Friday, December 30, 2005

Back to Takaoka We Go

I just spent 4 weeks in Saipan. It felt more like 4 years; or was it four hours?

My brain is in such a muddle right now. I don't know which way is up or down. But you know what? You know your life must be remarkable when you look forward to going home to a sense of normalcy in JAPAN. Honestly, what type of person goes to Japan to get away from the stress of burying one's father and getting to know the brothers that you haven't seen since childhood? On second thought, don't answer that question.

So I'm finally leaving the islands; I'm going to miss them.

I wish I could have said thank you and goodbye to every single person on this island in person, but since it takes about an hour to say goodbye to just one person, that just wasn't possible.

I am going to miss ALL of you (but I have to admit that I'm not going to miss any of you as much as I am going to miss eating red rice and chicken kelaguan at parties). All of you on this island treat me with so much love and I am forever grateful for it.

I send everyone who reads this from the island of Saipan (or Tinian, Rota, or Guam) a big thank you and I PROMISE that I will work my butt off trying to send a bunch of Japanese tourists (and investors) your way.

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