様々な分野でグローバルに活躍する「普通の人々」が体験を語り、次世代の普通の人々のお役に立てればと思っているサイトです。

日本在住歴約40年のRon McFarlandと外資系勤務が長い齋藤信幸が、それぞれの海外体験を語ります。

Ron McFarlandの Personal Journey (3-e) : 人生初めての長旅 - ギリシャからイタリアへ

2022-08-14 11:33:48 | Ron's Life Story
ギリシャからイタリアへの途中、コルフ島(ケルキラ島)に。そこには異なる生活習慣が。

From Athens, I took a ferry toward Brindisi, Italy with a night stopover on the island of Corfu. On Corfu, I enjoyed observing the simple life of local fishermen. I also learned for the first time that there are long lunches around the Mediterranean. People go home for lunch at 12:00 usually. They have a light lunch and then go to bed for about two and a half hours. They wake up at 3:30 or 4:00, open their shops and such and go back to work. Typically, the workday ends at 8:30 or 9:00 in the evening. Well, the dumb American woke this poor fellow up at 1:00 PM to make me lunch. That was also the first time I went into a fish restaurant and selected among many fish on a plate, which one I wanted.

The next day, I carried on to Italy, immediately got on a train and headed for Rome. On that train, I met three American girls who were heading for Naples. We had such a good talk on the train that we decided to meet up in Rome at the Fountain of Trevi two days later.

さて、彼女たちはRon-sanとの約束を守るのか?

Ronさんのセミナーいかがですか。セミナーを開催しようと計画するとコロナ感染が拡大。ネットで開催も可能ですが、Ronさんが楽しみにしているのは、出席者と皆さんとのノミニケーション。やはりリアルで開催しよう。

皆さんがおやりになっている勉強会などに出張し講演させていただきます。

ただし、Ronさんが住んでいる東京都大田区から日帰りできるところとさせてください。

もっとも台湾でも日帰りは可能ですが。










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Ron McFarlandの Personal Journey (3-d) : 人生初めての長旅 - イスラエルからギリシャへ

2022-08-07 11:32:29 | Ron's Life Story
妹のいたイスラエルを出て、ギリシャへ。人生初の一人旅が始まった。

From Israel, I was off to Europe and on my own for the first time. Up until that time, all my international travel had been with friends and family. Now, I was totally on my own and heading for unfamiliar languages, custom and territories. This required some courage, but here again, I did not want a little fear to prevent me from having great adventures and experiences that would stay with me my entire life. Those memories are still strong today as I think of them.

I flew from Israel to Athens, Greece with my Euro Train Pass, guidebooks on cheap hotels and cheaper youth hostels. In Greece, I got the first real impact of how deep that regions' history is. The Acropolis, in the center of Athens, fascinated me. Just sitting with an espresso coffee looking at people going about their day gave me a great deal of peace all by itself.

Ronさんのセミナーいかがですか。セミナーを開催しようと計画するとコロナ感染が拡大。ネットで開催も可能ですが、Ronさんが楽しみにしているのは、出席者と皆さんとのノミニケーション。やはりリアルで開催しよう。

皆さんがおやりになっている勉強会などに出張し講演させていただきます。

ただし、Ronさんが住んでいる東京都大田区から日帰りできるところとさせてください。

もっとも台湾でも日帰りは可能ですが。









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Ron McFarlandの Personal Journey (3-c) : 人生初めての長旅 - ヨーロッパそしてイスラエル(3)

2022-07-31 11:12:36 | Ron's Life Story
イスラエルのキブツ訪問の続きです。

On my sister’s Kibbutz, they produced grapefruit for export to Europe, milk (They had a dairy farm.), and grindstones (abrasive products). My sister worked in the clothing and seamstress section. She made towels and mended work clothes. Years later, those abrasive products were my competitor against the Japanese company I was working for. I frequently saw them at exhibitions around the world. I would visit their booth, talk to the Israeli person there and explain that I visited them decades ago. The Kibbutz is called Kibbutz Sarid and near Haifa They were kind enough to explain how their Kibbutz had changed over the years.

