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Sooo...

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… it's been almost a year since my last blog. I've wanted to make one earlier, but I either never had time or I've been too lazy. I even made a vlog back in the summer since I didn't want to type everything out that I wanted to say. But when I transferred the video over to my computer from my phone, there was no sound on it, so yeah…

So I want to wrap up everything that's happened in the last 11 months or so in just a few lines, then I'll focus on what's been going on more recently with me. :P

My basketball team made it to the Quarter Finals in the Playoffs. We lost to the kind of teams I hate losing to most, the ones where even the parents are annoying, rude, and cocky. :x I finished my junior year of high school. I experienced another sleepless summer of AP classes and basketball. I did get to go to San Diego and Santa Barabara with my team, though. :) I'm now in my senior year, and the classes aren't as hard as my last year, but I have a lot more things to do, outside of school. I'm busy with my basketball team, as always (I've estimated that I've put in at least 3000 hours so far there -_-). I've also been asked (and kind of forced) by the school to join the robotics team. We have to make a robot that can pick up balls and knock over boxes, and stuff... we're not going to be winning any awards. :P And I also joined the Key Club again at my school. Last time I did anything for Key Club was freshman year. :lol:

So now to recent events. I turned 18 a week ago. I went out with some of my friends to Korean BBQ. :D I also got my driver's license on Monday, and today I just went to get insurance on my car. It's just an old '99 Camry, nothing special. I just need new tires for it and I'll be good to drive. :) And my Christmas Break has been pretty boring so far. :lol:

Since this is my senior year, I've been focusing a lot on college. Then I reallized I still don't know what exactly I want to do with my life... I've always liked the idea of being an engineer, but I never knew what kind. So I just applied for different kinds at different schools, mostly Computer Engineering and Computer Science, since I study that right now anyway. I've applied to Chico State, Cal Poly Pomona, UC Santa Cruz, UC Riverside, and UC Irvine. I'm really hoping that I get into Irvine. :o Let's hope my 2500+ hours of head varsity basketball manager duty and 1910 SAT score make up for my 3.65 GPA... :\ I did already got accepted to Chico State to study Mechatronic Engineering. Though it was one of my last choices. :P

I'm still looking for maybe some other private colleges to apply to. Any suggestions on schools with good engineering programs that aren't that difficult to get into?

I still can't believe that it's been this long since my last blog. :lol: Last time I talked about what I got for Christmas, and it's Christmas Eve tomorrow! :o I don't really have anything on my wish list. The only thing I asked for really was an SD card and facial hair clippers. :P No video games. :o I haven't bought a new video game since my last blog. :P That was the last time I even beat a video game. I haven't had as much time. Oh well, maybe during the break. I've already been working on unlocking all the characters again in Super Smash Bros Melee. :P

Anyways Merry Christmas everyone! :D Expect another blog before I go back to school.

Color!!!

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Aight, not only do I have a chance to blog right now, but I actually feel like it. A quick one. :P

First off, what'd I do for Christmas? Christmas Eve I went over to my grandma's house. It was really unexpected too. We ate tamales with my grandparents and 2 of my uncles and my little cousins were there too. The tamales were bomb. 8) Especially the one with cheese and chile. :D

On Christmas day I spent it at my dad's. All my cousins, aunts, uncles, and grandparents from his side were there. And like they have every year, there were more tamales and champurrado. :D :D I love champurrado. :P It's like hot chocolate, but with masa (it's like a corn flour) mixed in and it's a lot thicker.

For gifts, I got:

  • $25 gift card to Gamestop
  • $50 in gift cards to Best Buy
  • $60 cash
  • 2 shirts
  • a pair of jeans
  • a pair of Vans
  • a Run DMC CD and a Van Halen CD, both of which I might return since I already have most of the songs on both of them

New Year's was alright. I never really saw the big deal about New Years. Plus I was sick, and we were at my aunt's house. I just spent the whole night watching my cousins and them play Just Dance on the Wii. Now my brother and sister want to buy it. The phrase "Hell no, there's better games out there" comes to my mind when they tell me that. :P I just wanted to go home and sleep. :P

So with the giftcards I got, I went to Best Buy the day after Christmas. I picked up the Low End Theory album by A Tribe Called Quest. 8) I also bought Dawn of War for the PC. I was in the mood for some RTS. It's pretty awesome. I love the way you can personalize the weapons and upgrades on each unit.

