sitting in my friend’s apartment up in Ishikawa prefecture, a little peninusula sticking up into the Sea of Japan in the middle part of Honshu. She’s off at
work trying to earn a living and I’m currently eating up all the food in her refrigerator, including 2 out of the 5 little cheesecake tart things I brought
her as a souvenier from Tokyo. You know how people refer to lingerie as a gift that is as much for the giver as it is for the receiver? Well, I feel that
way about cheesecake. Only you can’t wear cheesecake. Well, I suppose you technically could but that’s blurring lines I’d rather not mix up.
On my way busting the hell out of the office Friday (it takes a good 4 hours by Shinkansen/express train to Ishikawa from Tokyo so I was in a hurry to
leave early) I stopped by Akihabara (the electronics town in Tokyo) to pick up what my friend refers to as a “puchi shiawase” (プチ幸せ: “tiny pleasure”): a
Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 II lens. Refered to affectionately as
“the nifty fifty” or the “fantastic plastic”, this lens runs all of about 8000yen (USD $70) brand new in the store, though I had some points saved on my card
so I got it for much less. The body is plastic, so the build quality is only so so, but the sharpness is amazing (so much better than the kit lens) and the
max aperture of 1.8 means you can get some amazing background blur/foreground separation. I’ll post some pictures taken with it hopefully in my next poast, (Note: the pictures in this post were not taken with this lens but with the kit lens) but suffice it to say that in the day I’ve had it, I can say that at $70USD it easily lives up to its reputation as the best “bang for your buck” Canon lens
Originally I was going to post the rest of the beach pictures, but alas I’ve not got them on the flash drive I brought with me on the trip, so instead I
present you a series of the lovely and supar talented Matchamonkey enjoying a very delicious onion ring at href="http://www.tienmao.com/archives/002440.html">Mos Burger. Have you ever seen someone eat an onion ring in such a blissful manner? I have not.
Mmm… Onion rings. Cheesecake. Ohhhh.
*sigh* I keep telling myself I’m on a diet, but it’s so hard when all the bad things for you taste so very very delicious. And all the healthy things
taste, well… like celery. It’s kind of how I keep telling myself one day I’m going to become a vegetarian cuz’ it’s healthier for me and I can live longer
and presumably do all sorts of exciting things in those extra 5 years of life vegetarianism will buy me, like sit at my chair and stare at the wall, watch
matlock reruns or collect hundreds of copies of National Geographics in my attic or whatever it is 85 year olds do. The only problem is that animals are
made of meat, and fruits and vegetables are not, so alas, I don’t think I can become a vegetarian because meat is tasty and delicious and as a general rule,
should be placed in our mouths whenever the possibility presents itself. My guidelines for life are not complicated, but they work well and have kept me
alive and well fed until this point, so you know…
Okay, I have rambled on long enough. I need to go get ready – we’re going to go eat at a delicious gyoza restaurant (which I will proceed to
photograph with as much superflous background blur as is neccessary to convince myself I really need to get this new lens), then perhaps go drive around
somewhere depending on how much the rain lets up, and then finally, I’m off to a couple of parteeeees tonight that is the whole reason why I came to Ishikawa
in the first place. Originally I was going to stay out all night, but after last weekend, I’m not so sure that at 27 I’m still as young as I once used to
It should hopefully be a fun weekend. Now if you’ll excuse me, I have to go alter the tart box so it reads “4 cheesecakes tarts” instead of “5″, thus
permitting me to stuff one more in my mouth before my friend gets home.
Now listening to: “Nayer – First Kiss”