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Thursday, January 4th, 2007
6:56 pm
MEGAN OH GOD MEGAN OH GOD
MEGAN.

MEGAN.

MEGAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAN.

THE FILLERS ARE OVER

REPEAT, THE FILLERS ARE OVER.

THIS IS NOT A TEST, PLEASE HEAD TO YOUR NEAREST FANBOYING OR FANGIRLING SAFTEY AREA, AND COMMENCE TO SPAZ OUT.


AL;KAJSDFLKJASDF MEGAN, I SQUEE'D WHEN IT ENDED, BECAUSE THEY HAD THAT ONE BLOND VIZARD AND THEN THE PREVIEW WAS STUFF FROM THE FIRST ARRENCAR ARC AND A;LKJASDFL;KJASDFL;KJASDF;LKJASDFL;KAJSDF

MEGAN, JOIN IN MY JOY THAT SURPASSES ALL OTHER JOYS.

Current Mood: OMGOMGOMGOMGOMGOMGOMGOMGOMGOMG
Wednesday, October 25th, 2006
6:28 pm
Sunday, October 8th, 2006
11:14 pm
I depart
I leave for Chicago on Monday, where I'm going to spend the night with my sister and her husband. Michael will drive me to O'Hare on Tuesday, where I have to be at 9:30am, to get checked in for my noon flight to Minneapolis.

From Minneapolis, I fly to Japan, leaving at 3:00pm. I get into Japan Japan-time at 5pm on Wednesday. I think that's like 3am our time, I have no idea. I then I have to manage to function enough to be driven to Minamiboso, and possibly also have some sort of welcoming dinner-party for me, which requires me to be Awake and Center-of-Attentiony, when all I'm going to want to do, is sleep.

I do not know when I will be in contact again. I will miss you all. I've said a whole lot of goodbyes to people in the last two weeks.

My dog is dying. She will not be alive when I get back from Japan. She barely eats, and sometimes when she's walking, she staggers around like she's drunk, because her hind legs stop working. I just got up from lying next to her, and letting her lick my arm for five minutes.

I feel emptiness and loneliness and sad emotions. It's been one of the planets for so many years and all of a sudden it isn't.

I'm also excited, but right now, I'm worried X10.

Current Mood: Emo McEmoEmo
Thursday, October 5th, 2006
1:53 pm
I found this picture while packing for Japans. AND THEN I WAS FILLED WITH NOSTALGIA AND SADNESS.



My only question is, how did Dan manage to get such a chameleon-esque shirt?
Wednesday, October 4th, 2006
10:18 pm
Veritas and Virility -- Chapter the Sixteenth
Because my parents' don't have an FTP program, I can't change the original file, but I can post chapter 16 here, and change things after I get internets in Japans.

Chapter Sixteen: The Terrors of a Double Negative -- The Terror that Is Not Not

Beneath this cut, lies the next adventure of Our Heroine RachelCollapse )
Saturday, September 30th, 2006
7:38 pm
Super Secret Harry Potter Book 7 Ending!
This may come as a total shock to you, but in Japan, Harry Potter 7 is already out. Since I'm going there, they told me this, and I could get in a lot of trouble for spreading it around, but I feel that The World Should Know. If tomorrow I am dead, you will know why, but at least I can share this with you before I go.

The following is a translation (they also give you a copy of the book when you agree to work for them as part of the deal, how quaint!) of the final chapter.
CHAPTER 37! WHO IS THIS MYSTERIOUS PREFECTURIAL LORD? DEUS EX MACHINA MEANS WHAT??Collapse )

Current Mood: weird
Friday, September 29th, 2006
10:44 pm
Best Teaching Quote from Today
Guy: "Last year, when I had sideburns, people used to say that we looked alike."
Me: "I know, I heard that a lot."
Guy: "But this year, I don't have sideburns."
Me: "You've abandoned the cause."
Guy: "And your... sideburns go all the way around your face."

TRUE STORY.

(I'm in Aledo until the 10th)
12:03 am
I'm leaving Peoria
Tomorrow, I pack my bags and leave Peoria, to go back to Aledo for a week, until it's time to go to Chicago, and then Japan.

It's sad, because I said goodbye to Dave and Dan, and I don't know when I'll see them again. It's been a whole week of goodbyes and putting things in bags and boxes and lasts and it's exciting and depressing all-in-one.

I'm going to be illiterate which is, like, the opposite of me.

