Last year on Tanabata (July 7th), I was in Japan, still studying abroad in Okazaki. Me and 2 friends wore our yukata and walked around the neighborhood at night. We had a small hope of seeing fireflies or maybe encountering something cool. We didn’t find anything special, but it was fun to be with friends in Japan. I had written a couple wishes and hung them on bamboo trees, “彼女が出来ますように” and “日本の友達が出来ますように”. Neither came true by the way. This year, no wishes, no events. Just another day on the other side of the world. I wanted to spend the day wearing my yukata, as a small thing to celebrate Tanabata, but I completely forgot and left it at my parent’s place.
Now that it is summer, most of my friends have left town. With not as much things happening, my daily life blog posts will likely return to not being as long. GameMaster was still here, so I continued hang out with him. My roommate was here the majority of the month, but hardly stayed in the house and I didn’t get to do much with him. He also moved out as soon as work ended, so it appears that he didn’t think of me as a close friend.
On July 9th, I continued to slowly clean up the apt. In the afternoon, I hanged out with GameMaster. There was a teaser for a new Gundam series, and we talked about hints of its design while we ate. Also talked about other mecha designs and the Armored Core games. Since it was Thursday, he played Warhammer at the comic book store. I watched for an hour before going home to work on my HMM Blade Liger. The painting went well, being able to paint here at my own place at my own leisure with no distractions. However, it took a lot of time, I stayed up for hours and hours just to paint several pieces.
The upcoming weekend, I went home to my parents. One of the first things I did was battle for Robot Damashii Enryuugou’s pre-order on AmiAmi. It sold out pretty fast as expected but I secured one for myself. I had borrowed Metal Gear Rising from Blitz-X that I need to return soon, so me and my brother went through each level listening to all the extra dialog. I tried playing a bit and against the final boss, I beat it on my second try after adjusting the controls. We also spent some time building models. I worked on the MG Dark Matter, completing the chest and head, while my brother built his MG Destiny, completing the legs. The story of this weekend though, has to be this unfair mission in Gundam Breaker. The mission objective is to capture zones by standing in them. The catch is you have a gauge that drains with time and also deaths. When it empties, you lose. The only way to stop the gauge from draining is to capture all zones in the area. You have to do that while being endlessly assaulted by a mob of incredibly powerful units like Wing Zero, Banshee, Strike Freedom, Destiny and etc that kill you in an instant. Even if we didn’t die or killed everything in the area, the gauge depleted too fast. We couldn’t beat the mission after a number of attempts.
I returned back to my apt for the rest of the month. I hanged out with GameMaster as much as I could, as after this month, it might be a long time until I can see him again. He talks to me about Warhammer and wants me to play with him but I don’t have any real interest. I gave it a try one night where he came over to teach me, but too bad he didn’t have much time and couldn’t do a full game. What I was happy about though, was that he was able to get PSO2 working and played with a controller. Hopefully we can get Xyrenth to log on and go on missions with the 3 of us together.
On the last weekend of this month, I had an unanticipated event, playing Dungeons & Dragons over at a friend’s house for two days. I found the news a few days before the event and wasn’t sure if I could or wanted to go. In the end, I went and I am glad I did. It was my first full game of D&D and our adventure was quite interesting, although it had to be ended early since we ran out of time. I will save the stories for another time, as it will get long.
Fun and games aside, I had to pack up my stuff and clear out the apartment, which was not easy. There had been a lot of junk that accumulated over the years (even before I moved in) and I was the only one there to clean up. Even my own stuff I had trouble packing up. I liked this place, and didn’t really want to leave, and wanted to keep my stuff out for as long as possible. Not to mention I have a bunch of modeling supplies and parts not finished yet. I stayed up for hours night after night working on as much as I could, but it wasn’t enough. My parents had to take multiple trips in order to ride everything back home. That was how my time in Davis came in an end.
Some stuff I watched this month:
- Cross Ange
- Yugioh 5D’s
- Shokugeki no Souma (1st episode. 派手！Having read the manga made it even more funny to watch. The character voices were somewhat close to what I had imagined.)