下手の横好き世界5 by William Van Hecke

These are my updates

Two authentic Japanese futons arrived in the (express) mail this morning. These were a (surprising and inexplicable) gift, and probably cost more to mail than they did to buy. I won’t complain, though; they are nice, comfortable, and reminiscent of days in Japan. :D

The repair of my car door will cost $65 (if I just want the bent metal molding replaced), or $710 (if I also want the tiny little dent removed). I was quite happy to just ask for the molding. That’s a small price to pay for the knowledge that I’m better off parking in the street from now on.

My new Sega Surf Wave wireless PS2 controller exhibits none of the insane behavior of the previous one. Now I can truly say that it’s the best controller of any kind that I’ve ever used.

Five new books arrived from Amazon, including the new Dawkins. It’s taking a lot of resolution to avoid reading them all at once.

I was going to sit down and cancel my order for Amie Grand’s Goth-Loli Rei garage kit, which has been on back-order at HLJ for months, when I got an e-mail that it had shipped! This is the same day that I worked on my Dokusho Suru Rei kit for the first time in over a month. Her shoes cleaned up quite nicely with fine sandpaper, and now they have a fresh coat of paint. Next up is airbrushing the skin; it’ll be a challenge.

Atelier Iris: Grand Fantasm is fun and rewarding. But I’m worried about the characters. The Azoth of Destiny had such warmth and positivity, while so many people in this game are mean, insecure, cruel, dishonest, or chauvinistic. Iris and Ana are the only purely nice characters who come to mind. Even the main character Edge is kind of a jerk, especially to Iris herself. I kind of miss Felt and Viese. :