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04-13-2018, 04:28 PM
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Backlash's Diary, April 13th, 2017

Pretty sure I just witnessed my first brush with office drama. So I'm working as a temp for this healthcare company, right? And this super-nice Chinese dude was getting a new cubicle upstairs, right? Window seat and everything. I was setting it up, my supervisor was talking to him, then outta nowhere this lanky-ass mophead of a man walks across the room and asks Chinese Dude what he's doing there. We tell him it's his new cubicle, and he says "W- Well I didn't see him on the seating chart.", before getting rebuffed and storming off to see the manager downstairs.

At first me and Chinese Dude shrugged, thought that was the end of it. Naw, instead he turns out to be the head honcho for that part of the office, and comes back with written orders to evict him from his cubicle. My supervisor was calm at first, but even she couldn't resist the urge to call him a "total asshole" once he'd left. 

Funny enough, earlier that day I'd said that I'd love to be a permanent fixture in their IT department. After seeing that, I'm afraid I'll have to retract my statement.

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05-02-2018, 11:15 PM
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Among other people of the era, the doctor I went to see today had a portrait of Eugene Debs - famous American socialist and co-founder of the Industrial Workers of the World - hanging in his office. I remarked on it: "Eugene Debs!", to which he corrected me saying, "Eugene V. Debs."

I wonder if he's a fan?

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05-06-2018, 10:49 AM
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So last night, I'm sitting on the toilet and brushing my teeth, when my phone vibrates twice, maybe a couple of seconds apart.
I think, I have two Reddit apps, maybe they're both notifying me of something.

I hear some walking outside the bathroom, and it vibrates again.
It's late (~0200), so maybe someone desperately needs to enter but doesn't want to be loud about it.

With my toothbrush still in my mouth, I check my phone, and this little exchange happens:

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So I get out of the bathroom, lo and behold, the light in my room is off, and there's just some random guy sleeping in my bed.

I try to get his attention, but he's either asleep or ignoring me.
He seemed to wake up instantly after I turned on the light.

He's roughly my height, white, short brown hair, clearly goes to the gym, and is completely off his face.
So he gets out of my bed, his clothes on my floor, wearing only a blue pair of underwear, and walks out of my room with no resistance.

We tell him that he's got the wrong house, but he insists it'll be fine if he sleeps here.
So he walks down the corridor, to another housemate, who's standing in the doorway to his room.

"I'll just sleep here"
"Not in this house, mate"

He isn't violent in anything, just rather stubborn.
After half a minute or so, my housemates manage to convince him that he won't be sleeping in that room, while I pick up his clothes and hand them to him on the way downstairs.

He gets dressed, but insists he doesn't need his shoes.
Fine, we're not gonna force him to wear shoes.

"The door's that way" a housemate says, pointing the way out, which also happens to be right next to his bedroom door.
So of course, the guy just strolls in there instead.

I'm not too sure what he did in there. Probably tried to go to sleep again.
I was standing at the bottom of the stairs, blocking them and the kitchen.

Eventually, i got cold, so went back up to get a shirt.
I notice he left his phone on my bed, and by the time I got back downstairs, he was already out of the door, but a housemate managed to catch up with him.

Rather anticlimactic, I know, but that's probably for the best.
In hindsight, I wonder if I should have kept the phone. At least that way he'd have to come back for it, and we'd be able to ask what the hell he was doing.

„Mad in Madrid, must be the wine, Señor~”
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05-06-2018, 11:00 AM
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(05-06-2018, 10:49 AM)malmon Wrote: -snip!-

Bahahahaha, that's incredible. Reminds me of my friend who got high, hopped stark naked in his car, and crashed into some bushes a hundred miles away from home.

Did he smell like anything? Dude musta been stoned out of his mind, mentally-ill, or as in the case of my friend, most likely both. ^_^'

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(05-06-2018, 11:00 AM)Backlash Wrote:
(05-06-2018, 10:49 AM)malmon Wrote: -snip!-

Bahahahaha, that's incredible. Reminds me of my friend who got high, hopped stark naked in his car, and crashed into some bushes a hundred miles away from home.

Did he smell like anything? Dude musta been stoned out of his mind, mentally-ill, or as in the case of my friend, most likely both. ^_^'

mm, I don't recall him smelling of anything >.<
Though he was mostly naked whenever he was near me. I didn't pick up anything from his clothes either.

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EDIT: Sorry, this turned out a lot longer than I expected... Might have to clean that up a bit tomorrow, as I got quite tired of writing towards the end of it. >_<

I wanted to share this story for a while but didn't find the time to write up a post. While this hasn't really happened "lately" the story is good enough that it would be a shame not to share it. I hope you don't mind! :)

So, this happened on my trip to Japan in Tokyo around two and a half months ago. Me and my mate were chilling in a (very) cramped, tiny neighborhood bar, just sitting at the counter chunking shochu and chatting with the locals. At some point during the evening the sliding door opens and very tired looking salary man, probably in his late 30s, enters the bar. After some initial hesitation upon seeing us foreigners he sits down next to us (the only available seat) and begins studying the shochu menu.

