|I really should do these more often...|
|Written by MasterCKO|
|Saturday, 08 April 2006 06:24|
It's been quite a while since I last posted, so there's going to be a lot of stuff...(btw I'm trying out a new format that I ripped off of Kenneth, bolding words, let me know what you think -- does it help in scanning the entry?)
I've been doing kendo for a couple of months now. It's been going really well. Now that I'm wearing armor, I've been able to do some shiai (match) practice exercises and recently I was in my first official shiai ever. It was cool and lots of fun. Everyone kept coming up to me and saying that it was a really good match and were all surprised that it was my first one (even though I didn't even have a uniform at the time). It makes me think that I actually have some talent at this stuff. Now I just need to work really hard at it to get good. Oh, and I just got the uniform, and I should be getting my own armor this coming Tuesday (I've been borrowing my sensei's up till now).
I got to ride in one of those little electric vehicles that staff drive around campus for the first time recently. It was fun.
Oh, last quarter, Cecilia came to visit me, and while she was here, somehow I got ultra sick. She stayed right by me, and bought food for me and did my laundry while I was bedridden. I really love her for doing stuff like that for me without even thinking twice about it. 8^)
Last quarters most useful class for me was the one that I was taking on Japanese Sociolinguistics taught by Kazuyuki Satou (a Socioling prof from Japan). It was great cuz he asked a lot of questions regarding my thesis, which I didn't really like at first, but were actually VERY useful in getting me thinking in the right direction as far as writing the damn thing. It was cool. Good times.
I'm currently trying to learn "While My Guitar Gently Weeps" on the guitar. It's pretty complicated.
Budweiser beer sucks big time.
I've recently started listening to a lot of the Yeah Yeah Yeahs. They're fucking awesome. Karen O (the lead singer) is crazy, but cool. And apparently half-Korean. Interesting. I recommend them, but only if you like garage-y unpolished stuff.
I finally did it. I signed up for motorcycle class. I've been through one classroom session and one practical riding session. It's been VERY cool so far, but there are some things that I need to work on. I have no experience with stick shifts, so the whole clutch thing is somewhat problematic for me. Also, I need to practice some other things. But otherwise, it's actually a lot of fun. But very mentally draining. Also, I bought gear (helmet, jacket, gloves), but I think that I need to trade the helmet in for something a little bigger.
Oh, I really like driving in the Bonneville (the car that I use). It's luxurious and not too small. Also, it's got a pretty nice engine for it's size/class, so I can do a lot of accelerating off the line and in traffic. And it makes a pleasant roar. Haha. I just had to take it in for service and because of that, they allowed me to rent a pickup truck. Going back to the Bonneville made me happy, and I appreciate the car more. It's just fun to drive.
Oh, the World Baseball Classic (WBC) finished sorta recently with a victory by Japan (right?). I really think that the WBC is a great idea, but that's just me.
Lastly, I am now the proud owner of a Lenovo Thinkpad z60t laptop. It's so cool. Ah, finally mobility. I just finished getting it up to speed (as in, customized to my use). Oh, and I bought a new laptop for Cecilia, too (actually, I paid for half and she paid for half). She's been having all kinds of trouble with her current one, and it's really heavy, so she kinda needed a new, lighter one.
Ok, that's it for now. I know that I promised drawings in this one, but I haven't gotten around to it. And now I have to focus on my thesis and finishing up this whole school thing (oh, and getting a job). Lalala.