Kato, I was looking for you, but you hadn't shown up. What happened to you? I thought you might've probably gotten a heart attack while making up an extremely sensual naked woman.
Yes, you're quite right, Diane. I had a heart attack while creating the picture below:
And I was rushed to the hospital by an ambulance.
Oh, my God! No kidding!
Of course, I'm only jesting. He, he, he, he, he ...
Kato! ... You're such a naughty brat. Don't give me such a shocking fib. So what really happened to you?
Well ... I couldn't attend the event because the elephant cried.
The elephant...? What the heck are you talking about?
It's a long story.
Make it short, will ya?
You see, I really wanted to take a look at the infamous Conrad Black by all means.
Were you in the central library?
Yes, of course, I was writing on the 6th floor, and finished writing an article for the next day at about 6 o'clock. I had still an hour and half before the event would start. So I decided to view one of the DVDs I'd borrowed.
■“Actual Catalogue Page”
So, Kato, you viewed the above DVD, didn't you?
Yes, I did. The story was quite fascinating.
... sounds quite interesting.
Yes, it really is. You bet on that, Diane. I was actually fascinated by the movie.
So, Kato, you were engrossed in the movie so much so that you forgot to attend the event. Is that it?
On, no, I didn't forget. Half way through, I took a look at the time on the lower-right-hand cornet on the screen. It was 7:20 p.m., and I rushed to the elevator and went down to the lower level, then asked a nearby librarian to tell me how to get to Alice MacKay Room. I've never entered the room. She said, "It's in a different part on the lower level. You must take the elevator, go up to the main floor, get out through the main entrance, then walk to your right and find the stairs, which lead you down to the room.
I did as she told me. I was totally flabbergasted to see a long waiting line on the stairs, but the sign said that the room was full and that no more tickets were available.
So, you were too late, weren't you?
Anyway, I rushed to the doorway, but there stood a stout female bouncer, who blocked my way and said, "What the hell do you think you're doing, Mister?" ... I said, "Oh, ... well, one of my lady friends is waiting for me in the room. So I just wanna say hello to her and get back here. So, please let me in."
What did she say?
The wry-faced fat bouncer told me, "Don't give me such a foolish fib. Once you get in, you'll never come back. It's obvious! Get lost!"
Did she really tell you that?
Oh, I'm just joking ... The thing is, my God wants me to continue to view the movie, instead of watching the infamous Conrad Black. So, I rushed back up to the 6th floor and continued to see the movie.
Kato, why didn't you knock her out at the door and rush in for the event?
Diane, be reasonable and sensible! I couldn't do such a mean thing. Even if she looks so ugly, she's still a human being.
But I tell you, Kato. It was truly a wonderful evening. You really missed one of the most priceless events.
Oh, ... did I? What is so good about it?
You see, I was expecting it would be quite interesting, but it went way beyond that to totally engaging and entertaining and illuminating as well. I say, it was most impressive. I really hope you enjoyed it as well.
Was it really that good?
Oh, yes, you bet, Kato ... Who could have thought US politics could be so fascinating?
Mind you, Diane, I really wanted to attend the event, but somehow my God prevented me from attending the event, I assume.
No, that's not true. You simply made a big mistake because you didn't quit watching the movie much earlier so that you could get a free ticket for the event.
Diane, that's why I'm saying that I was engrossed in the movie, which is more fascinating, engaging, and entertaining than the Conrad Black event.
You didn't even hear Conrad Black. How could you possibly say that?
Conrad Black may be innocent as he insists, but he gave an impression of a fraudulent man to the ordinary people---to the jury, in particular. That's why the jury gave him a guilty verdict.
Yes, that was a fact, but he was talking about US politics, which is so fascinating.
Maybe, US politics is fascinating, but I don't think Conrad Black is living a good life. I don't dislike him personally, but I don't belive a man who gives an impression of a fraudulent man. Besides, the movie I viewed is about a young man who died at the age of 20, but whose good life is remembered even by Randy the elephant.
His good life is remembered even by the elephant. Why is that?
Well... After the movie, I watched the following video clips:
Reunion after 13 years (Part 1)
Reunion after 13 years (Part 2)
These clips are recorded from the TV program called "True Touching Story" aired in Japan. The mother of the deceased son hasn't shown Randy his son's picture since his death because she thought it would depress the elephant.
She decides to show it to Randy now?
Yes, she does 13 years after his death.
Does Randy still remember her son 13 years after his death?
Yes, Randy still remembers him.
When the mother shows Randy a controlling stick that his son used to train Randy, the elephant remembers it.
How do you know?
... Cause the son used the stick differently from other trainers and he caressed the elephant with it gently and lovingly.
As if to show how the son did it, Randy rubs his front leg with the controlling stick in the manner the son did.
Randy even cries while doing so.
Wow! It's really touching, isn't it?
Yes, it is ... Well, I wanted to attend the event, but I didn't miss it 'cause I really enjoyed the movie and learned that the son really lived a good life with Randy, who remembers the son even 13 years after his death.
It's a heart-warming story, isn't it?
Yes, it is, but I really miss you, Diane.
Well ... we are always together virtually, aren't we?
Yes, yes, yes, ... but I'm talking about it in the real life.
If you've got some time,
Please read one of the following artciles:
■"Halifax to Vancouver"
■"A Thread of Destiny"
■"God is Near!"
■"Holy Cow@Rose Garden"
■"You Love Japan, eh?"
■"Fright on Flight"
■"From Summer to Eternity"
■"Sōseki & Glenn Gould"
■"Dream Dream Dream"
■"In Search of Your Footprint"
■"Little Night Music"
■"Happy New Year!"
■"Long live Diane!"
■"Selfish TD Bank"
■"Talk with Mozart"
■"Bliss for Diane!"
■"TD Bank or Mozart?"
■"Diane in Chorus Line"
■"Pork or Friend?"
■"Beauty is Heart-deep"
■"Cherry and Silk"
■"Price of Your Life"
Hi, I'm June Adams.
I love animal stories.
How about you?
Randy is still living in the "Elepahnt Kingdom" in Ichihara, a city located in Chiba Prefecture, Japan.
As of April 2012, the city has an estimated population of 279,065, with a population density of 758 persons per km².
The total area of Ichihara is 368.20 km².
The city is home, together with Chiba City, to the JEF United soccer team.
Naturally, the elephants in the Kingdom like to play soccer.
Randy shows up in the above clip.
■『軽井沢タリアセン夫人 - 小百合物語』