Thursday, March 23, 2006

how the tables have turned...

It seems my string of incredibly mind numbing, frustrating, minimum wage paying, anal boss pleasing, low end society jobs has finally come to an end. As of this summer I will have responsibility, "specialization", and the most coveted of all--a title. That's right, I have officially received the news that I have been hired as an "Outdoor Program Consultant" at Northstar Outdoor Adventures in Japan. Pretty soon I'll be hanging plaques on my wall, firing people, and putting a title on my office door which will probably be my bunk bed. Actually my work will be developing, standardizing, and leading backpacking trips--which is hard because to have a good backpacking trip you have to do more than just walk. Walking is boring...because it's walking lets be honest. It's a really amazing opportunity to utilize my studies/experience because Northstar has nothing that would be considered in N. America as, "industry standard" so there's definitely areas that I can help improve. The situation is a bit tougher/sketchier due to the fact that there is no organized search and rescue and no helicopters in the area. But at the same time there's little/no liability so I guess it balances out...unless someone dies. Working at Northstar will combine my three dreams: Japan/Japanese people, ministry, and the outdoors. It is for these reasons I submit that no summer job could surpass this one.
All visitors are welcome.

This may be the most normal post I've ever posted-there's no ranting, words in capital letters, or exclamations...I feel so average

20 comments:

kaz said...

Take your own first aid box with morphine!!!

Miss Courtnay said...

Brent, I am so happy for you. Doing someone thing you enjoy that's a fantasy I may never get to live. Have fun.

Benjamin said...

that definitely sounds like you.
looks amazingly fun

Polythene Pam said...

Hooray!
Ok you just announced that you're going to be leading backpacking trips around Japan in the summer of your 21st year of life - I think you hang out with too many crazy people so I must remind you - that's not exactly "average" ;-) of course I realize what you meant by that statment but... you've always been extraordinary in my book! Kisses, see you soon!

m.melissa.h said...

OH my dearest brent. you will never be average...YAY road trip!! *hopefully* you still are coming right?! OH OH I saw you sauntering at school today in front of me but you were way infront of me and I was late for class but it was a joy to merely "see" you....eeep that seems freaky! OHOH if you get this before saturday night you should come to my play at 6pm! DO IT!! I'd love it!

m.melissa.h said...

Oh crap i almost forgot! CONGRADULATIONS ON THE JOB! I'm soo stoked for you, tres exciting!

chrissy2sheds said...

Sounds exciting Brent Hope it works out OK Is there a mountain railway nearby?

Leslie said...

I'm happy for yah! Go get 'em tiger!

Kristin said...

Brenton Matthew...I am so insanely stoked for you. Crazy how it seems like just yesterday we were talking about your dreams and your quest to try and figure out which road to take and now, look at you, *sniffle, sniffle, tear* you're all growed up with a title to boot! Best of luck in this endevor.

m.melissa.h said...

YAY you came you came! Sorry the play was sort of lame but i'm soo glad you came!

Ryan said...

walking is for weenies! i'm assuming you're scheduling in times for us to bicker endlessly? i'll tell you you're full of crap, you'll tell me i'm gonna die...good times!

Béthany said...

liverpool was a year ago...i remembered yesterday, it was too late to be on time anyways.

m.melissa.h said...

stupid OL ...my heart broke when i read you wouldnt' be coming on a road trip with me. *sigh*

person said...

hrm. i expect a half assed effort to visit me before you sojourn to yonder yapan. ps vancouver kicks abbys ass.

mary said...

brent, you've never been average...at least not since 8th grade. congratulations on getting that job. when i was at a big conference back home, northstar had a booth so i took a brochure and i kinda saw where on the map it was. and lisa seely will probably be working at nojiri all summer so i'm gonna visit her someday (since i'll be rolling in the yen teaching english to the some of the cutest and some of the brattiest kids in the world)and so i think lisa and i should pop by northstar and visit you. anyhow, i'm so glad you have the job and mostly i'm so glad you're coming home. isn't it crazy that the last time we saw each other was at narita airport...haha, and all the memories that incident entails. anyhow, this is sorta too long now. so, sayonara. i'll see you this summer.

Ro said...

Colonel Peaches--As your general, I submit that in the good fashion of military excellence, you are and never shalt be normal. The "normal" are more prone to being blown up by covert, subversive and altogether crafty flying frying pans. By definition of Darwin's evolution, the normal have been irradiated on the face of the planet by such means and only the abnormal remain.

So take confidence that we, in knowing your abnormalness, find your "normality" to only be a ploy to gain the enemies confidence. So I part with a warning: Beware of flying frying pans.

Viking Dusty said...

Congratulations! Don't forget to keep writing. Even if its just bloggin, you have been blessed with a talent with words.

haichu said...
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haichu said...

congrats on job. I will be there for a bit

Béthany said...

are you ALIVE?