aide: (翔 → >:D)

This is how I wish I felt after Arashi in May.  Really.  That was a fucking awesome show.  I only knew about half of the songs (and no Switchblade 327) but it was just lkgjadfkjdf!!!  We got there just before 7 (it would have been closer from Shibuya after all) and a staff guy said we could sit closer because 75% of the 2nd floor was empty!  There were two girls directly in front of us who got drunk and flailed around (because that was not dancing) but otherwise it was great.  There was such an array of people from people our age (actually most of the audience) to an elderly couple, punks, rockers, those Elvis impersonators from Yoyogi Park on Sundays even.  And Brian Setzer seems like a genuinely nice guy from his stage presence and the little he said.  And the music!!! :D  Such a talented man and group of people in general.  I'm so glad I impulse bought those tickets.  Ariel enjoyed it too.  I took her non-classical concert virginity tonight.  I even took some sneaky audio on my phone but I can't download it from there and it probably sucks.  Maybe I'll use it as my ringtone for a while.  Ahhdlkjdf~ !! I'm just really fucking happy right now. :)) 

AND Nagase is the guest on Shukudai tonight.  What a great Monday! 

I have an hour: maybe I can finish this fic too.  That would just be the cherry on the fucking cake.

I need to make sure I make time to hang out with Ari because I have just realized how much I missed having girl friends.  We have also decided to make the gay boys do straight things for us more often.  No more Arty's, no more faggy queens trying to pick fights with Ariel.  We are going to celebrate our birthdays this weekend with karaoke and possibly clubbing.  We don't know when Andrew and Ben get back (they suddenly went to Cambodia) but we're going to make them man up for a nice $50 dinner for us at some point.  Maybe it will have to wait until the 21st. 

aide: (相葉 → Peeeace!)
I wore my Koda Kumi t-shirt to work today. First thing Jun says: "Koda gumi? What's that?" (She used a different kanji -- pun on her name to mean "Koda gang") so I explained.

And then Miyoshi-sensei: Koda Kumi? Oh, Taboo.

HE KNOWS TABOO. He's well into his 50s and knows KUMI. TABOO. XDDDD That made my day.

Now I'm going to try and make okonomiyaki. I hope it turns out!
aide: (Ohmiya rabu)
I finally saw Hana yori Dango Final tonight!  Ahhh~!  It's too cute for words.  I am impressed with the movie and also my ability to stumble through a full-length film without feeling completely lost as to what's going on (unlike Last Princess).  I even caught a few of the jokes!  It took me a few minutes at the beginning of the movie to stop expecting subtitles to come on screen, though.  I am definitely looking forward to seeing it again when it comes out on DVD (hopefully they are smart and include English subtitles... given Jun's pull in the States now, I'm sure they will) and see what I missed. 

> I thought it would be 1,200 yen for the late show but I think it was "Ladies Day" as well so it was only 1,000 yen!  Lucky!
> Jun's English wasn't nearly as painful as in HanaDan Returns but still a bit laughable.  But at least he says fuck like a native speaker! 
> Jun's outfits: some were hot, some were heinous.  But that's Johnny's for you, I'm sure.
> I don't know if it was because I had to pee but it seemed to drag on a bit near the end.  As much as I love to see people fail at life, it got a bit tiring seeing Mao and Jun farting around in the jungle.
> And of course, there were obligatory HanaDan dorama flashbacks.  I thought we would make it through without seeing that (in)famous kiss scene but I was mistaken.  I think EVERY episode of HanaDan Returns has that fucking scene in it.  Or maybe its because I've watched 9 episodes in the last 2 days?
> I think Jun and Leader are tanning salon buddies.  That glow seemed a little to even to be natural.
> Tsuyoshi's English is appaulng.  I was severely mislead to thinking he actually spoke it.  He does not.
> The ending: OMG I DIED. ♥♥♥♥ heart-mark-keymash to the max.  It was just.... ahhh perfect.  I won't be a dick and ruin it but the chemistry was perfect.  Mao and Jun are phenominal actors in my opinion but I don't know... something like that can't be faked.  It makes you wonder (even more) if they have something going on off screen.
> I'm still not a hardcore Jun fangirl but this movie got him some definite hot points.  I thought they were going to pull a Daniel Craig-007 spoof on the beach but no.  That would have been major win.

Ahhh I just have a really good feeling after seeing that movie~  It's the kind of feeling I wish I had after seeing Dream Alive.  I would break out into a stupid grin on the train thinking of a certain part.  It was just a feel good movie.  But maybe they should have subtitled it "Makino and Domyouji's Great Adventure".  XD  I already want to see it again.

I am having a good day.  A good week.  A good month?  Few months?  I don't know.  I am happy.  I feel accomplished to a certain extent.  I can say, "Yes, I speak Japanese" with pseudo-confidence.  I am becoming less and less afraid of having to deal with things that require me to speak to people, at least in person.  As long as I have back-up, I suppose.  Andrew said to me when he came back from Canada that I seem really happy, "sparkly" to use his words.  How did that happen?  When I was so fucking depressed back in March.  Amazing.  But, just give it a few weeks and I'll be back in the dump again.  It's a vicious cycle. 

I finally wrote a bit today when I was waiting for the movie.  It was really random on paper but I was having trouble getting the next part out the way I want it to.  I'll have to transcribe it and tear it apart.  But its something to work with at least.  I feel like a bit of a slacker because I've been off work and not written more than a sentence.  Haha. 

 This trip is giving me a headache.  I shouldn't have left the tickets so late... I'm going to splurge on the shinkansen because all of the night trains are booked up and I don't want to spend only 3 days in Osaka.  I'm going to use my pay for Keigo's lessons next month for it; it'll be an experience and then I can say I rode the shinkansen.  It's one of those "must do" things in Japan, I think.  But once is enough, for that price.

Well... enough rambling.  It's nearly 12 but I'm not tired.  I should write but I think it would be better left for another time when I'm more awake.  I'm not sleepy but it's the end of the day.  I've got 2 more episodes to finish up the HanaDan series so I might do that. 

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