Hotel California

I love this song, almost to an extreme, it’s so catchy and meaningful. Before I continue I should say that this is my interpretation of the song and you can have whatever opinion you want on it. Come to think that should be a rule for all my posts. Anyways what I truly think this song is about is love. So many things in the song can be an analogy for it. For example, take the feast scene “They stab it with their steely knives but just can’t kill the beast.” This is an analogy for people either wanting to get away from love or get more of it and just can’t succeed. The whole hotel is an analogy for love. Plus it’s California, while never living there I’m just gonna guess there’s a lot of love going on in Cali. Anyways it’s my favorite song hands down.

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Magic the Gathering

First off I must have had a subconscious premonition yesterday because today I got some new graph paper and mechanical pencils. Second what’s with Magic the Gathering? The basic premise of the game is that you are a wizard with a certain amount of spells and you have to defeat one or more opponents card game style. I used to be big into this game, I got one of my first decks around 10th edition and I played consistently through Shadowmoor. This was because my parents owned a game store and I was allowed to get a couple new cards throughout the years. But when the store closed I lost interest for a while; I would often play games with my dad and various friends but I never got any new cards. By the time I came back to MTG all my cards were outdated and It’s nearly impossible to keep up with the growing amount of cards to stay standard legal. I was a bit confused when I went to a gaming convention in Seattle and after my friend and I started playing a match a man that we had been playing munchkin with came up and said “ah the accursed game.” I didn’t understand at first why someone thought that it was evil but looking back I can see it now. I think that Wizards should have more tournaments that are modern none of this standard stuff.

Graph Paper & Mechanical Pencils

These are some of my favorite things in the world, ever since I was in 3rd-grade I’ve loved making 3d looking drawings on paper such as a cube or a ball, but when I found graph paper I knew I found something special. Not only could I draw maps (for D&D) but I could draw my pretty little 3d art. While I am by no means an artist, seeing as all I can draw is a stickman on a 3d box, I like to think that I am a decent doodler. What’s really helped with this is Mechanical Pencils, the greatest thing to exist since regular pencils. I fell in love with these things at around my 6th-grade year and ever since then I’ve refused to use anything else, the fact that I never have to sharpen them is the best, and having the tiny lead is awesome. But the magic really comes together when you combine these two items, anything becomes possible and I’ve drawn some of my best “art” with the combination. Mostly it’s just little 3d cubes though.

Dungeons & Dragons

Dungeons and Dragons is a satanic game that only Pagans, Satanists, and Wiccans play… Or so they thought in the 1980’s.It’s taken nearly 30 years for people to *MOSTLY* realize that it’s not a satanic game or a spellbook of pure evil but yet people still believe it as so. I’ve been doing quite a bit of studying around it and it seems that most of it come from hardcore Christians and  Evangelicals. I’ve been playing D&D since I was 8 and in no way has it adversely affected me, I’m an A-B student, part of Student Council, and the Editor of the school paper, and in most parts D&D has helped me with this. For example, take the many spelling bees’s I was part of, what kid would know how to spell drudgery on a whim? This one that’s who. Anyways a quote from one of my favorite people addressing this issue is “Somebody said they threw their copy of Dungeons and Dragons into the fire, and it screamed. It’s a game! The magic spells in it are as real as the gold. Try retiring on that stuff” -Gygax. My sister often plays Dungeons & Dragons with me and one day she invited her friend to come along and enjoy it with her. Also sitting in the car was her friend’s Grandparents who proceeded to tell my sister that this game is evil and shouldn’t be played. It’s a Role-Playing GAME, not anything evil. I can’t believe that people still believe this junk. Oh well, i’ll just sit here with my satanist friends as we play our evil game sanctioned by the school and the teachers in it.

Directing

Oh boy what an exciting afternoon, for the past couple months I’ve been directing a play called “Action News, Now With 10% More Action.” Ill be the one to say its been a doozy, we had our first performance today and I was not expecting the turnout we had. I was expecting roughly 10-15 people, instead we had nearly 35. There was a lot of nervousness going around and there was a couple slip ups on lines, not to mention that one of our cast didn’t show up, but overall it was a really fun time and experience. Now we just have to survive through the all school performance in front of like 200 students…

FERPA Laws

Today I found out a bit about the “oh so wonderful” FERPA laws. On paper it’s a great idea, disallow discrimination for students with bad grades; but when you apply it to everything in school it gets a bit funky. Our school has terrible motivation, possibly because we live in a tiny little town where all there is to do are: stay home, work, go to the 1 gym. Great options we have here, I’m guessing at least 1/8th of our students do drugs. Back to the topic, due to this lack of all around motivation students don’t feel the need to do their homework. This makes for one of the largest amounts of failing grades ive ever seen (other than Detroit). I was thinking about ways to increase said motivation, one possible idea is the oldest one known to man, incentives. An example would be that during the end of the year we rent out a couple theaters in our local movie theater and send all the students with good grades in. When talking to my advisor and the school principal I found out that this a big no can do. Here’s a bit how the conversation went.

Me: I have a good idea *says idea*
Principal: FERPA won’t allow us to do a trip like that because students that don’t have good grades would be here at the school
Me: Well what about sending a highly suggestive email to parents saying to keep their kids at home if they have bad grades.
Principal: Nope FERPA.

Really got to love this, oh well I’ll see what I can do with a petition and some thinking. Goodbye for now friends, see you tomorrow

My Weekend

What a better way to head this off than to describe my “exciting” weekend. Friday was school, which while holding a positive tone still had a sad little part to it. As everyone was preparing for Student Council elections our principal decides to get up on stage and give us a rather depressing speech on bullying followed by some too real student impromptu speeches about suicide. Gotta love it when depression kicks you in the teeth at school. Anyways several of my friends got elected to Student Council so we will have to see how this goes. Later that evening continuing on a high note was the Super Smash Bros Tournament. I’ve never played before so I didn’t do so great but oh well. My Grandparents picked me up and I went over to their house for a couple days to visit as well as listen to stories about chickens. On Sunday after being driven back into town I was home for about one and a half hours before i left for my friend’s house. After TWO HOURS of my friend’s mom getting lost getting to my friend’s brothers friends house (lost you yet?) we made it back and I was able to play some video games and prep for a humorous D&D campaign. It was a rather interesting experience as the group was consisting of the ladies man Mistanvir the Sorceror, Faen ta deg the holier-than-thou cleric, and Deez Nuts the halfling ranger that would only speak “Ha Got Eem.” Overall it was a good run for an adventure called “To Kill and Owlbear” even with the party hanging the wrong man. The following day I played some more video games before I had to leave. The car ride was absolute horror, for 30 minutes I was in a car with a staunch Hillary supporter as I’m sitting here as a Bernie supporter. GREAT FUN. Finally I was home… for 20 minutes. Then I left for a BBQ at my other grandparent’s house. Anyways it was a BBQ, I played some games and now I’m bored of typing so farewell my friends, see you tomorrow.