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In The Off Hours
Books :: None currently...
TV :: Stargate SG-1, Stargate Atlantis, The 4400, Entourage
Anime :: Naruto, Bleach, Gundam SEED Destiny, Sousei no Aquarion
Music :: DHT - Listen to Your Heart

happiness is...
• Annoying Event Staff
• No More Work
• Night Pictures
• Winning at Poker
unhappiness is...
• No income
• Expensive gear
• Integrating flash and DBs
• Driving long distances

:: Wednesday, March 30, 2005 ::
The Irony of Life...
So I know I promised a bunch of stuff in my last post but I have a legitimate excuse this time. It’s funny how I made it through two weeks in Asia without any mishap, but during the first week I am back stateside I get food poisoning. Aiyah! So I spent the weekend in absolute misery, primary in the bathroom. I won’t elaborate anymore than that. Anyway, I was able to eat any real solid food until Monday. Living off of water and chicken broth... let's just say I wouldn't recommend it. I even called in sick because the stomach pains had made sleeping next to impossible. Somehow weak, dehydrated and malnourished didn’t seem like the ideal way to start off a week. But I’m happy to report that everything is back to normal, or as normal as they ever are with me. So I’m going to be a few days late with those pictures and Thailand post, but its coming I promise (again).

Oh yeah, the Lakers finally broke they’re pathetic losing streak yesterday by beating the Knicks. Thank God for small mercies I suppose.

:: posted by Z [10:24 AM] ::

:: Friday, March 25, 2005 ::
A Tokyo Tale...
Well I’m back! Actually I got back on Wednesday but I was too jetlagged and brain dead to post anything until now. It’s amazing how two weeks away allows you to reframe everything differently. Or maybe it’s just another indicator of how badly I needed a break from everything. Whatever the case may be, I am glad I went and equally glad to be back, though I must admit that being abroad only strengthens my desire to head off on my world trip all the sooner. Unfortunately due to procrastination on my part in getting my vaccinations, I will probably not be leaving in July as previously forecasted, but much more likely in September now. Oh well. What’s three months when you’re going to be gone for 2 years right?

But anyway, on to details about my latest adventure… The flight from LA to Tokyo, normally a freakishly long ride of 11 hours was shortened considerably (at least mentally) by a new feature in the 777, namely fully interactive movies and videos. I think we watched a total of 4 movies on the way over and they made the trip seem much shorter than it actually was. Once in Tokyo, we met up with Akiko’s friend Mike who was kind enough to play host with his phat 22nd story two bedroom condo in Akasaka (pictures soon to come). We were originally supposed to chill on our first night in country (Friday) but it wasn’t long before those plans were scrapped in favor of going out and drinking.

So we headed out to Roppongi to meet up with Ted’s friend at this bar called Propaganda. Even though the bar itself was small, the DJ, a close friend of Ako (Akiko), was spinning some dope tracks. It’s sad when the venues in other countries play better hiphop than in the states but I suppose it’s to be expected with the top 40 corporate playlist mentality that dominates the mainstream over here. After a little bit of drinking and meeting up with more of Ako’s friends, we headed to the club of the evening, Vanilla, that was pretty much across the street (how convenient!). Follow more drinking and dancing, and then we headed back to Propaganda to unwind. I met so many cool people whose names I’m starting to have difficulty remembering. There was Ako and Mike obviously, Aki, Yuko or was it Yoko, Kasumi and Yukari. I regret not bringing my camera and taking more pictures but oh well. I guess I’ll just have to depend on my alcohol laced memories.

The next day was site seeing at the Meiji Shrine, and then lunch with Ako, Mike and Kasumi. After which we decided to go bowling and I got a 93, which is a very high score for yours truly. For those who didn’t know out there, I really suck at bowling. I’m more of a billiards man myself. Anyway, after that, it was time for the first stop on Ted’s Culinary Tour of Tokyo: Curry Udon. Oh yeah, we took pictures of almost everything we ate along the way, so look forward to a nice little slideshow of that later on too. After that, it was home for a quick powernap and recharge for another night of what else, drinking and clubbing.

On that night’s itinerary was a club called Nuts in Shibuya. Like the night before, nothing went exactly as originally planned. The line and subsequent wait to get into the club were getting too much for Ako and Co. and they decided to skip out and head back to their familiar stomping ground in Roppongi. Up until then, I had been kicking it mainly with them while Ted was way toward the front of the line catching up with his other friends. I made a quick decision to leave with them when they decided to jet, leaving Ted at Nuts. Though I wanted to see the club and meet Ted’s other friends, I thought I would have more fun just chilling in Roppongi so I opted for that choice. I’ve been clubbed out for quite some time now. When we started, Mike said he would want to leave early. “Early” ended up being 3:30 in the morning. How I love Tokyo haha.

The rest of the time was mainly spent eating ton katsu, ramen, sushi and even a 2nd round of curry udon or waiting in the cold for something. Anyway, this post is already way too long so the next one will be all about Thailand. I'll also try to actually get some pics up this weekend, I promise (though I've promised before I know). I’m out for now.

