I'm chilling out on the porch of my mother's house in Louisville, KY, watching the crowds stroll by at the St. James Court Art Show and The Girls play on the lawn. I've had a beer and some chips (shame on me for the latter), and I've already bought my traditional ceramic coffee mug. I plan to hook up with some of the old gang from Louisville this evening, so thus far my visit to the old home town has been nothingbut pleasant.
Like any self-respecting otaku, I collect various bits of Japanese pop culture. Part of my collection are a couple of anime phone cards (I have a Mazinga and -- as of today -- an InuYasha, and I've given The Girls a Sailor Moon and Pokemon card). (The Japanese have been using cards for public phones for some time, as yen coins are in too small denominations to be practial. At one point, some genius decided that the faces of the paper cards could be printed with anime characters, coporate logos, Mount Fuji or anything else that struck one's fancy. Anime phone cards have become something of a collectors' item in the United States; they are of course commonplace in Japan.)
Well, thanks to eBay, my collection has just grown tremendously and indeed instantaneously. I bought a lot of 100 random cards, which arrived today. They mostly feature photos of mountains, bridges and flowers, but there are a random selection of other cards -- advertisement, a 747, pretty girls and kawaii cartoon characters, although no anime cards. I also ordered that InuYasha card from the same dealer, though, and it arrived in the same package. c00L!
One of the most glaring indicators of my egregious failure to maintain this blog over the last couple of months has been my unforgivable neglect in noting the passing of Destroy-All-Monsters.com and the launch of its successor, Yellow-Menace.com. And, in truth, I've been nearly -- although not quite -- as bad about posting there as here. But i have managed to scratch out a few reviews for the new site. The most recent, which was posted yesterday, is of the sleazy but fun Japanese Original Video production Beautiful Target.
In planning to resume blogging, I'd decided to try to go light on the politics, at least at first. To be honest, commenting on the full range of the mendacity, corruption and incomeptence of George W. Bush and his Republican Party seemed an overwhelming task; I found myself lurking on variosu political blogs more than posting here. But this event, I can't let pass without note.
Rep. Tom DeLay stepped aside Wednesday as House majority leader after a Texas grand jury indicted him on a conspiracy charge stemming from a long-running campaign finance investigation.
...A grand jury in Austin charged DeLay, 58, and two associates already facing criminal charges with a single count of criminal conspiracy, accusing them of improperly funneling corporate donations to Republican candidates for the Texas legislature. (Read the indictment)
If convicted, DeLay could face up to two years in prison and fines up to $10,000, Travis County District Attorney Ronnie Earle said.
Before delving into the past, there's one current event of note, at least as far as my family is concerned. The Six-Year-Old lost her first baby tooth this afternoon. She's very proud of herself and excited about a visit from the Tooth Fairy tonight.
How appropriate that my last post, more than two months ago, should be an obituary, given that this blog has been pretty much dead since then. My apologies to all. Things are fine; I've just been extremely busy with work, family matters and other things. My regular readers -- all three of them -- knew that my posting had become sporadic as it was, so were probably not surprised when this blog went dark and silent altogether.
But with the impending arrival of October (October!), my favorite month of the year, it's time to buckle down and turn the lights back on around here. Watch this space for a quick summary of what I've been missed commenting on these last two months, and then lots of Halloween-related goodness as is my custom.