December 5th, 2005

Wedding day

Weekend Update: Davy Jones' Lunchbox

Surprisingly, I'm in a really good mood today. No reason for it, especially given my general lack of sleep over the weekend. Last night I sort of made up for it, but I didn't get a whole lot more sleep than usual. Go figure.

Anyway, my weekend:

Friday: wendybyrd's birthday party. The theme was "corrupting your inner child." I had a good time hindered somewhat by the fact that I was tired and fatigued, and in a bad mood (presumably because I was tired and fatigued). I had some good conversations though, mostly trying to convince r3507 to listen to The Spine. I tried to enjoy myself and generally succeeded until I was too tired to do so. What I'm trying to say is that it was a great party, but Friday night was just not the right night for me to attend a great party. Regardless, I think Wendy had a happy birthday, and that's the important part.

Saturday: I was home all day working on stuff, mostly music. Mostly the version of Pictures at an Exhibition which I just finished, and which I'm still terribly, terribly happy with. In the evening I hung out with agaysexicon and fuzzyinthehead. We watched several episodes of an anime called The New Cutey Honey, in which the main character loses her clothes and transforms from mild-mannered attractive blonde to butt-kicking super-heroine every time she says "By the power of Grayskull!" "Honey flash!" I also beat myself up over whether or not I was going to Rocky Horror. The answer turned out to be yes, and it ended up being a good thing since (despite all the snow) they had an audience (albeit a small one). It was a good time, but afterward I was only awake enough to go to Country Kitchen, eat, and go home.

Sunday was the_tick27's birthday gathering in Chicago (well, Arlington Heights (who cares? (the citizens of Arlington Heights, I suppose.))) at Mitsuwa Marketplace, an Asian (specifically Japanese) mall. I rode in evil_jim's car, with matt_william and Jon (of offBeat fame) who doesn't have a livejournal. About half way there Matt received a voicemail from crabmoon saying that she and Tick wouldn't be coming, and then as we pulled into the parking lot he received a call saying that they were coming after all, and that they were just leaving. Jim, Matt, Jon and I had lunch at the food court. I had Oyakodon Donburi which was (basically) chicken and eggs served over rice. It's much tastier (and a more balanced meal when ordered at Mitsuwa) than it sounds. The name of the dish translates in English to "Mother and Child," and (thanks to this handy link provided by Jim (who also ordered the Oyakodon)) was the inspiration for the Paul Simon song you just thought of. I couldn't finish it all, which I blame on the chopsticks. I've become sufficiently proficient with them, but I can't simply shovel scalding hot rice into my mouth at lightspeed. Between that and the conversation, my brain registered that my hunger had been satiated before I'd finished half of it.

We did some shopping, and I bought a few stocking-stuffer-type items for those on my Christmas list. We ran into seanorange who lives close to Mitsuwa. I suppose I should have assumed he'd be invited, but it really didn't occur to me. Shortly after he showed up, Lindsay and Tick arrived -- more than two hours after we did -- with lord_alucard, theenigma42, and Chad in tow. Jon and Chad did not bond over not having livejournals, though it would have been funny if they had. They made a quick circuit of the store while we looked at manga and overpriced region 2 DVDs in the bookstore. They had a couple of kits that looked interesting. Jim purchased the build your own Edison phonograph kit, and I was terribly interested in the automagical, retro-looking, CD-recording Gramophone kit (not its real name), but there's simply no reason for me to buy such a thing. What I did purchase was about $8 of stuff I'll actually use. Unfortunately, my $1.50 belt hanger is not interesting enough that you'd want to read about it.

After Mitsuwa we went to J1Toy, which is a great place to go if you're interested in collecting anime and Ultraman memorabilia.

I'm not.

After wandering the store and watching Jim and Lindsay play DDR, the two groups parted ways. We headed home so Jon could get some rest before class this morning, and the other group went to Sean's apartment where (I gather) so much fun was had that it has to be hidden in a protected post. Anyway, it was really an enjoyable trip.

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