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Another Tag!

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Hiya! I planned on just relaxing after getting home from class, but the weird thing about me is I still like to be doing something while relaxing. So I decided to do a tag I saw alittlelightsalt posted on one of her journals. She said she tags anyone who sees it and I saw it, so here I go! Consider it as a "thank you" for doing my tag. ;) (Wink) 

1. What’s the first thing you do when you wake up in the morning?
Eat lunch. I never wake up "in the morning." So I wake up and try and look for something I can eat. I sometimes brush my teeth, long story short, I have no morning routine.

2. When you walk into a bar, what do you typically order?
Haven't been to a bar yet, but I plan on just ordering club sodas. I ain't gonna drink in my lifetime, so I'll be the designated driver for my drunk buddies.

3. What’s the one word you are guilty of using too often?
Any swear word, really XD 

4. What is the last thing you searched for on Google?
Teenage versions of the PowerPuff Girls and RowdyRough Boys as they appear in the episode "City of Clipsville"

5. Who is the last person that called or texted you?
My best buddy, Sleepless-Heart. He's not always the first person to text me, but he's certainly the last.

6. What’s the wallpaper on your phone and/or computer?
A sexy Undyne from Undertale. This piece, to be exact [link]

7. What was the last awkward situation you were in and how did you handle it?
I dunno if this counts, but I signed a petition at my college campus to help prevent teenage lung cancer from smoking, and an older lady who was gonna sign the petition suddenly got in an argument with the, rather friendly, petitioners about how the act they were petitioning for would raise taxes in California which she was strongly against. I just walked away to class as soon as I was done signing it.

8. What is your TV guilty pleasure?
Sonic Boom

9. What’s the first CD you bought?
Music? Kid's Bop 5. Video Games? Super Mario Sunshine.

10. And what music are you currently listening to?
G6 - Far East Movement - Electric Dance Music

11. What is the one food you cannot resist?
Raw cookie dough

12. What movie makes you laugh the most?
Off the top of my head, Monty Python And The Holy Grail. However, I'm sure there's another movie out there that made me laugh harder. I just can't think of it. :shrug: rvmp 

13. What toppings do you like on your pizza?
Sausage, Mushrooms, Pepperoni, Veggies, Onions, and Bell Peppers

14. What drives you absolutely crazy?
People refusing to make sense, politics, unreasonable competitiveness, and people who take gaming way too seriously.

15. What was your first online screen name?

16. What’s the last thing you copied & pasted on your phone?
A character response to a role-play over text I do with my buddy, but couldn't send it because my buddy went to bed.

17. What’s your favorite curse word?
If I had to pick one, I think "shit."

18. What’s your favorite emoji?
:| (Blank Stare) <-- The neutral face, I hardly ever use it, but I find it hilariously awesome!

19. Pick one: Kittens or puppies?
Kittens. Dogs suck! Wink/Razz 

20. New York or Los Angeles?
Something tells me this is about the crime rate. In that case, New York.

21. Twitter or Instagram?
Err... none of the above? I don't own accounts in either of them.

22. Bacon or Nutella?
Bacon. I don't ever eat Nutella or Bacon, but I'm very picky how my bacon is if I'm offered it. I like it pink and meaty, not crisp and overcooked. Blaaaq! I think I am going to PUKE! 

23. Britney or Christina?
We talking Britney Spears? If so, her.

24. Coffee or tea?
Tea. With Lemonade :D (Big Grin) 

25. NSYNC or BSB?
Back Street Boys, I actually know their songs.

26. 2am or 2pm?
2am, bitch! I am a serious night owl. ICON: Owlmethyst Spin 

27. Beyonce or Rihanna?
Rihanna, only because I listen and have more of her songs than I do Beyonce.

28. Netflix and chill or just Netflix?
What's the difference? Who the hell is standing up and jumping around while watching Netflix? But chill and Netflix.

29. Hannah Montana or Lizzie McGuire?
Hannah Montana, was a casual fan of her show growing up. Blush  My favorite exchange from the show is "Look at this. This lettuce has hair on it!" "That's not lettuce, that's a piece of chicken." "Neyaaaaah! *throws chicken away*"

30. And finally: tell us a secret.
... I would betray humanity if I felt they were in the wrong on intergalactic/interspecies affairs... not even joking. Hahahahaha. No. I salute you! 

