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Otaku Hobbies

A few weeks ago, I actually went to this comic book store called Otaku Hobbies in Indiana. Let’s just say that I would highly recommend going there again. In fact, there’s a huge event going on between September 8-10, so if you’re an anime, video game fan, or just love comic books in general, I highly suggest you go check it out!

20170712_110149I actually went with one of my best friends, and it started to rain once we got there.

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20170712_110453Toon Link, Link, Zero Suit Samus, and Samus Amiibo (That Samus Amiibo is one of rare ones, so I ended up grabbing it. I’ve been wanting it for the longest!!)

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20170712_110853I wanted to get Touré this Reaper figurine, since that’s one of his favorite characters from Overwatch. I couldn’t though, cause it was so gosh darn expensive… sadness. 😦

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20170712_112032I also wanted this Chun Li figurine too, since she’s one of my favorite characters from the Street Fighter games. Maybe next time…

20170712_112034Ken figurine!!

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20170712_112728Pokémon trading cards!! I need to start collecting them again.. I haven’t done so since I was a kid…

20170712_112802My best friend and I wanted this poster so bad.., but it wasn’t for sale. Double sadness… 😦

Anyway, I had a blast at that store! The only reason why I didn’t do a post of this sooner, was cause I’ve been going through some stuff, and dealing with my chronic anxiety for the past few weeks. I also had a few anxiety attacks a few days ago, which is why I haven’t been blogging on here and my other ones as usual. However, I have found new ways of dealing and overcoming anxiety, so that will be on the next blog post.

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Posted in Books, Events, Games, Holiday, Photography, Travel

Free Comic Book Day

Yesterday was Free Comic Book Day, and I… I totally forgot about it until I saw my friend’s post about it on Facebook. So… after I realized it, I quickly looked up comic book stores in my area (Sadly the one near my house shut down last year or two… I can’t remember though). Turns out, the nearest one is just about no more than 20 minutes from me. I decided to go ahead and went to the shop. Here’s how it all turned out:

20170506_164541I seriously wanted to enjoy this day, since it always comes around the first Saturday of May. Also, this was my first time in a VERY long time since I went to a comic book (The last time I went there was when I was a kid).

20170506_164550I highly recommend this comic book store if you’re at or near Homewood.

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20170506_164810Free comic books galore!

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20170506_170056Ah, the original Teen Titans. I’ll take them over the new Teen Titans any day.

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20170506_170742There was a photographer that wanted to take pictures for the Homewood and Flossmoor Chronicles. This guy was part of it. Also, I’m (Along with several others) part of the paper! It was weird (..but awesome), cause it just went from a conversation about me doing photography as a hobby, to being part of the local town paper! I was actually excited about it, and still am!

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20170506_171451They were a special guest at the comic book store.

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20170506_171621Last picture that I took before I went to this park nearby and went home to prepare for church in the morning. It was fun stopping by there, and I also made a new friend too! Next year, I’m bringing my baby with me.

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My First Wedding Shower

Before I begin, I would like to say something: Daylight Savings Time is finally here (Unless you’re in Arizona, of course). We ‘spring forward’ one hour, which means we lose one hour of sleep and so on. Hey, at least the good news is that it stays lighter, longer.

Anyway, Saturday was a day to remember. I went to my first wedding shower, and let me just say.. it was awesome, especially when the soon-to-be bride and groom, their friends, family, and I were cleaning up the mess after it was over. I gotta say, it was too funny.

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20170311_000950These were the gifts I brought them. They really liked it.

20170311_131805Inside the community center where they had their wedding party.

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20170311_131957We played a few games, including this one, the Don’t Say ________ game, and the ‘Mewlywed game’, which is like the Newlywed game, but without the newlyweds and stuff.

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20170311_132307Save the date!

20170311_132331When I got there, it was only a few gifts on that table. At the end, it was a bunch. Let’s just say that I can’t wait until Touré and I have our own wedding shower!

20170311_133415The soon-to-be bride and groom, AunaLisa and Russell. Fun fact: They’re actually worship members of the choir that I’m in. Also, one of the choir members made the fruit cake tower.

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20170311_133539The Don’t Say _______ game.

20170311_134126Closer look at the fruit cake tower

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20170311_180247After the party, when we all cleaned up and had a lot of good laughs doing so. Also, the soon-to-be bride and groom and their friends. Congrats to them on their soon-to-be wedding! I look forward to attending there!

