Letter to Dad 8.29.2004

Good Morning Dad,

Thanks for having C. call me.  It had been ages since I’d last spoke to
her and it was good to have a chat.

It’s almost September now and the weather has become cool and a bit wet here
in Tokyo.  It’s a fitting season to be leaving Japan; a place where I’ve
developed so much and had my eyes opened a little more.  Everyday, I
struggle with the thought of leaving here and try to imaging what life will
be like in Vietnam.  However, I believe it’s the comfort of Tokyo that stirs
these fears since I have established myself quite well in this concrete
jungle.  Yet, I’m determined to go to Vietnam for a few main reasons:

E-mail to Dad 8.25.2004

Hello Dad,

They sent that Citicard awfully early.  My current card doesn’t expire until
03/31/05.  We are talking about the card with my picture on it right?  If
that is the case, then yes please, go ahead and send it to me.  I like to
have it on me just in case of emergencies and Citibank is worldwide so I
never have any problems.

Those were some great pictures of you and Uncle B umpiring.  It looks like
you’ve hit the big leagues!  Those were some big boys playing baseball there
and I hope you were being extra careful with your calls.  Probably wouldn’t
want to get into a belly bumping match with any of those hillbillies.

E-mail to Dad 7.14.2004

Dad:

Thanks for sending me those articles.  It looks like you’ve done really well
for yourself and Grandpa and Grandma would be extremely proud of what someone
who had trouble with Math has become.  I’m extremely proud to have such an
intelligent father who can always show me the other side or view when
problems arise and offer a well thought out solution.  I only hope that with
all this studying I may someday be somewhat successful as well.

E-mail to Dad 7.2.2004

Good Morning Dad,

I’m glad you like the books.  I’ve been reading a lot lately about space and
where exactly we are.  Living abroad has done so much more for me than
simply language.  I’m able to understand people, their influences and
mentality much better now.  Getting out of one’s normal environment really
makes one expand their mind and see life from a completely different
perspective.