:: posted by Z [1:08 PM] ::

:: Wednesday, March 09, 2005 ::
And I'm Off...
I'm coming to you live from Ted's place in Arcadia, ok not so much live but you get the idea. It took me 2 1/2 hours to make the trek up from SD. It's been one of those kinds of days. Luckily I was able to get pretty much everything I wanted to do done. The task at work that I thought would take 4 to 5 hours only ended up taking 1 1/2 hours. So I was able to rush home (because I had forgotten a few things) and go to the bank before I headed up. The drive was uneventful except for a civic that crashed in to a hill. I honestly don't know how he got so high on there. The tow trucks and cops were having a hell of a time getting him down.

Anyway, I beat Ted to Arcadia by about an hour. He was still at work by the time I exited, so I headed to the mall to find a cafe so I could get some much needed coffee and read my book. But now that Ted's home it's time to get all our last minute prep done. That includes haircut, last minute shopping, and packing. Plus we gotta cruise over to Linda's who's generously giving us a ride to the aeropuerto manana. Hopefully I didn't forget anything in SD. If I did, oh well. I guess I'll just have to buy it over there. Alrighty, time to go. See everyone in 2 weeks.

:: posted by Z [6:50 PM] ::

:: Monday, March 07, 2005 ::
Hitting Your Key Demographic...
It's been a long time coming, but everyone's favorite meathead is back with more anecdotes to amuse the masses.

Kris2fur: i got a story for you
isamu619: ok
Kris2fur: so chet and i went to san jose on sat
Kris2fur: we had to return the rental car at the airport
Kris2fur: i hate san jose with a passion, fyi
Kris2fur: cause things always go wrong
isamu619: umm ok
isamu619: god damn denver is making a push
Kris2fur: so after we drop off the car we decided to hit up the mall since we're out there. we go to the mall and start taking shots at some sushi place. we're pretty tipsy and so we decide to keep the buzz going by hitting up santana row which is like right across the street
Kris2fur: so we go there and we hit up Straits which is like some cafe where people go to hang out. we start drinking it up at the bar when the bar tender hands me a napkin
Kris2fur: some chick at the end of the bar writes to me and says that she thinks im cute and that i should pretend like im going to the bathroom so that i can meet her
Kris2fur: so i meet up with this chick and she's like freaking 37. so she starts talking to me and tells me how cute i am, basic pick up lines and crap
Kris2fur: then she starts telling me about her kid and how i should come over and watch finding nemo with her and her kid tonight
Kris2fur: and chet is sitting there laughing his ass off at me
Kris2fur: needless to say that i did not go over and watch finding nemo
isamu619: man congrats! you finally found your key target demographic
isamu619: middle aged single mothers
Kris2fur: thanks
Kris2fur: its like striking gold
isamu619: did she look 37?
Kris2fur: f ya
isamu619: well you know what they say about beggars
isamu619: haha
Kris2fur: im 26 foo, wth is she thinking
isamu619: she's thinking she just made an easy mark
Kris2fur: she got some courage on her
Kris2fur: ha
isamu619: liquid courage no doubt
isamu619: so how did you avoid going over to spend time with nemo and kid?
Kris2fur: hahah
isamu619: i should post about this
isamu619: its been a long time since there's been a meathead post
Kris2fur: i said i have to go and meet up with some friends but i'll be sure to give you a call later tonight
isamu619: wait, wait, you got her #???
Kris2fur: she wrote it on the napkin, man
isamu619: hahaha
isamu619: booty call
isamu619: LOL
Kris2fur: f'sho
isamu619: oh man
Kris2fur: hahahahaa
Kris2fur: you foo
Kris2fur: thats disgusting
isamu619: if i wasn't at work i'd be laughing my ass off so hard right now
isamu619: some single mother invited you home to "watch finding nemo"
isamu619: thats tight
Kris2fur: its really sad when i can say thats the most game that ive had for awhile
isamu619: well you know what they say about women and their shelf live
isamu619: its the opposite for guys
Kris2fur: i think its hilarious but also very depressing
isamu619: i just think its hilarious

:: posted by Z [9:47 AM] ::

:: Thursday, March 03, 2005 ::
Apparently I'm a Drumstick...
Absolutely insane. That is how most would describe you. You aren't afraid to take risks, and enjoy putting yourself in strange situations. Most people hang out with you because of your hilarious sense of humour. You light up any bad situation, and can help all of your friends with their problems, except for your own. Because of this, you enjoy being around people like you. Many shut you out for your very weird, random personality, but honestly, you shouldn't care.

I think at one time I was a drumstick, but now am only a lowly stub. But maybe, through hardwork, I shall regain my drumstick status. If you're curious to see what random object you are check out the quiz I just took.

Lately, and by that I mean the last few days, Lan and Julie have been really into these random online quizzes. I guess there are worse ways to pass the time during a mind numbing lecture. Though yesterday Lan took the easy way out and slept through it. It would be nice if I could sleep through work, but even I am not that crazy. I'll just have to continue to endure afternoons of watching episodes of anime in solitude. Anyway, out.

:: posted by Z [9:44 AM] ::

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