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1  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: August 26, 2016, 02:36:41 PM
Tits (the feathered birds) are also called chickadees and I'm not sure that's much better.  It's difficult not to laugh at the name of the seabirds known as blue-footed boobies.  And if we're keeping our minds in the gutter, honeycreeper could sound perverted too.  

Regarding cities, one thing I always find cool is unique and interesting buildings and architecture.  That fascinates me almost as much as nature.  I guess I'm a hybrid between slick urbanite and "crunchy granola" outdoorsy.  

EDIT: And even in looking at cities, it also brings to mind how the people of a region are sometimes unfairly given bad raps. New Jersey is a biggie, but once people not from that state experience "my" New Jersey, they come away thinking, "You know, New Jersey is nice."  Even visitors from foreign countries who don't have the most positive views of America leave a visit with me thinking, "America is nice, and I like New Jersey."  Yes, we live in a fast-paced region of the world that doesn't suffer fools gladly and wants a million things done and everything done yesterday.  That might make us seem a bit brusque, but that doesn't make us assholes.  No, you won't get that gregarious and demonstrative "Southern hospitality" from us because that's not who we are.  But as long as you're chill and respectful, we'll totally vibe positively with you.  New Jersey folks are genuinely friendly.  The only time you'll see that aggro "Jersey 'tude" come out is if someone else is being obnoxious, rude, and disrespectful to us, because, again, we don't suffer fools gladly.  Even if you look at that terrible show Jersey Shore- only ONE person on that show was legit from New Jersey... and she was mostly harmless.
2  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: August 26, 2016, 10:37:10 AM
Re: cities.

NYC is something of a tsundere city.  First impression is that it's imposing, intimidating, loud, fast-paced, and tough.  But if you take the time to get to know it, spend time with it, and let it grow on you, you find out that it is a warm and friendly place.  I lived there for two years when I was in grad school.  Heck, I'd just moved into my apartment near NYU when 9/11 hit a few days later.  When I decided to put my fears aside and take a walk around The City, I found myself sharing hugs with random strangers.  And since NYC is fashioned like a grid, it's not difficult to find your way when you get lost.  

My only caveat is that the first time you go to NYC, you should go with someone who's familiar with The City to be something of a guide.  It's like when going out to eat ethnic food.  It's always better to go with someone familiar with that food your first time out, otherwise you'll be lost at sea not not have a good experience.  I've guided many of my friends through Indian food (and they're paneer addicts now) and one legacy I take from my late father is guiding people through Japanese food.  He guided my first experience with sushi and now I pay it forward.  And I'm always willing to guide people through vegetarian food because I want to show them that vegetarian food isn't rabbit food or flavorless slop- that it can be delicious, indulgent, sexy, and something you'd crave.  

But I digress.  

Philadelphia, on the other hand, is a big city, but it has a small town feel.  It feels a lot more doable than NYC.  It too is a fast-paced city, but not as hurry-burry as NYC.  

I didn't like LA at all.  It was dirty and its nice parts felt too "plastic."  There was nothing organic about that city.  The only reasons I've have to go that way are to visit my cousin in Cali and if/when I do E3 with RPGFan.  Total disappointment.  

Boston was my dad's favorite major city so the few times we went there, I could see him feel at home.  NYC intimidated him, Boston didn't.  Boston is a very cool city, but its layout doesn't really make a lot of sense, so I feel like I could easily get lost there.  

DC was unimpressive to me.  Been there a few times and while the government area is interesting, everywhere else had no personality, no vibrance.  

And as I said earlier, Honolulu was a fantastic city that totally fits my lifestyle, pace, and vibe these days.  It even challenged some of my longstanding attitudes about certain environments.  It is a large city, but not at all intimidating.  This was a city where I felt good about exploring out on my own.  The city itself is perhaps the cleanest I've ever seen.    

Let's go to Europe.  

I loved Amsterdam.  As a child, I always liked the canals and watching the boats float along them.  It was a lovely European city with a unique vibe and personality.  

Brussels too was a nice laid-back European city (though I have no idea what it's vibe would be these days what with the recent terror attacks.  Then again, NYC bounced back after 9/11.)

London didn't impress me much.  It felt kinda cold and soulless to me, though it did feel more organic than LA.

And now India...

Chennai is awful.  It's hot, dusty, dirty, and a wholly unpleasant place to be.  

Delhi is alright if you stick to the nicer parts.  I liked the government enclave there, especially how each country's embassy building's architecture looked unique to that country.  

Kolkata- the nice parts are pretty nice, but the slums are absolutely disgusting.  

The most beautiful state I passed through in India was Punjab.  

I still have yet to visit cities in east Asia, South America, Africa, Australia...    
3  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: August 25, 2016, 08:55:43 PM
Dice, why sad face?  I'd think the tropical climate would be a good thing.  Oh wait, I get it.  That's a "I wish I went to Hawaii" sad face.  If I could store a bunch of my friends in Pokeballs, I would've stuffed ya's into my suitcase.  I swear, that state did everything it could to tell me, "Dude, you ought to to move here."  Even learning that 2% of state taxes go towards art.  Thing is, I might have to go vegan or something, since milk costs $8 a gallon and I like my milk and yogurt.  I mean, damn, I want to bring friends with me and show them "my" Honolulu.  