Now, this guy was the stereotype of a perpetually unhappy japanese worker drone. After first complaining about the selection of shochu offered, he proceeded to slowly sip the one he settled for, all the while staring emptily into his glass, only uttering the occasional long winded sigh. He didn't seem like the most likeable fellow but I was already quite drunk, so I decided to chat him up.

He seemed a picky shochu drinker so I planned to ask him for a shochu recommendation (osusume?). It quickly became clear that this guy spoke zero English and we both had to resort to using a smartphone and google translate to communicate. I didn't manage to get a good shochu recommendation out of him but somehow our conversation turned to japanese art (I mentioned that we planed on going to Tokyo National Museum the next day).

Now this was a topic that got him really excited. He turned out to be big fan of traditional japanese art and after giving us some museum recommendations he showed us a picture of his favourite painting. I'm sure you all know it:

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Of course its The Great Wave of Kanagawa by Hokkusai! Now, this is a pretty famous picture and I think even in Europe or the US a lot of people know it. Basically, every poster shop sells at least one Hokkusai poster, right? And of course, I have a poster of exactly this picture hanging in my room. So, after communicating to this guy that I, some gaijin from the other side of the world, indeed have his favourite painting hanging in my room, he goes completely nuts. Lot's of laughing, bowing, apologizing (for what even?), sugoing... Well, he was pretty amazed to say the least.

As the evening dragged on he eventually asked us if we wanted to "go ahead?". We were a bit hesitant at first so he clarified: "to cabaret club", "my kids can speak english", "I pay". We weren't really sure what a "cabaret club" was but we figured it must have something to do comedic performances, because in Germany "Kabarett" is a type of small-scale performance on a stage, often satirical or comical (never good though). Apparently his kids are there (jeez, this guy must be older than he looks!) and they can speak English and also he pays for everything? Well, we didn't expect a lot from japanese cabaret but the prospect of chatting with some japanese people and seeing something unique seemed enticing. At least it's going to be a new experience, so no reason to decline!

After saying good-bye to everyone and drunkenly trying to take some photos of the bar we eventually get going. This was when things started to get a bit strange... While we are walking I notice that the townscape is starting to get a bit seedier. Suddenly advertizements for "massages" are starting to pop up more frequently and some skimpily clad girls with pretty clear intentions are leaning against walls by the side of the street. The stranges thing was that some of the random strangers that pass us in the street seemed to bow infront of Tohiro, our companion, as soon as they recognize him. Huh? This guy must be someone important.

Anyway, we eventually make our way to this multistory building and Tohiro surefootedly walks straight towards the entrance. A very serious looking security guard appears out of nowhere and falls into step with us, all the while speaking some japanese gibberish into his earmike, apparently sending news of our arrival to his colleagues upstairs. The door in front of us opens and a group of very very drunk, rich looking salarymen (all well into their 50s or older) stumble outward and slog past us, the guys being barely able to walk and having to lean onto each other. The door is held up for us, we enter an elevator and the security guard sends us upstairs.

Now at this point me and my mate are both a bit freaked out because the building, the salarymen and the security guard all kinda give out a sleazy vibe and this isn't at all what we were expecting. However, there is nothing we can do at this point expect resigning ourselves to our fate. The elevator door opens, we exit, turn to the right and see a bar counter.  Infront of the counter stand ten very elegantly dressed, young japanese ladies as well as several butlers who all great us with a deep bow. Me and my mate manage to exchange several "WTF is going on here"-glances, when already one of the butlers sweeps in - "Your mantel please." - and ushers us to a lounge area with sofas and small tables. At one of the tables we see a group of old salarymen drunkenly chatting with several young ladies.

Shortly after sitting down I realize that I left my wallet and passport inside my mantle jacket and with the slightly seedy vibe this place gives of I'm starting to get even more nervous. I havn't even got the time to process all of this when a butler comes to our table with a caraffe of whisky, a bowl of ice and two glasses and puts them down on our table. With him is one of the girls from infront of the bar. She waves hello and wiggles into the space between me and my mate. Being all smiles she begins to pour us some whisky.

My mate and I have by now lost all notion that this establishment has anything to do with comedic performances and we are feeling quite freaky. What is this place? Is this a bordell? Wtf are we expected to do here? And where are Tohiros kids?

