Nothing to Prove – Geek Girls & The Doubleclicks

This video is pretty great. I don’t know how many times I’ve had to “prove” my geekiness or nerdiness. Here’s a good example: I was working in a bakery and two guys were talking about Star Trek. They had their technology mixed up, so I corrected them. After the look of shock and disbelief while asking me if I REALLY watched Star Trek came the quiz about it to make sure that I actually knew what I was talking about. Really?

Here’s another good one: I was working as an Assistant Store Manager in a video game store and a customer came up and asked me if there was a guy he could talk to. This happened ALL THE TIME. I will admit that it was very satisfying when I would call over a male employee and when asked, “Hey, have you played this game?” he would answer, “No, not yet. But she has,” while pointing at me.

I play WAY more games than my husband. My son has me beat, though. He has more free time than I do. We all love what we love. I shouldn’t have to prove my love for games, comics, nail art, or whatever. Neither should you. And as Wil Wheaton’s sign in the video says, “Don’t be a dick.”

Today’s Comic Haul

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(Sunday is laundry day, hence the lack of sheets on the mattress. Sorry!)

I consider myself lucky to have a comic book store that still pulls issues for their customers. So many comic book stores have closed over the years. It makes me sad. So every other weekend, we stop by and pick up whatever’s on our pull list:

  • Aquaman #22
  • Deadpool #13
  • Green Lantern New Guardians #22
  • Justice League Dark #22
  • Justice League of America #6
  • Teen Titans #22
  • Uncanny Avengers #10

I never collected comics as a kid, but my husband did all the way until the late 90’s. He stopped because the cost of comics increased and he was running out of space. According to him, it transformed from a hobby into a burden.

But when DC Comics announced the New 52, I was really intrigued. The idea of being able to start a comic book collection from the beginning excited me. So we started out with all of them. We’ve since whittled the list down to about 15 or so. And we’ve added some of the new Marvel Now! stuff.

I hadn’t read comics since the 80’s. They’ve really changed in 30 years, but I’m really enjoying them.

Cactuar

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Of my ten tattoos, this is the only video game tattoo I have. I’ve been looking for the perfect moogle and once I find him, he’ll be my next one. There’s often a lot of hate associated with video game tattoos. I don’t really get that. If you like it and you’re okay with having it on yourself, isn’t that all that matters? But I’ve read numerous comments on video game blogs, telling people that they’re stupid for getting <insert random game thing here> permanently etched on their skin.

I used to pierce ears and paint temporary tattoos on (often drunk) people in Waikiki. I worked in a small room that was part of a REAL tattoo parlor. I saw people put some pretty off the wall stuff on their bodies that had nothing to do with video games. The craziest thing I remember was a guy who had his social security number tattooed in two inch high numbers across his back, along with his own first name on his calf. I may have thought some of them were stupid or whatever, but it wasn’t MY body, so who cares?

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Cactuar is one my favorite enemies in the Final Fantasy franchise. He is deceptively cute and he’s deadly if you encounter him alone. His 1000 Needles and 10,000 Needles attacks will obliterate you. However, if you’ve got other people in your party, that damage gets spread out and shared among the whole party. Then with your combined attacks, you can take him out. This tattoo is a reminder to me that facing challenges with others is generally a better idea than trying to handle them on your own. I may be giving Cactuar too much meaning, but that’s okay. He’s fictional, so I don’t think he minds…

Again, thanks to my son for taking the photos. ๐Ÿ™‚

Manicure – 7/27/13

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I was a chronic nail biter for as long as I could remember. We’re talking biting all the way until they bled. I tried all those typical things that people did to stop: chili pepper or bitter tasting nail polish, fake nails, etc. I would even bite off acrylic! Then about 5 years ago, I started noticing that J-Pop star, Koda Kumi, always had these crazy fingernails. I really wanted something like that, too. Maybe not quite so long since my job and my hobbies requires me to type a lot.

So I started getting manicures every other week. Because I had to spend anywhere from $10 to $15 extra for the nail art, it was incentive to not bite. I go to a place called Pure Nails and I generally let my nail artist do whatever she feels like at the time. Sometimes I’ll request something for special occasions or something like that. For example, before I went to the Star Trek convention in Las Vegas a couple years ago, I got the Federation insignia painted on my nails with rhinestone accents.

Today my request was “something colorful” because I’m going to an Earth, Wind & Fire concert next weekend. I wanted something funky and groovy. I think she did a great job, as usual. ๐Ÿ™‚

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Thank you to my son for the photos. ๐Ÿ™‚ Not sure what I’m going to do when he flies back to the mainland for college…

Welcome!

“You have too many games. You need to reconsider what games you want to play.”

A few days after the new year, I created a list of all the games I have that I still haven’t finished.ย 

I was motivated by all my friends making these ridiculous New Year’s resolutions. I don’t believe in resolutions. People who make them rarely stick to them for more than a month. (Honestly, I think it’s more like a week.) I believe in making concrete plans with concrete goals. The problem I run into most often isn’t follow-through. It’s coming up with a good plan in the first place. Whatever I do has to be doable. In other words, it has to be something that I can and want to do and it has to be done in a way that I’m willing to do. Picky and unrealistic? Maybe. But hey, this is MY life and the only one who controls that is ME.

In addition to my love of video games (mostly JRPGs), I have a LOT of other obsessions:

  • Anime
  • Manga
  • Star Trek
  • Japanese Pop Music
  • Taking MOOCs (Massively Open Online Courses)
  • Comic Books
  • Travel
  • Tuxedo Sam
  • MMORPGs (Massively Multiplayer Online Role Playing Games)
  • James Bond
  • Cooking
  • Japan
  • Reading
  • Nail Art
  • Final Fantasy (I’m a fangirl about this enough to give it its own category)
  • Plushies
  • Music
  • Movies
  • Dining Out

It sounds like I’m just rattling off a long list of hobbies, but when I consider the amount of money and/or time that (my husband and) I spend on this stuff every month, these are definitely more than just hobbies. As I’m typing this post, I’m watching video lectures on Coursera for a class called “The Science of Gastronomy” taught by professors at the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology. The lecture is talking about how cooking and preparation of food alters the cellular structure of the food molecules which in turn affects its consistency. ย Neat stuff! Seriously, science makes EVERYTHING better.

On top of all that, I work full time as an office manager type person, doing accounting clerk stuff, payroll, and some HR. My only child is starting his sophomore year of college next month on the other side of the country and I’m still struggling to pay off the mountain of student loan debt that I amassed trying unsuccessfully to figure out what I want to be when I grow up. (I wasn’t unsuccessful in finishing college. I have a B.A. in Psychology, a B.A. in Japanese Language and Literature, and a Minor in Business Administration. I was just unsuccessful in figuring out what I want to do with my life.) So I’ve got “normal people” problems, too, along with my incredible backlog of games, anime, and books to finish.

I thought it might be fun to chronicle my attempt to get through my backlog of games along with all the other crazy things I do. Along the way, I’ll probably review things and places. Or maybe I’ll make comparisons between my fantasy worlds and my real one. Whatever I end up doing here, I hope you enjoy it!

PS – Thank you to my awesome husband for coming up with the blog name, “Mom Drives a Chocobo.”