Bonnie met her husband (Julian) there on that Kibbutz. He was from South Africa and worked in the dairy. So, Julian would wake up at 03:00 AM to go milk the cows.

I was in Israel for a month, about two weeks in the Kibbutz and the rest of the time traveling around the country. I had no idea at that time that I would have the chance to make repeated trips to the country years later for work, providing sales training to Isuzu Motors dealership salesmen there. I saw the Golan Heights in the north and all the way down to Sharma Shek in the South. At that time, Sharma Shek was part of Israel, but it was returned to Egypt years later in a peace agreement. I found the country fascinating.

Ronさんのセミナーいかがですか。

皆さんがおやりになっている勉強会などに出張し講演させていただきます。

ただし、Ronさんが住んでいる東京都大田区から日帰りできるところとさせてください。

もっとも台湾でも日帰りは可能ですが。









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Ron McFarlandの Personal Journey (3-b) : 人生初めての長旅 - ヨーロッパそしてイスラエル(2)

2022-07-24 08:10:26 | Ron's Life Story
カナダに行ってきました。滞在中、阿部元総理死去の速報がありました。



日本ではコロナの感染が急拡大。第7波?と大騒ぎですが、カナダやアメリカでは、コロナ関連のTVニュースはほとんどなし。

ちなみに、カナダのコロナ新規感染者数は一日あたり3千人強。人口が38百万人ですので、日本の人口規模でいうと約1万人。

飛行機の中と空港以外では、ほとんど誰もマスクせず。もう終わっています。

日本はWHOが「風邪と同じ扱いでいいです」というのを待っているのでは。自分で決断できないので混乱!?





では、本題にもどります。ロンさん、当時、妹さんがイスラエルにいたそうで・・・・・・

キブツ(kibbutz)と日本式経営の共通点!

From London, I flew to Israel to visit my sister, Bonnie. When I was studying in San Jose, Bonnie decided to save up her money and live on a Kibbutz in Israel to learn more about the Jewish religion and the Hebrew language. She went to work on a Kibbutz that specializes in teaching the religion. Kibbutz is Israel’s way of setting up protective communes. The Kibbutz’s set up businesses (mostly agricultural and manufacturing operations), have schools, dormitories, cafeterias, medical clinics, and a wide range of recreational facilities. There are sports teams, social activities and a wide range of studies. Depending on the type of business they are in, there are rich Kibbutz and poor Kibbutz. The one thing common among all is that the pay is very low, but you have all the necessities of life. Some Israelis love that type of life, some hate it. This concept has even been exported with Israelis going overseas, setting up business and asking their home Kibbutz to lend them contract workers. Here again, the overseas operation takes care of everything, but the pay is very low, quite often below minimum wage. The Chinese have done similar types of activities to get cheap labor in their restaurants in many countries outside of China. Also, I guess you could think of them as the business model that many Japanese companies set up after World War II when they set up dormitories for employees because many people lost their homes. The company provided full living support.

Ronさんのセミナーいかがですか。

皆さんがおやりになっている勉強会などに出張し講演させていただきます。

ただし、Ronさんが住んでいる東京都大田区から日帰りできるところとさせてください。

もっとも台湾でも日帰りは可能ですが。









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Ron McFarlandの Personal Journey (3-a) : 人生初めての長旅 - ヨーロッパそしてイスラエル(1)

2022-07-17 06:39:41 | グローバル人材育成
メキシコから帰国し、イスラエルとヨーロッパの旅に・・・・・・・

Shortly after returning from Mexico, I traveled to Israel and Europe for the first time. Those were the days when college students would hitchhike from country to country with a pack on their back. So, I borrowed a pack, bought a discount air ticket, and a Euro-pass train ticket for one month, and I was ready to go. I remember the Euro Pass was US$85. Today, it is over US$300. I could take night trains and sleep on the train and not have to go to a hotel to save money.

