Bits & Bobs

Jun. 8th, 2011 10:31 pm
I most likely will never get around to writing about them otherwise, so here are some of the things I got up to recently. Please imagine these brief paragraphs as the elaborately detailed posts I meant for them to be, won't you?

K-Pop Extravaganza!

Last month, Eda got her hot little hands on a pair of tickets to the huge K-pop charity concert to raise funds for earthquake relief. There were a million or so acts and it was pretty much a sausage fest, as Eda described it; apart from two girl groups and IU (who is beautiful and adorable and I can't decide whether I want to do dirty things to her or watch her play with kittens), it was all boy bands. So just imagine us spending the evening bouncing along while mostly interchangeable Korean boys DID NOT RIP THEIR SHIRTS OFF on stage. It was actually a bit disappointing! The only guy who obliged was the one wearing the hideous skin-tight pants that he'd obviously stolen from the WWF. Also notable was that when ToHoShinKi (all two of them! XDDD) came out at the end, the entire Saitama Arena went red as the crowd got out its official penlights. "We're in Mordor! D:" I exclaimed. Best act for me was BEAST, who had lots of energy. And it's trashy dance music, what's not to love? Sadly (?!), "Every night I SHARK" actually did sound like "shock" when heard live. Oh, well. It'll always be shark in my head! ^o^

Moving Eda

Last Saturday, Sarah and I helped Eda move. It was pretty much the reverse of what Jill and I helped her do last year, in that this time she moved from Nippori to Nakano. It took two trips, same as last time, but the weather was gorgeous! We discovered that Pickled Nasu Lady has a buddy, Pickled Daikon Lady, in front of whose house I most rudely parked. Not in front of her door, or anything, but in front of the frosted glass window that wasn't even open! She came out and glared at me, but I ignored her, since she wasn't congratulating me on my superior backing up skills. And later, when we were getting reading to leave, she came and asked us what we were doing -- it was so worth it to hear Eda say, in possibly the bitchiest voice I've ever heard her use, "We're programming the navigation system." We didn't see her on the second run, but Pickled Nasu Lady was sitting by the side of the street, and told us, as we drove by, "There's no exit that way." I suppose my very loud peal of laughter wasn't very polite, but didn't she remember us from last year? XDDD

In between runs we had lunch at Big Boy, because that was the only place we could think of that had parking. I'd never eaten at Big Boy before (I only knew of its existence because of Austin Powers, to be honest), and the menu was pretty much just large chunks of meat, but I am in love with the salad bar! For Y600 you can eat mountains of salad, which I did. Who knew salad could be so filling! And I've done some research and found that there's a branch in Choufu within reasonable biking distance from my place. :D~~~

Game of Thrones

This series is SOOOO GOOOOOOOD! There are only two more episodes left to go for this first season, but that just means I'll be able to marathon them all. Tyrion is still amazing; Arya is great; Jon (and Ghost!) are finally getting to see some action; Tywin is perfect; I'll just stop there, because I'm too tired to go into details. Suffice to say, you should watch this series even if you don't know the books. Watch it!

Work

Kids crack me up. I taught my advanced class today (all kids who either graduated from our preschool or are returnees) and the word "boss" came up. I asked them if they knew what it meant, and who their boss was. They came up with, "Mummy and Daddy. And my teacher." So I asked them if they knew who my boss was. Dead silence. "Your mummy?" one girl tried. "No, it's Ms. Y." I pointed at my boss, who was at her desk on the other side of the room, and the look on their faces was priceless. I guess until that moment, the teachers were all just teachers on the same level. Which makes sense, since we all, my boss included, go by "Ms. FirstName". XDDD

Later on, I was giving them sentences and they had to tell me what kind of verb I'd used. I said, "I believe the moon is made of cheese." Chaos ensued! Well, almost. It was the little kid version of OMGWTFBBQ?!?!?!?, so I had to explain the joke, such as it was. At least they all knew that some kinds of cheese have holes in them.

JLPT

My brain is starting to hate me, and I've really no idea how much of an improvement over my last score I can reasonably expect, but at least I'm studying daily! I'll do one of the practice tests this weekend to get a rough idea of how badly I'll do. I wish I were kidding. -___-;;; At least I'm motivated now! I've got less than a month to go, but I'm more or less where I'd planned to be in my studying. Ideally, I'd have been going through the grammar book again as well, but I don't have the time. I can skim through it easily enough, as grammar is not usually my weak point.