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YouTube Gaming Family Meetup

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Sunday, September 18th, 2016.. Brookfield, IL.. this is the day that I will never forget this moment.

Sunday was also the day where I started my very first play at my church: The White Throne Judgment. I was singing in the choir during both days (Saturday and Sunday).. it was really fun. I’m gonna be singing again tomorrow night at 7 p.m.

After the service was over, I decided to pick up my awesome friends, cause one of the YTG (YouTube Gaming) streamers was visiting his family during the week, so we all decide to meet up at this place called Galloping Ghost Arcade.

20160918_161449So many games… and yes, there are about 450 games in all, from the 80’s and early 90’s, and of course.. pinball and Japanese games!!

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20160918_161631There’s a Primal Rage shirt that I wanted so bad…, but it’s for display only.

20160918_162337A little Japanese game that I found

20160918_162342Two of the streamers, Chris Plays Games (The one with the propeller hat) and Kodzo (Playing the third pinball game to the left. Oh, and that’s actually my babe, by the way).

20160918_162736He was so focused on this game.

20160918_163151One of my favorite games: Gradius III: From Legend to Myth. Gradius IV is another fun game to play. They also have Gradius II: The Ambitions of Gofer (Or Gofer’s Ambitions. Either translation is fine).

20160918_163748Of my my brothers was playing DragonBall Z game, since DBZ is his favorite anime.

20160918_164729Afterwards, we went to this place called Tony’s Family Restaurant. They had great food there.

20160918_165834If you’re into retro and modern games, then check out Chris Plays Games! He’s another awesome streamer on YouTube and YTG!

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20160918_171952Food… and lots of it!

20160918_182811So afterwards, we went back to the arcade to play some more games, and did a live stream as well. Oh, and guess what I found.. Tempest!!

20160918_185524The awesome YTG family and my awesome soulmate: Me, (Chris Plays Games (Propeller hat), Narrcost (Star Wars shirt), Kodzo, Yuhi (Zelda hat. She’s 1/3 of the group Good Luck Gamers (GLG)), Son Goshaku (Giving the two thumbs up), Snake, Nicole, and Craig Plays (At the end with the hat. He’s part of the PG gaming family called the Bromingos). Be sure to check all of them out on YouTube and YTG!

20160918_195541Snake, Yuhi, Kodzo, and I were playing this game called F-Zero: AX. It was fun.

20160918_201354My babe and I. We all had a blast that day. 🙂 In fact, we decided to make this an annual event.

So yea, this was the absolute best day ever.. can’t wait to meet more streamers soon!

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Screw Today’s Society and Their “Rules”

I believe that I made a similar post to this last year, but I decided to talk about it again (If I haven’t already). I hope to make this a part of a vlog on my YouTube channel (I will have Touré be a part of it as well, cause the looks that people are giving us when they see us together.. oh boy, can’t freakin wait to talk bout it).

First off… what inspired me to make this post is due to that fact that Touré was live streaming one of his favorite games, Rocket League, and while he was doing so, he was telling his viewers about a little fact about him and I (The conversation started when I was telling one of my friends about how my ex gave me back my PS2 and such, and it actually went on from there) about our age (Yes, he’s 21 and I’m 26. Bet ya didn’t know that, eh?). Then what fueled the fire was the fact that he told his viewers about how we get looks from people everywhere we go when they see us together. It’s like, they 95% bash him for dating a ‘cute, adorable girl’ like me who looks younger than him, then when they find out about my age, that’s when the whole accusations stop. They’re finally cool with us dating, but still. Oh, and as far as I go, I get the ‘Why tf is she dating a guy like him, who looks like he could be from the streets’’?!’ looks from em.

All of the accusations and I guess you can say… oh, stereotypical thoughts finally subside when they find out the real truth about us:

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1. He’s 21, and I’m 26. Yea, I really don’t look like I’m 26, but hey… looking younger than your real age is a blessing and a curse.

2. We’re a gaming couple. We not only love video games, but we also listen to rock, heavy metal, jazz (Also nighttime jazz), and other types of music, such as from video games and international music.

