Sunday, December 14, 1997
December 1997 - Email 3
Another e-mail sent by my loved one to our mutal friend Sarah. This was written with very few days left in Rille's visit. Sad to say the least, but good in a way looking into the future. Why? I'm goin home that's why.

From: Gary Ploski <"garyp@tkb.att.ne.jp"> 1/11/98 18:58
Subject: a time drawing to a close..
To: Sarah LaPlante

Yes that is right my darling, 5 days left. I will be home around 5pm on friday, I told you that. I will call as soon as I get home and thoughly expect you to come right over. You will be happy to know that I will not have to retake SPEECH. That dreaded class. The GPA for the semester is 3.0 and CGPA is 2.90. Not bad at all. I am quite pleased.

Today Gary and I spent the day lounging and watching Highlander. Joanie sent them this week. So we watched the entire season in about two days. RENT is pumping right now, and Gary is trying to figure out how to order a pizza. A simple thing at home is proving to be quite a difficult task here. But we are working through it together. By the way...what did I tell you about a new cat. You were not suppose to get one. But I will love it just as much as I love Vespa. Is she jealous? I would be.

Last night Gary me and Kaz went to Fujimino, and Kawagoe. Fujimino is a place that has an outdoor outlet mall called Rizm. So we walked around there for a little while and I got a few things. They have a store that is the japanese version of Spencers. I would have to say that it is better than Spencers though. It has a ton more. You would love it. I think you are going to have to come here with me and Gary in the year 2002. Japan is hosting the world cup. So Gar and I are defiantly coming back for that and I think you should come. Gary just ordered a PIZZA!!!!! WAHHOOOOO!!!! Yes we are very excited about.

Hi sar... My forehead was just ablaze... Y? because I was able to have a half and half pizza with maashurumu and hamu (yes thats shrooms and ham...thats JPNese english for ya..) So it was through the help of this crazy lady named RILLE that I was able to get the courage to order something that we do ooooooo so often back in the states in that crazy language we use.. Ahhhh. MUZIKASHI yo (difficult!) "GO BACK TO CHINA bidebaaaa." plays the disc. N-e-way have a crazy day in the land of which I call 'home' -- on a regular basis.. chat with ya lata..

To your dad....Tell him the world is just toooo filled with love to have it only flow between two or even 100 people soo you two are just spreadin the love just like you spread the butter on your bagel. enjoy enjoy. ciao ciao ciao ciao i say. ciao cito

Yes back to me...the normal one. Spreading the love i guess we are. All those lonely wine filled nights. I am going to get Gary to show me the pictures of stephanie seymore that he downloaded. But that is another discussion....I can't wait to talk to you...love rille....give mike a big hug and kiss for me.
GARY PLOSKI *dis male has'nt ben prof*
ESUTO-SAWA 102 *red their May b ear or's.*
3-2-47 HON-CHO (a.c.)milk
ASAKA-SHI, SAITAMA gotta love it
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Friday, December 12, 1997
December 1997 - Email 2
An email sent from April to her mom regarding lots of stuff.........

From: Gary Ploski <"garyp@tkb.att.ne.jp"> 1/9/98 21:13
Subject: a weird day...good but strange
To: elhct@aol.com

Yes that is right...Maybe weird isn't the word I would use. Let me start off by telling you that I am very happy with my GPA. 3.0!!!! That is two in a row. Anyway. Today Gary and I went into City Hall and sat there for a little while. I met the woman he works with, Liz.

So, the weird part is, ever since I have arrived here I have been given compliments right and left. I feel like I am kind if on show here. Everyone wants to meet me and I have to smile pretty and be extremely attentive. That is not bad, I can handle that...but it does get tiresome. The thing that weirds me out is the outspokeness of the men and women. I would never dream of saying something like this.." oooohhhh...Gary, she is very beautiful, you are very lucky, very cute, very beautiful, you April are very beautiful." And then blantly stare. Everywhere I go I get stared at. Part of that is the fact that I am a foreigner in a part of Japan that does not get many foreigners.

When we went to Nippori, where Hard Rock is, there are a bunch of foreigners..it is the party place of Tokyo. It was weird being around that many westerners again. But back to the problem with compliments. I do not take them well and do not know what to do or say..I get all fidgety and turn red. I guess there are worse things to be fidgety about though.

After we went to cityhall we went to one of the schools. This is the one which that I will be going to with Gary. We will be going to school for three days. I met the three english teachers that Gary works with. They were all very nice and have decent english. There was one, Mr. Uto, he is a bit weird. But all the students are excpetionally excited to meet me, and i guess I am suppose to actaully answer questions and stuff. I do not think that I like being put in the spot light.

I told you this morning that we had a foot of snow here. You wanna know the funny thing, they put chains on the tires. I guess because they get snow so little that all the drivers get nervous and put chains on. Mom- THERE ARE NO HILLS! the roads for the most part are flat. Gary and I were laughing so hard that we had to take pictures of a car with chains. When I say cars, we are not talking about little light cars, we are talking 4 wheel drives land cruisers.

