Letter to Sister 8.3.2004

Dear Homeless and Jobless in Main,

It has been a long time.  I was thinking that you didn’t have internet there
at camp.  Then I received your message and remembered how you said their
network may have nearly destroyed your computer last time.  Anyway, I’m glad
you wrote!

Good luck with the job situation and I hope you land somewhere you like with
your friend.  If it’s not possible, you are thinking of going back to Ohio?
That would probably be good for mom even though she must have gotten used to
us being away by now.  I would like to get home soon but life is at a
pivotal point at the moment.  My Japanese classes just ended about a week
ago and I have been sending resumes to Vietnam hoping to land something.  I
don’t know how my chances are but I’ll give it the old college try.  I am
pretty determined but I must find something before October 10th when my visa
expires or they will kick me out of the country.  It’s not so difficult to
get a new visa but I have to land a career building job and quit teaching
English since it’s not really beneficial for my future.

As for the reunion we all missed you quite a bit.  I heard you were pretty
funny when some turd tried to hit on you in Vegas.  Wish I could have been
there.  For me, it was nice just being back in the States and taking H
to all the things she has never done before like golfing, horseback riding
and jet skiing.  She really enjoyed herself.  The relatives are still the
same and haven’t changed much.

Also, you know that Nick was just here and he is having a good time
exploring Asia.  When he came with his friend, they really had no idea about
what they wanted to see or do, so I left them in the main part of Tokyo and
told them to go have an adventure.  I wasn’t about to play tour guide for a
week, and the strategy worked well.  They got along just fine in Tokyo and
had many enjoyable experiences.  Ever since he left for China I haven’t
heard from them.  I hope all is well!

So you are going to run a really long marathon!  Most excellent! I wish you
the best with that.  I’m sure you will do just fine.

Other than that, not much is going on here except the constant sending of
resumes and continued English teaching.  I’m a little anxious to be leaving
my life here but I’ve realized that this is not the place I want to build my
life.  The biggest fear is about leaving H.  We will try the long
distance thing but it’s still pretty much up in the air.  I guess that
sometimes pain is necessary for self development and if I always chose the
easy path then I would still be in Ohio and be quite uninteresting.  I’ll
keep you updated on future developments with that.

I miss you too and I hope we can meet up in Columbus sometime soon.  Let me
know what happens with the job situation.

PS: Ohio is very important in the next election since we are a “swing
state.”  Please do me a big favor and vote for Kerry / Edwards!  Bush has
made the entire world angry with us and needs to go!  His foreign policy is
a catastrophe and I’m tired of hiding my nationality!  <— The Embassy even
instructs us to lay low which is very telling about how bad the American
image has become.  Let’s get rid of that Nazi!

Author: 魔手

Global Citizen! こんにちは!僕の名前はマットです. Es decir soy Mateo. Aussi, je m'appelle Mathieu. Likes: Languages, Cultures, Computers, History, being Alive! \(^.^)/