This town is a fucking gong show and I love it. I spent the day wandering around and finding ridiculousness.

Started out with trying to get a monthly train pass and failing at every turn. Then ended up wandering to Den Den and actually going into some stores. There was a toy show that had some of the most amazing (read: creepily geeky) stuff I've ever seen. Why can't we get Mario toys in the states? I would love to be able to go into a toy shop and pick up a plush Bobomb or 1up shroom or whatever. I also checked on computer prices throughout Den Den and I'm starting to wonder what I'm going to do. I want a Macbook, but they are cheaper in the States, a few hundred dollars cheaper. I could get a PC, but I think I'd be forced to get a Sony and I'm not sure if I'm ready to go down that road again. We'll see how it goes though. I still don't plan on buying a laptop for a couple months. Maybe there will be a price drop for Christmas or something.

Speaking of Christmas, there are already decorations up here. They were actually putting up a tree at Tennoji station a couple days after I got here. Crazy.

I finally got to wander through Shin-Imamiya today too. It was an accident. I didn't even realize that's where I was until I had wandered through and doubled back for food. It's a sweet little area, lots of places to sit and drink and get fried foods on sticks. Found a place that has all you can drink for 2 hours for 1280yen ($12.80, simple conversion, eh?) So that place has been added to the "go back to" list. Wandered through Tennoji park too. It looked pretty nice, I'll have to make sure I go back in the daytime.

Last night was craziness as well. Chris and I met up with Steve and finally got into the 280 bar (280yen for anything on the menu, food or drink.) Met a bunch more Nova people, including another Aussie (Rob), a brit (Jim), and a Winnipegite (Lucas) so that was pretty sweet. By the end of the night, I couldn't remember how much I drank, so I just dropped 3000 yen into the pot. That seemed about right. A little ways down the street from the bar, we passed some place (Air Bar, I think) and the guy working there came out to say Hi to Jim. He brought an unopened bottle of Tequilla with him. He poured shots for everyone, then passed the bottle around, and of course I was the one who had to take two swigs from the bottle. He ended up giving us half a bottle of Cuervo for free. It was awesome. Then it was the 100 yen menu at McDonald's (so the Cuervo wouldn't kill me,) and a stumble home. My stomach is still a bit queasy. It was a hell of a time, and it seems that Talib Kweli is gonna be in town on Saturday, I think, so I might have to leave work "sick" on Saturday. I will not miss Talib.

I think that's about all. Time to find out what Halloween has in store.