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Okay, so Andrew and I met up for dinner and he gave me his JLPT2 study stuff so I can start thinking about that.  I got a new backpack -- pretty pink Coleman thing for 3,300. :D  I also found Freecell at the bookstore in Ueno station.  And then we had donairs for dinner.  Yum.  Though now I'm hungry and miserable.  We spent 2 hours in a phone shop discussing changing to Softbank since Andrew's contract with AU is up and he's getting jerked around. 

Ah, and it had been such a good day until then!

I ended up trading in points (which I didn't know what they were for anyway) and got a new handset... and I regret it so bad.  I switched to a different, cheaper plan so my bill won't get any more expensive even though I have to pay 840 yen a month to pay off the handset but still.  The biggest thing that I hate is that I can't put it in English.  I don't need it really but I want it.  But even without that... I don't think I like it.  The interface isn't as nice as mine (though you can download new ones, I just never bothered) and I don't like the buttons.  The screen pixelates the emojis and it makes all this fucking noise whenever it does anything.  I haven't gotten around to messing with the sound settings but I feel miserable after doing this (I should feel so happy to have new things!) and I have a massive headache right in the middle of my forehead and behind my eyes and I want to curl up and cry. 

It's only a phone!  I'm just worried I can't take it back.  I just wanted a new phone--even though I like the one I have and didn't really like any of the others.  I didn't like the others more than I like my own, not enough to change but I did anyway.  I should have looked at other models, gone to Yodobashi Camera or something and actually played with them and I would have seen right away.  I don't see why I can't take it back on Saturday (providing I can... I'm not canceling, just returning the hardware I don't want) when I'm out and about in Tokyo if I really, really hate it.  And I probably will.  It will be a bitch to trek from Hiroo to Ueno and then back to Shibuya or wherever I'm meeting Kumiko though.  UGH.

I feel so wretched.  Really, really awful.  The most aggravating thing--all the shit I downloaded on my other phone can't be transfered so I have to pay to get it all again if I want. DX  I better like the damn phone if I do that.

Yes, I realize how fucking lame I am that I am so upset about this.  That's what makes it even worse.  And I didn't even spend anything!
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I just got an email from Sachiyo, bailing out on our girly date.  Of course.  I don't think I should be surprised because it feels like she's bailed on me before.  When I make a date with someone, I don't bail.  If it's a group party thing, I might.  If it's the day of--I'll go.  I will turn down invites but I try not to bail on the day of.  I have, I won't lie.  But not when it's a one-on-one date.  Sigh.  I suppose I should be thankful because then I can go to this place that I got a 50% off coupon for and save some money.  Fuck, I would have gone out last night with Ariel and Anna if I had known this was going to happen.  Fuck.

I'm hungry.  That's probably adding to my irritation.
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Every time I talk to Blake, he's either with a cocktail, drunk or hungover with a story about being drunk.  He called me and bitched me out for not coming to Andrew's party tonight.  I already decided I wasn't going to Tokyo this weekend regardless of a party, which was only decided upon yesterday so he can fuck off.  I really should calculate how much money I have spent to go into Tokyo in the last 3 months just to see. It would be scary, I'm sure.  Since I spent about 10,000 in the last month alone, or damn close to it and those fuckers never come here.  What do we do in Tokyo?  Fucking hang out at Andrew's house.  Or go to restaurants/bars which we have in Kashiwa.  I already made up my mind and I'm not in the mood to drink.  I don't want to go at 630 just to leave at 1130.  If I lived even in Kita Senju, it would be fine.  I wouldn't mind. And I know I'll end up sleeping over because I'll be having a good time and then I won't get home until late Sunday and then my whole weekend will be fucked.  Blake can think I'm boring or lame or whatever, I don't care.  I want to stay home.  I'm gonna.

But I can't win.  I feel like I'm being siderailed when I hear stories about what Blake and Andrew or Andrew and Ariel or Blake and Ariel did since I don't get called or whatever to go out.  Justin doesn't have the same problem I do, it's closer for him to get home and cheaper because he's in Saitama.  It only costs him 210 each way; I pay 690.  And then when they pull shit like this... as if they don't have a party every weekend anyway... and want me to go, I don't want to. 

