Thirty Five Years – Thirty Five Thoughts #9: Much Ado About BotCon

It’s a journal entry that makes me see red every time I read it; on an early summer day in 1997, I wrote about BotCon. I wanted to go that year and had been planning on making it to the Convention in Rochester NY with my ex and some of my friends. I had saved up some money, the only thing holding me back was a lack of planning from my ex. (More on that later.) However, I made a fatal mistake: I mentioned my plans to my mother.

She said I wasn’t going. If I did, she’d “make my life hell”.

Did I mention that I was over 21 at that point? Because I was. Legally, I could purchase and drink a case of beer if I had damn well wanted but my mother was treating me like I was thirteen.

I’m not exaggerating. She figured that as long as I was in “her” house, I had to completely and utterly obey her rules. Making it worse was the fact that I didn’t even consider otherwise.

It didn’t matter that I was legally an adult. My mother had the final say.

Now, when it came to that particular BotCon, I was SOL: my ex was little more than a hapless teenager and couldn’t plan for anything, let alone a trip of this magnitude. He sat on his hands and did nothing, letting dates pass by without saying a word. Me, I tried to press him into action but he dragged his feet about it all, so our trip was doomed before I had even pre-registered.

Oddly, my ex claimed he was a Transformer fan, but had no real interest in going to a Convention or possibly meeting any of the voice actors. I found that very strange, as all he wanted to do was get into voice acting; why wouldn’t he want to be in the same room as someone who had? I don’t understand and I don’t think I ever will.

BotCon 1997 didn’t happen. Yes, I’m still mentally kicking myself over that; I tried to plan everything out but nothing came of it. It would be two years later that I would be able to attend.

What I didn’t know at the time was that trip in 1999 was the start of me becoming an adult. It would take an email from a Prime to help kick-start things.

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A Hard Day’s Knight


Among other things. Darn cat. 🙂

For a Monday, we were busy; our counts were in the 130+ range. Usually, we struggle to hit above 110 on a day like this and most of the members noticed that it was busier than usual. ‘Tis the season, if you will. I’m already sick of it.

Probably going to end up on the Front End. I guess they really don’t want me at the doors anymore so fine. Whatever. I’ve had to sit there and be nice to notWiesia one time too many; you have no idea just how hard it is not to say something truly scathing to that bitch. She acts all nice and shit to my face but I know what she’s truly like and trust me, I don’t want to be around her anymore. She makes my goddamned skin crawl every single time I see her and that’s not an exaggeration. I’m tired of this shit. So very tired of it.

In non-suck news, Prime managed to get a hold of a copy of the steelbook Sword and Shield dual pack from Target. I took Sword, since it seems that Golett and Pawniard both can be found on Route 8 in Sword and not Shield. I know, I know, it took me this long to finally sit down, shut up and make a choice. But it came down to the exclusives in this case. My team isn’t my team without a Golurk or a Bisharp, so the decision was made for me.

As for my progress, I’ve already gotten my first Badge from Milo and Dynamaxed at least one of my team. The game more or less forces you to do so during the story mode; the Gym Leaders all have an ace which will end up being Dynamaxed during your battle. The only real way to counter is to Dynamax one of your own. In my case, it was my Corvisquire, Rook, as I was taking on the Grass Gym and Flying has a distinct advantage over Grass. It was a fairly quick battle and simple. Now, if only I had remembered that I had to work today and gone to bed at a decent hour…

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Sunday Morning Nostalgia Crush!

The opening and closing to Count Duckula. It only ran on Nickelodeon back in the 1980s and I didn’t see it very often. But it seemed to be a fairly popular show.

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Getting To Know You

It’s been an enormously shitty week, so we’re gonna make this bad boy into a kitty week. So here are some cats, meeting someone new. Enjoy!

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Seven Quick Takes Friday: November Rain Edition

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1) Current mood:

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Every damn day.

