Speedrunning Knaresborough by Boat w/ Max
What’s up guys! Sorry I haven’t posted in a while ;-;.
I just posted this youtube vid from the time when Max and I went to Knaresborough!
It’s my first properly edited video so I’ve made lots of mistakes but I hope you enjoy it and find it entertaining! 😉
18th Birthday / Going to London / Getting Married
Yoyoyo whats poppin Its ya boi るーくぅううううう
Hows it going guys, I know I haven’t posted anything in a while but I have been working on the site here and there and I am STILL working on my massive “I’m in the UK” post which I literally started the day day after arriving in the UK (the 23rd of April). Idk, it’s just such a big post I get overwhelmed at times and it’s hard to stay motivated while writing, but I do know that once it’s done it will be a really swag post and if someone out there decides to read it all from top to bottom they definitely won’t regret it…*wink wink* ;).
Anyway, I figure instead of just leaving you guys hanging, (if there’s anyone reading these anyway lol), I’d make a post talking about very recent things going on in my life. So yeah, lets just get right into it :3
Yup, the time has finally come. Well, actually as of the time writing this post It’s technically tomorrow, my birthday. My birthday, if any of u are curious (send jp books if ur swag, lol jk), is July 7th. 7/7. Hella swag ultra lucky numbers 😉 because I’m cool, yes. It’s actually a holiday in Japan called 七夕[tanabata] (Jpnz wikipedia if ur interested)
七夕【tanabata】 Star Festival
Basically: (copied from English wikipedia cuz I’m lazy)
Tanabata (Japanese: たなばた or 七夕, meaning “Evening of the seventh”), also known as the Star Festival (星祭り, Hoshi matsuri), is a Japanese festival originating from the Chinese Qixi Festival.[a][b] It celebrates the meeting of the deities Orihime and Hikoboshi (represented by the stars Vega and Altair respectively). According to legend, the Milky Way separates these lovers, and they are allowed to meet only once a year on the seventh day of the seventh lunar month of the lunisolar calendar. The date of Tanabata varies by region of the country, but the first festivities begin on 7 July of the Gregorian calendar. The celebration is held at various days between July and August.source
The description of the festival reminds me of me and my girlfriend, two lovers separated that meet once a year (at least for now). Kind of romantic when I think about it.. Anyway, swag lore and seems like a pretty cool holiday. Looking forward to going to one of these festivals when I finally get to Japan.
I’m going to get a little personal here and admit something I don’t really tell anyone. To be honest, for the longest time perhaps since I was maybe 11-12 y/o, I’ve always gotten pretty sad on my birthdays. I don’t really want to get too deep into why but I will shed some light on how I normally feel on my birthdays, especially the past 4 or 5.
What I don’t like about my birthdays
This is really embarrassing/hard to say, but If I’m being honest I don’t really like my birthdays, I normally get kind of well, depressed.. idk, It’s hard to explain, but I think it has to do with my family or lack there of. Sometimes I look at other peoples families and feel sorta jealous. I mean, when someone if their family has a birthday it’s like everyone there to cheer them up and just Idk, a proper “family” if that makes sense. Sometimes I start feeling nostalgic, and start missing certain people and I just feel “alone“.
I also don’t like the concept of having like a special “day” where all of a sudden things are just somehow “different” and people are supposed to treat you different. I remember living with my dad and his girlfriend and I always felt “weird” or like kinda upset when either my dads girlfriend or one of her friends would almost blatantly “act different”, if that makes sense. Like people who maybe wouldn’t normally treat me a certain way just almost completely change their entire demeanor when speaking to me (But only on that day). idk, weird.
Also, I always feel REALLY bad if someone gets me things or like actually genuinely tries to make me feel better and idk be “happy”. It’s weird, most people probably don’t feel like this. I might be broken lol, like a bug in a videogame, except no ones patching my retarded ass lmao. Nah, Idk, but I’d rather people not get me anything like Idk I just feel really bad like they didn’t have to do anything so when/if they do it feels like like, well idk, like I don’t “deserve” it. Not to say I’m not happy or appreciative, it’s the exact opposite I am I just don’t really feel like I deserve it so I just feel “guilty” if someone gets me stuff.
