Something New, Something Fried

Daily Prompt: Final Trio


For the first time, I am writing my blog from a location other than my home state. That’s right, I am in Wisconsin right now, visiting the older sister in Janesville (and many of you probably have never heard of this place). On our rather uneventful trip here, Emily’s iPod touch was connected to the car stereo and playing her set of songs, some I totally liked, others that were “meh”, but the song I probably loved the most during that trip was “Enter Sandman” by Metallica. I found myself singing along to some of the catchy lyrics and tapping my foot along to the uplifting, powerful beat. It’s an oldie (I would say anything older than 20 years qualifies) but still a goodie.

On an unrelated tangent…

There are days when I feel like waking up and making a nice healthy breakfast, complete with my now habitual over easy, fried eggs, two slices of slightly toasted bread topped with peanut butter, a glass of milk, and maybe some sausage or bacon on the side if it is available in our freezer of icy epic proportions (I put a leftover Frosty from Wendy’s in there last night and in the morning it was frozen solid like a rock – I placed it in the fridge to thaw out and will probably be a liquid by the time I get home from Wiscy in three days).

When the meal is prepared, I usually take my plate and head into the living room, using a bar stool as my eating surface. Turning my attention to the flat screen sitting in an entertainment stand about the size of a single bookcase, I always see the same shows on in the morning, the old-time classics on MeTV. Because of our limited number of channels on free antenna television, my television watching is like a bookcase with just a couple books on the shelf that I just keep pulling off, reading, putting back up, and then repeating again (for about three years now).

As I sit there pleasantly enjoying my modest meal, one or both of my cats come up to me, looking up at my food that must seem so much better to them than the old cat food in their dish. They occasionally will try to sniff at the food and have that begging look in their little black eyes. These cats don’t seem to know when they are hungry; they just eat out of pure instinct or whenever there is something juicy dangling in font of them. I occasionally will tease them, waving something tasty in front of them such as an egg, watching Goldie jump up at it, his eyes darting back and forth curiously, while my quick reflexes pull the poultry out of harms way (except for one time when Goldie swatted at the egg and successfully managed to drop it to the floor for a nice snack with Blackie joining in the lapping as well).

It’s days like this that I wish I had more people to converse with, more freedom to explore the world, to meet new and interesting people, join in worthwhile activities, instead of trying to find some sort of inspiration in my walled garden life. Rarely do I move outside the walled garden. Okay, maybe it’s not quite an enclosed garden where I don’t have access to certain things – I have opportunities to reach the high luxuries of life but have not had the means to find ways to reach them. With a very tight budget, getting my hands on the latest greatest technology, seeing movies when they first hit theaters, ordering the best, most expensive item on the menu just is not feasible. That’s what I call my walled garden or rather a garden that has a bunch of doors I have to get through by solving the combination locks in order to progress to freedom. Once I reach the final level, get through the final door, I will be able to live my life with very little restrictions, not have to worry about money, or wondering whether my dreams will stay just that – dreams. That’s the dream – to finally have all my ducks lined up in a row and have my life operating smoothly. To do anything and go anywhere I want because I have worked to make those opportunities possible, to have the financial leeway to do so.

Getting back to something cracked and fried, after I am done with my skimpy breakfast, I usually rinse the dish off in the sink and place it upside down out of a habit that I have gotten into, a sort of pet peeve.

Then there really isn’t much to do except open up my laptop again and either do some more needed brain exercises with my blog writing, edit some footage I took with my video camera, touch up some photos, or check out Facebook or Twitter once in a while, the latter being where I might find something I can contribute to and hopefully have some reciprocation from the Twittersphere, some much needed recognition for the work I put into cramming some great thoughts of mine into 140 characters or less. My thoughts on the #SonyHack? Just cowboy up and release the movie, see if the hackers are really serious about their threats or will be too cowardly to take any action once they realize we aren’t scared of them. Aren’t we the home of the free and the brave after all? Hopefully no one in East Asia is reading this because my front door is always left open…and I’m not home.

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WPC: And They Were All Yellow

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Yellow sun
Brightest day
The life thrives, basking in the heat
While I capture its essence
With high energy and sprite on my feet

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But then the world was devoid of all color
Except Dystopia’s stale stone grey
But it was still beautiful
Even if yellow had gone away


Weekly Photo Challenge: Yellow

Payback Time

In Due Time: What’s your next, most pressing deadline? Are you excited, stressed, or ambivalent about it? What’s the first thing you’d like to do once you’re done with it?


