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I want to catch you all up, so that I can move on and get over this slump… I mean, this depression. It has hit me really, really hard the first part of this year, but I’m DETERMINED to get over it. You should see my face. It’s scary.

In January, my bike was stolen. So, I had to buy a new bike, but it is just GORGEOUS and has speeds, and I keep it inside now so as to prevent the Locke Lamoras of the world from appropriating it. Locke is cool, but I am not rich. I get a lot of compliments on it, so maybe I should thank whatever crummy thief nabbed it for my newfound stylishness. Also, the old one had a flat tire that I hadn’t yet repaired, so the joke is sort of on them… Um, kind of.

Here is my new prettymachine:

I also got really, really obsessed with a show called Lucifer. Seriously, WATCH IT NOW if you haven’t! Tom Ellis is SO sneakily charming. I think that he would make the PERFECT Kuroro. Just saying! You don’t want to be in my head while watching that show.

The highlight of February was when a friend of Thuy’s won free tickets to Breakout Waikiki. THE BREAKOUT ROOM. OMG OMG OMG. It. Was. AMAZING! We did what was, at the time, rated as the hardest room, called The Hatch, and made it out in the nick of time.

For me, and for Justin, too, it was SUCH a rush! You aren’t really given any clues to start with; you’re just given a few rules (no filming, don’t ruin stuff, etc) and “locked” in a seemingly normalish room. If you manage to figure out what your clues even are and then solve them, you progress in a really, reallllllly long series of puzzles, and eventually figure out a short numbered code that you enter into the keypad at the door to “break out.” The puzzles aren’t as hard as figuring out what is even a puzzle to begin with! We barely “broke out,” but we DID make it, and the feeling of accomplishment had everyone cheering, jumping up and down, and hugging each other as if we had just solved world hunger!

It  was seriously one of the most exciting things I have ever done! I don’t know what it is about puzzles that I love so much. 🙂

We loved it so much that we went again, and conquered Room 13. Ohhhhh yeah!!

In March, I spent almost every waking hour working on an art project for a pretty big company. It turned out pretty cool!! I think that enough time has passed that I can post about it, but I’ll double-check the contract to make sure. :3

Oh, and for the first time in my life, I volunteered for a political campaign. That is really big for me! That’s how much I was feeling the bern. That’s how much I am feeling the bern! I have been flooding my personal Facebook page (not my fan Page. This is the one I only connect with friends and family on) with Bernie Sanders propaganda, and haven’t been more proud in my entire life of the post content. Ahhhh… seriously, I feel like getting Bernie elected as president is the first step in bringing the US up to speed with the rest of the developed world. National healthcare, free college tuition, etc. I will totally enroll in college for a second degree. First Japanese, and then maybe Exobiology or Archaeology for a start.. What do you think?

Actually, Bernie and all of the dreaming that his campaign has inspired in me is probably one of the best things keeping my head above water in relation to depression! I applied to be a Bernie delegate to the Hawaii Democratic convention, but it turns out that I was two days late. I might be able to go as a volunteer, though, and if not that, I will make my way there this weekend to help with demonstrations! It’s just fifteen minutes away by bicycle, a few minutes by car.

Oh, and Thuy came home with a kitten after I asked her not to. :/ He is now a member of my cat family, though, and I volunteered to keep Tofu if anything ever happens to us as a couple. Three cats. Crap. I am obviously trying to fill a void in my life.

He sure is a cutie, though! Sansa and Luna are doing wonderful, and send their love. They like Tofu when he is not bring a total jerk to them (which, to be fair, is kind of a lot).

That’s more or less the gist of it. I mean, unless you count things like when I took a hike with a few friends in the pouring rain a few weeks ago, and when we showed a new friend Waikiki beach… I’d really love to write like I used to, about the ins and outs of daily life. I’d love to do vlogs, too. I am going to try, with no promises, and see how much I can do without burning myself out. Who knows!

Oh, and the comic. I just uploaded the first three pages today. Heheheeeeee. OH YES. Go see them here!

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Hi! This is Jamie Lynn Lano! I am a Washington State (USA) native who: ☆ Holds a Bachelors of the Arts in Media Arts & Animation from AiPx. ☆ Worked as an assistant mangaka in Japan for Konomi Takeshi on The Prince of Tennis. ☆ Was an essay columnist for Asahi Weekly from 2008-2013. ☆ Was the star of Asahi Pop'n Press on Asahi TV (Japan) from 2009-2013 ☆ Was a write for Metropolis magazine in 2010. ☆ Has kept a blog foreeeeeeeeever! First and Current blogs.


  • Mona

    Hi jamie
    Thanks for writing another post I have really missed your writings and reading each one gives me hope and determination to be a better person. I understand what you mean about depression I am currently at the same stage. I am getting frustrated at my Job and my collegues I don’t feel like working there anymore and having family issues raise the bar of depression . What I feel that helped me a slight is watching or hearing motivational video on YouTube. I think you need to confide your feelings to a person that you trust and can understand you. I hope we all overcome this depression and live a deserved happy life.

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