First, I flew to London and spent four days with Jimmy Chan whom I mentioned in Chapter #2. He was at the London School of Economics at that time working on a PhD in Mathematics as I said. At his place, I took a bath in the smallest bath I’ve ever seen in my life. Also, he gave me good directions on what to see and how to get around on the “Tube” or “Underground” as they say. For us in the USA, it’s a subway. In those days my vocabulary was improving too. I learned what a “WC” was. I learned that “being pissed,” means being drunk in England, not angry (as an American would think) and many other important terms.

Ronさんのセミナーいかがですか。

皆さんがおやりになっている勉強会などに出張し講演させていただきます。

ただし、Ronさんが住んでいる東京都大田区から日帰りできるところとさせてください。

もっとも台湾でも日帰りは可能ですが。









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Ron McFarlandの Personal Journey (2-l) : サンノゼのシェアハウスの仲間たち(7)

2022-07-10 02:35:46 | グローバル人材育成
悲しい知らせとメキシコ旅行、そこで見たもの。それは貧しい国、しかし、米国よりも安全・・・・・・・

Then, disaster struck. One day, I came in late from my security job at the refrigeration plant to be surrounded by policemen and a lot of sad, crying faces. I think it was Bill Minkel, another roomer who gave me the bad news. Bill Minkel, Ken Holden, David Koppel and several others in the house were also from Mountain View. On weekends, Ken Holden would hitchhike home to be with his family. Well, evidently a murderer picked him up. He was killed brutally, and his body was found in the mountains in the area. That was my last semester just before graduation, and I was going through final tests at the time.

The atmosphere in the Roger Williams house would never be the same. David Pool, another person in the house had an old camper, and we just wanted to get away. So, about 5-6 of us took off for Mexico. That was in February 1971.

Going to Mexico was my first experience outside the United States. I had a close feeling for Mexico though growing up in California where many people originally from there, like our neighbors the Osegueda’s. We drove down the Pacific Coast and finally stopped just past Mazatlan, Mexico. I think the last city we stayed in was San Blas, Mexico. We loved not only the warm weather but the people as well. Also, I was very surprised to see children playing outside very late at night. In spite of it being a poor country with hustlers, prostitutes and poor sanitation, the people seemed safe, even the women and children at all hours of the night. That was a first for me.

Ronさんのセミナーいかがですか。

皆さんがおやりになっている勉強会などに出張し講演させていただきます。

ただし、Ronさんが住んでいる東京都大田区から日帰りできるところとさせてください。

もっとも台湾でも日帰りは可能ですが。









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Ron McFarlandの Personal Journey (2-k) : サンノゼのシェアハウスの仲間たち(6)

2022-07-03 10:36:17 | グローバル人材育成
身近に迫るベトナム戦争の影・・・・・・

As the Vietnam War was still raging, we were all susceptible to go to fight. Then, came the lottery, which was the newest selection method for drafting men to enter the US Army, training them as solders and sending them off to Vietnam to fight. In the system, there were 365 numbers, one number for every day of the year. The higher the number, the less likely you would go.

Well, I got the number 108, a sure number to be drafted. That was a real blow, as I hated fighting and hated even the smallest of guns. So, I joined whatever military reserve unit I could get into to avoid going to Vietnam. That was a six-year obligation though. I felt that would be much better than two years in the active Army and a chance of being killed.

Anyway, I found an Army Reserve training unit right in San Jose. I signed up for whatever specialty they had available, and there was only one assignment open to me, drill sergeant! That is the instructor that is always yelling at recruits. So, I could peacefully, carry on with my studies, do my security guard job and go to my monthly US Army Reserve meetings without being killed.

