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from South Orange, New Jersey

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    • Rememberance

      6 years ago

      Blutonian Tech Guardian

      I normally only do positive Journal entries here, but I just got an obituary notice that kind of shook me and I needed to vent and I didn't want to do it on Facebook.

      The man who recently passed away was an old Archeology Professor at the University I attended. He was a ripe old 80, and still, it was cancer which got him, no old age. I actually never took his classes, even though I have several friends who did. During one of the lowest points in my life, at 18 years old, this man gave me an opportunity that I didn't understand until much later in my life.

      My first year in college, was my first year without the strict routine my parents had given me and my brother. Naturally, the first thing I did was exploit my new found "freedom" and in essence squandered the opportunity I was given to attend a good school on a scholarship. My second semester, I actually managed to pull a 0.75 GPA for that semester. Quite a feat considering I was a straight-A student my whole life up to that point.

      Needless to say, I lost my scholarship and my parent's couldn't afford to send me to that school. I knew I fucked up royally, and it had been the most costly mistake I ever made. I was to move back in with my parents, go to community college and live under their strict rule once again, which would be even more severe after my blunder. I had 4 years of hell to pay to look forward to as a result of my one year of letting loose.

      Someone pointed out to me that employees of the University are eligible for free tuition. That meant that if I managed to get hired full time, that I could go back to school for free, while earning a paycheck. I came to my parents with the idea and they told me that they would not allow me to do so. I debated and argued with them, but the bottom line was that because of my lack of discipline and responsibility demonstrated through the previous year, they didn't believe I could handle it. The biggest motivation for me in life, is when someone tells me I can't do something. I was 18 at the time, so they couldn't stop me, but if I was to live under their house, I would have to abide them and they would not assist me whatsoever in this endeavor.

      The first thing I needed to do was get out from under my parent's roof. I had no job, and very little cash on hand. I had heard, that there was a faculty member who lived across the street from the campus, who had rooms in his house to rent. This was the same aforementioned man who recently passed. I contacted him and we scheduled an interview. The room was small, but it was the only thing I could afford. He wanted two months rent for a deposit and the first months rent up front. I told him that I didn't have the cash for that, at which point he began to show me the door.

      I was desperate and I had to convince this man to take a chance on me. I was brutally honest. I told him the whole story, including my lack of employment. He told me that he was looking for someone who could commit to renting the space for at least a year because it was hard to rent out an empty room once the school year was already in session, and though I seemed nice, the odds were incredibly against me given my situation. I told him that he was absolutely right, but that anyone who knows me, knows that the greater the odds are against me, the more determined I become. I told him that I would commit for a year, but that I could only afford the first months rent for now. I promised to get a job doing anything if I couldn't find employment at the University and that I will work whatever job in order to pay the rent and also make installment payments on on the deposit until it is paid off.

      He must've been impressed with my determination, because he stuck out his hand and said, "Alright". I immediately job a job as a bartender at a small dive bar to support myself while I looked for a job at the school. An entry level position opened up in the technology department within the month and I applied, interviewed and was hired the following month. I lived in that house just shy of two years and in that time, I didn't do much else other than work, sleep and study. When I eventually left, my last night there, we sat on his back porch, he had a beautiful flower garden, and he handed me a cigar and a glass of scotch, (yes I was only 20).

      We sat out there for hours talking. He told me that even though he agreed to give me a chance, he really thought he was going to get screwed. I told him that I was glad he was wrong, and he replied, "Me too, even if you managed to make the rent for the year, I thought you would be trouble, but you turned out to be the best lodger I've had in this house." I didn't know what to say to that, so I just raised my glass and nodded. We went on for hours talking about life and philosophy and all sorts of things.

      It's been over 15 years since the day you took that chance on me. I learned more about responsibility and hard work because of that opportunity then I could ever learn in any classroom, and for that I will always be grateful to you Dr, Wimmer, rest well old friend.

    • Zelda Day!

      6 years ago

      Blutonian Tech Guardian

      Just found out it's the 27th anniversary of the original Legend of Zelda!

