listening to: tori amos – samurai
Last weekend was aaaah…excellent! Drove up to O’Hare with my family on Saturday to wave my sister off to Deutschland. Then we went to IKEA to get all kinds of random crap, then to Mitsuwa, where I met Kira and a few of her friends. There was a festival taking place, which was a lot of fun! I wish I’d had room to bring my yukata, so then I would have felt that I fit in a little more. The only other time I’ve worn a yukata for any sort of Japanese festival was while I was in Japan, and I thought that it felt weird being the only caucasion dressed in traditional Japanese garb. This festival had a lots of caucasions dressed in yukata, though. So perhaps next year, if I manage to get myself up to Chicago (teehee).
After the festival, I found myself doing karaoke for the very first time. It was great! I did a couple Japanese songs, and then maybe two in English. I started out with “Yattsuke Shigoto” by Shiina Ringo, which was the karaoke-ized version of the live song. It was…a little confusing, but I found that I actually did know the lyrics pretty well without aid of furigana (yaay). Did a couple Utada Hikaru songs, too. There wasn’t much in the English book that I knew, just because I’m not familiar with a lot of truly popular artists. But I ended up singing “Istanbul, Not Constantinople”, even if I sucked at it.
Sunday, Kira and I “did Chicago” in a sense. We took the Metra to Union Station, and then made our way to Chinatown. After a pretty good lunch, and a few hours of wandering, we made our way back to the main downtown area, and parted ways. I had a good hour before I had to meet Renata, so I walked along Michigan Ave for a while, before meeting Renata in front of the Hilton around 4:30. The Tori-phile dinner was fun, though a little weird since we didn’t really know anybody. They all seemed like nice, healthy Tori-obsesees, though. Then we made our way to Auditorium theatre, bought T-shirts, and found our seats like two minutes before Ben started playing.
Ooooooh, Ben Folds. Just…amazing! I think I went with the misconception that Ben wouldn’t be quite as rocking as he once was with his band members behind him, but boy was I wrong! The first song he played was “One Angry Dwarf and 200 Solemn Faces”, and good LORD is he rhythmic in the left hand. Everything else he played was really great, too, but I’m going to mention “Rockin’ the Suburbs” because I don’t like the studio version of it, at all, but it’s completely amazing done live. I also highly enjoyed the part where they randomly brought out and assembled a drum kit, as he was soloing on it. Who knew.
And then Tori was AMAAAAAAZING! I’d give more of a summary of it, except Renata put the whole set-list on her blog *nod* Just…aaaah! Amazing! Everything she did was great. Especially Take to the Sky, Cornflake Girl, and Precious Things. AAAAAH!
Yeah. I feel bad for not inserting a better entry, but I’m not in much of a blogging mood. I’m a little bit depressed, I think. Maybe it’s stupid of me, but I think I’m suffereing from a moderate amount of pre-seperation anxiety (from my friends, of course), seeing as school is starting for a lot of people next Monday, and then I leave next Saturday. It’s just…depressing! All these people I never had time to spend with are leaving, and I’ve somehow convinced myself that they’ll never see me again, and that I’ll never make any friends in school, and that I’ll be lonely and bitter for the remaining majority of my life. I know that’s ridiculous. I have this tendancy to think really bitter thoughts for a few minutes at a time, and then pull myself back into reality and go “this is really stupid”. And it is, but I still think about it, just because it’s true that everything will be different, and I won’t be going to school with everyone I’ve known. I’m really sad to be leaving my friends, even though I know I’ll be in contact with all of them. It’s just…arg! I was so happy last year, with everything I had! A part of me doesn’t want to meet anybody new, or start over again. That’s stupid, too, I know. Sigh. Life goes on. If only I could completely convince my brain of this, I’d be utterly happy.
I’m good, though. I’ll be better once I’ve sorted a couple more things out, too.