18 February 2011 ~ 12 Comments

Live from Locohama S2/E43: Fuck you, Loco! pt.2

click here for pt.1

I walked away from the confrontation with Ishii feeling unsettled. Not only had I lost my cool but he still had the ball in his pocket and a satisfied gleam in his eyes, so I had lost the battle of wills, as well.

I was not thrilled.

I must have been glaring at Ishii cuz Takahashi-sensei kind of pulled me back to the front of the room.

It was about then that something really unexpected happened.

Satou-kun (I bet y’all were wondering how he fit into this story) got up and walked over to Ishii-kun. Ishii, still giving me an overdose of insolence and a smirk I would have sacrificed my job and visa status to wipe off his fucking face, hadn’t noticed Satou’s approach from his rear.

Satou reached in Ishii’s pocket and grabbed the ball pulling it free in one swift motion. Ishii wheeled around, still freshly tense from our confrontation, with his fist clinched and ready to do harm. But, upon seeing Satou-kun, he froze, mid-thought, as if suspended in time. Satou stood there with one eye-cocked as if to say Yeah, was there something you wanted to say?

Then, time un-froze. Ishii, probably realizing that this confrontation with Satou had more significant ramifications than ours had. While he probably figured I wouldn’t have really let him have it, and if I had I’d definitely be worst off in the end than he, and he’d have legendary infamy in the school until he graduated and probably until his death, for having taken on this big black gaijin. Definitely a win-win scenario for him. It was a different story with Satou-kun, though. For, while Ishii was just getting started as a bad-ass, Satou had already built up a reputation as the boy who, even as a first year student, was un-afraid to take on the principal and vice principal in the teacher’s office! Clearly he was not to be taken lightly, for he clearly didn’t give a fuck.

But, now Ishii’s reputation was on the line. If he backed down from Satou without any challenge whatsoever, he’d lose immeasurable face among his peers. 

Of course, I don’t know what was going through his mind at that moment. I’m just hypothesizing based on the what I know about these kids and what I had experienced myself when I was their age. How this played out in the minds of kids from a culture so different from my own is something I have a hard time convincing myself I understand.

Ishii reached for the hand Satou held the ball with and Satou threw the arm up above his head. Ishii was taller, though, and went for it, and before I knew it the ball was sailing across the room from Satou’s hand…right into my own.

I’m sure I looked at the ball like it had fallen from space.

Ishii’s eyes had followed it through the air to my clutches. Probably noticed my slack-jawed surprise, and turned back on Satou.

All the students watching this scenario play out seemed to be at Satou’s back. Apparently Ishii had made more than a few enemies…probably due to his bullying ways. Half didn’t even hide their amusement. Even the little guy in the corner who Ishii had thrown the ball at a few minutes earlier wasn’t afraid to show his glee. He actually let out guffaw…

Ishii’s face had turned red as he stared at Satou. The contempt he’d shown me was revealed to be artificial by comparison to this real contempt I was seeing then. Satou looked as nonchalant as a cat bathing himself on a sunlit porch. Then, with the consummate act of contempt, turned his back on Ishii and walked casually back to his seat, leaving Ishii standing there looking mighty impotent. His emotions were running wild screaming  “murder” through the halls, but Ishii didn’t budge, nor did he make a sound.

The moment had passed. There was nothing he could do now.

He sat down, and a couple of cronies tried to appease him by echoing his “Fuck You” to me and giggling, and he smiled along with them, resuming the pose of too cool for school. But, the damage was done. Satou had punked him and everyone saw. He’d always be a second-tier bad-boy until he took on Satou-kun. And I won’t be surprised if he does one day. But, all I can see in him at that moment was signifying and posturing. The illusion he’d used me to conjure Satou had broken…effortlessly.

I looked at the ball in my hand…my stress ball. Then, I glanced at Satou-kun, seated in the back of the room.

Our eyes met for a moment…and in that moment we relived a year of memories. Not only were there memories of he and Matsui ambushing me in the hallways and staircases, assaulting my family jewels, but many others that I’d overlooked, espcially in my writing, in favor of focusing on those. Like the way he used to look at me when Matsui would run and jump in my arms, his tiny self, and make me feel all paternal and warm and fuzzy. And I’d look up, all warmed over, and there would be Satou, watching me, like all the kids here do. They watch me with undiluted brains, and uncompromised minds, and he could see the real affection I felt for his wayward partner in chaos. And, that told him as much about me as anything else.

