I thought I’d fill you all in on what I’ve been up to recently… What? It seemed like a good idea to me, at the time.
In Pictures? Why Not?
First: When going through some old stuff at the beginning of the month, I found the greatest “Thank You” card I’ve ever been given.
A little background: This was back when I was still studying Japanese at University (if you’re ever looking for a Japanese tutor round thee parts, contact me and I’ll point you in the direction of the best in the business). I had graduated the year before but I wanted to continue studying, so I kept going to the class (and paying, obviously).
I was asked by the Japanese tutor if I would mind helping out some new Japanese students (as in students from Japan) with their studies. I had no reason not to, so I agreed. A few days later, I was put in contact with a whole bunch of Japanese students. I tried to help them all out t the best of my ability. One of the Japanese students, Yuka, seemed to take it a little more seriously than the rest. We built up a rapport and, over a few weeks, I began helping her out almost exclusively.
We’d meet at <non-specific-caffeinated-drink-store> near where we both lived. We’d talk about this and that – the weather, places to go, etc. – all the while improving her English (and my Japanese, as well). Anyway, time came for her to leave for Japan – she was on an exchange programme – and she presented me with the above “Thank You” card.
Of all the sentiments Yuka expressed, I think I like the un-intentional spelling mistake the best. It comes off completely cute, at least it does in my opinion.
Then: it snowed. Like, a lot.
I mean, like, a lot.
Then: I bought myself a new mug for work. A Muppets mug.
I’d gone into the Disney store the week that The Muppets came out over here (We had to wait 4 months, but boy was it worth it), saw this and bought it on impulse.
I remember trying to be charming and flirty with the girl that served me. But, as always it either came off creepy or stupid… no aloof would be a better word. I remember doing an impression of Kermit at one point (the video for OK Go’s version of The Muppet Theme was playing at the time), and I mentioned that my favourite Muppet was Gonzo (when she asked, by the way. I didn’t just blurt it out) and that my favourite Sesame Street character was Grover (that I did blurt out, for no real reason).
Either way, she didn’t seem offended, and I didn’t get jumped by security on my way out. So, all in all, I call that a success.
And today: I received my copy of Tokyo Jihen’s final album.
It’s a 5 track CD, and cost me £20 (it’s listed at 1700 Yen, before tax). But it’s totally worth it. Tokyo Jihen are geniuses. It’s just a shame that this is their last album – you’re looking to hard, if you don’t spot the joke/reference on the album art.
I also got a book
This isn’t the most expensive book I’ve ever bought, but at £30 (2800 Yen before tax) it came close.
Allegorically, the most expensive eBook I’ve ever bought (so far) cost me almost as much.
Last, but by no means least:
Avenue Q are touring the UK this year, and I’ve always wanted to see it, so I bought tickets. Simple
I’m still waiting on my tickets to see Hugh Laurie at the Hammersmith Apollo (almost-front row, baby!) the same week as Avenue Q.
You Are, Now, Up To Date… Kinda
That’s all I can think of (and have pictures of) at the minute. So, until next time:
“GO. SEE. MUPPET. MOVIE”