That's really all that needs to be said. For far too long -- nearly a whole year, in fact -- I've been elsewhere. Creating a blog entry has rarely, if ever, been anywhere on my list of priorities. Which is a shame, really. I've pretty much lost touch with the entire community that I had here. All the people I would talk with on a somewhat regular basis, looking forward to seeing other people post things on their blogs, all of that really just.. went away.
I apologize for that. I kind of feel bad for it, honestly. Really bad. So bad, I could write a completely different blog entry that’s essentially an apology letter. But I’d rather not because it would only apply to the very few who may still be lurking around this website.
In any case, a lot has happened since the last blog post I made. And I do mean a lot. So instead of me typing on and on about every little thing that happened that impacted my life, I'll just highlight the big ones.
And just a warning, there may be a bit of language scattered around in this wall of text. So if for whatever reason that’s something you should know before diving in, now you do.
It seems like ages since I did this. (Probably because it has been.)
Summer of this year. I only have one class (that being speech) and decided that it was a reasonable time to get a job, as employers don't really like a full time student with 14+ credit hours trying to get a job during the year. I guess it's an availability issue.
In any case, I ended up finding one -- a small retail business which I was interested in. I was being paid less than minimum wage because of some probationary period stuff I don’t quite understand and worked three days out of the week from 3-5 hours. I didn’t mind it, really. I learned where everything was, I did what I was told, I made things look pretty, and whatever else newer employees did. My boss even said to me once that I learned where everything was faster than everyone else. Which was cool, I guess.
Then one day my boss decided to change the schedule a bit and add a day in there. Sure, I wrote it down on my calendar and everything, but due to my stupidity (or myself being already used to the routine I had going), I completely missed that one day. Didn’t call ahead. Didn’t tell anyone. I just up and forgot it even existed. And upon going back to work the next day that I did, I was informed that I was in violation of my probationary period and was promptly laid off.
Oops. My bad.
I understandably felt like shit afterwards. I mean, I had it written down right in front of my face and I completely missed it. But then again, I guess it was for the better. I was getting paid less than minimum wage anyway, which I believe is illegal. Either that, or there’s some weird loophole that I’m unaware of. But it was still totally my fault. Which sucks.
College. I’m still in it. This semester is all about finding out exactly what it is I want to do. I’m taking a chemistry class, a math class (although that’s a required course), a technology class, and a renewable energy class, as that field seems to be booming. I missed my chance for an automotive class, which is something I also really want to take. If I haven’t said it before, I’m kind of a gearhead. I can identify tons of cars just by looking at them. But I want to know what makes them tick. Also, I like working with my hands, so that’s also a plus.
As of right now though, I haven’t the faintest clue of what I want to go into. Which, considering this is my second year in college, isn’t the best position to be in. Hopefully something clicks with me soon during these final weeks of the third semester I’ve been in here.
I did have some fun things happen besides the crushing defeat of losing a job and the ceaseless stress of getting solid grades in college. I went on a little vacation over the summer to my cousin’s lakehouse. Fishing is always fun there, as is the swimming. The fireworks were a plus, too.
Another fun thing that happened is I went to a concert. I saw Brian Setzer perform in the most gorgeous venue. He was simply outstanding. The man knows his way around a guitar. The upright bassist was just as great. The guy was insanely talented and I doubt many people could play like he did.
The opening band, The Record Company, wasn’t bad either. In fact, they were pretty great too. I got their autographs, too, so that’s a plus.
Overall, it may have been one of the best concerts I went to. Which isn’t saying much since I’ve only been to two. But yeah. It was nice. Next on my list is Streetlight Manifesto, but I have no idea when they’ll be coming around here, if at all. We shall see.
I have made no progress on my story I kept talking about. I have no excuses.
I don’t have OR/AS or SSB4. Don’t ask me about anything related to either.
On the topic of games, I also lost my X version. But I do have AC:NL, so there’s that. If you have the urge to visit my town or something, say something in the comments I guess.
I think that’s about all there is to talk about. Again, I apologise to all of you who were waiting for me to say something. My life is a bit boring, I know. Maybe I’ll just do something where I just say things about whatever might be happening at the time. My take on current events, if you will.
That actually doesn’t sound like a bad idea.
I could totally do that.
If my previous track record has anything to say about it, this probably won’t happen.
Anyway, to wrap it all up, let me say this:
Hi. I’m not dead. Just elsewhere.
