extreme91886 FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold moose

Male
from Randolph, MA

  • Activity

    • Finally Moving

      3 years ago

      extreme91886 moose

      Well it's been two years since I last posted, and that post was about how a on of stuff was changing. Boy was I right.


      I left my job of five years to spend time getting into a better head space and looking for something closer to my family. It took almost a year, but I was able to find a good job that was somewhat close to where I grew up. It was a slight pay cut, and I came into a situation that was complicated and messed up. But that gave me an opportunity to come in and immediately put my mark on something. Over the last year, I helped my department move from a system that was strangling their ability to do most of their daily tasks, to a system that is much snappier and easier to use. Of course, moving 25 reps from about 10 different countries from one system to another is stressful and a lot of work, and there were plenty of fires to put out along the way, but I'm happy with where we finally are and moving forward should be much smoother. And some of that is because of me, which is something I couldn't have said at my last job.


      Soon after starting the job, I decided that I was finally in a better place mentally and decided to be more active in looking for a significant other. After chatting with a lot of people and going on a couple first dates, I eventually got a message from someone while I was at a good friends wedding. I replied way way way too late that night, but we hit it off right away, and eventually she asked if I wanted to meet for a quick drink. We ended up talking for over three hours. The only reason I didn't stay longer was because I had to go pick up my dad from his high school reunion, which i never even thought would come close to running up against. Then we met for our second date, and ended up having dinner at a bar for another three hours. She was everything all the other people I dated were not, easy to talk to, fun to be around, smart, witty, not too shy, not too loud. Whenever I met someone before her, it always felt like work to keep the relationship going. And this was just...easy. Our one year anniversary is this month, and we're celebrating it by going to Iceland in a few weeks. I can't wait.


      I also got really sick while we were dating. Around last Halloween, I went home early one day cause I wasn't feeling well. I woke up the next morning unable to move, and stayed like that from Friday until Monday. My muscles were aching like I had just run a marathon without training, and my joints were swollen and painful to the point where it hurt too much to move them, so I didn't for four straight days, that's when I finally called my mom to come pick me up and bring me to the doctor. My PCP was away, but another doctor was available to help and thank goodness for that, cause she was great the entire time. It took weeks and weeks of blood tests, and visits, and specialists, and x rays. Eventually it turned out that it wasn't one thing that was causing all my problems. I had mono, a strange form of pneumonia, and strep throat all at once. It turned out that the symptoms of each were magnified by having the others. But the multiple doctors at my family medicine, a rheumatologist, a dermatologist, and an infectious disease specialist, along with about 6 x rays and 40 blood tests, didn't know what it was for three weeks. Eventually they figured it out, and got me the medicine to get better. I'm still not back in the shape I was from before it happened(being literally unable to move for three months will make you pretty weak), and my wrist still hurts when i bend it too far, but i'm out of the woodsand now it's just a matter of getting back on the horse and getting my full strength back.


      And now that all of that has happened and things are going smoothly, I'm finally getting my house ready to put on the market, and looking for a new house back home that fits all my requirements. It is a lot of work to get a house ready, especially when I made it such a mess while I was sick. but it is cleaned up now, I'm having the basement carpeted tomorrow, doing a bunch of landscaping, and hiring some general contractors to fix up the stuff I'm not able to do. Then once it's ready to go, it will probably sell very fast. Then I have to look for a place to stay while I'm searching for a new house.


      Pretty much each of those paragraphs could have been their own post over the last few years, but as you can see I've been pretty busy. I've still kept up with most of the content on the site(damn Day 5 was good), just a little busy figuring everything out so I haven't really thought about coming here and posting. It's good to be back, and I hope I make it more frequent than bi yearly, cause I liked posting before. It was a good way to talk about stuff I don't normally say in every day life.


      Also, I got a cat.


      PS - I was trying to remember the other day if I was a member for 9 years or 10. It's been 11.

    • Finally Taking Steps

      5 years ago

      extreme91886 moose

      I've been at my job for over four and a half years. When I graduated grad school, I spent about eight months unemployed. I spent at least two hours every day looking for jobs, submitting my resume, making call, not hearing back from companies. Luckily I had saved up enough money to survive for a while, and my family is great so I stayed with them while all of this was going down. But eight months of doing nothing is a long time. So when I finally heard back from someone, I jumped at the chance. It was not initially ideal, I would have at least an hour and a half commute each way, the pay wasn't great, and it wasn't the type of job I was interested in. But I didn't have any other options, so I went in for the interview, and it went better than I could have imagined. They saw my resume and decided I was overqualified for the position I applied for, and instead offered me a job in IT with a much higher salary. So when I started I was on cloud nine; the job wasn't what I went to school for, but it was something I was interested. And I quickly found out I was good at it, plus everyone in my department was great to work with.

