E-mail to sister 2.1.2004

Bonjour Mademoiselle,

Glad you had a good time on your cruise.  I’ve never been on one but can imagine that it’s most excellent. As for snowboarding, it took me two days to get used to it.  If you are on a beginner hill then it’s not too bad, but being stuck to the board is weird.

As you know I used to skate, so I had a feel for it already except not being able to bail off the board.  The second most difficult part is turning by leaning forward.  If you don’t lean forward enough the gravity will cause you to flip backwards and crack your head on the snow.  I had some tremendous wipe-outs and almost killed myself. 

But once I learned how to really lean forward it was easy.  The final difficulty was the fact that I learned on a real mountain like the Rockies.  You pick up speed very quickly and it can be scary.

I am now on Spring Break and have a lot of free time.  I’m still busy though because I have been designing an online resume and translating them.  It’s here if you care to take a look.  xxxxxxxxxxxx.

Since I hope to get a job in the USA, and am not actually there, my
strategy is not only to send a resume, but have a link to one that is more in-depth online.  I purchased a book of international business from the Chamber of Commerce in SF and will send e-mails to most of those companies. I really have no idea how well this will work and only time will tell.  It worked well to find clients here in Tokyo that needed English lessons.

Hopefully, it will work again.

Other than that, I’ve just been going to the gym almost daily and will
continue Aikido soon.  I’ll keep you updated on how my job search goes.

As for our family reunion, I’m waiting for Dad to purchase his flight ticket and then will purchase mine.  I’m definitely going but just need
confirmation on the dates.

Hope you are well,

—– Original Message —–
Sent: Friday, January 30, 2004 11:57 PM
Subject: Hi

HI!  It was so good to hear your voice on the phone the other morning!

I’m so mad I missed the call.  I’m going to try to call you after this
weekend (I work three night shifts in a row) but what is the best time to call you?  Early morning for me and late night for you?

Things have been going well.  My cruise with my friends was awesome, and I really didn’t want to come back to Boston.  I went from 70 degree weather to 7, and I was so homesick.  I was also starting the new position at Children’s, which is okay now, but at the time I was ready to pack up and go home.  I can’t believe that it’s already the end of January, and I’m sure the rest of the winter will just fly.

Two days ago I took off to a night time ski resort in Maine with my
friend Theresa.  She boarded, I skied, we didn’t completely freeze, and had an awesome time being out of the city.  We’re hoping to go somewhere in Vermont maybe next weekend, and I think I’ll try snowboarding.  Did you learn quickly?

How is everything over there?  School?  H?  Any idea when you will
be back for the reunion?  Mom and dad are not planning on going out west early, but I think I might.  Aunt M and L and a few of their kids are hoping to get out to Napa Valley, and Nick and i even talked about Vegas.  I need to go a bit early, as I won’t be able to stay for the whole reunion (going back to camp.)  Will you be done with Japan by then?  Then what?

I need to get goin to the gym and then come back here and try to sleep some more, so I can work the next three nights from 7pm-7am.  I don’t mind the shift, it just messes up other parts of my body.  Eating, exercise, and I’m just always tired.  But at least I’m finished with nights after this weekend for at least three weeks.  I love you and miss you whole bunches, and hope to talk to you soon!



By Mateo de Colón

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! \(^.^)/