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E-mail to Brendan and Ryan 3.19.2004

—–Original Message—–
From: M
Sent: Thursday, March 04, 2004 9:34 PM
To: Brendan; Ryan
Subject: From Tokyo

Gentlemen,
 
You both wrote me at the same time and I thought my latest adventure would interest both of you.  I’ve stumbled upon paradise!  There is really no need to come back to Tokyo, because I’ve found the land of beautiful women.  It’s in Vietnam!  Let’s go there! 
 
I traveled there with Axel for 10 days and you are not going to believe what happened.  While we were drinking in a bar we met the business elite of the city!  Since the country opened up to business only about 10 years ago, most of the businessmen are all young, around 32.  One of them who became our best friend imports computer parts and assembles computers.  His driver drove us around much of the country in his BMW and we met many other important people including the son of the chaiman (like Mayor) of Saigon.  The women are just dying to meet foreigners and speak excellent English.  They are also much more friendly than the Japanese and always smile at you if you smile at them first. 
 
The prices are unreal there.  Get this.
We went to a massage place and went into the sauna, got a foot massage a dude (because they are stronger) then a full body massage from a beautiful young HOT girl who puts oil on you then walks on your back with bare feet.  She also massages you with her legs and at one point almost lays on top of you while pressuring the points on either side of your groin.  I almost blew it at that point.  Then we got a manicure and pedicure all for (get this) $32!  It was pure paradise.
 
We also went to a beautiful ocean side resort that was fabulous and costs only $15 a night.  You could see all the stars and relax by the pool or poolside bar.  The locals are more than happy to meet you and much more friendly than the Japanese. 
 
There are not many tourists there because it is still a poor country, yet the people are so friendly and I felt much safer there than I did in Mexico City or Tangier, Morrocco.  We also went to an excellent bar on top of an expensive hotel and there are just tons and tons of beautiful women.  You have to be careful though because many are “professionals” if you know what I mean.  I’ve never seen so many old ugly white businessmen with OUTSTANDING young HOT asian women.   It almost made me sick.  The wall of the bar open up to let the night air in and you can see the entire city while listening to the band sing popular tunes.  It was truly amazing. 
 
I am planning on moving there on August 1st and have started the job search.  It shouldn’t be too hard because business is booming there.  Plus with the contacts I’ve made it should be a breeze.  Our good friend is also planning to become a congressman there and I’m pretty sure he can do it.  He is one of the richest people in the entire city!  We only saw two expensive cars while there,, one belonging to him and the other his friend, the son of the Chairman of the city. 
 
I’ll have the website up soon with pictures but in the meantime, I put a zip file online with all my pictures.  We mostly used Axels camera and I’ll put those pictures up later.  If you wish to download the pictures, they are at xxxxxxxxxxx
 
Take care amigos, and let’s go to Nam! 
 
Mateo
Website: www.mcurtin.com
—– Original Message —–
From: Brendan
To: M
Sent: Monday, March 01, 2004 1:28 PM
Subject: From C-town
 

Matt-

What has been going on with you lately?

Life over here has been going well.  Work is making me pull my hair out, but the I do see the light at the end of the tunnel (i.e. I only have another 6 weeks of working Saturdays and Sundays).  Did you hear from Ryan that he got a job at Accenture?  He started this past Monday.  I sure was happy for him. We should be able to get together more with him having an office downtown near my mine. 

I just finished watching Lost in Translation, with Bill Murray.  The film was shot in Tokyo with a few scenes of going down to Kyoto to visit some temples (wonder where they got that idea!)  Of course they show Shibuya, Ginza, the Tokyo Tower, the Rainbow Bridge and sorts of things I recognized.  Actually, in the bonus footage provided on the DVD I swear the one interview they had with the director was shot while walking down your street – you’ll have to confirm or disconfirm this for me.

Have you decided on what your plans are for after graduation from Wasada?  Are you still teaching Jiminy, Terry and Coke?  If yes, how have they been doing?

Take care and give my best to H,

Brendan 

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E-mails Japan - 日本

E-mail to Brendan 4.1.2004

Brendan-san,
 
That sucks you had to spend St. Patty’s day in some place known as Elkhart.  I feel for you man.  But just remember, here I never get to celebrate any holidays.  The Japanese don’t have any fun holidays, and all their national holidays are simply days off work.  So I miss every single damn holiday.  I could go to the “gaijin” bar (remember that word?) but it’s just not the same hanging out with japanese gaijin groupies and weird foreigners.  Hell, most of the foreigners are nerds,,,, you know like in “Animal House” when the cool frat makes the geeks sit with all the international people.  hahahahaha. 
 
Anyway, I’ll be finished with Waseda in late June and am trying to find a job at the moment.  I really hate the job search thing, but I’ve at least been getting some positive feedback from Vietnam.  Those peckers in America usually don’t even respond. 
 
As for H, that is a serious issue.  She won’t want to go to Vietnam.  Also, if I go, I’m really going to miss her since she is the biggest sweetheart I have ever met.  But I really don’t want to stay here and work.  The working situation is terrible and I would have to become a “company man” which is the last damn thing I would ever want to do. 
 
