May 2005 Archives
Here are pics of the Goa Gil party taken by Dav. It's the last party at this particular place since the land was just sold. We have quite a few fantastic memories there and will miss it. Looking forward to finding out where the new party location will be.
I got bitten by extreme-mosquitos that left quarter-size welts. On top of that, for some reason, they all aimed at my butt, biting me through the pants I was wearing. I have a pretty scary looking butt now :(
If you go through all the pics, you'll see Dav left a very special marking for us, complete with a geotagged picture. Now that's romantic in my book!
I couldn't resist and borrowed her flash and used it with my phone. It makes such a difference not to have to use night-mode which makes for blurry pictures, although I'll certainly have to learn how to use it so it's not so washed out (Jen and I look like we have no noses!). I'm definitely going to get one!
At the Hemlock. With visiting Ms. Jen (Black Phoebe) who has a Nokia like mine (see the pic of its tiny glow?) and promptly moblogged! Great to hang out personally! And she has a flash! I WANT!
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Izumi (my sister-in-law), Tyler, and Julia leave for Tokyo tomorrow for 1-2 months so the kids can be immersed in Japanese. Last year, Tyler got to spend time in a Japanese kindergarten which improved his Japanese amazingly. In addition, he came back really liking Japan (he was born there, but had become more or less Americanized). Ian will miss them dearly, but this will be good for the kids. I plan to have some good 'ol catch up time with my bro ;)
To see them off, Dav and I visited for dinner. It's so much fun to be around kid energy. The kids were all over Dav - pillow fights, being carried around, and jumping competitions. As Dav said, "I couldn't believe how excited they were. Julia is usually shy, but she was hyperventilating..."
It was entirely C-U-T-E to watch!
Ever since I started at Six Apart, international conference calls have been a part of my job. The craziest was when the company was still small and there weren't a zillion projects, so we'd do "global" calls to cover all offices at once. This would include the U.S., Japan, and Europe. The only decent time for everyone ended up being 10pm 'til midnight for us here. I much preferred that to our poor European colleagues who had to call in at 7am. The calls have always been essential for communication. But now we have a magnificent video system so we can see each other. Sound is great, and talks are more productive. Now only if these got cheap enough so I could do this with my parents...
Remember that working cat at the Market Street furniture store? Found another at a shop on Haight Street. And this cat is a cute relative of Kats and Waka.
p.s. notice how I've been using "cute" a lot? I'm still "ew"-ed out about the dead bodies post.
IM conversation with Dav as we discuss him picking me up from work.
Context: Waka and Kats get fed a spoonful of their favorite wetfood around evening everyday, which is usually after 6pm or so. Before that, they are most likely napping in my closet.
[16:49] dav: gotta get ready
[16:50] Kokochi: just feed the cats
[16:54] dav: ha, they were both comatose
[16:55] Kokochi: ?
[16:55] dav: i had to wake them up. they're like "uuuhhhh huh, wha? foo food? oh food!"
[16:55] Kokochi: oh, maybe cuz it's a bit earlier today than normal
[16:56] dav: had to wave the food bowls under their noses in your closet
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Some movie action scene filmed in Potrero Hill. A block away from our house. Scene is a stupid looking hummer jumping over the hill. Anyone driving a hummer is a twirp in my opinion. I imagine this scene is for a not-needed movie.
I've been feeling rather squeamish having the previous post's pics up...so I grabbed Ginevra's popular sign book from her desk to get something cute and fuzzy on Kokochi. The bunny is rather twisted itself, but hey, at least it's a bunny!
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I took pictures galore and long-ass videos of this historical moment. I even shed tears, touched by the strong sense of community the Odeon Bar has nurtured. People packed the place to see last acts, and cheered at the craziness that we will all miss. One of a kind place, indeed.
One of the things I missed most when Dav was away was not being able to shop for new outfits together and then going out wearing them as a couple. I'm pleased to say we had some fun finding these new additions (click to enlarge and see Dav's top that literally locks up), and had a super fun night out with them!
Elida sweetly gave me Japanese lollipops the other day. These characters are famous, and we all grew up with eating Peko-chan milk candy (right picture). Very nostalgic. The lollipops Elida gave me are chocolate versions of Peko-chan and her friend Poko-chan.
