Once we got settled in our spot we realized we still had two hours before the show would begin. So we tried entertaining ourselves, but no dice. So, one of the girls there who workd in the same office that I used to–though in a different department, and I went in search of snacks.
Nearby, there was a supermarket. We expected it would be a bit busy, since we couldn’t be the only ones who thought of going there, but nothing could have prepared us for the lines that greeted us once we finally got inside.
We ended up waiting on line for a half an hour for some bottles of tea, three bags of chips, a pack of fried wings, and some paper cups. Once we finished, we booked it back to the others, finding that other groups had taken over any available space. We had to carefully navigate our way between families and groups of coworkers.
So, after the boat ride, we took a bus back to the station and visited a local karaoke place. It wasn’t one of the chain ones like Big Echo or Joysound or even Joy Joy, but an independent shop made from a converted house.
We sang for two hours while nursing literal kegs of softdrinks. My coworker, who comes off as super shy and softspoken, surprised the hell out everyone by breaking out into strong voiced Enka. My other coworker was pushed into singing Beatles music because he’s British. A friend of mine did only Disney, teaming up with the rest of the foreign girls to sing Make a Man Out of You from Mulan. I just stuck to Japanese pop songs from yester-years and encouraged anyone who knew these songs to sing along.
When we were done singing, we grabbed some shaved ices from a shop next door, and slowly made our way back to our spot. By that timd it was staring to get crowded.
To continue my story from last week, after we mapped out our spot by the waterfront, we took a bus to the restaurant for lunch. It’s a pretty new place but it’s already super popular.
At the restaurant we grilled ourselves some barbecue. I had the pork and vegetables, while everyone else fought over the beef.
After that we tried a short boad ride around the sound. I’m normally terrified of ships and large bodies of water, but I really didn’t want to be that one guy, especially since everyone was so excited to go. Besides I figured I would get my revenge at karaoke later that day.
So, this is the last Firework Friday for 2013. It’s been a lot of fun doing a series like this and I’ve been thinking about what else I can do a series about. Maybe Monochromatic Mondays? We’ll see…
As for the topic of fireworks, there isn’t much left to say it seems. The fall is coming up soon and we are just one step away from September. I wonder if we’ll have an Indian Summer (a prolonged summer heat usually continuing into mid-September) this year.
So so, instead of the dazzling colors of fireworks and summer, we will have the changing colors of autumn leaves. But before that, have one last ka-boom!