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A FAMILY AFFAIR 
9th-Feb-2008 12:02 am
YGO - Jou and Yuugi EH?!
It's Chinese New Year, which means Family from all over the country and all over the globe pick the continent or the home with the highest concentration of fellow family members and come to visit. Objectively, I know that my family doesn't constitute the entire human population of the world, but sometimes it sure feels like it. Chinese New Year is the time of year where you can see family members and distant relatives and people you never knew were related to you. Somebody I had never met wandered into the reunion dinner with an adorable little girl, and I discovered he was my aunt's (father's brother's wife's) brother. I didn't even know my aunt had a brother living in this country until he walked into the room. This is also the time of year when one can concievably wander into a total stranger's house, introduce yourself to everyone and have everyone introduced to you, before realising that HEY YOU ARE IN THE WRONG HOUSE. If you think this is incredible, my uncle actually did this once at a wedding dinner. This was at a hotel where seven couples were getting married at the same time, so you can understand him making the mistake, really, or at least, I can. And the amazing thing was, neither he nor anybody around him realised he was at the wrong wedding dinner. He only discovered after the wedding, when he was talking to my grandmother about the food and she said, "... but that wasn't on the menu."

. YOU CAN'T TOUCH THIS

Today, at the Everybody Gathers At My Grandparents' House visit, my dad found the YGO scans on my music device, and went, "What's YGO?"

And then my dad stood at the door of my grandparents' house with my iThingy showing everybody who walked in a picture of Leather Pants!Yuugi and telling them that it was a photograph of my uncle he'd taken with his new camera.

Said uncle: "Thank you, thank you! You made me look so slim!"

This, of course, was the same uncle, who, at an earlier gathering, reacted to my delighted shout of, "LEGOLAS!" when a LOTR commercial appeared on the TV with, "YES? WHO CALLS ME?"

Aaaaand then my cousin (the uncle's son), who was also made party to this imprompt Leather Pants!Yuugi exhibition went, "You read Yu-Gi-Oh?"

Me: "... yes?"
Him: "onemanga.com?"
Me: "YOU TOO?!"

You know how it is when sometimes, to figure out why a person turned out the way they turned out, all you have to do is look at their family, and you go, "Ah."

... yeah, if you want the #1 reason for Why I Turned Out The Way I Turned Out, look no further than my family.

Gatherings with the Other Half aren't free from YGO, either, because we were at another Epic Family Gathering (the kind of epic that involves grand-uncles six years older than me, uncles with whom I have conversations about life in the 1950s, and whose center is my grandmother's brother)

I walked in on my family happily showing my relatives YGO cosplay pictures. And the only questions I got about that were:

"Ooh! Was this in this country?"
And from my eleven-year old cousin, "Did you dye your hair?"
The pictures brought on a discussion about Harajuku and Japanese fashion, actually, which goes to show how ALL KINDS OF WHAT OTHER PEOPLE CALL CRAZY doesn't even warrant a blink over here.

Also, the Other Half makes me feel like an episode of Reborn, because we were watching fireworks this evening, and because my tiny cousin is tiny (think Chibi Gokudera tiny), I lifted him up to watch the fireworks and was holding him so that he wouldn't fall off the windowsill. The fireworks were gorgeous, and tiny cousin, who looks as adorable as Fuuta but actually is much more like Lambo (I really do think he's going to grow up like adult!Lambo, because his elder brother is just like that) and chibi!Gokudera combined, went wild with excitement and exclaimed, "EXPLODING! EXPLOSIONS! BLOW IT ALL UP! ☆__☆ BOOM!"

Not to mention that on the first family dinner, we all raced off to watch the fireworks at midnight, and my youngest brother played this really old Mafia game the other brother calls "Sleeping With The Fishes" with the tiny cousin and the tiny cousin's older sister. And the next day, as I came down for dinner, I found two tiny tiny sticks of firecracker dynamite at my place (small enough for chibi!Gokudera to use).

Which turned out to be full of candy.

... clearly the #1 reason I turned out The Way I Am is MY FAMILY.
Comments 
8th-Feb-2008 04:38 pm (UTC)
*huggles*
You have no idea how much this cheered me up tonight. Thank you~
8th-Feb-2008 04:45 pm (UTC)
I cannot for the life remember how "Sleeping with the Fishes" is played even though I think I remember playing it before...? But if it doesn't involve anything dangerous like firecrackers melting public slides, I think I guessed wrong XD

I think I would be mortified and amused at the same time to have such a sporting uncle XDDD

Like I lamented to you last night, I think your granduncles and me need to go out, have a drink and woe over being granduncles the moment they were born XD

8th-Feb-2008 05:01 pm (UTC)
HAPPY NEW YEAR!! ♥

omg I love your family XD That totally makes my day!! Man, I really miss my family now!! It's been so long since we could all celebrate the Chinese New Year together~ *_*

Haha I've totally been to weddings where I knew NO ONE. It's so hilarious, especially when they seat you in the close relatives section and I'm like to the groom, ....so you're my cousin or something?? Even better if the ceremony or a speech is in Chinese so my (100% white) dad spaces out for the rest of it. XD
8th-Feb-2008 06:03 pm (UTC)
Anonymous
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sweetie, I'm no longer surprised that you turned out the way you did. :D

Guess who by the way? :D I'm too lazy (read: paranoid) to log on to LJ with my ID...

Anyway... *bug bug bug bug bug* Wish I could see the fireworks too!

-Xy
8th-Feb-2008 07:56 pm (UTC)
Aww, Chinese new year sounds awesome! My sis-in-law from Hong Kong always talks about it, but she sees it more as a hassle than anything else, but I've always thought it sounded like fun. My nephew certainly gets a lot of money, that's for sure. And I LOVE these little cookies that Edna's grandmother makes (I have no idea what they're called, or even what's in them, but they're folded over and fried. I think there's some cinnamon in them, and sesame seeds). Anyway, her grandmother gets a kick out of me loving her cooking, so she made a batch of these just for me and gave them to Edna to give to me. But everybody congregates at the grandmother's house. I've seen pictures, and I never knew that my sister-in-law's family was so big. I have no idea where all those people came from.
8th-Feb-2008 10:34 pm (UTC)
Ogod, that is awesome. XDDDD
9th-Feb-2008 12:28 am (UTC)
Your uncle's cool.
9th-Feb-2008 12:47 am (UTC)
HAPPY CHINESE NEW YEAR.
I-I get what you mean. -___-";; My house was chock full with all sorts of people---company staff, what not...and they seem to know me when I don't know them. It's so scary.
9th-Feb-2008 01:51 am (UTC)
Happy Chinese New Year <3 I think your family's darn funny, and your uncle totally rocks XD Yay for chibis, and even chibi-er dynamites <3<3

9th-Feb-2008 10:56 am (UTC)
Happy New Year! Your family stories are always great! XD
9th-Feb-2008 05:14 pm (UTC)
Your uncle is made of... awesome? XD Also, I guess that just says everything you need to know about wedding dinners, doesn't it. XDDDDD

(Why didn't anyone from your family notice he wasn't THERE? Actually, this is the best excuse for skipping out on a wedding dinner ever! OHSHIT WRONG DINNER WHOOPS LOL -> was actually never there ohoho)
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