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Apr. 10th, 2005

I went to a wedding this weekend.

Probably the most interesting thing that happened was that I drove through the town of Dugger on Friday. Shortly after passing "First Street", I found "Street No. 1", and the street right after that was "Batman Street". I am not making this up. Also, route 54 through Bloomfield looks exactly like route 40 through downtown Terre Haute. We ran through the wedding procedure that night and ate some dinner. The soon-to-be-newlyweds gave everyone presents, and mine was a triangular prism clock that, more importantly, has my initials on the back so I can always remember who I am as long as I don't need to know what time it is. I went home and got a bit of sleep, then went to Terre Haute to spend the rest of the morning with sakanagai and lovengizmo, and we went to the mall. Waldenbooks was first, as always, and they had the first volume of CLAMP no Kiseki, which looks like it's going to be quite interesting. I also picked up a couple of other books in series I've been collecting: Getbackers 8, A.I. Love You 8 (the last one in the series -_-), Fairies' Landing 8 (I need to find 7 at some point), DearS 2, Yu-Gi-Oh Duelist 3, Flame of Recca 11, Rurouni Kenshin 13, Rave Master 14, Fruits Basket 8, PhD 2, Gunslinger Girl 2 (FINALLY!), D.N. Angel 7, The Wallflower 3, Othello 3, Chrono Crusade 4, and Negima 5. I also got RG Veda 1 and Sokora Refugees 1. I spotted Gals 1 but couldn't remember whether I had it or not (new series aren't on my printed list at all), so I didn't get it. And my special-ordered Cyborg 009 9 and Lupin III Most Wanted 3 were in. With all those in hand, they told me that it was buy 2, get 1 free, and I had 20 books (CLAMP no Kiseki didn't count), so I picked up the first two books of Until the Full Moon. I've read most of the first one... funny stuff. Then I put those in the car and went to Suncoast, where I picked up Hellsing 6 as well as the boxes with first DVDs of Midori Days, which included a cute Midori T-shirt and Cromartie High School, which also included the first graphic novel. Then I figured the Astro Boy set looked like a good deal, so I got that too, and it wasn't until I got home that I realized it was the English remake. Blah. But I'll give it another shot now that I might have half a reason to pay attention. We barely had time to eat at Hardee's before we had to go home and change clothes... or rather, they changed clothes, while I put what I had in the trunk and changed when we got to the church. I had to wear a buttonier of flowers and a tie, but at least, as the usher, I was one of the only three people who didn't have to wear a suit jacket. Maybe that's why.

Then my oldest brother got married. Enough said about that. You all know what goes on at weddings, and that's what went on.

Ditto the reception afterward. It was really loud and full of music and dancing people. There was alcohol there, and fun, and all the other things I can't really say I hate, but I definitely hate being around them. We got home late, stayed up and talked for a while (rather, they talked, while I mostly listened and pretended not to exist... the theme of the day), and went to bed even later. We woke up in the morning, and I talked to one of the Theta Xis for a while until it was time to go to breakfast with Mom, Ray, and Brian. lovengizmo left with them, because they were all flying back on the same plane, and I hung out with sakanagai for a while and played some Lifeline... that was cool. It's a PS2 game that uses the USB microphone. You give commands to the onscreen character, including calling out targets in combat. Your own character is the unseen operator who controls the electronic devices. Otherwise, it's rather Resident-Evilish survival horror style gameplay with monsters, possibly alien, instead of zombies, and an interface that will have you reaching for a thesaurus if not a strategy guide. I command Rio to "look at the paper on the coffee table" because I can't identify it. She searches the room and says "I don't see anyone else here." Finally, I tell her to "read the paper" and she does. Brilliant girl. At least I'm getting the hang of combat. Now to buy the game and play more of it. We went to lunch/dinner with Dad, Lili, and Hannah after that, and we picked up some shirts that he'd brought us on the way back. He'd forgotten to give them to us while we were all there, so Brian's and Chris's will stay with Curt until they're all together for graduation in May. After that, I drove home and had a few online conversations, read journal entries and webcomics, watched some of the taped cartoons from Saturday (apparently, Cartoon Network changed their schedule along with DST, so my timer recorded the wrong shows even though I'd accounted for the time difference. Again. Grrr...), and made egg salad.

So now I'm going to bed. And I have a sister-in-law. And I never want to have a wedding like that one. And my answer WAS a legitimate guess that just turned out embarrassing for the groom, which I thought was the entire point behind all the ceremony and partying. Guess that's just a side effect. Still not one I want. No arm-linking champagne-drinking or garter-maneuvering for me. Not that it's my choice... the process also has one woman as a prerequisite, and I don't see that one being fulfilled anytime soon. Where I can define "soon" using just about any arbitrarily long duration and multiplying it by whatever quantity it takes to add up to much longer than I'll be around.

This is why I have the manga and anime to keep me company. I don't think I can marry it, which saves me the ceremony, and its demands are few and easily satisfied.

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Yes, I'm THAT Nidoking. Sometimes I write fanfiction... often I waste all my time playing video games and watching anime. But it's not a waste if I enjoy it, right? I can quote from a movie, video game, anime series, or British comedy apropos of just about any situation, and one of my main goals in life is to entertain people. (The other big one is amassing as much anime and manga as I can... see below for a progress report.) That's me in a nutshell. ("Help! I'm trapped in a nutshell! What a bloody great nutshell this is!")

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