Tuesday, February 18, 2014
Boy, does Katsucon have a bunch of stories. So much stuff happened, in a bad way, but eventually it all worked out.
So, first thing, our college group gets to the convention and because we did not pre-register (college issues, not our fault) we had to wait three hours in a super-slow line. Then we get up front and we find out that their credit card thing isn't working. Well, the college gave our advisor a credit card to pay for the registration... So, we all had to pitch in money to help pay for it (we got paid back about 20 minutes afterwards). Then, when the lady was checking IDs, one of our group only had a student ID as a form of picture ID. Luckily, a guy came up and was like "Do your have a credit card?" Then he compared the credit card and the student ID and said "I shouldn't do this, and it will not happen again, but I am going to let you do it." So we got our badges. Then, leaving the registration room, we pass the panelist registration. Because I am hosting a panel, it would have taken me less than five minutes to get my badge.
Then, later I am cosplaying Shu Ouma, complete with wig. The wig gave me the worst headache in my life. It was only until today in which I see a warning that if your cosplay wig is put on too tight it will cause a headache. I left the con and got some pain reliever. It took a little over an hour, but the medicine, plus the removal of the wig, made it bearable for the remainder of the day. Travel to and from the con was ridiculous. The hotel was two miles away. Luckily, there was a shuttle. Unluckily, it ran later in the morning than I needed, and stopped earlier than I wanted in the afternoon.
My panel went pretty well, I simply wish I had rehearsed it other than in my head.
Leaving the con, we get about half a mile down the road before the van breaks down. No warning whatsoever, it just stops running. It takes four hours for a tow truck (my uncle) to get there, which should have only taken an hour.
Okay, during the Crunchyroll panel, I heard a hilarious story.
So, one night, one of the Crunchyroll guy's friends starts heading to the hotel for a room party and there's this big, black guy following him. When he gets to the party, everyone is just like "Who is this guy?" So the party goes on, and this guy just keeps getting more and more drunk. At one point, he passes out in a chair. A few hours later, the party ends and he's still passed out in the chair. First, they shake him. Nothing. Ice down the shirt. Nothing. Dumps water onto him. Still... nothing. So they start slapping him. At first, it was just a little slap. Nothing. They progressively start slapping him harder and harder. It's becoming a slap party. At this point, they get a call. Turns out the guy is a friend of a friend. But they don't want him in the room. So they get like four people a load him onto a dolly. Yes, a dolly. When going to the elevator, the passed-out guy's friend shows up. He's a big guy as well. So, he picks up his friend and slams him down on the ground. Nothing. So he rolls up his sleeve, cocks his arm back and just slaps the heck out of him. "Geez, this guy is like dead." At this point, they load him back onto the dolly and get him onto the elevator. As the elevator door starts closing, he falls OFF the dolly into the way of the door. Now, the door keeps trying to close on him, as some of the friends start kicking him back onto the dolly. They finally get him all set onto the dolly, then move him into the lobby and plop him into the chair. The slap him one more time, just for good measure. Dead as a door-nail. Man, this guy is just passed out!! So, they leave him there. The next morning, they get up and ask "What happened to him?" One guy says "I don't know, but I saw the paramedics in the lobby earlier." Turns out he was fine, just really, really drunk. The guy's friend said the first thing the drunk said when he woke up was "Man, my face BURNS!!"
Also, during the Super Art Fight, while the announcer was describing the fight and the rules, this guy dressed in a titan skin suit just jumps up and BOLTS out of the room screaming "Gotta poop! Gotta poop! Gotta poop!" Aw man, it was hilarious.
Also, I learned about a scavenger hunt via Katsucon's Tumblr. I completed it, and got some Ramune, Hello Panda, some arty stuff, and a t-shirt. Good enough for a free hunt. Apparently, I was one of only three people who did the hunt.
Tuesday, January 21, 2014
I must admit, I probably will NOT make my goal for a Goku-like body by August. I definitely think I can certainly do better and can get a bit towards the goal, but I have 50lbs to lose, plus gaining enough muscle to have a warrior-type body.
Good news though: Classes are starting, work is going well.
And the best news: My panel application for Katsucon got accepted! The title is "Getting Fit for Cosplay." My biggest worries from it are A) it is in a month and I have not prepared at all. To do that, plus classes, plus work, plus workouts plus making a cosplay (Shu Ouma, Guilty Crown), is going to be really hard. And B) the panel got scheduled for 7:15 in the MORNING. Yuck.
During the semester, I plan to go swimming and lift weights a lot. My bro got me a barbell that works with my weights I had on my dumb bells. So I can finally do my weight lifting at home.
Also, for about 3 weeks I got back into doing Wii Fit Plus, and the daily weigh-ins actually had a distinct wave-like pattern to it. That was interesting to see.
Thursday, January 02, 2014
If you are reading my blogs or know anything about my goals, you will know my ultimate goal right now is to become very, very much like Goku, the individual in the background of my profile (particularly the version with the black hair). If not, now you know.
