The Diederich Journal

January 2003

It's a new year and Noriko and I wish everyone a happy, healthy and prosperous 2003. One of my New Year's resolutions was getting the Diederich Journal back online (it's been more than five years since the last issue). When we moved back to the United States in early 1998, I just didn't have the time or energy to devote to maintaining a Web site like I had when I was in Tokyo.

Back in Japan, I was a reporter and editor for the English-language edition of that nation's largest newspaper, The Yomiuri Shimbun. It was a good job and I had lots of fun. I spent seven years in Tokyo and decided to move back to the States when an IT newspaper called Computerworld offered me a job as one of their first "online" reporters. But the pay was crappy and so I "sold out" after a year and a half and moved into the corporate world. I'm now working at Palm, the maker of those cool handheld computers. I manage their internal communications, along with the company's global intranet.

Noriko and I bought a house a little over three years ago and she's a financial consultant. We have a dog, Ichi, and a cat, Hugh. No children yet but we're probably going to change that soon.

I suppose I'm finally ready for the big leap to parenthood. I was somewhat traumatized after I asked a former co-worker what it was like to be a parent and he replied: "It'll ruin your life." Hopefully that will not be the case with us!

For now, we just have the two pets. Here is a short video of them kissing underneath the Christmas tree.

In other news, as an OSU alumni, I was VERY pleased to see Ohio State capture their first national title since 1968. What a game! The Buckeyes got off to a slow start and then stomped Miami 31-24 in two overtimes at the Fiesta Bowl on Jan. 3. OSU's new head coach, Jim Tressel, must be doing something right. Go Bucks!

Check back for another update soon.