Yesterday I finally took some great advice that Lacey's Dad (who blogs way too infrequently) at It's a Dog's Life gave me months ago. I attended a gathering hosted by a meetup.com group in my area. In early summer he and I were discussing how hard it is to meet people and he gave me several suggestions, all of which I quickly dismissed as too outgoing for someone like me. But I did look around the meetup website for my area, and I've been looking at a specific Japan-oriented group for months, striving to come up with great reasons why I can't attend their meetings. I finally ran out of reasons this week and forced myself downtown to a Japanese tea house where about sixteen or seventeen of us folded origami for two hours. I was a little worried that the group would consist of a bunch of angsty American teenagers into anime, but the majority of attendees were my age and have a real interest in Japan. It was nice to use little Japanese phrases, and listen to people talk about Japan with love and sincerity that matches my own. So surprising but true, I had fun with a bunch of strangers and am looking forward to next month's meeting. Honto ni? Honto ni! (Really!)
New favorite song: The Guy That Says Goodbye to You is Out of his Mind by Griffin House
Two years ago: I was chillin out with Anderson Cooper when the craziest thing happened . . .