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01:24 pm: Never the twain shall meet
Sunday I was called in as an emergency replacement for the person who was supposed to man the "America" booth at the intercultural festival. Essentially this consisted of standing for 40 minutes in front of a pegboard with a sign apologizing that the scheduled person couldn't come, plus talking with anyone who stopped there. (A few people actually did stop to chat. I was surprised.) Unfortunately, the food was being sold at exactly the same time, so by the time I got to the food booths, they were all sold out (at least of anything I could have eaten).

Other than that, I played more Warcraft. When the expansion came out, it introduced two new races: Draenei for the Alliance side (I have two Draenei) and Blood Elves for the Horde side. Blood Elves are unique in that, unlike all the bulky models for the other races (excluding Gnomes), they are designed on the slender side. In fact, they are given a very anime-esque appearance, and a lot of fanboys play them in an attempt to recreate their favorite Dragonball or Final Fantasy heroes.

I've been kept busy with my Alliance characters, but now that I've gotten my alts to around level 20, I figured it was time to try out the Blood Elf starting area. I created two: Ren (or, rather, Renkun, because the name Ren was taken) and Aotaka. Aotaka is a mage, which was a no-brainer, but I really stewed over what class to make Ren. He ought to be a warlock, because they A) command demons and B) create portals to summon characters from anywhere. However, I don't really enjoy playing warlocks, so I made him a hunter instead. That's fun to play, and he can eventually have a pet bird (wings!). So far I've gotten them both up to around level 12.

It was only after I made them that I realized, since they are both on my account, they can never interact. ;_; It's like Ladyhawke. They are fated never to be together except for those brief moments on the character selection screen. Oh, well.

Update: I was watching Itou-ke no Shokutaku (aka "the household tips show") this evening, as I have nearly every Tuesday night for years. I tried to videotape it, as I generally do, though they haven't been showing any household tips for several months now. (They switched to showing trivia about the post-war era along with cooking tips.) However, my VCR chose tonight to die on me, chewing on the tape and spitting it out. Oh, well, I figured I'd try cleaning it and resume taping next week. I was quite surprised at the end of the show when they announced, "This concludes the final episode." Wow. This show has been a staple ever since I first came to Japan eight years ago, and now it's over. I'm down to one program, Meitantei Conan, that I watch on a regular basis. A half hour of TV per week. That's like...crazy.

I may need to pick up a TV Guide and see if there will be any new programs to watch coming this spring...


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Date:March 7th, 2007 05:10 am (UTC)
They are fated never to be together except for those brief moments on the character selection screen.

*dies laughing*

My boyfriend appreciated that one, too. (Actually, if it weren't for him, I would even know what WOW was)
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Date:March 7th, 2007 07:24 am (UTC)

It would be fun if more of my friends played--just think of the quotage!--but I can understand that it's not for everyone.
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Date:March 7th, 2007 11:25 am (UTC)
I'm sorry about missing the food. It's cool some folks stopped to speak with you in any case. Was the scheduled person going to do a presentation or anything?

Your Blood Elves are cute. Are they wearing their Lunar Festival outfits?

What a shock about the household tips show! Then, again, eight seasons is a decent run, I suppose. We just come to have expectations. Do they still have the show where they make over someone's house? I think that is cool. We have something similar here, but the family doesn't pay for it, and they go really extravagant with the new house. They usually tear down the old house and start all over again. I don't even know how the family is able to pay the taxes for the new house. It's usually a family in need.

Is your VCR working now?
Date:March 7th, 2007 01:15 pm (UTC)
Was the scheduled person going to do a presentation or anything?

I don't think so...probably just bring books or toys from America.

Are they wearing their Lunar Festival outfits?

Yep. ^_^ Their regular level 12 clothes are kind of boring.

Do they still have the show where they make over someone's house?

I don't think so. At least, they had a "final episode" last year about this time, though I couldn't tell if that was for the series or the season. I checked for the next couple weeks after that, but it didn't air. I never watched that timeslot again.

What I ought to do is look for the book based on the show. I'll bet it has interesting stuff.

Is your VCR working now?

No, I haven't bought a cleaner yet. I'll probably do that when I go grocery shopping on the weekend.
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