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Last night was my first ever enkai with ALTs from my lovely Fukushima-ken at the famous Shinjuku-ku entertainment/prison themed Izakaiya, The Lockup.

It started at 8:30, after a brisk walk, and lots of new faces.I’ll admit to being nervous: it took me until two hours in to eat, and it was nibbles at that. Even though I felt very welcomed, I think reality was hitting: Tokyo, and this Shinjuku-ku, would be temporary, and soon, I’d be in Fukushi ether I’ll actually live.

It was definitely fun: I feel like I have this massive family of people who support me and want to see me be successful. Everyone is so kind and they’re all really cool: it’s hard to see why our prefecture isn’t more popular with a crowd like that!

(Also, there were many plus sized folk which made me feel comfortable and even now excited. My hips will fit in fine!)

I could have done a nijikai with karaoke, but I was so exhausted from jet lag that I just was ready for bed by the time midnight came. I’ll have plenty of times for nijikai and sanjikai in the near future.

I can honestly say this: I’m already liked in this prefecture, and will do great. I think I’m already changing: the me that arrived here on Sunday went out that night without fear, something I did before, but with less gusto. The me I’m changing to is going to be a bit more brazen I feel, with a side of strength. I feel even more that this is the right thing for me. I just hope I can prove myself when I arrive.

But for now? Laying back down and reading a bit. Breakfast isn’t till 7, after all, and it’s 5:27!

  • me:๐ŸŽƒ๐ŸŽƒ๐ŸŽƒ it's almost halloween ๐ŸŽƒ๐ŸŽƒ๐ŸŽƒ
  • people around me:halloween is the end of october not the beginning
  • me:๐ŸŽƒ๐ŸŽƒ๐ŸŽƒ it's almost halloween ๐ŸŽƒ๐ŸŽƒ๐ŸŽƒ
  • people around me:it isn't a month long holiday
  • me:๐ŸŽƒ๐ŸŽƒ๐ŸŽƒ it's almost halloween ๐ŸŽƒ๐ŸŽƒ๐ŸŽƒ
  • baby:[waving its hands around] what am i?? what are these??? who are YOU? what is THIS ????
  • parents:you're a heterosexual male and your name is jimmy and your favorite color is blue but you won't tell anyone that because you're a Man(tm) and you'll grow up to be a basketball player. aww look at that, he reached his hand out for the nurse omg what a flirt!!!
  • baby:[screaming]

hey nonbinary parents u kno how there’s shortened terms for mother and father but no good shortened terms for parent?? well i have the solution for you!!! instead of “parent” u can call urself “guardian”
which can be shortened to “guard”
and then when ur kid says things like “sorry i can’t go my guard says no” they sound rich and mysteriously important and u dont get misgendered and everyone wins

Hello everyone!

We have a bit of a problem, everyone keeps calling us by the wrong names and it’s been driving me in circles lately

I just don’t understand but we’ve had enough, we’re putting our foot down on this issue, no more

We’re not lovebirds, we’re not budgies, we’re not linnies, we aren’t classified as any sort of parakeet at all either, our tails aren’t long enough for that! We don’t look the same, we don’t sound the same, we don’t even live in the same forests as those species! Being called these things constantly is killing me and I won’t stand for it!

Don’t get me wrong those are some amazing birds but they aren’t us, we’re Parrotlets, no that’s not a generic name for small hookbills that’s a whole special species, that’s what we are. We’re special, we’re awesome and we have our own name for a reason.  I thought explaining this was going to be a slam dunk but it’s turned out to be harder than we expected.

Are you picking up what I’m putting down? I certainly hope so

We’d like to help people know that we aren’t like all the other birds we’re commonly mistaken for, we’re our own unique species and we’d like to make that known.  If you could help spread the word we’d really appreciate it! And if you call us by the wrong names again, we’re going to come get you..

and demand you show us some love!