Sunday, July 23, 2006

July randomness

Uh oh, I think my iBook is on its last legs, for real this time! For the past few months, the screen only works when it's at an angle of 80 degrees or less (yes, it's awkward to use). As of today, the screen only works at about 70 degrees and every other moment, it's flickering between blue screen and what I actually want to look at! Not only that, but the memory is so full that I can't even download the updates for my programs!

Ha, just as I was typing, the screen froze for about 30 minutes, but I'm back now on Monday morning. So, how much will a refurb Intel iMac set me back? Hmmm...

Anyway, I have to send a hearty congratulations to Heidi and Leslie, my two best high school buddies, who passed the bar and became full-on lawyers on Thursday and Friday respectively. Well done, ladies! You have both put in so much work. Mere hours after her call to the bar, Leslie was on a plane bound for London for a year or two, and as I type, Heidi is in the air as she embarks on a three week trip to Japan. As you can probably imagine, I have been an intolerable know-it-all to both of them, spewing out advice and recommendations on every topic realting to both the UK and Japan. Sorry, you two: it's just that I'm so excited for the adventures you are each bound to have!

I guess I've been thinking of Japan a lot lately since I've been passing on my travel tips to Heidi and because I'm gearing up for my own trip in Novermber. I can hardly believe it's been four years since this photo was taken. It was mid-July in Kyoto, Gion Matsuri. I went to the festival on two nights, the first with my lovely co-workers Toshimi and Aki. They are both married with children now. We had a lot of fun that night, just walking around in our yukata and enjoying the atmosphere. I'll never forget the sound of the traditional flute and cymbal music as it was played by the boys riding in the festival floats. I'll also never forget being in the washroom at Umeda Hankyu Sanbangai when a bunch of helpful ladies swarmed me to fix the arrangement of my yukata (I'm not the best at putting those on). I was grateful for their help as I ended up having my photo taken about 100 times... Finally, I will never forget standing on the bridge just east of Gion, drinking a can of Kirin lager, and glancing up at a big electronic sign which read: "10:31 PM... 31 C". Wow, it was hot. Hot, but fun.

1 comment :

Hikaru said...

natsukashii-! urayamashii-! kawaii-!

it's been 3 years since i've been to kyouto and gion.

modoritaina-. =/

i would love to go for tanabata matsuri, though i think the next time i go to japan, my goal will be the yukimatsuri in sapporo. kantou, touhoku, etc.

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