Friday, October 19, 2007
So...Rick suggested I should break the big news here on this board and I concur with his suggestion. I will soon be married to my girlfriend of four years, Hiromi Saitoh. I met her when I was in San Diego working on EQ and she was in Irvine attending an English as a Second Language school. We met through an internet pen pals website. We exchanged emails for a week or two and then I drove to Irvine one Saturday to meet her in person. Our first date consisted of lunch at Claim Jumper and then "Finding Nemo" at the Irvine Spectrum. I knew I had someone special when I looked next to me and saw her totally captivated by those animated fish - she had the world's biggest smile. The following summer, I found myself visiting her homeland, Japan. I'll never forget walking in the rain to the Studio Ghibli museum, having Mongolian barbecue on the rooftop in Ginza and seeing the Japanese countryside with Romi and her friends. I celebrated my 34th birthday holding her hand watching the sun rise on the summit of Mt. Fuji. She was able to show me a world I would have never been able to enter any other way and has enriched my existence completely. She is my best friend and continually surprises me with her upbeat attitude and sweetly innocent perspective on life. So, after Thanksgiving, I will be flying down to L.A. to pick her up so we can start our new life together.