Ooh! Ooh! Are we playing the "if I do/don't get in" game?
I also work at a (game) convention, which falls just after the new year, so I'm hoping if I get in that I can take some of my vacation time then to go home for that. Which is to say, take vacation time to go work five days for free, of course
. It's the best.
If I don't get in it might be time to have a follow-up chat with the Navy. I'm sure lots of things about the Navy will upset my hippie sensibilities, and it's no replacement for JET, but at least there's a possibility for an interesting job with decent pay, some sort of travel, and, after a while, OFFENSIVELY good benefits. Like, I'm personally offended by them. Even if I get them. Because others in the non-military public service aren't so lucky, even if what they do is critically important, and sometimes dangerous. But that's neither here nor there. Navy sounds cool, if a dramatic lifestyle change.
If I DO get in I think I will finally buy myself a melodica. What classroom environment isn't improved by a melodica? And I will buy sooo many stickers. Star Wars stickers, Obama stickers, music stickers, flags of the world stickers, flags of the US stickers, food stickers, facial expression stickers, those incredibly detailed relief-effect stickers they sell at craft shops, monster stickers, dinosaur stickers, cat stickers, video game character stickers to allude to my sad investment in commercialism (but also multimedia art), ooh, stickers of famous paintings? And maybe I'll start planning some Halloween costumes? And I will read about teaching techniques and English games till the cows come home. And maybe indulge in some quality Japanese film too, of course. Kurosawa/Itami/Miyazaki/Fukasaku fest! And memorize the handbook and absorb the forums and blogs whole and everything else all of us would do. Oh, and realizing full well that it might never be seen due to classroom technology limitations, I would also make the baddest self-intro video with scenes from home, college, and maybe a few other places, and possibly with Japanese subs. If that's kosher. I would want it to be humorous and engaging and vaguely intelligible. I can imagine it's very easy for self-intros to be quite boring.
Eventually I want cats? But I doubt having cats while on a sea tour is really wise either. Someone posted in a pet thread of some kind about a foreigner-run shelter in Japan from which visitors and temporary residents are encouraged to take out foster cats. I would find that pretty tempting, despite all the possible drawbacks.
But I'm completely expecting not to get in, of course.
Oh, Kansai Gaidai people - I hear the Genki textbooks were written at and inspired by your school (and the online videos, they're the greatest! Haha.). What say you?