It has been a year since I last updated anything with the exception of adding a couple extra pics to my images. As we ALL know, 2016 just fucking sucked. It started out great and got progressively worse.
I will just make a list of all of the major things that happened that I can remember in order from what I can remember.
-Early in the year I drove 5 hours to meet Diamond Dallas Page in which was the last update I actually posted.
-I blew my back out early on in the summer due to a combination of work, yoga and a bowling league.
-Towards the end of summer I went to my 2nd DDP Yoga workshop. I brought my sister along and it was an Ultimate Workshop which involved eating healthy food prepared by DDP himself and it was delicious for the most part.
-Construction began to change the interior of the entire lobby at work.
-Sierra(my now ex-gf) broke up with me in October
I wont go into details about the breakup but only what I have done to get through it. I dont know what is or was going through her mind or what she went through and I really dont care anymore now. But for me it was bad. I went two weeks without sleep and food. Just nothing but water during the entire time. One of my goals from doing yoga was some weight loss but this was not how I wanted to lose it. I went from the 2nd to last hole in my belt to needing the last hole to keep my pants up. But I did have a lot of people right by my side to help me get through. Becca, Rebecca, Courtney, Brandon, Meghan, Andrew and most importantly Abby from work were all there for me during my darkest times.
Before the breakup, I had began working on completing my Luke Skywalker cosplay outfit and it was shortly after that it was finished and luckily I had Brandon go with me during Halloween dressed up and he was the 12th Doctor and we walked through Downtown Greenville. A couple of weeks later, Big Fandom Greenville happened and it was my first ever convention. It was small but it was a fun experience to go through. I was amazed at how much people stopped me to ask me for pictures. My favorite part was this little girl named Sarai who had to have been 10 or so years old. She was dressed up as Darth Vader and I am going to say this about most people I have seen dressed as him...she puts ALL OF YOU to shame. She had that Vader walk and the greatest part was that she had a speaker installed on her outfit that played the Imperial March as she walked through the lobby as people knew their place and got out of her way. She also had voice clips from the movie that would play at appropriate times and she was amazing. She even had a couple pictures/videos of her at places such as Frankie's Fun Park playing a Star Wars flight sim and she would have the 'Impressive/Most Impressive' line play. Another would be at a library and she was holding a book that was titled 'When Kids Push Your Buttons.' She is awesome...period. I only wish I could be given more opportunities to take more and better pictures with her. Hopefully soon I will get that chance.
BFG was a great start to the world of conventions and I had a blast especially on one panel called Star Wars vs My Little Pony. The people supporting MLP said that the power of friendship was stronger than The Force. One guy supporting Star Wars called me up and told the MLP guys to hold hands in friendship and see how long it lasts while I beat the shit out of them with my lightsaber.
By December I was doing a whole lot better. Days I was alone I was still hit with memories of Sierra and how I still wanted to be with her. There wasnt a lot of those days and it only happened early on in the month. One of the things I did was get up and drive to Greenville to Raja Academy. My first visit in 4...maybe 5 years since I last trained and it felt like a bad experience. To my surprise and relief, most of the students from my last experience were gone. Raja greeted me and was excited to hear that I was there to train on a full schedule in Wing Chun Kung Fu once again. I love how the people there now are so much more respectful and friendlier than some of those I didnt care for years ago. I am still training but was forced to take a couple days off to lingering back pain.
As of now I wont go into too much detail but I am now 3 weeks into a new relationship with a girl named Abby. The one I mentioned earlier. She is amazing. She has watched me during my Wing Chun classes twice so far. She actually practices it with me. We play games together and she has gotten me to preview quite a few movies with her. We have gone out together but not really had a date together just yet. I owe her two of them so far. One of them is next Tuesday when Valentines Day comes. It will be her first that she gets to celebrate with someone and it will be my first that I actually really get to freely plan out and have all day to spend with her. So heres hoping I can make it special for her.
I am going to stop here for now. So far this year has been great and surprisingly has been filled with laughter and joy. I hope to keep it that way for a good long while. If anyone actually reads this and is still active...please let me know.