Birthday

When I was growing up, my birthday always landed in this unfortunate time after Christmas where it almost seemed like it was supposed to be a part of the holiday season—but wasn’t.

Don’t get me wrong, I’m glad my birthday was and has always been far enough away from Christmas to not be lumped in with it, but the main thing that bothered me with where it landed was that I was always in school. And barely.

My entire life, I’ve begun semesters the week before my birthday, the day before, and in some cruel, twisted turns of fate, I’ve begun them day of. It’s horrible and a horribleness a kid born in July will never know, but there’s a silver lining now that I’m older, that being this: I can take the day off for my birthday now, which I did and am doing today. Glory be the freedom of adulthood!

Oh, and what will I be doing today, you ask? Probably, and quite literally, nothing—and it will be absolutely marvelous.

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My Top 10 Video Games of 2017

I began this list originally with an introduction that was probably a bit too long and, perhaps, for the most part, unnecessary, so in one sentence, I’m going to express the sentiment I was going for:

2017 was a rough year for a number of people, but a great year for video games, and as hard as it may have been, the games this year seemed to make it a little bit better.

There. Phew. Done.

My top ten video games of 2017 list commences. (more…)

My Resolutions (of 2017): How Did I Do?

If ever there was a word to describe 2017, it would be introspective.

You’re right, you’re right, I know. 2017 could be described in other ways too that perhaps may sum it up better, but this year has been so full of conflict, so full of bombshells that I believe a lot of us were encouraged to think: of what we thought, how we felt, where we stood on this issue, on that man; it isn’t uncommon. Come the end of a year, we like to look back and assess what happened in our lives and the lives of those around us. We give every year a grade, wrap it up, label it as “Good Year” or “Bad Year” and set it aside as we bear down to record the year to come. But it’s too easy to make check marks and pretend that bad things make a bad year, always, or vice versa, that a year is simply a score given to be improved upon next time. And I could do that.

I could look back and say, “Because of my resolutions and what I did and didn’t do, I came out a success or a failure,” but that isn’t true. Every year sees improvement, every year sees growth—we come a long way over the course of 12 months and that’s an important thing to remember.

All of that being said, here is a report card of sorts pertaining to the five resolutions I laid out last year. Let’s go. (more…)

Christmas Time is Here; A Terrifying Season of Cheer

Happiness and cheer. La la l (indistinct mumbling) la favoRITE TIME OF YEar!

Oh, it’s Christmas. Well, Christmas adjacent; we aren’t quite there yet. But Christmas is nothing if not some formless set of days on days of wreathes, trees, family and movies lumped together into one big merrily ribbon-tied gift of a season. And boy has it been a season.

I believe I’ve come to realize how truly terrifying it is to be out in public during Christmas now that I work in a business whose store location is literally on the corner of one of the busiest streets, at one of the busiest intersections in town. I’ve almost been hit multiple times, I’ve almost hit people multiple times and usually it isn’t the work day that’s stressful so much as it is just driving.

For how beautiful this season can be, it can be equally terrifying.

Hoo boy.

Our Children Are Losing Their Way and Disney is to Blame

There’s this sense we begin to take on as we get older that the generation behind us, the one following our trail and the subsequent ones following directly behind them, are for some reason inadequate. Years and years ago we believe, centuries and so on, the greatest people, the pinnacle point of humanity, lived out their days and birthed a generation that would slowly take the charge in our descent toward becoming an amorphous blob of idiocy. But we aren’t the only ones who believe that. (more…)

Celebrities, Men, Sexual Assault and You

There’ve been an odd set of moments over the past couple of months: allegations are raised over not only an individual but a powerful individual of an instance wherein they sexually assaulted the raiser of the allegation, usually, or someone else, maybe, the person is removed from their position—they step down, their position changes in some way—and it comes to light that what was said was not only an allegation, but an accurate glimpse at the truth.

It’s been a whirlwind of happenings, allegations and confirmations: Matt Lauer a couple of days ago, Louis C.K. a few weeks ago, Harvey Weinstein, Kevin Spacey, Al Franken, Charlie Rose—the list is staggering, and frighteningly, this list shows no sign that it’ll ever not keep getting larger. (more…)