So, I was at work on Friday and about 15 minutes before I was going to leave, the doctor called from Minakami hospital and said that my blood test results were already done. So, after work, I headed to the hospital and talked to the doctor. I was pleasantly (and a bit skeptically) surprised to find that my uric acid level had already dropped as low as 3.9. This is a big jump from 10.7. I guess the medicine was working. The doctor said that I should reduce my dosage to 100 mg a day for the Zyloric. Unfortunately, I still have a lot of pain in my joints (mostly my legs and feet) but he says that the nerves are going to continue to be agitated by the uric acid crystals as my body continues to slowly break them down. Basically, my blood is no longer depositing new uric acid into my joints, but there is still plenty of old uric acid still stored in my joints, so I may continue to suffer gout pain for a while. I told the doctor that I had been trying to avoid drinking and he said that I could drink red wine. He said that red wine wont raise my uric acid level and I should be fine drinking it normally as I would any other alcohol. I just need to make sure I stay hydrated pretty much and I should be fine. I was quite pleased by this news. Even though I don't drink it often, I actually like red wine so im more than happy to drink that over nothing and at least I can still get drunk.
The doctor also said my iron levels were still quite
low, so he gave me another injection of Fe. He said to come back in
about 2 weeks for another blood test.
After seeing the doctor, I
headed to the store and bought a bottle of red wine for the evening. I
spent the night chilling at home drinking with Ryoko. I drank the whole
bottle while Ryoko drank some whiskey.
When I woke up Saturday
morning, I felt fine for the most part. I still had gout pain but it
was no different than I felt before I drank the day before, so the wine
seemed to have no real affect on my gout. Fuck yea!
Ryoko and I
had some spaghetti that I cooked together and then she had other plans
for the rest of the day to hang out with her lady friends for a girls
night out where they will gossip and talk about girl stuff so it was no
guys allowed. So as a result, I went to Tokyo alone.
arriving in Tokyo I headed to Mikado. I was surprised to see that they
were taking sign ups for a GG tournament. It was a 5 player team
tournament. I signed up on the list alone to be paired with a team
later. Shortly after, some guys came up to me and asked me if I had a
team yet. I said no, so they asked me to join their team and I agreed.
My team was:
Robo-Ky player (cant remember his name)
Millia player (also cant remember his name)
have teamed with Ojima and Tsu before and they are both really good.
The Robo-ky is usually kinda decent but today he was playing extremely
solid. He beat me twice in casuals before the tournament.
Our first match was vs a team of
Gaku and Kakishi are great players and the other guys were pretty good but I dont know their names.
Our MI player went first and beat HOS.
Then May beat our MI player.
Then our RO player beat May.
Kakishi beat our RO, Ojima, and myself. I did alright but fucked a combo up that sorta cost me.
Up last was Tsu and he beat Kakishi, Gaku, and the ED player for the win!
We advanced to the 2nd round.
noticed that while we were playing our match, that on the cab next to
us, none other than Shinjn the Swedish Baiken player was there! I was
surprised to see him and said hi. He said that he was just in Tokyo for
a few weeks and would be leaving for Kansai after that for about a week
and then returning to Sweden. We had a discussion about the current
state of the European GG scene. He said that there arnt really any
majors anymore and people lack motivation to play very hard. He said
that his local scene still plays, but that people have no inspiration to
really play competitively since there are no tournaments to practice
for and that people just sorta play and hang out sometimes. He said
most of the European GG players arnt even playing anything else. They
just don't have any GG tournaments to keep them motivated. Its a real
shame but the US scene seems to be more or less the same as far as
people not playing much GG. Hopefully the community can take more
initiative to run their own majors to increase interest again. I also
hope that The Midnight Carnival GG podcast
will inspire some people to play again more. I realize that is very
difficult to get the scene going again and what it really needs is AC
with good online (or a new GG) but until then, hopefully people will
come out and support the big GG tournaments that people actually DO
throw such as Evolution GG side tournament, Chicago Heart 3, and other majors in the US and Europe that people make an effort to throw.
Anyway, our next match in the team tournament was vs the team of:
Ochiai (nice PO guy)
Hayashi (footsies KY)
JA player whose name I don't know.
found out that their first player would be Jam. They asked me if I
could handle Jam. Funny thing was, I played against this guy about 3
times before the tournament in casuals and lost all of them. However, I
didn't feel like he was unbeatable and just needed to step up my game.
I said I would go first and would handle it. So, I payed really solid
and ended up winning both rounds. If I remember correctly I even
dizzied him in the final round.
