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    That was it?

    By Hasselhoff
    May 12, '07 12:02 PM EST

    I had thought about how to culminate my 2 years of blogging now that I'm finally done. And really, once the final review was over, I just didn't really feel like spending too much time writing about it anymore.

    You probably noticed that I didn't blog much this semester. It was just such a neutral semester, that I had nothing to blog about for the most part. It was by far, the easiest semester I've had in architecture school, and maybe any of my 7 years in higher ed. Well, maybe not my last semester in undergrad. Although I did write a big paper that yeah, maybe it was the easiest. I didn't pull any all nighters. Hell, there were days where I didn't do any work at all in the research phase. Literally, as a group, we would say on Thursday "Ok, see you Tuesday." Some people in the studio would show up once a week, etc. But the projects were all respectable.

    I had KTA and really liked them. They are incredibly smart, intuitive guys. The downside was the 11 weeks of boring research we did before 4 weeks of design. But the interaction with them during that design phase was really great. In the end, my group came up with a pretty cool project that was very well received at the final review. It may end up in the Work 2006/2007 booklet (that thing they send out in early spring) and may be exhibited at the AIA NY. So it was like...2/3 really boring, with a cherry on top.

    On Monday I graduate. Not terribly excited. The climax was on April 30th after we presented and you hear "Ok, thanks. That was great, but we have to move on." Then you're done. Monday is listening to a boring speech and just wasting my time so I can finally get a transcript that says "Graduated" on it so I can finally apply for my work visa. I've been F'ing around here waiting, so I can finally apply for my visa. During my interview, I told my future employer that I thought I could start mid June. But now, with the paperwork, etc two weeks+ behind, I have no idea when I'll be heading out. So it will be a month or two sitting around at my parents' house in Leave it to Beaver, PA. My friends scattered around the globe and me with no car. I hope I don't get all fat and stuff. Here I do a lot of walking and go to the gym, but there you have to drive everywhere and well, with no car I couldn't get to the gym nor do I have a membership.

    But, sometime this summer, probably late June, early July, I will move to Tokyo for Hasselhoff's Terrifying Adeventures in Japan. My first real architecture job, and first job in three years, is daunting enough, let alone the fact that it's in Japan, and my Japanese is terrible so far. I understand more than I can speak, I understand the grammar and kind of the theory of Japanese, but that doesn't help me communicate. I don't have anywhere to stay at first until I find my own place (everyone I know is in the Kyoto/Kobe/Osaka region). I get big-time taxed my first year. As a non-resident alien, tax is about 20%, but in the second year when i become a resident alien, it drops to 3%. And, Japanese pay is typically a little lower (comperable, but lower) because people don't have student loans, they may live at home, etc. So it will be a bit tight for the first year. So we'll see what happens. Should be, exciting? Ha. Nevertheless, I'm totally excited and ready to go. I've been selling all my stuff left and right and will go over with almost nothing. Just me, my suit, my laptop and my sweet, sweet Nintendo DS. It will be an adventure and I think I'll learn a lot.

    Oh, and how can I forget a final rant on Philly? So last weekend I went to see Spiderman 3 with my friend. I don't really know what happened because the entire movie was clouded by jackasses yelling, cursing and talking on their phones the whole time. Phones kept ringing the whole time! And people don't embarassedly turn them off, THEY TALK! So after enduring 2.5 hours of people laughing at every little thing that wasn't even remotely funny (and I laugh at a lot of stuff) or not understanding the plot (it's F'ing Spiderman for God's sake), we went to Ben & Jerry's. There were three people behind the counter, none of whom were working. We stood their waiting while the one guy proclaimed how gay he was, and this fat chick just sat there on a box laughing. The other guy appeared to be doing something, but not really. Finally they the semi-worker took our order. During this time though, literally 15 customers walked out. It's no wonder you walk down Chestnut around 14th and every other shop is vacant. People just don't care about anything. There is not even the smallest sense of care or pride in any aspect of people's lives. Not that B&J is an amazing job, but I know when I was 16 working in the mall or even 22 working in Target when I couldn't find a job after college, I did my job. Then the next day I go to deposit a check, both ATMs are down and the pen is smashed all over the wall. The bank branch is 1 year old. Then the next day, I went into center city to do some work clothes shopping since Japanese clothes tend not to fit me. I may as well asked strangers on the street for help because I went in 3-4 different stores and it was impossible to get any help. Pile on the screaming homeless guys (some F'ing 20 something dude grabbed my arm), trash floating around in the streets and all that other bunk, and all I can say is, "Philly, sniff you jerks later."

