Its been a while since I updated my blog. To summarize, the weekend I didnt post anything, I drank in Takasaki with Ryoko, Andy, and Emmet. We crashed at Andy's place and then the next day I went ice skating with Ryoko and Andy. It was pretty fun and the first time I had ice skated in years. After that, I went back to Numata and drank with Emmet at a bar all night, but it was pretty uneventful.
Later in the week,
we had a holiday on Thursday, so I threw a big ski party at my
apartment. I had about 12 people over at my place, which is kind of a
lot considering how small it is. Mostly ALTs from around the area, plus
some of Ryoko's friends, and Kei. I made a ton of food like a bunch of
curry and we had yakiniku, salad, and other stuff. Everyone got pretty
smashed and we stayed up till like 5 am playing 4 player wii games like
Mario Kart, New Super Mario Bros, and Bomberman. Everyone was getting
pretty hype about Bomberman and it was really fun. Kei was mostly
dominating everyone. Also Jesse brought over her hookah so we got to
smoke some tasty stuff.
The next day we went skiing and Ryoko's
sister Reiko, Ayano from Current, and her friend Karl, came to join us
as well. We had quite a large group go skiing at Norn. It went well
for the most part except that it was snowing really bad so Ryoko was
getting worried about driving home and left a bit early. Also,
unfortunately Andy fell and injured his shoulder. I dont know the
extent fo the injury but something is broken I think. He had to sit in
the lodge and wait for us for the last hour or 2 so I felt bad for him.
I hope it heals soon.
And now moving on to this past weekend...
was pretty much busy with stuff so I went out to Tokyo by myself. I
decided to just skip the TRF SFIV tourny cuz I didnt wanna go alone and
id rather play GG casuals anyway. I went to Mikado and it was a fun
night of casuals with good players there. I beat Sadou's JO (the one
who was on the 2nd place SBO team) the only match I fought it. Then he
played Slayer on me 3 times and I won the first 2 and lost the last one.
I also played Osaka B in a couple mirror matches and lost and then
someone else got on the cab so I couldnt play him again. Also, I played
a ton vs Udei's Testament. I asked him if he dropped Axl completely
and he said yes, and that Testament is his main now. We were going
fairly even but near the end of the night I was pulling ahead getting
more wins. Sadou and a couple other guys were staying behind to watch
our matches before the place closed. It was fun times. I told them
good games and headed out.
From then, I went to Shinjuku, got
some quick Sukiya, and then headed to Current by myself. It was a small
crowd in there with only a few people I know and some random foreigners
(there seriously has been TONS of random foreigners lately... I dont
really want Current to turn into an all out gaijin bar). The whole
staff was there bartending, and Bosch was DJing. He played AWSOME music
all night long. Like just tons of awsome metal, one after another.
Dream Theater, Symphony X, Helloween, Megadeth, Metallica, Slayer,
Pantera, GnR, ACDC, Bodom, Nightwish, Sonata Arctica, and tons tons
more. It was just straight metal all night long. I talked a lot with
the Current staff and some other dudes at the bar and it was one of the
most fun nights I had there in a while. Masami was also telling me
funny stuff about how when Japanese people hear certain English songs
they think it sounds like something else in Japanese. For example, in
Kickstart My Heart by Motley Crue, the part where they say "Oh! Yea!
Kickstart my heart, give it a start!" sounds like KINTAMA
HODO NEBATTA which means "somethings wrong with my balls." also the
chorus of I Got The Time by Anthrax sounds like CHINCHIN CHIGIREMAHEN,
which means "penis never split" or something like that, according to
Anyway it was good times and I went to PSY as always
after it closed. On the way there I got a kabob and the guy totally
had it already made for me when I got there which was weird. I only
went there once before so I have no idea how he recognized me but I
think someone else ordered it and he just gave me it first. Kinda fishy
but it was still warm and tasted fine, and I didnt get sick so oh well.
stayed at PSY till closing. The dominatrix chick was there again as
well as some other regulars and Masami showed up later too, good times.
Went to sleep at the manga kissa as usual.
The next day I went
shopping to buy a box of chocolates for Ryoko for Valentines day. I
looked around in some stores in Shinjuku and finally found some places
in Lunine est by the station. It was kinda pricey but oh well.
that, it was off to Mikado for a full day of Guilty Gear casuals!
There was a good crowd in there all day. They had some weird time
reserve free play thing going on where I guess you pay a fixed amount
and it was somewhat organized but it wasnt a tournament. When I got
there, there was only like an hour left of it so I just played on the
other cabs that were not being used by the timeshare thingy (there was 4
for the thing and 3 were just open cabs for whoever so I played on
those). I did generally well throughout the day. Kei was supposed to
meet me in Takadanobaba and it turns out he just went to Big Box to play
SFIV and then left to meet up with other friends so I never ran into
him. Andy showed up later though and chilled for a bit. His shoulder
now had some sorta brace on it but you couldnt really tell with his
clothes over it. He couldnt move his shoulder but was still able to
play fighting games. Near the time we were ready to leave, we played
one random game of TvC for the hell of it just cuz neither of us play
the game at all. Then we left to meet up with Liz in front of the
Liz, Andy, and I headed back to Shinjuku and got some
dinner at Pepper Lunch. Then we went to Current. There was supposed to
be a Valentines Day party tonight but it was kinda dead for a party.