It also doesn't take long for the girl in our middle to try to start up a conversation (using her smartphone and google translate) all the while giving us deep smiles and fluttering with her eyes. Now, I'm not super socially akward but I'm not a social butterfly either and notoriously bad at small talk. The situation being as it is, I just can't think of anything to talk about and she starts to slowly pry some words out of my mouth, asking questions like "What are you doing in Japan?", "Where have you been already?", etc.

After a couple of minutes and a couple of sips from my whiskey, I begin to kind of calm down and can finally relax a bit, my mate taking over the conversation by showing the girl some pictures we took in Akihabara that day. When I look up I suddenly see four girls making their way to our table. They are all giving us big smiles, bowing and one by one begin sitting down at our table. One is sitting down to my left, one to my mates right, and two in front of us on the other side of the table.

We are now completly encircled have  one girl on every side of us. I kind of felt like a deer under the watch of  a pack of wolves, as all of them are trying to start a conversation, taking turns in asking me questions. None of them spoke conversation level english so the whole thing was pretty pointless and forced. The only English sentence the girl to my left could muster was a "You are very handsome." while gazing deeply into my eyes and giving me a big smile, to which I responded with a "Oh, you are very handsome too!" (which she undoubtedly was!). Well, that should give you an idea of the level of conversetion we were having...

So from there on out we were just making forced small talk, sipping whiskey and getting our cigarettes lit by the ladies. As time went on we kinda got the hang of it and were actually starting to enjoy ourselfs. At some point my mate went to the toilet. When he came back he told me he had found a price list: From what he could make out the whole ordeal must cost several hundred euros for both of us (actually the price probably wasn't that high, though we are not sure if we got the VIP treatment or not). Ooppss, do we have to pay any of that?

No problem though, at the end of the evening Tohiro-san just flipped out his credit card. He also didn't even buy anything for himself, wich was why none of the girls talked to him, and prefered to sit quietly at the edge of the sofa playing with his smartphone the whole time. Well, we all went outside said our goodbyes, cheered for hokkusai and went our seperate ways my mate and I making our way back to the hostel in stunned silence.

This is the place btw: https://goo.gl/maps/z6fidBJVx3p (it looks a bit seedier by night). Apparently these cabaret clubs are quiet harmless. You literally pay money for cute girls to keep you company and nothing more happens.
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05-24-2018, 05:12 PM
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(05-24-2018, 04:34 PM)mnl Wrote: -snip-

Sounded like quite the experience. Little spontaneous events like that are the best part of traveling. About how long were you guys at the cabaret?

 
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05-24-2018, 05:17 PM
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(05-24-2018, 05:12 PM)All in One Wrote:
(05-24-2018, 04:34 PM)mnl Wrote: -snip-

Sounded like quite the experience. Little spontaneous events like that are the best part of traveling. About how long were you guys at the cabaret?

Something between one to one and a half hours. We actually arrived quite late, so they had the place open for us until way after closing time.
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05-24-2018, 07:04 PM
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(05-24-2018, 04:34 PM)mnl Wrote: -megasnip!-

Don't you dare trim a single word of that story! I haven't been so captivated by something in months! :D

Y'see, it's stories like these that make me imagine Lewd as this super-comfy afterschool anime club, or perhaps in this case a quiet tavern in the wee hours of the night. That musta been one helluva ride, and there's so many questions I could ask, too! Like, is the reason he's so passionate about art 'cuz he always wanted to be a painter? And why did he refer to the cabaret girls as "my kids"? Did he mean to say "my girls", or is he childless and lament the fact that he never found a wife and had children? This is the stuff books are made of, man.

Speakin' of which, your writing-style is utterly fantastic. Assuming you don't already, you really should look into roleplaying or writing short stories someday! ^^

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05-25-2018, 03:26 AM
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(05-24-2018, 07:04 PM)Backlash Wrote:
(05-24-2018, 04:34 PM)mnl Wrote: -megasnip!-

Don't you dare trim a single word of that story! I haven't been so captivated by something in months! :D

Y'see, it's stories like these that make me imagine Lewd as this super-comfy afterschool anime club, or perhaps in this case a quiet tavern in the wee hours of the night. That musta been one helluva ride, and there's so many questions I could ask, too! Like, is the reason he's so passionate about art 'cuz he always wanted to be a painter? And why did he refer to the cabaret girls as "my kids"? Did he mean to say "my girls", or is he childless and lament the fact that he never found a wife and had children? This is the stuff books are made of, man.

Speakin' of which, your writing-style is utterly fantastic. Assuming you don't already, you really should look into roleplaying or writing short stories someday! ^^

It should be fine as it is now, no worries! Glad to hear it. :)

I always love reading your stories in this thread for the same reason. They always give me this super comfy and connected feeling. Feels like you get to see a glimpse of the real life person behind the avatar, you know? We were wondering about the "my kids" as well. The guy was probably around 40 yo and the girls in their 20s, so it might just be a cutesy way for older guys to refer to younger girls? Japan can be quite wierd with its age/respect dynamics.

