Haven't been to a picnic in a while. Interesting that it's an international holiday. The weather outside would probably be just right for one. Sunny and warm with a cool breeze.
In Cartoon Kat-tun, Ueda, Kame, and Akanishi were visited by a 'principal' of an all boys' school. He had a student, and 2 high school girls tagging along (no one knew why the girls were there). You could tell that they were comedians/actors. I like all the skits they've been doing. Anyways, the principal wanted to show them what makes a real 'man'. I was laughing throughout the whole bit.And the guys started laughing like crazy. They didn't care about what makes a real 'man'. Koki was kind of ambushed in the hallway by someone posing as a wrestler. The wrestler did this weird dance and ran into Nakamura and Taguchi's room. Where he surprised them, and told them why he was angry. Then, he tried to pump them up, and get them as angry as he was. It was another funny segment.
In Hitman Reborn, Tsuna and Gokudera try to figure out where Reborn would be, and bump into the future version of Yamamoto. He's a lot more with it in the future. Apparently, Tsuna had just died in the time he was transported to. He was trying to make a peaceful agreement with an increasingly powerful rival family. But, was suddenly killed during those talks. Supposedly most of the Arcobaleno (like Reborn, Colonello, etc.) were wiped out. But, the Vongola Guardians are still around. Yamamoto takes Tsuna and Gokudera to the family's hideout, and they find the Reborn from their time. He has a hard time with the environment outside, and has to where a weird 'alien' like suit. He tells Tsuna that they were transported to just a couple of months before the usual 10 years. (Well, the usual meaning what happens when Lambo and other people use his 10-year bazooka.) So, maybe they have to wait 2 more months to go back to their time? Meanwhile, their bumbling frightened neighbor turns into a vicious leader of the rival family that killed Tsuna in the future. Really weird. Gokudera from the future had told him to kill that neighbor after Tsuna goes back in time, before he was transported back in time himself and his 'past' self appeared in his place. This is quite an interesting story arc.
Today, I started reading the manga, Akaya Akashiya Ayakashi no, or Aka Aka for short. It translates as: Of the Crimson, the Light, and the Ayakashi. Ayakashi are like ghosts or spirits. It's been very interesting. The story begins with a dream filled with red camellia, and a strange mask. The owner of the mask is Yue who lives at a temple populated with some rather unusual residents. The nearby town, Utsuwa, is holding a winter festival. Kurogitsune (lit. Black Fox), his fox spirit friend decides it's the perfect opportunity for the sheltered Yue to experience the sights, sounds, and most of all the food. Even though Yue is forbidden to leave the temple, they sneak into town. Humans all looked the same to Yue, except 2 people he met while looking at the pinwheels. Once the 'mistress' finds out, she doesn't punish them right away. Saying that the festival is always tempting. But, she said the 2 guys he saw might be special, and that he should become friends with them, then eat them. Kind of crazy.They're not even sure if the people he met were human. This is one of the few josei mangas that have caught my eye. I usually read shounen ones. Josei is aimed at late teens/adult women, and shoujo is aimed at young girls. But, josei has elements that are quite different than shoujo, and often gets confused with shounen. (I hate the stereotypical shoujo 'style'.) Shounen is aimed at young boys. (The older version of shounen is seinen. I've found some interesting seinen ones, too.) Kind of interesting. Funny thing is even if they're aimed at a certain age/gender, people are drawn to all of them. But, I guess it gives people an idea of what type of story it might be, or even where it's coming from.
Played my clarinet. Did some jazz and klezmer tunes. Sounded pretty good this time.Only made a few mistakes, and that was from miscalculating my breathing, and trying to get it perfect. When I stress too much on getting it perfect, I fumble more often. When I'm relaxed, I play much better. Have to keep that in mind.
Edited and printed off some of my 'posters' or 'flyers' for my novel, Alliance. Didn't get to writing more of my first short story for my anthology of nightmares. Figured out more about how I'm going to do my next drawing. It's a drawing that'll have all the characters from Alliance standing up next to each other, with a height measure next to them. They'll be interacting with each other. Kind of to show their personalities, how tall they are, figure out more of their 'design', and clothes. It'll probably take a long time to finish, but it sounds like fun.Going to the support group later tonight, too. That should be interesting.
Today I continued with more compounds for 所. 所感 or しょかん (shokan): impression, feeling. 所管 or しょかん (shokan): jurisdiction. 所見 or しょけん (shoken): view, opinion, findings. 所作 or しょさ (shosa): conduct, behavior; movements, gesture; performance (on stage, etc.), dance, acting. 所在 or しょざい (shozai): whereabouts. 所在地 or しょざいち (shozaichi): location. 所持 or しょじ (shoji): possession, owning. 所属 or しょぞく (shozoku): attached to, belong to, member. 所存 or しょぞん (shozon): opinion, intention, thought. 所得 or しょとく (shotoku): income, earnings.