Ronさんのセミナーいかがですか。

皆さんがおやりになっている勉強会などに出張し講演させていただきます。

ただし、Ronさんが住んでいる東京都大田区から日帰りできるところとさせてください。

もっとも台湾でも日帰りは可能ですが。









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Ron McFarlandの Personal Journey (2-j) : サンノゼのシェアハウスの仲間たち(5)

2022-06-26 22:41:37 | グローバル人材育成
R&W Houseでの学び・・・・・・

After I graduated from school, I moved out of the R & W House to a similar place with improved conditions. Peng also came along and took a room in the same place. That is when I first started to study Japanese. In spite of him being Chinese, he was a great encouragement to me in those early years struggling with the language. He was not the first.

Then, there was Ken Holden’s. He was the #1 drug user in the R & W House and majored in Art. As a matter of fact, his class twice hired me as a nude model! I sat nude for an hour and was paid extremely well.

I learned many things living in the Roger Williams House through the other occupants, but something also sticks out among all others. We all had our problems of one sort or another, and we learned to care and accept each other as we were. That is something most of us did not get in our respective homes. We in a sense became a family.

Ronさんのセミナーいかがですか。

皆さんがおやりになっている勉強会などに出張し講演させていただきます。

ただし、Ronさんが住んでいる東京都大田区から日帰りできるところとさせてください。

もっとも台湾でも日帰りは可能ですが。









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Ron McFarlandの Personal Journey (2-i) : サンノゼのシェアハウスの仲間たち(4)

2022-06-19 13:50:06 | Ron's Life Story
さて、サンノゼのシェアハウスの話の続き。

Another person in the R & W House was Tom Tang. He was from Hong Kong, and we were not that close, but one summer a friend of his who was studying in the UK came to visit. His name was Jimmy Chan, also originally from Hong Kong. He went away to a British boarding high school, and then continued on to university and graduate school in mathematics in London. Well, we became the best of friends and are still in contact today, over 40 years later. He now makes his home outside of Toronto, Canada.

Over the years after first meeting in San Jose, I met Jimmy in London in 1972. Then, after he graduated in London, he moved back to Hong Kong. So, I met them there around 1978. After that in around 1980, he came to Japan, and we met here. In 1997, China was to take over Hong Kong from the UK, so he moved to Canada as I mentioned. I have met him twice in Toronto. It is interesting that we have been able to meet in so many places. Speaking of Toronto, he took me to lunch in the Chinese community in Toronto to meet his friends. It was like a little Hong Kong, as so many people from Hong Kong moved there. I felt like I was in a different country and not Canada. I have had quite a global adventure with Jimmy. We share Christmas letters every year even now.

Ronさんのセミナーいかがですか。

皆さんがおやりになっている勉強会などに出張し講演させていただきます。

ただし、Ronさんが住んでいる東京都大田区から日帰りできるところとさせてください。

もっとも台湾でも日帰りは可能ですが。









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Ron McFarlandの Personal Journey (2-h) : サンノゼのシェアハウスの仲間たち(3)

2022-06-11 23:51:44 | Ron's Life Story
またまた蒲田で定例会&飲み会。

今回は「いつもの居酒屋」ではなく、蒲田名物「羽根つき餃子」の店で紹興酒で一杯。



<これが羽か。私自身初めての羽根つき餃子>


<野菜も食べないと>




さて、サンノゼのシェアハウスの話の続き。

Also, there was Sam Fisk. He was from UC Berkeley and extremely smart. He was in San Jose in a Master’s program in Psychology. He later dropped the program and decided to transfer to San Francisco State University and pursue a Masters in mobility and orientation for the blind. When he was studying there, he shared a room in a house in Oakland. I moved up there also a few years after graduating and share a room in that same house. The owner of the house had a business, and I did some outside selling for him. I was not particularly successful at that selling job but learned that I like outside selling. After Sam graduated, he got a job in Hawaii. I have met him many times over the years in Hawaii with my family. We have been close friends ever since.

