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Japan Trip Plan B 
1st-Oct-2015 06:00 pm
I probably should have posted about this yesterday, but it was Review Rednesday, and we hate to miss Review Rednesday. Plus we don't have time to think of a good name for if we decide to do it on Thursday, but we almost did it on Tuesday last week and we would have called it "Reviewsday." Cool, right?

Anyway, as I mentioned on Tuesday, our plans to give ourselves the kick needed to cross the Pacific Ocean fell through when we failed to win the Kingdom Hearts Fan Event ticket lottery. We were part bummed and part relieved, because we don't quite have the capacity to handle planning a trip to Japan this month (and we would have to leave at the end of this month).

Then it just so happened that someone else did win a ticket lottery, this time for an event in January. But in a tragic turn of events, none of her friends scored tickets, and apparently don't have the time/money/whatever to go to Japan without the motivation of a super awesome seiyuu concert. Anyway, the someone who won the tickets is a friend of ours from Anime Expo, with whom we once shared a hotel room. We found out about all these goings on when she suddenly posted to Facebook, "I don't want to go to Japan alone!"

Our first reaction was, "What? You're going to Japan? Why would you be going alone?" So we asked about it and she explained what I just explained in the previous paragraph. Well, we needed some motivation to get ourselves to Japan, and here was some. The timing was good, too. We told her, "We just lost a ticket lottery, too, but we need to go to Japan soon anyway." And she said, "How does January sound?" And we said, "Pretty good!"

So now we have plans to plan to go to Japan in January. It will be cold. We're still planning to go to Disneyland (we haven't told her yet, but we think she'll be amenable). And most importantly, somehow the fact that we'll be helping someone else makes us less scared and more confident! Tadah!

(PS: lyschan, I know there was talk of you joining us on a trip to Japan. If you want to go January 13th-23rd-ish, we can see if she would be okay with you coming along. She seems to be a more-the-merrier type.)

And that concludes the story of our Japan Trip Plan B.

Today I'm thankful for finishing our Your Lie in April translation today, finally getting the laptop to agree to play Kingdom Hearts [chi] (now we're supposed to fight a boss that's ridiculously powerful), getting to read manga last night, Page's super cute sleeping posture, and it being time to watch TV and eat dinner.
2nd-Oct-2015 01:24 am (UTC)
Aww, thanks for thinking of me!! :D January sounds like it could be more doable than November (if only because I haven't been assigned any deadlines that far ahead yet, haha). If you don't mind asking your friend, I would like to see if I can make it happen!

(oooh Expedia's got round trip tickets starting at like 800 if I fly out of Chicago (where I just happen to have a brother and sister-in-law living)...)
2nd-Oct-2015 09:03 pm (UTC)
There are developments going on behind the scenes that we are not always apprised of. This friend has now entered another lottery to try to get more tickets for her fellow-fan friends. I don't think this means we've been rejected, but we haven't had time to ask about it. Anyway, whether it works out with this friend or not, we can still plan to go together in January!

(In the meantime, we'll see if we can spare a minute to be assertive about this whole thing. We're not too offended either way; we just like to know all the details about things...but not in a hurry.)
3rd-Oct-2015 12:46 am (UTC)
Thanks for the additional info :) Whatever ends up happening with your friend, I'd love to plan a trip with you! (honestly I am a little concerned about going to an outdoor theme park in January, but if you Californians think you can handle it I trust you. I also realize that holding out for better weather would mean waiting several more months since it's only going to get colder now.)
3rd-Oct-2015 04:43 pm (UTC)
Don't worry; we looked up what winters are like in Tokyo and you might actually find it quite pleasant, as the average low is a couple of degrees (Celsius) above freezing. It's a little colder than what we're used to in the winter, but that's what layers are for, I guess.
3rd-Oct-2015 04:59 pm (UTC)
Yeah, I figured it was a little warmer than MI, so it could be a nice get-away from the weather here :) But single-digit temps are still pretty chilly! (it's a cloudy 8ºC here and I've pulled out the blankets and sweaters and hot tea already. I gotta get used to this quick.)
4th-Oct-2015 09:54 pm (UTC)
We only used Celsius because that's what the sites we looked up used and we were too lazy to remember the conversions exactly. Usually Celsius is Greek to us.

And believe me, we know that near-freezing is not pleasant. When we were growing up I think I remember being coldest when the outdoor thermometer we passed on the way to early-morning seminary said 42. Of course, it might have actually said 48...

The point is, we have a very low tolerance for cold, but now we know how to layer our pants, and we will have our super awesome (fleece-lined) travel jackets by then!
4th-Oct-2015 10:42 pm (UTC)
I only know Celsius at all because I set it as my computer's default unit (there's this "widget" screen on macs that's got a weather bar and calculator and sticky notes and stuff) in an attempt to gain some sense of what the numbers mean in real life. I still can't keep track of the corresponding Fahrenheit degrees in my head.

42 and 48 are both cold this time of year. Come spring they'll be gloriously warm though—it's all about context :)
5th-Oct-2015 05:00 pm (UTC)
Are you suggesting that the United States don't exist in real life? XD

That reminds me of the meme we sometimes see on Facebook. 50 degrees in California with a grayish picture of everyone all huddling their shoulders and bundled up as warm as they can get, and 50 degrees in Idaho with a picture of a happy family having a picnic on a sunny lawn.
5th-Oct-2015 05:17 pm (UTC)
Haha no, that's not what I meant! More like, what does 8º or 12º or 20ºC feel like in practice, rather than just in theory. What I'm finding is that neither set of numbers helps me that much, because the point is how it feels, and that can vary (by what I'm used to, by whether I'm upstairs or down or outside my house, by what time of year it is (in the fall my house always stays cooler inside than out so I put on long sleeves and then am surprised when I walk outside and it's hot)...)

Yes, it's like that meme! But even Idahoans and Michiganders get grumpy about the low temperatures when we're used to summer (also because we know worse is coming). When my family visited SF in August one year and it was 50-60 you can bet we were as bundled up as any of the natives :)
5th-Oct-2015 11:38 pm (UTC)
So true about how it feels. We noticed in Fresno that there's just a time when it's "too cold" or "too hot", and from that point on, you don't notice the difference anymore.
2nd-Oct-2015 02:44 am (UTC)
Yay for plan B :) That reminds me of what Maria said in "The Sound of Music": "When the Lord closes the door, He always opens a window somewhere", paraphrasing from memory so it may not be an exact quote .
2nd-Oct-2015 09:03 pm (UTC)
Thank you! I thought of the exact same thing! (Forgot it came from The Sound of Music, though.)
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