The Coat Off My Back

Dec 22nd, 1996 Family & Friends Douglas 1 min read

Today there was excitement in the air. Christmas is only a few days away. And Yumi’s friend got married. A little twist… The bride’s maid showed up late so Yumi was asked to stand in. Meanwhile, throughout the service, an elderly relative talked to me the whole time about how wonderful my coat was. At one point, during the toast, she even offered to buy…

Honeymoon and High School Band

Dec 8th, 1996 Family & Friends Douglas 1 min read

Very tired so I have to make this short. The wedding was great. Got married in the same church as former President Ronald Reagan (the Little Brown Church in the Valley). The reception was great. But the fun came afterward. Slightly tipsy we arrived at the hotel. It was elegant, chocolates left on the pillows, a Jacuzzi tub and bottle of champagne awaited us. The…

American Arms and Safecrackers

Dec 6th, 1996 Family & Friends Douglas 1 min read

Yumi’s dad arrived today. When she said he was a “President” at his company, I was half expecting an imposing figure. Instead, he was much more diminutive and gregarious than expected. However, in all the excitement of coming to America for his daughter’s wedding, he had locked his employees’ paychecks in the safe and had taken the only key with him. He also forgot his…

First Impressions…

Dec 4th, 1996 Family & Friends Douglas 1 min read

Meeting Yumi’s family for the first time just days before our marriage was a little unnerving. They had expected her to move back to Osaka after finishing college, not stay in America and marry a gaijin. First impressions would be important if they were ever going to accept me. So I offered them a beer in Japanese (about the only thing I knew how to…

Today I Met My Okaasan!

Dec 4th, 1996 Family & Friends Douglas 1 min read

Today I met my Okaasan! Yumi, her mom (“okaasan” in Japanese) and aunt were waiting for me when I arrived at the apartment. After the long flight from Osaka, they were surprisingly full of energy. When I entered, they immediately began bowing. Okassan continued for some time afterward,”Sumimasen, sumimasen…” Yumi explained that she was apologizing. For what I wasn’t sure but when we introduced her…