All About Cats

Animal

I grew up on a ranch in the middle of nowhere Nebraska. My family has owned this same ranch for generations and is not going anywhere anytime soon. Growing up on the ranch I had several pets and animals that I connected with. From my dog Toots, a border collie mix, who used to help me herd cattle and sheep. To my first bottle calf Izabelle, that used to follow me around everywhere I went. I was always surrounded by animals.

Now you may notice that the title of my post is All About Cats. The reason for this is simple. Despite always having pets and animals that I worked with the only ones that really ever drew my full attention were our barn cats. Untameable, wild creatures that would sooner bite you than come up to you.

One of them, Pickle, was an old orange colored tom cat who I did manage to befriend from the bunch and eventually he became my cat. That stuck with me, the fact that I was able to work with an animal who hated everyone and make it like me.

Later when my father remarried his new wife brought with her a cat named Blink. Blink hated everyone and everything since her right eye had gone blind. She trusted no one except my step mom. Every single day after school I went and found Blink and over time that cat who hated everyone became my pet.

Since moving to college I have not been able to be around pets or animals of any kind. They aren’t allowed to live in the residence halls and since my job requires me to live in the residence halls for six years now I have not had any pet.

My wife thinks it is funny how badly I want a cat but she does not understand the importance that such a pet has to me. She has agreed however that when we can have a pet the first one we will get will be a cat.

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This year I found my blog once again and started writing as often as I could but perhaps not as often as I should. I skipped several days, posting absolutely nothing or I only posted things I had scheduled in advance. Now this may not actually be a bad thing, for me it took away from my honest about my life posts. In any case this year I have had fun posting and look forward to another year filled with much of the same.

Something interesting that I noticed while working on my writing and creating new posts is that my typical post is worth a lot less in terms of views than anything I ever write for the daily prompts and things like that. I know that the gaming community is smaller but I am still amazed by how much my total number of views dropped when I stopped doing the daily prompts.

Looking at what you can expect this coming year from my blog.

Pathfinder Session updates. As I run my games or play in them I will continue to provide a story and summary of the events my character or a summary of how the events went for my friends. I love role-playing and Pathfinder is my main medium that I use to do so.

I will also post more League of Legends updates and information regarding characters. So far I have only done 1 character write up and that was about Poppy, the keeper of the hammer. As a reader you can expect more of those. I had fun writing the one that I have completed.

I am still the Tournament Organizer for the Troll’s Den for the game called Krosmaster. I am setting up the prize support and everything for this coming semester. It should be a lot of fun and I look forward to the stories of games I will have the chance to play and to watch.

You can also expect a lot of life updates and random posts about many different subjects throughout the year. I may do the occasional daily prompt but the prompt has to be eye catching. I hope that you all enjoy reading the story of my life as it happens :).

My Life In The Palm Of My Hand

You’re on a long flight, and a palm reader sitting next to you insists she reads your palm. You hesitate, but agree. What does she tell you?

Life Line

I am sitting on a plane flying on my first trip to my destination of Mongolia, finally after years of planning on how to get there. The women sitting beside me insists on reading my palms to pass the time. She says that she loves to learn the stories of people from around the world.

I tell her that I do not believe in the ability to read palms but instead believe in a persons ability to make observations, and that some people have worked hard to train their ability to observe.

She laughs at this and takes my hand. She informs me that through her “observations” she can tell that I used do hard labor like working in a field or construction.

I inform her that I grew up on a ranch that was 5,000 acres and on average held 400 cows annually. 1,000 cows over the summer months. Once owning my own herd of 30+ sheep.

She goes on to explain that recently my life has shifted to one where I do a lot more sitting and pencil pushing. I have no new callouses forming and the constant pen in my hand are dead giveaways.

I tell her that I now work for a University as a Hall Director, meaning that I run a Residence Hall making sure all of the procedures are completed and the residents are safe.

We continue and talk the rest of the trip as she continues to observe many things about me, including the high stress level but how highly rewarding my job is. Overall it is a wonderful conversation and a great start to my trip to Mongolia.

World Wide Me

The Wanderer

Tell us about the top five places you’ve always wanted to visit.

Where in the world would I like to go. This is something I have spent a lot of time thinking about. So here is my list starting from my #5 spot moving to my #1 location.

5. Japan – For one I think this is my girlfriend’s top pick, which kinda means I need to like it too. I have also been fascinated with the Samurai and Bushido for a very long time. Then there is the art form called anime, which calls Japan home.

4. England – There is a lot of history stored within such a small country in terms of actual size. While the depth of this nation makes it one of the largest nations alive today. Also a visit to some of the libraries would be simply amazing for me. Also a trip to Ireland and Scotland would be included of course.

3. Iceland – After reading the book Journey to the Center of the Earth by Jules Verne, I fell in love with the idea of visiting Iceland. I also would like to go because of my love of Vikings, prior to the TV Show I was already taking classes on them.

2. Peru – I have wanted to go to Peru for over 7 years. My Sophomore year in high school I had actually set up my trip to go with 2 other people. I had the money to pay for it myself after working all summer. My friends backed out and therefore I did not get to go. We were going to hike to Machu Pichu, see the highest elevation unfrozen lake, and look from a peak over the rain forest of Brazil.