I miss u so much ゆず 🥺❤
Finally, and I guess probably the most painful of them all is the fact I won’t be able to spend my 18th birthday with my girlfriend (yuzu). I know I haven’t really introduced my girlfriend in any of my posts yet but that’s because I plan to make a whole post talking about her and well, us, as she really is the love of my life. Obviously we still talk everyday and and I’m sure we’ll video call and text loads tomorrow and she did send me a birthday present that I haven’t opened yet (but super excited to open tomorrow), but I still can’t deny the fact that I really wish I could be with her right now and of course on my birthday. 😞
That being said, It’s not all bad I mean like I said I still have loads to look forward to tomorrow. Talking to yuzu and reading the letter she sent me, (she said there was two in my present 😳) and she sprayed her 香水 (perfume) on it, the one she used last time I saw her, (probably the best scent I’ve ever smelled EVER) on the letter so I can’t wait 🥰🥰🥰not to mention My best mate Max and I are going to London the day after my birthday (although not only for my birthday), but I’ll get to all of that later in this post.
What makes this birthday “special”
Well, turning 18 actually means, at least in the west, that I am now an “Adult”. Which if you read my post about living alone, you’ll know I think this is kind of bull shit…lol, well, I mean at least in my eyes being an “adult” has more to do with your life experience and how mature you are than your age. Age is completely arbitrary in my opinion, I mean, there are plenty of people I’ve seen that are in there 20’s hell, even 30s that act like children, and on the opposite spectrum there are people in their early teens who are more mature than me lol.
Nonetheless, being 18/ (being considered an Adult), does, open a lot of doors in life. The biggest and most important “doors” it opens for me in particular is *drum role please*…
I can finally get married in Japan!!!! YES BIAATTCH
*insert Jessie from breaking bad pic*
You heard that right, I can finally get married in the J-Land. I’ll get to why this is so exciting for me in a sec but first let me explain a bit. So obviously I’m American and in America land I’m pretty sure in most states you can actually get married as early as 16 (with parents consent) and then when you’re 18 you can get married without anyone consent. However, the land of the rising sun as some wack ass rules for the age you have to be for getting married. Get a load of this:
Article 731 to 737 of the Japanese Civil Code stipulates the following requirements:
The male partner must be 18 years of age or older and the female partner must be 16 years of age or older.
A person who is under 20 years of age cannot get married in Japan without a parent’s approval.
Most people related by blood, by adoption or through other marriages cannot get married in Japan.source
Obviously the parts about not being able to marry your sister n’ shit make sense to me. But what I think most people including my self will think is “weird”, is the fact that the girl can get married at 16, but the guy has to be 18. like は？
I’m sure they have their typical “Japanese Logic” for this too but as you can probably tell, this is what I’m talking about when I say “Finally” when talking about being able to get married in Japan.
Ur boi’s gettin married 結婚しますっ！！！
I realize that this is probably a shock to anyone who just came to the site/doesn’t know me too well, but I I think I’m going to save the “why” for another post. Perhaps the post where I talk about yuzu (my gf) and our relationship. Regardless, I will say, yuzu and I have been wanting to get married since I was 16. We started dating in 2018 So roughly a year after dating, and meeting for the first time we started talking about it and It’s been something we’ve wanted to do for over 2 years now. Not just getting married of course, we want to create a family together. But like I said, that’s for another post. What I’m trying to get at is well, this birthday is quite important because it means yuzu and I can finally get married and as a bonus (a really swag bonus) getting to Japan, (and maybe even fairly soon) is now a feasible plan.
Finally going to Japan?!
Here’s where things start getting really exciting. So unless you’re living under some rock, you probably know that Japan has its borders closed to well, basically, anyone right now. Unless, you have some “special circumstances” (and even then you have to apply for a visa before going to Japan). So basically up until pretty recently yuzu and I were both pretty down. I mean, the borders have been closed now for over a year and a half and things just seem to be getting worse and worse with the pigs ruling the world making stuff worse every day. Nonetheless, one of these “special circumstances” that I was referring to just a second ago is basically if you have a Japanese spouse/kid, or Japanese family living in Japan, you fall under these “special” circumstances. Which honestly I’m surprised they even let you get away with being with your family anymore.