Up next I fought against Hayashi. I
predicted he would start the round by throwing a stun edge and he did,
so I air dashed over it right away and cought him with a string of
normals. I was doing alright but I sorta made a few execution mistakes
and I could have won the first round but sorta screwed up and it cost
me. The 2nd round I lost as well, unfortunately.
his reign of terror and in turn took out our RO player, our MI player,
and Ojima's FA all in a row. Finally Tsu's ED came to the rescue and
took out Hayashi but unfortunately was defeated by Ain's Ky. Nage and
Ochiai just chilled in the background.
Unfortunately that as the
end for our team in the tournament. We all thanked each other for
teaming up and then I went back to playing casuals for the rest of the
night. I fought Karun's Jam and beat him on the first try but then he
went and played me 3 more times and beat me. Oh well, at least I beat
him. It always feels good to do so since he's a hater. I played a
bunch of other matches and players as well but dont remember much
noteworthy stuff. Ochiai played me once with his Ky (his 2ndary) and
beat me. He has a pretty solid Ky actually.
BTW... I didn't see
the finals but I am pretty sure that FAB's team won the tournament. I
forgot who was on it but it was all really good top players like
Mitsurugi and some other people.
I stayed till closing and then
got on the train. Soon after, Ochiai, Ain, and one other guy got on the
same car and sat across from me. Ochiai said hi and good game from
earlier. I rode 2 stops and then said bye to Ochiai who by that time
was already starting to pass out on the train.
I then went to
Current. Tonight was a metal event. It was a fairly standard metal
event. Not as huge as some of them have been but not the worst one
either. A few regulars were in and out throughout the night. This one
chick got really drunk and her boyfriend broke up with her, so she was
sorta being babysat by her friend. One of the DJs was wearing an
Iconoclast shirt which was awsome, but he didnt play any songs from it
while I was there unfortunately. Also, some chick was wearing wings and
devil horns. and had a tight leather outfit with a concealed sword in
her satanic looking cane... which was pretty awsome, but I was lazy and
didn't take any pictures. I talked to various people and chilled
drinking wine. The staff was a little confused at first when I ordered
the wine cuz they thought I couldn't drink at all but I explained that
wine was OK. Other people were just surprised to see me drinking wine
simply because I pretty much never order it at the bar, but it was all
good. Unfortunately Current's wine is 600 yen a glass and isn't very
good wine but it got me drunk so whatever.
I stayed at Current
till around 3 and then I headed to GODZ cuz some people were there
earlier and said it was really packed and went back there.
Unfortunately when I got there, most everyone had already left and it
wasnt so packed. I sat next to Indian dude and chatted with him a bit.
One thing that sucks is that GODZ's wine is 800 yen a glass which is
really expensive but its slightly better quality than the wine at
Current. I paid for my wine with a 5000 yen bill and Kenji put it on
the counter under an ash tray while he poured the drink and forgot about
it (but he did give me my change). Later, Hide, the other bar tender,
came by and asked if it was the 5000 yen that I paid. I said it was.
He the proceeded to put it in the register and was going to hand me
change (4,200 yen) but I told him that I already got change from Kenji.
A few seconds later, Kenji walked by and overheard our conversation and
they both thanked me for being so honest saying that a lot of people
would be dishonest and try to get the free money. I told them I like
their bar and didn't wanna screw them over. They thanked me and played 2
songs off of Iconoclast without me even asking lol.
after, Chip showed up. He was at Current earlier. We talked for a bit.
He was telling me how he was going to go to the Amorphis show last week
cuz the bassist invited him (since he knows him) but he couldnt end up
going but at least got to meet up with him in Osaka for drinks (as Chip
was traveling at the time). He was also telling me about some sorta new
rock bar in Osaka thats run by a transsexual lol. He said its not
I stayed at GODZ till about 4;15 when my wine was
finished (I sipped it slow). I then considered going to PSY but there
was a sign outside that said it was Michael Jackson night and i could
hear "Heal the world, make it a better place..." blaring from within the
door. I wasnt really in the mood to listen to that so I considered
going back to Current, but the problem was that on metal event nights
they finish up at 4:30. I walked towards there and someone who was at
Current walked by and he told me that everyone was already leaving. I
sat down in the smoking area by the McDonalds and had a smoke while I
thought about what to do. Then Mandi and this other chick walked by and
saw me and insisted I go to PSY with them lol. So... I did.
Fortunately, even though it was Michael Jackson night, I guess they got
it out of their system and didnt play anymore MJ songs while we were
there and took lots of requests, which is what PSY is always awsome
about. I had another wine (which is unfortunately also 800 yen at PSY
but also better than Current's wine) and chilled for a bit. Other than
the 2 girls I came with and myself, there were about maybe 4 other
customers in the bar, plus Toru and Natsu. I stayed till a little after
5 and decided to call it a night and went to the manga kissa.
next day I got up and headed to Shinjuku Sportsland because the new
fighting game Aquapazza just came out in arcades and I wanted to try it
out. I would have tried it at Mikado but they didnt get it. Upon
arriving at Sportsland, there was some kind of Gundam game event going
on and they had like 20 cabs set up near the entrance of the 3rd floor,
and it was really hard to get passed the sea of people in the way.
