Friday, December 02, 2005

Tokyo Spin Off

I write this from Newbury, England. It has been a busy couple of weeks since my last post. I have turned in my resignation to my company in Tokyo and signed a contract with my new company, actually the same company, just the global version.
It has been busy, a little scary, and a challenging three weeks. I spent Monday and Tuesday in Dusseldorf, because I had to be out of the UK on the day they applied for my visa. Newbury is not a metropolis, and without a car you end up depending on very slow-to-respond taxis. On Saturday I walked all around Newbury, and met a guy I had worked with in Tokyo in the bookstore on the Newbury highstreet. Newbury is a sort of company town, so it isn't a huge surprise that I met him. I have seen tons of people in the last two weeks that I only knew before at conferences or meetings I had been to in Dusseldorf, Barcelona, Lisbon, Karlskrona, or Budapest.
On Saturday a couple of guys that I have had a lot to do with in the past, them at global and me in Japan, and a bunch of other people, Americans, English, a German, and a Greek, had a Thanksgiving party at one of their house in Reading. It was really good, a great pumpkin pie, turkey, cranberry sauce, the works.
Work has been interesting. The guy that I am replacing had some real challenges socially: He seems to have pissed a lot of people off. I am fully capable of doing that myself, but seem to have started alright so far. I spent yesterday with a consultant who works for me, but has tons more experience in this area than I have. I learned a lot by talking to him, and I think it is going to work out well.
I haven't had any recurrences of Meniere's despite two flights, and a day when I felt it starting to come on. Sleep is the key. If I can get enough sleep, I won't get it. If I can't and there are other factors, like flying, I will get it.
I will need to think of a new name for my blog, after I move to Newbury in January. How about Tokyo Spin Off...?