Lady Gaga

I spent most of Sunday with Hannah, eating caaaaaake and shopping wandering through stores and not buying anything. Except for Lady Gaga's latest CD, which is even dancier than I expected. I quite like it, though I'm a bit surprised by how retro it sounds. Sure, everyone was going on about how "Born This Way" is Madonna remixed, but I hear hints of TLC in it too, and more than a bit of late '80s/early '90s Bon Jovi in some other songs. I'm not sure whether it'll grow more on me or whether I'll grow tired of it after a while, as none of the sounds sound as unique to me as "Bad Romance", "Poker Face" or "Telephone".

Caaaaaaake

To get back to the caaaaaake, we hit up the Sweets Paradise in Shibuya at 11:00, expecting it to be full of gyarus, but it was mostly full of ordinary folks, including a birthday party of 8-year-old girls. I guess 11:00 is too early for them -- it takes time to apply those five layers of false lashes, after all!

Misc.

I've finally managed to translate my chronic (when can one begin to describe it as chronic, anyway?) fatigue into getting to bed at a decent hour. Go me! I've been averaging about 11 to 11:15, which is amazing, considering I used to rarely make it to bed before half past midnight. I feel better in the mornings, though I still can't get myself to study then most of the time, leaving it for the evening. On the other hand, I've been lazy with Travelpod. Bloh. At least I've been uploading pictures? XD;

Time for some reading before bed. I'm thoroughly caught up in World of Wonders, so lets see if I can manage another chapter or two before my eyelids shut of their own volition.
Wow, it's been quiet around here lately...

Jet lag has never been so cruel to me. This is twice I've gone to bed around 11 and woken up in the middle of the night, unable to fall back to sleep. I was a right zombie at work on Wednesday, and today was only slightly better.

I need to get organised again this weekend. My apartment is a disaster (but that because I haven't yet finished unpacking) and I've been sliding on my nihongo study. Only a bit under two months to go before the test! *extreme fear*

Have started watching the third season of Slings & Arrows, finally, after only, oh... two years of it sitting on my shelf. It's way better than the second season was, but I'll wait until I finish to see if it tops the first. The snark about musical theatre is deliciously venomous, and as much as I love Paul Gross in this, Don McKellar steals the show with his bitchiness and aforementioned venom about musicals. I couldn't stop laughing at his, "If you want to communicate something to the proletariat, cover it in sequins and make it sing. It's noisy, vulgar and utterly meaningless. I love it." His delivery is perfect for every single line.

Speaking of perfect delivery, Oliver's ghost is pitch-perfect, especially during the therapy scenes. XD Also awesome are Richard and Anna -- omg the beancounters getting drunk together was so tragic/funny! And Anna's, "How does the new general feel about musicians?!"

Bwahahaha, and the Minister of Culture made a reappearance, much to my delight.

Tomorrow, I'm going to a Kpop concert featuring a million different performers, which I think means it's time to bust out the fake eyelashes with the silver strips. :D

Before that, though, I'm going to see if I can beat this stupid jet lag.

Bonne nuit!
Oh

My

God

Believe me when I say, with great awe, that the second episode of Game of Thrones was AMAZING. The ending. THE ENDING! The build-up, the music, the timing, it was PERFECT! *flaily arms*

Damn, I didn't expect this series to get me into the accelerated-heartbeat-edge-of-my-seat-I-can't-wait-for-the-next-part so fast.

The kids are incredible. Arya rocks so hard, and Bran. Bran! (even though he was in a coma the whole episode) *wants to hug him* I just want to wring Joffrey's pathetic scrawny neck, the prick. Tyrion is even better than I'd hoped for! And the direwolves! *shivers*

But on the subject of the direwolves, where the hell was Jon Snow's direwolf hiding all episode? *puzzled* Okay, I just checked, and you see Ghost for about half a second at the beginning of the scene when Jon and Tyrion talk on their way to the Wall, but the direwolf definitely wasn't there earlier, when Joh and his father parted ways. The hell?

And to think that I have to wait two weeks until I can watch the next episode! Oh sure, I'll be travelling around the U.K. for most of that time, but still. At least I'll get to watch two episodes back-to-back when I return to Tokyo! :D

Guuuuuh, I must watch that ending again, even though I was practically crying tears of rage right along with Arya. ;____;
Has anybody on my flist read A Song of Ice and Fire? Why the hell not?!

