Monday, September 26, 2016

Sample Obituary

“Some guy nobody knows. Remembered by family because they have to. Who are we writing about again?”

That’s all, folks.

Tuesday, September 20, 2016

California Adventures 2016

Mt. Soledad Veterans Memorial - San Diego
What an interesting week of events.

Getting away from several months of true mental troubles was needed and I'm glad I took the plunge. Heading to a different coast to see what life is like outside of my current living situation gave a good distraction on things.

Los Angeles and San Diego, that's where I journeyed to.

Both destinations were about sightseeing and most important to me, FOOD.

In LA, I stayed with my friends Corey and Tiffany from college, who lived in West Hollywood. I figured in LA, it was important to get through a lot of the cliche destinations, which I felt I did for the most part, visiting Hollywood Boulevard and going through the Walk of Fame and Madame Tussauds. The wax figures were too real and it was as close as I could get to meeting Taylor Swift.

I met Taylor Swift! Just kidding. One day, maybe.
Corey met some new people in LA, who showed us around some cool places. We went to Lake Shrine, a very peaceful area which includes a portion of Gandhi's ashes there.

Lake Shrine in LA. Where a portion of Gandhi's ashes resides.

Most important to me was when we went to Santa Monica and walked along the Third Street Promenade, which is a shopping, dining, and entertainment area. I love watching vlogs on YouTube of people I follow who were in that area and it was definitely surreal that I was there as well, where they were. Santa Monica in general was a very surreal moment. Grand Theft Auto V was basically LA in a nutshell and there were a lot of areas in Santa Monica where I could just point out, "That's where so and so happened in the game". So crazy. The pier at night was awesomely lit and a one stop shop for Pokèmon GO. I had to get the Pokèmon mention out quickly. I caught so many. It really was LIT.

Santa Monica was LIT. (From Corey Prak)
My LA trip concluded with the best breakfast ever and an evening hike. I was a fan of The Waffle after seeing pictures of it from Rooster Teeth employees Burnie Burns and Gavin Free. I took Corey and Tiffany out there to eat and try some award winning waffles, such as their Red Velvet one. Money well spent. We went up Runyon Canyon for our exercise portion of the day and watched the city from up top as the sun began its descent. Thanks to Corey and Tiffany for letting me stay in LA with them and their dog, Hadouken for being my roommate for a night.

Corey, Tiffany, and Hadouken - My family from the west coast!

Thought I was done, right? NOPE. Let's move on to San Diego!

Hollywood (Yes, that's his real name) and Justin took Corey and I to San Diego, where I would get dropped off to see Dave, my buddy from high school. Before that, however, they showed us around the place. We mostly hung around Ocean Beach, while going through the area getting Pokèstops and attempting to find that darn Pikachu along the Pier. Wonderful place. Just not the greatest weather for swimming.

Ocean Beach 

After that, I got my first In-N-Out experience. Thank you based higher power for showing me a fast food burger that is absolutely delicious. After that, spent some time at Balboa Park, which was another Pokèstop haven and chilled around the place, where I caught my first Pikachu and got to talk to this boy and his mother about how much better he was at Pokèmon GO than the 5 of us gents combined.

First In-N-Out
Fountain in Balboa Park
My Pikachu found at Balboa Park

Staying at Dave's house was an experience. He lives in a legit castle (pictured below). The rest of my time in San Diego was spent at the San Diego Zoo, where I got so see a ton of animals sleeping due to such a warm day. In addition to people watching at La Jolla Beach and sight seeing on top of Mt. Soledad, a Vietnam Veterans Memorial.

Corey and Tiffany returned to San Diego for the weekend and went out to eat and meet Dave. An honor to make some connections between hometown and college friends. It was an awesome end to the trip, just winding down and talking with close friends you haven't seen in a while. It served as the proper distraction.

The castle I stayed at.

View from the top of Mt. Soledad.
La Jolla Beach
Dinner with my hosts for the week, Tiffany, Corey, and Dave!

Now where do I go from here? Return trips are in the queue because there is just more stuff to do. This trip served as something that was much needed in order to take the edge off my troubles and to really just get myself out of my comfort zone. One doesn't need to be landlocked to one place forever. We're always so worried about spending the money we earn because of some potential disaster that might cost money in the future. Doesn't that suck to think that way? Sometimes, life is about risks. If you're going to take those risks, you better make it as successful as you can. Don't waste the moment to have an experience.

Now, I return to my regularly scheduled broadcast of life complaints.

Wednesday, September 14, 2016

The Results of Failure

I don’t think there’s any question that I consider myself one of the biggest failures of all time. I mean, writing about the results of failure will probably end up being a failure onto itself because my brain is terrible.

Failure is part of being human. It’s what drives us to be better. It’s ok to fail.

I’ve failed a lot of my goals. Most of the time it’s just sulking for a while. Probably a lot longer than what I would like to, but hey, everyone has their own way of recovering. Failure is a good motivator to come back stronger.

Does breaking up with someone count as failure? Failure to hold something together? I’ve never thought about that before. I mean, if it’s you who caused the breakup, I guess the failure would be being unable to change yourself for the good of the relationship. Though that one has a lot of blurred lines as well. You can’t change yourself to the point you lose yourself while trying to maintain a relationship. Hmm. Forget I said anything.

All in all, I’ve failed a lot. It has hurt, some more than others. I’ve always thought about giving up all together and for some things, I just have. For the things I haven’t given up on, well, it’s just an endless cycle of failing and coming back to succeed. I’ll just have to wait and see if I give up on those as well.

Thursday, September 8, 2016

What ‘Mundane Moments’ From My Life Might Make Great Essay Material?

Guys, I don’t think this question is joking. I think this is a serious question. If you’re looking to write an essay about a mundane moment of my life, you might as well use my whole life. You will fill up 6-8 pages easily. Hell, if you want  extra credit, you could probably push it to about 15 pages. Except when teachers ask for 6-8 pages, they mean it. They’ll dock points if you go over. That hurts when you’re so invested in the writing material you’re given.

I mean, I have all of Preschool to 12th grade you can use. College is actually good source material for the mundane. The “real world” adulthood is just about the same as college without the 3am fire alarms and the random gunshot that one time in 2010.

I won’t spill it all out here. I think that would ruin the surprise. Though many of my previous posts could probably spell it out for you.

Friday, September 2, 2016

Being In Love

I think there’s multiple interpretations of this. Contrary to what is typically socially acceptable, the feelings you have for someone don’t have to be always romantic to be considered ‘love’. I don’t even think you have to have intentions of dating them or actually be dating them in order to consider your feelings love.

I think having a general feeling of care for someone can count as being in love. It’s exactly as it’s phrased. You can just be really good friends. Just don’t make it weird by making it look romantic. It’s not necessary. Adoration, worshipness. They can all be friendly feelings of affection that can be considered love.

I guess the question here as I write this is, have I ever been in love, whether it’s what is the social norm, or the other way? Yes, of course. It’s easier to interpret now as an adult, rather than as a child or a teenager. I wouldn’t consider crushes being in love. You have an attraction to them, but don’t really know if your feelings interpret into love, maybe because you don’t know them enough. Blurred lines here. Consider me not an expert. For me, I think I’ve discovered what being in love is for the first time, based on the criteria that I’ve laid out. I’ve found common ground. I’ve “found what I’m looking for”, so to speak. Unfortunately, most of it just involved being “friend zoned”, but hey, you get what you get. Having affection for a friend isn’t wrong, as long as you don’t do anything to make it wrong. Don’t blur the lines.