Shimamoto sipped her cocktail. “You know, Hajime, I wasn’t at all sure at first whether I should come here. I agonized over it for nearly a month. I found out about your bar in some magazine I was leafing through. I thought it must be a mistake. You of all people running a bar! But there was your name, and your photograph. Good old Hajime from the old neighborhood. I was happy I could see you again, even if it was in a photograph. But I wasn’t sure if meeting you in person was a good idea. Maybe it was better for both of us if we didn’t. Maybe it was enough knowing you were happy and doing well.”
I listened to her in silence.
"But since I knew where you were, it seemed like a waste not to at least come see you once, so here I am. I sat down over there and watched you. If he doesn’t notice me, I thought, maybe I’ll just leave without saying anything. But I couldn’t stand it. It brought back so many memories, and I had to say hello."
Haruki Murakami, South of the Border, West of the Sun
It just occurred to me (at 1:30 AM CST) that I forgot to do a mid-year check of my New Year’s resolutions for 2011. I know I haven’t achieved them all, but I think I set my goals pretty high for this year. That said, after looking over what I wanted to accomplish, I still really want to do all of these:
1. Take more risks: Moving to Chicago has made me a little more loose in my decision-making, but I’m still pretty much set in my own personal cocoon. I haven’t done anything really dangerous and/or stupid yet, which I guess is a good thing. But I’m not getting any younger and I still have very few stories to tell.
2. Reach 155 pounds: Last time I checked, I was at 148 pounds. I still have three months to pack on 7 pounds of muscle. Completely possible.
3. Finish at least 1 book a month: My biggest disappointment. I was doing so well for the first half of the year. Then summer struck, and from that point on, I barely lifted a page. I’ll probably carry this one over to next year.
4. Write more: Another big disappointment. I have been practicing writing in Chinese more, but it’s been a long time since I’ve actually written something that I’m proud of. I should be writing daily, even if it’s just a poem or a recap of the day’s events. This is another one I’m gonna carry over.
5. Go to more shows: I went to Bon Iver in July, so that’s one more show than last year. I’m still hoping to go to some good cheap shows out here though. If only I could find people who are into seeing some indie rock for 10-15 bucks at a dirty venue in Belmont.
6. Be able to survive for a day on my own in China: Didn’t end up going to China. Probably won’t be going for a while. Sorry, bro.
7. Get a pet: Probably won’t be happening unless “pet” is a codeword for “haircut”.
8. Get into digital music creation: So here’s what happened. I downloaded FL Studio on my desktop. Fooled around with it for about 2 days. Haven’t touched it since. I have been practicing piano though, and I think I’m getting better at reading music.
9. Learn to cook Chinese food: Tonight I made (really shitty) zha jiang mian. Mission accomplished.
10. Create my own Tumblr theme: I’d really like to do this when I have the time. It would be a nice side project to have. I’m also sitting on a personal domain name that I should probably get around to utilizing.