CrazyIvan777
 member, 82 posts
Thu 18 Apr 2013
at 06:15
Re: More Good Things
I was complaining to a friend of mine who is waist-deep in the sci-fi and speculative fiction authoring world about how my days now feel somehow frustrating if I haven't put down 1500 words or more on a page, and how it was beginning to bug me. He told me (with a grin I could hear over Skype) "You're an author now."
Hearing it from him really made my day.
facemaker329
 member, 5458 posts
 Gaming for most of
 30 years, and counting!
Thu 18 Apr 2013
at 06:33
Re: More Good Things
Started working on putting together a costume for an event I'm working at the end of the month (which is, I'm starting to realize, a lot closer than it sounds).  The theme for it is sci-fi/time-traveler, with kind of a 'modern hippy' vibe to it (one of the two production groups collaborating on it has a pretty large contingent they send to Burning Man every year...and since they don't get enough of that, they do their own smaller, local take on it a few more times during the year...)

Started rummaging through my closets, and found several items that I'd tucked away 'just in case the need arose' (sleeves I took off a chain-mail shirt for a film I worked on, silver pants, vintage motocross boots, an old-school tactical vest...)  Started mixing and matching and I feel like I've got something that I can wear to this without feeling like I'm hopelessly out of my depth.  There will still be a lot of people there with cooler outfits...but I'm used to that.  I'm pretty sure I'll be the only one with chain-mail chaps...*grin*
arshes_luna
 member, 51 posts
Fri 19 Apr 2013
at 02:12
Re: More Good Things
My room.  It is rearranged and completely SPOTLESS.  I am very happy about this.

It fits me completely for the first time since I moved into this house.

I have room for another bookshelf and I will be doing a portrait gallery above my bed.

Epic win.  That is all.

^_^
ginny
 member, 98 posts
Mon 22 Apr 2013
at 17:43
Re: More Good Things
Today I celebrate my 13th wedding anniversary with the greatest man in the world ^_^  Im looking forward to 13 more.
bobbofeet
 member, 78 posts
Tue 23 Apr 2013
at 19:19
Re: More Good Things
My boys' team just won the school "Battle of the Books" and will be representing their school at the district meet!  Proud papa...
facemaker329
 member, 5465 posts
 Gaming for most of
 30 years, and counting!
Wed 24 Apr 2013
at 01:30
Re: More Good Things
Got a glowing review from the head of our Safety/Loss Prevention Dept. at work, during the recent round of inspections with the local fire marshal.  There's stuff that needs to be fixed, and they're coming back for a 'verification check'...apparently, we're not allowed to have anything stacked within 18 inches of the ceiling (why that's suddenly an issue this year, when we've had stuff on those shelves for AGES without anyone batting an eye, I don't know, but whatever...)

Fortunately, we just found another storage space for the junk piano someone dumped in the far corner of our work area, so I had space to set up some other shelves over there to accommodate all the junk we had to take down.
Dottie_V
 member, 49 posts
 The fifth in a seiries of
 odd things you saw today.
Mon 6 May 2013
at 17:33
Re: More Good Things
My dad came home from his trip to Mexico and he brought a suitcase full of candy *_* It's like Christmas in May.
adrasteia1
 member, 1296 posts
 Even a small star
 shines in the darkness
Tue 7 May 2013
at 14:24
Re: More Good Things
I'm celebrating today. :)
facemaker329
 member, 5498 posts
 Gaming for most of
 30 years, and counting!
Wed 8 May 2013
at 04:11
Re: More Good Things
Finally got a chance to see the pictures, and I've gotta say it...I'm really pleased with how my Jedi costume turned out (wore it for a friend's May the Fourth karaoke party...)  *grin*
arshes_luna
 member, 52 posts
Wed 8 May 2013
at 14:22
Re: More Good Things
They are making an Ender's Game movie.

No more need be said, imho.
adrasteia1
 member, 1322 posts
 Even a small star
 shines in the darkness
Fri 17 May 2013
at 17:23
Re: More Good Things
I'm excited because I'm starting a full-time course on Monday.

So, it's not the same as a full-time job, but it'll be good to have some more constructive things to do with my time, other than job hunting and playing online games.. and chatting (can't forget the chatting). ;) Not to say I don't love *some* of those things, because I do.

It's in PHP/MySQL, so look out for more unsolicited advice! In truth though, there will probably be less. I may have taken on a few too many games of late and they need keeping up with. They're fun, though.
cero1
 member, 399 posts
Sat 18 May 2013
at 00:46
Re: More Good Things
Munchkin is a very fun card game and probably made me love rpgs all over again when I was losing the faith. We're now at a point where we're going to play until the first person gets to Level 20 to keep games going longer...