1. Mongolia – In 5th grade I read a book about Genghis Khan and since then I have wanted to travel to Mongolia. Sleep in a Yurt while traveling behind a herd of reindeer. I have raised sheep before, I think it would be a great experience to go live with one of the nomadic tribes in Mongolia.

 

Weather = Mood?

The idea that the weather and people’s moods are connected is quite old. Do you agree? If yes, how does the weather affect your mood?

Climate Control

The idea that our moods as people is connected to the weather at least to some degree is indeed quite old. I believe that it is very likely something that is true. There was a study done in Norway where they studied the amount of happiness individuals felt based on the levels of sunlight they received. The results of the study showed that people who receive more sunlight are indeed happier.

For me I love snow, however still during the winter months when I get less sunlight I find myself a little more dour and dull. I also find myself more thoughtful during these months because I have more time to stay inside and read/write. Compared to the summer me, who while trying to avoid sunlight because I am getting too much, who is so full of life and energy. This is all my opinion of course but there are studies being done and I have found little too dispute my opinion on this matter.

Library Guilt

The Guilt that Haunts Me

Share a time when you were overcome with guilt. What were the circumstances? How did you overcome you guilt?

When I was about 9 or 10 years old I was reading everything in my parents library. We had about 3,000 books so I was making slow progress through the Science Fiction and Fantasy novels that I could find. If it helps the context of the story I will include that I was reading at the college level when I was in fifth grade, I think it has something to do with the fact I was reading so much at a younger age.

Well while making my way through the books I came across one that apparently my parents were using to store on hand cash. You know in case of an emergency. 10 year old me decided to take $100 out of it. I lasted about 1 day with the money. I didn’t spend any of it and while I could have went and put it back in the book, I didn’t. I actually went and gave it to my father, explaining that I took it.

Guess what, he already knew I took it. He was waiting to see what I would do with it. My guiltiest moment and he turned it into a teaching moment for me.

The American College Experience

Imagine you go through all of your early childhood education with teachers who all went to grocery stores, all similar in nature though some minor differences that are not very notable. Then when you get into high school you are told repeatedly that the best way to succeed is to go to one of these grocery stores as well. Now even if you have no intention of going to this store, or if you can’t realistically afford it, and even if you are not prepared to go to this store; you are still pushed towards it with all the force in the world from the; teachers, administration, the store itself, peers, and in some cases parents. Finally after talking about attending this store to preview it, taking a test to decide whether or not you are worthy to purchase from this store, and then at last getting a letter saying you can come and enroll with the products this store offers. In some instances you will be required to live almost full time on the premises of the store. You  now walk in the doors as a patron for the first time.

As you enter and take a look around you are greeted by a row of people each one of them offering something different based on your interests. They each have a list of items that you are required to purchase before you can receive your receipt. You select one of them based on your interests and find that not everything on the list is in the same area as your interests.

Before you can be too concerned by that you are shown to a room where you are told that you must select a housing option and meal plan. At least for the first year you are at this store. After selecting the one that makes you feel the best you are introduced to the person who is sharing the same space as you. It is a tight squeeze but the two of you make this work as a living arrangement for about a week before the first issue occurs but by this point you have already began your shopping.

You are required to go through several aisles, each one labeled with what is in it like English or History, taking items that you would have never considered relevant to what you want to do. As you find these items on your list your interests may change, realizing maybe you like some things more or less than you originally thought. Maybe one of these items changes what you want as a final out come from this shopping experience. So you return to the people with the lists and request a new one. Now you learn that some of the items you have taken are not applicable to your new list. However you cannot return anything and will still have to buy those items. Your return to your shopping a little saddened by this realization, as you go one of them tells you. “The average person will change lists 3 times during their time in this store.”

You have continued to live in the housing offered by the store due to its convenience. You have seen several roommates come and go, but now you have made a great friend whom you have lived with for the past several years. You and this friend have made many friends throughout the store all with different lists and interests.

You continue onward through the store adding items to your cart. As you go the items on the cart add more weight despite being the same size as the other items. It is in this moment you understand that these later items are heavier because they are worth more after you receive your receipt. Some of these heavier items also caught you off guard by their weight so you accidentally broke one or two. You had to pay for them of course and then also for non broken ones because you need them to get the receipt.

You have seen so many things in this store. The people who are their to help like the Resident Assistants, Aisle Managers, and Advisers. There are also so many fun things to go to like Spirit Week, Dances, and free Plays. You have a hard time imagining where else you can experience so much community just by being at the store. It is hard to imagine leaving but finally the time comes.

At last you are standing at the cash register. The cashier stands there with a smile on their face already holding your receipt. They barely know your name but are so happy for you to have made it this far. Your family all comes and takes pictures while you pass the teller and receive this long awaited certificate. It only took your five years, but you accomplished it. You and many of your friends you have made over the course of half a decade, about a forth of your life spent in this store. You will remain close to them for the rest of your life based on the experiences you have had in this store.

Now reality sets in as you have to pay off all of those items that you purchased, you also realize you have no practical experience in the area you worked so hard to be in, and in some instance you realize that you need to return to the store to receive some much larger items or just more items. It is time to start living a life outside of school which is something you have not done since you were 4 years old, and now that you are 22 you are not sure how that will feel. It is something new and uncomfortable at first but most adults have done it. So it can’t be that bad, right?