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Life inside the Game..and out.

Almost a year?

Jeeze I’ve been not caring too much about blogging, like others social media venues have taken over blogging in general.

So what’s happened in the life of me since the last post?

  • My van died
  • Bought a used car for my son of which promptly died a week later. Yay for not taking it to our mechanic for a looksy. Lesson learned.
  • Lost more poundage
  • Gained more knowledge on healthy choices
  • Didn’t bike as much due to the overly hot summer/fall temps.
  • More freelance came my way
  • Sold a couple originals drawings
  • My eyesight gets worse every quarter
  • Our summer was nice despite the temps
  • We decided to cancel our Lifetime Fitness during the months of Nov-April since we don’t go enough but resigned up to Planet Fitness. 150.00 vs. 10.00 a month is a kinda big deal.
  • I sold my Mox Ruby and felt bad.
  • I sold 2 other cards and made close to 800.00 in 10 mins…still felt bad.
  • My daughter is a freshman/men/woman and she had a rough start but is adjusting nicely
  • I recently let a friend take over my prepaid WOW account and he’s enjoying it and leveling my toons. YAY
  • I started playing SWTOR but quickly got bored. IDK what’s wrong with my MMO’s fervor…it’s lost.
  • We had puppies on Easter. 4 of em. 2 sold 2 stayed so the odds of me stepping in shit and piss has tripled.
  • My son will graduate in a couple months. God willing.
  • I’m a quasi Grand Dad – my step daughter popped one out a few months back. Excited that my gray hairs will go with being a Grand Dad.
  • I helped develop 3 iPhone/Android apps – developed in the graphics/image/theme areas. I don’t code…well.
  • My wife and I decided to go 6 weeks as hybrid Vegans/Vegetarians…we have 5 days left. More below.
  • My rogaine is thankfully still working.
  • I tweet a lot more.
  • My son is a really good beat boxer. My daughter is honing her acting skills with 2 HS plays already under her belt.
  • My wife is on the verge of fulfilling a career dream goal. Patiently waiting.
  • I have less close friends.

 

So yeah, I’ve had an interesting 2 years on focusing on my health. I’ve done the juice fasting with phenominal results. Almost a year later only gained 30% back. Then recently lost half of that. So we were watching Netflix and per usual we click thru more movies than actual viewing movies until we tried some documentary on 6 weeks being a Vegan. For those who don’t know, like religion there are many variances to the name. Vegans are strict eaters. They don’t eat anything with a face. That kinda sums it up. Oh and no processed foods. That seems to be more extreme than a 30 day juice fast…and it is. I went 8 days being a Vegan. We flipped the bitch and decided to go Vegetarian…and we stuck to it unless I eat something made of meat in the next 5 days when it ends.

In this time period since Jan 1, (our last meal was at Hereford House…ya booieee). I have lost 12 pounds but it fluctuates +/- 2 pounds any given day. Kinda frustrating. My wife has taken up going to the gym every morning. (fuck that.) And she has for 2 weeks now./proud She hasn’t lost as much, more like 3-5 pounds…and she’s very pissed about it and don’t blame her. I try to keep encouraging her but I don’t think it will matter if she doesn’t see results faster.

SO after this journey, not sure what will do next. We DO continue to eat with better foods, more organic and non modified foods, smaller portions, etc. I also found out through this that I’m lactose intolerant. My body immediately changed. It was awesome…kinda.

I think that covers what I want to tell the world from the past 11 months.

=)

 

 

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Two Twelve

Juice-A-Palooza

This is my 2nd or 3rd phase of juicing, I think I maybe addicted to it. Not the beginning the middle and especially the end. It starts out like someone took away your fav drugs, candy, toys, etc. After awhile it becomes a dull sensation and on the 3rd or 4th day – I’m currently on my 3rd – it feels…BETTER. I’ve written about this before from the summer but the process is one of transformation. My wife and I took a break from the ‘good healthy eats’ during the months of November and December, we felt it was too much to ask of ourselves to be that boring when it came to socializing and eating with friends and family. That…and we LOVE food. LOVE IT. Our weekends usually revolve around places we explore to eat, try a new dish or visit one of our normal eateries.

During the Nov-Dec months we both gained a few – for me it was 5 lbs…not sure what she gained. 5 doesn’t sound like a lot but it is. It was/is solid fat gain. I usuallu fluctuate 3-4 pounds but this 5 pounds stayed on for several days in a row – to me that was the barometer for gaining weight, if it stays on for 3+ days. So – we talked about our own plans….