I just finished watching the first episode of A Game of Thrones and EEEEEEEEeeee! Be still my little fangirl heart! <3 <3 <3 It's like watching the book come to life! Though I suspect people who haven't read the book might be a little lost, I'm sure there will be more explanation of who's who in the coming episodes, seeing as how the cast is so huge. But I still got a little thrill of, "Hey, it's the Hound!" and "Oh, that must be What's-his-face Greyjoy!" even though they haven't been named yet.

First impressions: GOOD! It's GOOD! The sets and costumes look amazing! The direwolves (what we've seen so far, i.e. not much) are adorable! Joffrey looks like a total ass! Arya is great! Tyrion promises to be absolutely amazing! The Starks and Lannisters both look (and act) perfect, and the Targaryens are spot-on! The opening scene north of the Wall was wonderfully creepy, except for the fact that we couldn't see their breath. With snow all around, even. Bloh. But then at a later scene at Winterfell, you could see people's breath in the air. Seriously, add it in digitally if you must, but it NEEDS TO BE THERE if we're to believe it's winter.

What else, what else... The opening credit sequence, with the map and the clockwork, is really cool, and the long shots of Winterfell and King's Landing looked good. I really liked the weirwood, which I'd totally forgotten existed until there it was on the screen. And since it's an HBO series, there's plenty of blood and sex, which is good. It's about on par with Rome in terms of expliciteness.

I need to make sure my father brings me the books so I can read them over! Well, at least the first one, while the first season is airing. Here's hoping for lots of success, and for the rest of the series to be filmed! Maybe that'll make the author finish the damn thing, already. *pointed look*

Ooh, this is so exciting! Not quite Lord-of-the-Rings-are-being-made-into-movies! exciting, but not too far off.
I lied, I have something else I want to write about tonight. :3

I always thought that nothing could ever match the excitement I felt when looking forward to Peter Jackson's The Lord of the Rings movies, but here's something that might come as close as anything possibly could: HBO's A Song of Ice and Fire. Sure, those books don't have quite the importance to me that LotR does, but I do list them as among the best fantasy I've read -- now if only the author would give us the next volume, damn it! I got my father into the series as well, so I'll have to inform him that we're getting a tv version. Maybe one day we can marathon it together! ^o^

I'd read about the project to make the series into a tv series a while back, and remembered it a couple of days ago. Now that I've watched the trailers... EEEEEEEEeeeee! *fangirlish squeal* Here's hoping that it's on a level with Rome, i.e. better than The Tudors. And I really, really hope it's leagues ahead of The Mists of Avalon, if we're talking adaptations of fantasy books that hold some personal significance for me. XD;;;

So far it looks goooood, and the actors all look the part, though I didn't imagine Jaime quite so square-jawed. I always thought of Ned Stark as much darker and with a narrower face, but I completely trust Sean Bean with the role. After all, he made me care about Boromir, right?

It starts airing in April, but you can click around here if you want a little sneak peek.

Excitement! :D

:D :D :D
The girls this season are AMAZING! Gorgeous and hot and sexy and can they ever dance! *fans self* The guys aren't bad either. Actually, I like all of the contestants, and besides being talented, they are tops in the eye-candy department.

7 couples are left! )

And the results! Mmm, sexy rocker Cat... )

Blarg, I want my nose to stop being stuffed up! I woke up parched more than once during the night because my nose was out of commission, and breathing through my mouth completely dried it out. I'm afraid tonight will be the same... :P
Let's see how I did, shall we? My to-do list for the day was:

- moar nihongo! Not as much as I would have liked, but my brain shut down around 10 and I couldn't make myself do anything more. Still, I'm now only a day and a half behind, instead of 3, so that's not too bad -- I have Tuesday off to catch up completely ^_^

- do another load of laundry/put more clothes out to air Still have half a storage bin full of stuff, but it's mostly scarves and heavy sweaters, which I won't be needing for another month or so, most likely, so they can wait;

- sew a futon cover This took a bit longer than expected because at first I couldn't find the fabric I wanted, then when I did, I realised that I didn't have 2 metres, but 2 yards (I'd bought it online from the States -- seriously, U.S., get with the program and go metric, like the rest of the world! :P) which wasn't quite enough, so I had to add yet another fabric, but it turned out all right;

- do the dishes;

- vacuum Ion-kun seems to have gotten over his snit, or maybe it's the cooler weather. Either way, I was able to do the whole apartment without him shutting down!

