My contract year begins on September the 1st and have 35 days annual leave I am supposed to use up by that date. This year I approached August with a whopping 16 days of untaken leave, and while I am allowed to carry over 10 days the remaining 6 were getting use it or lose it critical. So as free time is worth more to me than money I took Weds/Thurs/Fri off twice – first at the beginning and again at the end of August. Essentially today is the last day of leave this month. But hey, dry your tears – I still have 45 days for 2013-2014.
As most of you know, I am a huge wolf fanatic. I have been since I was maybe around ten (10) years old. I grew up in Minnesota, which is the twelfth largest state in the U.S.A. Minnesota has a lot of woodlands and open fields, which is excellent for a lot of wildlife.
I remember when I was about ten (10) years old, it was the middle of winter, and my Grandfather and I were in his pickup truck driving back from my Great Uncle Ray’s farm. We were driving by this big field with a wooded area on its one side. My Grandfather pulled his truck over to the side of the road and pointed to the right side off to the distance by the tree line and said, “Look, look. See. There’s a pack of wolves.” I looked and I could see them. Running along the tree line in the field. We sat there for a bit and watched them. It was one of the most amazing things I’ve ever seen. It still moves me when I think about it today.
Well, it’s that time of year again. National Football League (NFL) is in its third week of preseason. I’ve really been looking forward to this season since last season. But, let me start from the beginning.
I grew up in Minnesota in the 70’s and 80’s. In the 70’s, most of my friends were Viking‘s fans. In the 80’s, my friends started liking other teams, like the Steelers, the Raiders, the 49ers, the Redskins, the Dolphins, the Broncos and the Cowboys. But the one team that most of us hated were the Packers. In Minnesota, we called the Packer’s fans Cheese Heads because of the hats they would wear. I remember being a kid and the Packers being one of our most hated teams. I don’t know why us Viking fans don’t like the Packers so much. Maybe it’s because we are so close together. Maybe it’s because the Packers have won a Super Bowl (or more, hahaha). Maybe it’s because of the record of Vikings and Packers.
On with the story…
Because I was going to be in one of the biggest female magazine’s in our country I had to / wanted to tell a few people upfront, so they wouldn’t hear it from someone else.
The problem up until now was, “how do you tell something like that…because the conversations never give any opening towards such a topic”.
But now I had it, I could just tell them, I was going to be in a magazine, and then tell what the topic was.
First was my mother, she’s the most important person to me. I wasn’t really worried about her reaction, because she always is really open-minded and also taught us (my brother and me) to be open-minded and understanding towards other people. (Lately she has told me about how she and her boyfriend accidentally interrupted a transsexual meeting at a bar they hadn’t been to a long time, and how much fun they had!). So that’s what I did, I told my mom I was going to be in a magazine, and she was very excited; “Ohh how nice, how does something like that happen?”. I told her: ”well that is actually…urrmm..ahhh, see I’m on this special forum about asexuality, and there was the question if there was someone who was willing to cooperate with this article.”….And she replied: “ah, OK . And that was it.., no questions, nothing, she went on about something else. That was pretty weird for me, I didn’t see that one coming and was so baffled that I let it be. But it kept bothering me the next few days, so I decided to confront her about it, and just ask out right.
Near the end of 2011 or beginning of 2012, I saw a movie trailer that just made my jaw drop! I told everybody about it. I couldn’t wait to see it. In June 2012, it was released in the theaters. Well, not it Thailand it wasn’t, but that’s OK. When it was released on DVD, I found and I watched it. It was incredible, and I loved it!
If you couldn’t guess from the title of this blog post, the movie I’m talking about is Rock Of Ages. The movie is set the 1980’s. Guys had long hair and wore make-up, and so did the women. The music was all about partying, women and having a good time.
In case you’ve been living under a rock since June, a low level tech at America’s National Security Agency (NSA), Edward Snowden, discovered and uncovered a covert surveillance program. While the program is designed to monitor electronic communications abroad for purposes of national security, some clever loopholes effectively extend the program to collect data on private American citizens as well. I’m not going to get into the issue of civil liberties (the implications are rather obvious), but rather the potentially serious economic consequences for the leader of and the engine for the Internet economy.
As some of you may know/remember, about a little less then a year ago I found out I’m asexual.
And that was a huge relieve for me, because it meant that I wasn’t alone with (without) those feelings, like I had thought for many years.
Seeing as it’s still a pretty unknown sexual orientation it’s for a lot of people a lonely and hard life until they accidentally hear about asexuality, and then find out it’s just that. There’s nothing wrong with them, it’s just an orientation.
But we need to get this orientation more known to the world, so that all those people, who are struggling with themselves can stop struggling and start with accepting themselves for who they are and being happy again.
Another one of my favorite bands, well, I guess you could say my favorite band, is Mötley Crüe. Before I get into too much of my stuff about Mötley Crüe, I’ll give you a little bit of history about them.
Mötley Crüe is a heavy metal, glam metal, hard rock band that comes from Los Angeles, California. The band was formed on January 17, 1981. The founding members of the band are Nikki Sixx and Tommy Lee. They were quickly joined by Mick Mars and Vince Neil. Through out the bands lifetime, it has seen very little change in members with everybody eventually coming back to Mötley Crüe.
Every now and then I hear about folks watching films or listening to albums while under the influence of various drugs. I have never been the type to partake, so I can’t relate, or so I thought.
I recently saw this film again, after a first viewing about eight months ago, because it simply blew me away the first time. I wasn’t nearly as impressed the second time, and after reflecting on that, I recalled the circumstances. The first time I saw this, I was quite ill with the flu. I could barely get out of bed, and I was quite delirious. “Altered mental state,” indeed. Put that together with how I watched the film: at night, in a dark room, on a PlayStation Portable, held in front of me, with noise-reducing earbuds. We’re talking total video and audio immersion, and zero distractions.