But I love how it's not even Andrew whining at me to come. 

Whatever.  I'm over it.

Lunch date went well.  :)  We had Thai for lunch and then went to this little Hawaiian cafe for coffee.  He starts school again next week so... I don't know what's going to happen.  I'm not going to worry about it... just see how things go.  And not send inappropriate drunken emails like I did to Kohei who is probably never going to talk to me again.  Oh well, he obviously wasn't that interested.  

No I'm not over it.  kjgadf I'm kind of pissed off now.  And feeling guilty?  Why should I feel guilty for wanting to spend time at home in my apartment and sleeping in my bed that I work hard (well, not really) to pay for.  Why should I always have to go to Tokyo?  You fuckers can't come to Chiba once in a while?  tkyjedaff  FUCKERS.  I'm going to start keeping track of how much I spend to go to Tokyo.  It would make more sense to move closer but I don't want to spend the time/money/effort moving for only 1 year.  It would probably cost me even more to do that than I would be saving in train fare.  I should have fucking looked at Senju to begin with but I'm stupid.

I'm still full from lunch so dinner will probably not happen until 8.  I'm going to try steaming pork.  I wanted to try making cinnamon mushi pan but I couldn't find cinnamon at the store and didn't want to go all the way to the real/better grocery.  I'll pick some up tomorrow when I go to meet Tomoko at noon.

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These sleep drugs aren't cool.  But my face doesn't hurt like yesterday so they must be working.  I am humming and hawing about what to do... eat now or nap, cook or eat out, go to Andrew's party or not.  He got called from Nihon TV and they wanted to film the hallowe'en party tonight. O_O  Talk about random!  He said he wasn't sure... Everyone at work was talking to me about the Yamanote party from last year and how it was all these "gaikokujin" (as if it was solely our fault) etc etc.  So they would probably try and link the filming to that, at worst.  I think Andrew said he was going to turn them down and just do an interview before.  I kind of hope he does that so I can actually see him on TV!  Damn NHK digital... I can't watch Cool Japan!  And he's on like every week. 

Mr Watanabe tried to buy me coffee on the way to work today.  I kind of feel guilty for not saying yes.  But I didn't really clue into the fact that he was offering to buy it for me not for himself after I'd walked past.  I kind of hope he'll offer it to me again.  I'm not special!  No need to buy me coffee!

I'll try calling Andrew again and then nap.  I'll go.  I missed out on Ben's party and it looks like they had fun.  Justin and I will leave together.  That is, if he doesn't get shitfaced.
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So, I was busy ALL morning at work and didn't have time to write a lick until about noon.  I was doing my plan for elementary school which took a hell of a lot longer than I thought it would (Prepositions II - between, across from, in front of, behind).  Making your own map is a pain.  But I have a nice pretty one that I can use from now on ready to go.  And then Imai-sensei gave me a stack of exams to mark... all 5 classes... but only 3 questions and 150 papers took me... mmm.. fifteen minutes.  Maybe.  No big deal.  Then exams were done for the day, lunch rolled around.  They didn't tell me there was no lunch and I only figured it out when everyone left.  They did the same last time but I didn't remember.  Didn't matter, they let me go and I thought all was well.

It was cold today and threatening to rain but didn't.  I went by the post office and retrieved my forgotten umbrella and got on the train.  I missed about every fucking connection on the way to Chiba Minato after getting on the Joban line at Kashiwa.  Shit.  You have switch at Shin-Matsudo for the Masuashino line and I went up the wrong side so I had to wait... then you switch to the Keiyo line at Minami-Funabashi and then the one I was on decided to terminate in the middle and then I had to wait again after realizing my train wasn't going to be moving anytime soon (nor in the right direction)... then I got to Chiba Minato fianlly and got to the immigration office (after daydreaming about running into someone famous who hails from Chiba who might happen to need to go to the city hall today... lame, I know) and then got my number, got my payment stamp and then REALIZED I LEFT MY FUCKING PASSPORT AT HOME.  UAAAAAAFLKAJSDASLDJF.  I think I scared the Aussie (I think -- other white person anyway) by saying "SHIT!" really loudly and then stormed out.  I am still fucking pissed off.  I didn't even remember my phone today I couldn't spam everyone and their second cousin with ranty mails.  There goes fucking 3 hours of my life and 1200 yen for nothing.