- get groceries but forgot to buy more kleenex. Oh well, still have most of a box, plus the bag full of advertising tissue packs in my closet;

- start NonNaNoWriMo, i.e. write up my travels for my travelpod;

- watch more Project Runway so that I can finally catch up and discuss it with K tomorrow Watched one episode while darning socks. Have any of you ever darned socks? I can't remember ever doing it before, but these are funky knee-highs, i.e. not as disposable as most of the socks I usually wear. I remember my mother darning socks when I was little, teaching me that the best way to do it is to stretch the sock over a lightbulb. Since I had no lightbulb handy, I used a PET bottle, which works almost as well;

- email some people to whom I've long owed replies (A, A, C, D, T).

7 out of 9 isn't too shabby, what say you? Now I shall get ready for bed, hoping that my knees won't be as sore tomorrow. I really think it's the extra time spent studying cross-legged at my table that's doing it, because I can't think of anything else I've been doing differently.
I was up at 8 this morning for some good ol' nihongo taimu. I've taken to having the tv on with the volume down low as background noise while I study, because who knows? It might reinforce what I'm reading. XD It being Sunday morning, I fell on that silly kiddy show about two guys in one suit, which I hear some of you people like. It was pretty hilarious, I must admit. Since I wasn't giving it my full attention, I didn't quite get some bits. Like why did Dance-Boy -- his actual character name, of course! -- suddenly run through a police cordon, set up his boom box and start dancing in the middle of what was presumably an off-limits area?

This was also research, in a way, because to be a good teacher, one should try to be in touch with what interests the students, and my preschool kids love this show. They adore it with the passion of four- and five-year-olds who think that guys running around in weird armour suits are the coolest thing ever. At least three times a week, they ask me (since the other teachers just look at them blankly when the subject comes up) if I like Philippe. The colour drawings half in one colour, half in another. During playtime, they argue over who gets to be which character (Kid A: "Me is Shoutarou!" Kid B: "No, me!" Me: "How about you both be Shoutarou? XD" Kids: "Okay! :D"), then jump around, striking poses and shouting "Dabburu!"

"It's 'Double'," I correct them. " 'Dabburu' is Japanese."

"Double! Metaru! Toriggaa!"

"Metal. Trigger."

"Metal! Trigger!"

Since I've been correcting them, they're starting to catch on that those cool-sounding names are, in fact, English words. The other day, during a writing activity, Chikara suddenly asked me, "What's 'cyclone'?"

Wondering where he'd heard the word, and thinking it might have been some nature program or book (he's interested in science), I answered that it was a storm with very strong winds. He nodded and went back to his worksheet. Ten seconds later, he asked me, "What's 'Joker'?" Ah, now I see where this is going, thought I with a grin.

The weekend is over, which I think is very unfair. I did a lot, though, so at least I didn't waste any time! Friday was [livejournal.com profile] art_house_queen's and [livejournal.com profile] chimericalyours's joint birthday celebration at everyone's favourite cheap izakaya, and I got to take my fantabulous sequined shoes out on the town while meeting some very nice people. Yesterday, K and I nearly finished the Halloween costumes -- save mine, which I really need to get working on! -- and my apartment looks like a princess factory exploded in it. It's rather disturbing. Today I met up with [livejournal.com profile] akahannah and [livejournal.com profile] lizstarsky for some studying at Saizeriya, and we were kicked out! Well, we were very politely told that it was peak meal time, and if we were only studying and not ordering any more food... That's the first time that's ever happened to me, and I could only think, "This would never happen at Skylark!" XD

[livejournal.com profile] lizstarsky and I needed to head over to Shinjuku anyway, because we were meeting [livejournal.com profile] later_uk and [livejournal.com profile] nekonezumi to book ourselves a trip to Okinawa, which we did with minimal difficulty, since the flights and hotel we'd kimeta-ed (<-- actual English verb, and don't let anybody tell you otherwise!) were all available. So we're going to have ourselves a girly resort trip! I've never done that before, so I'm very excited! Afterwards, we met up with [livejournal.com profile] nekonezumi's parents, who are visiting for the week, and had Korean food for supper. Her parents are so sweet! I hope they have a lovely time in Japan.

Anyway, I've got some more benkyouing to do this evening to keep abreast of things. So far I'm doing quite well with my study plan, though I've not been able to manage as much as I'd like regarding kanji. That's the section that's going to slay me come test time. If they're shown in context, I might manage, but otherwise I'm afraid I'll be relying a great deal on my super wild guessing skillz.
Anybody in the Tokyo area interested in possibly making an easy Y3000? I can't quite remember why, but I'm on a mailing list for cosmetic/marketing/product research things, and for the first time, I qualify! (Other times they were looking for people of races/ethnicities/countries not my own). They're looking for people who are "White, Black, or Hispanic" (Hispanic here meaning pretty much any colour as long as there's no Asian ancestry, apparently). Let me know if you're interested and I'll give you the contact info. It's for a 5- to 10-minute skin tone testing, either on 25 October or 1 November, in Yurakucho.