And finally, yesterday I finally bought Sonic Colors!!! :D:D:D:D After a few tries too. :x The first time was a few days before Christmas, and the line was way too long. I wasn't gonna wait an hour. :x The second time I went on Christmas Eve. No line. :o But they were sold out of it. :x

Finally got it yesterday though. :D It's awesome! I love it!! :D It's the first 3D Sonic game to come out in a long time that doesn't suck. :P It's like Unleashed but with no Werehog. And better controls. And they actually made it so you can jump without slowing down to a walk, like it did in Unleashed. :x And better gameplay. :D The music is pretty good too. They even got rid of the old Sonic voice actor and replaced him with one with a less annoying voice. The dialogue is still cheesy and whatnot, like always. But at least the voices aren't as annoying. :P

But yeah, the game is awesome! :D Good mix of high speed platforming with some more classic styled platforming. The color powers are pretty fun to use too, and add to the variety. I like the Spikes power that lets you travel along walls and ceilings and any other surface pretty much at high speeds, destroying anything in your way. :D Out of all the games I played that came out last year, this is my favorite. Wouldn't say it's the best, but it's my favorite. :P

And what's the best way to finish off a vacation? School tomorrow. :x:x:x

Why couldn't I be sick now instead of on New Years? :x :cry:

Been Really Busy

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If you haven't noticed, I've been on a lot less than usual during the last few weeks. I've been really busy with school, basketball, and...whatever else I do. So I just want to apologize in case I haven't commented on some of your more recent blogs. I did try to skim through a few of them though.

Basketball has been taking up a lot of my time. In case you don't already know, I'm the scorekeeper. :P We're doing really good this year. We're currently ranked in the top ten in our division. :o Better than last year when we only won 4 out of 20-something games. :lol: Looking forward to season.

My birthday was last Thursday. I turned 17!I went out to eat with my family to Shakey's Pizza. I didn't really want to go, though.I just wanted to go home and catch up on some much needed sleep... You think my teachers'd lighten up on the work on the last week before break, huh?Oh well, I went, had a good time with my family. Then went back to school to see a basketball game between a local radio station and the teachers at school. Nick Cannon, the Rejects, and the Rangers were there. Too bad I don't really care about any of them.Altogether I got about $120 cash, $25 BestBuy gift card, and a $30 GameStop gift card and a Notorious CD. I have enough in gift cards to get Sonic Colors now.I may buy DKC Returns or Goldeneye as well after Christmas.

And since her birthday is the same as mine, I gotta say Happy belated Birthday to Slyfur!

I've been spending a bit of time replaying through both Pokemon LeafGreen and Sapphire. In Leafgreen, I'm working my way through the 8th Gym with a Lv 43-44 party of Charizard, Tentacruel, Victreebell, Venemoth, Rhydon, and Jolteon. In Sapphire, I'm in Victory Road with a Lv 47 party of Blaziken, Aggron, Flygon, Cacturne, Walrein, and Manectric. Both my teams are pretty beast. 8) :P

I'm also stuck on Metroid: Other M. :lol:

I'm finally on Christmas break!Day 3. And I'm still tired from last week.The constant rain just makes me lazier. :P It's been raining a few time since Wednesday or so, but the rain suddenly picked up and hasn't stopped since Friday. I got soaked yesterday during my 2 minute walk through the rain...

Looking forward to the next 2 weeks.Can't wait till Christmas either. :) I don't know what we're going to do for Christmas Eve, though. We usually go to my grandma's house and spend it there with my aunt and uncle and cousins. I don't think we're going to do that this year though. I'll probably be at my house this year.

Back in the Game

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Ok so last blog, which was over 2 months ago, I talked about being all excited over Metroid Other M. Well, I bought it the day it came out, and as soon as I put the disc in, my Wii decides to stop reading discs. This happens a lot, but it usually works after 2 or 3 tries, so I put the disc back in, and still didn't work. I tried this for like an hour before I decided that my Wii was broken.

So I didn't have my Wii for about 2 months. Until about a week ago when I decided to download Sonic the Hedgehog 4 Episode 1. The only thing that didn't work was the disc drive, so I was still able to use WiiWare games. But when I turned it on, I saw that the disc was being read. So it works again! For now.. :P

So I've been playing those two games lately. I love the gameplay in Metroid, but the controls are kinda hard to get used to, nothing too bad, though. But I love the feeling of jumping on top of an enemy and shooting it in its mouth. :lol: Sonic is really good, too. Though, it's kinda short for its price of $15. And the music really is nothing special like you would normally expect from most Sonic games. They're both very enjoyable still.

I'm also really looking forward to Sonic Colors! :D I'm still not sure or not whether this game will actually be good, or just suck like a lot of other recent Sonic games. But from what I've seen in videos and read in previews, I'm really looking forward to it.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1vHGbEAh4Ws

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MesPORqrkk0

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Tk2DbZZC4r0

I'm pleased with the level design and the sense of speed. The color powers could be pretty cool too, as long as they aren't used too often throughout the game. If they can focus on the high speed platforming aspect of the game, I will be satisfied. :P

I don't really have much to talk about. I've been meaning to write this blog out for like the past 2 weeks…