      But now I've been there for so long, and it's lost most of it's appeal for me. Only a few of the people who were here when I started are still with the company. There isn't any training, so I had to teach myself how to use the programs, and I've hit the limit of what I am able to teach myself. And I've been basically doing the exact same thing every month for the past two years. It's gotten to the point where I am getting depressed; I'm not sleeping as much, I've gained a lot of weight, I have reverted back into my shell which I've tried so hard to get out of. I've been thinking of looking for a new job for a long time, but I've been very nervous about it. Since this is my first real job, I didn't know what it is like anywhere else, I don't know if my skills will transfer to another company, I don't know if I'll get along with my new coworkers and supervisors and bosses.

      Well, now I have to stop worrying about that, because I just submitted my application for the voluntary severance package. When HR sent out the email yesterday saying anyone who was interested could get apply, I spent the rest of the day thinking it through in my head. Then at night I rewrote my resume from six years ago(looking back it was so terrible, of course I was unemployed for so long), added it to a few job sites, and even applied for a couple jobs. Then first thing this morning, I filled out the application and sent it to HR. So hopefully in a week or two, I'll be able to use my savings, plus my severance, and support myself for some time while I look for a new job. It's pretty scary, but I'm excited to start a new part of my life.

    • Finally Running Again

      5 years ago

      extreme91886 moose

      So basketball started about a month and a half ago, and after a sloppy start, the whole team has been playing much better. A few of us(myself definitely included) were not in great shape at the start of the season, and only some of the team had played together before. But now we are running and gunning and have won as many games in the last two weeks has we had the five weeks before. We have a good feel for where we should be playing, and who should get the ball at the right time. I know it's not the reason I play, but it is still better to win a game and have a good time then it is to lose a game and have a good time. But it is a great league and a lot of the players on the other teams are awesome. I'm going to be bummed in a few weeks when it is over.

      I also am just getting back to a normal daily routine after being on vacation for almost 10 days. Every year my extended family comes in to town for a week(from Thursday the 11th to Sunday the 20th, so a little bit longer than a week) from all over the country. I had an aunt from Tennessee, cousins from New York, an aunt and uncle from Connecticut, a cousin from Alaska, and the rest of the extended family that is already around (And normally a cousin from Texas and a cousin from Alabama come but they were on their honeymoon and starting their new career respectively). Its one of my favorite times of the year; I always take the week off and just hang out with them while we eat lots of incredible meals with a few too many root beers, jump from the hot tub to the pool and back again, and sleep as much as I can.

      But I was almost completely off the grid while I was on vacation, so I had a lot of work and internet news to catch up on. It seems like RTX was perhaps the best one yet. All of the pictures and journals have been a blast to see. Going through my feed has been mostly awesome. I wrote almost a year and a half ago how I got back into Rooster Teeth when Halo 4 came out and I remembered about Red vs Blue. After I got all caught up on that I jumped into all of the stuff I didn't even about when I first watched RVB 9 years ago; podcasts, shorts, achievement hunter. Then around Christmas I wanted to get involved with the community, so I joined the Secret Santa. That's when I first heard of @LoZelda. She was one of the admins of the group, and sent me the name of the person I was to get a gift for. It was so much fun looking up Mega Man gifts, and I was floored by how incredible the Zelda book I got from my Santa was. It helped me stop being such a lurker, and she was a big part of that, especially from my perspective. So when I heard about the test results, I was devastated. From my expert lurking skills I have developed on the internet over time, I've learned that Zelda is as strong as they come, so I have no doubt in my mind about her ability to kick cancer's ass. But from family experiences I know how much time and money and stress goes into it, even when you come out fine at the end. So I want to say I'm thinking of you gamergirl, and if you(or anyone else from the community really) needs anything, just let me know. We're all a part of this community together. smiley12.gif

    • Finally Started Basketball

      5 years ago

      extreme91886 moose

      I've been playing pick up games with my friends for the past month or two, to try and get some of the rust off. But it doesn't really compare to an actual game, even if it is a league of mostly 50 year olds. Something about the situation makes the actual games much more intense. It's the combination of everything really: having refs, keeping score on the big scoreboard, wearing jerseys, having to keep track of the score/fouls/time/timeouts/substitutions during the game, the evolution of match-ups over the course of the game. It all comes together to create an hour that is different than anything else. Especially when it is a close game; which is what happened last night.