Sportsland had 2 cabs of Aquapazza. There were 2 guys playing against
the computer, one on each cab, and neither looked like they knew what
they were doing yet, so I decided to play against one of them to try the
game out. I tried out 3 different characters (I dont remember the
names... one was the archer girl, one was the samurai girl, and one was
the barbarian looking chick with the sorta heavy lookin sword). The
game feels kinda stiff and generic but to be fair, I didn't really know
what was going on to well. I havnt really read up at all about the game
before playing it. The thing I guess that I liked about the game most
were the assist system. It reminds me of MvC1 where you choose your
assist before the battle starts (except its not random like in MvC1...
but I know there were codes to get passed that in that game). The game
only has 10 characters and 4 of them are generic looking school girls. I
may have more appreciation for the characters if I was actually
familiar at all with the separate series in which they all came from (as
they are all from other games/manga) but I am not, and find most of the
cast to be sorta boring and generic looking. The guy I fought was
using the big sword girl. I managed to beat him in that mirror match
and then lost. I lost with the other characters I used. The game could
end up being good but I really dont know if I feel like investing time
and money into learning it. None of the characters seemed to appeal to
me and the engine feels kinda generic.
I figured I would check
out Club Sega Shinjuku since I hadn't been there in a while. They had 4
Aquapazza machines and they were all being played, once again by people
who sorta seemed like they knew what they were doing. I watched a bit
but didnt play. I was sad to see that Club Sega Shinjuku now only has 1
GG cab. Also, MIU was there working. I wanted to say hi to him but he
was busy announcing a match for a tournament he was running for work so
I didn't want to bother him (I dont remember what game it was).
that, I went to Takadanobaba and I got an awsome cheese pizza and salad
at Saizerya (which is actually a great meal for my gout) and then
headed to Mikado. Mikado was dead as hell as far as GG. Only 2 guys
playing. I beat them once each and they left. I didnt wanna wait
around since there were no GG players in sight. Actually, Kyle
(Stunedge) mailed me earlier saying he was now living in Ikebukuro for
about 3 months and invited me to come hang out. He said he would be
playing at Ikebukuro GIGO today. I asked him if there were any people
playing GG and he said there were, so I headed over there.
had 3 GG cabs and they were all full when I got there. Also, that one
Jam player dude who has the hot girlfriend who plays Sol pretty well
were there. I gave them a nod hello. They were playing on another cab
though so I didnt get to play them.
I beat some other Jam and
then Kyle challenged me with his Ky and I won. Then some May player
beat me twice. At his point Kyle wanted to go check out another arcade
cuz he wanted to try Aquapazza. They had 2 cabs at Gigo but they were
all full and the people seemed like the knew how to play pretty well
already. So Kyle, myself, and his friend who was another BB player that
was with him, went to the other arcade, Game Safari. They didnt end up
having Aquapazza so we just gave up and went back to GIGO. Shortly
after, Kyle said his girlfriend wanted to spend time with him so he
left. I continued to play GG. I got a 14 win streak, mostly against
some HOS who was very persistant and not bad but he couldnt beat me, and
a Baiken, and a Ky. Then, no one was playing me, so I beat the game. I
decided I would give SSFIVAE a try. I played some Master Ibuki who
beat me up.
I went back to play more GG against some Eddie
player. I beat him 4 times and then he quit. He was the only one left
playing and no there was no one else to challenge me. I beat 4 stages
vs the computer and then just gave up on waiting and got off the cab. I
watched more Aquapazza and some dude was using the mage chick character
and tearing it up. He had 17 wins and was already doing stuff that
look broke. She seems like a great zoning character. Maybe I should
have tried her out. I didn't really feel like paying 100 yen a game
though vs that guy. I played a little more SSFIV and lost to the Ibuki
like twice more. Then I fought this one Ryu who was really good and he
beat me and he also was beating the Ibuki over and over. I think the
Ibuki was starting to get pissed. I fought a Zangief and won and then I
had to fight the master Ibuki again and I beat him this time. I think
he was getting angry and started to play sloppier. He played me again
and I lost. I fought the Gief a few more times and won and then finally
lost to him. At some point I went and got more Saizeriya which was
right next GIGO, too. Kyle never came back. Once it was time to leave I
just headed out and took the train home.
Overall it was a pretty
fun weekend. Got some good GG games in, and I am very glad that I can
drink again (even if its just mostly red wine). I'm unsure about my
plans for next weekend since there's nothing going on yet as far as I
know but I will post again if something cool happens.