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Hello World! Let’s Get Real

Greetings to my fellow carbon based life forms!

Greetings to my fellow carbon based life forms!  Day going good so far?  If it isn’t, look at it this way: it’s half way done.  Some days are always too short, never enough time to ‘do all the nothing’ you want to.  That’s how I feel every day.

I work six days a week, dealing with what I like to call ‘the dregs of humanity’.  Now, it’s not always bad.  I work basically in customer service in two jobs.  There are good people and there are bad people.  But it’s always the bad experiences that stick in our memory, like gum in our hair.  I don’t like to be unhappy; I’m not even an unhappy person naturally.  Just sometimes, life gives you lemons to make lemonade, and right now, I’ve got a couple of gallons to go around.

Maybe, I should take a page out of Calvin’s book (Calvin & Hobbes): “When life gives you lemons, you sling ’em back and add a few of your own.”  I am trying to do that.  I’ll get into details on that score some other time.

But, who am I?  Maybe the best way to describe myself is to use certain characters from pop culture.  I have the wicked snark of Loki; the desire for vengeance like Cersei (when I’m thoroughly roused); 20170723_130215and the loyalty of Sam Gamgee.  Got a picture?  Oh, wait… that’s the picture.  Shows my parents have a sense of humor.  In other words: you treat me right and are a friend to me, I’ll be a friend to you.  Mess with me, and you’re in a world of hurt!

So, how’s your day looking now?  Still ‘meh’?  Well, hopefully you’re a ‘glass half full’ type of person.  I’m more a ‘glass is always occupied’ type person.  It’s either half empty, or half full.

And on that note, it’s been real!

 

I Swear! I Didn’t Vanish (Yet)

Sorry I didn’t post anything on Thursday or Friday last week.  My life is going to be crazy for this week probably too.  Happens when it’s the finals week in school.  But, I also had the adult anime convention on Friday and Saturday and that took up my days.  More autographs, so that was good.

Well, this is just kind of a check in so you guys all know that I’m still here.  And that I’m not dead.  And that I will write some more.

And on that note, it’s been real!

Tornado Pristine is Coming Through!

Ever since I was really young, I’ve always been a neat freak.  I used to share a room with my two sisters, and the place would always be a pigsty in no time.  The eldest was the sloppiest, with the youngest being slightly less so, and me being the perfectionist.  Every couple of months, I wouldn’t be able to take the mess anymore, and I would kick them out of the room and spend an entire day (and then some) cleaning up.  Stuff got thrown out and reorganized.  If my sisters got annoyed that I got rid of something or moved something, I told them they should have done it themselves.

As the years have gone on, the cleaning has trickled down, but mostly because I’m too busy, and when I am home, I don’t want to do anything.  However, if things start to really get on my nerves, I’ll actually tell my younger sister (the elder moved out) to clean up her sh*t and then I’ll get to mine.

I’m kind of trying to clean up now, but on a different level.  I’m trying to sell some of my books an old anime on Ebay.  No nibbles yet.  If that doesn’t work, I’ll take them to the nearest Half Priced Books and get rid of them there.  Make a little money and get rid of some stuff I’m not using.  I always like the feeling I get after I clean up and make space anywhere in my room.  Of course, the idea is so I can put something else there that I will use.  But, I do like to leave it bare for a while, so the illusion of clean and neat stays with me.  Too soon, my sister shatters it.  There will be clothes on the floor, socks under the bed, exercise items scattered about, and shoes hap-hazardly spread around.  Yep… that’s my roommate.

And on that note, it’s been real!

You’re in the Friendzone Now!

Now, everyone knows the word ‘friendzone’ and it is the most feared word by men.  They never like to be told by a girl they think is cute that they’re ‘my best friend’.  That is the most feared phrase.  Guys honestly hate it more than just a straight up ‘no’.  Everyone makes jokes about the friendzone, and the picture that was selected for this post was chosen specifically for that purpose.

Now, I actually only really have one, true girl friend.  We met several years ago now, and have been buddies ever since.  We’ve bonded over anime and being big sisters and tons of other things.  Anyway, I actually have more guy friends than girl friends.  When Girl’s Day happens, there are only two people there.  When I hang out with my guy friends, I’m usually the only girl there.  That being said, I get a lot of attention and I’m used to it.  But, it’s also easy for me to see when I’m getting too much attention from any of them.  Thankfully, one of them is my brother, so I don’t have to worry about that.  However, the other guys were not related to me and I saw how they looked at me on occasion.  That, and my brother is terrible at keeping a secret.