In other news, I've started the major task of sorting through and cleaning up the pictures of The Great Train Adventure. Emily's been terribly productive and has already posted twice about it (part 1 and part 2 of ???), but it'll take me a bit longer than that...

This evening I finally started watching one of the roughly three thousand tv series sitting pretty on my hard drive, and it isn't even Project Runway (which I'm supposed to catch up on so K and I can gossip about it at work) or SYTYCD (American or Canadian, so that I can discuss them with my father). It's... the Chinese live-action Prince of Tennis! :D

I'm just one episode in but I think I already love it. I paused it frequently to note down the character names (tried to get the tones, but it's tricky!), because otherwise I'd just keep using the Japanese names, and that would be lame. So far, Long Ma (Echizen) is as much of a brat as you'd expect; Tao Cheng Wu (Momo) is always stuffing his face; Zhou Zhu (Fuji) is pretty; Zhong Guo Guang (Tezuka) looks and acts like he's 40 XD; Chen Hai Tang (Kaidou) is pissed off at the world; Qian Zhen Zhi (Inui) is just as you'd expect; Ju Wang (Kikumaru) is adorable and hilarious in a kind of obnoxious, snarky way; Da Shi (Oishi) hasn't really said anything yet, but he's always standing by Ju Wang (opening song has them gazing meaningfully at each other, ending song has them hugging XDDD); Zhou Yu (Yuuta) has a huge chip on his shoulder; and Huang Jue Wei (Horio) has 2 years of tennis experience!

Major change is that the story takes place in university, but they're all chomping at the bit to defeat Bing Di (Hyoutei), and we've already been treated to dramatic flashbacks of a guy I assume is Atobe defeating Zhen Zhi (Inui) the previous year.

All right, I've got time for another episode before bed! 8D
I don't know what it is, but I don't seem to be feeling the heat as much this year. Not that I'm complaining, if it makes it easier to sleep! Tabitha is complaining enough for both of us, anyway. @_@

Last night I remembered to tune in and watch 恋して悪魔 (ヴァンパイヤ ボイ) . I propose that it be renamed: Angsty Emo Vampire Boy and the Teacher Who Believes In Him tells you everything you need to know about the show. ^_^;

Speaking of angst, while I was waiting for K at ガスト this evening, I had time to surreptitiously observe a couple of high school kids at the table next to mine. For at least fifteen minutes, the pretty girl and the pretty boy said nothing, staring at the table and ignoring the plate of fries between them. The boy was sitting with his knees tucked under his chin, feet on the bench. The girl's eyes were red. When he got up and went over to the drink bar to refill his glass, she leaned her head against the divider, letting her hair fall over her face. The boy came back with his drink and they sat in silence for another minute or two before he suggested they leave. They split the bill.

And lastly, Crop circles are Chuck Norris' way of telling the world that sometimes corn needs to lie down, and Chuck Norris destroyed the periodic table, because Chuck Norris only recognizes the element of surprise. Because this always cracks me up.
So there I was, waiting for the light to change at Shibuya crossing, minding my own business, when my eyes were assaulted by this huge add that was PURPLE and PINK and GOLD and apparently is for Fuji Terebi's new drama called 恋して悪魔 (ヴァンパイヤ ボイ). The guy on the poster has these miniscule little fangs, but what I want to know is...

Does he SPARKLE??? XDDD

Lately I've been on a family restaurant kick -- K and I have made ガスト the scene of our weekly nihongo endeavours, and I've been frequenting similar places on my own, because it's much nicer to study when I can order various things to munch on as the mood strikes. I continue to be vastly amused that this country is full of restaurants where you ring a bell to be served, and also, the drink bar: best invention ever, Y/Y? (Royal Host has pineapple jasmine tea and Tropicana orange juice! Grazie Garden has maple tea, which is surprisingly delicious! And let's not forget our beloved Skylark, which kept us well supplied in beverages all through the night!)

