089: Moonpools and Caterpillars

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Having exactly none of that shit.

 

✪ Personal Life ✪

Well, things are improving. Finally.

The issue with HR was sorted out with surprisingly zero issues… minus the long time it took. I wish I could say the same for USPS. It turns out that the reason I haven’t been receiving mail for three months is because some genius marked my home as “unoccupied” in their system. The manager at USPS was baffled. My landlord was baffled. Mark and I were definitely baffled. It was just…a really stupid and senseless mistake. The thing is that you cannot mark a home as unoccupied unless the carrier speaks with the landlord about changing the status. Well, the landlord said she never spoke to any carrier about the status of our apartment, better yet it being unoccupied. Like us, she thought it was stupid that they would change the status when we have been living in the same place for like six years now. As before the carriers and workers at USPS had zero explanation for their fuck ups besides some shrugged shoulders and promises to “look into it”. I don’t want anyone to get fired over this, but the person responsible should at least get mandatory retraining or something. This is not a mistake where a slap on the wrist is sufficient. They really screwed A LOT of shit up for me. Then again, if the head of our local USPS is practically brain dead then I cannot be surprised that their carriers and front desk clerks are not far behind. We spoke to them at least twice a week for the last three months, yet it took them THIS long to notice the issue. Management said it wasn’t difficult to research…so…what the fuck? I’m especially livid about it all because I asked them multiple times to check the status of our address. I kept asking: “Can you see if there is a redirection notice? An illegal change of address? Is our home marked as unoccupied or something?” And they kept telling me he same shit: “No. We don’t see any issues.”

Do you want a karate chop to the neck?
Because that is how you get a karate chop to the neck.

*ShojiMeguro_DeepBreathDeepBreath.mp3*

Ranting aside, it was all sorted out finally. We woke up to three months worth of mail stuffed in our mailbox, minus everything that was sent back–which we received a lot of calls about. I am still missing a package but luckily it was just some cell phone covers that I paid like $2.00. Actually, nothing was over $5 save for my Final Fantasy VII Ultimania book that took the longest to arrive. I ordered it back in March. Just got in this month. I did contact all of the sellers and paid them for all of the refunds and re-shipments they made which made me feel all warm and fuzzy inside. No sarcasm. It really did. Every single seller was shocked when I offered to pay them for the packages that arrived. They said most people would just take it and not say anything. It was nice to be called an honest person, but it’s still pretty weird to me that someone would do otherwise. Theft doesn’t stop becoming theft because the person you steal from is unaware of it. This seems more like common sense than integrity to me.

Anyway, I’m glad all of that is out of the way. Here is a pic of the FFVII Ultimania BTW:

 

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I really love it! The only problem is that I can’t read Japanese for shit, so all I can really do is rely on online translations and the pretty pictures inside. My favorite part of the book is the listing of every weapon and accessory. IT IS FUCKING GLORIOUS. I would love to get the Chrono Cross Ultimania next, but after this whole issue with USPS and the fact that it’s like $40…. I’ll have to wait. But it’s going to be next. And, dammit, I will learn Japanese if it kills me!

Okay, that’s all I have to contribute from my personal life.

Actually, one more thing. In this past week alone I had two dreams about Dean Ambrose and one about Roman Reigns.  In the first dream I had about Dean Ambrose he was buying makeup at a flea market for some reason? I remember telling him that I was getting bored, so he was like “Ok, I’ll drop you off at home” and he drove me home on a roller coaster. LOL. Okay? The second one was equally weird. I dreamt that I was crying about something and Dean just showed up and said: “Come on. I’ll get you some tea at my condo.” So we take the bus to his condo and it was in this Las Vegas-looking building that was in the middle of the fucking suburbs where I live. So, I went to his condo and we were drinking tea and he was ranting to me about Seth Rollins betraying him. Even in my dream, I said something along the lines of: “Dean, what does this have to do with anything?” and he said it was really similar. No, Dean. No. LOL. As for the Roman Reigns one, I was in this militarized group that was fighting bandits in the future (I blame Borderlands 2 for this one), and Roman Reigns was a war hero that no one saw for years, and I stumbled on him sitting in the snow, just chillin and shit. So, I was like: “Dude, everyone is looking for you,” and he just shrugged and started talking to me about how weird it was that Earth had like ten moons???

Seriously, what the fuck? My dreams are so dumb. Like, I’m glad that I can remember most of them (or my dream diary would be useless), but they provide little to no insight on anything besides the fact that I am too deep into WWE and I should lay off video games for a little bit.

Okay, that’s it. -_-

 

✪ Art & Writing ✪

I’ve been doing plenty of writing and, surprise, it’s not “Mythos”! *throws confetti*

I am working on a comic book about a super-heroine. I am sure that with the gazillion superheroes between DC and Marvel alone that her name and powers will be nothing unique, but my mission is not to be unique. It is to just tell a story.

I am still working on Mythos but not as much as I would like to. I might be avoiding it on purpose. Everything is getting really sad in the story. Actually, the whole story is like Nier sad. I’m not about to change it or anything, but I guess deep down I wanted to work on something a little more upbeat.

That’s been about it.

 

✪ Anime & Manga ✪

I really have nothing to add here. Aside from the recent Berserk update, I haven’t really been reading any mangas.

