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A Thousand Words: That One Shining Moment

September 1st, 2009
by John Box

TOKYO -

For many of us, there comes a moment in our lives of such tremendous joy that we say to ourselves, “This is it. It does not get any better than this.”

If you’re an athlete, maybe you’ve just thrown the game-winning touchdown pass as time expires in Super Bowl XLIV.

If you’re an actress, maybe you’re receiving a standing ovation in Central Park after your debut performance as Lady MacBeth.

If you’re an average John, maybe you’ve just inhaled a fistful of cocaine in a bathroom stall at the Classy Cat.

Regardless of what the exact moment is, the Reaper could come for you at any time thereafter and all would be fine. You could leave this world without the faintest hint of regret, knowing that you’ve now lived a full and complete life.

This is a story of such a moment. (more…)


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New Year’s Resolutions

January 5th, 2008
by John Box

NEW YORK, NY-

1)  More pretending I’m a doctor.

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The Importance of Being Trampled by Cars

December 4th, 2007
by John Box

OTAKO, JAPAN-

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It’s no secret that learning a foreign language is a challenging and painstaking process. (more…)


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Here’s A Timely Halloween Piece

October 30th, 2007
by John Box

OTAKO, JAPAN-

So yesterday was Halloween and therefore our chance to give the kiddies a taste of authentic American culture.

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A Plethora of Reasons Why I Hate Johnny Box

October 4th, 2007
by John Box

OTAKO, JAPAN-

Being pretty much alone in Japan has given me a lot of time for introspection, and what I’ve come up with over the past few weeks is a list of things about Johnny Box that makes my stomach sick.

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So here it is: (more…)


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All I Ever Really Needed to Know I Learned From Kindergartners

September 12th, 2007
by John Box

OTAKO, JAPAN-

There are some aspects to teaching that I’m finding are really beneficial. While I can’t say that I’m really enjoying teaching (read babysitting (read spending 50 minute clips of my life trying not to get hit in the balls)),

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Like a Bowl of Nonsense to My Crazy Aunt Betty, So Are Employee Surveys to My Mentor T-Rev

August 23rd, 2007
by John Box

OTAKO, JAPAN-

Mr. Dave, our heavy-set, super-enthusiastic American supervisor,

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(like this, but heavier)

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Traveling Japan, Part I - Into the Heart of Darkness: A Tale of Temples, Gods, and Unspeakable Acts of Number Two

June 28th, 2007
by John Box

OTAKO, JAPAN-

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The first week of September was my first vacation and it could not have come any sooner. In just my first 30 days I have already spent five of them teaching.

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The Disappointment of Marketing Failure Tastes an Awful Lot Like Latex

June 5th, 2007
by John Box

NEW YORK-

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This past Saturday, an oven-hot bastard of a day, I ventured into New York City to attend the BookExpo America at the Jacob Javits Convention Center.

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How to Teach English Awesomely

May 21st, 2007
by John Box

OTAKO, JAPAN-

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As part of my training, I observed Trevor tonight. It was my first time watching an 8th grade class, which will be the 2nd oldest group of kids that I’m to teach.

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Dining in Japan: Things That Could Have Been Winning the Triple Crown or Turned into Glue but Instead Are On My Dinner Plate

May 10th, 2007
by John Box

OTAKO, JAPAN-

Kanazawa-san, my boss, took Trevor and me to Bero Bero, a Japanese restaurant/bar, for a welcome-to-Japan drink and for me to get a taste of first-rate traditional Japanese food.

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In Japan, I Finally Meet a Man Able to Shed Some Light on the Whole Clarence Thomas Debacle and Much Much More, Including Everything

April 4th, 2007
by John Box

OTAKO, JAPAN-

Today was my 3rd day in Otako and my 1st day of training.

I woke up bright and early and hopped on my bicycle, which is surprisingly cool considering it has a basket attached to the front handle bars, a banana seat, and is neon orange.

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When Life Hands You Lemons, Get the Hell out of the Country - John Box Heads to Japan

March 8th, 2007
by John Box

NEW YORK CITY-

The economy in New York City in early 2003 was in shambles and it was nearly impossible to land a job.

This was especially true if you had no skills, qualifications, direction, or desire to work.

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