There is a deadline that is coming soon

Involves a lot of money

But I have yet to find out when exactly it is

Paying back the government is not funny

And I don’t have much to give away at all

This is a serious matter

Not one day can be taken off

I’m really not excited, enthustiatic about this pressing time

Because the thought of being stuck in student loan hell always lingers on my mind

But when I finally give them what they want and get this monkey off my back

I’ll just sit back in my chair and eat one of my favorite snacks

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If only this were real…

I have to admit this December I have fallen off the wagon a bit with blogging, missing a couple days because of things going on in my life and my stats have taken a hit as well (more thanks to the pingbacks being out for a record amount of days).

Nice to Meet You, Liebster

Liebster – a German word meaning dearest or favorite.

Oh, really? I thought this award was named after a person with the last name Liebster. I learn something new everyday. It’s also not just central to WordPress, is awarded on other blogging platforms as well.

A couple days ago I received my first ever nomination for an award on this blog, the Liebster Award, given to bloggers with less than 200 followers (or any number I suppose) and whose blog is recognized as a favorite in the nominator’s mind. I have to say I was quite surprised to have received such an award because I have been mostly blogging to gain a foothold in the online community, get my voice heard out there, and most of all join other bloggers and have fun. It is a great honor to receive this award and after some thought I believe I will accept it because it serves as a certification that my blog has fulfilled it’s purpose and goal when it first started: to share my interests and life experiences, inspire people, and create a space where I can unleash my inner creativity in ways that I had not been able to do before. I only really started blogging a few months ago and in that short time span (which seems like a long time) I have published more posts and have received more likes and constructive comments (other than pingbacks and spam) than the first months of blogging combined.

Here are the rules to accept the award if you are nominated (continuing the long breadcrumb trail):

1: Acknowledge and accept the Liebster Award by leaving a comment on the blog where you were nominated;

2: Copy the Liebster logo and paste it onto your own blog;

3: Inform your nominees by leaving a comment on their respective blogs;

4: In your blog post about the Liebster Award:

Link back to the blogger who nominated you

Answer the 11 questions put to you by the person who nominated you

List 11 random facts about yourself

Nominate, and link to, 3 – 11 other blogs which you enjoy and which have fewer than 200 followers

List 11 questions for your nominees.

My nominees:

Observations From Oblivion

thewolfhowlsatnight

Still searching for nominees…

11 things you never knew about me, but now do:

  1. The first movie I can remember seeing was The Lion King
  2. I got my first guitar at 19 years old
  3. Never resided in another state for more than a week
  4. Have had only one dog and hundreds of cats in my life
  5. Only sang karaoke once in front of a large group (and I bet I sounded bad because a few people left :(  )
  6. Was a hall monitor the entire year of fifth grade because I thought I would get a pizza party in the end (that never happened)
  7. Have never gotten totally wasted (not that I ever want to)
  8. First car I drove was a Pontiac G6
  9. First time I ever used a social network was around 2006 on Myspace
  10. My longest conversation on the phone was probably an hour and a half
  11. There’s $42.30 in a money jar of mine right now

My answers to lrod’s 11 questions:

1) What motivated you to start your blog?

I might have the oddest name on here: MACBOFISBIL, which is an acronym featuring adjectives that describe my life (or how I want it to be). My motivation started when I created the name and wanted to use it to create a cool identity online where I could write about my life and build a following. I didn’t have much going on during the summer of 2013 and the time to start a blog could not have come any sooner. When lots of interesting things that had happened already that summer and in the past year were on my mind, I decided I wanted to write about them and form what was originally a journal of my life that then morphed into more of a creative development site.

2) What is your favorite holiday of the year?

Christmas, just because it lasts the longest, has the biggest build up to, and always brings my family together. Plus, it’s the most genuine holiday of the year IMHO, not cheesy like Halloween or an all-in-for-the-money holiday like Valentine’s Day.

3) What are some family traditions you enjoy?

Going up North to the UP, buying gifts for everyone in the family, cook-outs at the lake.

4) Thinking back 3 years ago, did you picture doing what you’re doing now?

Not at all. I had no real interest in starting a blog and even getting a successful one going was a pipe dream. What was I even going to write about, I thought multiple times.

5) What piece of technology is one you can’t live without?

My laptop, obviously. It is how I write my blog everyday now since buying it, leaving behind the rusty, noisy desktop for good.

6) Do you prefer using WordPress from your phone or your computer? Why?

Computer: less cramped, more freedom to move outside the “walled garden”. Besides, my phone doesn’t support the adding on of apps; I can only use the basic ones that came with the phone and are permanent.

7) Have you visited any other place outside from where you live? Did you like it?

Yes, mostly states on the east coast such as Pennsylvania and Virginia but also Kansas and Missouri and the Midwestern states such as Ohio, Indiana, Illinois, and Wisconsin. I also visited Florida but the last time I did was when I was only four years old so it’s been almost 20 years. The state I loved the most was Missouri because of the many sights to see down there as well as the friendliness of the people.

