In the summer of 1999 my family went to visit my in-laws in Okinawa, Japan. While there I heard for the first time about Department of Defense Dependent Schools (DoDDS.) Some teachers there talked to me about how great it was to work for DoDDS and that I should apply. And so I did apply and in the summer of 2011 I received a call that there was an opening in Daegu, Korea teaching band, choir and guitar. I interviewed for the position and much to my surprise, was offered the job about a week later. The whole thing felt somewhat like standing on a cliff with a hang glider in my hands and looking out at the great chasm and saying to myself "well, the ground I'm standing on feels pretty darn good, but there might be something out there in the unknown that I'd like to try." I was happy and comfortable where I was but, here was an opportunity to go a different direction, to fly if you will, literally. That metaphor describes my feeling pretty well because if you've ever stood on the high dive, or a tall cliff and looked out you feel that sense of angst that says "don't do it." Maybe you've seen a kid at the pool who tells himself over and over "I"m going to do it, I am!" And then once up on the dive he backs down and has to climb down the ladder. Well, I thought many times about climbing down the ladder to the safety of terra firma, but events of my life had, I think, been nudging me closer and closer to that edge so that when the opportunity presented itself I was willing to take the leap.
And so, here I am in Korea. So far I have spent a few day looking at apartments, the first big decision I have to make here. After that I want to get a suicide permit, also known as a drivers license. Traffic here makes L.A. look like a children's playground. But I want to get a car so that we can have the ability to go places that aren't found on the public transit system. As most people do, I'll probably get busy and forget about updating my website so I'm not making any promises. I'll do the best I can to put something interesting up here now and then.