Ladies and gentlemen, behold my roots.
Needless to say, I’m really looking forward to TGS, if only because it’s so very far away from where I grew up. It will be nice to spend time in a city where civic fortunes are determined not by City Hall-approved destruction of the barrier between church and state but rather by giant lizards who rampage in order to provide a vital allegory for the arrogance of man. Or something.
Anyway, I’m just about ready for next week’s trip — although I still need to get some travellers cheques, and freaking LensCrafters is crafting a tragicomedy of errors with my new glasses.
This is actually a post in itself. The right lens had a small defect; upon repairing the right lens, they managed to screw up the left lens; the process of repairing the left lens damaged the right lens again; while re-correcting that screw-up, their grinder broke and shattered the lens. And now they’re out of blank lenses. AWESOME GUYS. On the plus side, they offered me 50% off my next pair of glasses out of sheer embarrassment, so next time I can be deeply inconvenienced — glasses in about a week! — for half the price.
Blind though I may be, I’ve nevertheless gathered up the essentials:
- My Play-Yan is loaded up with Game Center CX episodes courtesy of Ray. That’s right, I’ll be watching videos of some dude playing videogames on my DS. No, shut up, it’s awesome.
- I went ahead and grabbed one of the new iPod nanos, having sworn ages ago that the iPod mini’s aluminum construction was approx. infinitely nicer than the standard crappy plastic-and-chrome style of standard iPods. And my Shuffle was starting to get old and cranky due to daily use. Unfortunate frustration: my brilliant plan to use my new nano as a voice recorded during TGS interviews was thwarted once I discovered that microphones compatible with the new models have yet to be released. So I guess I’ll just have to make due with lots of music.
- My Game Boy Camera is loaded up with fresh batteries. For what should be obvious reasons.
- Fake moustache and glasses. Because I just know Brandon Sheffield is going to try to track me down and force me to join him as he shops for sleazy softcore anime porn games in Akihabara.
Then again, it’s not like I need to venture away from my current home of San Francisco to find exotic adventure. Not now that the esteemed Norton I — Emperor of the United States and Protector of Mexico — has returned from the dead and begun blogging his imperial decrees.