Hey, Oppo. Sorry I have been a stranger from these parts and from Jalopnik over the past few months. I’ve been very busy as a JHS homeroom teacher, but there are plans afoot, big plans.

First, let me assure you, while my name has once again disappeared from the Jalopnik masthead (as it does periodically, being an inconsistent contributor, it can always be readded), I still work here... if I produce content. Teaching is my first love, and being a seventh grade homeroom teacher and a civics subject teacher is a lot of work for not a lot of pay, just a lot of joy... when my administration isn’t nuts.

A recent mini camper conversion of the GA3 and Christmas/New Years roadtrip around Japan post is currently in the works. As is a post on the utter insanity of luxury and attention to detail at Japanese highway rest stops.

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Since moving into my $950/mo studio well inside of Tokyo, I’ve realised how much I hate not being able to work on, or sometimes even wash my car. Neighbors being nosy and hostile. I’ve also realised I hate living in the city, and I’ve finally decided to bite the bullet and buy some land in Saitama and build a tiny house on a trailer... and a tiny garage area for my tiny car next to my tiny house. I’m planning to make this Jalopnik content because 1) it’s a trailer, it’s on wheels, it’s mobile 2) did I mention building my own garage/parking area so I can work on the car? My budget is between $20K and $30K for the entire project.

Also, I will probably see about covering Tokyo Auto Salon 2017 again. It all depends really on how much time my primary career affords me, which recently hasn’t been much. But I’ll do my best!