School's been going good the past week. It's been a lot easier since I dropped my AP CalculuscIass.I was failing. :cry: That cIass made me feel stupid. :P Now I'm taking "Statistics." I don't care what they say, I consider that cIass a remedialcIass. I transferred into the cIass 8 weeks after school started, so you figure I'd be behind a bit. If anything, I'm ahead of most of the students in that cIass. Seriously, last thing they taught in that cIass was how to find averages… :| The cIass is filled with seniors too, who spend the entire time trying to distract my easily distracted teacher from teaching. It's so undisciplined too. At least it's easy, right? :P All my other cIasses have been going really good though. Still hate writing with a passion, however. :x

What else? Umm…

My MP3 player got stolen. :x I have a new (not really) sig, in case you haven't seen it, of rapper Talib Kweli. I have a Facebook now. I fell in love with the song Respiration. Oh yeah, I found out that I still have my old piano in my garage. This whole time I thought it just a table. :lol: I'm gonna start teaching myself how to play again. :D

One last thing, The Guide and Discussion Union is started to gain a boost in activity, and I would appreciate it if any of you can join. It's a really fun union, with lots of friendly people. Even if you can only post a few times a week, it would be appreciated. I wanna help get this union back into activity.

That's all for now I guess. I'm sleepy!! -_-

Insane in the Brain

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*used random song as title due to lack of creativity*

Warning: Long blog ahead!

First off, I made a new banner about 2 weeks ago. Another Mos Def themed one.

Second, I went on vacation 2 weeks ago, and got back a week ago. I was going to make a blog earlier about that, but I lost the page after the second paragraph and didn't feel like doing it anymore. I still don't feel like it now, so I'll explain it briefly and fill the rest of the space with (an excessive number of) pictures I took while I was there.

The ride from LA to San Francisco was little less than 8 hours, with short stop in the little Danish town of Solvang for breakfast. Danish pancakes and French toast!I've been there lots of times before, though, and there's not really much to see.

We got to our hotel in Hayward, located across the bay from San Francisco at around 1 in the afternoon. At around 2 we left to the city. We didn't get there until around 4, though. We were in line to cross the Bay Bridge from Oakland to SF for well over an hour.

When we finally got there, it was so crowded and we could not find any parking, and the parking we did find was charging up to $25.

That place is filled with a bunch of bad drivers, and a lotta stupid pedestrians.So we ended up just driving around a bit and went back to the hotel.

The next day was much better. It was a Sunday, and we reached the Bay Bridge at around 8am. So we waited in line for no longer than a minute. We found easy parking, and walked around for a few hours.

I took an awesome picture of this seagull too! But that friggin' bridge in the background draws attention away from it.Stupid bridge, no one comes to SF to look at you!

For lunch I had some awesome clam chowder.I had some fish tacos, too, but those weren't all that great. After that I had a giant Ghirardelli chocolate chip cookie. Probably the best cookie I've ever had.Then we went on a tour through the city on a giant double decker bus.

While we were on the tour, we ran into this area with a bunch of traffic.

I have a lot more pictures of the traffic in this area, just don't want to show them all, and I'm sure you don't want to see them.So with all these people headed in this direction, I was hoping for something awesome when we got there. But ended up being...

..that stupid bridge again!

Nah, but the Golden Gate Bridge was pretty cool. Didn't get to drive on it, but we did take a boat ride around Alcatraz and underneath the Bridge.

That tour was pretty cool. Better than trying to get to all those places on our own.After that I went to some little stand on Fisherman's Wharf for dinner - calamari. That stuff was delicious.

The next day we went to Chinatown, mainly for the purpose of eating.I love Chinese food. We walked into this one restaurant with a circular table, with a small channel of water flowing in a circle in the middle of the table, with little boats filled with all kinds of food all moving around the table for people to grab from. We ended eating up at some other place though. I don't even know what some of the stuff I ate was, but it was good.I know I had orange chicken, crab claws, and calamari (a lot better than the one I had the day before), but that was all I knew. That place was expensive, though!

And then I saw this thing on a building right outside Chinatown, and I had to take a picture of it.

So that was our last day in San Francisco. The next day we left to Hearst Castle. I think the ride over there was better than the place itself.I don't want to explain the whole thing, but my aunt wanted to take freeway that runs by the ocean instead of the one we were already on, which ran through farmland, and the freakin' GPS system took us through a army training camp, over a tiny one way bridge, a forest, and over a foggy mountain on a tiny road with no guardrails.

When we finally got near Hearst Castle I wanted to see if I could see some zebras by the road. There are wild zebras in that area of California.Didn't see any, though.Finally we got to Hearst Castle, and took a tour.

It was pretty cool, I guess. I probably won't ever go back, though.It's just a big fancy mansion with a lot of expensive art inside that some guy used to live in.I really did like the outdoor pool, though. That thing was huge!

That was the last picture, don't worry!

The next day we went back home. We stopped at Solvang again for lunch. I had some kickass pea soup and a Danish hot dog topped with cucumbers and fried onions.

