Spring Break

W

ow… It's been a week since I've been here. I have been preoccupied with a number of different things and have neglected to update this record of my life… such as it is. In any event, I have reached a point in my life where there are simply not enough hours in a day to take care of all the things I need to take care. Thank God for Spring Break! Now I can catch up.

Yes, that's right: Catch up. While most of my students have gone home to relax or gone to some exotic locale like Cancun in the hopes to catch a glimpse of the bimbos of Girls Gone Wild, I spend my hours at home… grading. It never seems to end. But at least I don't feel harried as I grade papers at a leisurely pace. Of course, I am doing much more than grading. I am slowly but surely turning my brain into mush by getting involved in two addictions, both of which I thought I had broken…

No, no, no. I'm not talking about sports. That is an addiction that many people will understand, if not totally understand… I mean, they may not really understand why a person will get so involved in watching sports, but will to a degree accept it as something males are wont to do. And indeed, March Madness is upon us and UCLA is a freakin' two seed. Don't worry. If you don't understand what I'm talking about, then you probably don't follow sports and you aren't missing anything. But I am hyped. They have a hell of a defense and I hope to see them to the Elite Eight.

As for my two addictions…

My first addiction–or I should say the resurrection of my first addiction–I lay in the lap of takunishi. He always has music playing on his Xanga and he often allowed people to download them. What a guy! Unfortunately, I once again got sucked into this music, and I have spent hours asking students and searching the Internet for music. While the stumbling back into jpop was not immediate, songs like Dreamland by Bennie K and Haru no Uta by Spitz got me hooked again. *sigh* Now my life is consumed with listening to jpop, everything from 5 Senchi by WaT to Around the World by Monkey Majik. I need kken, Paikey's cousin, to slap me in the face to wake me up… wait, he lives in DC. Never mind…

My other addiction I blame on Hermes–the name of a character in the J-dorama Densha-otoko (Trainman) and a student of mine. I've been slowly watching J TV shows, but most of them were of the samurai/historical category: Yoshitsune, Shinsengumi, you know. While I would rent these tapes, M would also rent the Gekku (譛井ケ・lit. Monday 9 PM) kind of dramas, the ones about friendships, family, romance and other girlie stuff, like Sea Monkeys and Brother Beat. They were okay, but nothing special. But Hermes gave me a disc of the entire Trainman drama and it got me hooked. The story is funny and the tale unfolds nicely. But the bottom line: Ito Misaki is so freakin' cute. Of course, I have o admit that she is irresistably cute as Hermes in this program but just regular cute in other shows. I haven't figured it out yet. Is it her attitude? Is it her character? Oh well, either way, I got sucked into this show and now am watching other programs as well, including Kiken na aneki (Hazardous Sis') which also stars Ito… Hmm… Is there a pattern forming here? And do not mistake this for the movie, TrainMan, which is based on the same story. Nakatani Miki has nothing–NOTHING! I say–on Ito Misaki.

Anyway, back to grading…

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One Comment on “Spring Break”

  1. pari Says:

    School break’s long over for me!! *sob sob* A friend asked me over msn whether I know of any nice Japanese drama to watch. I jokingly said Sailormoon Live Action and there was silence after that. Had a weird feeling, so I asked him if he’s looking for the subs online and he said yes. I nearly fell off my chair. Maybe I’ll just tell him about Trainman before he gets too caught up with girls saving the world in too short skirts.

    Btw, do update this site with your latest entries!


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