Ronさんのセミナーいかがですか。

皆さんがおやりになっている勉強会などに出張し講演させていただきます。

ただし、Ronさんが住んでいる東京都大田区から日帰りできるところとさせてください。

もっとも台湾でも日帰りは可能ですが。









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Ron McFarlandの Personal Journey (2-g) : サンノゼのシェアハウスの仲間たち(2)

2022-06-05 22:35:05 | Ron's Life Story
サンノゼのシェアハウスの話の続き。

Then there was Peng. He was a Chinese national that grew up mostly on Taiwan. His father was a high officer in the Chinese army on the mainland. In Mother was an American of Chinese descent. She had a PhD in Literature and met her husband in China. When the fighting started, she took young Peng and went to Taiwan where she taught at a major university. Peng was a good 7-10 years older than us and held many degrees in electrical engineering and hydraulics from universities back east. For us though, he was our Chinese food chef. As a boy on Taiwan, as his Mother was always busy with university activities and writing, Peng spent a lot of time with maids and cooks. That was where he learned to cook. We did a lot of chopping and cooking together. Also, on Sundays, we used to drive up to China Town in San Francisco, have Cantonese breakfast, buy Chinese specialty foods and spices and drive back home. He was my first introduction to the Asian world along with people from Hong Kong and Vietnam.

Ronさんのセミナーいかがですか。

皆さんがおやりになっている勉強会などに出張し講演させていただきます。

ただし、Ronさんが住んでいる東京都大田区から日帰りできるところとさせてください。

もっとも台湾でも日帰りは可能ですが。











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Ron McFarlandの Personal Journey (2-f) : サンノゼのシェアハウスの仲間たち(1)

2022-05-29 18:07:01 | Ron's Life Story
In San Jose, I lived in the cheapest place I could find, the Roger Williams (R & W) House which was right on the campus of San Jose State and was owned by Grace Baptist Church. In that house I started out by sharing a room with another student on campus and gradually got my own room when one became available. The house was so old that it literally swayed in the wind. I think shortly after I moved out, the house was condemned and torn down. I met people in that house that impacted on me very greatly.

First there was David Koppel. He was from Mountain View, just up the San Francisco Peninsula heading north. He has a Jewish guy that loved to cook. He was one of the “Head Chefs” at R & W House. He specialized obviously in all the Jewish seasonal foods. He majored in environmental health, graduated, got a job in Ukiah, CA as a sanitation inspector for the county up there. He married a Christian girl from Grace Baptist Church who later converted to Judaism. They bought some land up there, and in the early years, they lived in a trailer that was parked on the property. Slowly, board-by-board, piece-by-piece, they built their own home, just the way they wanted it. After building the house, they started having children. I have visited them in Ukiah many times over the years with my family. Ukiah is in the California wine country. The famous county is Napa, but there are others as well. Theirs is Mendocino County which also has wine as a major industry in the area.

Ronさんのセミナーいかがですか。

皆さんがおやりになっている勉強会などに出張し講演させていただきます。

ただし、Ronさんが住んでいる東京都大田区から日帰りできるところとさせてください。

もっとも台湾でも日帰りは可能ですが。











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Ron McFarlandの Personal Journey (2-e) : 学費、生活費・・・お金の問題を解決する。

2022-05-22 10:30:15 | Ron's Life Story
またまた蒲田で飲み会。飲み会が目的か、セミナー開催に向けた打ち合わせが目的か、多分、両方。



さて、RonさんのLiife Storyの続き。

まずはお金の問題の解決から。学費ローンは、現在の米国の学生の問題の一つでもあります。

So, I decided to go out and get some kind of part-time job, which would keep me active and stabilize my finances. I got a job as a security guard at a refrigeration plant. You can’t get a more boring job than that! For insurance reasons and safety, this refrigeration facility needed security guards around the clock as a person from the local bar may wonder over to a freezer (which is the size of whole warehouses in which fork lifts can drive in and out of) walk in and freeze him to death. I had to walk around the facility once an hour and had to clock-in at various locations. It took about 15 minutes per hour. There was also a weigh scale there for truck to weigh their produce, as they brought produce into the storage areas. So, I weighed trucks the rest of the time. I worked from four o'clock in the afternoon to midnight, and really had nothing to do about 45 minutes of every hour.