      We had a few people that weren't able to make it, which means we only had one sub. Normally this wouldn't be too bad, but it was the first game of the season so everyone wasn't quite in game shape, and the other team had plenty of subs so they could get the rest they needed. Plus, it was about 85 degrees in the gym and very muggy. But the guys on the team have played together before, so we know how to work as a team. We know who are our scorers, and when to get them the ball. And we know who is better on defense, so they can cover the other teams better players. We were able to use this to get two of our guys a lot of open shots, and they were able to bury most of them. They probably combined for over 50 of our teams 75 points. And in a normal game in this league, 75 points is usually enough to blow out the opponent(I think the game before ours was 55-47). But because they had more subs, and had a lot more younger players, they were able to get a lot of breakaways for easy buckets.

      At the end of the game, I had been playing almost the entire second half, so I went to the bench. Unfortunately, on the next play one of our guys hurt his knee, so I had to come back in with no rest. We hit a shot to put us up by two points. Then with about 15 seconds left, they hit a three pointer to put them up by one. We inbounded the ball, and actually got the ball stolen and then stole it back. This lead to us running with the ball with only a few seconds left. I was able to get the ball while I was uncovered, but it was a few steps outside of my normal range. I took the open shot as time expired, and it went around the rim and out. We lost by one, 76-75.

      It sucks that I just missed on the shot that would have won it for us, but it was awesome to be out there playing again. And to have the first game be that great was a wicked good start. A big reason I enjoy this league so much is because I get to play with my dad and my cousin(who probably had 35 points by himself). And the other guys on the team I've known for 5-10 years. When we have everyone there with a few games played together, we're going to be a tough team to beat. I look forward to competing all summer long.

    • Finally an Xbox Without Kinect

      5 years ago

      extreme91886 moose

      I know this new is two weeks old, but I needed to give it some time before I commented on it. On one hand, I've enjoyed the Kinect since it originally came out on the 360. But on the other hand, I can understand that there is a big difference between $500 and $400.

      $100 is a lot of money, the reason I didn't buy an Xbox at launch had a lot to do with the money. Plus I could buy two full retail games for that much, or even five smaller "indie" releases(I don't know if Child of Light or Trials Fusion are quite indie, but those types of games.). And if you don't use the Kinect at all then the Xbox is $100 more for nothing. And hopefully, now that they're the same price, the X1 and PS4 will start to even out in terms of units sold. That means more people in matchmaking, more games sold, which hopefully leads to more developer support. All of that is good.

      But I like the Kinect, and I think it's worth $100. And I just hope that it doesn't fade out into nothingness. It went from being required to use the Xbox before launch, to being included with every Xbox at launch, to an accessory that you need to buy separately. I use my Kinect every time I turn on my Xbox(I turn on my Xbox with my Kinect!), to go to games or apps, snap my party, control movies or shows that I'm watching. One of my favorite things is to start a show on Netflix from my kitchen while I make dinner. And Kinect seemed like something that could get better over time, but now I don't know if that's the case. I'm afraid they will stop trying to update the OS to work better with Kinect, and will start shifting away from it.

      So I understand why Microsoft made the change, and I actually think they have been quicker than any company their size to implement changes based on fan feedback. I just hope it doesn't mean my Kinect will be the same in five years as it is right now. I want it to get better.

    • Finally Bought a Shirt

      5 years ago

      extreme91886 moose

      A lot of things came together the other night and I finally bought a RT shirt. I was excited about the RT anniversary(and the discount didn't hurt), the idea of the community day seemed really cool to me, I always liked the Achieve shirts, and @Ryan has been one of my favorite RT employees since he started. Plus it might have been 1AM and my credit card took advantage of my tiredness. But that just means I will hopefully have my King Ryan shirt in a week and be a part of my first community day. I'm very excited for it.

    • Finally a reason to not start the journal title with finally

      5 years ago

      extreme91886 moose

      Happy anniversary Rooster Teeth.

      Thanks for all of the amazing content you put out on a daily basis. Thank you for creating this awesome community that I can be a part of. But most of all thank you for being one of the only website that realizes that April Fools on the internet is a terrible idea. smiley12.gif

    • Finally got it working

      5 years ago

      extreme91886 moose

      So now that I've had a few days of my Xbox working, I am very happy that I bought it. It is going to take me a very long time to get used to the user interface, but I think that's just because I have been using the 360 for six years and I've gotten used to it as it's slowly changed over time. And then the jump from the 360 to the One is so big that I need to completely relearn what certain things do. Like the pause button is gone and now it is kinda a mini menu button. It is very helpful, but I completely forget to use it most of the time, and I still don't know everywhere that I can use it, because some things don't use the mini menu. But the more I use it, the less fumbling around I do, and the more I enjoy my experience. If I have one complaint it would be that I wish it were a little more snappy. Sometimes when I switch to the "My Games and Apps" menu, it takes a little bit to load everything up. And when I'm in the Apps part of it, switching from page to page stutters a little bit. But I'm guessing the UI will be the most updated and fine tuned of any console ever. I remember the difference in what the Xbox 360 originally looked like from what it looks like now. I think the difference will be even bigger with the One eventually.

