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Long time, no rant ...

After being engaged a mere three days ago, I found myself watching Thor, reminiscing on prior visits to the home of my beloved, Meggan, and I think Agent Colson's words haunt me the most.

"Thank you for your cooperation."

A mere sentence should not be able to provoke this amount of bitterness, but it serves to remind me that, as I begin to closely examine our congress, house of representatives, and the senate, it seems that very few plans proposed in the name of security are accomplishing their intended purposes.

It is with the same phrase held by Phil Colson that we "stood back" and let them "keep us safe" by taking away our rights, one by one ...

And now on a slightly happier tangent, as I said previously, I have recently become engaged to the wonderful Meggan Schindler, my long time friend for longer than I can remember. It makes me immensely happy as very little has been successful at puncturing my happiness, a rather rare occurance for those of you who know me, and it certainly never lasts this long.

Not entirely sure when the date is going to be, but when I know, you'll inevitably know.

Started up Dance Central 2 and the Xbox stuff again, trying to get back into fitness in an attempt to keep that happiness adrift, partly because of the endorphins fitness naturally releases during and after, mostly because I'm tired of being 330 lbs of "God he'd look so much better if he worked out and choked down a fresh green salad every once in a while."

Honey Mustard is far too delicious for its own good.

I'm earnestly considering heading back to college, mostly so I can engage in social behavior along with being able to discuss things of a learning matter with people close to being on my level. No, I'm not callingout anyone as dumb, but rather the company I tend to keep has a habit of being butt tons smarter than I am (eg. Jesse whose ridiculously booksmart on all things science, Meggan whose IQ simply dwarves my own, not to mention most of my friends keep way more current on political and international affairs than I ever cared to.), but it's still nice to be able to bat around the one thing I'm actually well read on, but has trivial real life applications (Or, at least, won't land me a job):


I like to think it's the spirit of debate that keeps me alive for the most part, only countered by my ineptitude as far as my ability to communicate in the English language. I probably should consider myself a primary speaker of English and a secondary of body language, but, it is what it is.

Nothing new on the job front, Gamestop is unlikely to hire me back but I figure that may matter less as a moving of location is most likely in order for ... Obvious reasons.

I don't suppose I have much more to riff on this end, but I figured I'd let you all know I'm still alive and well. Expect more regular updates in the future.

Stay spicy.


An incredible soreness, a surprising hungerlessness.

Other than the obvious making up of the word, it very well conveys the point that I've been extremely fatigued, but not all that hungry, which of course took me by shock, considering how much I used to eat.

The cause is Dance Central.

I'm not entirely sure if anyone read my Dance Central Review, but my addiction for DC has been steadily growing. Even though I feel like my legs could break off any moment at the kneecap, I feel, at the beginning of each day, incredibly invigorated and, if I wasn't staring a bad throat soreness and cough in the metaphorical eye, I'd probably even be feeling a lot healthier as well.

It's so crazy how much fun just learning how to dance is, of course, I'm not entirely sure how many of these moves I would take into the club, keeping in mind that even if you do a routine on hard, you still feel pretty silly doing all of the moves. I for one refuse to be caught dead in the midst of some self-respecting dance club, making myself looking like a complete idiot in front of friends and strangers alike.

After all is said and done, as implied I feel like I can barely walk.

More news!

As most of you know, I work at a local internet cafe and gaming/education center called the Timbuktu Internet Cafe, and yesterday, when I had a lock in, an all night gaming and social event that lasts from 10 PM to 6 AM, I not only has a decent gathering, but broke my own personal record for attendance with an impressive 19 people present!

The lock in itself was very fun. All of the people were awesome to hang out, and I'm honestly hoping my next lock-in isn't just as big, but bigger! After that point, I'm not sure how much there is to discuss on that subject. Or maybe it's the 20 minutes of sleep in 2 days catching up with me.

The last bit of news I have is that I'm currently looking for a room mate, and so far have been met with failure in the searching process.

That's all I've got for now, guys. Take care, and stay lucid.

A 2 month hiatus and the update therein.

