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It’s been brought to my attention that I haven’t been doing a great job with keeping my “life updates” going. Sometimes I get distracted so much with what’s going on, I seem to neglect to take the time to update my friends and family. So let’s remedy that shall we?

The very last thing I had posted on my site and various blogs was

“Sometimes staying ones tongue yields positive results. I may have very well opened the door to have a negative moment converted to a positive.
We’ll know on Tuesday if diplomacy prevails.”
A fairly cryptic thing to leave hanging in the air for so long, so I’ll explain and in the only way I know how… the TLDR format.

People who know me know that I’m the type of guy who likes to help friends, even at cost. I helped a friend out during planet Hoth temps with car issues, caused a bit of my own, ultimately it cost me my car. Not my friends fault, I should have known better but I rolled the dice and I lost. No drama, that’s just how it goes.

I needed a car, had specific specs… it had to be 4 wheel drive, manual and 4 door, prefer a jeep, and would like decent fuel economy.

I found a 2010 Compass on the interwebs

the salesman told me everything I wanted hear, there were issues with the car, he lied to me directly, strung me along for a few weeks, I bought the car under false pretense, the very next day horror began and it was showing it’s issues. When I say the very next day, I mean THE VERY NEXT DAY. Not even 24 hours.

The car had a check engine light on, and I ran the codes. Remember I may do graphics online, but I’m a 20 year transportation specialist by trade, and at the risk of sounding arrogant… I’m dammn good at what I do, and I know my trade above and well beyond my station.

I tried diplomacy with the salesman, he was more interested in saving face and lying to me directly. When this failed I started the first steps of what I planned to do exactly, then the General Manager became involved. He was a decent sort and when it became clear that the car had more issues than we first suspected we came to a fair agreement and I bought a new car.

In the end I got a 2014 Jeep Compass with the much desired manual transmission for almost as much as I bought the 2010. In the end Karma and a cool tongue prevailed.


I didn’t get to go to Wizard Con this year, well I could have but not in the way I wanted to, so I didn’t. Originally I was going to make the Corvo costume from Dishonored and wear it to Wizard Con, however when I failed at making a decent mask…

First out of plastic and cloth for resin casting

Then out of clay, which cracked and broke

Then out of another form of clay which also cracked and broke

I then reached out to a guy online who makes the parts, ended up paying for the parts and he fell on bad times and it just didn’t happen. Still hasn’t. So I spent a lot of time effort and money on something that just didn’t happen.

I’ve always been the type to never rely on another, so in the end I burnt myself.

I had also spent the money to have the coat made by EZ Cosplay. (I lost the pics)

Found my boots

Fueled by this failure I am going to do what I do best, try harder.

So for Gencon I’m going as Corvo. This is happening and it will take an act of God to stop me from reaching my goal. This is a thing now.

I’m no longer contented with making a “costume” now Eric’s making a replica. I’m coming back with a vengeance, that’s what I do… I’m going full cow carnivore.

I bought a sewing machine

and alienated my wife when I decided that I’m going to learn how to use this sucker.

Bear in mind that I don’t know how to sew, she does… and it drove her BONKERS that I use welding terms.

Eventually I had to ask her to stop “helping” because she was tripping me up with her knowledge and facts. I have to make mistakes to learn. I need to learn how to “see” what I’m working on before I can apply it.

I’m not going to post pictures of my work this round. I will say that it took me a week to figure out how to sew. When I say a week we’re talking 4 twenty hour days back to back. Full cow, nothing less.

I made my Corvo jacket, it was fantastic. Best “costume” ever. I don’t want a costume. I want a replica, we’re past that. So I disassembled it, now we’re making a replica.

I want pockets that can hold inventory, they have to be “upgradable. You can upgrade in game, and although nobody but me will see it… don’t care, this is my replica and in the end I’m making this for me. Inventory pockets. They have to hold a sword and runes.

I’m going to make the sword, I’m going to make the charms, and I’m going to make runes. That’s happening.

I’m going to make a crucible to forge them out of metal, oh and I’m going to learn how to forge metal. That is also happening. Full cow, nothing less.

I’ve already started on the crucible, I’ve sacrificed my favorite BBQ grill for this noble quest. The replica Gods shall be pleased.

I will update on the Corvo progress later.

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