Alix is going for 15 on and 15 off. 15 days of pure juicing and 15 days of pure raw/cooked veg and fruit solids. Makes sense. =)  I will be doing the 30 days juicing of only veg and fruits with ONE exception. Since this isn’t necc. a cleanse or detox I decided to keep Coffee in my diet. Non-Dairy cream like soy or coconut or almond for the replacement. Coffee just makes me feel good and satisfied. My own liquid comfort food. =)

I started out at 222.2 pounds on Monday and as of this morning Wednesday the 4th am at 219.4 – I’m on target. Judging from my last successful juice run I will consistently lose 1 lb a day around the 5 or 6th day. The middle part is the easiest. Exercise will consist of non impact swimming, biking, eliptical and spinning. We also walk the dogs but that’s normal. Next chance I get I will be getting a trainer for my bike.

My end goal is to hit 30 days or 195 lbs. I figure once I’m off the juice I will gain back +5-6 lbs as normal so I will be happy with 200. I’m very excited to be on this path again. Chopping at the bulge in bursts like this with immediate results is so much better than ‘dieting’ or trying to do a fake diet…. knowing what to expect also helps me with future run ins with foods and smells. I need to forbid the kids from making popcorn though…that’s a killer smell….and noodles….oh my god I love asian noodles…or japanese noodles to be more specific. I plan on posting weekly or sometimes daily updates on this process. If you have any questions for me please feel free to post here or you can email me at ntknight3@yahoo.com

iPhone 4s

I was on ATT my wife was on ATT then I switched to Sprint (homer) she moved to T-Mobile then realized it was a mistake and now is with me on Sprint. I talked her into an Apple product. My wife at her core being is a non-conformist and seeing everyone loving Apple products, especially her husband who basically makes a living off of his  has resisted the change. She had a BlackBerry and loved it (I bought one for her last July)- and loved the QWERTY keyboard vs. touch screen. Eventually the BB broke- the ball kept sticking. We decided new phones for the kids for Christmas and my iPhone 3G contract with ATT was over this past summer. Blah Blah Blah.
Now she and I both are drinking the kool-aid of the iPhone4s and Siri……and Siri being the reason why my wife decided to make the change. I showed her the wonder of Siri, texting without using the keyboard, finding places…basically the commercial you see on TV but Siri can’t do it all but it’s a very good beginning. I also felt good making the switch from ATT to a hometown company of Sprint. I know Sprint is still a huge conglomerate machine but in my mind I think I’m helping my neighbors and friends who are employed by Sprint.

My new years resolutions are basics but important – spend more time with my kids. They are both in their teens and as such don’t spend much time with me as it is but I know from Alix’s experience that they will want to be on their own, make stupid life changing decisions and I want to be able to share THIS time much more with them before they’re thrown out into the world of shit (life). They will have to deal with enough crap out of our home that I want their time with us that much more enjoyable or in some cases for them – more tolerable. My others include better money management which will take care of most everything else. =)

Happy New Year to my faithful 3 readers and 4 randoms!

 

 

 

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Done Hacked

I have respect for hackers. Then again when someone hacks you – I don’t..but then again it maybe my fault. I posted about my life this past week and somehow/someway it’s gone. I’ll summarize.

  • Playing WoW again – I took up Druid tanking. Fredler likes women with bewbies, Maji is a machine, the Fat Colombian (LOGTAR’D) lost his kingdom and some friends and I just got my Tyrael Mount! SWTOR is next month!
  • I have zero respect for anyone able bodied that lives off the Gov’ment and other people – namely  my step daughter’s boyfriend.
  • My daughters middle school ‘Blue Valley Middle School’ prefers to sweep bullying under the rug vs. taking actual action against the parents/children of the Golden Ghetto.
  • Time for another visit to Jersey!

That about sums up my hacked deleted post. It could either be my wife for naming her daughter’s boyfriend for being a deadbeat leech or Fredler who has man sex with Logtard and is protecting him from a mean American Indian. I think it was Obama.

 

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Been awhile yo.

It’s frickin Spring! Finally. Freak snow storms begone. Bring on the Torn-a-doze (not really..)….really. Just so nice to come out of the winter with what can be called fresh air of the Kansas/Mizzou area. Ok enough about the weather. What shall we (me) speak (write) about? Me? OK.