And that look was in his eyes at that moment.

Then that moment passed, too.

Before I knew it the bell rang and Takahashi and I exited the room together.  The three teachers that had been posted there had gone already. On the way back to the office, Takahashi turned to me and said, “thank you!”

“Huh?” I said. “For what?”

“For…eeeto ne…” she didn’t know how to put what she wanted to say. And  I didn’t have a clue what it was. If anything I thought she was going to tsk-tsk me for letting a student provoke me to assault. “Just, thank you.”

She stopped and bowed kind of formally, dipping her head a couple of times. She’d never done this before…not to this level of formality.

When we got back to the office, the area where the 2nd year teachers sit was a-buzz. They were almost in a tizzy over something. When I arrived at my desk I realized that most of their eyes had wandered over to me. I hate that. the head 2nd year teacher, Okubo sensei, waved me over. She had been one fo the faces plastered to the door’s window when the altercation with Ishii had broken out.

“Thank you, so much!!” she said, when I arrived. Everyone in the area nodded their approval.

“For what?” I said, smiling embarassed at the profusive thanks, realizing this had to have to do with Ishii-kun. I was relieved that I hadn’t fucked up royally as I had suspected.

“For taking on Ishii-kun!” Okubo said, in Japanese, like ‘isn’t it obvious???’

“I did nothing,” I said, feeling the humility I’ve contracted living here. “Nothing anyone of you would have done…”

“Oh no!” said Abe-sensei, his bald hair and rimmed glasses making him the very personification of  milquetoast. “We would never do that!”

Everyone nodded agreement with that statement…as if that were necessary. I’d watched students verbally assault teachers,  telling them the Japanese equivalent of “Fuck You,” on a regular basis over the course of four years. Even escalating to physically assault a number of times. I knew damn well none of them would ever do anything…

But, I must keep my temper in check.

Back at my desk I tried to think of why I would react to a student that way.

Some of the answers that came to me were disturbing.

to be continued…

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12 Responses to “Live from Locohama S2/E43: Fuck you, Loco! pt.2”

  1. FuKnWitU 18 February 2011 at 11:01 pm Permalink

    Fuck You Loco.

    How fucking ironic since it's what I got to say to you.

    I'm looking at a shout out tweet in your sidebar. Your "everyday reads"
    Just peeped 808 (Hawaii zip…another irony….the place I love) and it's…well hey…alright.
    O.K.
    My fucking role model who's site I deposited 119 comments on some of them longer than your posts and I get…..a couple comments. I held shit down while you were busy and was told I was spot on. Where the fuck has the respect gone? Your giving love to fucking Manga sites? Thanks for the support dog. I ALWAYS told you straight and some support the other way woulda been nice…hell….it was kinda expected.

    You got 995 twitter followers?….where the FUCK are they? This site is 1/2 you and 1/2 commenters. You didn't even need to participate. Your comment section was like a forum in and of itself. You got a buncha fairweather (Rubi and a few others I ain't talkin bout ya'll obviously) commenters. You got some blogs in your roll that are about dead and 2 aren't even in Japan anymore. I checked Tokyo Times last night and he got 35 comments because he responds to every comment like you used to. I always knew I'd get somethin. I had to join Stumble and whore myself for a comment though you didn't even respond to the comment.

    Is there a fucking problem?

    You pimp your posts all day long and then don't service them. You cherry pic who you respond to because your building bridges or whatever the fuck your doing? You used to put up with all that bullshit about being a Yokozuna at JapS*c or whatever that was so I shoulda known. I never thought I'd be watching you cheer Manga sites while ignoring my attempt to grow. You…you fucking break my heart. The ONLY male blogger I respect in Japan and you fuckin do me up hard.

    I never saw it coming. Others might not get it but you know what I'm talkin about. I KNOW you hear me.

    • Alex Murphy 19 February 2011 at 2:46 am Permalink

      Rah thats some emotional shit right there. In the age of trolling I dont know if your for real or your just fucking with Loco. Assuming your serious I cant blame you Loco does seem to cherry pick his comments but I kind of think its just on the basis of who's comments are written intelligently and pose questions that provide further food for thought and who's dont. I'm in the same boat as you as far as getting no response and still being able to remember when every comment did. Loco seems to be going for a high brow intellectual introspective readership rather than just reporting on the things that happen around him as he perceives them. Regardless of that I stilll respect him as a writer and if that means I myself cherry pick the posts I read and enjoy them silently instead of engaging in a dialogue about them so be it. Even if Im wrong and is reasoning isn't one of wanting to appeal to a intellectual expat scene then maybe its just that he's got a life outside of teaching and writing and just doesn't have time to reply to every single comment.
      Either way dont like the hatters block you Loco and keeps these posts coming and I'll keep reading at least some of them.

