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After seven years of running avoidinglife.com I think the time has come to call it quits. Since returning from Japan, getting married, buying a house and getting a proper job I can't hardly say that I'm still avoiding life, can I? Over the years this site has steadily devolved from a popular and innovative video blog about life in Japan into just another random pile of links to stuff. I think from now on I'll save the link posts for Facebook and Twitter and leave this site as a reminder of the amazing times I had for three unbelievable years in Aomori prefecture. Anyway, if you're thinking that avoiding life might be just want you need then I highly recommend signing up for JET Programme. It was certainly one of the best decisions I ever made in my life. I would even go one step further and recommend that you request Aomori prefecture and maybe even Noheji Town where I lived as your #1 desired location. Just make sure to get a really good dehumidifier if they stick you in my moldy old apartment.
Hi Jamie, it’s been a great ride. I wonder how many people can say–as I can say–that they have read your Avoidinglife blog in its entirety. Well, all good things come to an end and I’m glad to see that in this case its a happy end that doubles as a happy beginning. Congratulations on getting a life ;-)
Perhaps we’ll see you around town (we’ve already had the pleasure of bumping into your wife a couple of times).
Hey Luke! Thanks for your kind words. It was largely your participation and the involvement of other Aomorians that made this site so much fun. I’m not saying that I will never blog again, but should I start up again on a regular basis I think it will need to be something different from this. I guess we shall see. Kate’s told me about bumping into you and I very much hope I have the pleasure of seeing you again. Maybe we can go bear hunting in High Park sometime. ;)
I followed your site pretty consistently when you were in Aomori. Good luck in your future endeavors and congrats on all of your successes. Thanks for the entertainment.
I was sitting on my computer, fingers frozen over the keyboard as I tried to determine why, exactly, I wasn’t doing any of the things I needed to do.
I attempted to justify by lack of motivation with, “I’m just… avoiding life right now. Hm. I wonder if that is a website. It should be.” So I typed in avoidinglife.com and- viola! Sorry to have caught you on the last day that your site is going to be in existence, but it’s nice to know that there was someone else out there who, at least for a time, also avoided life.
Glad to hear things are going well for you, random stranger. I guess it’s time for me to stop avoiding life and just… start living it… agh.
Dude, a job? A car? A wife? A life? You sold out…
Just kidding. Hope everything is going well and I enjoyed your insights while they lasted.
I worked in Aomori 2002 till 2003. When I got back I found that I missed Aomori and my friends immensley. Your website helped ease the blow of “real life” back home. Especially because I could watch your videos and remember what a Japanese aparto looked like, or what the snow was like or how boring work could be at times! Thank you so much for your website. Please add me on facebook!
This blog was great. I started reading it back in 2005 while going to college and studying Japanese linguisitcs. I think I popped in “avoiding life” on a winter day into google and found your blog. This has definitely been a great look into the JET program which I was looking into, but ended up not doing.
If I ever get bored in IT I’ll certainly make sure to enlist in JET or something else to change it up. Your story and perspective has been intriguing. Enjoy your life in Toronto - it’s a beautiful city.
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