Still, where I live is good.  People move to the southern NJ area, and oftentimes don't want to leave, because where I live is nice.  But NJ is not a good state for retirees, which is why my parents wanted to retire in South Carolina, but that plan went kaput once my dad died.  Still, I have New Jersey pride.  This is the state I grew up in and you can take a Jersey boy out of New Jersey, but you can't take New Jersey out of a Jersey boy.    

And everything being said, even if (as mentioned earlier) Honolulu replaces New York City as my favorite city (which will be tough since NYC has been my favorite city for about 30 years and I've experienced several major cities on multiple continents: NYC, Philly, DC, LA, Boston, Amsterdam, London, Brussels, Delhi, Chennai, Kolkata), whenever I use the term "THE City" it will always refer to New York City because no other city is "THE City"

And don't talk to me about fruit flies.  I had to spend a good portion of my advanced biology class my senior year of high school breeding fruit flies and it was an exercise in total frustration.  

As for haps, I treated myself to a barbershop shave today.  I didn't shave during my vacation and my beard (which grows pretty coarse) was getting unruly.  My friends all tell me I would grow a great beard (since beards are in style) but I'd rather not because I'm too damn scared that a full beard would make me look like a terrorist.  And in post 9/11 and Donald Trump America, being a brown guy with a beard means I could potentially be killed for simply being a brown guy with a beard.  Anyway, the barbershop I went to was fantastic.  Very classic, old-school "man's man" barbershop with good people, great decor (lots of DC comics and James Bond stuff on the walls), sweet music on the stereo (Flaming Lips, Radiohead, Pavement), and I got a fantastic shave.  Every man needs to get a classic barbershop shave at least once in his life.  Ladies, if you're dating a "man's man" he ain't gonna do a frou frou facial, but he will do a barbershop shave and you both will love the results.  
4  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: August 24, 2016, 07:00:13 PM
Even at its worst, the Hawaii heat wasn't that bad because it's a tropical climate.  And I liked that whenever it rained, at least in Oahu, it only lasted maybe 10 minutes and it was gorgeous again.  I've gotten used to riding bicycles in the recent New Jersey heatwave so this was comfortable, both near the beaches and up in the forested mountains. 

The oceanside has such a big effect on local temperatures.  I laugh at the "bennies" (that's a New Jersey specific derogatory term for loud and obnoxious shore tourists, like the cast of Jersey Shore) who are all "YEAH!!!!" at the first 90 degree day and are all set in their little bikinis... then they run back to their cars freezing because oceanside is chilly in the mornings, like 60 degrees.  That's why Jersey shore shops sell lots of sweatshirts and hoodies. 
5  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: August 24, 2016, 03:05:16 PM
Remember that rant I did about hating the beach?  Well... Hawaii changed my mind.  Those are the only beaches I would I want to spend time on and that ocean there... yeah, I'd swim in it (despite my issues about being submerged).
6  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: August 24, 2016, 08:11:22 AM
I must say, Chicago O'Hare is one of the nicest airports I've ever been through.  The toilets with the electronic seat cover dispensers are sweet.  I'd happily fly through Chicago again.  (I was in Hawaii for 5 days and am waiting for my flight back to Philly.)
7  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: August 22, 2016, 08:38:23 PM
Call this blasphemy, but in looking at my lifestyle, desired pace, attitude, values, and mojo-vibe... Honolulu may very well dethrone New York City as my favorite city.
8  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: August 17, 2016, 08:14:35 PM
It's always tulips, isn't it?

Anyway, I'm in a bad mood. I donated blood on Monday, something that's usually no problem, but then my period started right the day after. Now I'm too tired for archery practice. Which sucks, because one reason I like archery so much is because it let's me focus on just one thing for a few hours. Now I have nothing to distract me from my magazine related frustrations (Monday is the big deadline, but there is so much to do, but I can't do much because I need to wait for others to finish first and it's just all very frustrating!), which means I probably won't sleep that well despite being tired. Yay...

Maybe I should play some Tetris... That used to work (until I accidently turned into one of the country's best players and got bored with it)...
Obligatory ewww, and I feel you Tomara. This last week coupled with the previous week have taken their toll on me, and though mine is unrelated to the human reproductive system, I've been having a pretty annouing bout of bleeding from ...gross places. It's entirely due to my weight lifting, but the lifting is my meditation ritual, but now it's just another problem in my life :(

I had to stay off my bicycle for a week because of pain in the ass TMI reasons.  I did some running instead and while it's good for cross-training, it just isn't cycling.  And you all know that I'm the happiest, most confident, and least ADD stutter-jittery is when I'm on a bicycle.  So I'm in that trench with you guys as well.

