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E-mail to Brendan 8.21.2004

Sorry for the late late response.  The pictures of Ireland are amazing.  I’m glad you got to visit the birthplace of your dad and see your native land!  By the way, aren’t you eligible for double citizenship?  Didn’t you get it?  My ancestors came to Ohio about five generations ago so no luck for me of getting the freedom of double citizenship.  I really wish I had that opportunity though.
I’m glad you up’d your friend when talking about Japan.  Nobody should visit Japan without going to a hot spring and seeing their good friends buck-naked.  Actually, it is the most popular way to relax here and I’m glad we had the opportunity.  Your visit remains my favorite memory of Japan and hopefully we can do it again in Vietnam if I’m able to get there.
Actually, I’ve been feeling the urge to spread my wings again and take off for another foreign land.  Vietnam seems to be the best option because of the unbelievably gorgeous women, cheap prices, and the contacts I made when I took a trip there.  Axel and I met some rich young businessmen and they took to us immediately seeing as Axel and I are not your usual tourists.  One of my good friends is the director of a computer company and has offered to let me stay at his house while I look for a job.  We took good care of him while he was in Tokyo and formed a good friendship.  I’m a little anxious to leave Tokyo, and start the learning process all over again, but it gives me motivation to think that it will help me develop as a person.  Also, the beautiful women there are a huge incentive for me.  Provided that I get there and actually get a job it would be awesome for you guys to take a trip there and do some partying.  Of course the atmosphere is completely different and most (if not all) of the hot women at the bars are hookers but I’m sure it would be a good experience.  While I was there I was amazed at all the old ugly foreign businessmen with extremely hot young Vietnamese at their side (although they were probably rented.) 
I’ll keep you updated about Vietnam, but I’m planning to be there in the beginning of October.  This next month is going to be painful getting rid of everything I own except for what one suitcase can hold.  I also still need to land that elusive job. 
Take care,


What up?  I hope life is treating you well over in Tokyo.  Thins are just swell here in California.  I am in way over my head at work and I am in desperate need of a vacation.  The only problem is that just a few weeks ago I returned from a two week stint over in the homeland where I visited with cousins and even got to see where my dad was born!  Unlike the last time I visited, I actually had time to leave Dublin for a few days and get out into the country.  I got to see the house my dad grew up in, which has a bar and general store attached to it that was owned and operated by my Grandad-see pics.  One is of me and my cousin James Kelly standing outside our grandad’s old place.  Another is of the village of Carrick, County Donegal, wheremy dad grew up. Another is of myself and James again standing atop Sleive League aka Bonglas.  These are the highest seacliffs in Europe and are located just a few minutes from Carrick. It was really great seeing all of that stuff for the first time.  Growing up I had seen all the old pictures and heard all the stories but to see it up close and to see how it most likely hadn’t changed much since my father was there was really something special. 

I have been traveling like a mother as of late.  I was in Boston, LA, Ireland and now San Fran all in the last two months (all two week trips) and I am pooped. Hopefully my schedule will not change anytime soon as I am scheduled to work in the city of Cleveland for the month of August and two of those weeks I can even walk to my client!

I got to spend a bit of time in SF over the weekend for fun and found myself at the Asian Art museum which is located right in the heart of the city’s Civic Center.  It reminded me of Cleveland’s public Mall where the city planners place all of the civic buildings along an open rectangular public space.  Anyways, the current exhibit was Geisha: Beyond the Painted Smile. It was pretty interesting and certainly worth the admission price.  I am sure I told you before that SF is one of my favorite cities to visit and I was reminded of that all over again on this trip.  It is so pretty and so full of thriving neighborhoods.  This trip I even made it over to Oakland, but that was only for a ride on the Bay Bridge, you know, the double decker one that didn’t fare so well in the Oakland quake of 88 or 89. 

While out in the city I met a friend of a friend who spent a summer in Yokohama a year ago.  Of course we talked and talked about all the great places we saw and things we did and I even one up’d him when I told him about Hakone.  He had not heard of it, but did tell me that visiting a hot spring was one thing that he just didn’t get the opportunity to do while over there.

Hey, I have go to get back to work so I can some sleep tonight – I’ll need it tonight so I can work all day then take the red-eye back to C-town for a meeting Friday – oh the life of an accountant!

I’ll look forward to hearing back from you when you get a moment. So be sure to keep me updated as to when you plan to visit OH again.  Give my best to Hitome,


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E-mail to Kazuko 7.25.2004

Salut Kazuko,

Tu vas bien?  J’espere que le semestre c’etait bien pour toi.  J’ai enfin
terminé mes études de japonais, et maintenant je suis en train de chercher
un travail en Vietnam.  J´aime bien Tokyo pour jouer mais je sais pas si je
veux habiter ici et deviens un “Salaryman”.  Donc pour ça je vais essayer de
trover un travaille dans un autre pays mais pas le EEUU.  Tous mes amis de
Waseda vont partir du Japon cette semaine et c´est un peut triste.

Alors, j´espere que on peut se réunir si tu as des temps libre.  C´est
décidé que je vais rester au Tokyo jusqu´à octobre mais aprés ça je sais pas

Est-ce que tu as des nouvelles?  Stp Dites-moi si tu as le temps pour
prendre un verre.


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E-mail to Dad 7.14.2004


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.

As for my situation here, the Japanese semester is coming to an end and I’m
teaching English five days a week.  I’m making pretty good money and
promised ITC that I could continue teaching until the beginning of October.
In the meantime I’m going to step up my job search and really give it 100%
after the semester has ended.  My only fear is that if I decide to leave,
that I will miss Tokyo and not like my new environment.  I’m not worried
about hard work, or the job so much as the change in environment since I
have grown comfortable here.  I’m also concerned about H.  I really do
love her, but I must establish myself with a good career and I’m not ready
for anything crazy like marriage just yet.  Thus, if I must leave I’m
worried that I would miss her terribly.  It’s difficult living an
“international” lifestyle since there are so many unknowns when changing
ones environment.  Change is coming soon and I’m a little nervous about it.

I’ve made contact with Mr. K., and we will be having dinner together
on the 25th of this month.  I’ll let you know how it goes and what we spoke
about.  Also, Nick is about to arrive and I’m curious to see his reaction to
Tokyo and how is traveling is going.  He will be here for one week and I’ll
make sure he enjoys his stay.

Thanks for everything Dad,

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E-mail to Allison 7.10.2004

It’s been a while, are you behaving yourself?  Are you even still in Japan? 
The semester is going to end soon and I’ll be happy to take a break from studying Japanese.  It’s also time to start another chapter of my life and actually get a full time job with benefits.  I’m going to try to get a job in Saigon, Vietnam in perhaps a trading or import company but I’m not sure if it will be possible just yet.  I hate this “thinking about the future” thing.  I could also stay in Japan and find a job but Tokyo is suffocating me and I need to someplace to golf!  I figure that if I can get to Vietnam and work there while learning the language, and doing a bunch of reading than I’ll be well positioned since Asia is booming now.  I also need to get a masters, but some honest work experience seems to be necessary at the moment. 
What are you planning to do after you graduate?  Any specific location you’d like to be at?  I’m so worried about getting stuck in a job I hate and wasting away for a couple of years. 
Also, can you pass me the link to your website?  I bought the domain “worldhomepages” and my side project is to create a kick ass website of personal homepages (no damn business sites!) grouped by country.  I’ve found other pages with personal homepages, but they are uninteresting and hard to find.  I’ve managed to get my page listed (2nd on google for my name!) so with the right strategy, I could create a pretty popular site I hope. 
Alright chica, let me know what you’ve been up to. 
El Mattador