Anyway, the other day it occurred to me that I hadn't yet partaken of the Chinese flavour of such establishments, which is why tomorrow, I'm taking myself on a hot date to Bamiyan to sample their mapo tofu. X3 *packs textbooks and notebooks*
So Japanese tv is insane, right? At the moment I'm watching some sort of ultimate fighting championship... between sea creatures. Called "ウミキング" (Umi King). Ocean dwellers are dumped in the same tanks and pitted against each other: a giant shrimp against a crab, then against an octopus. The announcer is pratically wetting his pants, exclaiming things like, "And the crab delivers a sucker-punch!"

Now it's an eel versus an octopus, and I have no idea how you're supposed to tell who's winning.

Oh, Japan. *helpless laughter*

Still, it's... oddly fascinating.
Finally, some reviews! Discuss in the comments? ^_^

Everyone should read these books: Vellum, Ink )

Back to the classics: Good Omens )

Mamma Mia! )

Rome, season 1 & 2 )
I still haven't finished Ink, so Vellum will have to wait another week.

In the meantime, The Tudors, season 1 )

In other news...

Dream Live 6th in Tokyo the weekend my brother is here!

EEEEEEEEEeeeeeeee! :D
A week late, and a book fewer than I was hoping (am reading Vellum but have 40 pages left and figure if I don't post these now, it'll be another week...), but here are some reviews! As always, discuss in the comments if you have any thoughts on any of these things. ^_^

Shockingly, there is no death by butter knife! But here is a long review of it anyway. Girls Love )

Featuring the most badly-animated gay pâtissier ever! Antique Bakery (anime) )

Another reason to love KenKen, because there weren't enough already. ^_^;;; Butlers! Happy Boys )

No superlative seems strong enough! So You Think You Can Dance Canada )

I'm a pretty even-tempered girl, and it takes a lot for a book to frustrate me, but this book managed. And how! If anyone would like to read this book, I'll gladly give it to you -- you may want to skip this review, then, because I'm about to reveal the surprise ending, which totally surprised me because it had NO BUSINESS ENDING LIKE THAT! My Sister's Keeper )
Blake mocking Emanuel Sandhu's bowtie?

PRICELESS!

*sporfle*
I promised myself that I'd do it right, this time 'round. And since I never did get around to writing the rest of my reviews for 2008, I'll write them up along with the new ones. Let's see how long this resolution lasts...

Feel free to discuss in the comments!

Amazing Grace )

Rome, season 1 )

Enfin veuve )

Iron Man )
Today's Happiness Was Brought To Me By...

The sunset was glimpsed through rifts in the clouds. When the sky looks like that, I always imagine I'm looking at a calm sea between arms of land. Tilt your head just right, let go of your perception, and there is light on the water and islands all the way to the horizon.

Yesterday, Jill gave me the cutest little Christmas cross-stitch. I think I'll hang it on my tree. <3

I spent a lazy day indoors reading and cuddling with Tabitha. I also finished watching Tokyo Ghost Trip and started watching Rome. And do you know what's funny? Cicero is MR. COLLINS!!! I'm not sure I should find that as funny as I do, but I couldn't stop snickering. Also, Lucius asking Titus advice about women was perfect. Those two are great together.

I started knitting myself some legwarmers! To be worn strictly indoors, because the colours are a bit much. Even for Tokyo. XD

Tabitha is on my lap and she refuses to be moved. I may have to sleep sitting up! D:

I still like my hair, though it's a bit of a shock to see myself in the mirror.
Is it wrong to want to marry a tv show? XDDDDD

Oscar: Kids are animals! They need discipline! Otherwise it's anarchy, like Lord of the Rings!
I've just started on the 5th season of Corner Gas (3 episodes in), and it's every bit as good as I've come to expect. To wit (and the actors just kill me with their delivery, which obviously doesn't come across in the transcription):

Hank: It's like there's no way out. Kind of like that Kevin Costner movie.
Brent: You mean "No Way Out"?
Hank: No. Uh... "Dances With Wolves"!

Oscar: The world's a dirty place, Lacey. Things happen, things you don't wanna know about. Money changes hands, people look the other way. *dramatic pause* Cats go missing.

Wanda: You just sucked a pancake full of eggs out of me under false pretenses!

We've also seen the return of Competitive!Lacey, and while the spinning class scenario did not end with any romantic Karen/Hank hilarity (the lusting-after-Hank episode from the first season is still one of my favourites), it was quite satisfying. As usual, Oscar is pure genius.

And oh god, Davis's Christmas card. XDDDDD

So it seems that the 6th season will be the last. While it's sad, if they can keep up this level of funny until the end, I won't be sorry to have such an excellent show end on a high note. But I've still got plenty to watch until then, so here's to continued lols! :D

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