Sent an email to Tatsuya saying I am a huge loser instead of just taking initiative and cancel my afternoon tomorrow and go again.  Fuck.  At least I have until the 9th of July to go... But fuck, if he had just let me go at the beginning of the month when I wanted to, I wouldn't have fucking forgotten my passport, I'm sure.  In the end, I still have to take another afternoon off.  I could have had a nice relaxing half-day today (becuase they would have sent me home anyway) but nuuuuuuuuuuuuu.  FUCK YOU GODDAMN WORK.

I am going to use this pent-up anger to write now.  I hope to have the bulk of Five done before Himitsu.  And I'm going to be fat and have McChucks for dinner.  That's how pissed off I am.

Edit:  I'm calm now.  Can't change what happened.  Tatsuya will just have to suck it up and I'll have to go another day.  One thing that didn't suck today was that I got a call from Mori-san at Cool Japan and they still want me to come for an interview.  But it's in Roppongi and he didn't say what time.  He will call back but I already told them I can't come until 7 at the earliest so that's probably why he wants to talk to me personally. 
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Goddamn neighbour came by AGAIN.  She came by this morning when I was getting ready for work so I told her to fuck off cuz I didn't have time.  Well, not to "fuck off" exactly but she wouldn't have understood if I did.  She came back tonight and I had Dan and Yvonne both talk to her and even they didn't know what the fucking problem was.  I think the problem is she won't speak.  So how can I know what your deal is if you don't fucking tell me?  Managed to get out of her that she's dirt poor, lost everything and has no job, she probably has to move out of the building and something about a name check (for her? some American guy? I don't know) that she thought was next June, but it's actually this June and she has to go to Yokosuka, the American army base in Yokohama for it... and?  What do you want me to do?

So I told her I wasn't American (to which she was shocked; sorry, not all white people are Americans), I'm not this "Mr Nancy" she keeps talking about and I don't know what her problem is and I can't do anything.  She said she'll try harder by herself... I wonder.  She'll probably come back later and waste another hour of my life standing outside my door in silence.  I'm not a fucking mind reader lady.  Even if there is a language barrier, if you don't speak, no one is going to know what you want.

This whole fucking exchange took about an hour.

Am I a total insensitive asshole for getting angry?  I sure feel like one but I restrained from yelling at her because I sure as hell felt like it.  But she already looked like she was about to cry.
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FUCK.  The one time I need to talk to a Japanese speaker NO ONE ANSWERS THEIR GODDAMN PHONES.  I called like 8 people and not a single person answered. 

A few weeks ago this lady (who I think lives in the building) stopped me outside and tried talking to me, asking me for some kind of help and I have no idea what about.  Today she came to my door asking me for something but I have no fucking clue what she wanted.  She kept saying "doctor", "secret" and kept asking me if Mr Nashi was coming back or if I was Mr (or Ms.) Nashi or something?  FUCK.  She seemed really freaked out and I bet you she needs to go to the doctor (she said something about going to tomorrow by herself and then coming to talk to me?  Or wanting me to come?  What??) and she doesn't have a gaijin card (she spoke good enough Japanese but she might be Korean) or health insurance and wants help from me.  What the hell am I supposed to do about it, if that's the case? 

Then she asks me how much are "chippu" and I have no idea what she's talking about and then tries to give me 300 yen.  I am on the phone calling everyone under the sun and she just keeps repeating yourself.  Maybe this is kind of narrow minded on my part, but if you're going to ask a (fellow?) foreigner for help, wouldn't you figure out how to say something in English?  Or bring something?  I don't know.  Rather than stand outside my door and just repeat yourself and mutter "What am I going to do?" and hop from one foot to the other.  I feel bad because it's for a legit reason and she was really shy and freaked out about something... but I can't help you.  I have no idea what the problem is, and even if I did, I probably couldn't do anything anyway. 