..and…

3. We are way different than the ‘typical black people’ that most everyone sees now and days (The ones that like to do drugs, gang-bang, listen to today’s rap and hip-hop, those who like to ‘twerk’ and do the ‘whip’ and the ‘nae nae’ and such.. I could go on and on about that. Oh, and did I mention that we’re really intelligent and that one of our main life goals is to become financially stable? That’s something that today’s society doesn’t mention now and days, is the fact that there are black people who are actually intelligent, going to school and getting their education, cause they want to be successful in life. They don’t want to be part of the ‘norm’ that society sees us now and days). We’re not from the streets, nor do we want to be. I can continue on from it, but I’ll stop it right here.

The fact that people are bashing us and giving us negative looks for being different and for how we look is just disgusting beyond belief. I mean, sure I’m from the suburbs and he’s from the city, and he’s Ghanaian and I’m Black, White, Native American, and Asian, but that doesn’t give you the right to tell us that I need to date someone my age, or I need to date someone who’s within my skin color (I believe that’s like the number 2 reason why people look at us in disgust, is cause he’s a darker skin color than me, which freakin urks the crap out of me).

Here’s how the rules of today’s society works (This is just my understanding of it, but your views on it may vary):

1. People who are gay, lesbian, trans, bi, ect. doesn’t belong in this society.

2. If you’re black, you “have” to be part of the ‘norm’ in order to be considered popular, which means you have to smoke, drink, listen and dance to today’s rap and hip-hop, be part of a gang, ect. If you’re against it or if you are different, you are an outcast, and therefore, gonna be made fun of, and so on.

3. If you are light or dark-skinned, and are dating someone from a different race or who is lighter or darker than your complexion (Or if you’re white and are dating a black person, you will get frown upon and bashed.

4. If you are an older woman dating a younger man (Even if you are educated), you are considered a cougar.

5. If you’re black and listen to rock, heavy metal, jazz, international (Such as French, Chinese, Japanese, ect.), techno, ect., dress up like you’re a rocker, cosplay, or wear video games and band shirts, you will get looked at in disgust and talked about by the “normal crowd (Those who sag their pants, wear ridculous outfits that look like you’re from the hood, and listen to nothing but poisoning-induced today’s rap and hip hop)”.

Finally (I can go on and on about it, but I’m not):

6. If you are a man (Sometimes a black man who looks like he’s from the streets or a thug, who actually is just an intelligent, educated guy who’s either living in the suburbs or in a safe place from the the chaos in the state, I.E. someone living on the North side of Chicago, staying away from the South and West sides) and dating someone who looks younger than she really is and/or is cute (Who is also just as smart as you are, and perhaps a gamer girl, ect.), then you are also gonna get bashed on and stared at A LOT.

I think I made my point here today, but before I go, I really need to say this:

Dating someone who’s much younger (If you’re say, 25 and your bf/gf is 18, it’s okay, just as long as you’re not dating a minor) or older than you is okay!

If you’re black and your lover is white (Or vice versa), mixed (Or in this case, a darker or lighter shade of color than you), then that’s okay as well!

Basically put, don’t judge a person (or a couple) by their looks, skin color, or nationality, and also if he/she/they are poor, rich, or whatnot!

F**k today’s society and their “rules”. Also, f**k anyone who doesn’t like Touré and I dating due to our age and such, just cause it’s not “approved for today’s society”. They can look, but they don’t know a beautiful, handsome, mixed couple when they see it.

That’s all I gotta say. End of story.

P.S., A honorable mention go out to Kodzo’s (It’s just my baby’s YouTube name and also his middle name as well. Check out his videos and live stream, and also, subscribe to him as well, cause he does live streams and video of 1080p, 60fps for all of you gamers out there!) live stream of Rocket League: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AwS4KSMT9EY (If you want to skip ahead to where he and I talk bout how people gives us looks in a negative way and such, go to 2:46:47). That’s where I got inspired to make this post. I really have to say this from the bottom of my heart: Thank you Touré Apawu for the inspiration and for everything that you have done to and for me!

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Christmas 2015

Happy Holidays everyone!!

…Oh wait, is the holiday season over?

Aww…

 

Well… I survived 5 straight years of the crazy holiday season at my job, and not only that, a bunch of good (and unbelievable luck) has happened to me in the past 4 days. I received a bunch of presents this Christmas as well.. and to tell the truth, this Christmas is actually the best one that I ever had.

