Trailer mirror

I’ve uploaded the new FF7: Advent Children movie trailer to my server. AIM me at JeffreyAtW if you haven’t seen it and you’d like to – I sorta want to keep it on the DL, though, so it goes off the net if my bandwidth jumps through the roof.

And how am I doing since I haven’t posted in a while? Awesomely.

Teh boardwalk

There hasn’t been a non-awesome day since I arrived here. Still making a lot of friends each day.

I went to a big college-wide club fair of sorts, where I signed up for the anime club, the techie club, and the Hillel program just because I might want to attend high holiday services.

People I met / re-met these past few days! These are Marin names so you’re not expected to know them…

From TLHS: Blake Robinson, Gina Bartolacelli, Brian Larson, Alia Higgins.
From Marin: Robbie Hill, Corie Adams.
From Miller Creek (my middle school!): Chris Rauer. Haven’t seen him in 4 years. Awesome.

And then there’s Iris with the punked-out neon orange hair, Oniko the uber-anime-artist, Ron who’s in my building and gots an all-out leopard tail and gloves, and Isabel who reads like every webcomic in existence. Might make her own soon. Then there’s this girl with short hair who’s really good at Percussion Freaks who also lives in my building, but I didn’t get her name…

I played a lot of DDR at the Boardwalk tonight during the “UCSC Boardwalk Frolic,” where you pay an admission fee and get all the rides for free and discounts on food, mini golf, bowling, laser tag, etc. I impressed some people with Sakura Double Heavy ‘n stuff, and later on in the night I met a kid named Steven – his friends insisted that I challenge him to a battle. The results!

Love Shine: Beat him by score/perfects (11 greats, woo)
Speed Over Beethoven: He beat me by score, I beat him by perfects
Mahou no Tobira: My pad started screwing up, but I missed 5 – if I hadn’t, we would have had the EXACT same score.
Candy <3 (Extra Stage): I AA/FC'd it and he failed it…

So yeah, I beat him by a little. But it was cool. I exchanged addresses and AIM SNs and so much stuff with him and everyone else and woo yeay.

Later I spent a few hours in a lounge looking through Oniko's massive collection of drawings, while I played some Jenga and talked comics with Isabel. Ron tried his luck with crayon for the first time in a while (with sexy results), Isabel doodled on my Pocket PC, and Oniko drew me a little somethin’ somethin’. Hanging out with anime fans late at night continues to prove to be awesomely.

And so now it’s really late and I’m-a get less than 6 hours of sleep, so that’s about it. Weeoo.

Awww.

I’m probably missing something, like the time that someone asked me in 5th grade whether I liked Smashing Pumpkins and I said that I preferred making jack-o’-lanterns instead, but a year or two ago, someone put stickers that say “I LOVE YOU” all around the UCSC campus. I don’t know why, but it makes me feel really nice, and I think that’s the point. Someone always loves you.

Commie got OWNED

I’m really open to new ideas. I mean, seriously. I signed up for updates and news about a Christian group on campus, and I’m non-religious, not to mention from Jewish heritage. But this girl just passed by my open door and tried selling me a subscription to a Marxist campus newsletter, and as I took a quick flip through a sample paper, someone came up behind her and told her it was against policy to solicit anything in the halls. I mean, communism is great in theory and stuff, but heh… owned like whut.

I HAVE FAILED YOU!

Okay. I was going to make a really big blog entry detailing each day of my wilderness orientation trip, but I’m having way too much fun here to spend any time doing that. Basically, we backpacked every day, went rock climbing, ascended heights of 11,000 feet above sea level, and bonded really well. It was fun and worthwhile. But now I’ve already made a lot of new friends and I’m so freaking hanging out with them all the time. ‘Tis quite great.

Just talk to me for more details, I guess. I can fill you in further if you would like.

Farewell until 9/20

Well guys, I’m leaving on the UCSC Wilderness Orientation tomorrow, and I’ll be back on the 20th, setting up my stuff in my dorm room. It’s not any longer than just a regular vacation, and I’ve certainly said my goodbyes, so I’ll be back soon enough.

JA.

Conrad says I'm emo.

I remained very emotional throughout the day. Very sad and very happy. It felt really, really good. I feel as if I mostly got it out of my system. But to top it off, I’ll post my first bit of song lyrics ever in my blog. It’s only fitting.

And as the summer’s ending,
The cool air will put your hard heart away.
You were so condescending…
And this is all that’s left:
Scraping paper to document.
I’ve packed a change of clothes and it’s time to move on.

Cleaning

I’m still emotional. I don’t remember ever having a feeling of anger or sadness or happiness follow me overnight. Geez, how much has changed.

Cleaning out my room. I’m getting down to the stuff I don’t know how to throw away. It’s not the sentimental stuff – it’s more the little odds and ends, the little toys that made it to the bottom of my stuff drawer. It’s all really hard to sort out.

And all in the middle of these little bouts of nostalgia, I’m trying to catch up on Grace’s journal before it goes away. I’m trying to understand things.

My dad gave me an old bathrobe of his today. It’s pretty fucking sweet. I might just wear it around today since it’s so comfortable and warm. Instead of just saying “uh, okay, it’s a hand-me-down, I guess I’ll use it,” I was happy and very thankful. I saw it as a big gift, not just like a necessity.

Another CAR Ending

Yes, I’ve ended CAR again for a while. Please don’t think that it comes as some sort of shock. I’m leaving for vacation into the sierras next week and after that, college starts, and I’m not sure what my situation will be then. Besides, CAR is more like my journal comic than anything else, and seeing as it won’t be updated, I might as well present the content on this page in the most appropriate way.

I’m seriously going to miss everyone. This night’s been too emotionally taxing for me to write any sort of farewell or some sort of goodbye CAR strip, although I don’t really like to make it feel as if I’m moving away for good. I’ll tell you that I cried again on my way home. You’re all such awesome people.

I might show up at the mall tomorrow to hang out with 80’s and the gang. I don’t know. I’ve got packing to do and website designs to finish.

And on a final note, as a few others have already pointed out. Grace’s blog is gone. I don’t know what she’s done, but I hope she realizes that she’s seriously worried those who care about her.