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I own a lot of Sharpies.

Last night I went out to a cafe to draw and practice writing hiragana. I drank some hippie tea and felt really self-conscious the whole time. It felt like people were more aware of me than usual, or perhaps it was that I was more aware of them, but I felt totally conspicuous the whole time I was there. That doesn't happen to me all that often, even though I look kind of like a freak. Curious!

I think I'm going to take some classes at city college next semester but I haven't settled on which ones. I'm considering Elementary Japanese, UNIX Shell Scripting, Women in Art History, Introduction to Programming, Visual Literacy (mostly because I really like the name) and something called Culture, Gender and Sexuality. I don't know yet, I just feel like learning. Yesterday I learned how to make an origami crane and how to write the first five characters of hiragana.

After I left the cafe, I bought a terrible sandwich from the corner store. I guess that broke my whole "Buy nothing day" 24-hour halt on consumer spending, but I justified it as being from a local neighborhood grocer and less than 4 dollars - the funny part was how awful the sandwich was. HAW HAW. That'll teach me! As I walked home, it started sprinkling a little. It started raining like crazy early this morning, and it was raining in all my dreams.

I crave tea now.

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elthar
Nov. 24th, 2001 02:46 pm (UTC)
Ganbatte yo!
Feel free to jabber at me on Dino if you'd like some practice in Nihongo...
caffeina
Nov. 24th, 2001 03:15 pm (UTC)
Re: Ganbatte yo!
Oh, well, when I'm at the point where I know more than a few words and phrases... I'm starting by memorizing hiragana and katakana. But yeah, when I know more, I'll definitely jabber!

peem
Nov. 24th, 2001 06:38 pm (UTC)
was the self concious cafe cafe abir? i find myself feeling very conspicuous in there a lot.

a good place for taking really random classes with awesome names is california institute of integral studies. ciis.edu. they've got really good ones about time, conciousness of religion, and stuff like that. they actually have a class called "history of conciousness"

:)
caffeina
Nov. 24th, 2001 07:24 pm (UTC)
Cafe Abir! precisely. I was sitting directly under a very bright light, which had a somewhat i'm-in-the-spotlight-please-notice-me effect, I think, and all I really wanted was a place full of dark wood and tables so I could practice Hiragana quietly. I think I might start going to that one cafe down on 16th with lamps on all the tables. I forget the name.


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