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My Geek History

I recently started listening to the Defective Geeks Podcast that a friend (or mutual friend, FB friend, just a great person in general) Dianne, aka Space Pirate Queen, started doing with other geeky friends. I’d fallen behind a bit and did a marathon of five episodes in one night and ended up feeling really nostalgic for my old college/geeky days with friends. I finished listening to all 15 episodes (as of today) in under a week!

The first couple of episodes they talked about how and when they became geeks, their “origin” stories, and how they all became friends due to their mutual geek interests (semi-stalking Dominic Monaghan from LOTR). Even though I was never into FanFiction, just listening to Giselle read some FanFiction on their podcast made me miss the old days, for me at least, of sitting around and talking geek with my geeky friends. Now, as some of you from my old college days remember, we did a lot of sitting around and doing nothing but talking and/or watching Anime and Manga. It consumed my college life! I use to stay up until 2-4am watching an anime called Rurouni Kenshin (on VHS with subtitles!) while working on school projects at night during the weekdays, and on weekends eat and watch anime at my friend’s apartment.

The more I listened the more I felt enamored with Giselle aka Gizzy, and then giggled often due to the nickname sounding dirty. Sorry! It’s still kinda funny, and I got over that part quickly because I was laughing my ass off bonding with Gizzy and her appreciation for The Hulk directed by Ang Lee! I felt like I was the only one alive who bothered to watch that movie from beginning to end. Years have gone by and I know no one else who likes that comic book movie! Granted, I will go see any comic book turned movie, in theatres. I have sat through every comic book movie released after I turned 12 years old (don’t make me do the math, or write the year, I feel sufficiently old already)! I even dragged two friends to watch Elektra with Jennifer Garner in the theater! They were mad at me for a while after watching that movie. I don’t always have the best taste in movies, I’ll admit to that. However, I felt a deep sigh of relief and moment of bonding to hear another person have kind words for poor old Ang Lee.

I am now an official fan/stalker. 😀

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Origin of a Geeky Couple

Watching Anime is also how I got to meet my boyfriend. We were initially introduced to each other by my last boyfriend at a Starbucks, where they both worked at the time. Since coffee in one of my best friends I hung out at that particular Starbucks often, due to the large amounts of free coffee I could get my hands on, and try to do my homework (or socialize with the regulars who also had no life). We were introduced to each other because my ex-boyfriend knew we both loved anime and manga. I also use to go to Anime Expo every year and was part of an online community named Otaku Booty for a short period of time in college. Super geeky. My ex-boyfriend did none of that, and he thought it would be nice for me to make another geeky friend. So my new geek friend (current boyfriend) and I would do nothing but sit quietly in the corner watching episodes of Naruto and Bleach fansubs at Starbucks. After my last boyfriend and I broke up I stayed friends with a lot of people he introduced me to, including The Boyfriend, and love of my life.

My Boyfriend and I do a lot of geeky stuff together like a marathon of Battlestar Galactica or Firefly, go see midnight showings of the newest movies (Scott Pilgrim and Kick-Ass), go to Anime Expo and Comic-Con, and buy each other gifts in the form of the newest weekly comic books (on Wednesday of course!). Our interests are still a little different in some areas, for example, he likes to play online RPG’s and I knit and do arts and crafts. We’ve made a beautiful geek life together and have accumulated way too many action figures and comic books. We have so much stuff, in our spacious home I am remodeling an extra storage room in to a library/craft/toy room to keep most of our cherished belongings.

Lets hope I finish that remodel this summer… 😀

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Up Until Now

Tomorrow is my 30th birthday.

I don’t feel thirty. I hardly look thirty. Yet, I have a lot to be thankful for at my age: loving boyfriend, family, friends, a house, car, cat, and a fairly stable job (as much as one can have one working in the arts).

There are still a lot of things I haven’t done with my life: traveled out of the country, finished my bachelor’s degree , found a better and more stable job. These things may seem small in retrospect and I’ve done fairly well without finishing college, but in order to get further in my career I’ll have to eventually go back and finish what I started. Unfortunately, with only me working full-time I can’t afford to go back to school any time soon.

On another note…at the end of last year my boyfriend and I finally decided to plan and save to travel to Spain in November, using his mother’s time share. Luckily, she’s also offered to pay for his plane ticket so we’ll only have to save for mine, which is AMAZING! Now we don’t have to worry about saving for two plane tickets AND spending money. One more thing to check off the list of stuff to do this year.

This year started with such a shitty kick to the teeth that it’s hard to stay positive sometimes. It’s been hard to stay focused, relax, and not get bogged down by inconsequential things in life. For example, this evening before dinner I had a sudden urge to reorganize and move around furniture in my living room for my birthday party this weekend. Why? Because some how in the back of my mind changing hunks of furniture makes me feel like I have some sort of control over the things in my life. I have rearranged furniture in this living room several times.

Organizing, cleaning, planning, managing; it’s how I cope for all the things that have happened in my life that I can’t control. Usually smoking helps me cope with these anxieties, but lately I haven’t been partaking in any vices since my friend’s death. No coffee, no alcohol, no smoking, no sugars (Update: had a cup of coffee for breakfast and it was totally worth it! A birthday donut from my co-worker, also amazing. I’ll start abstaining again on Sunday… Maybe…) Mostly due to being sick and not wanting to press my luck, but also because I wanted to see if I could. I will probably pick up smoking again since it helps alleviate my migraines and neck/shoulder tension. Trust me, smoking has helped me tremendously in handling my stress levels. I’ve always hated taking too many pills to help stop the pain, and most prescribed medicine for either has never helped me long-term like smoking has. While I was still in college I had carpal tunnel in both hands from going to school full-time, working part-time, doing theatre work on nights and weekends,and in between working at my college newspaper, and commuting from East LA. Popping pills like crazy and trying to eat healthy was just not happening. Smoking was the only thing that kept me from doubling over in pain everyday. I, of course, over extended myself, but I’ve always wedged as much as I could in to my schedule because I never wanted to miss a moment. I don’t do that any more.

Now I’m too old (at least feel too old) to go clubbing, stay up past 2am, and go to a different bar every weekend. Nowadays I prefer to have friends over for dinner, throw potluck parties at the house, have brunch with friends, host craft nights, and spend quality time with my family when I have time off from work. Maybe it’s because I’m getting older, but mostly I feel like I’m too tired to please everyone. I have a hard enough time pleasing myself and living up to my own expectations.

Look bitches, just give a girl a call for her birthday, or swing by the house for my party this Saturday and all will be well.

Love moi. ❤

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