I'm really angry and frustrated now.  I need to cook... luckily she rang the doorbell I guess because my alarm never went off.  Oh, because I set it for 7am.  Go team.

EDIT: Fuck, so like an hour after I need them, everyone calls me back (EXCEPT ANDREW AND KAZUYA. FUCK.).  Taka actually called me back.  Why does he have a girlfriend?  Seriously.  Karma likes to fuck with me.  He would be so perfect... Oh well. 
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Well, I got 3 loads of laundry done so I wouldn't say today was especially unproductive.  And OMFG its so much easier with your own machineee.  Why did I not get around to getting one before now?  BECAUSE I AM STUPID.  It makes weird clunking noises when it starts the spin cycle, but its 10 years old and it works.  And was free.  I am not complaining.  I translated Gimmick Game and Naked today as well.  Naked was easy and Gimmick Game was fun (it helped that I had read other people's translations so I just had to put it in my own words... sort of).  I love bitter Nino.  XD 

I'm hungry but have no food.  This is a problem.  I am going to go out and return Heroes (and rent the 2nd disc, of course) and get some groceries.  Maybe I'll try Leader's eggplant thing again.  With tofu?  Tofu is yummy and oh so good for you!  And maybe a salad.  I'm severely lacking in the fibre department as of late.  I am also going to try cabonara some time this week as well.  I need a lightbulb for the kitchen but I have a feeling I have to go to a seperate store for that.  What ever happened to one-stop-shopping?  Oh right, they don't have that in Japan.
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Yamapi's visit to Korea.

I am in shock.  Complete and utter shock.  I have new found respect for people who work in the entertainment industry, being able to react to that situation with such grace.  I'd say "Think twice," to anyone who wants to be famous after seeing that.  I think it was the same thing when Jun and Mao went to Hong Kong to film the HanaDan movie.  I can't say that I wouldn't freak out a little bit at seeing someone famous, especially someone I'm a fan of, but this is out of control.  Do fans act like this in North America?  I don't even know anymore.

I don't even know what to think about this.
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So I all day I was looking forward to going to Ohno's show and enjoying myself alone soaking in some artistic genius.  I booked it straight to the station after work at 4:30, stopping off at home to dump some crap and shed a layer (it's finally getting WARM!).  I grabbed the wrong contact case this morning, so I wanted to get that too.  I can't lie, I dressed nicely in case anyone famous (read: Arashi) happened to be at the show.  I rode the Chiyoda line for an hour and made it to Omotesando at 6:15.  I navigated my way out of the subway station and found Omotesando Hills.  It's actually a pretty area, with all the high end shops (Vitton, Gucci, Max Co, Benneton).  I found the place no problem and started to document the occasion by taking a picture of the pretty Omotesando Hills Sign.  Then I noticed a girl standing next to the stairs taking tickets from people, handing out the postcard gift.  Then I noticed the line of people down the street.  Alright, I thought.  This is fine.  It's only 6:30, it will probably take an hour to get in.  I brought a book and my phone had 3/4 batteries left for music.  The staff probably gave you a chit to get your postcard while you lined up.  I get in line, which started to move pretty quickly.  They were taking people in big groups which was a good sign that I wouldn't have to wait that long.  Highlight of the night: I was reading my book when this British dude comes up to me and asks "Excuse me, can you speak English?"  Then he asks me what the line up is for because he has no idea.  LOL!  I told him it was for an art show, and that there's an event space in the basement of Omotesando Hills.  He was thankful for the answer to his seemingly silly question.  It made me laugh and the ladies behind me probably got a kick out of it too, even if they couldn't understand. 

Then a staff guy came down the line, checking something.  People were showing him something.  He asked the girls in front of me if they had a ticket, which they didn't.  They paniced and he was only half-apologetic saying if you didn't have a ticket, you can't see the show.  Then he asked me, and of course I didn't have one.  What ticket?  No one mentioned tickets.  The girls behind me showed theirs to me and I asked where I could get one.  He said you have to show up early in the morning and line up for tickets they distrubute between 8am and 10am before the show opens for the day.  I was actually feeling a nervous on the train there, like what if Ohno was there?  What if someone else from Arashi or famous was there?  It felt like stone just dropped in my stomach.  I actually felt like crying which I admit is extremely pathetic for a 23-year-old woman.  I graciously got out of line and proceeded to cal Yvonne in Nagoya and rant to her about the retardedness of Japanese society and complain about how upset I was for half an hour.  I didn't even take time to eat anything because I went straight from work.  I tried calling Ben since I was so close to Shibuya anyway, but he didn't answer so I turned around and went back home.

