First day at work and JETAA meeting/karaoke

I started working as an intern at an internet-based progressive multi-issue political campaign start-up yesterday (yeah I know, the description is quite a mouthful).  It is a collaboration between MoveOn.org, TheResPublica.org, and PurposeCampaigns.com.  The name of the new project has yet to be decided, but we are planning to launch the new site late this year.  In the mean time, check out our ad hoc campaign to stop violence in Israel/Palestine here: CeaseFireCampaign.org.  My role is pretty random and all over the place right now.  There are only about 5-6 people right now, but they are looking to expand in the near future.  I spent the morning trying to debug some rather arcane HTML and the afternoon “shopping” online for a new office space (we are subleasing a shared office space with a PR firm right now).  I like the challenges of doing all sorts of different things and learning on the fly.  I definitely got a crash course in advanced HTML and New York commercial real estate yesterday.  I wonder what is in store for me today…

So after work yesterday, I walked over to Japas 38 (9 East 38th Street, between 5th Avenue and Madison) for a JETAANY meeting (Japan Exchange and Teaching Programme Alumni Association of New York).  For the first hour, we talked business: introducing old and new members, upcoming events, new event ideas, fundraising, etc.  Then we spent the next few hours having some drinks, eating sushi and other izakaya food, and singing karaoke.  The karaoke machines and song selection were exactly the same as the ones in Japan!  超 Very なつかしいね!Reminds me of old times — actually only about a month ago, I was singing karaoke until the early morning on my last night in Japan, but it seems almost like a distant memory of a past life.

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