|What I've Been Up To
July 10th, 2010 at 11:15am]
So I haven't posted about my personal life in ages, aside from the random emo post and brief update.
I'm going home for vacation on July 28 for my dad's wedding. Before you guys ask, I love my future step-mom and step-sister. Ellen (the former) is one of the few "adults" who from the time we met treats me like a human being who can contribute to conversation. I think a lot of us young-ish people might experience how our parents and their friends still treat us like we're little kids begging for a cookie while the adults are talking. That's changed a bit since I moved out on my own and no one knows exactly how old I am (I keep my age under lock and key at work, though some people do know how old I am).
Work is... well... ha. I don't want to make this an EMO POST, so I'll stop right there.
But I do have work friends. We go out on weekends every so often in Roppongi. Yes, THAT Roppongi. It's one of the few places in Tokyo with a high concentration of bars that don't have a cover charge, plus it's only about 15 minutes from where I live. Shibuya and Shinjuku are also extremely close, but Shibuya mostly has clubs that cost something like 3000 yen (about $32) to get in. Shinjuku has a lot of izakaya, which are basically just restaurants where you can drink for 2 hours for a certain fee (around 3000 yen). The problem with those is that you're severely limited in terms of who you can interact as you only sit with your group and your group alone. This is fine on some occasions, but I love people watching. Anyone who's been out in public with me knows that I will comment on everyone who walks by. These comments range from catty to absolute praise. I hardly approach people, though my one work friend, Kathy, will go straight up to a guy if I think he's hot and say, "She thinks your hot. Talk to her." HAHA!
Not surprising, I do go out a lot. I tell myself I am young, there are some attributes to my physical person that are attractive, so why not work it while I still can?
Speaking of going out, I met akariyoake and dacrazyblaze1 right before we went to the BUCK-TICK COVER BAND SHOW OF AMAZING BITCHERY! First of all, I am so glad to meet people who love Buck-Tick. I always am. I am completely in the school of thought that if you like something I love, I want to share everything I know/have about them. I don't care how long you've liked them or how you got into them, we are automatically BFFs.
Second, the show was endless fun. The second band was by far my favorite. They were called BUCKri-TICKri, which is a lame name for sure, but don't let that fool you. You know the saying don't judge a book by its cover? Well, the book in question (BiQ) was the band's vocalist. Out comes this pretty chubby, kind of bald man in a long, black coat with a boa. Being the shallow BiTch that I am and knowing that Atsushi has set the bar for hottness far too high, I immediately wrote him off as a disappointment. Then the first song started. That man can sing. And dare I say it? His voice was technically better than Atsushi. Full and rich, he went through songs like "Kirameki no Naka de" like they were melted dark chocolate. The instrumentals were overall fine, though B-T isn't exactly difficult to play, but you have to have a certain je ne sais quoi in order to pull off Atsushi's suave and presence.
I can't say the same for some of the other acts. The vocalist of B-T-K (probably the most "famous" B-T cover band) has a similar tone to his voice, but is mild on stage. Little side note: I made a comment on the show's mixi post and the vocalist of B-T-K messaged me. I'm sure he did that for everyone, but I just thought that was nice. I know I've mentioned this time and time again, but B-T fans are some of the nicest people I've met.
That being said...
My compadres and I were standing off to the "Hide" side against the wall. See photo below. After the first band, I noticed a tall woman standing probably about four feet away from us. I thought, "That looks a lot like Chloe." If some of you remember, I went with two American girls, Chloe and Kei to Tokyo Dark Castle in January. They broke my Castle virginity and I've loved it ever since. We got along alright, but I wouldn't say she's best friend material. I knew she was a bit of an elitist, alluding to the fact that she's "met" Toll and Imai, or someone from B-T. She's tall, skinny, and white, which makes her popular amongst some of the gentlemen, so I wouldn't be surprised if she cozied up with someone to get to meet certain members of certain bands.
Anyway, so I took a long, hard look at this woman. She was wearing sunglasses and her hair was pitch black (obviously dyed), but I could still tell it was her. So between two of the bands' sets, I said, "Chloe?" No response. I said it a bit louder, "Chloe?!" I explained to akariyoake and dacrazyblaze1 that I knew that girl. I could've sworn her glance went my way a few times and immediately looked away when I tried to make contact. A little while later, someone I recognized from the All B-T Karaoke group came up to Chloe's group. He immediately spotted me (it's hard not to spot three gaijin) and said, "Oh hey! How are you? Are you enjoying the show?" He was quite nice. In fact, he had asked me at the karaoke a few months ago if I knew Chloe, so it wouldn't be unrealistic to see him in her group of friends. Before I could ask if that was Chloe, the music started again.
She soon moved further away from us, too far to yell for sure, but at the end of the show, we made our way out of the venue and who did we see standing outside having a smoke? Chloe. I said, "I am just going to try this one more time. If she ignores me, she truly is a huge cunt." There was no possible way she could NOT hear me from about 7 feet away, say her name. "CHLOE!" I yelled and waved. She stared directly at me. Not so much as a nod, a wave, or a smile. After a few seconds, she turned back to her group of friends.
I ask, dear friends, WHAT DID I DO TO HER? From what I remember, we left on good terms. I teased her about MAKING OUT WITH GENET (oops! I wasn't supposed to post that on my public journal), but other than that, we left on a sort of, "If you're in Tokyo again, let's hang out." kind of empty but friendly promise way.
It really bothered me that the ONE gaijin B-T fan I met was a huge, self-loathing gaijin snob. However, I am significantly less bothered to know akariyoake and dacrazyblaze1 are sane, humble, and don't judge me for (GASP) being on that FANTARDED BUCK-TICK COMMUNITY ON LJ! (Chloe had said it was too fantarded for her. Aside from the occasional "Atsushi is hot" post, there's hardly anything that constitutes that label. Has she not seen any Gackt, Dir en grey, or Miyavi community/gathering of fans?)
Back to what I mentioned in my "first of all". Here is a moment of bragging. I have some connections. I have met certain people. But if I ever for ONE MOMENT come off as an elitist who feels entitled just because I've met so-and-so, please tell me. I am still a gooey mess for certain bands and though I'm not physically pulling my hair out a la Beatles fans circa 1964, I am still deep down a fan. I could've easily rattled off a list of people I've met and who knows ME (by name and by sight), but I didn't. And I don't. End of story.
Oh, and since Chloe will never see this (she's TOO GOOD FOR LJ), I can give her a big, BiTchy fuck you from the BoTtom of my heart.
BUCK-TICK FOREVER REMEMBER TO DIE *clip clip*
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I am directly under the "J" on the wall with my arm up flashing B-T gang signs.