Day after we got home, we left to my aunt's house in Arizona. The only thing we did for the three days was go up to Lake Mead and swim and barbecue for the whole day.My uncle brought his boat too, so he took me, my brother and sister, and my cousins out to swim in the open water, and even took us out to ride on the inner tube.

So I really enjoyed my vacation.Easily the best week I had this summer.

Now that that vacation stuff is finally out of the way, time to talk about the main reasons I'm writing this blog.

School starts tomorrow (maybe the blog title is relevant after all)!I still haven't finished my summer reading either.

I can't believe summer's already over.And this year's gonna suck. Programming II, Web Design, AP US History, Religion, Chemistry, AP Calculus, English (), and AP Spanish. I don't know how long I'm gonna last in AP Spanish. I can read it, write it, speak it, but a lot of times, I'll completely blank out and forget what the words are that I want to say. And APUSH is just gonna be hard. Not looking forward to it.

Yesterday I went to Disneyland with two of my friends, and some of their friends. Whenever I asked them how many people were going to be there, they always gave a vague answer. I expected maybe 5 of their friends. Nope, all together there were 17 of us.They were all pretty cool though. I had an awesome time.

Lastly, I reserved Metroid Other M at Gamestop Friday. I really can't wait for Tuesday when this comes out. The majority of its reviews have been positive. I've been looking forward to Sonic the Hedgehog 4 as well.

When they first announced Sonic Colors, I thought it was going to be another nothing special Sonic game, but after seeing some of the gameplay, I'm very excited for this one. It looks like the Hedgehog levels from Sonic Unleashed, but looks even faster paced. In Unleashed, the 2D sections would always move slower than the 3D parts, and jumping would slow you down a lot. In this one, neither of those seem to be a problem. Hopefully Sega doesn't mess this one up.

Represent! (I got tagged) + Going on Vacation

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Alright, so I got tagged 5 times, 2 weeks ago. I already had a blog typed out and stuff, but it all got erased. :x So I thought, "**** it, I'll do this later." So here I am 2 weeks later. 8)

I can't remember exactly what I was supposed to do for this blog, I know I got tagged at least twice to list 5 things I like and dislike, and at least once for the music thing, can't remember what the other 2 were for. :P Oh, and I was tagged by Munch, RG, PMF, sockmonkey, and 007hawk.

So first off, I was going to make a video for the things I hate/dislike, but the mic on my laptop sucks. :x I practically have to talk with my mouth right on the lens to be able to hear myself. So no video, less work for me. :P

Things I Like!

  1. Designing stuff with GIMP
  2. Rap 8)
  3. Getting new headphones
  4. Getting new CDs
  5. Salted cashews
  6. Fishing
  7. Basketball
  8. Tapatío hot sauce :P
  9. Old rock music
  10. Video games :o

Things I Dislike!

  1. Coffee
  2. Wearing formal clothes
  3. Hot/humid weather :x
  4. Summer reading
  5. Sushi
  6. Dark chocolate
  7. Writing essays :x
  8. Watching baseball/softball games
  9. Getting sick
  10. Pop rap

Now for the music tagging thing. The rules?

1. Put Your iTunes (or other music player) on Shuffle.
2. For each question, press the next button to get your answer.
3. You must write down the name of the song no matter how silly it sounds!
4. Put any comments in brackets after the song name.
5. Tag at least 10 friends.
6. Anyone tagged has to do the same, because fun pointlessness spreads like a virus.

I'm going to skip steps 5 and 6. 8)

When I first saw this, I thought that it would only be fun if you happen to get songs that had funny results with the questions. Well I did get hilarious answers the first time, but as I already mentioned, that blog got lost. :x I can't remember all of the songs from last time, but I do remember some, and some of them fit too perfectly, so I've decided to do the thing over again, but the songs in green are the ones I added from my original attempt. Why green? Cuz it's awesome. 8)

1. If someone says, "Is this okay?" You say...?"Panama" by Van Halen (I don't get it.)

2. How would you describe yourself?"Endangered Species (Tales from the Darkside)" by Ice Cube featuring Chuck D. (My people are dying, oh my God!)

3. What do you like in a guy/girl?"California Love" by 2pac featuring Dr. Dre (Awww, yeah. 8))

4. How do you feel today?"Entre El Amor y Yo" by Vicente Fernández (Not how I feel today.)

5. What is your life's purpose?"I Got Cha Back" by Rappin' 4-Tay

6. What is your motto?"Flat on the Floor" by Nickelback (If I had a motto, this wouldn't be it, that's all I know.)

7. What do your friends think of you?"K.O.S. (Knowledge of Self)(Determination) by BlackStar featuring Vinia Mojica (Doesn't sound too much like me. :P)

8. What do you think of your parents?"The Other Side" by Aerosmith (:?)

9. What do you think about very often?"Temptations" by 2pac ( :twisted: )

10. What is 2 + 2?"Everybody's Everything" by Santana(No it's not! :x)
"Mathematics" by Mos Def (This is what song I got the first time. Out of the 500+ songs on my computer, I can't believe it was this one. :lol: )

