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I work in an office of 3. There’s my boss, our messenger, and me. Dude, our messenger, has only been in the office for six months. Before him was my boss’ girlfriend, lady boss, who was our legal researcher, and before her was my Sempai, The Flash. Lady Boss and The Flash both left for greener pastures but lady boss still has lunch in our office.
 
Yesterday, Lady Boss told Dude and me to come to the office on Saturday. ‘We’re eating out’ she said. After our boss and LadyBoss left, Dude asked me what was happening on Saturday but we were equally oblivious to the situation. It is not normal for them to be asking us out to eat, ‘just because’ so that’s out of the question. And then Dude forwarded a strange idea, ‘Are they getting married?’
 
I didn’t know what to say to this because they weren’t really saying anything about it and we certainly didn’t know anything about their opinion about the topic. But apparently, they are.
 
Dude isn’t at work today because he was sent to an errand. This afternoon, my Boss suddenly said to a ‘customer’, I can’t buy that today I’m getting married on Saturday. My eyebrows shot in the air but I didn’t say anything. What do you say to people who get married? Congratulations? Isn’t that word a bit worn out? Hmm…
 
So the wedding and reception is on Saturday. CONGRATULATIONS!!!
**You’ve met Boss, LadyBoss soon to be Mrs.Boss, and Dude.
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kawaii ne?While I was looking for sites about Ikuta Toma, which are not that many, I sort of stumbled upon a boyband from Japan that had taken more than the usual amount of interest that I care to grant for by bands these days. The name: Arashi.

Honestly, I thought boybands were musically dead. There’s just too much of R&B and Emo music going around for them to squeeze in and the former boybands that I know had already disbanded so imagine my surprise when I found out that Arashi is actually still alive in Japan.

Arashi consists of five members: Satoshi Ohno, Sho Sakurai, Mazaki Aiba, Kazunari Ninomiya, and Matsumoto Jun.

I’m too tired to describe them one by one. I’ll only say that they’re ‘interesting’. Usually when you come across boy bands, all they do is look cute and sing. Arashi, or I think all the boybands in Japan, does that and more… much, much more.

All of them have starred in a lot of movies, tv series, and stage plays. Matsumoto Jun is famous here in the Phils for his portrayal of Domyouji Tsukasa of Hana Yori Dango. Sho Sakurai actually graduated with an Economics Degree from Keio University (an Ivy League University in Japan) and is hosting a news program at night. Kazunari Ninomiya starred in Clint Eastwood’s Letters from Iwo Jima; and their Leader (Riidaa) has recently held an Art exhibit called “Freestyle” featuring his countless sculpted figures, artwork, and photographs.

It’s weird, isn’t it? To have boy band members be that accomplished in their field. Maybe if the Backstreet Boys did more than just look cute they’d still be alive today.

BTW: I like Satoshi Ohno coz he’s weird. If you have new news about him, let me know.

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Meet Yukina

(Originally written May 02, 2008 )

 

None of my family can drive including me; we can’t afford gas, we hardly have enough money to buy rice (barring NFA rice, the lowest price is at around P35 per kilo) but for some strange reason my dad suddenly had an urge to buy me a car (My dad had one of the neighbors test drive it before he bought it.)

 

I name almost everything I own so Grrr and I named the car Yukina, after the ice princess, Hiei’s sister, in Yu Yu Hakusho. It looks like a boy but because of the color and I think the rule is that every vehicle is naturally female we gave it a girl name.

 

Anyway, I can’t drive it and for days I have failed to find anyone who could teach me to drive and I’m afraid to learn by myself because our street isn’t exactly wide and I would most likely crash. So there it sits in front of our house like a dead carabao gathering flies. My dad treats it like a toy. He gets people to drive it for him to wherever he wants to go.

 

Last night though was different. Being Labor Day and having nothing to do Grrr and I went to the computer shop so Grrr could go internet surfing and so I could play Perfect World (Hello to Dragon’s Aryashiki Clan) and then we went to the mall because we didn’t want to go home. When I got back, the car was about five houses down parked in front of a neighbor’s house.