That a good enough secret for ya? Hey, you forced me to go dark. Anyways, thanks for the tag alittlelightsalt! I tag you back with this tag, since you said you'd do it at some point, and thanks for doing my tag! Peace out!

I also tag all my friends, watchers, and ShaunDevon, specifically.

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Hey everyone! I've been sketching more frequently lately. So I'll be posting a few sketches everyday within this month. So I hope you're ready for that. I do need to post more art on my account anyhow, right? Giggle 
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The Tag

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A new member of DeviantArt has tagged me with my first tag meme. ShaunDevon was the one who tagged me. Check him out and show him love! Anyways, on to the tag meme!

Tag your friends!

Name: Grey G
Birthday: December 26th
Gender: Male
Hair color: Brown
Eye color: Brown

Favorite band(s): Hollywood Undead, Linkin Park, Nine Lashes, Daughtry, N.W.A, and Starset
Favorite singer(s): Dr. Dre and Eminem
Favorite genre: Alternative rock, rap, pop
Listening to: The Man by Aloe Blacc
Favorite movie(s): Man of Steel, The Book of Life, Toy Story, Captain America: The First Avenger, The Longest Day
Favorite TV show(s): The George Lopez Show, Seinfeld, My Life as a Teenage Robot, TUFF Puppy, Star vs. The Forces of Evil

Are you crushing on someone?
Do they know? No, because she's nonexistent
Name of my first crush: Can't bother to remember
Name of my current crush or significant other: N/A
Have you ever been kissed? Yes, by family only
Are you in a relationship? No

What's your favorite medium:
Traditional - Pencil lineart
What do you like to make? Anime and Cartoons
Have you ever won an award for your art? No
Do you study art? Yes, drawing for design

What was your nickname in school?
Don't have one, no one knows me well enough XD 
What was your GPA in high school? I don't remember XD 
What's your favorite subject? Art

How many siblings? 
Two brothers
Parents? Mom and Dad

I tag all of my watchers and these specific friends... DOOO IT!!!

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Hey, y'all. I'm happy to say that I'm feeling much better since my last journal entry. That problem is still there, but I've put it in the back of my mind for now. My optimism has kicked back in and I'm more confident that the dilemma with my parents isn't dire. After all, my dad did say he still loves my mom, so I think that's more than enough to say divorce isn't on the horizon.

Today's entry is something a lot less emotional and negative (yay!) and rather me responding to something without actually responding to it. I had recently watched Bobsheaux's, a favorite movie critic of mine, review of Cars 2. A Pixar movie that didn't exactly live up to Pixar's expected standards and has gotten a lot of hate over the years. Bobsheaux actually enjoyed the movie, as for me, I actually haven't seen it in it's entirety yet so I can't say I have a dog in that fight. However, most of my friends said it was just made to sell merchandise so I, admittedly jumped on the hate bandwagon prematurely. However, Bobsheaux's review shed some light on the movie and now I have mellowed out. Sitting down and actually watching that movie is on my bucket list anyways. I want to address what I read in the comments section of the video rather than the review or movie itself. I know, Youtube comments is where the first level of Hell is, but I found something that intrigued me.

There are many reasons why people dislike Cars 2, but some actually dislike the moral itself. "Be yourself" Okay, I'll admit Mater can be an idiot, but like Bobsheaux said, he's a lovable idiot, but I also agree comic relief should stay in the supporting role. Which may or may not spell the critical demise of Finding Dori, but I digress. I've seen discussions that some people believe, as much as it sucks, you can't always necessarily be yourself in every situation. It's not always a fool-proof code to live by. That, I think, in itself, is a misinformed moral, like how they're claiming Cars 2's "be yourself" one is. I mean, yeah, I agree you can't always be yourself in every situation, at least not full throttle, but I think there's a difference between "being yourself" and being competent and respectful. The argument for Cars 2's moral being bad is that Mater acts like an incompetent fool throughout the movie, disrespecting other cultures while going on the world tour with McQueen. I believe that's a weak argument, for one, it's obvious that Mater shouldn't be the role model for being respectful to other cultures. Plus, it was obviously played for laughs, and I'm sure the movie wasn't trying to say "Oh yeah! It's totally fine to be a jackass to other people outside your own bubble! It's just being yourself!" That just reinforces my own belief that comedy sidekicks shouldn't be brought to the foreground as the protagonist. Everyone takes the protagonist role very seriously, if the comedy relief is the protagonist, unless done right, then you're asking for people to hate their guts. Anyways, that's not being yourself, that's being arrogant, hiding behind another concept entirely to justify you being the said jackass. Like people abusing their 1st Amendment rights to justify spreading their unneeded hate. Clearly, that's not what Cars 2 was trying to convey. Do people really want to believe that a Pixar-Disney movie is encouraging you to make up bullshit justifications for being a disrespectful ass? You can still be yourself and respectful to other cultures/social groups at the same time. Don't act like any American-born American here would know exactly how to act and know everything about Japanese culture upon visiting the country. You're going to be a little ignorant of the culture, and that's not a bad thing, it's just not something you're use to. A smart thing to do would be to research the culture and, at least, try and abide by their customs as best you can.