Anyway, I’ve known this since pretty much the time they first shut the borders and so the plan was always to get in the country under these “circumstances”, obviously originally the plan was to get into japan with the 短期間 (short-term) visa , and then get married in Japan and then switching to the spouse visa to start working and what not. But, obviously that’s not going to happen anytime soon, and isn’t a feasible plan anymore. So now we are rolling with plan B, as mentioned before. The problem with plan B is well, we didn’t think it would be possible to get married or if it were we thought she would have to come to America for us to get married and then we would go back to Japan together. But this is when we found out
You can get married in Japan without actually being in Japan
Yes, It’s true. In-fact part of the entire visa (its called 配偶者ビザ) ‘s meaning is that in the case you DO get married while your spouse is outside of Japan (from the perspective of the Japanese person), you can use said visa to actually almost “call” your spouse to Japan. I’ll leave some links at the end of the post to that goes more into detail about it all but yeah. This is great news for us, I mean if all it is paperwork (albeit loads of paperwork cuz its Japan), at least its POSSIBLE. That’s the important thing.
So basically if we get married (which we’ve wanted to do anyway), we can apply for a specific visa called the haiguusha visa (配偶者) /Spousal visa which, by the way, is the best visa you can have. It basically puts you on the same playing field as a Japanese person in that you can work at any job, go to school etc. Also once you renew it the second time you can apply for 永住権 which is basically permanent residency. All sounds really good, and it probably is, or can be. But, first step first, we need to get married.
Getting the paperwork
We are both in the process of getting all the paperwork, I will say the Japanese person generally has to do way more work than the foreign spouse. That being said, there’s still quite a lot I have to do, the biggest of them all and really the most important is whats called:
Affidavit of Competency to Marry | 婚姻要件具備証明書
This is basically a piece of paper that says you can get married in your own country and there is no problems. Its an Affidavit so basically you write all your information and then you swear by it and say its all true and then have it notarized. In my case, it’s a little complicated because I’m American and normally you would do this type of thing well, IN America. But, since I’m in the UK right now my only option is to do it at the American Embassy in the UK which is London. London is really far from where I currently reside, I live in a really small city called Ripon in North Yorkshire, basically the northern part of the UK, London is probably a 5 hour car drive from where I’m at but you wouldn’t drive. Here’s a picture to describe how far it is.
as you can see, quite far. But, since it’s either travel a few hours and get there or literally go back to America (fuck that), I’d rather just go to London.
Going to London ロンドン行くぜ！！
Max and I actually were planning on going to London from even before I came to the UK. We always talked about how if I was going to the UK I’d have to go London at least once. It’s like one of those “once in a life time” experiences, and it would make no sense to come all the way to the UK and not go to London at least once. We were also planning on going in July anyway because the weather is nicer during summer.
It just works out because we already planned on going to London in July and now I have an actual “reason” to go other than just 遊び. So basically I had to talk to talk to this person from the American Embassy in London via email and I told him my situation and even though apparently they closed all routine notary appointments he’s making an exception for me so I can go there to get the affidavit.
The shitty thing is that even when I get the shit notarized at the embassy, because it has to be signed by a US consulate I will have to send it to a consulate in America probably in the state i was born in, have it signed, then have it sent back to me so I can then send it to Japan… yes, quite the trip this piece of paper is going on. Either way I’m still excited especially because my boy max and I will have a good time in London once we’re there.
6 Days ６日間
So we’ve decided to stay 5 nights and stay 6 days. We are going on the 8th of this month (july) so the day after tomorrow (as of the time writing this). So from the 8th to the 13th. 6 days. We chose this time because its the full time max has off thanks to his vacation days, and also it’s based around my notary appointment at the embassy on friday (the 9th)
The thing is with the notary appointment is that the only time they can see me is 11am in the morning, no later. And since obviously it would be impossible to take a bus and train to London from where I am so early so to arrive by 11am we are going to need to go the day before so we can get to the appointment early in the morning. So the first day is mainly just to get there, get settled into our hotel and what not. Then the next day is the American embassy shit (shouldn’t take too long). Then from that the rest is just exploring and sight seeing.
Small list of shit we made of things we want to do/places we want to see/go to in London
-Get Japanese books/Go to big Japanese book store/Weeeb store
So it turns out theres like no Japanese book stores or like stores that sell Japanese books even in London except one and its kind of hidden, Max and I had to do quite some digging just to find this place and apparently its like a scavenger hunt just to find it, but basically under this department store theres this massive Japanese book store called “JP books” and its notorious for being one of the biggest Japanese book stores in all of Europe. From what we know here’s the address/how to get there.