It had more people than just a random night but not as many as most
Current holiday themed parties. Not to mention that most of the people
there were once again random foreigners and most of the old regulars
didnt even come. Pretty lame, but the Snus Man was at a table in the
back with a few people so Liz and I sat with him. Then Andy came over
and suddenly told me he decided he was going to leave and go back home.
At this point it was about 11:00 and he had only been in Tokyo for
about 4 hours so I was pretty shocked he was leaving so suddenly but I
guess his shoulder injury was bothering him. I hope he gets better
Liz and I pretty much sat in the back with the Snus Man and
some other people most of the night. Snus Man's brother was there too
visiting from Finland. They all kept buying pitchers and sharing with
everyone at the table so I bought one as well to share. As the night
went on, more people eventually showed up and lots of them were dancing
which was kinda fun. Emmet showed up at some point with his new
girlfriend Hiromi. This was my first time meeting her, she seems nice.
They were drinking at a nearby izakaya till about 2 am or something
like that. The rest of the night was pretty much just drinking and
When the bar closed, Emmet left with Hiromi and Liz went
back to the station to go home to Takadanobaba. I decided I might as
well get one last beer at PSY. On the way I got another kabab and the
guy was surprised to see me show up again at the exact same time. That
shit smells so good and im always so hungry at 5 am after lots of beers I
PSY was OK I guess, a few regulars were there, and
Hibiki showed up. I just had one beer and then left, cuz I wanted to
get back to Gunma.
Since it was now officially Valentines day, I
had plans to spend it with Ryoko. However, she had to work until 5 pm
so I could still go to Tokyo, and then take the last train back and get
home and sleep for a bit and then go meet her later.
I ended up
falling asleep on the Saikyo line and it was like 7:45 and I was near
Urawa. At this point my ulcer was hurting REALLY bad! When I got that
kabab, the guy put really hot sauce on it even though I asked for mild.
I ate it anyway cuz I was drunk and hungry and it tasted good but I
knew it was gonna fuck me up. Espesially since I forgot my ulcer
medicine at home all weekend. I think I must have ridden the train back
and forth the whole way at least once. In any case, I got up and got
to Omiya where I transfered to the Takasaki line and slept the whole
way. Then I had like a 40 minute transfer at Takasaki station and I
slept there the whole time too but I set an alarm this time so I woke up
and got on my final train back home. I finally arrived at home at
about 12:00. This only gave me like 4 hours of real sleep in my bed
till I needed to wake up at 4 to get ready to see Ryoko, but it was
enough I guess. After waking up, the ulcer hurt a bit less but still
didnt feel great.
I took a shower and changed and put on a suit
and cologne and all that good stuff. Ryoko didnt know it but today I
had a surprise for her.
Ryoko and I had already talked about it
and we already decided we want to get married. We have been together
for 2 and a half years (I met her 2 weeks after I moved to Japan).
However, I never officially proposed or gave her a ring. This summer
when I visited Chicago I bought her an engagement ring. I figured
Valentines day would be a decent time to give it to her. So I opened
the box of chocolates I got her and put the ring inside of the center
chocolate in the box and re-sealed it.
I drove to her place and
picked her up and took her to a restaurant where we got our own private
table. We ordered a bunch of food like Steak, cheese potatoes, spring
rolls, salad, nabe, and stuff. Then she gave me a box of candy and this
awsome Super Mario bros 3 frog suite Mario shirt like out of no where.
Pretty awsome (in Japan, girls are supposed to give presents to guys on
Valentines day, since they have White day one month later which is like
the same thing but for the guys to give to girls, but im an American so
I just do it western style). So then I gave her the chocolates and she
opened it and was pretty shocked and I proposed and she thought it was
like some sorta dream or something. At first she just kept saying
"どうしよう!" over and over again which basically in this case was just like
an expression of being shocked as fuck, but then I reminded her that she
didnt actually even answer me yet LOL, even though I knew the answer
already. She said "ぜひ” which basically means absolutely or certainly.
After that her heart was beating too hard and she wasnt even hungry for
the food when it came lol. I probably should have waited till after we
ate but eventually she calmed down a bit and ate some of it.
I aint gonna write about what went down with the rest of the night. You can figure it out yourself lol.
already decided that we wont actually get married for a few more years,
like till im done with JET. I just thought she deserved the ring to
make official what was pretty much already the case.
So yea that
was a pretty good past week or so. Next weekend I might not go to Tokyo
but I dont have 100% solid plans for the whole weekend yet.