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April 20th, 2006

birthday blues?

Tuesday was, among a great variety of other things, the 26th birthday of the nation of Zimbabwe. Oh yeah, and my 26th birthday as well. The only real thing of note that took place was that I signed a lease with Min and Wendy for a three-bedroom apartment that starts at the beginning of June. I had wanted to go out for dinner with a few friends, but Tsukasa had to work on short notice, I never heard back from Violet, and Wendy said that she would only go with me if I paid for her meal. Am I the only one who finds that unusual?

For that matter, she also gave me a lecture the following day on how I have too many female friends. She sees it as being highly unorthodox and worthy of concern, although I'm not entirely sure what's prompting her interest - at one point she phrased it as, "if we're out together and you also have a lot of girls there with you, and someone sees that, what are they going to think?" Put that way I'm not sure if she's worried people will question my sexual orientation or if it's more a matter of her worrying about what people will think of her if we have a relationship and they see me with a lot of other girls. She said something else that made me think it could be the latter reason, but I can't remember what it was exactly.

It took a lot of wrangling, but it looks like Friday night will feature dinner and mahjongg {麻雀} with a few people (at least Tsukasa, Wendy, and Violet), Sunday I'll be going out for lunch with Yuka and Takashi, and some time next week I'll do something with two guys from my cultural ecology class who look after a tank of pufferfish, boxfish, and cowfish at the university. And somewhere in there I have to find time to write two 8+ page papers. Crap.

By the way, I received a card from my mom that read:
Hope you have a wonderful time on your birthday and that you find someone to spend the day with.

Considering how often she asks me when she should expect to be a grandmother I'm surprised she didn't write "someone special" in there instead. Still, it seems to suggest that she doesn't have much faith in my ability to make friends. Thanks for the vote of encouragement, mom.

"place of tongues"



How to become a 'Classic-Period' Maya Lord of Tikal:


Supplies You Will Need ...
× Royal Birth (unless you're good friends with Siyah K'ak' of Teotihuacan)
× Priests well-versed in the movement of celestial bodies (in particular, the planet Venus)
× One (1) extremely large Mayan pyramid + temple (230 feet tall)
× One (1) fire, lit before the ceremony begins
× One (1) knife made from the serrated tail of a stingray
× One (1) length of barbed rope, approximately four feet in length
× Several (5-6) pieces of paper

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