Christmas Eve at work was just stressful. Absolute last minute purchases from people and the fact that I had to work 8 hours that day.. yea, it just put a major stress on me (Not to mention that I worked 9 straight days, including Christmas Eve, mostly 38-40 hours those two weeks. Talk about highly irritating and tiring!). Well, I got out at 6:38 that night, and proceeded to go to the store (Not knowing that they closed early Christmas Eve, but I didn’t know that they closed THAT early, like at 8 p.m.), picked up Touré from the train station (He was staying through Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, and Saturday), got some dinner, and went back to the house.

20151225_080808This was our tree.. so many presents.. so many presents!

Mum and I hosted our first Christmas party, so of course my cousins, their fiancés, and a few of my cousin’s fiancé’s children (and his girlfriend), and my aunt came by. Touré and I were nervous, due to the fact that none of my family has ever met him before, but it turned out that everyone really liked him.. a lot! That made our day.

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20151225_155155Oh, and did I mention that we got some awesome presents??

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20151225_161311A PS4 headset, bows (Touré gave me bows), a small box full of candy (One of my supervisors gave me the candy)

20151225_161441Gift cards, a duel USB car charger, and Kirby’s Return to Dream Land game from my aunt

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20151225_163310He also gave me 3 Metallica CDs.., and I sure love Metallica!

20151225_200202His coworkers Lauren and Grant gave me this snake ring and this bracelet.. made from guitar strings. I also got a Starbucks mug as well from my cousin’s fiancé.

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20151225_161514In addition to the Star Wars calendar, I also brought him Legend of Zelda socks

20151225_161524The LoZ hat, and shirts (I got him Metallica and the Playstation shirt. Mum got him the Star Wars shirt and pajama pants).

20151225_163332These pajama pants.

What could make this 3-day Christmas day (Thursday, Friday, and Saturday) even better? Seeing the Star Wars movie!!

20151226_110935We saw it that Saturday before he left for home and before I left for work. I gotta admit, it was really good. I would def see it again!

Things are starting to look better for Touré and I.. now the next thing that we’re gonna do is to celebrate New Year’s Eve together.. we’re more than likely gonna go to downtown Chicago and check out the New Year’s Eve bash there. It’s gonna be one heck of a great time, if we decide to go there. Either way, we’re gonna start 2016 with a bang!

I really hope everyone had a great Christmas this year, and have a happy New Year to you all!

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Kodzo and Takeda

Friday afternoons/evenings.. mostly the only day during the week (Unless I have most of the morning/afternoon or day off on the weekend) where I can spend time with the love of my life, Touré, either at my house or his house. I really don’t mind the drive to the north side of Chicago. In fact, despite the traffic (Due to most road construction and typical rush hour traffic, depending on what time you plan to go to or leave Chicago, especially downtown. It’s best to go during the wee hours of the morning, like at 4, 5, maybe even 6 in the morning, or late at night, like at 11 or close to midnight), it’s actually soothing to me, seeing how beautiful the skyline is at night (If the sky is clear, that is), and add the nighttime jazz music… yea, it’s very soothing (If you are patient and not let traffic get to you—like me—that is).

Anyway, last Friday afternoon (Today is Sunday, December 6, and I do count Sundays as the start of a new week), Touré and I decided to hang out as soon as we got off from work (I got off at 4 and he gets off at 5, but because my job and his job is about 40 minutes-almost an hour between each other, depending on traffic, since he works on the west side, and I work down south (I.E. 394, down to Will county almost), it became a waiting game for him, since I had to pick him up from his job. I got there 16 minutes after he got out, due to being stuck in rush hour traffic). We decided to head to his house and to grab something to eat, since we didn’t eat since breakfast.

Once we got to his house (He was tired, and I was severely stressing out due to unexpected bad news that I realized and such. I talked to his Mum about what was going on with me, and she basically gave me some advice and hugged me, which calmed me down), we ate, and went to some stores with his Mum. She brought me a little bracelet (Sparkly, colorful flowers), and I brought some more flare jeans. Touré brought a Hulkbuster figure from Disney Infinity, a hard drive storage for his computer, and a game (Legend of Zelda: Tri-Force Heroes). What did I take home with me? A bracelet, some jeans, and a little teddy bear that his Mum brought for him before he was born, that he wanted to give to me out of complete surprise:

20151205_234741Everyone, I’m sure you’ve all met Kodzo (The red dog that I got from my soulmate and his Mum for my birthday), but… meet this little teddy bear, Takeda. I named him Takeda, cause he’s actually one of my favorite Mortal Kombat characters (Next to.. oh say, Liu Kang, Kung Lao, Baraka, Princess Kitana, Raiden, ect…). This is the first teddy bear that my soulmate has, before he was born. He decided to give it to me last Friday. I thought it was very, very sweet of him to do that, and with that said, it just not only made me smile extra hard, but it also made me cry on the inside, cause he’s the very first guy that would give him something that is so valuable to him all throughout his life. That made me extremely happy (and it (Along with him) made my stress go away completely).

