Was I just missing karaoke...?
Posted on 2006/06/17 10:38:33 (June 2006).
[Friday 16th June]
At the end of the working day (well, a couple of hours after it by my standards) I went and hovered around the desk of one of my friends at the office. I didn't say anything, he just said "yes, I'll be ready to go in a few minutes". It was great - we hadn't made any plan to go out or anything, and somehow he just read my mind.
So we went to the new Irish bar near my office. The staff still seem a little rusty, and the beer wasn't by any means the best I've ever had, but I'm just determined to like this place, so will no doubt continue to give them my patronage.
For the bulk of the evening we were joined by another of our colleagues, a very learned gentleman who just comes to our office once a week or so. So I spent a lot of the time talking to him about his rather illustrious career. He was an interesting personality to study, because he didn't seem to be bound by the usual Japanese modesty. You wouldn't exactly say he was big headed, but he also wasn't embarassed to talk quite frankly about some of his achievements. And why not? I'd already heard independently that he had a hand in inventing quite a lot of the technologies I now work with, and so I take my hat off to the guy - if he feels like bragging, then he has every right to!
For the final part of the evening it was just back down to me and my friend, and we decided "for old time's sake" we'd round off the night with a bout of karaoke. For one reason or another me and this guy haven't been out for quite a few weeks now - and I did wonder if this might have been a small contributing factor to my recent malaise. Friday night karaoke was almost a weekly fixture for the two of us at one point, we had developed a whole repertoire with which we'd "entertain" anyone else unfortunate enough to have tagged along with us... but recently that hasn't been the case. So it was really great to get back into the habit again.
Amongst other songs, I did a surprise rendition of "Don't cry for me Argentina" - I even surprised myself, as I can't for the life of me work out why I chose it. I must have been in a surreal mood.
Anyway it was a great end to a pleasant evening.
Mamma mia..... "Don't cry for me Argentina".... Did you go to the "usual" Karaoke place (the one in Shinjuku) or a single roomed one? If we manage to hook up Karaoke is a MUST!
Posted by Lox at 2006/06/17 10:50:09.
Though I 'd quite fancy a tad of Quercus as well...
Posted by Lox at 2006/06/17 10:50:33.
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