To quote Dark Matter’s SIX (Episode 103): “Fresh starts for all of us, right?”
Right! With the real estate market blazing here in Vancouver, Akemi has been not so subtly suggesting it might be time to cash out. And she does have a point. As much as I love my house, I’ve calculated that we only use about 30% of the living place. The remaining 70% is very attractive storage. It never bothered me before but, strange as it sounds, he house feels A LOT emptier now that Jelly is gone. The prospect of moving has grown increasingly attractive, especially over the last few days.
So, if I was to move, what would be my options? Another place in Vancouver? What would be the point? Toronto? Too cold. L.A.? Too cool. Tokyo? Maaaaaybe. An extended stay in Tokyo would finally afford me the opportunity to perfect my Japanese (and, by perfect, I mean learn) and pursue some other interests – chiefly, a couple of Japanese food-themed shows I’ve been batting around. I’ve gone so far as to do the math (I’d be comfortable for the next 25 years before having to find work), check out condos – AND, most importantly, check out the country’s laws on pet travel (following a 24 hour quarantine period, the kids would be free and clear!). Daikanyama strikes me as a great doggy neighborhood – and less than an hour out from Yokohama, another potential home base.
I’m planning our annual Japan trip for September – Osaka and Tokyo – and will scope out some other neighbourhoods as well. Now that I’ve gotten the hang of this Periscope thing, I’m going to try offering up live updates while I’m there. Maybe a live tour of the Tsukiji Market one morning and a visit to Star Bar another night. Join me in a visit to Gyoza Stadium or watch me work my way through the entire Jean-Paul Hevin chocolate dessert offerings at Roppongi Midtown. It’ll be like you’ll be traveling with me – or, possibly, moving with me!
But first things first. I’ve got to get the dogs healthy. Bubba went in for his annual physical today. Failing hearing, cataracts, and his teeth are slowly deserting him. Sometimes, I forget he’s 13. Lulu, meanwhile, had her endoscopy today. We get the results in a couple of days!
So, how are you all doing? What’s new? Moving anywhere new?