8) Favorite movie of all time?

This has always been a tough one. There are many movies at the top of my list but if I had to name a movie that sparked the most enjoyment out of myself it would have to be The Shawshank Redemption. It was the first movie where I really felt like I was watching something smart and edgy, something I could analyze. Plus, Morgan Freeman was awesome as always.

9) If you could move anywhere else, where would it be?

I’ve always wanted to move to Florida (see question 7) because of the warm weather and bountiful supply of oranges (which I love).

10) Favorite food?

Any kind of potato salad (Mustard, Redskin, Amish), except after the time I ate some and vomited for the first time in nearly 14 years (random fact #12)

11) What makes you feel better when you’re having a bad day?

When I listen to or watch someone who has an inspirational message for everyone including myself, something that helps me realize I can still go on and that there still are happy days ahead. Life doesn’t end just because I am having a bad day. There’s always tomorrow to makes things better.

Here are my questions to my fellow nominees:

1) What is the thing you most enjoy about blogging in general?

2) Currently employed or not, what would be your dream job if you could quit your current or future job today?

3) Who would you say is the craziest person in your family?

4) Thinking three years from now, what do you think you will be doing?

5) If you could take over the head of one multi-billion dollar company (Apple, Google, Microsoft, etc.) for a day, what would it be and why?

6) Favorite genre of music?

7) In the last ten years, what piece of technology has revolutionized your life the most?

8) What is your biggest fear in life?

9) How many blogs, on average, would you say you read in a day on WordPress and which ones did you find most enjoyable?

10) Best meal you’ve cooked in your life?

11) If you were forced to live somewhere else and had to stay there permanently, where would you go and why?

 
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Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: Scapes

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A cross between two worlds, something for you and me
You have the winding dirt road with the coming or going steamer
And the electric waterfall with the reflective waters and trees
These two pictures were taken from the same locale
And combine three of the main elements: earth, wind, and water
The landscape and seascape pictured here are beautiful
But there is one scape that I believe trumps them all, is the most unrestricted
I call it the dreamscape, a place where my memories collide,
Forming the most interesting scenarios, being able to travel far and wide
My photo journey continues to be one of learning
And next year is going to be the year I start turning
2014 was an eye opener, cutting away from old habits,
2015 will be the year to hone my craft and hop along to perfection like the furry white rabbits


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Christmas Spirit

The time comes around every year, I feel a bit less sad

The trees are lighting up, the ornate garland making cats mad

Houses are glowing boastfully, neighbors basking in the shine

Santa Claus is in the air again, kids and adults are enjoying the time

Holiday music, cliché and new

Bells ringing, change rattling

Caring, sharing for the few

Still no snow this year though

Christmas light fights, putting on a show

As the years roll on, presents become less important

The time to spend with my dearest family, comfortably gazing in the twinkly assortment

It’s too bad this time only comes around once a year

Because the day after, people are sick and tired of the nutty cheer

The reality sets in, the expensive gifts becoming a burden

Mad verbal fights ensue, resentment spreading from the torn worded

But I am happy my close clan does not worry so much about the material gains

Because what really matters is the Christmas love pouring down like it rains

Merry Christmas to everyone who cares to believe

That this magical time every twelve months has the power to heal, give us one more chance to breathe

If you don’t have the heart to believe

Then just skip to a Happy New Year

And be happy you get to start all over again

Forget all the mistakes

And try to make it the best year there’s ever been

20 Over 20, But Not 20/20

Kick the Bucket: What are the top items on your anti-bucket list — those things you never, ever want to do, places you never want to visit, books you never want to read, etc.?


To be honest, I don’t even have a regular bucket list, so how could I know what I don’t want to do? Well, I did make a bucket list a while back but it is forever trapped in a phone that got stolen from me (one of the things on that list was to actually walk 500 miles as in the cult classic “I’m Gonna Be (500 Miles)”. I’ve never thought of having an anti-bucket list, wanting to restrain myself from doing stupid and dumbass things. Okay, so now that the question has come up, there are many things I would never think of doing (though might entertain the thought of).

