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Shopping is a Feeling.

If I was a work of art, I would be Leonardo da Vinci's Mona Lisa.

I am extremely popular and widely known. Although unassuming and unpretentious, my enigmatic smile has charmed millions. I am a mystery, able to be appreciated from afar, but ultimately unknowable and thus intriguing.

Which work of art would you be? The Art Test



So I went and paid tribute to the gods of the Metreon, mostly because I felt like playing Playstation games without buying them, and I wanted to see the wacky anime store which had expanded to become a big Gundam/Bandai blowout ultra-cheesy japaneez store while I wasn't looking. Whoa! Cool! The whole place was virtually deserted, so Joel and I spent a long time at the checkout counter playing with the expensive Copic markers and chatting with the clerk who was goading us to draw, talking about art school. I tried out some pens, bought a few, and drew a pretty awful cartoony profile of a spiky haired boy while Joel furiously whipped out some kind of mech robot metallic thing. I bought some weird mystery toys, too, and was tempted to buy gifts.

I got a dvd of Willy Wonka, finally, and watched most of it with the commentary by all the grown up child actors turned on, and I have to say it starts off friendly and informative enough, but then, once the kids start disappearing on-screen, it just gets weird. There's a really strong sense that most of the actors are bitter, washed up old choads. Especially Mike Teevee and the woman who played Violet Beauregard. Yeeesh. Bitter, fussy, vengeful choads. I couldn't stand the bickering after a while. It was too creepy, so I left the remaining half of the film for another day and spent a while drawing.

I'm definitely depressed. Hearing all the godawful christmas music is getting to me.

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peem
Dec. 4th, 2001 10:11 am (UTC)
i too am the mona lisa.

i was kind of excited that nk turned out to be a mondrian. all my friends were dali or the mona lisa.

yesterday i called the college board and was subjected to christmas themed hold music.
coridan
Dec. 4th, 2001 06:15 pm (UTC)
Gundam Gurls and Willy Wonka
Caffe, I'd love to hang with you. The coolest anime fans are anime girls, because they get all the story elements as well as digging the explosions and cool art and other stuff. Where was this store? You'd think NYC would be good for Anime stores, but in fact it quite sucks, with only one store in midtown. The best places to shop of course are in Chinatown near Prince and Lafayette, but I haven't been shopping in ages.

Willy Wonka DVD? Wow, that would be worth seeing. As a kid, I totally dug Marty Feldman and the Wonkavator.
caffeina
Dec. 4th, 2001 08:57 pm (UTC)
Re: Gundam Gurls and Willy Wonka
There are a lot of great resources here in San Francisco for Japanophiles and anime freaks. The one particular store in question just opened up about a month ago on the 2nd floor of the Metreon, the hyper-ultra-megalopolis Sony mall/movie theatre at 4th and Mission, downtown. Another good resource is Kinokuniya. There's one in Jersey, too, I went there once.
(Anonymous)
Dec. 5th, 2001 03:39 am (UTC)
Wonka :: Endless Waltz
I hope your Wonka comment isn't linking Marty Feldman with the film... he wasn't involved.

Also, about the 'coolest anime fans' comment,... why are the best ones the females? Because they're potential dates who'll understand an interest of yours without effort of justifying? No offense, but that's what it seems like and it's a little creepy. Could you explain the line of thinking more? It's a bit confusing.
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