Concerning Axel,, that guy is finished with Waseda now, and is on to stage two of his Masters program which is doing an internship for a company here in Japan.  He is still able to go out drinking quite often however, but not as much now.  He also loves Vietnam and hopes to find a job there after he finishes his studies of which he has 2 years left. 
 
But man Brendan,, I’ve grown so used to living here it’s going to be really hard to leave, especially H.  On the other hand, I can have my pick of one billion hot women in Vietnam who will do all I ask (you have some experience with this yes??),,,   but I really do love H.  So that part is going to suck, but I’ll just have to go with it and see what happens. 
 
What are your travel plans for this year?  Still doing the Ireland thing?  You know your always welcome,, highly encouraged to come to Japan,,, but I must say, that you will get more bang (get banged) for your buck in Vietnam.. Hell, it would take you one week to spend in Vietnam, what it takes to spend in one hour here. 
 
Laters,
Mateo
 
Website: www.mcurtin.com

—– Original Message —–
From: Brendan
To:M
Sent: Friday, March 19, 2004 1:06 PM
Subject: RE: From Elkhart, IN
 
M,
 
Glad things are well.  It sounds like you had a great time with the trip to Vietnam!  When are you set to graduate from Wasada?  Is H. going to Vietnam with you?  What the dilly? 
I hope you were able to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day as I was stuck working in Elkhart, IN.  This place blows.  I am here until tomorrow afternoon.  Then it is back to the bright lights of good old C-town.  I can’t wait.
What are Axel’s plans for after graduation?  Will he join you in Vietnem? 
I’m gonna hit the hey, take it easy,
Brendan
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E-mails Japan - 日本

E-mail to Brendan about Iraq War

Amigos,

Well, America is going to war!  Remember, if you see any suspicious towel heads about the building to call security immediately. ha ha

Seriously though, all the world is against the war without the backing of the UN security council.  Then on Japanese T.V. they showed some Americans being interviewed on the street saying they were all for it.  As I’m sure you know, Americans aren’t always seeing in good light around the world and Bush just made it a hell of a lot worse.  I know Bushy keeps talking about WMD but they never presented the proof.  From what I’ve read, the proof was: one taped telephone call about one modified vehicle, one drone plane, and a few missiles that flew a little farther then they were supposed to.  If they would have showed a few Nukes, I would be convinced, but from here I can only guess that Bush wants either oil, or to implement Democracy in a backward part of the world (Arab lands) while the ball is still rolling (Afganistan).  I don’t think anyone can guess what the consequences will be.  Hopefully the war goes well and is quick, the French help out, and democracy is established without too much chaos and the West is united again.  If not, I fear that it is going to seriously damage America’s image in the world.  After all it is the first time we have attacked first (disregarding Latin America) and the first time a state has told the head of another state to leave his own country. 

As I’m sure we all know a large part of our countrymen are idiots. I have the feeling if Pres. Bush told them that China was breeding Green Dragons to take over the world and that we had to attack to stop the Dragons he could garner at least 50% of support.  I also have the feeling that the people interviewed who supported the war on the T.V. don’t know where Iraq is and think that the Middle East is somewhere in the Northwest next to Canada.

Don’t get me started about Freedom Fries, and toast.  And to think that the Rep. is from Ohio just makes me want to cry.  You said Liberty Fries.. did they change the name again? 

Ok, enough of my rambling.  Let’s talk about Japan.  There have only been modest protest here in Japan and I saw one on the street yesterday.  Oops that’s talking about war again.  About Hiroshima and Nagasaki.  I think that if you are going to come all the way to Japan you should definitely go to one of them.  My advice is this.  You take the bullet train from Tokyo to Kyoto (the old capital of Japan).  There you can see “old” Japan and the many many temples and Shrines.  Spend a day or two there since Kyoto is the most important city for tourists.  It takes maybe 4-5 hours to get there on the bullet train.  Then it will take another 3-4 hours from there to Hiroshima (your heading South the whole time).  You can see Hiroshima in one day since the main site is the bombed out “Peace Dome” which is a building blown out by the A-bomb.  There is also a museum near there and some various monuments of importance.  You will also be interviewed by Junior High School girls who hang out there to interview foreigners for their class projects.  They will ask you what you think about peace,……….so um,, maybe you should tell them you are from New Zealand.  I’m not sure if I will go or not yet because I have already been to both places.  But you two should definitely go there because damn, you’re coming a long way.   

About the Foreign Service exam, I thought I’d take it just for the hell of it.  It’s offered only once this year and it’s can’t hurt to take it.   I really don’t want a position now though since I’ll be studying Japanese for another year and a half.  But I want to keep my options open and it’s a good idea to see what the foreign service is about.  However, the events of recent have made me not want to work for the American Gov’t at this time. 

Alright guys, I’m off.  Let me know if you need any info about Japan.  I seriously recommend getting to Kyoto and Hiroshima regardless if I go or not.  Everyone speaks English around here and all (most of) the signs are in English. 

Laters,

Mateo