Whenever I am feeling really lazy, tempted, or whatever, I turn my thoughts toward Goku. I think to myself: What would Goku do? Seriously, I do.
Tonight, it has worked quite well for me. I was just going to go to bed tonight, but instead I cleaned up my room because Goku would keep his room clean. I did the dishes tonight rather than wait until tomorrow morning. I made my bed, despite the fact I will be going to bed very shortly. I even set up the coffee pot to start in the morning so my parents don't have to do it, because that is what Goku would do. He goes out of his way to help everyone, with nothing expected in return. I am even going to lift some weights in a minute because, as Goku is a warrior, a defender of Earth, he trains to stay the strongest in the world. For me, I simply train to be stronger than I was yesterday.
Goku is kind. Goku is strong. He keeps his room clean, he puts away laundry when he gets it, he does the dishes promptly, he keeps things clean rather than waiting until the tipping point. Goku is caring, he does things just because it's nice to do, he does everything with an ultimate goal in mind.
I will become Goku because, to me, Goku is who the model of who I want to eventually become (aside from being naive, having to constantly defend the Earth, and because of such often seeing his friends die).
Sunday, December 29, 2013
I know, I know. I said I won't make "resolutions" anymore. But these are my resolutions, things that I WILL get done. They're not goals because I absolutely will make it there. I got a barbell for Christmas that uses the same weights as my dumbbells, I've got my room pretty clear, I got the Wii and Wii Balance Board all set up. All I have to do is KISS and SMART. Keep It Simple Stupid. Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Relevant, and Time-Based. My resolution is to get to 175 pounds by all means necessary by July 16, 2014, with a decent load of muscle. My current level is 220 lb. This is not only for optimal health physically, but also emotionally, mentally, and possibly spiritually. I am hoping to be done to 200 lbs by February 14, 2014, the time of Katsucon 2014. That was one of my original goals.
I have noticed that, despite all my efforts, I still sabotage myself more than I do well, which is why I am not losing weight at all. I am now trying to eat as fresh and healthy as possible. I have a hard time trying to find breakfast ideas that aren't always eggs. I have grown a liking to cottage cheese when it has been sweetened and flavored, so I may bring that back into my diet, but I keep reading that although non-fat is good, it's also not as good as whole-fat since it removes a lot of nutrients. I'll rather just be low-cal than high-nutrient right now. Also, I've noticed that I need to monitor my portion sizes a LOT. I see all this information on what is a portion size of this and that, but how many of what should I have per meal? That is where I get confused. I also need to figure out some good exercise sets to do without a weight bench or Swiss ball, using a barbell, dumbbells, resistance bands, and jump rope. I know this sounds like "he's got all that and he doesn't know what he can do," but I only see workouts that are either using kettlebells, a swiss ball, or a weight bench. I need one without any of the three.
I will to be 175 lbs with a 12% body fat by July 16, 2014, including a substantial amount of muscle. This requires a daily routine that will be pretty rough, but will get me the results I need.
Specific: Weight and muscle mass.
Measurable: Arm, stomach, waist, hips and weight.
Achievable: If I work REALLY hard, this is achievable.
Relevant: July 16th is when I turn 24. When I turn 25, I want my life to be where I want to be, particularly physically. In August, there will be Otakon, and I plan to join in the Hall Costume Contest as Goku, a super-famous idol of the anime community.
Time-Based: As stated, I have until July 16. That is 199 days, aka 28 weeks.
Resolution: 28 weeks, 75 pounds, a lot of hard work. Probability and the majority states that it is impossible/unhealthy to lose an average of 3 pounds a week, but I WILL do it. This is my declaration of war against my former fat self!!!
Friday, December 20, 2013
Lately I've been debating about my and others' maturity levels. This has particularly hit hard today since with my beard I look about 25, maybe older, and without I look like I am around 20, and I shave today. So, I'm wondering what my maturity level really is. On one hand, I am pretty responsible. On the other, I like to watch anime and manga, be lazy at home, and just be a kid. Back to being an adult, I have never had a job less than a year long and I make sure I do not owe money to anyone. Back to being a kid, I still live at home because I have not so great financial abilities (I know how to save, but I spend it on frivolous things). I go to college regularly, but I feel as though I need to move on with my life. I've been feeling like that since the beginning of the year, probably earlier than that. I want to live on my own with a reliable life, being financially stable, with a job I can deal with day in and day out. But right now, I feel like I am living a life of a 20-year old. I know it sounds petty to those older than I am (I am 23), but there is quite a difference. *Sigh* Point is I am not happy with my life as it is. I would like to just move out and get a job in the real world making enough money I don't have to go from paycheck to paycheck. I want to be independent. And I'm tired of schooling. I know I could be so much further in life if I just took the risks and went all-out, but I prefer to keep it safe.
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