As far as animes, SAILOR JUPITER HAS GRACED MY LIFE WITH HER RE-PRESENCE.

That’s all that matters. ( ; w ; )

 

✪ Video Games ✪

LOTS of Borderlands 2. I am playing as a mechromancer/Gaige. I started off as a siren/Maya, but I ended up replaying everything as a mechromancer once I got my siren to Sanctuary. I really love Deathtrap a lot although the phaselock ability is pretty neat too. BTW, Mark tried playing with a psycho and he told me that he shouted: “Look me in the eyes when I scream at your soul!” or something really disturbing like that. I could not stop laughing. He also told me about a story where the psycho character attempted to hold a conversation with Maya, but could not articulate his thoughts, so he shouted: “I’m the conductor of the poo-poo train!” I’m so done with Borderlands 2. LOL. That game can go from dark to hilarious so fast, especially when Claptrap gets involved. And half the shit psychos yell are disturbingly funny too. Yeah, I love that series. I hope it goes on forever.

Really, I’ve been thinking about that new LoZ 2015 game and The Witcher 3 nonstop. How am I going to get a Wii U and PS4 within the next year? And then there is *ANOTHER* 3DS coming out with Xenoblade Chronicles and customizable plates and customizable menus. The moment I heard the news I pretty much said “Wow? Seriously, Nintendo? You guys are dicks!” and then I immediately started planning ways to get it anyway. LOL. I hate video games but I also love video games but I also hate video games but I also love video games. This is not a good relationship to have with anything.

 

✪ Books ✪

At this point,  I am going through my bookshelf and rereading all of the books I am fond of…which has pretty much been Haruki Murakami and a bunch of classics. I realized that I have a ton of workbooks for different languages that I haven’t even touched yet. I have the German, Japanese, and ASL books set aside so I can start brushing up on them again. Mark is willing to learn German with me for the sole purpose of speaking German angrily at inappropriate times. That should be fun. I know German is often considered the “angry-sounding language”, but I really like the sound of it. It’s also way easier to learn than most languages I’ve come across. It would be nice to be fluent in something else besides English.

 

✪ Music ✪

I really love the Guardians of the Galaxy OST. Not just the “Awesome Mix”, but also the score. I’m pretty much obsessed with “To the Stars”, “Black Tears”, and “Groot Spores”. “To the Stars” is perfect writing and drawing music. I pretty much keep it on loop while I’m working on one or the other. Outside of that I haven’t really been listening to much else.

Yes, I am aware that the VMAs aired recently, but outside of Beyonce’s performance I really didn’t care to catch up on whatever else happened there. BTW, I’m laughing because people really think that “The Beygency” is not legit. Like, some idiot decided to make fun of Blue Ivy’s hair on BET and got ruined by the beyhive faster than (s)he could apologize. Do you think this is a motherfucking game? The beyhive is not playing.

But that is not new news. Onwards.

OBSESSED WITH FKA TWIG’S LP1. OBSESSED. You know you’re going to be in love with an album when you get hooked on the prelude. LOL. I cannot recommend it enough. It’s like Aaliyah crossed with Massive Attack crossed with some dubstep but not an intolerable amount. Beautiful.

 

✪ TV & Movies ✪

I finally saw Guardians of the Galaxy! I’m already planning to see it again.

I can’t even pick a favorite character at this point. Peter “Starlord” Quill is a funny cutie with superb taste in music. Gamora is a gorgeous assassin cutie. Groot is a precious wooden cutie. Rocket Raccoon is just an all-around cutie. Drax is a cutie for so many reason but mostly because he’s oblivious to the point of being adorable and he’s Batista. I love them all. I even love Ronan and Nebula as evil cuties. Perfect ensemble is perfect. And cuties. * w *

Outside of shameless Guardians of the Galaxy fangirling I haven’t really been watching much. A bunch of season premieres are starting in September so I’ll have to do a bit of waiting before I can start catching up on some shows again. I’m looking forward to South Park the most. This summer has been pretty much nonstop adoration for Stick of Truth and rewatching every South Park episode. I never get tired of that show. Ever. From the looks of things, I don’t get tired of the game either. That Goldeneye-type South Park game for the N64 was pretty serious too.

 

✪ Whatever Else/Closing ✪

Hmm…I don’t know what else to add. I’m just working on my projects, playing my games, the usual. I make it all sound like it’s nothing but I do not want to imagine a life where I cannot write, draw, and/or play games on a daily basis. That would just suck more balls than…whatever or whoever sucks a lot of balls.

I’m still pretty bummed about Robin Williams, but reading the Time magazine dedicated to him made me feel better. For so long I relied on comedians like him to get me through rough times, and I don’t think I should just disregard his legacy by writing him off as someone who makes me sad. There are so many stories about him going out of his way to make people smile, even when he was suffering. I think as a lifelong fan of his the best way I could honor this…effing genius of a performer is to cherish his work. That should be his legacy, and not the heinous mental illness that took his life and the lives of so many great people.

So… I have nothing else to add except treasure the people who make you smile. Seriously. It could be your parent or that neighbor who always has a funny story to tell. It doesn’t matter. Just treasure the people who give you something to look forward to while they are here. Yeah…that’s all I have to add.

I’ll (probably) feel better next time. ^_^;

 

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