As I arrive at the National Press Building, I meet my new boss in the lobby. Being so new to the city, he begins to teach me the ways of Washington DC addresses: Numbered streets go north/south, while lettered go east/west.
“There’s one catch though,” he added. “There is no J-street, which is a pretty well known joke within DC.”
I’ve made it my mission to find this narnia-esqe path.
You may have noticed that I haven’t posted in a while. Well, the skinny of it is this: I am back in America, and have a new job as an assistant producer for a major Japanese television network’s DC bureau. I still find it hard to believe that I have landed such a perfect split between what I went to school for, and my general interests.
Some of you may wonder why I didn’t write something about my departure from JET. While the easy excuse is that I simply had no time during the transition period, I also had a feeling that I didn’t have any parting words on the subject. My final speech post really encapsulated many of the things I learned over the years I was an ALT. Anything else I would have added would either be repeats or complaints, neither of them constructive.
At first I thought I would write about the influx of reverse-culture-shock I would succumb to once back in the states. But the reality is that, well, I haven’t come across anything so dramatic which would warrant such a post. Sure, there are definitely some things here and there (looking at you, sarcasm), but nothing to the point of writing a self-indulged think piece.
However, having a lack of writing topics at the moment does not mean this blog is in the grave. For one, I think there is still something to say along the lines of the general transition post-JET. Whether that be switching job cultures, working in such a culturally mixed office space, being involved with the alumni association, or training the newbies, I’m sure I will continue to write about JET related topics in the future. While I’m also figuring out how much I can disclose, I’m sure my adventures in DC politics under the umbrella of the Japanese press will bring out editorials as well.
I’ve already been quite busy, and heading into the political sphere during this election is nothing short of a “throwing-myself-in-the-fire-pit” like initiation. But I went through the same process at the Missouri School of Journalism, and I have confidence that I can handle the heat again. These fires are just much larger and stinkier.
So here’s to transitioning from one of my preferred J’s to the next. And once I find J-street I can add one more to the line up top.