Well, after three weeks or so, Blogger has FINALLY decided to unlock this blog. After my first post, I was flagged as a possible spam blog and locked out of making any changes to it. I sent a request for an unlock three times and posted requests on their forums before something was eventually done about it. Oh well, at least it got unlocked.
There actually isn't all that much to update you on. I'm going to be traveling to Oaxaca in a little under two months, so preparations for that are underway. Applications for work in Japan are being received and reviewed. Hopefully something will come of it.
In other news, I had my car broken into on Saturday night and various things stolen, among them my cell phone. If I haven't emailed you about getting your phone number, feel free to send it to me in whatever secure fashion you prefer. Other than that, I'm just trying to replace some items. Looks like I'll be switching to the Zune, so if any of you use those, let me know and we can share music.
Speaking of music, I'd like to recommend a couple of records. "Consolers of the Lonely" by the Raconteurs is really good. Also try to find the new Dodos album. It's good. If you haven't seen Sweeney Todd, go check it out, it came out on DVD last week. I know Barnes & Noble (plug) is having a sale if you buy the DVD and the soundtrack together.
Book recommendations: After Dark by Haruki Murakami is excellent (as are all of his books). Right now, I'm reading the Nobel prize-winning A Quiet Life by Kenzaburo Oe and enjoying it very much. I'm also in the middle of 1776 by David McCullough. All recommended highly.