To my few loyal followers, I do apologize, work basically curbstomped my desire to facebook and blog altogether. Now, onto more important things than my shattered dreams xD.

At any rate, I've been losely keeping up with my bracket for the All Time Greatest Villain, and my top pick was Kerrigan because she -just- -doesn't- -giveadamn-. At any rate, I suspected that she would win by vote of popularity because of all the people who picked up the game not too long ago. Myself? I've been enjoying Deathspank, an unbelievably cheesey, comedic RPG twice as spoofy as Space Balls.

I've also been trying to keep up with work, but I did torrent Scrubs Seasons 1-9 and Family Guy Seasons 1-7, I finished All of King of the Hill, all of South Park, and Half of American Dad, the latter 3 from Netflix. Next mission: House M.D.

At any rate, I'm definitely looking forward to more Open Beta testing for FFXIV. The differences between that and FFXI are shocking. But most, if not all, for the better. Short notes, also playing LOTRO and DDO with my uncle, who's a bit like a brother to me. That concludes my report, I hope you guys will forgive me my absence.

A new month, and a lot of weeding.

Well, the 4th of July is upon us, and although the big fireworks/carnival in Michigan has been moved to the 5th instead of the 4th, most of us, thankfully, will still be enjoying Independence day on the actual day it's celebrated. Still, while I've been spending the weekend in Royal Oak with family, but as the title of the blog suggests, I've been doing a lot of house cleaning and landscaping (That is to say, hand-weeding and lawn-mowing), but not for naught. Thankfully, I'm getting a new couch to replace the one that my room mate kept. Yeah, the one who smelled like a foot.

However, I have been in Downtown, and I really enjoyed my time there, got to go to Memphis BBQ, Comedy Castle, and Cold Stone Creamery. I definitely have been enjoying my stay here in my mother's friend's house, especially since she gets all the channels (Woo, House marathon in HD!).

Lastly, I'm planning on getting a bit more furniture, and eventually being able to have guests over. I already got rid of most, if not all of the smell. I dropped heavy money on 3 large candles and a odor diffusing machine. It's a girly fragrance, but anything is better than unwashed people smell.

Well, I have to finish scribing a handwritten letter, so for now, I must bid you a fond farewell, and as always, stay minty.

Watched E3, found it pretty entertaining.

First off, allow me to say sorry to all of my readers, I haven't found the time to blog until yesterday, and by the time I did, I accidentally exited out of the post I had slaved over, effectively eating my post.

So here's the new one.

I watched E3, and I dare to stand out by saying that I was very impressed with some of the materials presented in the Microsoft Press Conference. What stood out in particular throughout the whole expo, however, was Mortal Kombat in its glorious return, Metal Gear Solid Rising, and Portal 2, though that's not to say that Gears of War 3 didn't look nifty. However, I can't say I was impressed with Halo Reach (Just another Halo game with more baubles than Halo 3). As for Black Ops, while I didn't find the game play particularly fresh, I did like the setting, and found the Vietnam war a great break from the other settings.

I returned Final Fantasy XIII, Dante's Inferno, and some other game I hardly remember ... Oh, wait ... It was Halo 3, xD. Anyways, I returned those so I could, get myself some other games, and for what I paid for the games, I didn't get a bad deal, all in all, particularly with FFXIII, which sold for $25, so I got $50 some-odd altogether, and I bought Borderlands and Dynasty Warriors Gundam 2, will probably get some add-ons for both. Oh, and I bought L4D2, which is like liquid awesome! =D

Lastly, like this turkey sammich I made for myself: Stay cheesy.

Iron Man 2 and a planned, scheduled night of non-sleep.


I've been home for some time now, and in an incredible leap of faith, I've created my first, fully planned out day of no sleep. Now, when I say that, some people aren't sure what I'm referring about. Allow to clarify.

When I got a place of my own, I had succumbed to sickness of all sorts due to a lack of sleep, but I found that I was able to do more clerical things (Writing, in particular) with renowned finesse, as though I was channeling some 13th century, semi famous Renniasance poet.

So now I'm going to get all of my writing done for my class in a single day so I can enjoy the rest of my weekend guilt free.

