Yes, indeed it is I, Van Cleave Choro.
VAN CLEAVE CHORO!!! A big double-welcome to you!! This is truly a great day.
And no, you have never "dissed" on me. It was just a lame attempt by me at being funny.
Ah, gotcha. But I sure as heck dissed on Gibson, so I'm glad you're not him!!
Not too many months ago I caught up with President Smith and his wife at their home. She told me a pretty hilarious anecdote about him. Wanna hear it?
Regarding your missionary journal, it's quite funny actually. Yesterday, I was home sick from church, and your name just popped into my head and I couldn't shake it, so I googled you. (Isn't google a wonderful thing?).
That's interesting. I tried the same trick, but my missionary journal never came up, since I don't use my real name on it. So how on earth did you find it after a google search?
And as far as I know, nobody else knows about your journal.
Speaking of the journal itself, did you start reading from the beginning? If so, did anything I write jog your memory about things?
If memory serves, your first area was Inuyama, which was my third area and is the area I'm currently blogging about. Perhaps I mention some members or Eikaiwa students that you remember. Would you mind taking a look at this page
--I know it's long, but please help a brother out--and tell me any first names that you still remember that I've since forgotten?
To be perfectly honest, you are the only person from our mission I have had any contact with since then.
And it's been 17 years. Were you one of the ones who left a month early to attend the Spring semester of college? I think Gibson and me were the only ones who didn't. Even so, I ended up extending a month, and didn't get back home until February 14, Valentine's Day.
So, that about sums it up. BTW, do I HAVE to call you Dr. Shades? Because I only know you by your real name.
No, I suppose I can make an exception for you. I had to "unmask" when I gave my Sunstone presentation, and the fine (ahem) folks at FAIR published it to their wiki for all the world to see. So it's rather an open secret now.
You know, Gibson was a real pain in the arse, but I always thought you were a real good guy who wanted to be the best missionary he could be.
Why thank you!
Sorry if I tempted you with my singing Depeche Mode and Oingo Boingo all the time.
Nope, 'twas all good. I can see from your blog that you're still a Depeche Mode fan.
By the way, for another coincidence, the poster named "harmony" who posted two posts before this one has a son who went to Nagoya, too. He was there for part of the time that we were, in fact.
I hope you stick around for quite a while. It's GOOD to hear from you!