JP books below mitsukoshi department store on 14-20 Lower Regent St, London
Take pictures, go to the top all that shit
-Order food in Japanese at a Japanese restaurant.
yeeeee. Im sure there will be some Japanese ppl in london and I really wanna try speaking in Japanese to someone other than my gf lol
-China town in London
street food, take loads of pictures. Eat 1 time at proper authentic Chinese restaurant.
-National history museum (and other free museums as well)
Take pictures, see cool shit
-Go to skyscraper or some shit and look down at all
the peasants of the world
where I’m from in Florida theres not many tall buildings and this is always something I’ve wanted to do
Apparently it looks swag at night so yeee
Massive Ferris wheel
another cool park ( I think )
in conclusion, yes, I’m tired. It’s about 11:30 when I’m writing this and Max and I just spent loads of time looking for hotels and train tickets and I’m kind of sleepy not gonna lie, I’m sure there’s more things I could add to this post but I’m gonna cut it short here and publish it because I’d rather have something out so ye. this is basically what’s been on my mind recently and I hope you enjoyed reading and if you did maybe, just maybe? make an account and comment on the post letting me know what you thought of it.
Thanks for reading, and thanks for being u :3
G’night now, おやすみ～
Max won’t jump
あけおめ！ Happy New Year and here’s to an amazing year for all of us <3
Whatsup you sexy bastards, I know I’m a little late on this but..
Happy new year! あけましておめでとう
I hope anyone who is reading this had a super swag new years and even christmas at that. I know there’s loads of shit that happened this past year with the コロナ bs and all but 2021 is going to be an amazing year for all of us so keep your heads up and just imagine we are all playing a game of basketaball or someshit in a Japanese school’s basketball court surrounded by cute JK (女子高生)… ファイトファイト！！！
Seriously though guys, あともうちょっとだぜ！
Japans borderes should be opening in April, and I mean, let’s be real. They’ve already fucked their economy up so bad like the rest of the world has, if they DON’T open it up by april for tourists to come then they will have to cancel the tokyo olympics 2021 after they already cancelled the 2020 one, and I mean, cmon, Japans cases are so low at this point what even is the coronavirus??? Anyways, Not just Japan and the borders, I feel like this year we are all going to make some great progress in our language studies, aka Japanese (for the majority of people reading this) and just in general in LIFE. This year HAS to be good, we can’t let all this stupid shit get to our heads and fuck with our motivation, remember what you sought out to do, to accomplish, Don’t let that slip by because of some stupid shit the governments enforcing or some dumbass presidential election or ANYTHING. Make the most of your time, Time is precious, 一番大切なのは今もこれからもずっと時間だ。 If you want to be different, special in some way or another you gotta LIVE special, break away from the norm and don’t be that guy twiddling his thumbs around waiting for this so called “pandemic” to end, be the dude who made the most out of his time and came out of this shit the most successful, the most happy and fulfilled. You want to get fluent in Japanese? Literally grind Japanese, grind immersion, do the research, figure out what it is you need to do and do that as close to 24/7 as you possibly can, and no matter what you WILL succeed.
Always have something to look foward to
Remember, life isn’t fun when you don’t have stuff to look forward to, if you don’t have anything now, find it, find that thing that you can look forward to. It’s there, once you’ve found that thing, work your ass off in order to achieve/accomplish/get there. IT IS POSSIBLE, even if it takes time, if anything, the stuff that takes time is ironically the stuff that is MOST worth it in the long run.
Keep your head up and lets keep moving forward!
Alright guys, that’s it for me right now, time to go to work and make that big money, I hope you guys all stay positive as will I and lets all make the most out of this year!!
Love you all <3
On Living Alone
Whatsup guys, its Lucas back again, for another semi-unprofessional but hopefully entertaining/useful(?) post. Anyways, today I want to talk about “Living Alone” and the seemed “perception” that comes with it. I know this isn’t related to Japanese nor programming but I figured as a way to get myself to start posting more and maintain motivation to work on the site, it would be a good idea to talk about some other things in my life other than Japanese and programming. So yeah, that’s why we’re here so let’s just get started.
