Posted By Bama2Zama on 06-13-2012 1:13 PM
Thanks for all the tips! We're looking forward to checking out some of the many! Best Wishes!
At the moment, I'm trying to find a great buyer's agent who will really listen to what I want.
Posted By BeenThere on 06-27-2012 9:01 AM
Good luck in your future endeavors! I've enjoyed reading your common-sense and creative advice to fellow JB members. And, I think all owe you a debt of gratitude for keeping things going while Adam and JB were "under fire"...
Posted By ThaiGuy on 06-13-2012 4:52 PM
I appreciate the other precautions that have been offered but I feel my life experiences have prepared me for this "ordeal". It was universally predicted I would hate my tour at the Pentagon, and I loved it! Living now in the land of mega-roaches & Japanese-only bars, I think I can take whatever Hawaii can throw at me. When I lived in inner-city Bangkok -- in areas where foreigners generally don't go -- the neighborhood kids would run the streets pointing and laughing calling "Farang, farang!" as I passed by (loosely translated: "Big clumsy white foreigner!") I can take it, and in fact considered it great fun.
My apartment in Bangkok was 450 sq ft. My Japanese apartment is almost 600 sq ft. My wife & I are moving a max of 1600 lbs of HHG to Hawaii. We travel light & take up little space, which gives us world-wide portability. When I moved to Thailand & Japan, I simply MAILED everything I owned on ahead; there were no shippers involved (I had to pay for my own shipping, thus my economy) All the above puts into context my perspective when people cry, "What, I can't fit my new Sears whizbang washer/dryer, king-sized bedroom set and weight machine in my Japanese home???"
BTW, I was warned during my interview that this new job -- basically as a production "coach" in the shipyard -- to expect cultural barriers dealing with multi-generational families embedded in the shipyard workforce. I embrace the challenge! I see my first priority is earning their trust and acceptance, and expect it will take the better part of a year before I get beyond that to become truly effective in my job. Once I get settled in, you're all invited to my place for a cold one! :-)