Today I went and got my permeant residence. The new card they gave me has an awful, awful photograph of me. Quite possibly the worst that has ever been taken. Ugh. That is probably the worst part of the fact that I will not have to deal with this stuff again for seven years, which I am quite happy about.

So while this is early, I am basically coming upon my sixth anniversary of being in Japan. My wife and I have been together for four years. Our son is two. I have done translation work. I have made a video game. I run a very successful charity event. Whenever the summer months roll around I cannot help but think of how long it has been since I made one of the biggest changes in my life and it becomes very easy for me to dwell on the "What have I done?" question.

Well, I am kind of proud to say this year that I have done quite a bit. But I think I am even prouder to say that I have even more planned. I am more excited than I have ever been. Nothing is permanent, despite what my residency card my say, but seeing how my life has gone, I cannot really complain about that.