My story/ My background
So if you read the sidebar or the “about me” section, you will know that I’m just a wee lad, (17 years old) there for technically speaking, this is my first time ever really “living alone”. Supporting myself, being an *adult*, which I’m sure I’ll discuss more about later, but, I don’t necessarily think the way I’m living now is somehow that “different” than before, or really, for most of my life. I guess I should start off by clearing up the elephant in the room, Yes, it is weird for me to be living alone at 17. No, it is not normal, I don’t live in some 3rd world country were providing for yourself is basically a given at the age of like *12*. I don’t really feel like it’s appropriate to to in depth to “why” or “how” or any of that. I will say it is mostly family related so I’m sure you can put together the puzzle pieces. Anyways, that’s not the point, I don’t want to pitied or felt bad for or any of that nonsense, the point of this post is to talk about how my life has “changed”, how I have “changed” now that I’m living alone, now that I am an “adult”. And before anyone out there thinks it, Just because I’m not 18 yet does not mean I’m not an “adult”, I could make a whole rant on just that topic alone because I think it’s dumb. ANYWAY, I’ve been “living alone” now for almost a month now, well I moved into my OWN place on the 1st of this month (November). Hm, I guess instead of just saying “this place”, it would be smarter to actually give some context and show you my man cave.
MY Dojo/ The lair/ My place/ The Man cave/ where I reside.
Before I moved in:
How it looks now
So what do you think? not too bad ay? I don’t know, I think it’s pretty cozy. Obviously I wanna add more stuff, maybe some cool posters, maybe put the kanji rep notes or something I have and put them up on the walls to make it look a little cooler, oh, maybe get a kotatsu (Japanese heated table)
and put that in the middle of the room. Idk, anyways, the best part about it, is that It’s MINE, this is MY place, heck, I even got my own keys and everything and like a LEASE. It’s crazy, like super, legit. Anywho, enough about my dojo, let’s just get into the meat and bones of what I wanna talk about.
What everyone says living on your own is like vs how it actually is
So this is the main topic that I wanted to talk about. You know, it’s so funny because pretty much all my life I’ve heard the same regurgitated bs, “living on your own sucks! Too many responsibilities!” “Being an adult blows bro, you gotta pay all your own bills and shit” “I wish I was a kid again” yada yada yada. It’s these same complaints I here all the time that I never fully understood. Maybe it’s because of the life I’ve lived or what I consider “normal”, i don’t know, but this idea that everyone is going to want to be a kid again, and just completely hate growing up and having responsibilities. In my honest opinion, it’s a joke. In-fact! If anything, I’m 20 thousand times happier being on my own, having responsibilities, bills, rent, having to take care of myself and worry, and stress, and face the problems that every *adult* faces. Because guess what, I am FREE!! you know what feels worse than having responsibilities? Being strong armed, threatened, manipulated. And I’m sure most people probably didn’t have to go through this too much if at all growing up and maybe that’s why, perhaps I was more of an *adult* my entire life. I mean, from probably as early as age 11, I was pretty much used to being independent, making my own breakfast, lunch, dinner, doing chores, etc. by the time I was 15 I got my first job washing dishes at this family owned almost “cult” like christian get together place near my house. (I know it sounds weird lol), starting paying my own bills at 15, then by the time I was 16 I was paying for pretty much everything. It’s hard to really describe what that looks like without actually my dad, or the shitty excuse of one that Is mine. Let’s just say he didn’t do much of anything for me, AND he was a manipulative asshole. Point being, he not only wouldn’t support me, but would constantly strong arm me. You know, the typical, but also fucked up shit. But yeah, the best part about it for me, is the freedom. That’s not to say I’m not stressed or filled with worry and anxiety at times, oh no, I am. But It’s my own shit that I’m worrying about, not someone else’s, and that to me, is very important.
Sooo, I’m pretty much a 引き籠もり(hikikomori), if you don’t know what that is, it’s basically just a person who stays in their room all day. Yup, that’s me. Honestly if it weren’t for having a day time job at the golden arches I’d probably be in my room *literally* 24/7. I think I forgot to mention this but, I do “online school”, or basically I do all my classes and curriculum for high school online. I’ve been doing online school since I started high school, so basically right after I graduated from middle school. It’s a somewhat long story, and maybe I’ll talk more about it in a different post but to sum it up I wanted to do online school so I could have more time and get away with going super hardcore with AJATT, ya know, grinding Japanese for multiple hours a day. So yeah, I am definitely a hikikomori. But to be honest, I’ve pretty much always been this way. I’ve always just been a “hermit” so to say, so I’m used to it and I’m pretty introverted too so this is the lifestyle I prefer, at least for now.
