May 14, 2000
I'm feeling: Pretty good
Right now I'm listening
Trivia Corner: When the
lead singer of B'z goes back to his hometown of Kobe,
he helps out his parents at their perfume shop. An unusual
part time job for a rock superstar, eh?!?
Quote of the Day:
"Every life is a play in which the lead
character is center stage--and the lead character in
your life is you."
-- Sonya Friedman
a bad son.
at the whole contact thing (i.e. emailing my mother once
in a great while to let her know I'm still alive), I have
one chance at redemption during the entire year. Mother's
is great. She's my hero. I have her to thank for the most
of the good that is in me. She's amazing and if I were 10X
as strong of spirit as I am now, I might be half as
strong as her.
I got it in my head that Mother's Day was not this Sunday,
but next Sunday. Over here, it's easy to forget the whole
thing completely, where there is no advertisement bombardment;
no constant messages flowing past my field of vision on television,
in the newspaper, or signs in shop windows. I've been scrambling
for a week to get the big gift taken care of, but there's
just no way I could get it done in time to get it back home.
I'd tell you guys what it was if I was absolutely sure that
she doesn't read these journals, but I'm not, so I can't.
You'll just have to endure the suspense until I tell all next
my doubts as to how it'll be received... it's a little odd,
but I rarely give conventional gifts. Doesn't that suck? You
go through a ton of effort and energy or time to get your
friend/loved one the perfect gift and they look at it, say,
"Wow. That's great! Thanks!", then set it aside.
Damn. That pisses me off. ... Nah. She'll love it. I'm sure
of it. But it sucks that it'll be late.
have started getting it together last month, but I'm kindof
lazy. I procrastinate waaaay too much. Runs in my family,
that. Procrastination. Everyone in my family is a chronic
procrastinator. Last year I got my Christmas gifts late January
or early February. :) So, maybe a week late on a Mother's
Day gift ain't so bad.
little bit of rationalization didn't work so well. It is
have to get my act together, though. Hmm... what are the things
I need to do? Well, I'm way behind schedule on that article
I was writing for Dragon
Magazine. I haven't made any effort to pay or file my
taxes. Those are a month late, I think. I haven't paid my
water bill in over four months. And I have a long-distance
phone bill that is over a year past due. Goddamit!! I really
hope my wife is the kind of person who can keep things in
order or we are in some serious trouble. I need a woman who
can keep my ass on track!
I had the best self-introduction lesson ever. The kids were
genki, interested, energetic, and they even asked good questions!!
I couldn't believe it. It was great! I was walking out of
class, feeling great, when I felt a sharp impression in my
posterior. Yes, it was..
around and stared down at the smiling youngster. He had asked
a couple questions during class and helped keep the class
pumped with energy. He is lucky. I grabbed his hand, pulled
out my ball point pen, and pressed his wrist to his desk.
I wrote (rather harshly) on his hand, "Dame!", which
means, "Don't!", but the tone is different in Japanese...
it's not a polite word at all. I said, "DAME! Wakarimaska?"
With his mouth gaping open and eyes wide, he nodded his head
hate kids touching my ass.
for a Home
waiting on a domain which has expired. Dammit!! How long does
it take them to update their frickin records?!? I get no response
from the registrar (if anyone out there is hunting for
a registrar, don't go with Network Solutions, their customer
service sucks) and it's been weeks now. I registered a
back-up domain, just in case I don't get that one. So, if
I don't get my dream-domain (Hey! You don't expect me to
say what it is and have it snapped up by one of you scoundrels,
do you?? :) ) my site will soon be moving to 'farstrider.net'.
Kind of catchy, don't you think? Well, I like it. It suits
me, I think.
PM?? This was suggested to me after my lament about my
nightly tribulations in my last entry.
Never heard of this, but... hell. I'll give anything a try
at this point. Trick is getting the stuff here. Hopefully
we can work out an exchange which will be mutually beneficial.
I'm thinkin Pokemon cards. Oh yeah, BABY! (Is everyone
still after these?? Has the fad died down yet?)
I was in the video store wandering aimlessly along the shelves
lined with katakanized English titled movies and I saw something
bright out of the corner of my eye. Down the row, in the porno
section, was a man in a bright pink jogging suit and white
tennis shoes. He was holding a video plastered with pictures
of such a disturbing nature that they could make a sailor
blush. No one was pointing and laughing at the man, or even
taking special notice of him. In America, a man dressed as
he was, holding a tape like he was, would be a subject of
hysterics, causing people to roll on the floor laughing themselves
to tears. That is, before they beat the crap out of him.
wanted to get out this weekend, but I stayed because my supervisor
invited me and another ALT and his wife over to his house
for dinner. Hopefully I'll get out next weekend. If I don't,
I am certain my head will explode.