June 15, 1998
Ha showed me around town, showed me her very first house,
and her high school. Then, after a little search we surprised her brother, Long. She said he was a genius, and an
introvert. Ha said that when we met, Long won't smile or shake hands, "so don't think he's mad
because he's just like that". She said they usually just said 'hi' (although it had been five years since they'd seen each other). I asked her,"What do
I do if he's changed and wants to shake hands?" She said,"It WON'T
The three of us sat talking as Ha tried to convince Long get food and see a movie with us. He seemed very intelligent and kept making me laugh with excuses he gave Ha to not go with us. Eventually he relented and came along. We never did see a movie though because Ha and Long couldn't agree on anything, and I was amused watching the siblings argue. I liked Long and I think he liked me too. We found each other entertaining.
The next day Ha and I returned to Long's place to see if we could
borrow some bicycles to ride. That didn't work so we tried to go boat rowing.
Long wouldn't come with us. Ha tried and tried and I got bored so I did sit-ups to
pass the time. Eventually Long was giving his long explanation on why he
needed to stay at home and Ha and I traded off making fun of his theory
until we both got the giggles. The thunderstorm from hell
soon showed up so we found Ha's other brother Tuyen's work and visited him. Then
we went to another mall, played chess on the floor in a chess store and saw another movie.
I met him and her two cousins. We all went to a karaoke bar
and drank coffee and played pool and ping pong until 3am. Every time we'd
meet someone they'd ask,"so how long are you staying? When are you going
back? Where are you staying?" Ha and I would look at each other
confused, slightly scared and say,"We don't know"
|One of the silliest things I remember was when we went to a Vietnamese
restaurant the next morning and I was parked at the far end of the parking
lot, illegally. |
We finished eating and Ha said,"Let's skip across the parking lot!" I said,"Ummm...okay sure..." so we skipped across this huge parking lot. I could just see the cop writing me a ticket and here we come skipping along. I would've probably told him I was running very late and asked him if he'd seen my basket of Easter Eggs.
We finally went boat rowing. I messed it up because I'd never been rowing before so she took over saying, "You've been doing all the driving these past days so let me drive you around". I laid in the boat and watched her row. She kept talking to herself and pretending she was Captain Kirk and I wanted to laugh. She got us hung up in the sand and then she'd struggle to get us out. We stopped on the far, far end of the lake where we were completely alone and laid down in the boat, watching the birds, frogs and fish. It was so quiet and serene. We both said we wished we'd done it earlier.
The moose was with us always. We'd sit him in the cup-holder of my car and talk to him, and sometimes throw things at him (picture). I think we knocked one of his eyes out too...hehehe.