 

I didn’t mind it and I didn’t say anything when dad came home and the car was still there because I could still see it from the house. At about 11:00 or 12:00 in the evening I heard the car revving from the outside. I opened the door and I saw some dude driving it to and fro in front of the house. I could hear the car start and then stop and then start and then stop and some crunching sounds so it was either the driver was dead drunk or he doesn’t know how to drive. I hate drunks; it’s a trauma from my childhood; so I stayed inside the house and said nothing.

 

This morning when I got out of the house the crushed part of Yukina’s rear bumper greeted me. The light at the right (or is it left?) hand side was partly broken and the bumper below it was slightly crushed. I didn’t have the time to inspect Yukina because I was late but my dad said the front bumper had fallen down as well as the right side mirror and the right side was also crushed.

 

Apparently one of the drunken drunks outside had a brain blast deep into the night, ‘Hey! Why don’t we take the car to a beer house?’ So they took it into a beer house and promptly crashed into some resort’s flower box on the way back.

 

I was irritated when I saw the rear bumper but now I’m angry. This has been one of the most infuriatingly surreal weeks I’ve ever had and the last thing I need is a damaged property. I haven’t even sat inside the freaking car let alone drive it and it’s already damaged. It’s partly my dad’s fault he gave the dude the keys to the car but if he knew he was drunk why did he have to drive it? Why couldn’t he have just left it there?

 

Last week one of the stupid neighbors wanted to borrow it for his business. I think he wanted to load some stuff in it and use it a service car. What the hell is with my neighbors?

 

So now Yukina’s wounded. It’s bad enough that she doesn’t get to go anywhere, now she’s got scratches on her everywhere. My car’s social life is getting to be as horrible as mine.

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I’ve always thought in due time a comic book immortalizing the works of a mass murderer/serial killer would be made. Apparently, someone already did.

I was surfing the net yesterday looking for Invader Zim pictures when I ran across this comic book: Johnny the Homicidal Maniac. It was created by the Jhonen Vasquez, the same dude who created Invader Zim.

Johnny C., the main character, is an insane mass murderer who kills people and paints a section of a wall in his house with their blood to “keep the thing from behind the wall from getting out”. The only “friends” he has are “Nailbunny” a pet rabbit he “fed once and then nailed to the wall”, and two doughboys “Mr. Fuck” or “Mr. Eff” and “Psycho doughboy”; all of which are voices inside his head. And the only girl who came close to stirring his feelngs, he tried to kill.

Although he kills innocent people for as simple as not turning the smoothie machine on, or using a word he didn’t like, most of his victims are actually assholes. He has a wierd sense of right and wrong. At one time, after being resurrected from hell, he met a rapist who idolized him and killed in his name. He ended up killing him saying “Though this gets me no absolution, I would never do what you did to that girl!!”

Even if brutal in most scenes, most of his murders are actually funny and a little sad at the same time. He constantly tries to kills himself and the only time he actually succeeded (convinced by one of the voices in his head, Mr. Eff) Satan brought him back to life, minus most of his hair. There are also other characters that eventually had their own strips, like Squee, the bullied little boy who lives next door to NNy; and Happy Noodle Boy, the comics created by NNy making it a comic within a comic.

 

 Johnny C.’s charm lies on the fact that he does only what most of us want to do, as gruesome, utterly morbid, and totally insane as it may be, and he gets away with it. He feels what most people feel and is not afraid to do something about it, although killing and torturing people may be a little over the top. Jhonen Vasquez describes NNy in “Johnny the Homicidal Maniac: Director’s Cut” as:

 “Not much is known about Johnny’s story. All we do know is that his parents were killed by an evil man, thus setting the course for NNy’s life as a masked crime fighter. Or, perhaps not. At present, NNY is more his own enemy than any external mind could be, what with the decomposure of what may have been, at one time, a fine, intelligent mind. Johnny is, possibly, more hideously mentally malformed than the people he seems to think have ruined his world. He’s not a loser, he’s simply lost.”

Ah, a comic book featuring a human with a real human mindset. A hero who murders annoying people and gets away with. If anyone here in the Phils have the comic book series, I’d like them please… leave a message.

*All images are copyrighted to Jhonen Vasquez

Anyone wants the more Jhonny pics? I have tons…

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