I should mention that when I was growing up, I was called Peko-chan a lot. I think it was meant to be a compliment, but Peko-chan always just looked goofily weird to me. Of course I too looked goofily weird, but...
Peko-chan is a veritable icon now.
I'm quite pleased to have a bed sorta named after me. A day bed! How luxurious...although totally not my style with the cold, austere black and metal.
Via Elida. Thanks!!
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Showing Brazil pics to Dav's family at Azul, a Mexican restaurant with the loudest band ever! Marcus, with all his tatoos joined too. Dav gave special crystals from Alto Paraiso, a place he visited near Brasilia that has a UFO landing strip and alleged powers. Marcus and I did a goofy pic then a redeeming one.
Took Wakame and Katsuo for their annual check-up and shots. It's quite a terrifying experience for them. I have to shove them into their shared carrier box, drive them to the vet's, and wait in the reception area with meowing cats and big dogs sniffing around.
Waka and Kats ususally keep their own space from each other, but under such circumstances, they bundle up and hug each other. Wakame curls up in the corner of the carrier, hides her head under Kats, and Kats pretty much lies right on top of her with a paw around her neck. I know they are scrared, but it's sorta cute.
Inspite the nice vet, they were very eager to get away from him.
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In Oakland. My first one. Dav and I got to be judges! I would have taken more videos, but I ran out of battery juice...
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Couldn't resist posting: Adam from Technorati choosing wine ... Cute like a kid in a toy store. Then my gigantic pork chop dish (seriously, a scary lump of a thing but very delicious), and finally, Gen showing off his spanking new AU phone (which made me green with jealousy).
[Warning: this is most definitely about my cats and my love for them.]
As you know, I let the cats out. Last night, Kats stayed out for a good 5 hours...until 2am! I lay in bed awake, waiting for him, trusting he was fine and would be home soon, but battling horrible fears that he tripped and cut himself or was stuck in some dark lonely alleyway. I faithfully kept the door open for him (mind you, it's not the front door; it's in the garage so it's not like people can walk in).
Wakame wasn't interested in going out. By the time I decided to lie in bed to wait for Kats, she was already snuggled in Dav's underwear drawer that was left half opened. When Kats finally waltzed in, I ran downstairs to close the door so I could finally get some shut-eye.
But in the morning, I noticed in horror that Wakame wasn't around. And I didn't remember her ever joining us on the bed as she usually does. She's done this before: be all asleep, and then when I totally don't notice, sneak outside in secret if the door is open. So I essentially locked her out all night! How awful! I kept imagining her tiny self meowing at the door. She gave up and left because when I ran down this morning and called for her, she wasn't around.
I had to go to work, so I am triple glad Dav is back because I could give him instructions to keep the door open, and IM me as soon as she came back. And, I got the IM I eagerly waited for at
[10:30] dav: i went on the fire escape and called her, she came in the door about 4 minutes later.
I'm so relieved.
This reminds me of when I was in junior high and just started going out about town in Tokyo. I never had a curfew, but I had to be responsible enough to make sure I caught the last train to get myself home. I remember distinctly the first few times I went out, I'd be riding my bicycle home from the train station, and as I got close to our house, I'd see my mom waiting outside our gate. She just couldn't help it. She wanted to let me go out, but couldn't go to sleep until I was home. Thank you, mom, for worrying about me. And now I do it to my cats...
With all my moving about between countries, I've left favorite CDs here and there. Every once in a while, I'll remember a song that I love...but the title or artist fails me. And without the CD, I have to google. But this is stumping me and I'm not finding results: I know the artist was Lenny Kravitz's sister. That's it. I don't think her album became famous or anything but there is one cool song. It might be her only album for all I know.
Please, anyone know her name??
Just got an email from Dav that he is boarding the plane, right now, that will bring him home to me! I will pick him up at SFO tomorrow morning!
Although we dislike being apart, the wonderful feeling of being reunited is incomparable. During the year of our long-distance (Tokyo-SF) relationship, I felt like a giddy 3 year old each time either of us booked a ticket. Like reopening a very special present over and over again.