Mum thought that it was so sweet of him to do that.. she couldn’t stop talking about it for hours at a time. Yea, on the inside, I couldn’t stop blushing and thanking God for having Touré being in my life.. and as my boyfriend). I didn’t wanna leave home, but I had to that night, cause I had to work the next day (Yesterday).

It’s time for me to get some sleep.. Christmas Eve and Day 2015 is gonna be one of the best Christmases in years.. if not, ever! I want it to come so bad.., but I must be patient. Oh well.. off to bed.

Zzz…

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Chicago, Bowling, and Laughs

Yesterday my babe, brothers, and friends were celebrating Josh’s birthday at Pinstripes! It was my first time going there, and boy was it fun!

20151016_171059I got to downtown Chicago in the afternoon, trying to figure out how to get to Pinstripes. Thankfully two security guards showed me the way.

20151016_171103Walking through the Lurel Gardens. I want to walk there with Tourè very soon.. I think it’ll be a great trip for a date.

20151016_171745Typical rush hour traffic, since it was after 5 when I took it.

20151016_175102Once I got to Pinstripes, I saw my little brother, Shawn! A few minutes after we hung out, we met up with Nick and Tourè. Of course, we were the only ones that were early (The party started at 6, but everyone else didn’t get there until a little after 7), so while we were waiting, Nick, Tourè, and I decided to walk towards Navy Pier.

20151016_181056Next year, a bigger version of the Ferris wheel is gonna be built in Navy Pier, so this is the last photo that I took of the old Ferris wheel.

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20151016_182914The view from Navy Pier after sunset. I gotta admit, it was so awesome to see!

20151016_194606So after everyone came to Pinstripes, we all came inside, and started playing bowling.

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The little kids played bowling too.. they had a blast!

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20151016_202310The setting outside was awesome!

20151016_202319The view from Pinstripes. There’s a condo right across from there.. man, it will be so awesome if the babe and I lived in a condo in downtown Chicago…

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20151016_214242After the party was over (Josh had a blast at his birthday party), Nick and Tourè walked me back to the train station, but we also decided to walk around the park as well. I had so much fun with them and the others!

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20151016_220810Last photo before I headed off to the train station, and back home. I gotta say, after studying for and taking the midterms, I needed that walk around downtown and the laughs from friends, brothers, and the babe. Hopefully next week, I’ll be able to walk around Chicago again with Tourè. It’s much needed for the both of us.

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April: Month of the Unexpected

…and UNEXPECTED IT HAS!!!!!!!

Job interviews

Work

Seeing old friends

News (Both good and bad)

Events

Holy freakin crap, I was NOT expecting all of this to happen in one single MONTH!! Like, my mind has been going into overload cause of all of this unexpected stuff and news!!

First off, I ended up with a whole bunch of job interviews (Both actual and phone) last month.. I almost had a new job, but cause of a certain parent who told certain family members about my new job, and how much I should stick to the already dead end job that I currently have and not work two jobs at the same time, I ended up not getting the job. So that means that I’m stuck with the same job now until I either a. Find a job that a certain parent would like, b. Find a full time job so that I can quit my current job, or c. Volunteer at a hospital and wait til I get my CNA/CPR licenses to start working on my career and get a job that way. I just can’t win!

*Sighs* I know something will come up sooner or later, but I hope I get a full time job before a. I start back school in the fall, or b. Before the holiday season. Something’s gotta give, I mean really. I’m like, really at my wit’s end at this. Idk why everyone else is getting new jobs and stuff when I’m not… I’m trying the best that I can freakin do. *Sighs* For now, I’m gonna stop applying for jobs until ACEN ends. I’ll get to the ACEN topic later on.

