August 30th, 2004


This weekend...

I did nothing! And it felt GOOD!

Well, I wasn't totally inert, but I was awfully sedentary. Worked late Friday night and got home around 9 PM; nobody was home, so I went down to the office to pick up some packages and found Karl, Joella, Melody, Troy and Aaron at the front door of the apartment hauling her new bed in. I contributed to this effort by staying out of the way, eating a sandwich, and introducing Joella to Diet Rite Kiwi Strawberry, which is pretty good stuff. After the bed was asssembled we trooped off to Ikasu for sushi, since it was a lot closer than Sushi Tango. It was a good decision - the chefs got Aaron drunk on account of how it was his birthday - a day late, but why not? He wound up crashing at our place as a result, which was okay.

Saturday I was mostly antisocial, holed up in my room most of the day putting CDs up on eBay and puttering around looking at this and that on the Internet. Melody changed her mind about going to MinneTokyo, but apparently she had gotten her allergies set off by something uncovered while cleaning & rearranging her room, since she only lasted through Azumanga Daioh before I had to take her home. After I got home from MinneTokyo around 0030 I hung out online and listened to about an hour of The Root Of All Evil, hosted by the Sheckmaster General in lieu of Earl this week for no announced reason, then crashed.

Meant to get up at 10 on Saturday but slept in instead, then proceeded to spend the afternoon surfing before being prodded out of my lethargy by Melody, who wanted to go get a USB cable for her camera at best Buy. We did this, hung out with Kale afterwards, and then went off to Buca for dinner with Kale & Lauren. Dinner was excellent (as usual for Buca), the conversation equally so - mostly about movies, which Melody needs to see a lot more of - and over too soon.

Today, it's back to work on the remaining 38 pages of Mortgage AU. Thus the music.
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Petty revenge

I've been running into a lot of mortgage AU that don't have mailing addresses, and since the system won't accept changes to the screen that leave the address, city & state fields empty, I'm taking the liberty of "relocating" all of those AU to Rio Linda.

Update Well, well, well. Turns out New Guy Alex was available to help all day today. He's going to help tomorrow, and we discovered that instead of 111 pages worth of AU, there's only 88 - 23 pages were for other companies not on the Customer Accounting System. w00t! So I'll split the remaining four pages with Alex tomorrow and spend the rest of the day picking my nose doing something more constructive and less boring.
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Back to school night

Perhaps because the previous viewing cycle had been excessively serious (mainly RahXephon and Hellsing), tokenfanboy decided to do three comedy series at Saturday's MinneTokyo: Azumanga Daioh, Abenobashi Magical Shopping District, and Please Teacher, which may be the only anime whose packaging makes it look & sound more hentai than it actually is.

Neither Melody nor Tae cared much for Azumanga Daioh, but the guys there thought it was hilarious - it's a comedy based on a four-panel comic strip, which accounts for the lack of flow, and it has some great characters. Very funny stuff. Abenobashi , on the other hand, was disappointing. I remember seeing the first episode on fansub at AI a couple years ago and thinking that I should probably buy it when it came out, but now I'm glad I didn't. It struck me as an anime version of Sliders, but with less sympathetic lead characters, and that's about as much plot summary as I'm going to waste on it.

Please Teacher is a series I don't think I would have been able to watch a couple of years ago. To quote danae, "There's just something about it that makes me cringe but glued to it. I think it's that awkward relationship between Kei and the teacher."
I think she hit the nail right on the head. Kei may be eighteen in calendar years, but in his head and his heart he's still only sixteen. Plus, the whole deal of being rushed into a (secret) marriage to Mizuho, a half-alien teacher, must be doing a real number on him, even if he is from a country where being engaged to somebody when you're little kids isn't considered all that unusual. Kei and Mizuho are both fumbling their way through this relationship with no clear idea what they're supposed to do, and meanwhile Koishi is crushing on Kei - who can't really explain to her why he's already taken. And their tenth-grade classmates aren't helping...especially the creepy, suspicious Ichigo.
It's a funny series, but the humor is very bittersweet - you can feel the pain Kei and Mizuho are experiencing when their other half does something dumb or thoughtless, whether it's staying out late getting wasted with the other teachers or going out on a movie date with an attractive classmate. I like this a lot better than Maison Ikkoku, which I started to watch a few years ago but had to drop because the number of cringes was way outpacing the laughs.
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