      But all of that is just an impression I have on the system so far. What I have been spending most of my time using the One for is to play Titanfall, and I think it is wicked awesome. I've probably played around 6 - 8 hours, and I am still itching to get back to it. It feels very fluid, running around is fun and for the most part it is very easy to jump around to get to the place you want to. And the way the game is set up with the different abilities and (obviously) the titans, it lets you play in a few different ways. I mostly have been playing with a college buddy of mine, and he plays a completely different game than I do. I like to keep to the roofs with the outside of the map at my back, so no one can sneak up on me, and pick off grunts and pilots that get out of cover, while he is more of a run and gun type of player. And we also have different titan strategies. He gets in his right away and tries to take out everyone, but I like to stay out of mine and have it follow me around the map so we can double team anyone we come across. And even with totally different styles, neither of us is way better than the other. We constantly switch between who does better, sometimes we'll both do good, sometimes we'll both do awful, or sometimes it switches between one being good and the other being bad. I love when there are a myriad of ways to play the same game, and it's balanced enough that they are all viable. Can't wait to get home and play some more. smiley13.gif

    • Finally got an Xbox One

      5 years ago

      extreme91886 moose

      I picked up the Titanfall bundle(just came with a different box and a code for the game, actually Xbox is exactly the same) from Best Buy yesterday. Unfortunately when I got home from work and started setting it up, Xbox Live had already gone down. From what I read about it, if you were already signed in, there wasn't much of a problem. But for someone like me who just bought the console, I obviously hadn't signed in yet. It basically made my console a very large paper weight. You need to sign in to download just about anything; I couldn't watch Netflix/Hulu, look up scores on the Sportscenter app, listen to music, or play any games. The only things I could download, like Xbox Music and Xbox Video, I need to sign in to use the app once it is running.

      All that being said, I'm very excited to start using the One. I've said it before on here, I liked the Kinect on the 360, and I'm really looking forward to seeing what it can do now. The idea of walking into my house and saying "Xbox on", having the Xbox turn on itself and my TV(I've heard it can do that. Is that true?) sounds wicked awesome. I could have Netflix up and running before I even sit down on my couch, all by speaking to my living room. And luckily, when I woke up this morning, I was able to find an easy solution to the sign in problem, and I was able to start the downloads of a few different games. Now when I get home from work I can start actually using it, and see just how good Titanfall is. It looks amazing, I'm really looking forward to getting destroyed in it.

    • Finally a Part of the Community

      5 years ago

      extreme91886 moose

      I mentioned before how I was joining the Secret Santa group, and I just mailed off my gift this morning. It was so much fun, for a bunch of reasons. Obviously, shopping online for a cool, geeky gift(I wish I could say what it is, maybe after the holidays) was awesome. But the fact that it is a gift for someone else always makes it better for me, and that it is for something that I have never met, and probably will never meet, is so cool to me. And the thing that made it the best for me was that I am starting to feel more like a part of this community.

      I've had an account for over 8 years, but I signed up when I first heard about RvB from my college roommate, was only on here to watch the new episodes, and when I graduated and started working, I stopped watching because I was so busy. It was probably close to five years where I didn't come to the site or watch RvB. It wasn't until Halo 4 came out and I started playing with all my college friends again and I came across the RT easter egg. Now I've been back watching the shows and podcasts for about a year, a sponsor for most of that time, and am trying to get involved in the community more. And this has been the first time where I don't feel like a person who thinks about the community as a bunch of people, I thought about it as a bunch of people and I'm one of them. And that was a really good feeling.

      PS - While I was finishing this I finally figured out how to change my star from Sponsor to Moose, so that was awesome too.

  • Comments (3)

    • retailavenger85 Big Nerd

      3 years ago

      OH MY GOD THE POSTERS JUST ARRIVED AND THEY ARE SO AWESOME! THANK YOU SO SO SO MUCH!!!

      • extreme91886 FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold moose

        3 years ago

        Yes! I'm glad they finally came in. Sorry it took so long, they were coming from an Etsy artist from UK, so I knew it might take some time. But when I saw them I knew I had to get them. I thought a cool Fallout one for you, and a sweet Totoro one for your beautiful girl. I already know you like Fallout, hopfully you like Studio Ghibli as well!

      • retailavenger85 Big Nerd

        3 years ago

        I love studio Ghibli! Thank you again!!!!

  • Questions

    No questions have been answered yet