Oh, speaking of work, I keep getting unexpected calls from my job, asking me if I wanted to work. Of course I said yes, cause I need all of the money that I can get until I get a full time job, but lately I’ve been working for the past 4 days straight, all at different times. It’s really putting some stress on my body (..and cause of that, I missed out on C2E2, which is a comic con convention, or something like that, my best friend’s birthday party, which was in Chinatown, and it’s making my anemia kick in. Oh wait, that’s the ‘curse’.). I mean, I know it’s preparing me for my career, cause I’m gonna end up doing something like this, but except for longer hours and such, but still.. it’s making my stress level go up. *Sighs* It can’t be helped. It really can’t be helped.

The good news out of all of this is that I kept bumping into my old friends from grade school, high school, and when they used to work at the same job as me, but ended up quitting, cause they ended up getting better jobs. So yea, it was awesome seeing em again.

Now for the news. I’ll start with the bad. Aside from unexpected job interviews that have failed, all of the extra hours that I kept getting (Which was half of a bad thing, cause of all of the added stress that I kept having), all of the good events that I kept on missing out on (Which made me very jealous and upset)…, my plans keep failing. I know what you all are gonna say: “It’s all God’s plan”. I know, but it’s making me get into a nervous breakdown, which I’m gonna have once again in a few days to a week. Yep, these past few weeks have been nothing, but depression and nervous breakdowns.

Yes ladies and gentlemen, my depression is coming back, and once again, worse than ever. I’m trying to overcome it, but every time something good happens to me, something else or someone else ends up ruining it for me (..and it’s mainly that one person), and I’m tired of it. I really am. Yes for the past few days, a few of my friends have been having nervous breakdowns, mainly from school. I did help em feel better by helping em, so… yea.

So mainly the unexpected bad news was that things didn’t go as planned, I kept missing out on a lot of good stuff, my depression came back, I had a nervous breakdown, and all of that. Plus I started to get very lightheaded and fatigued, due to anemia… once again, this time.. added with extreme stress. Plus, today’s May 1st, which means that I’m not looking forward to it at all. Why? I’ll tell you all about it in the events topic.

The unexpected good news is that this month is May, and guess what that means? For the first time ever, I’m going to ACEN (Anime Central)!!! Yes it’s finally gonna happen!!! I’ll talk more about that in a little bit. Even more good news: Lawrence might be getting a job by next week!! I’m very excited for him, cause the job that he’s gonna be working in pays well, and by next year, we’re gonna be living on our own!!

Now, speaking of ACEN, that’s the last thing that I wanna talk about: Unexpected events. Last month I went to Dave & Buster’s for the very first time ever, and I must say: It is freakin AWESOME!!!! So many games… so many games!! It was like paradise for me!! My Mum came with me, along with a few of our coworkers, so she had a great time as well.. for someone who rarely plays video games, from what I can see.

So yea, that was unexpected, and guess what else is gonna be unexpected this month (We’re into May now, can you believe it??): Anime Central, or ACEN!! Now, I’m excited, nervous, and at the same time… NOT looking forward to it.. well, the next two weeks I’m not looking forward to, mainly cause my Mum is very skeptical about me going there with my friends. Lemme give you 5 reasons why:

1. She has never met most of my friends before, except for Josh and Lawrence, so she’s very worried about me hanging out with unknown people, who she thinks is gonna beat me up.

2. I’m gonna be away from her for 3 days, which means that I’m gonna be staying in a hotel room with either Asia, Cassidy, and her Mum, or either Lawrence, Josh, and Matt. Since I have never been in a hotel before, she’s really skeptical about me staying there and sharing a bed with one other person, and… see number 1.

3. See numbers 1 and 2.

4. Since she has never heard of anime before, or isn’t even a fan about it, she doesn’t know much about conventions before, which means that she doesn’t want me to go at all. Yep, she’s overprotected. She even considered talking to Cassidy’s Mum to see if it was alright for me to stay at a hotel with them! I’m 25 years old for Pete’s sake! I’ll be alright!

..and finally:

5. Did I mention see numbers 1, 2, and 4?

Yea, she’s very overprotective, and she just doesn’t know when to let me go.. even when I’m 25 years old, an ADULT!! I understand that I’m the only child here, and that she just wants the best for me, but still… she needs to let go. I’m gonna be moving out hopefully by next year, for Pete’s sake!