He came to me to tell that a couple of our guy friends asked him ‘what my deal was’ and ‘if I was in a relationship’.  Those usual questions.  My brother told them the truth, and only encouraged one of them.  However, it’s been a while since I’ve been propositioned by one of my guy friends.  Until now.  Last week, I got a text from a friend of mine, whom I’ve had a falling out with.  He said we needed to hang out and I responded with, “Yeah, both my brother and I haven’t seen you.”  I don’t really feel comfortable hanging out with him by myself anymore.  So, he finally asked me if he could ask me a question (I know, I know).  I said he could and he asked if I could envision the two of us dating in the future.  I politely told him no.  Because I’ve met another guy, who did not start off in the friendzone, and he’s got his future more on track, and he’s also bigger than me (my friend isn’t).  It just didn’t feel right to me.  I’m sorry if he liked me in that manner and I didn’t like him, but at least I came out and said it instead of ignoring his efforts and constantly calling him a ‘friend’.

Truth hurts, like jumping on a bicycle without a seat, but it needs to be said.

And on that note, it’s been real!

I’m Exhausted!

I don’t know what it’s been about writing and work and school and life lately.  I feel tired and rushed.  The answer might have something to do with the Christmas (shopping) season arriving, but I think it is also partly because of my hap-hazard existence right now.  I feel so tired very early in the evening and I want to cry at times during the day.  And it’s not even because something’s annoying me.  I’m just… I don’t know!

Although, my eye whatever came back and the eye doctor said it’s not pink eye.  I have bumps under my eyelids from some kind of allergic reaction and that’s what causing my eyes to have that ‘pink eye’ like symptoms.  Am I allergic to waking up?  I could believe that.

My work is tiring me out because the receptionists are quitting and the insurance and billing coordinator is quitting, and they asked me to cover the front desk in the evening, instead of me working in the back with my doctor.  Which pissed me off, but I agreed only until the end of December.  I sent a higher up an email informing them of this fact.  We’ll see if she is ‘offended’ by my standing up for myself, and we’ll see if this gets me in trouble.

I think that’s all coming together to make me more tired, an angry, and just… over it.  What can I do to help myself?

And on that note, it’s been real!

A Hostess’ Perfect Restaurant

Business seems to have picked up with the arrival of the colder weather and the start of the season where every company decides to have their Christmas Party around the same time.  It is at times like this when I plan the perfect restaurant: basically the restaurant where every customer does exactly what I saw, sits where I put them, and keeps their mouth shut.  Here is my perfect restaurant…

  1. Force field – this force field would surround my little area, and nobody can leave that force field without me escorting them.  This force field would prevent people from walking to a table and seating themselves when I’m not there.
  2. Electrified seats – electrified seats would be in place in case people moved from the bar to a table without seeing me, or moved from one table to another because the first table ‘wasn’t quite right’.
  3. Sign-triggered door – the sign-triggered door is where the door will not open until the people see the sign in the atrium that says ‘Please wait to be seated.’  Once it acknowledges that they’ve read it, the door will open.

Thinking about things like this helps me cope with the fact that the bulk of humans who walk into my restaurant are incredibly stupid, but then they have the audacity to look at me like I made the mistake.  One of my favorites is when people walk in and just stare at me after we greet each other.  You know what they’re waiting for?  They’re waiting for me to magically read their minds to gauge how many are in their party.

I took an extra shift at work on Wednesday night, and I had some funny encounters that had my coworkers chuckling to themselves.  First, I had a woman about my height come in and I sat her at our higher half booth, half tables.  Now, I’m petite, so I’m about 5ft 5″ in height.  A few minutes later, she came up to me and said, “Can we move to another table?  My friend and I are short, and that’s not comfortable.”  I sighed (inwardly), sat her at a lower table and went to tell the server.

When I found her, I said, “Sorry I double sat you; but apparently both her and her friend are hobbits.”  It took the server two seconds to get the reference and she started laughing.  After that, I had a man walk in when all my tables were occupied.  I told him it would be a little bit of a wait, and watched to see when a table would get up.  A little while later, his wife and son arrived and he told them what I had said.  Immediately, his wife started looking around to see if there was something open.  Two tables had just gotten up at that time, and I was cleaning one of them off.  A server told the lady to wait for me, but she either didn’t hear her or chose to ignore her.  You see me cleaning a table, right?  Patience is a virtue!  After that, I had three really young men walk in and seat themselves at a table instead of waiting for me.  One of the bartenders and a couple of the servers all laughed when they saw me sigh and roll my eyes dramatically.  Needless to say, I went back to my post and did not get them menus.  Ah ha!  The hostess strikes again!  Never assume that a hostess is evil.  Merely assume that she is tired of having people try to (indirectly) tell her how to do her job.  Speaking from experience, it gets very frustrating.

And on that note, it’s been real!

Amazon in Middle Earth?

