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Hi all!

I’m almost done with finals and am looking forward to break, seeing friends and catching up on TV shows. I finished my internship yesterday. Even though it was only marginally useful and I often felt like a tool, leaving was still bittersweet. I will miss (some) of the people, and at least delivering all those packages and doing all those bank runs made me much more confident driving around LA. Next quarter looks like it should be pretty chill, lots of English classes, my last class for the French minor, and Japanese.

I’ve been reluctant to squeal about my new interests here, since this really was conceived of as a GREEN DAY journal. And all my (really awesome) f-list reflects this, and I didn’t want to bore you all. Nevertheless, I don’t want to loose contact and there’s always the possibility someone will follow me. So while I still love Green Day and can’t wait for their new CD and more opportunities to see them live, I’ve decided to branch out in this journal.

In short, I’ve becoming interested in many, many cool Japanese things. I’m using “interested” here instead of the more power “obsessed”, as I’d categorize this interest as less all encompassing than my Green Day obsession. That is, I’ve yet to read/write any fanfics or spend gobs of cash.

The gateway drug, as I squealed below, was the jdorama Hana Yori Dango. This lead me to Arashi. There’s nothing I can say to adequately capture the adorable dorky hotness of these guys, but this post comes close. They seem to be the Backstreet Boys of Japan. Having been rather oblivious to music during the whole Backstreet Boy/N’Sync explosion, I never “got” the whole boyband thing. On the plus side, I never had a chance to react against the excessive commercialism and packaging.

I’m under no delusions as to their musical prowess. But they have some really quality songs (Sakura Sake, SAKURA SAKE!), and they always make me happy. Which is important, especially during finals.

I’ve been watching more jdoramas and finding more music. It’s great because the other girls in my suite are more than willing to watch with me, and one has succeeded in getting me to watch some anime. I like magic powers and interesting, intelligent plotting and she’s become my gate keeper. It’s great because she’s totally open to hearing about Green Day.

She comes to me the other day and asks, “Hey, do you have Longview by Green Day?”. Turns out she really likes them but she only has “American Idiot, BOBD, and Good Riddance”. Obviously this must be fixed, so I gave her a Green Day sampling, along with a bunch of Nirvana. Then she IMs me saying “Hey, you know this song is kinda about masturbation?” And I’m like, kinda? She’s the perfect candidate for a budding Green Day fan. We watched parts of Bullet in a Bible yesterday (after a jdorama), and she really, really liked Billie. Like really. I’m very excited.

One last thing before I start studying:

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These may not be the best representations, but can't you see it? That's Sho from Arashi. If Sho didn't have highlights in his hair you know it would be BillieBlack.


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Dec. 13th, 2006 10:31 pm (UTC)
Haha YOU WIN!! I knew I couldn't be the only one!
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Dec. 13th, 2006 10:51 pm (UTC)
No need to hide here, all geeks welcome :)

Ah you knew about them much before me. Karaoke versions! Fun times! Arashi makes everything happier. If you have time download Sakura Sake. It's great, and the POV is amazing too!
Dec. 16th, 2006 07:24 am (UTC)
Darling, I don't care what you talk about, it's nice to see you around. And Sheena's started re-appearing lately too, and she's back in Japan, so I bet you can chat w/ her about stuff.

Keep posting. :-)
Dec. 22nd, 2006 09:07 pm (UTC)
Aww thank you. Also it's awesome how you recommended Get it Faster to a newbe in Green Day slash (A newbe! I remember how exciting that was.) I'm glad you liked it so much, and it makes me happy thatit's still getting spread around.

I will be posting, though looks like more sporadic than I may have liked. And I hella should contact Sheena- I bet she has great advice about cool Japanese related info, and could point me in the direction of some actual quality Japanese music. I'll check out that guy she posted on a while ago. I didn't get it then, but I totally get it now.

Also I drove near Billie's house yesterday and it made me think of fun times. We should do something next time your down in LA ~~
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