*Sighs* So yea… happy May to you all. May this month be a good one to you all, and may it be at least, a decent one for me! These next two weeks will be very annoying, cause of ACEN and whatnot, but after all of this… I hope things will go back to normal. If not, I have plans B-E on lock.

No matter what, by next year, I’ll finally be on my own, and finally free of my Mum’s nagging torture!

Posted in Games, Personal

The Truth Behind My Childhood Fear

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*Sighs*

The three classic OHKO (If you can’t see the screen shot, OHKO stands for One-hit KO, or One-hit knockout) moves as you see in this screen shot… the main Pokémon moves that haunted my childhood fear all the way up to now: Guillotine, Fissure, and Horn Drill. There’s another OHKO move that’s out in the Pokémon games, and that’s Sheer Cold. Of course, that wasn’t introduced until Gen 3. Anyway, the reason why I am mentioning this topic (And by the way, I haven’t forgotten The Squared Circle pictures. I’ve been trying to stay away from the computer, mainly due to excessive online job hunting has made my head hurt a lot as of recently.), is cause I want to talk about something that has been haunting me ever since I was a kid, and I  want to tell the truth about how and why it continues to haunt me to this day (In the end, it will make a lot of sense). That is the OHKO, or instant death moves from Pokémon.

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It basically all started when I was round 8-9 years old. I was playing Pokémon Stadium at night (That’s when the fear came to life), mainly cause I wanted to beat the game, just like all the other kids like to do during that time). I was facing a trainer in the game, and I basically was facing a male Nidoran (I had a Graveler or a Golem at the start of the match, which seemed fair). I thought I was gonna win the match, since I had a rock/ground Pokémon with me, but I was about to be wrong. At that time, I went with my gut to go with a Pokémon who knew ground type moves, such as earthquake. Why didn’t I go with that move instead of Fissure was beyond me, but I decided to go with it. That move missed badly, and suddenly the opponent’s Nidoran used the move Horn Drill. It actually connected, and the next thing I knew, my screen begin to turn black with the the horn coming out of it.

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As soon as it hit my Pokémon, the dreaded (and most scariest message that I ever came across from in my kid life) message appeared on my screen (as well as my Pokémon turning from its normal colors to red for a few seconds, then back to normal colors as it’s HP went down to 0):

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It scared the crap outta me so much, that as soon as I saw that message, I immediately reset the game and started all over (In Generation II and beyond, they changed the message to “It’s a one-hit KO!” to make it less scary to the children, and to correct the Grammer error). In fact, it made me so scared, that every time I would see nothing, but the darkness, I would see the terror that was my childhood fear. Oh, I did win the match by using Fissure a second time, and it did connect.., but it did scare me.. to the point where tears came down my face.

Skip ahead to now. It’s been a long time since I told someone about my childhood fear.. heck, I don’t think that I ever made a blog post about it, if it is, then here you go: You now know my secret childhood fear! Anyway, since I’m much older now, it still kinda haunts me to this day, but I have overcome it.., by a lot. Anyway, as I write about it, tears are actually coming down my eyes, cause you know what the whole truth about this whole mess was? Do you know why I was so afraid of the OHKO moves? It’s cause they’re an instant death moves, and my number one fear is of course, death. To me, Pokémon are my friends, my pals, and seeing them faint because of a dangerous move.. to me, that made me cry a lot, cause if there’s one thing that I fear more than death, it’s seeing people that I know and/or love die in front of my eyes. Believe me, it almost happened to before.. one of my classmates almost choked to death back in high school, and that scared me on the inside. I couldn’t get over it for a few hours.. that’s how scared I was.

Anyway, it’s past 1:00 in the morning, and I am crying my eyes out over these OHKO fears. I mean, I should’ve gotten over em by now, but they continue to haunt me. At least the good news is that every time I see an OHKO move on a Pokémon hack (Whether it be Pokémon Blue Kaizo or Pokémon Intense Indigo, and by the way, I still play Pokémon to this day.. just not the newer ones. The final game that I play is Pokémon SoulSilver), I take it like a man and just let it be. If my Pokémon faints due to those cursed moves, then oh well.. I just revive em. *Shrugs and smiles with a tear coming down the cheek*

By the way, I got the pictures through screenshot on my tablet through bulbapedia. If you’re a Pokémon fan, I highly recommend you check out bulbapedia!