8.11.2004

Heyos. I got back from my trip yesterday with plenty of cool stories. On saturday I flew down to san diego with my parents and heather. We went to the bar mitzvah in the evening and the dinner afterwards. There were kiddie gambling tables (fake money, real games) there and I broke even at blackjack. Nothing to write home about, but I used the chips to buy gift certificates to baskin robbins.

The reason this bar mitzvah is one of the best I've been to in a while really came up the next day, at the party. It was a place called david and buster's which is an arcade gamer's wet dream. It's like the metreon arcade but with food, beer, and a helluva lot more games. Whoo.

I'm hella better at Galaga than this guy.

I played stand-ups of Space Invaders, Joust, Asteroids, Strider, Centipede, Missle Command, and Galaga, of course. Playing Galaga was intense. I probably I blew around $10 on that one game, but it was well worth it. I got past level 68 at least (I forget which one I ran out of money on) but I scored upards of 450,000. As far as I know, that's around half the points possible in the game. Not too shabby. (I also made it to the #4 slot for centipede hi scores board with 92589 points, which isn't bad considering I seldom play it.)

It was really great seeing my cousins and I went over to their house afterwards. When it was over, It was time to depart on the second leg of this mini-vacation: the drive back.

I decided to drive back with my grandparents instead of flying back. This turned out to be a great decision as there was lots of neat stuff on the way. We stopped off in Long Beach (where the queen mary is moored) to visit a brazillian family. It's a long story, but one of the women there is the sister-in-law of some lost family in brazil that we're trying to meet. Anyway, they were awesome cooks and nice people all around.

'I spy with my sexy eye something starts with S.' 'Is it sign?' 'Um... no.' 'Yes it is! Sign is only word you know how to spell.' 'I can spell 'beefs' too.' -Weebl and Bob

After spending the night in long beach, it was time to pack off once again. This time, Destination: Solvang. It's a touristy little scandinavian village that I like a lot, and it was great to go back.

Don Quixote's final nemisis. (I took this picture, thak you very much.)

I saw my friend Jack there (he lives about two miles away), and we ate at a danish Smørgasboard. He also told me about this awesome weapons shop downtown where I finally found a reasonably priced....
Katana! Doooooooosh.

It seems as if everyone in suburbia has one of these nowadays. I know Neyht (is that how you're spelling it now?) has a set with a Katana, Wakizashi, and Tanto (that's what the seppuku one is called, I believe). Robert has a similar set, minus the tanto. It would be cool as fuck to make some sort of samurai movie with 'em.

I'll post pics of my entire dagger (and now sword) collection once I get a new digital camera, as the old one broke after so many years. For now, here's a pic of the late Toshirô Mifune in Yojimbo. Classic movie, go rent it.
I don't know which is cooler- the katana or the yukata.

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