Everything Will Be Jake

Next day I received a welcomed letter from Gerardo and a couple of days later, I received welcomed letters from Jorgito and Ramon. They congratulated on my decision, each in their own way. I could not believe that life has changed so dramatically over night. Yesterday morning I was a prisoner, and today I am released from my unnecessary long sentence for which I have not committed any crime, except I have just tried to live my own life according to my heart’s prompting. I still do not comprehend why I have suffered and been tortured for so long, because I do not consider that expressing my true opinions and being a true self all the time are crime; I regard that they are necessary tools to make oneself happy.

Whenever I go to Mexico, I always stay at Gerardo and Jorgito’s house or Ramon’s house. Gerardo is one of my best friends as well. Maybe, he is the most imperative one because he was the beginning of everything. He was the first Mexican who became my friend, although at that time, we could not express our feelings freely in English. Perhaps, our strongest connection that time was that we both had a Brazilian girlfriend. I have a genuine affection toward him as a friend. Here is his congratulated message:

 

Hey, you crazy son of bitch, ha-ha-ha…. It is wonderful news that you are coming to Mexico, and I am truly grateful for your decision, my friend, but you have to know that it is not easy for you to get a job here because of language. Without Spanish, it will be difficult for you to work for a company. I guess that with your English, you can find a job easily, such as at a restaurant, hotel, bar, coffeehouse, etc. In the neighborhood where I am living now, there are a lot of foreigners, so you can find a job around here, I think. However, do not think that you will find a job here very easily and will get paid well, man. I just want you to be aware of the circumstances. Of course, I will try to help you to find a job here and will do my best.

I will be really glad if you really come to Mexico, and you can stay at my apartment as long as you wish. Now I have a roommate, and of course, she is extremely beautiful. I think that you will fall in love with her very quickly, maybe, at the first glance. But she is mine, so don’t you dare to do anything stupid, son of bitch, ha-ha-ha. I am warning you because I know you, Shogo; you are fucking dangerous if it concerns a beautiful vagina, ha-ha-ha. We do not have any furniture at the apartment yet, and I could not talk with her about you, because she is now traveling around Europe, but she is coming back on this Saturday. Do not worry about anything, my friend. Everything will be jake!

Send me your itinerary as soon as you buy a flight ticket, okay? Again, I have to pick up your ass at the airport, son of bitch, ha-ha-ha. See you soon, my friend!

Gerardo Kent

 

Do Not Stray from My True Path

I have made up my mind and become so happy with the sudden prospect of the new adventure. “I have to let my Mexican friends know about my vital decision tonight!” I thought to myself excitedly. I decided to walk instead of taking a train because I was so intoxicated with my unexpected odyssey. While I was walking on my way to home, a beautiful tune of whistling came from my lips. “When on earth is the last time I whistled like that? Ages ago, perhaps?” I thought. As I was passing the train station, I changed my mind to sit down on a bench to smoke and enjoy this fantastic feeling a little more. I lit a cigarette and looked up the sky with bright shining stars. “It is so strange,” I thought, “because normally, I cannot see so many shining stars on autumn sky, but tonight shining stars are congregating above me as though Almighty in heaven decided to celebrate the prospect of my new adventure and decided to make me perceive that He always will look after me if I do not stray from my true path.” With watery eyes, I silently thanked God for being born under the lucky stars. I stood up and started skipping with whistling from sheer joy. While I was on my way home, I was constantly yelling at the unusually beautiful night sky like a happy lunatic, “I will let my Mexican friends know about my vital decision tonight! Thank God, I am feeling so alive!” while snapping my fingers.

