NFL Competition

For the past few years, I was running a little football pool with some of the people that I worked with.  It was a lot of fun, and we had a good laugh giving each other a bad time about each others picks.

Most of the people that I worked with have moved on to different locations or back home.  Our plan was to continue with the football pool, but it looks like it isn’t going to happen this year, which is no big deal.

This year, Tracy and I decided we would have our own little competition.  This is 100% for fun.  Basically, we are going to continue doing our football picks each week, but we have decided to to not only keep track, but to make it public for all of you that read our blog.

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Upgrading To Author

A lot of you may not know this, but Tracy and I have decided to do away with inlovenwar.com.  In doing this, we would also like to promote the people that have helped write here at The Northlands.  We decided that one of the things we wanted to do was that those people that have posted ten (10) or or more blog posts, we wanted to give them the setting of Author instead of Contributor, so they can now publish their own blogs posts.

In so doing, we noticed that one person has over ten (10) posts.  Actually, he has twelve (12) posts, which I thought was pretty cool.  Here is a breakdown of the people that have written blog posts for us, and how many posts they have.

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A Letter

Here’s just something I wrote one day on vacation, it had been a hard night (dreams), then awkwardness almost walking in on friend and her boy getting busy. Sooo…yeah.

To One Who Might Not Exist,

I sometimes feel that this is the only way to make myself heard, or understood. So I will try my best.

I dreamed of you the other day, and to me, you were perfect. I wasn’t smothered, but returning to your arms is the best way I experience peace. You demanded nothing from me, and it was as easy as breathing to give you everything. The safety I found in you was heart-wrenching. Upon waking, the hollowness without you was beyond language. Knowing how easy and painless it could be, to hand over my heart, stole the air from my lungs.

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A Con Virgin No More

On Friday 29 May, 2015, I lost my comic convention virginity. I went to my first Con. DC has started holding a convention called “Awesome Con”. I think this was the third or fourth year its been held. I decided to start with this one, as its more of a mixed con than many. This one isn’t dedicated to just comics, or anime, or tv, its got everything. The thing that really convinced me to give it a shot was the appearance by two of the Comic Book Men (Bryan Johnson and Ming Chen). I purchased a one-day only ticket, and bout a photo of ticket for Bryan Johnson. I wanted to get the photo with Ming as well, but wasn’t sure the timing would work out. As it happened, it would have, but, that’s skipping ahead a few hours =P. Shortly after I bought my admission ticket, it was announced that William Shatner (who was scheduled for Sunday only) would be unable to attend on Sunday, so rescheduled for Friday and Saturday. BONUS! I immediately shelled out the $70 for a photo op with him. I thought about buying the VIP pass for him, but it was something like $375. I love Capt. Kirk, but not enough to shell out a few hundred =P. Heck, it hurt to shell out the $70 for a 5 second chance to meet him, but I did it. Finally, looking through the list of celebrities offering photo ops, I found another really cool one that I was willing to shell out $30 for. John Rhys-Davies. I’ve loved the man since I saw him in Shogun as a child. I couldn’t pass up the chance to meet him in person, and I’m glad I didn’t. He ended up being one of the high points of the day.

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What’s Our Purpose?

So my first entry was a little personal and maybe a tad bit narcist, I have been pondering deleting but I won’t.

So i decided to post something that is constantly on my mind. What is our purpose on this planet?

Now a quick background is in order. I am far from religious, I have gone through different versions of Christianity, and some pagan practices(Wicca and Witchcraft) as well as atheism(thought this one makes the least sense to me). I have experienced many different things that I can’t describe any other way than supernatural and/or spiritual. So my belief structure or world view is at best weird. So to put it simply I do believe in a “higher power”. No nothing like a big bearded man in the sky that watches over us like you would an ant farm. More like an energy or entity which has a positive “good” side and negative “bad” side. No not the force lol. I have experienced both sides and have felt and seen things that I just can’t describe. Like I said my views are weird.

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Why Not?

