2 January 1999
I've just spent the past couple of hours adjusting the look of this Journal. I like
it... I hope you do too. If you have your monitor set at a resolution of 640 x 480
then you're going to have problems viewing this. I hope that you can change it
to at least 800 x 600... *smile* Email me if you can but don't know how to,
and I'll send you some instructions. Why? Because I'm a nice guy!
Email: [email protected]
Today was a mildly momentous day for me. I have those every now and again... In a few weeks I'm going to be moving house, and today I was going
through a lot of the stuff that I have in my cupboards and my drawers, throwing
out all the rubbish. Amongst it all I found a letter to a penpal that was dated
June 1997, and hadn't been sent yet. Now, this penpal is someone who I
started writing to back in 1985 or so. Our penpal relationship was amazing, as
we shared so many things in common - sense of humour, general interests and
hobbies, etc. It got to the point where we were sending each other audio
cassettes as well. Unfortunately we sort of drifted apart around 1990, which
was my fault. My life took me away from that. In 1993 I tried to get back in
touch with her and succeeded, but the letter I sent to her wasn't replied to. In
1997 I tried again, but by this time I'd lost all her contact details. I used the
internet to try and find her, and amazingly enough, I found her! It was via a
mention of her in a published online university paper that led to the state she
was living in, and then via America's online phone directories I found her sister's
phone number (I remembered the name) and phoned her, getting her phone
number that way. I felt that I should become a private investigator...
So I phoned her, and discovered that her life had been pretty hectic as well, which meant she'd forgotten to reply to my letter, but she stressed that she still
wanted to maintain our friendship and continue writing letters. That's what
penpal relationships are about. This time it was my fault!! The letter I wrote to
her was never sent... Sheesh!
When I found it today, I immediately phoned her (I still had her phone number) and apologised, and got her address again. I wrote her another letter today,
which I'll send on Monday. Today has been momentous entirely because of
that. The penpal relationship I had with her was extraordinary, and I never
wanted to lose her friendship.
Friends are very important to me, and good ones are hard to find. I'll fight to
keep my good friends, even if it means chasing them when they never think of
chasing me. I've done that with my friend Dan, who I've been great friends with
for the past 21 years. He's been in the army for the past 13.5 years, and once I
tracked him down to Perth, whereupon he exclaimed that even the army didn't
know where he was, so how the hell could I have found him??!! If anyone wants
to hire me as a private investigator, please contact me and we'll discuss it.
I just added another story to the Stories section. It's called 10 Secrets To Being A Better Person, and I think you should read it. *smile*
However many holy words you read,
however many you speak,
What good will they do you if you do not act upon them?