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2014 in review

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2014 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

The concert hall at the Sydney Opera House holds 2,700 people. This blog was viewed about 32,000 times in 2014. If it were a concert at Sydney Opera House, it would take about 12 sold-out performances for that many people to see it.

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My 10-year high school reunion was actually really fun

Three of my good friends I’ve known since our elementary school days and we’re back together at our high school reunion.

Growing up watching TV in America, I was led to believe that high school reunions were a big deal. It was a time to rub in  the faces of those you hated how successful you are. This was to show off your trophy wife or husband and make everyone feel inferior. This was to look at how people have changed and either feel repulsive or jealous. In any case, high school reunions seemed to be a big deal to me.

So when I found out about my school’s 10-year reunion some months back, that was what I initially thought I was going to get. But I knew that my high school was not your typical kind of high school. We weren’t a big class. We had 160 incoming freshmen and by the time we graduated, we didn’t even have 100 left.

But what was nice about a small school was that we knew everyone. Sure, we weren’t all buddy buddy but for me, I liked everyone. Everyone seemed to be genuinely good to me. So this high school reunion was going to be very fun for me because I will get to see these people again. Some of them I haven’t seen since graduation. Some of them I just didn’t really keep up with. I was curious as to who would show up.

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Merry Christmas everyone!

Your birth gave us life. Thanks, Jesus.

Every year as Christmas rolls along I start to wonder what I am doing. On one hand, I enjoy the deals stores have because I get to buy stuff for myself. I don’t really get gifts for anyone else unless I really have a great idea. Other than that, it’s just a White Elephant gift here and there and that’s really it. The commercialism, the materialism, the lies of Santa are all ignored. I’m not a grinch, but Christmas is stressful and I don’t want to deal with it.

Then on the other hand, I know that Christmas means nothing to me unless it includes Jesus. You see, I know that this is the beginning of a fulfilled promise by God to save us. He loved us so much, that He sent Jesus to save us. We are no longer slaves to sin, but free in His love. That’s crazy and of course if you don’t believe in God, that’s a bunch of nonsense. I get it. If I wasn’t Christian, this is hard to believe.

But I do want to say and remind those who don’t believe — and even those who do believe — that this time of year reminds us that things are good. And things are always good. But when this season is done, we go back to our jobs, our misery and all that. But with Jesus, it’s different. Understanding who and why Jesus is hard. But understanding that we can be loved no matter how screwed up we are is tough to grasp but much more relateable. We all desire to be loved and that’s what God offers. No condemnation, no restrictions. Just love.

This is why Christmas exists. Because God loved us that much, He sent us His only Son to show us the way. That’s wonderful! That’s amazing. That’s why I celebrate Christmas.

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I think I am going to scrap my writing story

So remember when I posted this and was hella excited to write it? I haven’t done anything since that and I think I might scrap it. I don’t know if it’s because I am at a writer’s block or I juts have no inspiration, but the idea for me to continue this is gone.

I realized that the task was a real tough one. Not an impossible one. But in order to truly write something, I have to be inspired and filled with ideas. I have none of those. It’s a topic I truly care about and I believe the story can be amazing, but I have nothing. Maybe I can resurrect it. But as of now, I have two stories that I will officially have scrapped.

This is the writer’s life. Maybe I return to my music writing and continue off where I left off with Ami Mills. I could write more about her or do another music character. Who knows? But as of now, I have nothing to offer.

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Knowing my bobbleheads are inspirational

The photo and the comments that came with it.

Hella humbled right now as a guy found my work on IG, then tells me that because of my custom bobblehead painting that he found online some time ago, he was inspired to do the same. And looking at his work, his stuff is super polished, way better than mine.

Earlier this week, I read a comment on one of my YouTube videos of customizing bobbleheads and did an email exchange with someone who also wanted to know how I did my work and what were the best tools and strategies to customize a bobblehead.

Truly humbled.

To all the people who are creative and have ideas, never give up. You never know how your imagination can inspire lives and change the world. Never stop thinking outside the box.

 

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No cell phone for a week is gonna be challenging

This thing is done!

So after almost three years of using my cell phone and refusing to get a new one just because it was working, it finally died on me last night. The battery is dead and it won’t charge or turn back on. It’s officially done.

I was planning to get a new phone next week anyway. But until then I won’t have anything to use. So yeah, this sucks. Surprisingly, I am not like most smartphone users. I actually don’t spend a whole deal of my time on my apps or anything. Really, I am just concerned for people trying to communicate with me via calls or text. I don’t have that through Christmas. That’s not fun.

But yeah, so I have to find a way to get to a computer more often during this time just in case someone wants to contact me via Facebook or email or something. What a bummer. But hey, I can manage. It’s not going to be that hard. Just super inconvenient.

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‘The Interview’ movie won’t be released and y’all act surprised?

So let me get this straight. You are all surprised?

Did you see the trailer? What idiot approved this movie to be made? Then when we all heard about it, who thought it was a good idea?

A movie about assassinating North Korea’s leader? What if North Korea made a movie about assassinating Obama? Would that fly?

It’s a dumb premise that obviously would offend some people. And because of an anonymous threat, Sony caved. Good. This was just bad to begin with. Too bad all that money was wasted for nothing.

Or maybe there was no movie and this was a calculated publicity stunt? Oooh. Hollywood got us!

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