Second: er, yeah, I did my final presentation in Japanese last night, baby, and it's OVER! OVER OVER OVER! I also got my last test back, and my grade was fantastic despite getting into a pissing match with another student right before the exam, I will not be taking it again next quarter (I'm hoping I'll be in rehearsals starting in March so I won't have the free time for class two days a week). I can say that I learned how to read Katakana and Hiragana, so I did make a lot of progress, but I'm a bit bitter at the cost.
Third: um, got nice news from work that will, I think, lead to a merrier Christmas. Apparently Good Things happen on your one year anniversary. BEST JOB EVER!
Fourth: last night we saw Investigation of a Citizen Above Suspicion, and it was completely freaky - a cross between 1984 and A Clockwork Orange (with American Psycho in the mix, per butterbee. I thought it was amazing on a couple of fronts: first, as a psychological portrait of a man losing contact with reality; second, as a psycho-sexual drama in the vein of In the Realm of the Senses, with a man enjoying posing his girlfriend as a murder victim and the woman enjoying being "interrogated" by the policeman; third, as a wonderful, 1970s vision of a society in which political protesters are seen by the ruling elites as equivalent to murders, and thus deserving of the kind of abuses they freely dispense to violent criminals in order to get "confessions" - all to make our democracy stronger! I was pretty much overwhelmed by the stimulation this movie provided me ... it was black on so many levels (except for the soundtrack, which had this odd "boing" noise that kept making me want to laugh). I highly recommend this movie ... so much that I'm about to run off to promote it on seattle, since it's not available on video. (This brings my annual movies seen list up to 47, so I am in the home stretch for this year!)