When I'm in Aledo, I'll have very restricted internet access, because my parents decided that they didn't need more than 30 hours a month. An hour in the evenings, and that's it.

I'm being limited to 50 lbs. per bag, and the total dimensions of both bags cannot exceed 64 inches. ... ;-; I'm gonna have to head up to Chicago either crazy-early on the 11th, or spend the night there, I dunno.

But, I am not the only one who has left us in the past couple of months. You might remember that part of space that used to be filled with Pluto? Yeah, that's gone now.

"What ever happened to Pluto?"
"Oh, it went away, just like Chris."

Current Mood: anxious
Tuesday, September 26th, 2006
10:16 pm
LJ Animationspam?
Aaaaaaand, because I felt like it and making another one of these is more interesting than, say, packing...

Again, totally really happened, etc.

<-- Clicks for Charity!
9:16 pm
Animated Subbing Adventure!!!
Two little things that have happened to me in the past week.

Subbing in the Peoria Public Schools always turns up the most...  interesting...  things...

  <--  Clicky to start.

Current Mood: oh la!
Tuesday, September 19th, 2006
11:00 pm
MY LANDLORD CANNOT STOP TALKING
Okay, so, ever since I had the whole "omg, I'm going to Japan" thing, I've tried to contact my landlord.  I've called him and left two phone messages, and knocked on his door three or four times, and finally, on Sunday, I left him a letter in his mailbox.

Nine-thirty PM, my doorbell rings and THERE IS MY IRATE LANDLORD.

He stands downstairs, outside, and I have to start explaining myself to him.  Usually, Dennis is a fair guy, but tonight, for some reason, he seems angry and I'm afraid that it's because of me.  We stand there for half an hour, outside, in the cold, me in my socks and no coat on, and I'm shivering while I'm standing there, but after I explain myself, he goes into a twenty-minute tirade on everything that's happened to him lately. 

Things hating on my landlord, as of an hour agoCollapse )

It turns out that he NEVER GOT MY FIRST PHONE MESSAGE, WHERE I EXPLAINED EVERYTHING.  Instead, all he got was the message that said, "Dennis, please call me back, I need to talk with you, my life has been turned upside down, and I'd really appreciate it if you'd call me back."  Of course, he didn't call me back about this, for reasons he never bothered to explain.  I wrote him a letter on Sunday, and put it into his mailbox, and apparently, he didn't get the message until two minutes before he rang my doorbell. 

So, we stand there, in the cold, and he tells me about all of his problems.  I appologise for what I'm heaping on top of it, but I explain that it's a job that I feel I should take, and it's steady, daily work -- unlike being a sub.  After a half hour of this, we finally move to inside the doorway, where I'm not constantly shivering, because he wants me to explain it again, and also, he's not done talking about his crappy day, and anything else that flits through his mind.

What he started talking about while I was trying to talk about my situation, round 2Collapse )

Basically, it boils down to this.  I'm not going to get my deposit back, as I didn't give him 30 days notice.  I gave him 21 days notice, if you take it from the first phonecall that he never got.  If you're counting the letter, then he got 14 days.  I'm gonna miss that 355 dollars, and I really could have used it in Japan, but I guess that's better than me breaking, like, a year-long lease, where they'd keep my deposit, and charge me extra.

SO.

ANYBODY NEED AN APPARTMENT IN PEORIA FOR $355 A MONTH, WATER AND TRASH INCLUDED?

Current Mood: asdf;lkj
Monday, September 18th, 2006
9:30 pm
O! The Rift Betwixt Languages: An Extrodinarily Short Play
O! The Rift Betwixt Languages: An Extrodinarily Short Play

Dramatis Personae:
Grandpa: Elderly, cantankerous man.
Chris: Virtuous, upstanding hero; soon to be in the employ of the Nation of Japan.
Family: Other, sundry members of Chris' family -- Aunts, Uncles, etc.