So I am making my first ever blog. It’s one of those things that I always wanted to make but never did. This medium of the message board helps me accomplish this by making it easy to do.

I have always wanted to create a blog so I could express my thoughts and rants that are in my mind that I can’t or won’t share with others. Yes I am the master of run on sentences and my grammar isn’t the best.

Anywho and anyways, here goes nothing.

For the past almost two years now I have been unemployed. I lost my job/career with a mayor retailer that I had invested 7 years of my life to. All because I made a stupid mistake and they let me go. The mistake was my fault and I thought I wasn’t doing anything wrong but here we are. I have suffered from anxiety and severe IBS for the past 5 years and getting fired made it even worse. I couldn’t step out of my house with out having a panic/anxiety attack. I got some Xanax prescribed but I hate taking pills so I tried my hardest to stay off of them. So I stayed home, my kids suffered the most out of this because I would have anger issues(no I did not abuse my children I would never touch a hair on their heads) but I would definitely scream at them and get angry for the tiniest things. I look back at those first few months after getting fired and I cringe. I still cry over it when I have time for myself( being a stay at home dad or mom doesn’t leave you with a lot of time for yourself). I love my kids more than anything in this world and I wish there was a way for me to take all those months back. We had a bunch of great times as well like doing puzzles, playing games, etc but it was still tough.

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Appearance

Yes, this will be rambling. No, it might not make any sense to those of you who live outside my brain. Is this a good indication of my state of mind? Very probably.

Everything flows into, and out of everything, so this might be just opening the floodgates, but this is 1/2 rant, 1/2 explanation, 1/2 search for validation, 1/2 making up excuses to conceal that maybe I am just that lazy. Which is to say, this is likely 200% boring, but a way to put thoughts down.

No matter what you, or anyone else says, we all care about our appearance. We care whether we look good, if we look bad, what message we are sending by how we look. Even the most dreadlocked, hairy, dirt smeared hippy cares that how he looks demonstrates how little he cares. It’s the same catch-22 that exists in asking whether there is truly such a thing as a selfless act.

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NWF Hall of Fame

Mr DestroyerSome time ago, I wrote two (2) blog posts about my time as a professional wrestler in the National Wrestling Federation.

Mr. Destroyer And NWF Part 1

Mr. Destroyer And NWF Part 2

I had such a great time with these guys.  Some of them I became really good friends with.  About eleven (11) years ago, Shawn found me because of a web site I used to run that didn’t quite make it about a fantasy wrestling federation.  He sent me an email and we started talking again.

We tried organizing a reunion type show before I left the States and moved to Thailand, but it just wasn’t in the cards at that point in time.  Through talking to Shawn, I got to reconnect with a few of my friends from that time in my life, like Mike, and became friends with a few guys that I just kind of new from that time, like Chris and Chad.

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Spending Time

CoupleAt first, I wasn’t sure if I should put this post under Travel or under Ramblings as it is a little of both.  After a lot of thought, and talking to Tracy, it was decided that it would be better under Rambling because it is more about my rambling along at different time.  As most of the people that read this blog know, I love women.  I have for a very long time.  I love everything about them, all shapes and sizes.  I pretty much always have.  I can even remember it starting when I was a teenager, when I got a little bit of freedom, I would do some (mildly) crazy things for the attention of a woman and to spend time with her.

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Newsletter From Us

NewsletterThis year, Tracy and I decided we wanted to start organizing and keeping track of our addresses.  The reason we did this was because this year while we were trying to get some packages and cards sorted to go to the States, we realized that our addresses are scattered over a few different computers, websites, hard form address books, e-form address books, printouts and whatnot.  What a mess!

So Tracy collected her addresses, I collected my addresses, and we decided to keep them all in one place.  I have set up a document to help keep track of all our addresses and which person, Tracy or I, the address belongs to.  We have also decided to keep a backup in an actual address book of everybody’s addresses.  This also makes it easier to print everybody’s addresses when we need them.

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