May 11th, 2003

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Several more days' worth of RO, hundreds of Smokies killed, still no Kitty Band. One would think that after a while the raccoons would start giving out the cat ears to all comers, so as to avoid the extinction of their species. But no, they made it an ultra rare drop, thus guaranteeing their place at the top of every cute-junkie's hit list. ^^

Vermillion was cool today. Started with me in a state of utter panic due to the fact that ketsugami was gone when I finally tore myself away from RO to make prepare the day's schedule and realized that I didn't know where Juuni Kokki 28-29 and Wolf's Rain 11-12 were supposed to be. Managed to grab JK 29 and 30 from Isaac, but he didn't have 28 either, and due to the show's being licensed, it did not show up in any of the usual bittorrent catalogues. Luckily, by the time I showed up in club I calmed down a bit and realized that WR 11-12 were right there on the laptop's desktop.

JK 28 was nowhere to be found, though, so we ended up getting a hole at a rather nasty cliffhanger in the series. Went right past it and watched 29 and 30, since the series finally regained the addictive pace it achieved near the end of the first 13-ep arc. I was worried about scheduling 3 eps of JK in a row this week, but those fears have luckily proven groundless (not counting the fact that I didn't have one of the episodes I scheduled).

Joy & Lindsay also brought some nacho cheese, some chips, and the usual bowl of candy, so we celebrated the last club meeting in style, with plenty of gorging, photos, and RO conversation. ^_^

Also during the n-minute break one of the club members to whom I haven't spoken much during the year (and for that matter whose name I could not remember. I should really work on that next semester. As a club officer, I think remembering the names of the club members is the least bit of courtesy I owe them) walked up to me, shook my hand, and thanked me for a great year. I think I wore a big goofy grin for the rest of the night. Considering the amount of anxiety I have over recruiting members, keeping them, and offering them the best range of anime I can come up with, it was highly cathartic to have someone walk up and say that not only have I not been alienating people with my choices, but that I might have actually done a decent job of it after all.

Now that I think back on it, it seems kind of weird that I became the Vermillion scheduler, or that I managed to hold on to the position for three years now. Considering how indecisive I tend to be, not to mention the anxiety I get when dealing with groups of strangers or my rather odd tastes, one would think I'd quit, suffer a nervous breakdown, or get ousted in a palace coup after scheduling one slow romantic comedy or fanservice show too many. But here I am, Social Coordinator/Scheduler three years to the day, still running unopposed, still selecting shows to watch week after week. I guess maybe there's a sense of kinship I feel towards my fellow otaku which allows me to subconsciously treat all the members of the club, even the ones I don't know, as svoi, and thus lowering the overall anxiety level. Or maybe it's my constant desire to do something worthwhile on the fan scene manifesting itself. One way or another, the occasional period of frantic scampering excluded, it looks like the position really grew on me, and I think I'll happily shoulder it until I leave Pittsburgh. Or until I schedule one panty show too many ^^;;
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Lag, lag, lag, and more lag. Gah, Don't know if it's on our side or on RO's servers, but you know you've got lag issues when a Lv.38/27 Vit Swordie keeps on getting nearly slaughtered by mere Poison Spores. Still no Kittie Band.
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