11. What do you think of your best friend?"Can U Buckem'" by Rappin' 4-Tay

12. What do you think of the person you like?"Keep One in the Chamba" by Rappin' 4-Tay (Yeah, keep the gun loaded just in case. :lol: )
"She's Crafty" by the Beastie Boys ( :lol: )

13. What is your life story?"Hold It, Now Hit It" by the Beastie Boys (OK...)

14. What do you want to be when you grow up?"Rollin' With Kid N' Play" by Kid N' Play (That'd be pretty cool if this were 15 years ago.)
"Dopeman" by N.W.A. (Hell no. :P )

15. What do you think of when you see the person you like?"My Adidas" by Run-DMC (Yeah, all I care about is my adidas.)

16. What will you dance to at your wedding?"Goodbye to Romance" by Ozzy Osbourne (Makes perfect sense. :P)

17. What will they play at your funeral?"Crazy Train" by Ozzy Osbourne (No!)
"How Long Will They Mourn Me?" by 2pac featuring Nate Dogg (Personally I'd prefer "Tha Crossroads" by Bone Thugs over this song to be played at my funeral, but this song would still be badass at my funeral.)

18. What is your hobby/interest?"RE: DEFinition" by BlackStar (Me no understand! :x)
"Rollin' Wit Da Lench Mob" by Ice Cube (Yeah, rollin' with the Lench Mob and Kid N' Play. 8))

19. What is your biggest fear?"Dead Homiez" by Ice Cube ( :cry: )

20. What is your biggest secret?"The New StyIe" by the Beastie Boys (???)

21. What do you think of your friends?"Sweet Child O' Mine" by Guns N' Roses (That's not what I think of them.)

22. What will you put as the title?"Represent" by Nas (REPPAZENT! REPPAZENT!)

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I don't know if I mentioned this in previous blogs, but summer school is over. It's been over for a week and a half already. :P So now I'm finally enjoying my summer break. I also got paid $100 for scorekeeping during our summer league, and I sold some of my old schoolbooks to make even more money. I recently bought Monster Hunter Tri and Guitar Hero 5. MH3 is pretty cool. I like the idea of gathering all your food and resources by getting it from monsters you kill and from plants and stuff in the woods. GH5 is pretty awesome too. I like the remix of "Bring the Noise" by Public Enemy (of course). And I love "No One To Depend On" by Santana.

I also bought a new pair of headphones. My little brother broke my old ones. :x I bought some Sony MDR NC7s. They're not amazing or anything, but they're definitely better than my old ones. My old ones were way too big and had a terrible design, and apparently aren't very durable. :roll: These new ones are much more comfortable, have clearer sound, seem more durable, better design, and they have a noise cancelling feature. The bass isn't as good as I'd wish :P and the noise cancelling isn't high quality, but still better than my old ones.


I wanna save up for some of these, though. 8) Beats by Dre.

I'm also going on vacation this Saturday. I'm going up to San Francisco for a few days, then on the way back, we're going to stop at San Luis Obispo and stay there a day. Then we come home for a few hours and take off for my aunt's vacation home in Bullhead City, Arizona, and we'll stay there a for like 5 days. I'm not really looking forward to the long car rides. :x They told me it takes 8 hours to drive to San Francisco. But I'm looking forward to it since I've never been there. 8) I'm taking my laptop with me, since I'm pretty sure the hotel in San Francisco will have WiFi, but just in case it doesn't, I won't see you all for a week starting Saturday. Don't miss me too much. :P

So I've Been Here 2 Years - My GS Story :P

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Yes, it's my 2 year anniversary for the day I first joined Gamespot! :o Well, it is as I'm currently typing this. Knowing how fast I type my blogs, it'll probably be the day after once this thing is posted. :P

It doesn't feel like it's been that long.

Okay, so I know I said I would make a video for this blog, but I don't have time right now, and I didn't get a chance earlier today since I was out of the house most of the day. So I'll make one for my next blog for the 4 times I got tagged. :P

But right now, I'm just gonna make a blog that kinda sums up my two years here on GS, along with all the unions I've been a part of, and all the good friends I met here. It'll probably end up being pretty long, sorry about that. :P Then we'll see where I go from there. :P

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July 31, 2008. I log onto Gamespot like I've been doing for about a year now. I always go here ever since my friend Joseph told me about it. Up until now, I never really thought of making an account on here. But I saw how a lot of people were exchanging friend codes on the Wii Forums, and I suddenly wanted to play Wii games over WiFi with someone. :P But I didn't have many friends added on WiFi, so I made an account to make more friends over WiFi. :P 5 minutes later, koopa_shell was born! :o

So, soon after joining, I found out about unions, which I thought would be the best place for making friends to play over WiFi against. Soon enough, I joined a small union called Wegank and Bob's Epic Gaming Union. I met a few people, but never got to know any of them really well. A few days later, I joined the Conduit Union and the Great Nintendo Gamer Union. Upon joining the second one, I met bak1234567890. He was the first person here on GS who I became good friends with. But I didn't become good friends with him right then. At that time he was just more like an acquaintance.

