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Break-down

So a lot has happened in the past few days. It's too confusing (new word:ややこしい) to put all in one big lump, so I'm going to break it down by day.

But, like I always say, first things first: I was born on a Thursday (which, in many ways, I find ironic). Thor's Day, Thunres Daeg, Jupiter's Day. Thor, so the dictionary say, being Lord of the Sky (aka Lightning). Of course, I was born at 6:10pm, which means I was born on a Japanese Friday (金曜日: Gold Day). Not that that means anything, of course. I think horoscopes are fun because they are a reflection of self. You pick out that parts that are like you and throw out what isn't. It's a path of self-discovery that, although I do not subscribe to it, can at least be entertaining.

FRIGE DAEG (Frigg's Day: Friday)

Murderous day of all days. The 英語入試 meeting was nearly 5 hours long. Was at work until 8:30 at night. Expected a late-night call to go drinking afterwards, but--thankfully--it never came. Went out to dinner with Ashizawa-sensei (Carolyn) and we hit this tiny Thai place with wicked good (albeit extremely spicy) food. Had a little plaque there from the Royal Thai Government commending them on the exportation of Thai culture and cuisine. Tried the おすすめ beer of the evening (some Thai beer named Singhe or something) which turned out to be almost sweet. Had to ask for extra water (the Pad Thai was waaaay to spicy for me) and the waitress (a cute little old Japanese lady whose son-in-law cooks--he's 1st generation Thai) brought us a pitcher of water with a brick of charcoal in the bottom. Couldn't taste the charcoal at all. She said that the water came from some weird place I didn't catch the name of, which kind of reminded me of the time Rachel and her pseudo-(psycho?)-boyfriend and I crammed into his little car and drove up into the mountains north of Kyoto in the dark on a Friday night and filled water jugs from this hole-in-the-side-of-the-road trickle of the best tasting water I've ever had. (There was a little shrine beside the stream of water.) We had to wait in line in the freezing cold, but the water was, as I said, fabulous.

I love weird little adventures like that that happen from nothing and make great stories later.

We were pretty far up in the mountains and there was hardly any light pollution and the stars were EVERYWHERE and the Milky Way was so crisp and clear like the water we were waiting for and it was one of the most REAL moments of my life (especially since Rachel and I didn't really know the guy and we thought he was taking us up into the mountains to murder us and drink our blood or something like that). All my senses were tingling with LIFE and the beauty of being ALIVE in the forests and mountains and streams of the world.

SAETERNES DAEG (Saturn's Day: Saturday)

Was going to go to Daiei with Ashizawa-sensei at 9:30am but backed out so I could sleep a little later. Met her at 西宮北口 at 11:30 or so. Taught her how to use her 携帯 (cellphone).

(I thought I was bad with Japanese directions.)

We met the ESS club at 三宮 at noon. 12 of us showed up (8 students and 4 teachers). Went to lunch (it was a farewell party for Attila, the exchange student from Hungary), then headed to Round 1 for bowling.

Fact: there are no bowling alleys in Hungary.

Attila had only been bowling in Italy and Japan. Played two games. Came in 7th, which was pretty good, considering that I played the 1st game right-handed and the second one left-handed.

We parted ways and Ashizawa-sensei and I headed for the shopping arcades near the station. We went shopping for about 3 hours. It was great (normally I hate shopping, but shopping in Japan rules). Bought 5 videos for class (Star Wars, Spiderman, The Truman Show, That Thing You Do, and A.I.) for about $45. Bought some perfume from The Body Shop (it looks just like the one in the Green Hills Mall).

Moonflower.

Nice stuff. It's pink (like everything I seem to own that isn't blue). Went to this tiny foreign goods store below the escalators under the station and I'll be damned if they didn't have flour tortillas. Have been looking for those things forever. Found a wine-pump, too, which is heavenly. Now I can crack open a new bottle no matter what day of the week it is. ^_^ Bought a bijillion dollars worth of stuff and am now poor, but relatively happy. Found this granola stuff, but it's Canadian and tastes funny.

It tastes Canadian.

Went home and gamed myself to death. Almost finished with Ocarina of Time (again).