I am waking up early tomorrow and showing up in Omotesando at 7am tomorrow.  I'm actually meeting a girl from the [community profile] a_ra_shi comm and we're going to go geek out together, since she couldn't find anyone to go with either.  I'm assuming its the same spot outside Omotesando Hills as the line up tonight.  7am might be slightly overkill, I'd rather stand outside for an hour to get a ticket before noon than possibly having to stick around in Tokyo until 5 or 6.  Plus, it's the weekend so there will be more people going - that is people like me who have to work during the week and won't take a sick day.  I bet it's a first-come-first-served basis so hopefully we'll be one of the first ones.  I will come prepared with a new music selection, book, food, and maybe some crocheting. 

On the bright side: I did see people leaving with Ohno swag!  And copies of his book!  There is still hope.  I was pissed off when I saw some high school skanks walk past me with bags full of posters and stuff.  I want to go so badly!  I'm hoping my gung-ho spirit prevails.  Just for good karma, I made a prayer at a little shrine next to Omotesando station.  But I'm thankful my excitement got the best of me and I couldn't wait until next week to go.  If I went on Monday with Justin, I would have been totally fucked because I wouldn't have the weekend to go.  I really wanted to avoid the weekend crowds, but it can't be helped.  At least I have someone to waste the waiting time with now, even if she is a stranger.  But she's the same age as me, so we should have something in common to talk about...

I am not relishing the fact that I will be waking up at 5am tomorrow, leaving the house at 5:50, and will be on a train into the city at 6:05.  I most likely won't get to sleep until midnight or after because I'm still angry about what happened and excited about going tomorrow.  I'm also nervous because if people are as retardedly crazy as Yvonne says, we might already face a huge line up by 7am.  I don't want to get stuck with a time slot like 6:30 or something... but if that's the way it goes, so be it.  I'll be late for my own birthday party.

I'm also working on a music mix for [personal profile] frazzled_niya.  I unknowingly put 150 songs in the folder.. so I'm purging.  There were so many good ones!  I realized its a mix of J-pop, C-pop and Canadian rock with a dash of Big Band.  Go figure.  I'm still trying to get it down to a reasonable size since the first file would have taken 11 hours to upload. O_O
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I really don't know how they do it.  I have been doing elementary lessons for a week and I'm exhausted.  All I want to do when I get home is sleep.  And after I wake up in the morning, I want to sleep.  After lunch, I want to nap (although that might be due to the super homo 3.5% milk we have to drink).  Mad props to those elementary folks.  Holler.

Now that my wigga moment is over, let's get on with other things.  I've been getting mail (e- and otherwise) from people over the last few days, and I say thank you!  I got a belated X'mas card from Grandma in the mail today.  It made my day.  When I was doing my Christmas Lesson at Junior High, I talked about how Canada is so PC that we don't even say Merry Christmas anymore.  Haha.  How right you are, Grandma!  The postmark is all blurred so I can't see when she sent it.  I'm still waiting for JC's package that he sent a couple weeks before X'mas.  It's probably sitting half destroyed at the port in Kawasaki. 

Yesterday was Seijin no Hi (Coming of Age Day), when people who have turned 20 celebrate becoming an adult.  Girls get all decked out in kimono and go to the shrine (guys just wear a suit) and then they have a big party at night, since they are now legal.  I didn't see that many girls walking around in kimono as I thought I would.  There were a few, but for some reason I thought it would be something like Arts County Fair or everyone's 19th birthday where you're just stupid and drunk all day and celebrating.  It was rather subdued.  I went to the shrine in Kashiwa, which is a lot bigger than I thought it was.  It wasn't busy at all.  I bet most people went downtown to Meiji Shrine in Harajuku.