So after a few months of barely posting in unions where I barely knew anyone, I found a certain post in the Union Recruitment Board. It was a thread made by papermariofan57 asking for charter members for his new Nintendo union. Being the big Nintendo fan that I was, I decided to join. I could tell by Paper's response to my post that he thought I would probably not be very active, since my post count was less than 100 and I was already a part of GS for a few months. But he let me be a charter anyway. And that's when I pretty much started posting regularly, and I pretty much forgot about only joining GS for getting friend codes.

So I think it was later on that night, that the Big Nintendo Nations union was formed. I met a lot of people there who I became very good friends with. Paper, the leader, was a great friend to me then, and is still one of my best friends today. :) He's always a nice person. He seems to never get mad, even when one of us poked fun at his grammar. :P I also met DapieguyofDoom, Frankie123457, Tal-Pal, jak10, FireEmblem_RD, RandomWarrior, and 255Utah, who were all great friends. They acted pretty random too, especially Frankie. :P Super_Fly was a pretty awesome guy, too, and a great designer. Unfortunately, I don't talk to these 5 guys anymore, and Super_fly and Frankie were banned. :(

As the union progressed, a lot of Paper's friends steadily moved into the union. I talked with bak a lot about gaming, especially the Conduit, Metroid, and Sonic. Mightychir was always talking about random stuff that made me laugh. I also met Desulated here. I didn't become good friends with him at first either, but I did later.

About a month after the start of the Nintendo Nations, I received an invitation from bak to join the Zelda Universe Union. As soon as I joined, I met Gregdawg, who I instantly got to know really well. In fact, Greg promoted me to officer the day after I joined, even though I never asked to be one. I also met boardn720 here, who was one of my best friends, and still is a good friend with me. Greg, boardn, and I would have gamenights playing MarioKart or Call of Duty at least twice a week. I also met GreenFire, shyguy, and bbkkristian here, who made the union even better.

As time went by, more people joined the ZUU, including Desulated and Slyfur. The main thing I remember about them are their passionate hate for Navi, and how they pretty much declared war on bak for being a Navi supporter. :lol: Despite me being a Navi supporter as well, I still made good friends with both of them. Des talked a lot about games like C&C, which I really liked back then. And Fur, I don't know, I think I remember she acted kinda random. :P Either way, both of them are still some of my best friends today. One day, I received an invite to the Forum Games Union from Fur. Interested in the small union, filled with what appeared to be a lot of random threads, :P I decided to join.

Upon joining, I met the leader, Marrium1 (later known as Mr_Jenkins), as well as BrunoBRS and Courtney817. Marrium was probably one of the most random users I've met on GS. From what I remember, he always seemed to be arguing with Fur and making fun of Bruno. The assortment of threads in the union finally made sense after meeting him. :P But he's a cool guy nonetheless, and one of my best friends. Bruno seemed like the calm, quiet, laidback guy of the union. And Courtney was probably the friendliest and nicest person I've met on GS. who is another of my best friends here. About a week later, Courtney's boyfriend, Aidan129 joined the union. He was also very friendly, and one of the funniest people I know on here. He also likes talking about himself. :P He's another one of my best friends here.

While I was joining all these new unions and making new friends, I still regularly posted in the Big Nintendo Nations. But by this time, it was starting to go down in activity. After trying many times to bring activity up, Paper just decided to make a new union, called the Guide and Discussion Union, which I was also a charter member of. The union grew quickly. I got to know mario_brawler and smokingsbad. They were both awesome friends, and smokings was insanely funny, but I don't talk to either of them much anymore. But I also got to meet the awesome regent, Cloud765, PolskaKing, silent-hero, Zeldarocks, and Nightmare in the union's early days. (It's getting late, and I can't name all of you that I met in that union, so be sure that you're all awesome!) I also met Munchgun in this union, who is definitely one of my best friends here. He's very funny, friendly, and just a nice guy.

It was around April when I was invited to the Catz Clan union. I can't remember who it was. though, who invited me. Most of my friends from the Forum Games union were part of this union as well, so it wasn't hard to decide whether to join or not. :P The first person I met was twilightlullaby. She was another one of the friendliest and nicest people I met here. I also met Dragon66116 who didn't talk much, but he was a pretty funny guy and a great friend. Later on, RikusGirl joined the union. She reminded me a lot of Fur, it was kinda scary. :P As for the union itself, it was like off-topic chaos. :lol:

Not long since that point, Dragon made an off-topic union called the Magic Cafe Union. There I made another good friend, LittleGreenDog. Besides her, though, everyone else in the union was someone I already knew. There was also a union devoted to Aidan that I joined. I met Red and deception there. Deception posted a lot of random things, but he's a nice guy. Red, he had a dirty mind, (:lol: ) but he was still a cool guy.