      • Locohama 19 February 2011 at 10:32 am Permalink

        Thanks for the support, Alex. It’s more than a cherry picking ass blogger deserves…Comment etiquette is a dilemma I’ve been wrestling with. Guess I’m gonna have to wrestle aloud on a post to follow! Stay tuned.

      • Locohama 19 February 2011 at 7:17 pm Permalink

        Thanks for the support, Alex. It's more than a cherry picking ass blogger deserves…Comment etiquette is a dilemma I've been wrestling with. Guess I'm gonna have to wrestle aloud on a post to follow! Stay tuned.

    • Locohama 19 February 2011 at 10:31 am Permalink

      I DO hear you bruh, and I had a “Fuck You” coming I’m sure. And I’m gonna get back to you in a sec! TRUST! But, you’re right and wrong (isn’t everybody), I’ll just say that for now. Stand by and brace yourself fool!

    • Locohama 19 February 2011 at 7:14 pm Permalink

      I DO hear you bruh, and I had a "Fuck You" coming I'm sure. And I'm gonna get back to you in a sec! TRUST! But, you're right and wrong (isn't everybody), I'll just say that for now. Stand by and brace yourself fool!

  2. Bored in Kanagawa 19 February 2011 at 1:03 pm Permalink

    Another great read! I've worked in an office alone for so many years that it would be impossible for me to deal with a situation like that.

    • Locohama 19 February 2011 at 3:18 pm Permalink

      Thanks for the shout bored! Yeah, it almost got impossible for me that day. Oh well…that's life, whatugonnado

  3. Alessia 19 February 2011 at 1:30 pm Permalink

    mmh yeah i realized that lately you get angry more easily… you lose it quickly man!

    • Locohama 19 February 2011 at 3:16 pm Permalink

      Yeah, gotta do something about that! The ball actually really helps. It de-stresses me. But he had the ball! Talk about your ironies…lol Thanks for the shout

  4. FuKnWitU 19 February 2011 at 1:48 pm Permalink

    "Comment etiquette"

    Did you really just type that? I'm supposed to brace myself?

    I looked at EVERY blog on your blogroll and some are inactive some are not in Japan anymore and you hardly comment on any of them?

    Your confusing moderation (your job) with somethin else bruh' I commented loudly and rudely at times. You told me to chill about blackchild and it was followed. You feel free to post the PM's complaining about me and I'll post the ones telling me "right on" they can't say it but they were glad somebody did. That knife cuts both ways.

    I understand your "moving to the center" it's where the readers are. Apparently..not the commentrs for you anymore than my extreme site gets any.

    Did you see the vid on Sabotens site? It mentions you about like this..

    "…just like Loco's..truer than true…maybe?..hahaha"

    Passive aggressive dig……nice new friends you got. I blasted him but deleted because it is Saboten sun to shine in so I deleted it. I was MAINLY pissed because his whole style was an idea that I gave about full screen navin' and he deleted it? Little pissy fuck needs a beating. I'd like to do an interview with him face to face and if he regurgatated any quips like he did at you about truthfulness I'd bang his head off a wall in a second.

    But this is about you….and me.

    I have hardly been around and it's not like shit is booming..is it? 995 followers gets you what? How about 20 regular commenters? Would you trade for that? I would. You wanted me to tone down…just ask. You praised me before but now your preparing a post for me where I gotta "brace myself??"

    For being me? Same as before? I didn't hit a midlife crisis and start playing with dolls and being BFF with manga sites. You changed bruh' keep that straight. We don't need to surf old comments ..do we? Were you showing tatemae love?

  5. Ana 15 October 2011 at 12:25 am Permalink

    Hey there. First time reader via a link on a friend’s Facebook page about your Ebonapnese word combinations. I randomly chose to read this series about Matsui-kun and Satou-kun and I was engrossed by the drama of it all.

    Good perspective and personal insight on the situations. I hope you continue to write as animated as you do and keep in good spirits despite some of the hater comments I briefly read on this particular story.


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