2) Don’t ask me how, but we went from summer, to the monsoon, to freaking winter all in the span of a few short weeks. We had some fall-like temperatures, but with the constant rain, the trees weren’t able to drop their leaves. Now that we’ve had snow most of the trees are covered in dead leaves that simply fly off with the slightest breeze. It looks just as bad as it sounds.

3) Thought for the week: The bible is only accurate if thrown at ten feet or less.

4) Lulu has trained me perfectly. How do I know? She decided to hop into her litter box and squat, then jumped out. Almost immediately, I grabbed the scoop and scraped out the box. Lulu watched me intently, then the very moment I was done, she got back in and peed. I was thunder struck. The cat has been here for three months and she’s already got me trained. Unbelievable. Well, I guess I know who rules the roost around here.

5) As always:

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This is your weekly reminder that #FacebookIsTrash.

6) Supposedly, the weather is going to warm up a bit over the weekend. Good. Because I’m sick to death of this.

7) Just finished reading Redemption by Nathan Winograd. If you haven’t already read it, do so. To say that it’s eye-opening is putting it mildly; our animal sheltering system is broken, but not irrevocably. We can fix this, but it will take effort. Because it’s a lot easier to simply kill an “unadoptable” animal than use whatever resources you have to save it. Most highly recommend.

That’s it for now. Stop by later for a few more random thoughts. Until then, see you!

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Weekly Reader: Vol 2 Issue 29

It’s time once again for news and views that you can peruse! It’s another edition of your Weekly Reader! As always, if you have something you’d like to share, drop a link in the comments! The more articles, the better! Because sharing is caring! And we ❤ reading on this little blog!

Apple’s ‘sexist’ credit card investigated by US regulator (from the BBC): “Later, Mr Wozniak, who founded Apple with Steve Jobs, tweeted that the same thing happened to him and his wife despite their having no separate bank accounts or separate assets.”

Professor Secretly Moonlights As White Nationalist Co-Host Of Richard Spencer’s Podcast (from The Gothamist): “But when he’s not teaching undergrads or hypnotizing passive men, Dietz is lecturing under another name: Josh Neal, avowed white nationalist and co-host of Richard Spencer’s podcast.”

It’s that time of year again — fall is here and packs of robot dogs are frolicking in the leaves (from The Verge): “Right now these bots are mostly being used for surveying jobs, where using robots is cheaper or safer than using humans (such as on remote oil rigs). In the future, though, they’ll likely find other tasks, including package delivery and security patrols.”

The 5 People Who Could Have Stopped Trump (from Politico): “The members of the Casino Control Commission, in a series of hearings in the Arcade Building on the corner of Tennessee Avenue and Boardwalk, had to determine whether Trump was sufficiently “financially stable” to merit renewals of his licenses to own and operate his three casinos in the perpetually ground-down regional gaming capital. The stakes hardly could have been higher.”

Migrant in ICE custody removed from life support over family’s objections (from USA Today): “Akongnwi, speaking from a hotel room in Cameroon on Monday, said he spoke by phone with ICE officials several times Sept. 30, when they first called to say his brother had become critically ill and was on a ventilator. He said the ICE officials passed the phone to Sharp Chula Vista Medical Center officials, who explained that his brother was bleeding profusely in his brain and a ventilator was the only thing keeping him breathing.”

That’s all for today and apologies for a short post; life has gotten hectic here. But drop by again for more news and thoughts that will make you think. Until then, happy reading!

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(Insert Non-Ironic Title Here)

You. Have. NO. IDEA!

As you may have noticed, the last few posts haven’t exactly been verbose. There’s a reason for that and it’s fairly personal, so I don’t want to get into it too much. But there was clean up involved, some angry words and a generous amount of swearing.

Physically, I believe that I’m fine. Mentally, I am seriously close to having a breakdown. I’ve been a hair’s breadth of bursting into tears, I am exhausted in every sense of the word, and the idea of simply dropping to my knees and screaming until my voice is gone is very appealing.

It’s a combination of factors: personal and work. There seems to be no end in sight and I don’t know how long I can take it.

So that’s my life. How’s yours?

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