After that I went downtown with Jodi and Nigel, where we met up with Megan and Zandra and had food at an Arab restaurant. It was great to eat something that wasn't the same old thing. Then we went shopping for a while. I discovered a store that has clothing I actually like: UNIQLO. Megan, Zandra, and I went to a cafe where I had the best hot choco ever, and then we returned home. It was a very nice day out, so pretty much everyone was sitting in the park. Did that for a few hours, then Megan, Zandra, Josh, and I went to a chicken restaurant, where we had some delicious chicken & potatoes. Then we went to Nigel's... then Caroline's... then Nigel and I went downtown to a gay bar.
I've been wanting to check out the gay bars here for a while, but it was only last night that I had the opportunity to do it. Nigel was drunk and suggested going, I pounded a pitcher of beer, and off we went.
I wasn't expecting much, and nothing much was what I got; the bar was empty. Nobody was there. I mean, it was only 10:30 or so, but you'd think someone would be there. We talked with a bartender for a while - he lived in Indiana for a couple years and his English was excellent - and then we left.
Nigel and I have made plans to return to the gay bars in the near future, going a few weeks in a row later at night to try to become less outsider-ish. Don't know how that'll work. It seems to me that these bars are more for hooking up than having a beer with your pals, and that's not exactly my scene. It's nice to have a gay friend to do this sort of thing with, although, well, you know how I feel about that. sigh.
Today Nigel, Jodi, and I bummed around Pungam for most of the afternoon, playing on the ubiquitous claw machines and winning stuffed animals/losing money. I actually won three stuffed animals, two with the same dollar. First time I've ever won something with a claw machine. Now I'm doing laundry and contemplating going up to the roof and watching Battlestar Galactica.
Overall I'd say it was a pretty good weekend... especially considering how my cold seems to be on its way out. Tomorrow I begin my new workout regime and it's back to work for the week. hurrah.