much that I think I should get special leave, it is that some JETs seem to have no problem getting it, while other JETs have to bite vacation.

    Whatever, we all have a sweet deal, and...
  21. Thread: Study Leave

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    Shizuoka-ken BOE offers a big fat NO for special...

    Shizuoka-ken BOE offers a big fat NO for special leave like this.

    I applied to the Osaka course this year, and will have to take nenkyu if I get in. That they do not have a national policy on...
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    I live in Hamamatsu. There is a huge...

    I live in Hamamatsu.

    There is a huge population of Brazilians here, 20,000+. (Only about 180 Americans, half that Brits.) It does have a different feel than other Japanese cities. Some of the...
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    Be careful if you are mixing "gnarly" and...

    Be careful if you are mixing "gnarly" and "hella". Makes you sound schizo. "That's hella gnarly" just doesn't sound right.
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    Midlands, or "no accent". Except the designation...

    Midlands, or "no accent". Except the designation is strange, since I am from California. That quiz is definitely Eastern US biased.

    Still, I guess that is about right, since my accent is not...
  25. Thread: 30% of a -lot-

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    I hate baiting this fucking prick, but... I...

    Guess you missed my prior post where I said I didn't give a shit.

    Or, wait. No, you didnt.

    :?:[/quote]

    I hate baiting this fucking prick, but...

    I know I know you are, so what am I?
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