In keeping with the other conversation, Dincrest came from a stupid RPG-related dream I had back in 2003 or so.  And my avatar is Meis Triumph from Thousand Arms, because I have that same goofy grin.  And I like to think I lived up to my avatar during E3 2012.
9  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: FINAL FANTASY XV, This is a fantasy based on reality. on: August 16, 2016, 08:18:59 PM
And not every FF game was a masterpiece either.
10  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: August 16, 2016, 06:37:06 PM
The haps is I couldn't help but noticing reading about Greek history Aeolus and Aeolic dialect and Aeolus in general.... could of sworn I've seen that name somewhere....

Ugh, just ask him out already! Stop being so coy...

Are you sure she doesn't need to stop being so koi or so Koei instead?  (Yes, I'm being silly.)
11  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: August 16, 2016, 07:20:16 AM
So I've been reading about Koei games obsessively for the past like two weeks.

I don't particularly like Koei. I've jut got this weird obsession with them lately for no reason. And I know it's... just an obsession and I don't care.

I feel like there's someone else in my head and I can't get them to shut up.

Anyway, programming project I've been working on is, uh, done-ish. So I'll try to get back to gaming again now. Yey.

So when the voices in your head say Koei, slap them with a dead koi fish and yell, " HERE IS YOUR STINKIN' KOI!!!"
12  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: FINAL FANTASY XV, This is a fantasy based on reality. on: August 15, 2016, 05:34:46 PM
Unless the Persona 5 fear is that FFXV will affect P5's sales.  That fear may be based on what happened with Resonance of Fate and FFXIII.

13  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: August 15, 2016, 09:21:05 AM
...and Lemmy formed Motorhead when he was 30, which is considered elderly for a rock musician, no matter the era.  

I know how Klutz feels because when I was in my 20s I would look at my peers and it seemed like everything they did, that they touched turned to gold and everything I did backfired.  I was just as capable as they were, if not more so, so why is/was everything backfiring on me?  

Perhaps my backfires could be seen as success.  My career is nowhere near where it should be, but my health is golden because during a crushing 2 year period when I couldn't find a steady job (I was either temping or substitute teaching) I overhauled my lifestyle to a healthier one, lost a ton of weight in the process, etc.  On the other hand, my peers may be more career successful, but their bodies are falling apart.  They look prematurely old and I look young.  But it still sucks being an also-ran in an area of life that I was/am a contender in.  

As for doing what you love for a living, I agree with Tomara that it's overrated.  I used to love playing my instrument and jamming with my friends.  Then I played for 2 years in a career-minded band, and I lost a lot of the joy I had playing my instrument.  Because it became work.  A thing that uplifted my soul became a thing that was crushing it.  I associated something I WANTED to do with something I HAVE to do, and we always procrastinate on stuff we have to do.  During my final year with the band, I used to cheer inside whenever practice was cancelled or shows were cancelled, because it meant that I could get a little break.  A little reprieve.  A moment when I didn't have to think about work, because that band was a second job.  

It's important that you have a job that you like going to every day, but your pleasure hobbies should never be your job, or it will turn into work.  I haven't touched my bass in a year and I don't really miss it, probably because in my mind I still associate it with "work" rather than "fun."  I'm lucky that I have a job that I like, but it does not pay that well and my school loan debt is exorbitant.  But I keep asking myself, can I put a pricetag on my happiness?  If I had a family to support I'd be singing a different tune, but right now I want to work to live, not live to work and no paycheck is worth a soul-crushing job.  
14  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Today's News on: August 15, 2016, 09:07:36 AM
http://sports.yahoo.com/news/judo-medalist-beat-up-while-celebrating-on-copacabana-beach-234727753.html

Belgian bronze-medalist in judo was beaten up and mugged on Copacabana beach. 

Okay, the reasonable person in me is decrying the crippled Olympic infrastructure (security was a huge concern), but the snarky jackass in me is thinking, "How the heck did a judo expert get his ass beat by thugs?  He's a JUDO expert for cripes sake!  Is he only able to fight in tournament settings but not apply martial arts to real life?  Miyagi would not approve."

From the picture, it looks more like he got sucker punched and then the thief ran away with his cellphone while he was recovering.

...and in the news today is that 4 swimmers, including Ryan Lochte, were mugged at gunpoint in Rio.  I shake my head in disapproval.

15  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Today's News on: August 14, 2016, 10:01:07 AM
https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=NX4DuP07oOI

I feel kinda bad for this Russian diver, because her Olympic plop a few days ago means she'll be the butt of all the jokes about the Russians flopping this Olympics without their precious PEDs. (PED is an acronym for Performance Enhancement Drug.  Colloquial terms include steroids/'roids and juice among others.)

EDIT: Sometimes I wonder if there was ever a time a last-place Olympic diver decided before their final dive, "I'm in last place, I have nothing to lose, I might as well have some fun with this" then yell "CANNONBALL!" from the diving board before launching into a cannonball. 
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