Thank you for the compliment, that makes me really happy to hear! I don't yet, but I'll have to try it out someday. ^^
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05-25-2018, 12:56 PM
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(05-24-2018, 04:34 PM)mnl Wrote: snip

Maybe Tohiro-san was the owner of that place or something? Might explain his apparent affluence in the area, the sudden presence of security, and why he didn't seem interested in the girls.

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06-20-2018, 08:09 PM
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Well, fancy that. Today, I was subject to two random acts of kindness.

For starters, my one co-worker tapped me on the shoulder just past noon and asked me if I was busy. Turns out, the gal in the cube across from him had retired, and she'd left behind a whole buncha books on Job Control Language and COBOL. I told him once that I was interested in learning 'em, so I guess he figured it's better to give them to someone rather than the shredder. I must've thanked him five times.

And after that? The guy in the cube next to me - real character, retired but works for fun - up and gave me an extra German pretzel he didn't want. That's the first time in ages anyone's offered me food, and for once, I'm not even allergic to it! How cool is that?

It's turned out to be a challenging week for me, and I'm not really looking forward to the current project they've got me on. But if the office is gonna be this nice to each other, I'd reckon it's a small price to pay. ^^

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(05-24-2018, 04:34 PM)mnl Wrote: -snip-

thats so awesome. How long were (or are) you in japan for? How many people have you met that speak conversational english?
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06-20-2018, 10:48 PM
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Been a while since I've posted here.

I guess something "weird" is I became somewhat of a NEET lately. I'm scared of having a commitment to work but also I need something productive to stave off my boredom.
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(06-20-2018, 10:48 PM)KiMocci Wrote: Been a while since I've posted here.

I guess something "weird" is I became somewhat of a NEET lately. I'm scared of having a commitment to work but also I need something productive to stave off my boredom.

How will you support yourself finiancially as a NEET though? mom and pops place?
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(06-21-2018, 09:43 PM)Hexd Wrote:
(06-20-2018, 10:48 PM)KiMocci Wrote: Been a while since I've posted here.

I guess something "weird" is I became somewhat of a NEET lately. I'm scared of having a commitment to work but also I need something productive to stave off my boredom.

How will you support yourself finiancially as a NEET though? mom and pops place?

Yeah I'm staying at my mom's house for the foreseeable future.
My dad is also helping with finances, as well as helping with some job prospects.
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(06-20-2018, 08:25 PM)Hexd Wrote:
(05-24-2018, 04:34 PM)mnl Wrote: -snip-

thats so awesome. How long were (or are) you in japan for? How many people have you met that speak conversational english?

We stayed for 19 days! Next time I definitely want to stay longer.

It was kind of a mixed bag. Some were fluent speakers, some only managed very broken English and others couldn't speak it at all . Can't really give you a number though... :)
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My mom is such an interesting person. She's always told me not to walk on the lawn at night since the grass is sleeping, and just yesterday she asked me to flip a sandal that'd fallen upside-down since it'd bring bad luck. 

Her superstition does have its downsides though. She's been going through a rather stressful time behind the scenes, and was wondering yesterday if someone had cursed her. I had to look her in the eye and tell her that her misfortunes arose not from some great deceiver, as Descartes put it, but rather from the actions of individual people. I do hope she takes that to heart.

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I've been away for some time, but damn, reading through all the new replies and seeing this thread somewhat alive still was nice.
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2 weeks ago i spent 11 days in a mental institution it really sucked
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(08-04-2018, 04:57 PM)hiddenhiding Wrote: 2 weeks ago i spent 11 days in a mental institution it really sucked

Jesus man, that's awful! What happened? D:

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(08-04-2018, 07:15 PM)Backlash Wrote:
(08-04-2018, 04:57 PM)hiddenhiding Wrote: 2 weeks ago i spent 11 days in a mental institution it really sucked

Jesus man, that's awful! What happened? D:

ehh i dunno haha just some weird stuff
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(08-05-2018, 03:31 AM)hiddenhiding Wrote:
(08-04-2018, 07:15 PM)Backlash Wrote:
(08-04-2018, 04:57 PM)hiddenhiding Wrote: 2 weeks ago i spent 11 days in a mental institution it really sucked

Jesus man, that's awful! What happened? D:

ehh i dunno haha just some weird stuff

Well, at least you're doing better now. Welcome back! ^^

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08-06-2018, 11:15 AM
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Got into a car crash yesterday. The car is gone. My body aches quite a bit, but some of that is down to the fact that I also went kayaking just before it.

Of course, the one time I go outside I get injured.
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