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      Rock on!

    • Having a hard time getting through this book

      6 years ago

      Blutonian Tech Guardian

      Usually when a book I'm looking forward to finally comes out, I'm so excited I usually get through it in a weekend. I'm a fast reader and particularly so for the last book in a series, I got through HP & the Deathly Hallows in a single day.

      So when I picked up A Memory of Light, the last of the 14 books in the Wheel of Time series, I figured I'd be done in a weekend at most. If you haven't finished it yet, don't worry, there's no spoilers here, I'm just voicing my disbelief that I've had this book in my possession for a full week now and haven't been able to finish it.

      It isn't because the book is a disappointment, it's wonderful so far. For some reason though, every 50 pages or so I have to put it down and walk away. This is a new experience for me. Maybe I don't want it to be over and I'm subconsciously trying to prolong it? Maybe I just need time to absorb what I just read. This is the fastest paced novel of the whole lot, Sanderson probably could have stretched it out into two more books, and Jordan probably would have if he were still able to do so. As much as I've been looking forward to reading about Tarmon Gaidon, and as ridiculously good as it is so far, I find I can't for the life of me just power through it to the end. I've got about 150 pages left, and I've just come to the realization that I probably won't finish until Friday at the earliest (Tuesday and Wednesday are shot this week). That just feels wrong to me on so many levels.

      I dunno, nuff said I guess, back to work.

    • 6 years ago

      Blutonian Tech Guardian
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    • You have recieved a New Quest!

      6 years ago

      Blutonian Tech Guardian

      Purchased my RTX SideQuest All Access Pass!

      Oorah Bitches, Oo-fucking-RAH!!!

    • New Sarge Shirt design

      6 years ago

      Blutonian Tech Guardian

      So it's been a while since I've had a chance to post a new shirt idea. RTX tickets going on sale and being accepted as a Guardian again got me motivated. Also I didn't have Photoshop on my new laptop until recently when I installed it for the Ray photobomb contest.

      And so here it is:

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      As always, you can see my older designs by checking out The RT Store Wishlist

    • 6 years ago

      Blutonian Tech Guardian

      RTX 2013 Guardians UNITE!

      We need to invent a Guardian secret handshake this year.

    • 6 years ago

      Blutonian Tech Guardian
    • RvB Season 10 Finale after thoughts

      6 years ago

      Blutonian Tech Guardian

      First off, if you haven't seen it yet, WTF are you doing reading my journal? For God's sake, go watch it now, because if you haven't I'm going to spoil the shit out of it for you!

      I couldn't wrap my head around the awesomeness of the Season 10 finale last night. I had to watch it several more times today and I don't think I've still fully grasped what we have been shown. Kudos to this season's writers for coming up with awesome hooks, surprises, drama, throw backs and comic reliefs.

      Epsilon moving on with Carolina at the end I think is a great segue into a new story arc. I kind of feel like the original Blood Gulch voice actors are wanting to move on to other projects, leaving it so that their characters aren't going to be the main characters anymore, but still have the ability to come back for smaller roles and cameos. I hope that's not the case, but I'll take that any day over the series coming to a close.

      In one of the comment threads discussing about who the mysterious Blue Freelancer was, I actually said the words, "Well we can at least rule out Georgia and Florida". Yup, totally had me blown away. I don't think there was a single person outside of Rooster Teeth who could've seen that coming! As to Carolina's parentage, I wasn't expecting that, but I wasn't surprised by it either. A good choice if you ask me. I did see the Director's fate coming, I think it needed to happen that way and kudos to the writing staff for going with what felt like the right path on that.

      I can't wait to get the 10 Season Box Set to watch all the extras and dive deep into the behind the scenes creative process. Fantastic job Rooster Teeth, as always!

      Oh, and I can't even begin to talk about the epicness of the RWBY preview. I think Monty is going to single handedly raise the bar for the anime genre as a whole! Not to mention, voice acting by Lindsay, Kara and Barbara, I'll be eagerly awaiting the start of that series for sure.

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