I think I’m in trouble.
I think I’m in trouble.
“For you who is being bullied” by Shoko Nakagawa
- Get away You have to put yourself first
There is no need to strain yourself to go to school. Bullying is senseless, there is no point in withstanding it. Getting away from bullying is totally different from running away. I want you to think about putting yourself first.
When I was in middle school, I always thought “I want to die”. I was ignored, people talked behind my back, and in the end I didn’t even go to my graduation ceremony. I was drawing alone, and people laughed at me saying I was gross. I wanted to talk back and say “You have no right to tell me such things!”, but I just coulnd’t get the words out.
“The world doesn’t consist of just school” I was told. “What do you know!?” I thought at that time, but before I knew I started to think like that too. After all school is a just a little world made of no more than just tens of people. Even if it’s put together compulsorily it’s still strenuous.
When I often observed the bullies, I saw that they could choose one person from their circle and were pleased to ignore them. “They’re senseless from the bottom of their heart” I thought. They’re people that don’t understand the pain of others. So even if I died, the one who would receive damage wouldn’t be those bullies, but only my own family. So I decided to stop this pointless thinking.
I was saved by the world of hobbies. Doesn’t matter how many times I’m called otaku, I like drawing, reading manga and playing games. Now you can make friends on the Internet. Because you can meet a lot of wonderful people outside school, I want you to find something to make you happy, even just one thing is enough.
Human beings are born from the miracle of their parents and grandparents meeting, and their existence is a miracle itself. Nobody has the right to meddle with someone else’s life.
(translated by gizakawayusu.tumblr.com)
This is the story of many of us geeks/nerds/otaku. Bravo to Shokotan for speaking for so many who are struggling. Love what you love, passionately.
A comic I drew on fighting procrastination.
DoodleAlley always has the best advice.
I wish I was better at planning ahead.
Recent drawing I did. :)
My friend just joined Tumblr, go and follow him!
QFT. And because I have to have some calcium/dairy in my coffee now if I want to stay healthy. (Rare medical condition. Really.)
Oh, they have, if by “they” you mean “fans,” and by “fans” you mean “yaoi doujinshi artists.” :)
Kierkegaard (or, as I like to call him, SK) was a formative philosophical and theological influence on my thinking. This fits him perfectly!
From Kate Beaton’s wonderfully quirky comic, Hark! A Vagrant.
Kulula is a low-cost South-African airline that doesn’t take itself too seriously.
Check out their new livery! And have a read about their Customer Relations.Kulula is an Airline with head office situated in Johannesburg. Kulula airline attendants make an effort to make the in-flight “safety lecture” and announcements a bit more entertaining. Here are some real examples that have been heard or reported:
On a Kulula flight, (there is no assigned seating, you just sit where you want) passengers were apparently having a hard time choosing, when a flight attendant announced, “People, people we’re not picking out furniture here, find a seat and get in it!”
On another flight with a very “senior” flight attendant crew, the pilot said, “Ladies and gentlemen, we’ve reached cruising altitude and will be turning down the cabin lights. This is for your comfort and to enhance the appearance of your flight attendants.”
On landing, the stewardess said, “Please be sure to take all of your belongings.. If you’re going to leave anything, please make sure it’s something we’d like to have.”
“There may be 50 ways to leave your lover, but there are only 4 ways out of this airplane.”
“Thank you for flying Kulula. We hope you enjoyed giving us the business as much as we enjoyed taking you for a ride.”
As the plane landed and was coming to a stop at Durban Airport , a lone voice came over the loudspeaker: “Whoa, big fella. WHOA!”
After a particularly rough landing during thunderstorms in the Karoo , a flight attendant on a flight announced, “Please take care when opening the overhead compartments because, after a landing like that, sure as hell everything has shifted.”
From a Kulula employee: ” Welcome aboard Kulula 271 to Port Elizabeth. To operate your seat belt, insert the metal tab into the buckle, and pull tight. It works just like every other seat belt; and, if you don’t know how to operate one, you probably shouldn’t be out in public unsupervised.”
“In the event of a sudden loss of cabin pressure, masks will descend from the ceiling. Stop screaming, grab the mask, and pull it over your face. If you have a small child travelling with you, secure your mask before assisting with theirs. If you are travelling with more than one small child, pick your favourite.”
Weather at our destination is 50 degrees with some broken clouds, but we’ll try to have them fixed before we arrive. Thank you, and remember, nobody loves you, or your money, more than Kulula Airlines.”
“Your seats cushions can be used for flotation; and in the event of an emergency water landing, please paddle to shore and take them with our compliments.”
