Signe and I are doing well. She has been very busy taking care of selling all our stuff, and has been doing a great job of it. I would be lost without her here. We have been having some car troubles as well, and she is taking care of that as well. She has been a real lifesaver lately.
RedOctane is doing great. We are ramping up for the con season. FanimeCon is in two weeks and AX is in a month. We have been working hard to get games ready and put stuff aside to sell at the shows. I will be one of two people manning the booth at AX this year, so if you are down there, make sure to stop by booth 444!
Camilla from Fanime has also started working here part time to do some marketing stuff for us, it's cool to have more Fanime people hanging around. Hopefully, RedOctane will have a stronger presence at Fanime this year as well.
Trev's JET Stuff
As you all know I am leaving for Japan in August. We will be going to Shimane-ken next to Hiroshima. The town is called Akagi-cho and is a small mountain town of 3,500 people. I will be helping out at 1 junior high school, 4 elementary schools, and 3 kindergartens. We have a big house with two bedrooms, a big bathroom, and a carport that is located in the heart of downtown. I am about a couple blocks from the board of education where I will be working most of the time.
Our predecessor, Rachel Borer, has been a great help to both Signe and I answering questions and concerns we have. We will be about 2 hours drive from Hiroshima, and the closest medium-sized city, Miyoshi, is about 30 minutes away. We are located on a main highway (54) and it looks like we will be buying a car over there as well. It is about a 40-minute drive to the eastern coast, so we should have ample chance to get away to see the ocean if we so desire.
Although it is one of the poorest kens (prefectures), Shimane seems like it is full of very wonderful people and I am very excited to be going into that type of environment.
We just had a get-together this weekend for the JETs in the area and it went well. It was good to actually see other people that will be heading off to Japan with us in a couple months. We were able to share our fears and stories together and I hope that we will be able to do it again soon.
Trev's After JET Plans
Sometimes I put my future plans in my Trev Report's and go back and read them years later to see if they actually happened (I never did get around to making that robotic mouse), so I will do the same here. I want to go back to school when I return from Japan. I intend to go into Asian Studies specializing in Japan for an MA and hopefully get another MA in Library Information Studies as well. I have a couple schools in mind for this, but I won't say where until I have a better idea. From there I wish to chose a field to focus on and go from their, something like history or anthropology, and get a Ph.D. A far cry from computer science, but I really want a change in my life and going to Japan has opened that door for me.
Signe and I just watched the Animatrix last night. It was pretty cool if you like the Matrix. Lots of little side stories and a back-story as well. I'd recommend it for rent. Besides Key the Metal Idol, we haven't watched very much at all lately. I have a copy of Millennium Actress that I want to watch soon though.
I will have to miss the No-Name meeting this week for the final FanimeCon meeting of the year. This is the one where we will have to stuff about 5000 bags for the attendees. Not super fun, but we make the work go by fast, and the people are great.
FanimeCon is in two weeks! This is crunch time for us staffers, and I am really happy that Andrew Tei, my assistant panel director, is helping out. I don't know what I would have done without his hard work and help. I am going to be at the convention from Thursday to Sunday. Doing panels and guest relations is crazy, but I have a feeling that it will go well, like last year. Hopefully, I'll see some of you from June 20-22 at the con!
Mike Chu and some of us played Empire Builder again the other day. That is a really fun game. With any luck we will all be able to get together more often in the future. I love having games nights.
We are still planning on bring the Go set over there too. I haven't been playing much of it lately, but I plan on picking it back up eventually.
The desktop is doing great. We will probably look into selling it eventually. The laptop is doing fine now too, but earlier this month it wasn't. I was doing a windows update and there was a new video driver for my computer, so I download it and reboot and get the BSoD (google it for the meaning)! I didn't think that could happen on XP, but it did. Well to make a long story short, I ended up deleting everything except my documents from the computer and reinstalling it all. I am pretty glad I did that too, I think it is running better now that I have reinstalled everything and have it up and working. I also got a bunch of software from the Internet for the computer too, so it's running all the latest and greatest stuff (thank you Kazaa).
I also ordered a 120GB USB2.0 IBM 7200 external hard drive for the computer. I am going to convert all our CDs to MP3s so we won't have to lug all our music to Japan with us. Signe is also planning on buying some MDs and recording her favorite CDs to MD as well. We also just got a step-up transformer, so all our American electronics will work fine in the Japanese plugs (which are 100 volts).
Since late time I have finished Jennifer Government by Max Barry, which is about a near-future corporate-run world with crazy global marketing and zany adventures. It is also being made into a movie, I highly recommend it to anyone that is into action books. I also finished The Lovely bones by Alice Sebold, which is a good read all about a girl that was killed looking down from heaven on all the people that were affected by her death following it. It is a very touching book that can move you to tears at times.
As for what I am reading right now, I am on the first book of the Night's Dawn Trilogy by Peter F. Hamilton, the Reality Dysfunction. It is a true space opera of epic size. I first heard about for Lee Thompson, and have since heard nothing but good things about the series. I am totally hooked to the series. It is hard to pinpoint what it is all about yet, the author does a fantastic job of creating a universe, and it is really about the creating of this intricate and complex world at this point in the book. If you like hard science fiction, I highly recommend these books, they are not something to miss out on.
I am going to miss everyone here in San Jose when we finally leave. I have made a lot of really good friends while I have been down here, and I hope that in the future I will be able to keep in touch with all of you in the future. I truly don't know where I would be today without all your friendship and support!
Until next time, I wish the best to everyone!
Trevor Lalish-Menagh, trevreport.org
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