Finances, Bills yo
sorry, I’ve been watching too much breaking bad recently)
So, I thought about talking about this and whether or not it would be appropriate and I figured it’s fine. To be honest, I could care less if people know how much I make or how much I pay to live here or on bills etc. If anything, I’ve always thought it was interesting to know how much other people pay and how their financial situation is going so I figured maybe this would be “interesting” to someone.
Rent + Utilities (a.k.a cost of living here)
- Rent= $500
- Electricity= $100
- Water= $100
- Other amenities included
I split it up right now just to give you an idea of what it might look like but in reality the rent covers everything. All the utilities are covered in the rent so water, electric, even wifi (I was planning on using my own but due to some circumstances that didn’t work out), basically where I live it’s this duplex meaning that the house is split in two, so on the other side their are people living there, but don’t get mistaken, it’s not like a room, they can’t just come and go whenever they want. There is a door but it basically never gets opened. It’s a family of 3, a wife a husband and a daughter, they are nice people as far as I can tell. They let me use their kitchen and the landlord has given me loads of free stuff like a hot plate, box fan, the mini fridge that came with the place. So yeah, in order to live here I have to pay 700 dollars every month by the 3rd.
So as far as other bills go, there really isn’t that much. I’m pretty minimalistic and so I basically just need the bare minimum to survive and that’s about it. This is a small list of some of the other bills that I pay monthly.
- Phone bill = $83
- Netflix = $14
- Youtube Premium = $7
- Amazon prime = $13
And yeah, I mean, I think that pretty much covers it. As you can see, it’s mostly just subscriptions, the main killer would be the phone bill. My phone bill is pretty expensive because it’s just a single line and I’m leasing the phone as well so it’s 83 dollars a month (;-;).
Recreational purchases/ All the other stuff.
So like I mentioned earlier, I don’t really spend to much money on my self if at all to be honest. The most I might ever spend is really negligible stuff like drinks. Occasionally I do buy books though but even then, that’s not really that expensive because I normally opt out for the kindle version of just about any book that I want, and the kindle version is considerably cheaper than the paper one even BEFORE shipping (I’m buying Japanese books). I would do the bullet points like I did earlier but honestly for recreational purchases there’s just not that much stuff so I don’t feel like it’s even worth doing. So yeah, books, and like tea, and stuff.
To sum up my financial situation.
Sooooo, how should I put this. Let’s just say my financial situation isn’t BAD, especially not for a 17 year old living on his own paying all his own bills. That being said, it’s also not that good. I’ll talk about this later but there’s this sort of “underlying challenge” so to say, that I’m currently facing with money, and that is the main thing keeping myself from being even close to “content” with my situation. But as far as just “living” and not like, I don’t know, starving or whatever, I’m fine. Anyways let’s move on.
Food | My grub
So now that I’m “officially” living on my own and what now, I feel like now is probably the best time for me to actually start learning how to cook and eat healthier (not that I’m fat or anything), but as you might’ve noticed with the pictures there’s no kitchen. Which, I mean, to be entirely honest, isn’t that big of a deal to me, I’ve basically “lived out of my room” for ages now so I’m kind of used to the whole ordeal. That being said though, I am planning on creating my own little somewhat “functional” kitchen. In-fact, I already have a little “kitchen” if you can even call it that haha. Here’s some pics of how it looks right now.
My humble kitchen (as of now)
List of stuff I got now
- Big size mini fridge
- super little mini fridge
- burner (hot plate) x1
- Rice cooker (all in one, hotpot)
So yeah, I mean, cmon, Not too bad right? Heck I got some rice to last me a while and like some ingredients for cooking and what not. I know it’s small and I definitely have to improvise a fair bit but still, it’s a work in progress so what can you expect lol.
