How I Ended Up a Hockey Fan and How It Doesn’t Feel That Different

Yep. That’s me. The one in the backward hat taking this photo. I’m sure you’re wondering how I got there…which is the Washington Capitals Stanley Cup Parade and Rally weeks ago and why it’s taken me so long to write this blog.

Why it’s taken so long to write this is the easy answer, so I’ll start there. I’ve been struggling to put into words exactly what I wanted this blog post to really say. I knew it should be something about how I’ve been in many fandoms and how they all feel somewhat similar, but that’s as far as I originally got. As for how I found myself at the parade, well, it’s a funny story really.

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A Last Huzzah?

I’m getting ready to leave for the past – 1864 to be exact as I’m a Civil War Re-enactor. I have been since I was 16 and a friend came into class, handed me a permission slip and told me to have my mother sign it and that on Saturday I was going with her to Gettysburg to get something to wear.  I had found a fascination in the American Civil War when I was 13 and going out to do this peaked my interest in a way the same way that dressing up for the Renaissance Faire or Wild West Re-enacting (which I also occasionally do) did. History fascinated me and I wanted to know every little detail from all sides of the story and every single person. I didn’t ask any questions. I was just excited. That’s how I came to join the Chesapeake Signal Detachment with the Provisional Army of the Confederate States (PACS).

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Coming Full Circle, Or How 28 Feels Really Similar To 13

This blog post was originally written as part of a series for The Welders. It was posted to their blog on July 25, 2017. 

I am 28 years old. I graduated from high school ten years ago, graduated from undergraduate six years ago, and graduated from graduate school four years ago. When I was 11 back in 2000, I had a love for all things anime and Japanese. It was the thing to be into for me and my group of friends. We weren’t the most popular kids in school. No, we were the kids who were spending our weekends at the mall buying model Gundams, figuring out how to convince our parents to make us Sailor Scout costumes, finding new music genres in J-Pop and J-Rock, and reading and writing fan fiction on the internet back when you had to label things “lemon” to indicate explicit content.

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A Semester in Egypt

Well, here we go again folks! I’ve been in Cairo, Egypt for almost a week now. It’s been an interesting experience so far. I’m afraid that the cars will kill me, but I’m starting to get the hang of it. I’ll be sure to post to my travel blog, which many people followed last semester,, and I will post some new photography as the semester goes on. It will be awesome, I just know it!

So, that’s about all I have to say at the moment. More to come in the next semester!


Back in the US

Well, my plan to continually update while in the Czech Republic failed rather miserably. Every time I thought about it, something else would come up and I would get distracted by that project for a bit…and I’m sure you can see how the vicious cycle continued. But, I did manage to keep my travel journal up-to-date and I will continue that through the next semester during my studies in Egypt. So, make sure to keep watching me as I travel. Should be a lot of fun this semester. Especially, with all of the terror stuff going on.

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Free Compliments!

While looking through the Baltimore sun this morning, I found this article. Two guys from Purdue college are traveling the east coast and they are giving out free compliments to anyone passing by. I think this is rather awesome! I mean, who doesn’t love compliments. Had I known a little sooner that they were going to be in Baltimore, I may have stopped by for a compliment. Keep an eye for these guys whereever you go. They say that they are going to continue this until they graduate college, which is in two years.

Just an interesting piece of news that I thought I would share! Have a wonderful day!