Hey everyone, After 2 weeks of barely any internet in Japan, a week full of packing all my stuff, and a week or so getting settled in in my new (temporary) apartment, I'm back! Here's what's been going on in more detail: I spent two weeks travelling around Japan, as detailed in the travel forum -- I'll leave all the stories about that there. After that, I moved back to my parents' house in Chicago for a week, which I spent organizing and packing my stuff, and taking care of all the details of my move. Last Saturday, Aug 5th, I flew out to Seattle, where I am currently residing in temporary corporate housing for about two more weeks. My third day here, I found an apartment and locked it down, but I can't move in until September 10th. I've been pretty bored in Seattle so far, I've been working out and watching movies to pass the time. I have a few friends here, and I'm working on making more (including some potential romantic interests), so at least I'm not completely by myself out here. I start work at Microsoft on September 6 -- I already know a lot of the people I'm going to be working with, since I interned for the same team last summer. I've been told that I'm going to be doing some work with the Windows build system, although you never really know what you're going to be doing until you start a job. I *do* hope to become active again on these boards (not that I was here for long enough before to be considered too active anyways...), so I should see you guys around.