For lack of anything better to do, I met up with Dan and Masato (friends through Andrew) and we went to Hibiya Park.  It was kind of a dumb thing to do, since it was dark by the time we met up and it was freezing cold.  It finally feels like winter.  The last couple days have been bitingly cold.  It's really starting to grate on my nerves how everyone says "ああ、カナダ人!寒くないでしょう? Aa, Kanada-jin!  Samukunai deshou?" Ah, Canadian!  You're not cold right?  FUCK YOU!  Canada and Japan aren't that different latitude-wise.  Vancouver and Tokyo have the same climate.  The reason people complain its so cold here is that they don't know how to dress properly for winter.  I was waiting for the train to Ueno and these two school girls walked past me.  One of them complained that it was cho samui, sooo cold but she was wearing a skirt, converse sneakers and a hoodie.  OF course you're going to be cold, moron!  (end of gaijin rant)

After our jaunt through Hibiya Park (which I have to make a note of returning to in the daylight) we wandered through Minato-ku, detouring through Starbucks for a warm-up, to Tokyo Tower.  I had scoffed off going as some kind of over-priced tourist trap, which it is, but we didn't have anything better to do.  Being in the middle of the business district there wasn't a whole lot else to do.  We scored discounted tickets at 7-11 and went up, and actually it was worth it.  Since we went at night, we could actually SEE stuff.  The Tokyo skyline looks much nicer at night, if you ask me. 

080114 - Tokyo Tower

080114 - Tokyo Tower View

The best part of going up to the observation deck was the computers they had facing each cardinal direction.  It was this huge touch screen that had some of the major buildings highlighted, night view, time lapse view, clear weather view, in addition to an "address finder" which would point to directions on the horizon of other places in Japan.  This view is from the South West. 

Afterwards we went to Tamachi, the site of Keio University, for dinner.  It was rather late so we just ended up going to an izakaya.  Being a school night, there weren't that many students to see either.  A little disappointing.  We walked past Shiba Park that has a huge temple complex in it - yet another thing I'd like to go back and see in the day light.

Next month is going to be an exciting one.  It's my birthday, Arashi's new single comes out the day after my birthday, I'm supposed to go skiiing with teachers from work (we'll see) and Ohno from Arashi's art exhibition is at the end of the month.  I wish I could just take a day off work, go downtown and just spend the day being all cultured, exploring some of the temples and walking around Roppongi and Omotesando before going to show.  Too bad.  I think I'm looking forward to that the most.  It's been so long since I went to an artshow.  And it's kind of inspiring; he's only five years older than me and is putting on his own show.  Not to mention, he's extremely talented.  I'll go down one day after work and avoid the weekend crowds.

I'm supposed to head down to Shin-Matsudo tonight for dinner with Nikki and Amanda.  I'm tempted to have a nap while I wait for their email...
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I have been reposting my blog entries from Vox into Livejournal all morning.  Why?  Because on some level, I'm masochistic.  Because I don't have anything better to do.  Even though I didn't think it would be possible, I'm getting tired of downloading Arashi no Shukudai-kun and Mago Mago Arashi.  It's partly to do with the fact I'm tired of only half understanding things.  I'm actually amazed at how much I get from context and knowing random words here an there to be able to get about 50% of the show, but its exhausting.  Getting that call from Bic Camera this morning and not understanding what this guy wanted (he quoted some number, a price maybe?) about my camera and asked me to call someone else annoyed me .  I did call that number, and asked if he spoke English (of course not) and he said he would get someone else to call me back.  I've been waiting for an hour, so I think it's time to give up and get on with my day.  Everyone is fooled into thinking that Japan is one of the most efficient countries in the world.  The house needs a sweeping, but I'm lazy.  I also need to hunt for a real table since I'd like to avoid arthritis in my hips before I'm forty.  I've re-posted about a dozen entries, and there's about fifty more to go.  Why do I do this to myself?  Because I'm crazy.  The chances of people actually reading this blog are slim to none anyway...

And why do they insist and driving around in their little trucks with a loud speaker on top blaring random irritating announcements?  On a lazy Sunday afternoon? 

Sick Day

Sep. 21st, 2007 11:59 am
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