Tuesday, April 17, 2007

My friend Alice in Fussa-shi, who has already offered to meet me at the airport and is letting me crash on her floor for 4 nights, came through with contact info for my friend Yukiko. Now, Yukes and I have spoken for a couple years, as we lost touch. I'd been exhausting my networking skills trying to find her and get back in contact, but her parents seem to have moved from our hometown.

Yukes is the whole reason I ever went to Japan the time. My application to teach there was because she was still doing it, and I always think one of the big reasons I was hired was because both the recruiters knew her. And when I sent an email saying I would love to see her, she wrote back almost instantly to say she'd love to see me, too.

Why am I telling you this? I don't know. Maybe to circulate something positive. Maybe to point out that the internet can be a good thing. Maybe to share a couple examples of the strength of the bond that can form between ex-pats. Or maybe just because I was reminded yesterday that true friends are ones who you feel like you never ended the conversation, it just picked-up again the next time.

Monday, April 16, 2007

Tesseracts 11

I got an email from the editors of Tesseracts 11 today. No dice.

It was a nicely worded no thank you, with the sentiments to not be discouraged. It was my first attempt to get a short story published, and as much as I would have liked to be accepted, realistically the odds weren't in my favor.

Wednesday, April 04, 2007

So on our way to Galanga for thai food tonight, we were stopped waiting for some peds to cross the street before we could cross Melrose.

Guess what: Sendhil Ramamurhty—the guy who plays Mohinder Suresh on HEROES—was walking Melrose with a friend.

Mr. Ramamurhty is definitely one of those "stars" who looks pretty cute off-screen, too. :)