Atta Ikede

December 20, 2008

I’ll miss you, 2008

Filed under: Uncategorized — attaikede @ 9:10 pm

The first time I enjoyed an ice cream crepe was on a hot day in the harajuku neighbourhood of Tokyo. I’d spent the whole day out and about on my own because my friend was sick, and after checking out various places of interest I’d ended up in this funky neighbourhood and spent some time shopping. Other girls around me were eating ice cream crepes so I stood in a really long line up to buy one too. That ice cream crepe that day was insanely delicious. I was so tired, so hungry, and so hot … and that thing tasted soooo good! Eating that thing was one of the highlights of my Japan trip. lol.

I was really happy when I discovered there were an ice cream crepe place in Japantown here near my place. I’ve since eaten lots of crepes there. In fact, there was a time in the summer when I went so often that the Japanese guys there started recognizing me, gave me a frequent buyer card and started adding cute little faces to my crepe.

An ice cream crepe: one large scoop of ice cream, flowerettes of whipped cream, a scattering of fruit and cornflakes, all wrapped up in a fresh crepe. It’s good. I mean, how can crepe, ice cream and fruit not be good? Objectively though, I’ll admit it’s nothing special. It certainly doesn’t outshine dessert stalwarts like apple pie and carrot cake.

The reason I find ice cream crepes so irresistible is that every one I’ve had since that first one in Tokyo makes me feel like I’m eating that first one all over again. Every tear of the paper holding the crepe together uncovers more deliciousness until I’m at the bottom, struggling to stuff the remaining mushy crepe fruit icecream ball into my mouth. It’s incomparably satisfying.

This situation with the ice cream crepe sums up pretty well how I feel about 2008.

There was progress in 2008! Big progress! Finding a job here and deciding to move was the first real decision I’ve made on my own for myself. Every other step I took in my life was just something I did by default, because it was easy, or because it seemed like the responsible thing to do, or because I was bored. Terrible, isn’t it? When’s the last time I actually wanted something and worked hard for it, or even really worked at all? Moving here was a real decision! Ah. I’m proud of myself.

That one decision I made put a golden glow over 2008 and its mundane daily reality.  Most things didn’t change in 2008. I learned some new things but became more stupid in other ways. I became a more confident person but a less reliable one.  I’m a much better cook but a much more disgusting house keeper. (lol.  It’s true. I have 6 dirty mugs, 1 old pop can, 3 plates, 2 bowls and 2 spoons on my desk right now. I had 6 cookies for lunch. I can’t believe I still live like this. Geez. I’m going to be 30 in a few years. Freaks me out.). That said, it was a wonderful year. One of the best. Maybe even the best. I feel like this is the first time I can look back over a period of months and not see any “black” times. Sure, I’ve had a bad day here and there, but that’s normal! It’s normal for it to be a day. Honestly, the only bad part about 2008 is that it’ll be over in 11 days! Yes, I’m going to really miss 2008.

I had my last ice cream crepe of 2008 with a friend from university a couple weekends ago. Techncially, it was only half an ice cream crepe cuz we shared one.  I, of course, was delighted with it. Now that I think about it, I’m sure my friend was a little disappointed by it, because I’d told her it was the most delicious thing in San Francisco, which was obviously a tall claim, but oh well. She seemed to enjoy it and it capped off a great day.

I can’t believe I wrote half this post about ice cream crepes. I left my computer periodically while writing this post. I arranged breakfast plans for tomorrow, turned on my other computer to see if anybody was seeding season 2 of the wire (Nobody was. Bastards!), updated my playlist, got water, etc. Every time I came back to the post, I thought of what to replace all the ice cream crepe stuff with. I mean, what am I talking about? What am I trying to say here? There must be a better way to get to the point.

Well, obviously, I couldn’t think of anything better. I guess this really is what I wanted to say.

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3 Comments »

  1. MMMMmmmmmm… ice cream crepes! They’re one of my favourite desserts! The first time I had one was when I was in France because I was too poor to buy a proper lunch. But it was soooooo good! I still remember how the crepe was perfectly warm and had a slightly chewy texture to it. It was thin but it didn’t break and it held the ice cream and fruits in it in this perfect roll… Mmmmmm… just thinking about it right now makes me want one!

    Maybe I’ll try to find a good place for it in Sydney.

    Comment by rabbitdownunder — December 23, 2008 @ 5:41 am

  2. I think ice cream (in any form) is a very respectable, not to mention interesting, topic for a post. It’s deeper meaning is noteworthy as well.

    I’m proud of you too. I’m glad it was a great year for you. I hope next year is even better.

    Comment by Wendy — December 23, 2008 @ 12:50 pm

  3. Rabbit – yes! you described it perfectly. mm .. the chewiness, and how it holds everything together.

    Thanks wendy :)

    Comment by attaikede — December 24, 2008 @ 12:53 pm


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