Work, as in the past has been very different. My secretary left for another venture in assisting others with pie charts, reservations and data entry. I quickly forgot how much of a time sink data entry and mundane but important duties one has in administrative things. It’s really not for me at this stage in my life, it’s more of a beginning thing or ending thing in terms of career choices. I’m right in the middle of my career. However, it takes time to hire people now a days. It takes weeks almost months before one can get past all the committees of people who need to review, interview and give the green light on people you feel maybe a good fit. I get it. I understand the why’s and reasoning to not just find a qualified candidate and hire them…….(pausing for effect/affect). So here I am juggling two jobs as one with my endless amount of Jedi prowess and recent influx of energy*. I do her job, I do mine. Whence I worked at a place called ‘Swingster/American Identity’ I juggled 3 people’s jobs for 6 months. I was the Graphic Designer/Job Executioner/Art Director. After 3 months of my boss taking his time ‘hiring’ a replacement I went to his office with a written proposal that I take on the full responsibility of the ‘Executioner’ which paid at the time 25k….they could eliminate the  job position and simply pay me 25% more. I was getting the hang of the job – that included vendor quotes, job work flow assignments, logo library, digital asset management, invoices and billing. My boss read the proposal…looked up at me…and laughed. He said “are you kidding me Nicholas?”  I didn’t blink an eye…”Yes, 100%” it makes sense does it not?” I went on for a good 1 min pleading my case stating I’d save them 18k-20k a year plus health, training–etc. He laughed more and then said ‘You’ll do both jobs for the same pay, if you don’t agree you can always leave…anymore questions?’.
One month later they hired a replacement for the position…they quit a week later…hired another…they quit 2 days later…hired another and quit 1 month later…I laughed very loudly each time.
My former boss is now retired from the design business and is now in the Lake of the Ozarks with his wife and kid – they have a Fishing company where they get hired out to show tourists good fishing holes.

So as I done said I’m getting used to what she done did in my department. I have maybe a dozen good candidates…we shall see. It does make me appreciate MORE what my secretary did. Flip side is I don’t think she ever appreciated what I did. Youth.

My fatness update: less is more! Just over 230 now…I go to the gym 3-4 times a week now, still eating right with an occasional splurge (no homo) like BBQ. My clothes fit better, jeans I wore years ago are wearable, I’m wearing ‘Large’ vs. 2-3 XL’s. It’s amazing the energy I have. Sex 4-6 times a week with some more than once excursions in one night!! I KNOW RIGHT?? It’s pretty amazing what I’ve been doing, the habits being normal now – with eating good quality food. Apples, oranges, nana’s, strawberries over chips and cookies. It’s also an environmental thing where my son and wife are also working out with me and eating right. I know I sound like a broken record but I can’t help it. I wish I did this 15 years ago….

Politics: My cynicism knows no bounds. Obama maybe the ultimate fucktard and having the uncanny ability to do so without so much the media making light of his actions. 2012 is his unless the lesser of 3 evils has a good candidate not named Palin. The Government as a whole pretty much doing what they’ ve been doing since the dawn of Democracy- bickering, blaming and not actually doing anything beyond their own self interests.  Nothing changes. Where is all the CHANGE Obama? I had a fleeting moment of 1/2 hour back in October 2008 that maybe you’d be different….you are simply, no less no more than a packaged politician who can speak well. Period.

Religion: Meh. Although I did explain to my kids the lovely history of Catholics and specifically the decades cover up of the child molestation by it’s clergy and it’s awesome ways of ignoring the crimes of it’s top members and leaders against innocence for years. Catholics certainly don’t have a monopoly on rape, it’s everywhere…it’s just the plain hypocrisy of the Catholics and it’s outdated ‘rules’ it imposes on it’s followers. It’s the acceptance of what it has covered up and continual cover up that reinforces my opinion on organized religion. I believe in a higher being but not under duress or coercion based on man’s ideals. No thanks.

Gaming! :  My mage Husker hit 85 a month ago. My Dreaming is almost 83. I play maybe 6 hours a week now. I play my PS3 less since it’s nice out but when I do fire it up it’s usually Netflix. My guild is still alive ha ha – with 3-4 of us playing weekly. Joined up with Fredler’OhNoez’Logtar’sWifePM’sHimOverHisChoiceofPetNamesOMGREALLY?
Guild. I almost, almost re-upped for EVE online but then remembered the long ass learning curve, hours and hours mining….I’m now waiting for Diablo 3. It should be a nice refreshing game. Blizzard rarely does gaming wrong.

Guess I’m done. Good Night Ladies. Oh I’ll leave me with one of my favorite eye candy goddess’sszzzzzzz! Monica.