    This should have been played before Spiderman (it's from the ATHF movie):

    Don't talk, watch!
    Don't talk, watch!
    You came here. Watch it.
    Don't like it? Walk out.
    We still have all your ****ing money.

    Do not nudge, kick or jiggle the seat in front of you.
    I'm sitting there!
    I am everywhere at once
    and I will cut you up.

    If you make out here,
    I will cut your lips and tongue
    from your head
    with a linoleum knife.

    Do not explain the plot.
    If you don't understand, then you should not be here.
    Your money is our money
    and we will spend it on drugs.

    Do not crinkle your food wrappers loudly.
    Be considerate to others,
    or I will bite your torso
    and give you a disease.

    Did you bring your baby?
    Babies don't watch this.
    Take the seed outside. Leave it in the streets.
    Run over it after the show.

    If I see you videotaping this movie,
    Satan will rain down your throat with hot acid
    and dissolve your testicles
    and turn your guts into snakes.

    This is copyrighted movie for Time Warner.
    If I find that you've sold it on eBay,
    I will break into your house
    and tear your wife in half.


    • dlb

      was there irony in your note that being at home would lead to fatness, because you wouldn't be able to exercise because everyone drives, but as you don't have a car you can't make it to the gym? or was that just unadulterated American logic?

      May 12, 07 3:01 pm  · 

      A little of both I guess. I mean, I could run or bike around the block. But the closest gym is about a 10 minute drive, and there is literally no other way I could get there. No bus. Nothin. I guess I could bike, except that would require going on to a major highway...on a bike.

      Here is the Google map of where my 'rents live:

      The Sticks

      May 12, 07 8:13 pm  · 

      time to take up cross-country! should be nice this time of year.

      entertaining as always, hoff. good luck in japan negotiating the challenges of language, clothes, lodging, etc. sounds like, even with these obstacles, you may prefer it to your recent surroundings?

      congratulations on graduating!

      May 14, 07 7:06 am  · 

      Damn straight man.

      Yesterday's awesome Phili-tardation. Some douche illegally parked his car too close to the corner (not like 1 foot, but clearly illegally parked). As a result, the Septa trolly couldn't turn the corner. Because of that, the trolly coming the other way couldn't make the turn around the first trolly. Therefore holding up west bound traffic on Spruce and north bound traffic on 42nd. So this one lazy ass made multiple Septa trains late and backed up traffic until either he came out or they towed his car.

      May 14, 07 10:01 am  · 
      Living in Gin

      Good luck in Japan, Hasselhoff... Philly is by far the most dysfunctional city I've ever lived in, but once I moved away I realized that I actually sort of miss the place.

      Were you there when the SEPTA trolley derailed on a curve and smashed into a house at 42nd and Spruce? That was a classic.

      May 14, 07 10:45 am  · 
      the silent observer

      Hasselhoff...will you blog about your adventures in Japan? If you do, I want on that list...

      May 14, 07 2:04 pm  · 

      congrats on moving outta meyerson! have fun in ramen land (and don't forget your friends at architect!)

      May 14, 07 3:31 pm  · 
      liberty bell

      I want on the Japan blog list too.....

      CONGRATULATIONS Hoff and now get the f*ck outta Philly! Yay!

      May 15, 07 1:41 am  · 

      where are you going to be working in japan? Back at takenaka?

      May 15, 07 12:44 pm  · 

      Nope. Not Takenaka. I don't know if I should give the name. Seems like most people don't tell who they work for on here. But, fairly well known in Japan, probably not known at all in the US (does work in Japan, HK, Australia). But is tightly tied to a big name US firm. Range of work from single family homes to airports, but bread and butter is condos. But some of the more unique jobs are quite nice (and some work has been published). I think it should be a really good place to learn how a building goes together for a few years and get some good solid experience.

      May 15, 07 12:57 pm  · 

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