Of course, when I shared "Dav is boarding now!" on the IRC his friends are on, they happily interpreted it in a different way. Eh hem!
Toni has 2 new family members...2 lovely puppies from her sister. It's rare that you can have access to brand new puppies. I couldn't resist and spent some time petting to my satisfaction. Babies, of any species, are just so cute! I felt like I was betraying my kitties to be in puppy-dom. I came home and hugged my little ones!
With Mieko-san. I'll get the name of the show later. Some stuff was sorta "hmmm" but I liked the rubber band jungle. What impressed me most was a guy meditating with leaches all over him. People could go right up to him. I've never seen such big leaches. I also met Jasmin, my hat-making teacher!
[The art show was "Faux Pause" at the balazo, 2183 Mission Street]
Talking with Boris and John...I know both from Tokyo. We all miss Tokyo dearly and John even keeps a Tokyo subway card. I love it and totally understand. The pic shows only the subway...There is still the train system to overlap with that!
This Friday's Foo Bar was the most attended, probably due to the fact that the network had to be down at 5pm and there was a company-wide announcement: "The network will go down in 5 minutes; Foo Bar is officially open right now."
Dav went to visit our good Campalicious friend, Colin, up in Brasilia. They went on a road trip so Dav had been offline for a bit and now he's back online! Yay! And he just uploaded some pretty magnificent pics to Flickr.
Clothing Swap! I attended, for the first time, a very amicable party which entailed eating an amazing spread of appetizers, bottles of wines, damn good company, and lots of happy experimentations with clothes. Let the pictures explain (although I was careful to be discreet under the circumstances)...
|After a little socializing, we all pretty much stripped down as needed to try on various fabulous attires. It certainly beats any store experience! Talk about personalized feedback!|
Thank you, danah, for hosting this and taking the leftover mountains of clothes to those who need it.
Good 'ol San Francisco. A perfect day with a fun fun street faire. Costumes in full-force and a mini appetizer to Burning Man! I wore my giraffe outfit. Met up with friends and enjoyed the scene.
I love the 3rd picture; it's totally by chance that it got distorted that way, but it looks rather neat, no?
[This was actually Friday night, but I was too busy having fun to moblog it. Technology still has a ways to go to make moblogging seamless so I don't have to hunch over my phone for 5 minutes and ignore the person I'm with...]
We've discussed this business of living between SF and Tokyo a lot. We went to high school in Tokyo (ASIJ) together, but our childhoods are different. I grew up in Tokyo thinking I was Japanese but treated as a foreigner. She grew up in the States, but also felt as an outsider since she is of Japanese descent. I discovered SF and love the freedom it gives me to be myself. It matters less here that I'm racially mixed. For Joy, Japan allows her to feel more herself than SF. So although we identify with Japan and the US differently, the issues are similar. Being able to talk to her and hear her perspective is always so helpful.
Anyway, our first stop of the evening was dinner at Olive (743 Larkin Street). After snacks and a Ginger Martini, we went to the Bambuddha Lounge (Warning: if you click on the link, it plays loud music). Definitely a cool looking place, but the crowd was boring. Lots of wandering eyes trying to get the attention of others. But the pool outside and the decor was worth it. But I didn't like the fake bushes of plastic grass they had.
Then we headed to the Odeon Bar since it was recently announced that it was sold and will be closing. Unbelievable news so I'm trying to go there as much as possible. Sean and his friends were there too. Sean blogged about the closing.
Then we stopped by one more bar before finally ending up at Joy's. I didn't know, but her grandfather is a great potter and she had some beautiful pieces of his. Sean marveled at the perfect bean cushion chair Joy had brought back from Japan, the guys tinkered with her sound system so we could get it running (notice the ipod?), and we were challenged by her gas-enabled pop wine opener, which worked great once we figured it out. Conversations went onto the wee hours of the morning...poor Joy dozed off in the corner while we were all yapping like there was no tomorrow. Total fun!
hmmn: musings from the far east(erwood)
Big in Japan
Ed the Cat
Anil, the Nigritude Ultramarine
A Full Belly
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