 

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Jesus Kites

Been a long time since I stepped in here. Lot has happened. Notice I said “Lot”, not ‘A lot’. Wife was fucked by catty women and lost her job. In particular two overweight fat bottomed girls. Younger women. Younger than my Wife. That translates to the younger feeling scared of their position in life. When a younger person is in charge in a corporate setting many things can go awry in a heartbeat. The worst mistake one in that position (young fat bottomed white chick in charge) is to underestimate older more experienced people. Once they feel ‘superior’ to their elders it’s pretty much a lost cause for those not in power. Meh. Long story short, fat bottomed white chicks under 30 will see Karma sooner or late.  If I come off bitter, I am. My love worked her ass off for the company. Hours and hours, sacrifice, dedication..all understatements as to what she gave for this company….while it’s not a rare story…Company/Management take advantage of their employee’s…it’s a cross section on society in general. I’m not going to go all “Logtar’d” on you with foreigner/immigrant self righteous bullshit….let’s just say life isn’t fair an my wife was made an example in this case.

I lost more fat. Jan weighed 255. Now this morning 230. Still high but I’ve made a lot (kek) progress. Mainly food constriction and starving myself but without the pains. I also DO eat healthy. Not going to be one of those ass tards who post about their weight loss and all gung ho about it on their blog then continue to eat Donuts, Pizza and Waffles and never speak of their efforts because they talk the talk but don’t do something about it. Noticed Tony of Kansas City has been putting on the pounds. Read his The Pitch article last week…and I’ve seen him in RL at the station and occasional self promotion snapshots..months back and he was a lot less of him back then. Maybe it’s the sweatshirt, unkept hair and dreadful baseball caps? He has to know chicks don’t dig big ass guts….well maybe his girlfriend does..or at least doesn’t say anything to his face. I was ashamed of my ‘baby’ belly and still am…but motherfuckindammit I ain’t gonna be that person, that walking cliche of fatness. I want to live longer than you. I want to be around for my family. I want my kids to be proud of me. I want my wife to be able to put her arms ALL around me. I want to see my dick.
Thank god – wait..should I capitalize god or leave it non-caps? It is a title…but it is also an adjective and could be a noun. The word god has so many meanings and context and subtext. I’ll go with god. Not some intimidating like GOD. Where was I….yeah Thank god I have support to continue with my goals in losing the fat.

Welp I think I’ve done the duty. Wife is prepping the room for sleep. That means turning the fan on. Turning off her computer. Washing her hands. Putting things away. I sit here listening to Ben Folds wanting to play and write longer but my domesticated husbandry kicks in and feel guilty and will lay down with her…….

p.s. Hope you like the new look and banner.

 

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Being without

Sketch by Wook.

A short while ago my PC went Poop. I’m very anal retentive about “My Stuff” which encompasses : My electronics, tools, car, collectibles & stuff. That also means no one is allowed to use/play/touch any of the things listed above without explicit permission. Mainly, my computer. This particular one is just over 18 months old. I bought it off Woot.com at the suggestion of John Guzman (former coworker and ex-friend (haha). He was literally shocked at the time anyone would listen to his advice on a purchase like this. It was a really good deal and still is. It’s a med range gaming rig as far as one could be with a model off the shelf – this one being from Gateway.  Don’t laugh…this fucker is the bomb.

I believe it’s one of three things gone wrong or a combo. My gut feeling is it’s a bad HD followed by a very bad virus (I have 3 up-to-date virus/malware/internet security programs that tend to catch most everything) or bad memory stick. We shall see. Having local company pick it up and do it’s diagnosis (free).

In this time of being without a regular PC (I have a laptop but …. it’s a lap top) – I haven’t logged into WoW, played SC2, played SWG, played LOTRO or done freelance work (just had a request yesterday…). Instead my time in the evening has been more interactive with my wife. Playing my PS3 or Wii. Reading. Sketching. It’s like having no electricity…you find other more tangible things to do. Things you used to do 10 years ago. More productive would be a good word to describe the past 2 weeks.

I’ve also been recovering from a bad flu I had which started on Christmas Eve. I coughed and sneezed so much it triggered my umbilical hernia to get all pissed off at me. If my devoted readers read last year, I lost 20 lbs in about 4 weeks..which resulted in my stomach having issues – basically the muscle on the outer wall was weak from years of stretching (getting fatter) and when it had less pressure my intestines were ‘free’ so to speak. Soooo….one week ago today, I sneezed and felt a ‘push’ from within my belly area. It hurt. It hurt to sit upright. I went to my Doc and he poked and shifted my belly contents around and determined that I’d have to have surgery if it ever has anymore sharp pains. That’s not a good surgery. Period. His answer (besides surgery) is to simply lose the weight.
So here I am again back on the boat of watching what I eat. Been here before. Tired of it. I beat smoking. I beat my 2 week addiction to pain pills from my ankle surgery. I beat Defender. I’ve played Galaga for 2 hours straight. Why can’t I break the eating thing?

Anywhoo.

