After it was over, we jetted over to Itaewon to see a friend's band play. We were worried we'd missed them, with all the Seoul weekend traffic, but we actually got there early enough to catch a final round of PUB QUIZ!!!!! I had no idea there was pub quiz in Korea! I may need to go back, even though National Mechanics is only a few months away! The band went on around 11:30. They're called Shotgun Mascara, and they do hair metal and 80's covers. Nothing groundbreaking, but lots of fun! We all danced and sang along and waved lighters in the air. A total stranger bought me and Abby shots for our birthdays, and the band did a shoutout for us too. I got checked out more than once, which was nice; the occasional appreciative glance mitigates all the Korean weirded-out staring I usually get. After the band played, we bar-hopped a bit and actually ended up in a country-western bar called the Grand Ol Opry. Totally not my usual style, but there are no regular goth nights here! C. and I danced together to a few songs, which was really sweet and fun, and which will totally stand out alone in an otherwise-blurry pool of many drunken birthday nights. I can't believe I'm 30.
Today I am feeling the post-shotgun effect. I slept till 12:30 PM and plan to be lazy alllllll day, including a nice bath, and MAYBE going out to see fireworks in Seoul this evening. We got home well after 4 AM, so I'm calling it a successful weekend no matter WHAT I do with my actual birthday.
ALSO! I got some nifty gifties, including an external hard drive, a very Korean stuffed animal which may also be a hand-pillow (???), some Lush nummies, and an amazon gift certificate. And there are still packages from home heading my way! The month will wrap up with a goth party on Halloween, which I will shamelessly take a half day off work in order to attend. And there will be belated partying when I get home, because turning 30 on 10/10/10 is one of those occasions that must be epically celebrated!