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!

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! \(^.^)/