Do Not Miss the Opportunity

Furthermore, it is a matter of time, money will be running out, and I will have to take a fucking job again. I have to avoid falling in such a humiliating situation again with all possible considerations. I do not waste my precious time anymore and do not feel isolated anymore. I am not a chip of wood; I am a human being with feelings. Therefore, I sometimes need friends to have a heart to heart talk with! Besides, it is time for me to do something to change my life radically and to do something worthwhile with my life. Maybe, it will be a good idea for me to stay in Mexico with my friends to enjoy my life and ruminate about writing earnestly for a while. But if I cannot find a job over there, what am I going to do? And how long am I able to stay there? Maybe, I have to think about unforeseen problems later. Yes, just go there and worry about them later! Can’t you see the bright side of your future? Think about how lucky you are, idiot! How many people on this earth are lucky enough to be offered such a wonderful proposal and how many people on this planet are lucky enough to have such wonderful friends: a few. You are a lucky bastard, Shogo! All my friends want me to write my book and help me to achieve my goal. The rest is depending on you. Yes, I want to go to Mexico! I must go there to change my miserable life into happy life, a chapter of my new life. I will learn a little Spanish, perhaps? It does not matter whether I can find a job or whether I can start writing my book over there; the most important thing is that I should not miss this golden opportunity. I do not know whether I will be offered such a wonderful proposal in the future; it might be my last chance. Yes, what are you waiting for? Are you afraid of taking a risk? What risk? You have been already doomed here, idiot! Mexico is your last option to escape from the inferno! Just make up your mind and do not miss the opportunity!

I Am a Pariah among Japanese

I went to my favorite café, where I can be at peace without being disturbed. Whenever I want to contemplate something important, I come here. As soon as I ordered coffee, I ascended the stairs to the second floor and found a table in front of a transparent window to sit on there pondering over their proposals. It is so strange that Jorgito and Ramon have offered exactly the same proposal on the same day. I am sure that it is not just a coincidence, but it is something. Can it be the sign from the heaven, perhaps? Who knows? But what am I going to do once I am in Mexico? Of course, I want to write my book there, but I have still no idea what my book is going to be like and how to begin. I did a little sketch, but it is nothing. Moreover, I can speak only basic Spanish, which I have never seriously learned in my past adventures in Mexico. Their proposal sounds wonderful to me though. I had focused on going back to Vancouver exclusively, so I had been totally blind and had been unable to see the possibility for writing my book in Mexico. Yes, I have good friends over there. If I stay in Japan, I will be dejected and will not produce anything worthwhile, because one must be happy and content if he wants to write a good book. Living in Japan makes me feel useless and an utter failure. Nobody understands what I am doing every day. I have been completely isolated and ostracized from Japanese society; I am a pariah among Japanese.

He Is Truly a Confounded Man

He is crazy in a good way, as well as the most heartfelt person with a great deal of curiosity about life whom I have ever met in all my life. Whenever I think about him, I burst out laughing exhilaratingly, because we have enjoyed a number of crazy adventures that only a few people can have a privilege to experience in one’s lifetime. Even if he calls me bitch all the time, his friendship with me and his affection toward me are genuine. I still do not understand why he has been so kind and extremely generous to me throughout our past friendship. I still remember vividly as if it was yesterday that when I stayed at his house in Guadalajara eight years ago, he let me sleep in his bedroom on his bed, while he slept in his father’s room. Next day I could not refrain from asking him, “Ramon, where did you sleep last night? Why did you let me sleep in your room?”

He said with an embarrassing smile, “Bitch, you don’t have to feel worried about where I slept, because this is your house, and you are very welcome to stay in my room as long as you want to stay here. This is at least I can do for you, you know, I am a student right now, so I don’t have much money on me. Let me tell you, I am so happy because you are here, thanks for coming! That’s everything for me, bitch!”

Ramon and I have had the incredible history throughout our dynamic nine-year adventures. And he is right about saying, “Life has passed so fast with a great deal of changes every single day that is hard to believe.” Indeed, many things have changed the past nine years, and the time has elapsed so fast. Now he is married! I still cannot believe how this crazy bastard wakes up at seven in the morning to go to work every day. He is truly a confounded man!