Apr. 6th, 2017

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1. Today was Carla's birthday, so we went to Portillo's for lunch. I am not into the Italian beef thing (or French dip), because I don't like soggy bread, but they have really tasty hot dogs.

2. I have tomorrow off, too! I'm not used to having two days off in a row, so I kept thinking today was Thursday and I'd have to go to work tomorrow, but it wasn't and I won't! Also yesterday and today were really busy and I'm looking forward to having a day to just relax tomorrow.

3. I played a lot of Zelda again. I got to Akkala Tower, got a few shrines, explored a lot, and got the Akkala ancient tech lab working again. Oh, and I finally had a bunch of rupees, so I finished the Hylian Homeowner side quest.

4. Jasper cuddled with me for a while tonight! He is a hardcore cuddler (unlike Molly and Chloe) but he pretty much only wants to cuddle with Carla, so it was nice to have him cuddle with me for a bit.

torachan: aradia from homestuck (aradia)
We saw Puffy about fifteen years ago at the Roxy in Hollywood, and looking back at that review I see I started with a disclaimer that I wasn't a huge Puffy fan but went because I wanted to support Japanese artists touring in the US and honestly, I feel pretty much the same this time around, too.

I don't dislike them (I wouldn't go see an artist I dislike) but I only know a small fraction of their discography and a lot of the stuff I don't know that well is stuff I am really not fond of. But that said, I would definitely go see them a third time if they're in LA again, because I enjoyed the show a lot.

I'd never been to the Belasco before, so I wasn't sure what to expect, though it looked small from the floorplan on Ticketmaster. It's a beautiful old building, though pretty rundown. Standing room only, but there are benches that run along both walls on the side, so we snagged spot there so Carla could sit down. The place is so small that even sitting against the side wall, we had a great view of the stage and it was still really close.

There was no opening act, though it was ages before Puffy actually came out on stage (doors opened at seven and I think they finally came out around 8:30). When they first started playing, it was way, way, way too loud. I don't know if they hadn't properly tested things first or what, but it was set for a much larger venue, and was so loud that it was hard to make anything out and the whole room was just shaking from the bass. We almost thought we might need to leave, but we decided to tough it out and then someone must have noticed (or had complaints) because the sound was turned down to a still very loud but more normal volume after about three songs.

Unfortunately I did not try to take note of the song order because I figured I'd be able to find a setlist online, but I can't, so this list of songs is not in order and is probably missing one or two songs, but this is pretty much what they played:

Puffy People Yama
Love So Pure
Asia no Junshin
Ai no Shirushi
Umi e to
Teen Titans Theme
Hi Hi
Jet Keisatsu
Call Me What You Like
Your Love Is a Drug
Radio Tokyo
Nagisa ni Matsuwaru Etcetera
Kore ga Watashi no Ikiru Michi

The first three songs are definitely in order, and they closed with Kore ga Watashi no Ikiru Michi as an encore (good choice, since it ends with "sayonara"), but the others are fuzzy.

I had been afraid they would play the English version of Asia no Junshin, but they did the original, and six other Japanese songs, and the English ones they did are ones I like (aside from the Teen Titans Theme and Hi Hi, which was the theme song for their Cartoon Network cartoon years ago, but since those are some of their most well-known songs in the US of course they were going to play them).

They did a lot of talking between songs, both in English and Japanese, which was fun. Apparently they had just played Anime Boston recently and have a couple more US tour dates coming up as well. I hope they come back to LA again soon.
torachan: a cartoon kitten with a surprised/happy expression (chii)
What are you currently reading?
Same two books as last week, Modern Romance and Mayor of Castro Street, though I did make progress on both! (Just...not much of it, lol.) I have been playing too much Zelda and not doing as much reading as I would like. But I'm about halfway through with Modern Romance, and over a third of the way done with Mayor of Castro Street.

What did you recently finish reading?
Nothing. ;_;

What do you think you'll read next?
These two still, I guess!

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