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出発

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I’m at home in St. Louis right now, finally getting around to packing and stuff. As usual, I’m waiting until the very last minute. I’ll be taking off tomorrow morning at 6AM for New York JFK, then going from there to Japan. I’ll be on airplanes tomorrow for around 16.5 hours total, most of which I hope to sleep through. For the time that I’m up, I’ll probably watch News Radio on DVD. It’s the first real DVD that I’ve bought in months, I think. Haha, well I’ll probably write an entry while I’m on the plane, then post it later.

New best song ever maybe

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Everyone has to hear this. It’s a weird rap song or something featuring BOB SAGET (from Full House). Click here to hear it streaming. I really want the MP3 though.

The song includes the has-been star rapping, as well as lyrics like:
Rollin’ with Bob, Bob Saget…
the illest mothafu**a in a cardigan sweater

You don’t know hate like this

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Going back to Japan in a few weeks, I’m gearing up to start having to see Pe Yonjun everywhere again, and thusly hating him. Don’t know who Pe Yonjun is? He’s this Korean actor who pretty much every housewife in Japan wants to get with. He was the star of this Korean drama TV shown a few years back called Winter Sonata (冬のソナタ) and after that showed in Japan, every old woman went nuts. They also now have like tours and stuff for Japanese women to go to Korea and tour the locations from the show, drink the same vending machine drinks that Pe Yonjun did, and so on. I’m pretty sure no one in Japan who is not a 40+ year old married housewife likes him. I even asked Heson (Korean friend) one time, and the guy’s apparently not even that popular in HIS OWN COUNTRY. If you don’t know who he is, I think this will help summarize how much of a tool he is, and how much I disapprove of him and his scarf.

But the real reason for this blog entry wasn’t just to complain about how much I hate Pe Yonjun, although I wouldn’t be surprised if I would do that. No, the reason for this entry is to complain about how much I hate Pe Yonjun, and also the fact that he has officially assimilated into every aspect of Japanese pop culture. How do you gague this, exactly? Well, he’s referenced in variatey shows, stars in Japanese commercials, and they make all sorts of calendars and books with his mug on them. But they do that for everyone in Japan. No, the real kicker is when you appear in an episode of Pokemon. That’s right, this guy showed up in an episode of (Japanese) Pokemon that I downloaded the other day. His name in the episode is Hyuga, but it’s pretty obvious who he’s modeled after. They look him up on the Pokedex, and his nickname is the “微笑みのコンダクター,” the “Conductor of Smiles,” and has all these women cheering for him in the Pokemon tournament (although they messed up and the fans aren’t middle aged and married to salarymen). He talks effeminate, and brags about his 攻撃ソナタ (attack sonata). Wow I hate him so much.

Well, at least he loses his Pokemon battle.

Oops, nevermind…

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Well wouldn’t you know it, just a few hours after I posted that last entry, and after falling asleep watching Walking with Dinosaurs, I get the e-mail. I’ll be working at IES Tokyo this summer for about two months as an intern. Back to Japan!

退屈

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It’s been a full week now since finals ended. Although summer vacation is great, I do have to admit that things are already getting a bit boring. After finals week, it took me a few days to get my sleep schedule back to somewhat normal. Too many all-nighters really screwed me up. From Monday, I’ve been working about 3 or 4 hours at IUSTV, doing summer planning. We’re moving to Read (Curry wing) over the next few months, so that’s going to be awesome. Aside from that, I’ve been getting a good amount of sleep, actually eating stuff at home, and doing various errands like finally sending my laptop in to get fixed. Things are fun, and having free time is nice (especially after finals week), but I’m running out of things to do.

I’m waiting to hear back on that one secret plan (coughIEScough), then I applied for a few other internships. I think an internship would be good, especially for resume fodder, but I don’t know if I want to go through the hassle of moving to somewhere like California for just three months, and have to deal with getting a place, driving there, etc. There’s my inherent laziness again. If I don’t get an internship, then I guess I can either stay in Bloomington or go back to St. Louis. In Bloomington, I can work on IUSTV things, and then do ad sales later on (and actually make a bit of commission money). Either way, wherever I’m at, I’m going to need to get a part time job or something to keep me busy. I’m also toying with the idea of taking some classes here at IU during summer session II. Maybe I should just try and get an internship…

まぁ、早く決めなくちゃなぁ。

First day of summer!

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I was up early this morning (well I’ve been up for a long time watching TV), and stepped out on my porch to “absorb” the morning or something like that. Reminded me a LOT of last summer. Only this time, when I went to step onto the porch, I didn’t get locked out of my apartment, and thus I didn’t have to break down the door to get back in.

Good memories.

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