Moral of my blog post is to try new things. Disconnect for a week. Or a day. Do something other than sitting in front of a screen. Go fuck your wife or girlfriend.  She’ll appreciate your undivided attention.

 

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Unions need a reality check

I was late just over a week on Cata release. No biggy. I was spending quality time playing Poker, eating copious amounts of expensive food and drink while working my ass off at the trade show. The show itself was a huge success. Despite the doomsayers of the world, the economy is picking up and gaining back lost ground. We have never had so much foot traffic at  one of our big shows. This one being in Atlantic City – it usually a good barometer for trends in home selling/buying. It also helped we had a booth next to us who was giving away free Bud and Budlight from 11 am til they ran out of 4 kegs.

My friend Fredler got offended last year when I was making fun of New Jersey people — this just before the whole Jersey Shore Phenom (if you can call it that) took off. Well this time around I didn’t see many ‘juice heads’, or ‘guidettes’. A few appearance of the stereo types but not so much this year. No, this year was my dealing with Union labor. I deal with Union labor at every show but it’s level of bullshit varies. First, let me say that I do believe in Unions in regards to the employees being treated unfairly by the ‘Man’. Job security and a sense of self worth is what Unions are supposed to do, a brotherhood. Well…in modern society as far as Unions that deal with Electricians and Carpenters at trade shows is simply fucked up. It’s a scam through and through. Kicker being I have no choices in getting my booth set up, I have to hire union labor otherwise it wouldn’t be set up. Period. I have to use their electricians. Period. I have to use their warehouse shipping. Period. No freedom of choice. Not unless I want a teeny tiny booth then I can have myself work the booth…however If anything I bring into the show floor has wheels on it besides my luggage I’m charged 300.00 fee. Heres some things I CAN’T DO at this particular show.

  • No plugging anything electronic into the power outlets
  • Mouse/Keyboards all have to initially be plugged in by an Electrician, after Yes.
  • Not allowed to use any ladders
  • Not allowed to move anything over 30 lbs without assistance
  • Can’t touch any of my monitors on initial set up. After..yes.

What I CAN DO.

  • Turn On my computers for testing and usage after set up
  • Clean up after my labor. i.e. packing materials, pop cans, water bottles

I don’t pay for labor out of my pocket obviously but it does come out of my bosses pocket. It’s a matter of common sense and principal that upsets me with the mentality of Union labor listed above. It serves no purpose other than to rob me of my monies. I can do everything myself except lift the 42″ plasma TV onto the tower display. Granted it would take a little longer…maybe 2 hours more…it’s a fucked up system.
Interesting and ironic story I heard from several people in the business is about Chicago’s Unions. Any prominent trade shows (over 10k attendance) for the past 2-3 years avoided, cancelled, boycotted Chicago shows. The vendors were being bullied (like me) into unfair prices on labor, show floor space priced at an avg of 35% MORE than other shows all topped off with Labor that demanded OT, Bad attitude and also charged 50% MORE on shipping from Warehouse to Show Floor. About 15 large name vendors got together after this went down several times and boycotted any future shows in Chicago. FREEMAN – is the big dog in shows/labor in Chicago and are also based there. After these vendors threatened and followed through with canceling several big events the Unions finally relented. Prices came down overnight, literally. It took a UNIONIZED effort of us vendors to BREAK a UNION on price gouging.

Greedy bastards.

So…Fredler….I didn’t slam New Jersey peeps…I slammed Union Laborers. I think New Jersey has enough TV reality shows to do enough damage to it’s reputation. =)

Onto Cata and my thoughts.
I’m just not feeling it currently. Maybe it’s because of my ADD in gaming. Maybe it’s all overwhelming to take in. Maybe it’s because I literally have no friends I play with anymore in WoW. I don’t know but I maybe burnt out on the game.

I did the starter quests for both areas for newbie players – Goblin and Worgen. I like the Worgen like much better. Seemed the Goblins were slapped together without much though. Cram together a weird storyline and add a Hot Rod and we’ll be happy. *meh*

Both of the toons are pushing 20 soon but I just can’t focus. I only have one 80 toon working in Hyjal and WookieLuv just started the undersea adventures. And my lack of enthusiasm has nothing to do with Cata– I really do see where Blizzard does what they do best- make WoW fun and interesting. Still batting 1000.

I think  I may need to simply make an effort on finding a couple new friends to game with in WoW. That may do the trick.

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Hope my 3 readers/visitors all have a fantastic Christmas or whatever you celebrate this month. My plans include lots of family time in KC. Playing WoW, Playing Magic the Gathering, Playing Flower, Playing LOTRO, Playing Gran Turismo 5 if I ever get to rent it…. thanks for stopping by my lil world!

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