Not much happened for the next few months. I didn't join any unions of importance or meet new people. Up until early this year, zeldafreak joined the Guide and Discussion Union, who is a friendly guy and always has funny videos to show people. :P He is one of best friends on here too. SuperfastSonic, Greenfire, deception, mariostar, oceanbacon, and DrAwesome also joined the Catz Clan, and all of them are awesome people. 8) I was also invited by LGD to her new union a few weeks ago, where I met omegagland, a guy who's just cool to talk to.

There are some of you I didn't meet through unions as well. Like nintendoecx, I met him through 255Utah over xat.com. He's an awesome guy and another one of my best friends. And so is BlazikenTails, a friendly and funny person I met through blog comments. And to all of you who I didn't mention, just know that I think that you're all awesome. :D If I had the time to put all of you in this blog, I would.

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Okay, so I want to apologize for this blog being so long. I didn't expect for it to be that long. :oops: It took me like 4 hours to type.

If some of you didn't read the whole thing, I honestly don't blame you. :P

Alright, so next blog, I'll do whatever it is I have to do for the tagging game, but in video form! :o

And before closing this blog, I just want to thank all of you for being great friends. :)

...now I'm going to bed.

Maybe I should burn it?

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Alrighty, so if any of you remember my last blog, I said how much I hated my AP US History class and how much I loved my AP Chemistry class. Well, here I am, a few weeks later, and only having one class now. I dropped my Chemistry class. It's not official yet, though. I still have to take a note in saying that I wish to drop it. But I haven't been going for 2 days now. I dropped it because I didn't like it. :P And I had the better grade in it too. :lol:

This year I want to focus a lot on extra-curricular activities at school since I haven't been doing much the past few years. I figured I already have 2 other advanced classes, I might have too much work during the year. And I had to choose between dropping Chem or History. And in the past few weeks, I've really started hating Chem. Freakin' stoichiometry. :x And I've been liking History a lot more, so the choice wasn't too hard. Plus, my Chem teacher showed us some stats for the students in his past classes, and there's a less than 50% pass rate for the AP exam. :shock: So, to hell with that!

I only bought the book for $1.79, so I wouldn't be losing much if I burned it. :lol:

Should I do it? :o

Nah, I'll sell it to some kid who wants to take AP Chem next year for like $15. 8)

Anyways, enough about school! I've noticed I talk about school a lot...

My family bought Band Hero about a month ago, and I didn't get a chance to try it out until like last weekend. The song list sucks. It's mostly all pop, and there are only like 4rock songs that I like. The good news about it is that I can use the drums and microphone that came with it for Guitar Hero World Tour, which actually has a decent song list. Playing the drums is really hard though... And I can't sing for crap either. :lol: The only song I can sing decently on is No Sleep 'Till Brooklyn by the Beastie Boys, and that's only because it's not actually singing. :P So I stick to the guitar and bass, the rest of my family can play the other parts.

Besides that, I haven't been playing much video games actually in the past few weeks. Occasionally I'd play some Soulsilver or Advance Wars on the DS. Or play a little Fate on the PC. But not much else. And playing Soulsilver reminded me that I still want a female Buneary to breed an Ice Punch Sneasel. :P That was months ago, too when I asked for one. But the guy that said he would give me one, can't anymore (you know who you are. :x...Kidding, I love you, don't kill me. :P). So if any of yas gots some female Buneary that you don't want or need or whatever, I'd gladly trade for any newborn starter pokemon (with the exception of the 4th gen ones). I'm also looking for a Skorupi, a Shieldon, a Gible, and a Cranidos, so I'd trade a starter for any of those as well. Or if you prefer, I can trade you a Larvitar, Bagon, Beldum, or Dragonite instead of a starter.

I haven't done much else since school started. But since I dropped my Chemistry cIass and this week I'm staying at my dad's house, I've had a lot of free time and I've been working out with my dad's weight equipment. 8) I needed it too, I haven't worked out in almost a year, and I can barely bench press 100 lbs now. :lol:...:cry: I've also had more time to do some designing. I made my newest sig:

It's probably the most simple sig I've ever created. I still love it, though, because of the quotes I used. I got them all from two of my favorite rappers, Mos Def and Talib Kweli, who often collaborate on their songs and as a duo are known as BlackStar. They're freakin' poets. 8) :P I have it as my desktop background too.

So I mentioned last blog that my 2 year anniversary on GS is coming up. 8 days left. I was thinking about trying to make a video blog. Maybe. I'll see if I can get some time to make it when my family isn't around, so they won't be all like "What are you doing?", "Can I be in it?", or something similar. :P

I hate you, APUSH!

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APUSH prep is a *****, man! And it's just the prep class.