Transportation | My batmobile
So here she is, yes, It’s a bike. A self converted electric bike, but still not a car. Don’t get me wrong, she is very reliable, It’s been over a year since I converted my mountain bike to electric and I’ve easily put over 5,000 miles on it, probably way more. I ride it literally everywhere, pretty much everyday if not everyday. Ever watch Golden Boy? (if you haven’t definitely go watch it, its hilarious), well I’m like Kintaro Oe, always on my bike. I mean, to be honest it feels more like a moped since I have it going as fast as 35-40mph with a 1500w motor slapped on the rear wheel but still, it’s pretty much just a fast bike. Look, I will admit, it’s nowhere near “ideal” to be living alone and not have a car, but there a few reasons why I choose not to get a car, (and I could get a car, and could’ve if I wanted to) . Obviously the biggest and most substantial reason, is money. I can’t even describe to you how much money I save by not having a car, in-fact, if I DID have a car I probably wouldn’t be able to live on my own, not with all the other bills I have at the moment. I mean, you gotta think, used car price, insurance (even more expensive because I am a young driver), registration, gas, oil changes, maintenance etc. That stuff adds up, real quick. Not to mention, I don’t even plan on living in the states for that much longer, my plan is to move to Japan as soon as the borders open up which is in April 2021. (hopefully), obviously if I were planning on staying here for longer it would be a investment that I would be furthered compelled to, but for now, it’s not. Besides, I like my bike, I’m appreciative of her, she’s always gotten me from point A to point B and without leaving me stranded (…well, other than a few flats lol). As far as living alone goes and not having a car, to be honest, not much has changed. There is one somewhat annoying issue that I’ve been facing recently, and that’s having to go do my laundry at the laundry matt and hauling 40 pounds worth of clothes on my back, it sucks.
Other than that, I mean, shopping and stuff. I don’t ever really go shopping. Some times after work, I’ll stop by the Walmart right next to the beach and grab some stuff and put it in my backpack but that’s about it, again, I only have my bike so I can’t just go shopping, I have to make my decisions very wisely and make sure anything I buy is small enough to fit in my backpack.
The Challenge | The struggle I Face
So let’s talk the Challenge. I’ve already briefly covered my finances and bills and whatnot and I hinted this topic. So here it is, The Challenge is to save up AT LEAST $5,000 plus the money I have saved up now (around 3k), within the next 5 ish months. This of course being for when I move to Japan in April (god I hope). You see, Idealistctly really even if I were to save up TEN thousand dollars, that wouldn’t be enough, It’s never enough. You gotta think, the plane ticket is gonna cost at least 1200, but probably being safe, maybe even getting some good insurance just in case could be up to 2000, I mean my living situation and accommodation would be settled of course because I’d be living with my girlfriends mom and my girlfriend so that’s not a problem so to say but still, you gotta think living costs, I want to be able to pay for all my own stuff AND be able to pay for dates with my gf and fun stuff and gifts and all that. And you also got to take into consideration, my PLAN is to get married to my girlfriend and then perhaps work on a spousal visa when I’m there, but this is going to be at least 3-4 months after moving there, which means I’m going to need quite a heep of money to last that long. So yeah, I’ve thought about it and what is “reasonable” and yet still something I’d have to push for but could work out in the end, well that would be around $5,000. See, right now I make (on a normal month) around $1,400, which is pretty dog shit to be honest, I mean it works out because my finances aren’t much, and I’m pretty minimalistic but really it’s not ideal at all. Here’s what I’m thinking, this also a number that is kinda “vague” but I’ve considered the options and if I can just make $2000 a month, that’s only an extra 4-6 hundred a month (it’s actually a lot but whatever), if I can just make 2k a month that would solve pretty much all of my issues. I’d be able to save at least 5-8 hundred a month which is 4k a month, plus what I have right now, would be sufficient. The problem is, I could make that money now, IF I work like 50-60 hours a week. But I obviously don’t want to work 50 hours a week at my day time job at McDonalds, Fuck that. I already don’t like working part time there yet alone 50-60 hours a week, I mean, that’s basically all my time. No, what I want, what I am trying to do is maybe 30-40 hours a week, freelance work. Meaning, I want to work pretty much entirely if not entirely from home, web designer, translation work, ad revenue, patreon, youtube, you name it. Of course that’s not the main reason for doing anything but if I’m going to put all this time into it I want to at least be able to make some money off of it, just enough to pay my bills. But yeah, that’s the “challenge” so to speak. How to make enough money to pay all my bills, not starve, be happy, and also save up enough money to have at least 5k in the next 5 months. If I can do that, I will be a happy man.