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    Joe - 8/09/04       Laura - 6/28/04  

Random Ramblings

Well, things have kinda slowed down. I don't think there will be much going on for me at least until October (but I could be wrong). I guess some down time will be a good thing. It gives me a chance to catch up on my projects like EF.

So, Otakon... where to begin... Well, I think I've gone to enough cons that they're really not that big of a deal for me anymore. That's not to say I didn't have lots of fun, but nothing extremely notable stood out. I guess what I really like about Otakon these days is I get to hang out with friends that I don't get to see that often. There really isn't that much more to it. I bought a ton of manga in the dealer's room, along with a lot of Fullmetal Alchemist stuff. It may just be me, but a lot of the animes and mangas I'm into weren't really featured in there. I may be too far ahead of the otaku curve. I was able to finally get my hands on a copy of the "Black Mages" CD and the soundtrack to the "Five Star Stories OVA" (which I didn't even think existed), but I was a little disappointed that I couldn't find many other CDs that I was looking for, like the Madlax OST or any other tracks from "Fiction Junction YUUKA". Also, since so many series are coming over domestically, I'm holding out in the hopes that some soundtracks (like the Fullmetal Alchemist OST and the Kaleido Star OST) will be brought over and available for half the price of imports.

On a totally different note, I can't believe it's been 15 years since the fall of the Berlin Wall and the Iron Curtain. Man, that makes me feel old. I don't know about you, but I seem to have a really strangely skewed sense of time. It didn't seem like that long ago.

Finally, I have the sudden urge to play Pachinko... but it doesn't seem like there are any places in the US that has it. I've never played it before, which is a part of the reason I want to. I don't know, it sounds fun. Having grown up around Atlantic City, I think I would have noticed if they had it in the casinos... It just seems like it's not that popular in the states. If anyone knows where I can actually play pachinko in the US, please tell me. This urge is going to drive me crazy... sorta like my recent cravings for a beansicle.

Hmmm... maybe I'm not totally recovered from Otakon yet. This entry seems kinda... out there. Oh well, maybe I'll be more collected next week.


You know what the lame thing about me writing rants is? A whole month goes by, during which I know I have thought several times to myself, "This would make a good rant topic." And now, here I find myself trying to write a rant, and drawing a blank. The most I can think of is to write about how I can't think of anything to write about 0_o

Well, let's see. I will be having my badly needed vacation this week. My first amount of extended time off from work in like a year ;_; I need to see some movies this week. There's a whole bunch of summer movies I've been wanting to see but haven't. And now I have Spiderman 2 to add to the roster. I must see it! It looks kickass. And Bruce Campbell must have another cameo or I will die!

Also, Otakon is coming up. I'm all excited about that. Mainly about the dealer's room. That's what my big love for cons is all about, buying stuff I don't need. There's a LOT of stuff I don't need. Like mangas. Lately it's seems like there's so much manga out there, I've been having a hard time developing more than a passing interest in anyone title. Kind of like what Joe was saying some time ago, I go to a bookstore to look at manga shelf and it's just like, "Whoa." Kind of the same thing with anime. Years ago, so much of the anime I watched was borrowed fansubs and now that it seems like everything is coming to America, I'm a little overwhelmed and finding it hard to focus. But I've been able to pick up a few titles here and there. I've been reading Fruits Basket and Hellsing, both which I think are pretty enjoyable (though I've been holding off on the latest installments so I can get my 20 percent discount at the con. It's hard ;_;). Joe's also been sending me eps of Samurai Champloo since I am on a lame 56k connection, and probably will be for life since I am cheap. The show looks so awesome. I can't wait for it to come to America.

Well, I guess that's it for me this, week. I have to start compiling thoughts for my next far-off (probably) rant so I have something more compelling to write about next time. ; )

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