So I've been in summer school for 2 weeks already, and this is my average schedule during the weekdays:

5-5:30: Wake up
6:15: Leave to school
6:50: Sit alone on a bench since no one else is there that early, and do last minute homework.
8-10: AP Chem Prep
10-12: Basketball Practice (I'm Varsity manager this year :P)
12-1: Lunch and more homework
1-3: AP US History (APUSH) Prep

On Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays:
3: Go home
3:30-7: Homework

On Mondays and Wednesdays:
3-8: Basketball league scorekeeping
8: Go home
8:30-???: Homework

Chem is easy. So far it's just a lot of memorizing and math, which I'm good at. 8) And the cIass is never boring, and the teacher is awesome. He's makes a lot of... "inappopriate" jokes, often about us. :lol: One time on a quiz, he wrote the following elements on the board in this order...

"Fluorine
Uranium
Carbon
Potassium

Thorine
Iodine
Sulfur"

...and told us that if we get the symbols for each of these elements in that order, it will spell out a certain phraseand we'd getextra credit. So we looked at the elements on the board, thought of the symbols...then we all started laughing. :lol: We turned the quizzes in, and he was like "What's with the all the offensive language on your quizzes?!"

Look up the symbols if you don't know them. :P

But I freakin' hate APUSH. The subject doesn't interest me. Too much politics and economic stuff involved. :P And there's a lot of reading involved, which I do not enjoy.

Anyways, I hope you all had a good 4th of July, that is, if you celebrate it. I went to my unlce's house for a barbeque. The we went back to my grandma's house and lit some firewworks. Then we watched all the illegal fireworks that my every other person on my block was lighting up. :P

Oh, and I just noticed that I've almost reachedmy 2 year anniversary on GS. :o Maybe I'll do something different on that day...

Anyways, that's all. Bye-bye. :|

Lots of stuff...

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Hello. :|

So if any of you remember me saying that I had 3 weeks off before summer school started, I was wrong. I just found out yesterday that it starts Monday. :o Now I only have 2 days to do memorize the periodic table, instead of the entire week I planned on having. Oh well, I always memorize stuff like this the day before anyway. :P

My report card also came in the mail the other day. 6 Bs and 2 As. It's actually the worst report card I've ever gotten. :cry: I got lazy this year. :P Next year's junior year, so I'm actually gonna try this time. :lol: And actually study things for (almost) everything and actually do all/most of my homework. :P And the "difficult" Biology exam I was worrying about actually raised my grade. Guess I should've expected that since pretty much the same thing happened last semester. I've always been good at biology. :D

Anyways, my brother got some new games that I've also been playing. New Super Mario Bros. for DS and Fate for PC. He originally wanted to buy Sonic Riders Zero Gravity instead of Mario, but I was like, "Please don't. You'll just be wasting your $20." :P Mario is pretty fun. I'm already at World 8.

I really like Fate, though. It's not very new. I think it's from 2006 or something. It's also very simple gameplay. Just click to move your character or make them attack. It's one of those dungeon-exploring RPGs. I just like the large amount of different weapons, spells, gear, and armor in the game, plus all the other variations of each item, with different bonuses and/or reductions to your character's stats and skills.

I also got some new CDs the other day. I bought Ice Cube's AmeriKKKa's Most Wanted and Nas's Illmatic. Now I have 17 CDs in my collection, a collection that was started with Beastie Boys' Licensed to Ill and Guns N' Roses' Greatest Hits last year around April. I love both of these albums, and they've kicked Aerosmith and Run-DMC from my top 10 CDs in my collection. 8)

I also watched almost every E3 related live broadcast on GS this year. I actually expected Nintendo's conference to suck like usual, but Microsoft was this year's Nintendo. :lol: I was looking forward to more coverage of Metroid Other M and Sonic 4 Episode 1. But they're coming out this year, so I guess they were focusing more on the games that were recently announced. The 3DS seems really cool, especially after reading some of GS's articles on it. Same thing with Legend of Zelda Skyward Sword. I need to start saving my money. :P And there's a small possibilty that I may get a PS3 sometime this year... :D

I got a bunch of emblems from watching all those broadcasts, if you haven't noticed the side of my profile. But there was one I didn't get for attending a certain convention. I recently was informed why. The reason: it wasn't real.:P I was lied to! :oBut it still had an emblem, so we deserve to get an emblem!. :x

What my profile should look like with said emblem:

http://i603.photobucket.com/albums/tt120/koopa_shell/profile-1.png

:lol: :P

One more thing. Lakers won! 8) Yeh! Yeh! Yeh! I don't usually get really into watching games on TV, but I was cheering them on Thursday night. It felt kinda weird though, with me being the only one in the room, kinda like talking to myself. :P But yeah they won the Championship!! :D

…In related news, numerous Celtics fans were assaulted after the game outside the Staples Center in LA by mobs of Lakers fans… :|