私も学生時代にビル管理の夜勤のバイトをしました。結構、いい収入になりましたし、勉強の時間も作れた。一方で、親から十分な仕送りをもらっている人が羨ましかった。

The average person who took a job like that was about 60-65 years old. It was a mindless job, but for me, it was ideal, as I could study and get paid at the same time! I did that for about two years and came out of college with not only a degree, but also a bank account that was relatively healthy.
I did have student loans, but I was able to pay for them off within one year after I started working full-time. During that period, the government was offering very favorable student loans. My mother needed some extra money, so I got some loans just for her also. She was giving our home in Sacramento to my sister and moving into her own apartment, so she required some cash. She paid me back within a year as well.

Ronさんのセミナーいかがですか。

皆さんがおやりになっている勉強会などに出張し講演させていただきます。

ただし、Ronさんが住んでいる東京都大田区から日帰りできるところとさせてください。

もっとも台湾でも日帰りは可能ですが。











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Ron McFarlandの Personal Journey (2-d) : サンノゼ(San Jose)に移る

2022-05-14 22:17:07 | Ron's Life Story
シリコンバレーの中心地サンノゼに移ったロンさん。当時の若者同様、ベトナム戦争の影におびえていたようです。

After three years at American River Junior College in Sacramento, I transferred my credits to a big 4-year school, San Jose State College. My confidence was still quite low as to my surviving in a 4-year school, so I decided to go down to San Jose from Sacramento and take a few summer school classes to reduce the shock.

From the age of 16 years old starting with a newspaper route, I always had part-time jobs here and there. But, to insure my survival at San Jose State, I decided to use up savings and do nothing but study that summer as well as my first semester there.

Well, not only did I survive, I learned that the worst was behind me, as I was starting to love the subjects, and my discipline to study started to come as second nature.

The only problem was physical inactivity. Got fat, had headaches nightly, had difficulties sleeping, and my bank account funds continued to shrink. Furthermore, I was still very worried about the Vietnam War.

Ronさんのセミナーいかがですか。

皆さんがおやりになっている勉強会などに出張し講演させていただきます。

ただし、Ronさんが住んでいる東京都大田区から日帰りできるところとさせてください。

もっとも台湾でも日帰りは可能ですが。









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Ron McFarlandの Personal Journey (2-c) : 勉強とバイトから将来の方向性を探る

2022-05-08 20:54:51 | Ron's Life Story
高校やカレッジのときもバイトをしていたロンさん。その体験も将来の方向性を探る助けになったようです。

Along the way, I learned that I had a lot of interests and having a simple non-thinking, repetitive job in Sacramento would probably not satisfy me.

As my reading, studying skills and discipline improved, I generated a strong interest in business subjects, particularly dealing with the management and motivation of people. Years later when I think about it, I got very good instruction at that school and in spite of it taking me three years to finish a 2-year Associate of Art Degree, it was well worth it and laid the groundwork for a solid academic direction. That same explorative nature I had as a small child was now redirected in a wealth of business subjects.

Through high school and right through attending that junior college I had a lot of part-time jobs. As a matter of fact, at my 35-year-high school reunion I found Barbara Brennan. Together, in a Chinese restaurant we worked at in high school, she was the waitress, and I was the bus boy and dishwasher. I also was a forklift operator, a wood and lumber salesman and a telegrapher for the local railroad. The typing skills I picked up in high school got me the railroad job, and I’ve been using it ever since. Looking over my education, I recalled that I had classes on many subjects, and it turned out only one out of 10 would be helpful and the others useless, but the ones that were helpful were so useful and beneficial that I can’t complain. It did take work though to find the valuable subjects for me.

Ronさんのセミナーいかがですか。

皆さんがおやりになっている勉強会などに出張し講演させていただきます。

ただし、Ronさんが住んでいる東京都大田区から日帰りできるところとさせてください。

もっとも台湾でも日帰りは可能ですが。









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