I got my Japan laptop this week. I did little with it until yesterday with work and home stuff demanding my attention.
I got email and instant messaging and a whack of other apps going. I also converted my US work phone to get my Japan emails and such. Switching the iPhone was not intuitive or brief.
Today I finally made some time to start customizing my laptop.
I don’t think I properly conveyed to management here how important having proper Japan focused tools are to me and my doing well. Lesson learned.
Fun fact: the Japanese keyboard layout is different from the US layout in significant ways. The cool bits are that the changes, for the most part, don’t interfere with US typing habits and when they do – they make sense!
When typing emails, how great would it be if the @ is an unshifted key? SPOILER ALERT – pretty awesome.
- How about taking a page from the old Blackberry, where the $ is an unshifted key? Boom! The ¥ key is direct type – no shift required.
and ^ are first key unshifted, too.
Yes. My typing is a bit impaired right now, mostly with the @ and ‘ for contractions (now shift-7).
2016 will be the first time I’m away from the U.S. for Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year’s Eve.
Many years ago I spent both Canadian Thanksgiving and U.S. Thanksgiving around Toronto. Another year I think I was in Austria and Germany at the end of November.
Regular readers and PVC Security podcast listeners know I moved to Tokyo this month.
I don’t particularly care I’ll miss Christmas and New Year’s. I could do without both. Christmas to me means traffic jams and hypo-consumerism. New Year’s is mostly an opportunity to screw up one’s sleep schedule. Unless the calendar is forgiving, all too soon one returns to work.
I used to volunteer to work those holidays, I liked them so little. I won’t miss them here.
Thanksgiving? Well, that’s another thing entirely.
I love the weather in New England and Michigan this time of year. I love well cooked turkey, stuffing, potatoes, gravy, rolls, green beans, etc. I love pumpkin beer (though it’s creep earlier and earlier reduces the draw for me). I love watching football.
Most of all, I love spending it with my family. It can be just me and the kids. It can be the whole clan or something inbetween.
I wonder how I’ll do that day here. Some of my colleagues and friends here have already volunteered to take my mind off of it.
How to follow me on my adventures in Tokyo.
I’m finally here.
The partner leading my consulting practice asked me about moving to Tokyo in December of ’15. I remember I was in my Brussels hotel room just before Christmas when he floated the notion. By February it was more than a mere notion. By April I would be starting “Any Day Now”.
It’s November, week 45 of 2016, and I’m at long last on the ground with all (most all) of my things.
I’m documenting my Tokyo experience, at least the personal side of things, in a few new places.
On Instagram I’m TokyoGringo.
On Twitter, I’m also @TokyoGringo.
On YouTube, I’m not TokyoGringo. I’m just plain old me: pjorgensen.
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