The other thing that made me crack up was on our way to city hall we say a couple of people trying to hose away the snow. Yup, they were out there with hoses, spraying down the snow. They are going to be surprised when they get home from work and can ice skate infront of their houses.

The other things that we did was to go visit this guy Marko. He is an older man who is in a nursing home. Apparently he likes to know who the AET's in the area are. He keeps in touch with them. So we went to see him. He gave me a box of chocolates. He just called again to tell us thank you for coming to see him. He took an entire roll of film of me and Gary and of the three of us and his friend. I don't mind going to see people in nusring homes, but it is the smell that gets me.

Right now I just finished cooking and cleaning up. Yes that is right we are playing house. I am turning into quite the hostess. I made an entire dinner, and I did the dishes. We have to do the dishes after every meal because we only have four place settings. Umm...what else can I tell you? A couple things come to mind.

The night at Jopolis. It is like a huge arcade. But tis acrade is super high tech. They have three full size cars that you do virtual racing in. Dad would love this game. You get in this car that is ona hydrolic system. The car responds to what you do. It is just like a plane simluator. This place also had regular arcade games and this one where you get on an plastic horse and race the person next to you. You can choose the kind of horse that you want. Like a sprinter, or a stayer or a horse that comes up from behind. Gary beat me.

They had four way air hockey. That was a ton of fun. The nice thing about this place, Japan, is that I don't get carded anywhere. I have turned into a beer snob. I can't wait to tell Aurthur about that. He will be proud.

Lets see what else. We went to this place, Asakusa and Ueno, it was kind of like NY city. I had an attack. It was very scary and strange. I felt so bad. Remember that time we were in the city when I was really young and I got very claustrophbic. It was like that but I was much worse. Part of it was I was hungry and tired, but I ended up in tears. I had to come back to the apartement. It was like the noise was overwhemlming, all the poeple...I couldn't focus on anything, there were too many sounds, I felt like I had gone crazy and that made me really upset. So I ended up outside the train station in tears grasping onto pour Gary who didn't have a clue what was going on.

The other thing that I wanted to tell you was Gary and I have been talking alot about what is going to happen next year. I think that he is going to come home next year. He said that if he could come home with me he would...but obviously that is not going to happen. I think I am going
to stay in school and finish, and he is going to work in the area for the remaining time that i am in school and then we might move away. Of course this is all speculative, and we will talk some more, but as of right now, that is how it stands.

Joanie sent the Highlander tapes so we are going to watch those for the night. Kaz is here for the weekend. He doing card tricks right now. I think he should be a Vegas dealer. Well I have bored you enough...more later. have a good day guys....loffe rille
GARY PLOSKI *dis male has'nt ben prof*
ESUTO-SAWA 102 *red their May b ear or's.*
3-2-47 HON-CHO (a.c.)milk
ASAKA-SHI, SAITAMA gotta love it
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Wednesday, December 10, 1997
December 1997 - Email 1
This email was typed by the lovey and talented, nah... it's more fun to say the love in my life ---- April. She wrote it to our friend Sarah filling her in on what's happened so far. It' starts on the 20th of December...... Enjoy. Thanks babe . (for typing this to Sarah -- 64!)

    I have a little while to write you and say hi. I have been so busy, we have been going pretty much non stop since i got here.  I wil give you a quick run down of what we have done.

D1 = Dec. 20 -- D2 = Dec. 21-- D3 = Dec. 22 -- D4 = Dec. 23 -- D5 = Dec. 24 -- D6 = Dec. 25 -- D7 = Dec. 26 -- D8 = Dec. 27 -- D9 = Dec. 28 -- D10 = Dec.29 -- D11 = Dec.30 -- D12 = Dec.31 -- D13 = Jan. 1 -- D14 = Jan. 2 -- D15 = Jan. 3 -- D16 = Jan. 4 -- D17 = Jan. 5 -- D18 = Jan. 6 --

        So that is where i have gotten to so far.  Two full weeks with my hunee...as you see we have been super busy.  today gary and i are taking the day just to rest before we go out tonight.  i am glad to hear that you and mike aren't fighting as of your last email.  I am sorry it has taken this long for me to write you back.  talk to you soon...

        OH YEAH!!!  interesting piece of random inforamtion for your brain....you know that hanging thing without a purpose in the back of you throat called the uvula? Here, if you translate the japanese word for it directly you would get something called a swallow dick.  Yes that is right. There are a couple other fairly funny ones like, snot is translated into nose shit and ear wax is ear shit.
Monday, December 01, 1997
December 1997

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SORRY I REALLLLLLLY don't have the time to get caught up with thisthing. SOOOooooo what I'm gonna do is post the emails that were sent outduring the break detailing the events and happenings of the past few weeks.
EMAIL1(thebulk of the visit)    EMAIL2(inbetween #1 & #3)   EMAIL3(endof the visit)

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