“As you exit the plane, make sure to gather all of your belongings. Anything left behind will be distributed evenly among the flight attendants. Please do not leave children or spouses.”
And from the pilot during his welcome message: “Kulula Airlines is pleased to announce that we have some of the best flight attendants in the industry. Unfortunately, none of them are on this flight!”
Heard on Kulula 255 just after a very hard landing in Cape Town : The flight attendant came on the intercom and said, “That was quite a bump and I know what y’all are thinking. I’m here to tell you it wasn’t the airline’s fault, it wasn’t the pilot’s fault, it wasn’t the flight attendant’s fault, it was the asphalt.”
Overheard on a Kulula flight into Cape Town , on a particularly windy and bumpy day: During the final approach, the Captain really had to fight it. After an extremely hard landing, the Flight Attendant said, “Ladies and Gentlemen, welcome to The Mother City. Please remain in your seats with your seat belts fastened while the Captain taxis what’s left of our
airplane to the gate!”
Another flight attendant’s comment on a less than perfect landing “We ask you to please remain seated as Captain Kangaroo bounces us to the terminal.”
An airline pilot wrote that on this particular flight he had hammered his ship into the runway really hard. The airline had a policy which required the first officer to stand at the door while the passengers exited, smile, and give them a “Thanks for flying our airline. He said that, in light of his bad landing, he had a hard time looking the passengers in the eye, thinking that someone would have a smart comment. Finally everyone had gotten off except for a little old lady walking with a cane. She said, “Sir, do you mind if I ask you a question?” “Why, no Ma’am,” said the pilot. “What is it?” The little old lady said, “Did we land, or were we shot down?”
After a real crusher of a landing in Johannesburg , the attendant came on with, “Ladies and Gentlemen, please remain in your seats until Captain Crash and the Crew have brought the aircraft to a screeching halt against the gate. And, once the tire smoke has cleared and the warning bells are silenced, we will open the door and you can pick your way through the wreckage to the terminal..”
Part of a flight attendant’s arrival announcement: “We’d like to thank you folks for flying with us today.. And, the next time you get the insane urge to go blasting through the skies in a pressurized metal tube, we hope you’ll think of Kulula Airways.”
Heard on a Kulula flight. “Ladies and gentlemen, if you wish to smoke, the smoking section on this airplane is on the wing.. If you can light ‘em, you can smoke ‘em.”
A plane was taking off from Durban Airport . After it reached a comfortable cruising altitude, the captain made an announcement over the intercom, “Ladies and gentlemen, this is your captain speaking. Welcome to Flight Number 293, non-stop from Durban to Cape Town , The weather ahead is good and, therefore, we should have a smooth and uneventful flight.. Now sit back and relax… OH, MY GOODNESS!” Silence followed, and after a few minutes, the captain came back on the intercom and said, “Ladies and Gentlemen, I am so sorry if I scared you earlier. While I was talking to you, the flight attendant accidentally spilled a cup of hot coffee in my lap. You should see the front of my pants!” A passenger then yelled, “That’s nothing. You should see the back of mine!”
Please fly worldwide. I’d take your flights anywhere.
The humor is awesome, but it wouldn’t, um, ever fly in this safety obsessed, litigious country. Making jokes about crashing and safety problems…asking for trouble. Love the livery too!
A bit of backstory before I begin—I met my best friend, Li in first grade. She had just moved to America from China with her mom, Mai. Li was struggling with her English, so I helped her with it. Because I spent so much time with her, I picked up a good amount of Chinese. When Li and I started middle school, we both enrolled in Chinese classes, so I’m semi-fluent in Chinese. I’m full-blooded Irish, but I’m ‘black Irish’—I have a tanner complexion, dark hair, and dark eyes. Couple that with the fact that I speak Chinese, a lot of people assume I’m Asian.
Mai owns an art shop in our city’s ‘Little Asia’ district, so Li and I spend a lot of time in the shop helping her run the store. Most of the store’s customers are art lovers, friends of Mai’s, or Asian people. One particularly slow day, Mai, Li and I are in the shop, talking about school. Mai speaks English pretty well, but she prefers to speak Chinese if possible, so a lot of the conversations I have with her are in Chinese. We’re so absorbed in the conversation that we didn’t notice anyone come in until we hear a loud squeal.
I’ve been confused for Japanese before too. Sometimes by other Asians, and even actual Japanese, in Japan! (That was years ago.) But this experience is more akin and only a step above the time when someone taunted me by calling me a Jap in middle school. Not cool. Really, really shows that it takes a lot more than liking one small bit of a different culture to actually know something about it or to stop making gross generalizations about it. Sigh. I should stop reading this blog before I start getting even more jaded about fandom than I already am.