I've posted an intro on one of my other teams already, but I figure it's probably a nice gesture to extend the same courtesy everywhere.
Anyway, about me: I'm originally from Canada, as you may have guessed from my username, specifically from Lethbridge, Alberta. I tell most people who ask though, that I'm from Edmonton, since it's a bit more well-known and I spent 10 years living there and I attended the U of A as well.
Currently, I currently teach English at a junior college in Japan. I've been here for over 6 years with my wife, and teaching the "big kids" is a relatively new thing. Teachers in Japan tend to get bounced around a lot, and being a foreigner is no exception. Prior to this I taught elementary school kids (grades 1 to 6) at half of the city's schools (that's roughly 4000 kids) and before that, I was at two junior high schools.
I have many interests (too many) but tend to be passionate about scuba diving especially. I got my PADI OW in Thailand two years ago, and AOW in August of last year. I waited as long as I did because I felt like I should master some of my skills before undertaking something new. I wanted to have good buoyancy control and the ability to deal with situations properly.
I try to get wet as often as I can, and my regular dive buddy starts to get really restless unless we go at least once a month... That's what makes winter a killer! However I can dive dry -- I'm still waiting for him to get a drysuit. My wife also dives, but I think I've taken to it a bit more than her. Lol!
My goal for this year is to do my rescue diver course in July. I can't wait! I'm so stoked about that! We'll have the same instructor who helped us with our AOW -- good teacher, but he's a bit hardcore though! A very qualified, very intelligent diver, part of a local team here in Japan who are associated with GUE. (That's a bit too much even for me though. DIR is cool and all, but I just don't have the money for Halcyon-EVERYTHING and the tech training courses involved)... They're an awesome group to hang out with, otherwise, though!
I know I need to keep fit and exercise, but it's tough. My co-workers are busier than me and don't get out much, so it's hard to stay motivated. I HATE going to the gym. I have a gym membership and try to go as much as I can, despite the fact that I loathe going there. It bores me to tears. As does running and cycling. I'm a very social person in many ways.
Recently, I've started taking TV shows and movies to the gym so I can use the elliptical trainer or exercise bike, plug in the iPod, and watch something good while I exercise. That DOES help a fair bit.
I could probably write an entire novel here but I'll just limit myself to these few lines and invite anyone who is curious to know more to just send me a mail or check out my newly created SparkPage...
Well, nice to meet you all! :-)
| current weight: 192.0