Oh, and I forgot to mention, except in the title, that I saw a 10 PM showing of Iron Man 2 at the local AMC, and although I didn't neccesarily buy into the hype of it all, for something that gets ridden on, I felt like the sequel was loads better than, say, the Spider Man Sequel(s). Definitely felt the plot was better than the first, although I wish Terrance Howard hadn't had a falling out with Marvel. Much as I loved Hotel Rwanda's Don Cheadle, I don't think he brought anything of his own to the War Machine Party.

Anyways, I'm gonna get some studying done, and to all my Facebook readers:

Stay crunchy.

An average day in my life.

The average day seems to entail one or more of three things - lazing about, school, or work, and since I seem to be getting comfortable with that, I've decided to take the off-road path and switch it up, lest I become a victim of the contribe, and the mediocre, so I've started to go swimming in my apartment's pool when I wake up, which has been pretty nice.

I'm not very far into Dynasty Warriors: Strikeforce, but I plan to get farther on Wednesday, and I still haven't returned Bayonetta, so I also have to remind myself to do that.

I was so swamped with work on Sunday that I didn't even get the chance to get my sunday paper for coupon clipping, which sucks, because now I have to go without coupons for the grocery store again, but maybe they stuck some in my mail box. With my current room mate hoarding things in his room, I may never know.

I've also got quite a bit of studying to do before tomorrow, but I start working at six, and I don't stop until midnight, but the good news is that I should be able to put away some money for this colossal debt I've created for myself.

Well, I should be heading off now, I'll probably play some Torchlight before I go to work, and then I'll be there for six hours, and I'll probably have energy for little else other than studies and then bed.

Until next time, stay juicy

A mistaken work day.

I came into work just around 5:00 PM, only to realize that I wasn't going to be in for work that day, but the next day. Still, I told everybody who asked that I'd rather have come in and not have work than have work and not come in.

Wondering what I'm going to buy, but it's going to be another week and a half before I can buy anything again, since I already spent the surplus of my paycheck from Big Boy's on a second pair of khaki's, and 3-for-$20 black shirts for work, and I always tuck a little away just in case anything should happen.

If I had my choice though, and I will soon enough, I'm probably going to buy Left 4 Dead 2, as quite a few of my Live friends have it, and I do so enjoy a good co-op game.

At one point, I may have to get my hands on a copy of Batman: Arkham Asylum (Regular, not 3D), but I'm also willing to take suggestions (If, in fact, anyone is reading this other than the few friends I gave the link to.

Well, I believe my ride is here, so I'm off to the Meijer.

Stay saucy.

The weekend is here! More work to be done.

I've been reading up on my class, trying to make a dent in my studies, but can't seem to do such. At the moment, I'm doing some cleaning, but no matter how many nails I put in that coffin, the filth seems to come right back - I wonder why.

Just beat Bayonetta, and I'm pretty proud of myself for that, due to my rather unimpressive history of playing games and not seeing them to the end, so I'm gonna send that back to gamefly. I admit, it was kind of hit and miss, there, I played Resonance of Fate, and had to send it back because it was way too confusing right in the beginning, something I'd also experienced with Dragon Age: Origins and Mass Effect.

So, now Dynasty Warriors Strikeforce is on the way, and since it appears to be a refreshing break from the dulled norm that is the Dynasty Warriors series (And the fact that I'm a huge RoTK series fan), I'm willing to give it a shot.

For now, I'm probably going to flip on one of the music channels (Tejano or Latin Jazz) And finish my homework before I have to go to work next week.

Till then, stay crispy.

A bad movie and a few calls.

I'm settled in right now, watching Dragonball Evolution, and I made a few calls to some important people as I'm getting ready to move. I admit, I do enjoy being on here a lot, it's definitely a nice change of pace from the usual antics. Been thinking about trying another MMORPG, but first there are some things I have to consider about moving, and it's making it really difficult.

Either way, I'm trying to relax for now, because the day ahead is going to be hectic. Probably going to have to go to the grocery store, get some portion controlled stuff, and otherwise stay out of trouble.

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