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Ok, I just had to share this with anyone that'd listen.  I know I go on sometimes about being so lucky and how annoying that can be sometimes.  I'm the first to agree with that, believe me.  I just had to share this, however. 


Those of you that know me personally probably know that I've been going on about wanting this type of altar that I saw on the movie Blade (yeah, cheesy I know).  It would just fit so perfectly in my room (any room) since it goes up vertically, compared to the banged up coffee table that I recycled as an altar 6 years ago.  And so much more descreet with the closing doors.  Everyone that I let in my house knows about me but, some still tend to stare openly when they walk by.  I know that it's actually a Buddhist Altar, but it's still perfect for my needs.


This is something that I've been wanting for over a year now.  I was planning on waiting until we get back to the states and have something similar built for me by a friend since an actual Buddhist altar is so expensive here in Japan.


OK, here's where it gets good.  Something else those of you that know me personally also know that I volunteer at both the local animal shelter and non-profit consignment store.  Yesterday while I was working at the store a good friend of mine came in and just gave me the altar I'd been wanting for over a year now!  It's not just what I was wanting, it so far exceeded what I was wanting it's crazy.  This altar is one of the most ornately beautiful home shrine I've ever seen!  If I were to go buy this thing new at the store it'd cost me at between $550.00 and $600.00. 


I knew this person was sweet and generous because he'd given me a box full of books once before.  He would come into the store looking for antiques to decorate his new house with and we'd talked.  I knew that he was a Buddhist and while talking to him about that he noticed my necklace and told me that he used to be a Wiccan and that's when he offered me his old books.  This however was... Wild.  What he told me was that he had decided to "upgrade" his home altar and couldn't stand the thought of selling his old one on the base "yard sale” for fear that it'd be used by someone as a "trinket holder".


I'll have to get new batteries for my camera and post pics as soon as I can.  You won’t believe how beautiful this thing is: black lacquer, ornate scrolling, gold leaf background.  I can't wait to show it off.

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