And I remember all of you.
Say goodbye to 2013, and let's welcome in 2014.
Now what is this entry about? Simple, really. Just a reflection on the year 2013.
Now let's begin, shall we?
Without the faintest doubt in my mind, 2013 has been eventful. Both good and bad. Of course, the start of the year was nothing special. Just me and my senior year of high school, helping build the set and working the lights on the last musical production of my high school career. Which was a hell of a production, let me tell you. Anyway, several more weeks of high school and, before I graduated, I got an acceptance letter from the college I applied to.
I honestly wasn't as excited as some people were.
So, then I graduated from high school. I had to say goodbye to a few friends as well as some of my favorite teachers. Which is always a sad thing to do.
Then came summer. Oh, the summer of 2013. Alas, that was around the time I joined this place. Right after Flipnote closed its doors.
And, to be honest, that's where everything began.
The latter part of this year was awash with new experiences; recognition, people commenting on the things I say and do. I've never really had that happen to me before, even on... Well, anywhere really. And something else happened too. I started to get a whole bunch of friends. Again, something unexpected. But really, really... Awesome. I felt genuinely happy. I had people to talk to now. (Not that I don’t irl, but still. It’s a good feeling.)
And then college started. Which was… Interesting. It was definitely different than high school, and there are plenty of things that they don’t teach you there that you have to learn yourself. Which begs the question, “Why isn’t there a class on life?”
Probably because it’s as complex as a 20 sided Rubik’s cube.
In any case… After about August, it was really just talking to my new friends from then on. Sure, some may have come and gone, but overall… It’s honestly a lot more social interaction then I get here beyond this screen and keyboard. And I feel like that’s the same for many, many people. But I wasn’t a part of it until now. So that’s cool.
Sure, there may have been some bad things. Like how my little brother broke his ankle in gym class AGAIN and how my father likes to be a little bitch, but I don’t see any reason to hold these silly things to heart.
In the end, I have so much to be happy about.
In the end, I have no reason to be sad.
In the end… One simple set of keystrokes at the beginning of June has effectively changed my life.
And on that note, I’d like to wish all of you a happy new year, and best wishes on making 2014 a great year full of fond memories.
Stay awesome, my friends.
Yes, yes. We all know about that wonderful time of year where we give and receive; mostly the latter of the two, the gifts given by a jolly fat man in a red and white jumpsuit who likes to climb down people's chimneys. Which is not creepy at all, by the way.
But, let's just get to what you want to hear before I go off on some tangent rant about how people are unappreciative about what they got.
Yes, it's time for me to share my loot.
So, first things first. I have a 3DS now. Yeah. So, if you have a way to contact me outside of a public space, feel free to ask me. But I will NOT share it here. To the world. Because that is a bad thing.
Second thing that completely blindsided me was a new laptop. I didn't even ask for it. Sure, I may have said that my current laptop was bad in some ways, but I used it anyway because it was still perfectly functional for the things I do on it the most, that being internet-ing and playing a few games on the lowest possible quality setting. And I have fun.
That, by far, was the best gift. I couldn't even begin to describe my sheer exuberance when I unwrapped it. No, I didn't scream or anything like that. I laughed. Then I cried. Yeah.
Anyway, I also got some clothes and some new kicks. Which are also cool. Well, to me at least.
So yeah. I guess that's it for now.
And with that, I'm off to disappear for another month. Toodles.
Merry Christmas/Happy Holidays,
Will I be able to celebrate the first day of winter, Christmas, and the end of school for two weeks in one stream?
Well, there's only one way to find out.
This Saturday at 10pm CST. A stream of cheery joy and celebration.
It's going to get festive.
If you're reading this, you've got about 15 minutes untill the Black Friday stream of a lifetime
I'm feeling especially aloof today, and I don't think I'll be drawing all stream like I normaly do.
So WHAT ARE YOU WAITING FOR?
It's probably going to start a bit late.
So yeah. Sorry about that.
IT'S A STREAM ON BLACK FRIDAY
*MAJOR* DISCOUNTS ON ENTERTAINMENT
UP TO 85% OFF BOREDOM
AND 75% OFF PROCRASTINATION
AND FOR A LIMITED TIME ONLY, 50% OFF SANITY
BE THERE AT THE USUAL TIME (10:00 pm CST) AND THE USUAL PLACE
Guess what day. It. Is?
No, it's not hump day. It's stream day. God.
Camels won't be involved, either.