John, thank you!
I think we should just drop it unless he continues to harress me.
Sometimes, I, too, think I have bitten off too much but I have never been a
'quitter' and there is my daughter who is graduating from A & M and will be
returning to Brazil. Brazil needs qualified technically trained young people. I
have been for years a project designer and that is my strong point. It takes
young people to make them work.
Thanks for being out there still and am sorry you had to
what-ever-reason ... makes me feel good ...
He probably was 'stoned' ... agreed!
Seems many do seem to resent the former 'third world' and their rise to
importance while theirs crumbles .....
I would LOVE to address the letter, but since it was addressed to you, I will refrain from writing him or calling him. I had to read it three times to make any sense what-so-ever from what he was trying to say.
In the middle 50's there was a beat poet by the name of Kenneth Patchant in the San Francisco/Bay area; he rambled on without saying anything and you had to be as "stoned" as he was to understand. That's what this email reminded me of.
For the record, there are many of us who do not feel the same as he does. I, for one respect you and what you are trying to do. I sometimes think you might have bitten off more than you can chew, but I'm sure you know what you're doing. I support you one hundred percent and am glad that you are out there.
I'm in the States now and don't know if I'll ever get back to Brasil; many things have happened which have changed my circumstances from ten years ago. I'm very sad about that, but thankful that I
was able to live in Brasil for a short time and visit ten times. Like you and many other ex-pats I love Brasil even though I see the flaws in the diamond. I seem to suffer a great deal from saudade; they say that only Brasilians can feel it...so I guess that, without any great effort I have become an honorary Brasilian.
Keep up the good work and I wish you the best of luck. If you would like for me to add my two cents to that letter, I will...and throw in another dime as well.