In the 10-odd years of my schooling life, I had fairly ordinary classmates whose only quirk was perhaps cornering any teacher who had shaved off a couple of marks from their tests, and frying the poor teacher's brain until it had reached the perfect crisp or something - in those days, half a mark was like the movie Twister, and two marks would be like a hybrid of Dante's Peak, Volcano, and The Day After Tomorrow. I am simply rattling away the handful of disaster films that I have watched over the years, and it isn't a very big collection unfortunately - schooling life for me was quite a nightmare, especially towards its end where I had very nearly lost my life due to a few harrowing problems. I still get the odd shivers, but I am mostly fine now - I can't really picture life as a student these days, because it has since gone through many changes, good and bad. I suppose that some things are still more or less the same, though I don't know which ones - are there actually students who want to make a hundred friends in school? I still find that benchmark ridiculous, but if anybody had been there and done that, congratulations - I shall make an air toast, unless somebody wants to peek at the remains of my Café Latte. By the way, I am typing this while hanging out at Coffeesmith with Komi and gang - it is my very first time here, and the menu is hell yeah awesome but on the steeper side price wise. I am just waiting to have the reunion dinner with my family - in case anybody is confused, this will be a scheduled entry for the second day of Chinese New Year, but right now it is only the eve. I don't feel much for the festivities anymore, and maybe it has a lot to do with ageing and such (unless I am able to find a more convincing explanation) - it may be way easier to attribute my indifference or something to the ever changing world, but I don't want to get too corny. The good thing however is that I am still receiving a few red packets at my otherwise questionable age - gosh, this Café Latte is f***ing delicious! Nope, I am not ordering a second cup to aggravate my weakening bladder - I have my newly bought stretchy pants on, coupled with a comfortable Gudetama t-shirt.
I also have fresh underpants and shoes Why am I even describing my outfit in the first place?
I hadn't gone on dates with my classmates much due to low allowance, curfew and such - if memory serves me correctly, I had been to a couple of movies with a small group of classmates, and maybe a lunch or dinner gathering at some point. There was a rather embarrassing incident where a classmate had very kindly covered my share of the bill as I had forgotten to wish upon the money tree for a pot of tea or something at some café - it was also stressful for me because after that outing, I had to
cut off an ear and a finger to pay back the tea money scrimp for an entire week. It must be really nice and fun to be hanging out with classmates and friends after school - the manga people are so blessed with choices like ramen, clothing stores, karaoke boxes, game centres, people's houses, et cetera. Nope, my very limited outings with my classmates were either on weekends or school holidays - hmm, in those days we couldn't do much after school as the fossils would quickly associate stuff like that with bad influence and such. Good kids had to go straight home and do their homework - the vicious cycle had carried on for several years, until extracurricular activities emerged with all the perfect excuses to stay out and have a bloody wonderful time. I wish that I had been more outgoing or something, but being an overprotected kid in those days meant adhering to strict rules and all the shitty stuff - it didn't help that I was painfully shy and introverted as well. If I could live my life as a student again, I would like to join Komi and gang in their various outings and interactions - I would perhaps be a lot less awkward hanging out with them, and honestly I do find Komi really charming despite her social ineptness. I mean, not many people can pull that kind of thing off with such beauty and grace. Anyway, I am finishing my coffee here, and it is almost time for the reunion dinner - as this is a scheduled entry, a happy Chinese New Year to anybody who is reading!
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