Been meaning to update for a damn long time now, but I always seem to find other things to distract me.

Things round here have been a bit crazy, a bit boring, same old same old I suppose. It still feels pretty strange to be here, especially having gotten into a routine, the death of intellect. I wake up, I go to work, I hang out with Nadja, and I watch movies.

On the movie front, I finally got around to it and I have to say Red Dawn is one of the greatest American movies of all time. It may be about Russians and Cubans invading Michigan, but it is really well written and it's got Pat Swayze, Chuck Sheen, C. Thomas Howell, Lea Thompson, and Jennifer Grey.

Right now, I'm working my way through the Star Wars series. I should finish Episodes 2 & 3 as well as the Clone Wars cartoon series tonight.

As far as Japanese shit is concerned, there isn't too much to report. I went to the beach with Nadja and a couple other people. It was supposed to be a surfer beach, but there were no waves when we went. There were, however, poodle girls in matching bikinis and trucker caps doing para para (look it up on youtube, it's mesmerising) as well as yakuza youngsters who were drunk and dancing and causing a bit of a ruckus. Of course, being yakuza they did have a job to do on the beach, so when the beach closed (and amazingly, everyone left right at closing time at 5PM) the yaks cleaned up the whole beach. Nice system.

Other than that, it's just some prep for the birthday festivities. Seeing as how Nadja's birthday is the day after mine, we are planning to take the weekend off and go to Shirahama, which is supposed to be one of the nicest beaches in Japan. They import white sand from Australia just for that beach. Hell of a thing, that.  The plans have it that I'll pay for Nadja's way to Shirahama and she'll get me a new slimline PSP as a birthday exchange.

She had been planning on getting me the greatest present ever, something I've always wanted, a really nice fountain pen, but I chose the PSP. The pen has always been a dream, but it is also a symbol. The pen will not make me a true writer, and until I am, I don't deserve the pen.

Also, recently I taught myself katakana (only took me a week), which are the phonetic characters used in Japanese when writing borrowed words and things like that. So, basically, if you can read katakana, there's a good chance you can translate it to English. Of course, that doesn't always work, but it's been very helpful. I've been able to read things in the store and know exactly what I'm buying and things like that. I still don't give a damn about the rest of the language, but katakana has been very helpful. It is annoying though because you have to read it, then translate it to English. The worst is that they don't put spaces between words, so you'll read the katakana that says "basutaminaru" and have to be able to split it up and translate it to "bus terminal". Annoying at times.

Not much more to say than that. Well, that's not true, there is more to say, but if I do post that it'll be under protection of a friends filter.