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The girl went over the mountain

Invisible money
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My bank account confuses me, as well as my bank. More later.
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Oh crap...
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No body, bad! This is not the time to get sick! No sore throat on the overseas flight! Nooooo!!

Also, today was spent running around Tokyo. We saw the big intersection at Shibuya, though not during rush hour so it wasn't as impressive as it is in all the movies, but hey. Then we wandered around Harajuku-- we didn't really know where we were going and couldn't find the interesting part! After an hour and a half, we got directions at the doll shop and finally found the "hen na fuku" street. It was filled with pretties and I want to go home to the sewing machine. Maybe to Beloit and the serger. I want a serger... Tomorrow I'm taking the shinkansen to Osaka where my flight leaves at 11:25 AM on the morning of the next day. I think. I have to double check.
Watching the National Geographic channel talk about various disasters. Joy. Tired. Night.
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Updates from Tokyo
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Thursday: train ride of Doom, it was a bonding experience for our little group. Augh.
Friday: Ghibli museum and amazingly tasty ramen, Akihabara. bought a drawing tablet for about $35.
Saturday: Tenno tanjoubi, Emperor's birthday. Went inside the imperial palace -open only 2 days a year- and saw the emperor of Japan give a speech to his adoring public. Waved little paper Japanese flags, dodged streets filled with militant nationalists who want to expell all the foreign barbarians. Returned to Akihabara, bought a 250GB external harddrive for $80.
Today: off to Nikko for Gyoza and pretty things, then to the onsen in the woods in the middle of nowhere.
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memesheep and...
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You scored as Viennese Waltz. You are Viennese Waltz! Elegant and exhilarating, you are more fun than a barrel of really dizzy monkeys. You love merry-go-rounds, tire swings, and those office chairs that spin around. When you walk into a room everyone goes “Ooooh!” and “Aaaah!” and wishes they could be as awesome as you.

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Viennese Waltz

92%

Tango

67%

Quickstep

67%

Jive

58%

PasoDolble

50%

Foxtrot

42%

Samba

33%

Rumba

33%

Waltz

33%

ChaCha

17%

Which ballroom dance are you?
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Also, still no pictures beacuse I'm dumb and forgot to format them. I probably won't have decent internet on Monday either, as I'm going to Takarazuka (!) And now, people!
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For Lex
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http://www.deviantart.com/deviation/30128900/?qo=8&q=by%3Athistly+sort%3Atime+-in%3Ascraps I saw it while hunting for background pics and it demanded to be shared with you.
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questions for those who've been to/ are in japan
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Are students expected to have meishi? I got my hands on some perforated buisiness card blanks, but I don't know any of the information for where I'll be reachable in Japan. I could do some with my email and website only, or I cold wait and bring them with blank, or just not bother.

Also, where is the line between cute and cheap for omiage? I picked up a couple of pez despensers and some silly putty at Cracker barrel. I consider them fun kitch that is distinctly American. Will my host family be offended by my giving them toys and candy and should I pick up something more boring/fancy?

Am I forgetting anything important? I'm leaving in a little over a week... gah!
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muttersnifflegrump (delerious ramblings cut to protect the uninterested)
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So that feeling of being slightly off I've had for the last two weeks? Turns out it was a lovely flu-like bug I was apparently holding off through sheer willpower and denial. I guess I no longer had any reason to keep myself from getting sick so it struck. Perfect timing. I was supposed to be at the county fair with my family this evening. This may be a blessing in disguise, but it sure is a good disguise. holy robot ninjasCollapse )

So the plan now is to try again tomorrow because Abigail has her heart set on it and I don't mind the fair, just the company when you throw in a sinus headache and a pocket full of tissues. I think I hope I get better. I have tea brewing. Tea solves everything, especially disorders of the body and the TARDIS...Collapse )

BSFFA needs to put on 'A Shoggoth On The Roof'. I saw a libretto at Gencon and it must be done. We have the people and the interest I think. perkygoths=losing SANCollapse )

I think it's time for a nap. Things around me are starting to make less sense, unless my dad talking to my sister about saucers and fractional cats (I think I might have misinterperted that part of the conversation) is stranger/more normal than I thought. I'm not sure which.
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It's here!!
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I'm currently typing from my pull out sofa bed on my new laptop. It's TINY, and in keeping with tradition, I've named him Puck. (To go along with Tam-Lin and Janet. I don't know where Lain-chan fits in there, but hey.) I've still got people peering over my shoulder, but I can angle the screen. I love this computer! Anyone have any recommendations for good Japanese dictionary software? Now to start installing the important things, like winamp and VLC. Glee! And I have a modular additional battery I can hot swap for the DVD-RW drive coming in a few days. I love Fujitsu!
And guilt's pretty good too. My parents are afraid I'll go to Japan and never some back or something so they're spoiling me rotten while they have the chance.
Dentist tomorrow. Crap. I need to find a better dentist, this place is like something out of a nightmare set in the 50s and I'm always afraid my dentist will have a stroke and die while he's working on me or something.
But back to happier thoughts. Uhh, uhh, crap! Going to Japan! Must study... Aaah! Oh, and I have to get that mask website up and running in a couple days. Looks like it's time to install all the heavy duty software on this beast, which means clearing off Lain-chan to give to my family.

Gah! Where is it??
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My new laptop should be here at any moment-- I can't keep using this POS computer with various family members reading over my shoulder constantly. According to the UPS tracking site it's been 'out for delivery' since 5 this morning and it's now 12 hours later. It should have been here yesterday. Graaar...
Want new toy!!

Edit: 7:36 Glee! Giving up hope makes for very pleasant surprises!
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Con-trasts
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Well, I'm here in a hotel room in Richmond Indiana, on my way back to MD from gen con and Robin's apartment. The con was huge, it was sort of like getting all the cable channels but still having nothing good on. I guess that's the price you pay for being tied to a booth the whole time. I would have liked to have gotten out and done more, maybe played a game or two, but at least I broke even and made a small profit off the masks. I don't think I'll do Gen con again, people just aren't interested in what I've got to sell and if they are, they're broke by the time they get through the entire dealer's floor to the art show in the back. It's just not a very good setup. I'm thinking of starting to go to some of the smaller, more art oriented cons though. Also, I got a lot of interest from people in the industry, other artists and even a movie special effects guy who wants to get in touch with me. (Cool!!) This means I have about a week to get a good website up. Help! Any suggestions/offers of aid? I'm willing to pay for layouts in favors, art or maybe even money. All in all, I had a good time at the con and I was happy to be able to see a lot of friends one last time before leaving for Japan. I'm still in denial about that whole thing, and I don't think I'm ready to be home. I think I have about three days of patience for the whole thing and then I'm going to have to start finding escapes. My dad (who flew out to drive home with me) is flipping through channels on the TV. Apparently I've been way more out of the loop than I thought. I had no idea the situation with Lebanon had gone this far. And I'm sitting around at a gaming convention? Argh. I have no buisiness feeling guilty if there's nothing I can do to help. ...I should be trying to find something I can do to help. I can't do art and save the world. Can I? Ok, this air conditioner is getting really cold.

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