I didn't do this earlier. Been busy. I wanted to share this. Anyone can make a difference in the spirit of giving.
This took place in November, a week before Thanksgiving. We had only a month or so to prepare. One of the guys on Facebook said we should do it and we voted on the 3 people who will be in charge. I was one of the 3 people.
At first it looked overwhelming. One of the guy, call him Enrique question why we're doing this. Our group isn't close. Our academy was made of 20 kids who score the highest on state standardized tests to be the guinea pig program that later became a magnet program. (As a background information, my high school was in the ghetto and was not very good high school. Only about 300 kids graduated from my year.) We did it because it's supposed to be tradition.
Saray was in charge of accounting and entertainment, Enrique was in charge of distributing invitations and follow up, and I was in charge of food. We do help each other out. Naturally, I am cheapskate at heart. I didn't want to overspend because this is a pool of our people's money. I had a hard time finding the right catering service and a location. I thought of food trucks. It didn't work out. Later on, I found out from Saray that she and most of the others want the location of the party at the high school. I argued it was cheaper to do it at a restaurant. In the end, it was at the school. We had to broker a deal with the principal to make sure the money we paid to reserve a spot was to be used for the kids. I remembered arguing whether we should having wine or not. We ended up including wine.
Middle of the month, Enrique and I found out someone had passed away a while back. It was a suicide. The family never mentioned it publicly. She was the valedictorian. She was very kind and never hesitated to help everyone in the academy. We had ask the family if they could share a speech to honor their daughter. They said yes.
I went back to ask for help, to the restaurant I had worked for 7 years roughly. The owner agree to help us because I was one of their best waiters. He gave us a discount and said we can pay the bill, a bit each month, installments. For the menu, I proposed a small Thanksgiving after reflecting on our visits and phone calls. Some of us were in tough financial situations. I wanted to make sure they had good food. The boss said to me you always want to make sure the food is good for any event. Lastly, we went over the budget with everyone and made sure everyone had transportation.
The party was a blast. The families enjoyed it. We did it. It was worth the hard work.
Dream: Spice and Wolf's the next title I'm rewatching. Stay tuned.
Feb 2, 2020 22:51:07 GMT
Taka: My favorite episode in Samurai Champloo was probably Ep 22.
Feb 3, 2020 5:22:08 GMT
Dream: The one with zombies excavating for treasure? Think that one's the most out there of episodes in the series. Mine's probably the one involving Mugen busting a counterfeit coin ring while trying to get nookie from a ninja girl disguised as a prostitute.
Feb 3, 2020 11:16:36 GMT
Master Menos: Updates complete. As for a life update, I'm quitting my fast food job soon. Was good for my very first job, but things are getting FAR too chaotic for my tastes.
Feb 6, 2020 22:06:13 GMT
Dream: Far as job front goes on my end, still waiting on projects to start up with my freelance job. Beyond that, nothing new for other work in my search.
Feb 6, 2020 22:42:02 GMT
Dream: Just completed Spice and Wolf. Plan to work on a review for it sometime tomorrow. Too late to have any inhibition to get one done from my end.
Feb 7, 2020 3:17:29 GMT
Dream: Last anime I will be covering is Gankutsuou: Count of Monte Cristo. Will start watching it tomorrow. Not sure how much longer I can keep myself up at this point.
Feb 7, 2020 5:19:21 GMT
Taka: Depending on my energy, I can watched up to 2 AM. Usually with work, I fall asleep on anime series that don't have a lot of action.
Feb 9, 2020 3:24:18 GMT
Master Menos: Finally got out of the fast food job. It was a graceful exit, but to be honest, I'll miss some of those guys. Got a sprained ankle from it since September, so I'll finally focus on healing that back at the family home.
Feb 10, 2020 3:53:27 GMT
HungryWorld: Well if anyone remembers what happened to Pingu in the City, with it being joke 10/10 scored on MAL just to get it into the top 10 anime... well now is Ishuzoku Reviewers' turn. Seems that in response to Funimation's cancel people boosted the score hard.
Feb 11, 2020 2:11:38 GMT
Taka: What? That sounds so weird.
Feb 11, 2020 5:36:23 GMT
Master Menos: It's damn awesome to be honest. It shot to 1st Place!
Feb 11, 2020 6:31:08 GMT
Dream: On the subject of MAL, it looks like the admin are planning to tweak their scoring system for titles to reduce the likelihood of voters artificially inflating the ranking of certain titles.
Feb 13, 2020 22:47:26 GMT
Master Menos: My V-Day present will be belated this year because I "Had some trouble with ol' Johnny." (That's your hint.)
Feb 15, 2020 4:17:13 GMT
Dream: The joys of adulthood. Joking aside, plan to at least attempt to wrap up Gankutsuou sometime early to mid next week so I can get done with my Funi voted titles. Afterward, not doing any more voting for a while considering how long this had been taking.
Feb 15, 2020 16:50:30 GMT
Dream: Done with Gankutsuou. Will be working to get a review up for it by sometime tonight.
Feb 16, 2020 20:57:26 GMT