SUNNAN DAEG (Sun's Day: Sunday)

Was gonna laze around but got an unexpected email on my phone from Brett, saying that he had been in Shikoku and was on a bus headed for 三宮. Met him at 7:15 or so. Ashley was gonna go with me, but she's lactose intolerant and ate cheesecake and ice cream (go figure). So she was down for the count. Met up with Brett and his Japanese friend Shu (who was kinda cute and asked for my phone info) and Dustin, his dorky follower (kinda like Scary Mari was for us). Dustin apparently followed Brett to Shikoku (sound familiar?) and back to Kobe.

Shu's from around 三宮, so he took us to this place he knew really well, this German-type restaurant (although it said out front that it was a Sapporo restaurant--thumbs down!) which had pretty good sausage (although they got the mustard for the sausage from the foreign goods store Carolyn and I had gone to the day before).

I ordered a Tomato Salad (we all split a thing of sausage and fried chicken). On the plate was a single half piece of lettuce. Around the lettuce leaf were skinned SKINNED tomatoes, half-frozen and cubed. I was sorely disappointed. Everybody laughed at me for my stupid salad.

Then Shu says that he wants to take us to play pool and I'm thinking he'll take us to come authentic place, right? I mean, he's from the area. Where do we go? BACK TO ROUND 1! I mean, the place is great (9 floors of karaoke, bowling, billiards, and video games), but STILL. 2 days in a row?

It was fun, though (in spite of the fact that Dustin the Dork was on my team). Brett accidentally smacked my ass once, but it was all good. Sad as it is, he's really, really hot. Especially now that he has a new hairstyle. Sigh.

MONAN DAEG (Moon's Day: Monday)

Suffice it to say: although it should have been my day off, I ended up having to go into the office. Then Tsu-sensei (the bastard!) made those of us stupid enough to be at the office at that time check the 入試 before he had to turn it in. We checked it four or five times.

Bastard!!!

So I ended up getting home late. Put some scallops and shrimp and fresh garlic and dried cilantro in a pan and stir-fried it up (adding some white wine). Wicked-tasty stuff. Will have leftovers tonight or tomorrow (might make seafood pilaf tonight with imitation crabmeat and other stuff). Living in a country that gets basically everything from the sea definitely has its ups.

In the middle of my dinner-making (was running Star Wars Episode 1 on the tube) I got a call/email from Dan, saying that they were having a Superbowl party at Sarah's. Went around 8pm (it started at 7) and the place was packed with people. (Btw, the Superbowl happens here on a Monday morning, not Sunday evening.) Drank two Bass Beers, ate numerous snacks, and hung around 'til 10:30 or 11. Watched the halftime show and saw Janet Jackson's boob. Justin Timberlake apparently ripped off part of her costume (accident? the peanut gallery says "No!").

This guy there, Don, kept rewinding to watch Janet's reaction. Or so he said. He seemed pretty cool, though. One of those kinds of guys you know got mistreated in middle school and high school, but is wicked-cool now. And this girl, Susan, I think her name was, was there. I thought she and Don were an item, but apparently not, since Dan suggested that Don (having those two together is such a crime) should walk me home.

Left after the halftime show because I knew the outcome. Heard that Outkast song "Heya" being played in the background during the game. All-in-all, a pretty pathetic game, if I do say so myself.

So that's my wild week/end. Would go into what happened today, except that not much happened, although I met Caleb's son, Toma, who is SO cute. He was showing off for me (he's about 22 months old). Little cutie. He liked my green bike.

Must go home and cook (I can taste the crabmeat and white wine! Ah, me!) Once you can do it, cooking (weirdly enough) is fun (probably because I don't have to do it everynight for a family of 5). Hopefully I'll never get tired of it.

MUST WORK ON COMIC! I have too many ideas going around in my head at once. I don't want to overwhelm my audience with all these concepts I want to introduce into the story. (And part of me wants to make an homage to Star Wars and put in a kick about incest.) Less thinking! More drawing!

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morganlight
Feb. 3rd, 2004 11:38 pm (UTC)
I can't wait to see your [unfinished] comic!
And I had to think a minute before I realized what you meant by incest in Star Wars. Woohoo, sexual deviance in the world's most canonized movie!
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