Alright, if you don’t know that Amazon bought the rights to Middle Earth and plan on doing a pre-pre series to both The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings; have you been living on Mars?

Amazon/Middle Earth

For those of you who are not informed, that is a link to an article covering Amazon purchasing the rights and some speculations.  I’ve got mixed emotions about the whole thing.  When it comes to the two sets of trilogies, I do get a kick out of them.  That’s only because my sister sits next to me and we decide that Boromir, Merry and Pippin need a motor boat to get to the Falls of Rauros, and the balrog is now Billy Bob Balrog.  That aside, I enjoy them, but I am aware of when they have deviated from the book.  Tom Bombadil, for instance.  The character is a jolly, but powerful individual that Peter Jackson left out!  They left him out!  Him and his beautiful and equally resourceful wife, Goldberry.  Gone!  Cut from the universe!  I’ll start ranting if I continue, so I will move on.

Anyway, Amazon said they planned on doing a prequel series to even The Hobbit, which probably means they will attempt to do The Simarillion.  The Simarillion is even longer than The Lord of the Rings, which makes it perfect series material.  Of course, that also depends on how Amazon decides to represent it.  Will they follow verbatim what Tolkien put down?  Or will they follow in Peter Jackson’s footsteps and take creative license?  The epic story tells the tale of Beren and Luthien, the two characters upon which Tolkien built his universe.  Many fascinating characters live within The Simarillion besides Beren and Luthien.  There is Huan, the Hound of the Valar and companion of both Beren and Luthien.  There is Tevildo, the feline cohort of Morgoth (the Valar have hounds and Morgoth has cats), and arch-enemy of Huan.  Carcharoth, one of the wolves in the service of Morgoth, and the creature responsible for biting off the hand of Beren that was holding one of the Simarillions.  Loosely based off the Nordic myth when Fenrir bit off the hand of the god, Tyr.

The story as a whole is a long romantic tragedy, that just manages to have a happy ending .  Beren, a mortal man, falls in love with Luthien, and elven princess.  Her father doesn’t want him to marry her, so he says in order for him to grant his permission, Beren must retrieve one of the Simarillions from the crown of Morgoth.  Basically a suicide mission.  But being a determined woman, Luthien escapes her father and joins Beren and Huan on their quest to steal one of the powerful stones.  The Simarillion has enough plot for Amazon to make a series out of it.  Now, let’s just see if they make a good one.

And on that note, it’s been real!

Sabaton – History to Music

It was earlier this year when I first heard a song from Sabaton.  My brother dragged me into his room and insisted on introducing me to a new band he had found.  He pulled up a video on Youtube and pressed play.  At first, I didn’t know what was going on, then I heard the bells, then, the music started.  I listened to the lyrics and found myself curious as to what they meant.  My brother explained that the band wrote songs about historical events.  This one was about the Sack of Rome in 1527 and the last stand of the 189 Papal Swiss Guard.  Here is the link to the video:

Sabaton – The Last Stand

The lyrics are moving and the melody thrums through your veins.  At least it did for me.  After that song, my brother showed one or two more, but others I looked up on my own.  I was excited when I saw the songs they had and the historical significance they all had.  Here is a list of some of their songs:

  1. Winged Hussars – arrival of the Polish Winged Hussar heavy cavalry to the relief of the Siege of Vienna from the Turks.
  2. Shiroyama – the last stand of the 500 samurai against the emperor, ending the days of bushido in Japan.
  3. A Lifetime of War – a mourning for the Thirty Years War, that ravaged Europe.
  4. Carolus Rex – the rise of fifteen-year-old Charles XII of Sweden against the opposing powers of Denmark, Poland, and Russia.
  5. Sparta – the brave suicidal defense of the Pass of Thermopylae by the 300 Spartans against the Persian army.
  6. The Lost Battalion – the battalion of Americans that was pinned down in the Argonne during World War I.
  7. Lion of the North – Swedish king, Gustavas Adolphus, the man who started his country on its rise to power.

And they have plenty of others.  Some of the songs are also sung in another language and it is haunting.  The Ruina Imperii is an excellent example of that.

Sabaton – Ruina Imperii

It is about the return march of the Swedish soldiers from Norway after Charles XII, Carolus Rex, was mysteriously shot in the midst of a siege.  It just gets into my head and I start humming and singing whenever I’m at work.  I’m sure some of my co-workers see me walking around, mouthing something, and say, “What the hell is that girl saying now?”

I don’t recommend the songs if you are an older person (with hearing aids) and don’t like heavy metal.  But, if you do enjoy heavy metal and learning something inside a good melody, you should listen to Sabaton.  And if you live in the US, pay attention!  They’ll be visiting us next year!

And on that note, it’s been real!