Epic Munchkin! XD
facemaker329
 member, 5515 posts
 Gaming for most of
 30 years, and counting!
Sat 18 May 2013
at 08:29
Re: More Good Things
Not quite sure where to put this, but here seemed to be as good a place as any that exists on here...

Found out that a friend of mine, many years ago before I ever even knew her at all, was in the throes of depression compounded with the all-too-common sense of adolescent disconnectedness, not knowing where she fit in or feeling like she belonged anywhere.  She had it all figured out...how she was going to do herself in, even the day she was going to do it...

She got to school that day and saw a poster for auditions for the school musical--a show that she loved--on the very same day that she'd planned to put herself out of her misery.  She opted for the audition...and that started a string of experiences that totally turned her life around.  By the time I met her, she was one of the sweetest, happiest people it's ever been my pleasure to work with.

So, on top of the nine years of shows that I've worked on with the guy, I'm thankful to the director of one of the local high school drama departments for creating an environment that convinced my friend that she did, in fact, belong somewhere in this world and she did have something worth living for.  We're not particularly close or anything like that...but I can't help but think my world would be a less-awesome place had she been absent from it.  And as I consider the fact that he's taught for over 35 years, I can't help but wonder just how many others stepped back from the edge because his efforts--totally unaware of their problems--ended up shifting their self-perception from loathing to acceptance.

One man can make a difference...it's not just a platitude.
st_nougat
 member, 184 posts
Sat 18 May 2013
at 22:57
Re: More Good Things
when I was young I may not have understood or appreciated all that my father had to teach me.  but now that I am older and hopefully wiser I can look upon some of my actions and realize that some of the things I do, I do because that is how my father taught me.


Earlier this week I volunteered myself to assist in the repair of the mats at the Hapkido school I train at, I was told it would take up to 8 hours.  I asked the man in charge if I needed to bring any tools, he said just a battery drill if I have one.


This morning when I was getting ready to go to class, yes I went to class and then stayed to fix the mats, I pretty much packed ALL of my tools.  I don't if we will need a hammer but I brought one,  I didn't know if a staple gun or pliers would be useful but I brought them, etc etc.


We used a lot of the tools I brought including the pliers, hammer, and staple gun.  I stayed the whole time and worked hard.  my contribution was greatly appreciated.


I realize that I did that because of the lessons my father taught me.  He always volunteered to help at school, with boy scouts, in indian guides, anything.  If somebody needed volunteers my father could be counted on to help and to work hard.  My father always brought more than enough tools to get the job done.  And my father was always one of the last to leave, making sure that the job was done and everything was cleaned up.


These are lessons that my fathered passed onto me and sometimes I find it interested to see these connections.


Thank you Dad
cero1
 member, 405 posts
Sat 18 May 2013
at 23:26
Re: More Good Things
I know tonight that which ever dark place my depression leads me to, whatever may happen... There are memes that I have passed onto my close friends and I see my interetes and motivations passed onto them.

This gives me pride and a new found sense of freedom. I know they will all be fine. I may be an agent of chaos, but sometimes chaos brings good change.
Amyante
 member, 156 posts
 Nobody ever considers
 the feelings of a weapon
Sun 19 May 2013
at 18:28
Re: More Good Things
Maybe not much, but i was checking the RPoL Chamber of Lost Souls section when i spotted something i hadn't before. Not sure why, maybe i just looked past it a number of times, but i hadn't really noticed it was there until today:

quote:
You do not currently participate in this game, click here to request to join.


Dunno, just made me grin. For a second my mouse hovered over the 'Request Access' button, but i decided not to after making a guess which thread my account name would have shown up in.

Some games you just want to not be a part of i guess :P
PushBarToOpen
 member, 790 posts
Tue 21 May 2013
at 12:59
Re: More Good Things
Redundancy to Job offer in 2 hours. now thats good going.
Kyra25
 member, 1282 posts
 Tattooed Jesus Freak
 From Indiana
Sat 25 May 2013
at 14:25
Re: More Good Things
My son finished this semester with a 3.8 GPA - all A's.  I am so proud I could bust.  Such a smart kid and has to put forth little effort.  He plans on going to college for graphic design or video game technology or something along those lnes.  He talked of moving to Seattle for school (gulp) but now he is talking Chicago (I live in Indiana so that is a relief!).

On a less than bright note - I am now the mom to a senior.  Say what?!
facemaker329
 member, 5522 posts
 Gaming for most of
 30 years, and counting!
Sat 25 May 2013
at 19:08
Re: More Good Things
It's opening night.  I'll admit it...when the Power That Be said they wanted a show built around a live rock band on the stage with the singers, I had my reservations.  A LOT of reservations.  And if the band members had been cast wrong, I think it could have been a disaster.