Off the top of my head (some of these might be a little contrived) are my top 20 over 20:

  1. Walk on a thin piece of rope, blindfolded and unrestrained, across two towers over a busy metropolis as daredevil Nik Wallenda has done numerous times in his illustrious career of death-defying stunts.
  2. Live in my hometown for the rest of my life, never get to travel, learn about other parts of the world.
  3. Read the “Twilight” series of books or anything in the “50 Shades of Grey” department (I might watch the film though when it comes out).
  4. Never accomplish anything on the positive bucket list I will soon write down.
  5. Become a lifetime smoker.
  6. Become a lifetime drunk.
  7. Hold up a sign on the side of the road begging for food and money when there is a food bank and plasma center (where you can donate for cash) just around the corner.
  8. Grow a ridiculous long beard of Duck Dynasty proportions.
  9. Kick the bucket before I am 60 (though sometimes life is unpredictable).
  10. Go against any item on my anti-bucket list.
  11. Streak naked onto the field of any sporting event.
  12. Visit Iraq or any country with never ending disputes and threats of nuclear warfare.
  13. Become a victim in a real life Friday the 13th scene.
  14. Sing the national anthem and get the most ridiculed response ever because of how bad I sounded or how bad I screwed up the lyrics (in truth though I believe I have a very good singing voice).
  15. Meet Bill Gates in an elevator and not know what to say.
  16. Crawl down a manhole, trudge through the sewers.
  17. Spend hours and hours trying to beat all 256 levels (including the Kill Screen) of the original Pac-Man.
  18. Not see the Cubs win a World Series or the Detroit Lions win a Super Bowl (but these
    things are not in my control or could I make something happen?).
  19. Be involved in a plane hijacking or plane crash in which me and 41 other people survive and live on a
    mysterious island for 6 virtual years.
  20. Get a role in a pornographic film (even if I am cash-strapped).

So those are 20 things I am writing down not to do from this point in time at age 23 and some change. There are no guarantees that any of these will even be on the edge of failing (such as meeting Mr. Gates in an elevator, that’s probably one for the to-do bucket list).

About the 20/20 part – I don’t have perfect 20/20 vision since one of my eyes has been impaired since birth. It becomes more apparent when I put on a pair of sunglasses or try to view 3D movies with those special glasses – I can only see through the left frame. I can barely see out of my right eye and this does affect some activities that are essential in life such as driving. But I don’t want that to hold me back from living the life I dream of. I try everyday to work around my limitations. If a guy with no arms can get by in this world, I sure can get by with one good eye.


I really wish the pingbacks would get fixed.

Poetic Alphabet

Prompt: Write down the letters of the alphabet. For each one, choose a word that begins with that letter. Now, write a post about anything — using all the words you’ve selected.


All birds called

Dreadfully, endlessly

For golden hearts induced

Joyful kaleidoscopes

Loved momentarily

Now organizing

Poetic questioning

Remembering stars

Traveling under violet

Westward x’s, yearning zenith

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DP #73 : “Alphabet Soup”

WPC: Twinkle

“As visual creatures, we are drawn to light. For thousands of years, we’ve gathered around fires in the darkness, soothed by the glow of embers, and warmed by the dance of the flames. We revel in the sunshine of summertime. The sparkle of gemstones or moonlight on water inspires us to poetry. The ceremonial use of light has been practiced for centuries, by many religions and for many different kinds of celebrations. We love the light.”

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The subtle twinkle of the back of a Blake Shelton CD
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CD Light Show
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Life-size birthday candle or the streetlight outside my house in the evening?

 


Weekly Photo Challenge: Twinkle

The Axed, The New, and the Broken

Prompt: Write for (another) ten minutes without stopping.


For the seventh time, I get to write about anything in ten minutes.

I just found out that “The Millers” has been cancelled. Too bad – it was starting to turn into a good show. But I heard that its numbers were down after four weeks on Monday night and was dragging down CBS’ new hit “Scorpion” which I had low expectations for that have been quite exceeded.

I’m curious as to how “Empire” on FOX in January is going to fair. January always sounds like a great month for new shows to premiere and maybe capture a brand new audience but in reality, it is quite hard sometimes to get attached to a new show and if the ratings are not good after a few episodes (imitates cutting of throat).

So this year is nearly over. I’m finally getting back into uploading videos to my YouTube channel that is still, after two years and some change, a work in progress. I’m thinking about restarting my news show that centers on trending topics in music, sports, videos, and news.

5 more minutes

Our furnace has to be replaced; the old one is early 20 years old. Some techies came over and looked at it. They said they would replace it free of charge unlike some previous technicians who said it would cost over 800 dollars to fix it. The control board melted from the heat getting so high in the furnace. Something about Freon having to be drained as well as it being illegal to replace a furnace with an old, used one that would be cheaper than getting a new installation. We have a downward air furnace, the techs said, which is a bad thing since those aren’t used in many homes, aren’t manufactured. We live in a mobile home and have the short end of the stick when it comes to innovation and remodeling. Can’t do much because we basically live in a limited box on cement slabs.

I hope to get a job in 2015. The 30th anniversary of the first film in the Back to the Future trilogy is set for November and the 10th anniversary of YouTube’s founding is also set for that month – I can expect a huge celebration online, with some of the biggest stars coming together to create a video commemorating the grand occasion.


DP #73: “Ready, Set, Done”

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