Act One

Family: (talkative, sitting around a large dining table, having coffee, dessert, etc)
Grandpa: So, uh, Chris...
Chris: Yes, grandfather?
Grandpa: You might come back from Japan with one of those sushi girls, eh?
Chris: You mean geisha, grandfather?
Grandpa: Yeah, sushi... geisha. Geisha girl.
Chris & Family: (laughs)

(curtain)

THE END.
Saturday, September 16th, 2006
12:51 pm
This is for Freak, or if you think kittens are cute
http://kittensaresocute.ytmnd.com/

My day was made at least 200% more adorable because I watched this.
Tuesday, September 12th, 2006
6:15 pm
Here is my LJ for Japan!
http://dougras.livejournal.com/

Friend it liek woah, if such is your desire.
Monday, September 11th, 2006
11:55 pm
Super Quick & Crappy Animation
A tiny vignette from teaching Remedial Reading today.
I think he also played &apos;Boggle&apos;

Current Mood: tired
Sunday, September 10th, 2006
7:54 pm
I need ideas for my new journal name
Okay, Friendslist.  I'm going to make a new journal specifically for Japan-related madness, mainly so my parents won't be reading this one.  However, I need a kickarse name for it.  Which is your most favorite, or do you have your own suggestion? This is what I have so far:


  • Ah! Emperor-san! : I shall be your American Friend! Four Votes

  • Sparkling Japan Adventure! : Happy Funtime Power GO! Two Votes

  • Dougrasu-sensei!  Yokoso Nippon! : Now with 25% more Yatta! No Votes

  • Saiido-Banzu Power! : Japan Never Knew What Hit Them One Vote

  • Where the L is At? : My Name is now Dougras One Vote


And possible NAME.livejournal name suggestions are also welcome, as nothing I come up with is clever and yet easy enough for my mom to handle.

Current Mood: curious
Friday, September 8th, 2006
2:18 pm
HAHAHAHAHAAAaaaa
THE OTHER GUY IS TEACHING ENGLISH IN CHINA.

LOSER!

I'M LEAVING ON THE 26TH.

I QUIVER IN EXCITEMENT.

MINAMI BOSO CITY, IN THE CHIBA PREFECTURE, WHICH IS A TWO HOUR TRAIN RIDE FROM TOKYO OH MY GOD.

THE CITY IS...  FIVE MONTHS OLD.  THEY STUCK TOGETHER A LOT OF OTHER CITIES TO MAKE ONE LARGER ONE.

http://www.ccb.or.jp/e/attractions/area/minamiboso.html

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chiba_Prefecture

HOLY CRAP.

[Edit]: The past 24 hours have been an emotional rollercoaster. I'm excited but drained.

Current Mood: HOMAN I AM GOING TO JAPAN
10:28 am
AAAAARGH
Phone:  Hi!  This is the JET program!
Me:  Um, hi.  I thought I was supposed to call you this afternoon.
Phone:  Yes, well, the person who is ahead of you in line for the JET alternate list emailed me back.
Me:  ...
Phone: And, I am not sure if they are going or not.  It seems that they were in England, but now they are in Korea.
Me: ...
Phone: So, we want the JET replacement to be able to pack up and leave as soon as possible.
Me:  ...
Phone: So, I need to sort this out before I can offer you the job.
Me: ... okay.
Phone:  I will call you as soon as I figure this out.  I can only communicate with this prospective JET through email, but hopefully I can get it done very quickly.
Me:  ... okay.
Phone:  Thankyou.
Me:  ...  thankyou.
::click::
Me:  ;_;

Current Mood: ;-;
Thursday, September 7th, 2006
5:12 pm
HOLY CRAP
THE JET PROGRAM JUST CALLED ME AND TOLD ME THAT THEY HAVE A JOB FOR ME.

IN JAPAN.

I HAVE A DAY TO MAKE UP MY MIND.

HOLY CRAP.

WHAT THE HECK DO I DO I JUST MOVED BACK TO PEORIA AND OH GOOD GOD.

Edit - 10:30pm:
I MADE UP MY MIND I AM GOING TO JAPAN FOR A YEAR. HOLY CRAP.
9:47 am
Conversation between myself and Terry
Just before I was going to bed, Terry, my STE brother from Hong Kong IM'd me.  Here is part of our conversation:

Terry: i showed your pictures to my female friends, and they said you look horrible with your beard....like a big money
Terry: monkey
Me: Gosh, that's flattering.
Me: You can tell them that I'm not fond of their beards either.
Terry: flattering to who??
Me: Flattering to me.
Terry: oops!! haha
[...]
Terry: you should come to China to find a lady
Me: Are you sure Chinese ladies would want me?
Me: Remember, I look like a big red monkey.
Terry: China has 1.3 billion people, i'm sure there is someone who likes you
Terry: but you need to learn CHinese first
[...]
Terry: you need to shave
Terry: and muscle!!
Terry: yeah
Me: I need to shave all of my face?
Me: That's not good.
Terry: ladies don't like monkey
Terry: they like men

Outcome:
Chris = Monkey

Current Mood: Monkey!
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