Monthly Archives: October 2008

Japanese Drawing

I made this little drawing on a dry erase board behind the desk of my Japanese sidekick, Kai.  There’s a picture on his desk of him and his wife at the beach.  He’s got on these coolio shades and has a cigarette hanging out the corner of his mouth.  Very chic!  He was on vacation the day I drew this, so we could just look over there and not miss him.

With just over a month left, I find myself reflecting over the past 14 years here.  It’s been a wonderful adventure, and I really hate seeing it all come to an end.  I especially despise the fact that all these fantastic people will now be without a job (including me!).  And right at the holiday season, too.  The company I work for has a one-word slogan: Mottainai, which is difficult to translate effectively, but it means something along the lines of “what a waste“, as in “after all the years of training and experience the fine people here have gained, what a waste it is to see them all out of a job and not being utilized to their fullest“.

But… life goes on, and here’s a drawing for you to look at, that never would have happened if this company hadn’t given me the opportunity to contribute to it’s bottom line.  Thank you Mr. Yazaki.

Kai!

Kai!