【I was finally able to find a LAWSONS that carried the Sailor Moon items I've been looking for!】
As a present, I received flowers, some Yuzu hair oils and a few cases of tea. I'm happy for the oil, as I'd been wanting to toss out my current product, and tea is always greatly appreciated but bouquets always make me a bit sad, since the flowers eventually die.
The company ended up bringing in the man that had worked a few of my events in December, to replace me. After I finished handing everything over, he invited me out for a drink. Over drinks he told me that he actually works for a dispatch, and he wasn't being directly hired -- only contracted until they could find a permanent member. He also stated he wasn't interested in becoming a permanent staff, as he liked the freedom that came with being dispatch. We ended up exchanging information, as it turns out he actually lives only 30 minutes away on foot, just on the other side of the station. What an unexpected situation.
On that same note, I'm feeling a bit irritated, though I completely get my former company's perspective. Once clients had been told that I was leaving, I began receiving cards including personal phone numbers and emails asking me to contact them about meeting on a more personal level. I've worked with a lot of them for roughly 5 years, so we know each other quite a bit and have many similar hobbies. Many of them, I'd love to be friends with. I decided to double check with the company to make sure I wasn't crossing any lines, and apparently I'm not allowed to have contact with anyone I've worked with. Are we not all adults here or...? If I want to do anything with even a slight connection to the company, it needs to go through their HR department. I can't message X-san directly and invite them for coffee. I have to message HR who will message boss and get permission.
They've also asked that I avoid the company area during office hours and was told "Well, you don't live in Kawagoe anyway, so you have no reason to be coming to this city." Alright, but my not working there anymore is not going to keep me from going. I love a lot of the temples and the cheap sweets and it's unrealistic to expect me to give that up because they don't want me to run in to clients. What. Is. The. Fear?
I start my new job on Monday. It seems that I won't be doing a full month of training in Tokyo -- it's only about two weeks, and not every single day. I'll be relaxing today, catching up with youtube videos and watching 進撃の巨人 discussion videos as I do yoga. Recently, I've been having the urge to pick up Piano again, so I want to look in to some of that too.