But the band is awesome, the singers are great (and with only a couple of exceptions, are learning how to make the most of having a live band on the stage with them and interact with the band instead of acting like the band is set dressing and the music tracks are still pre-recorded), and I'm more excited for this show to open than I've been for opening a show at the park in a LONG time.  Even though about half the music is stuff that we've used in other shows, earlier, I actually feel like we've created something new, rather than just recycling the same stuff again and again.  It helps that we've got new choreographers this year...who actually believe that even if the song is something we did before, we should try and make it SOMEHOW a little different (the choreo we've had for the past eight or so years just remounted the old numbers, without bothering to figure out a different dance routine...)

But I'm excited about being excited, even...sometimes I worry that this job gets me jaded, that I get so tired of the same stuff that I stop caring as much and stop trying as hard.  It's good to know that I can still be hyped for opening night, as opposed to coming into it thinking, "Well, thank goodness we made it through dress rehearsals without me wanting to shoot anybody..."  THIS feeling is part of why I got into theater...the joy of coming up with something new and original.  I've missed it, here.

Welcome back, old friend...
Kyra25
 member, 1283 posts
 Tattooed Jesus Freak
 From Indiana
Tue 28 May 2013
at 14:08
Re: More Good Things
One week from today I will be heading off for vacation!!  Two weeks of being away from the stress of every day life.  Woot!
facemaker329
 member, 5552 posts
 Gaming for most of
 30 years, and counting!
Wed 5 Jun 2013
at 06:36
Re: More Good Things
I love the fact that I live so close to a small community-appeal movie theater.  Yeah, if I want to see the latest and greatest movies before people get a chance to spoil them at least a little bit for me, I've gotta go to one of the megaplexes in the area, but I never get into the same kinds of conversations with people there as I do in the one just down the street...

Like tonight...went to see 'Admission', and saw Michael Sheen's name in the credits when it was done and knew it was familiar, but couldn't remember why.  I was apparently not the only person to have that reaction, because some lady on the other side of the theater whipped out her iPad as soon as the credits started and looked him up.  She found a picture of him in the last Twilight movie and pointed it out to her friends, who all started discussing it quite animatedly.  At this point, we were pretty much the only ones left in the theater, and it looked to be a good bet that we were all staying until the credits finished...and it was literally impossible to NOT overhear the conversation.

Now, I'm no fan of Twilight, at all.  Haven't read the books, couldn't be bothered to go see the movies, even though I could have seen any and all of them for free--it just utterly failed to inspire my interest.  But the mention of Michael Sheen's name in the context of vampires and werewolves reminded me...'Lucian', from Underworld.  So, as we all stood up as the final credits scrolled up the screen, I mentioned that he'd also been in the Underworld films...and the same lady responded, in surprise, "THAT'S RIGHT!  I had completely forgotten about that, but now that you mention it, I can totally see him with the long hair and all..."

We walked out of the building talking about Underworld and Van Helsing and how incredible Dracula's brides were (both as beautiful women and in the way they handled them with the visual effects for the movie), while the rest of her group looked back and shook their heads.  She laughed and said, "I love movies like that...I don't think any of them ever watch anything like that, though..."

Now...if she'd just been about fifteen or twenty years younger....
TheDemonIslington
 member, 297 posts
 RPoL's UN
 Peace keeping you to Hell
Thu 6 Jun 2013
at 04:18
Re: More Good Things
The CEO of another company just vomited praise about me to my CEO.
Brianna
 member, 1679 posts
Thu 6 Jun 2013
at 20:04
Re: More Good Things
I finally have a pair of new shoes!  OK, they aren't perfect (is there such a thing??), but they are new, not held together by gobs of glue, and they fit well enough that I'm not thinking about my feet all the time!  (My requirements for shoes are very specific, in a size large enough not to allow much choice, let alone anything that will do.)
Dottie_V
 member, 65 posts
 The fifth in a series of
 odd things you saw today.
Sun 9 Jun 2013
at 05:22
Re: More Good Things
I was finally able to buy my ticket for my vacation this summer! ^_^
cero1
 member, 477 posts
Sun 9 Jun 2013
at 13:55
Re: More Good Things
Had a great night over friends last night. Saved my one mate's relationship and kind of sorted things out with my first love to be in the comfortable friend-zone rather than the exes-now-friends-but-still-kinda-awkward-but-it's-cool-I-guess zone. I'm hung over but I made myself feel good by making other people feel good and resealing bridges.
Good stuff.