I had a high school history teacher who said he visited France and tried to make his order in a restaurant in the proper French dialect. Sure, he failed miserably, and the French waiter laughed at him, but he said the waiter respected him for at least trying, and being respectful of their culture. Plus, if the other culture is tolerant themselves, they aren't going to expect you to be perfect in replicating their customs. They know you're a visitor. That's like saying you eat like a pig at a very formal party and look up and say "I'm being myself." That's not an excuse to be rude and to have no manners, and that's obviously not what Cars 2's moral was trying to convey. Their moral was trying to say "Don't let anyone tell you you're any less of a person for being you, or that you should be something you're not." In Cars 2, that meant, Mater is a little thick-headed, but that's what we love about him and his thick-headedness doesn't make him any less a person, or car in the movie's case. That's why McQueen regrets trying to change Mater, when best friends are suppose to accept each other for who they are. Nobody would hate him quite as much if Mater stuck to being the comedy sidekick, right? Thus, we love him for who he is. So yeah, it's completely fine to be yourself in every situation, as long as you don't overdo it needlessly, or use it as an excuse to be a jackass. There's never been a moment in my life where I've had to suppress being myself while being competent and respectful simultaneously in a specific situation. It's easy to stay true to yourself and act properly in a certain social standard as well. So "the harsh reality of you being unable to be yourself 24/7" I think is a silly notion. Especially in the argument of Mater's case in Cars 2.

Sure people act differently in different situations, but you're never not being yourself. There's a quote that fits this argument near perfectly "There's a way you speak to your mother and there's a way you speak to your friends." In the end, it's all about acceptance. The more you feel accepted, the more you reveal to people about yourself. So my point is, you are always being yourself even subconsciously, but there's a difference between being yourself and being respectful. You're not compromising one or the other you're just being respectful, that doesn't mean that you're suppressing who you really are, you're just respecting the social standard set or cultural difference.

Unless being yourself means to be a disrespectful douchebag to some people... then I suppose that'd be the exception to my argument. Shrug 

Which is obviously not what Mater was doing, his "disrespectful" and idiotic behavior was played purely for comedic effect. I mean c'mon, didn't Monty Python show us the wonders of ignorance humor? That's all that was happening in Cars 2. People are ignorant all the time in comedic media, but I guess when a beloved Disney character does it, it automatically means they're a stupid, disrespectful jackass. Sometimes people need to stop reading way too into things.

Glad I could get that off my chest. I would've brought this up on the video itself, but I didn't feel like sparking an unnecessary flame war. Bobsheaux gets enough of that on his videos as is. Love ya, #Bobsheaux:D (Big Grin) 
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Hoo boy... have I got some heartstrings to tug on today. I know I said in my last entry I'd try and be more optimistic, but this may end up being a more pessimistic view of a sequence of events I experienced. So if you don't feel like being in the same emotional depressed mood that I'm kinda in, then I advise you to not venture into this entry further. I completely understand for choosing not to.

As with all things that happen in my life, there always seems to be a story attached. A few nights ago, I saw Nickelodeon was airing the Rugrats In Paris movie on it's late 90's Are All That block. I've always been a fan of the Rugrats and I remember Rugrats In Paris being a favorite movie of mine as a child. I decided to record it onto my DVR and watch it the following day, considering my VHS copy of the movie was fucked up in certain parts since I'd like to rewind and rewatch certain parts when I was a kid. After doing a butt-load of homework for my college math class, I decided to finally unwind with the movie I recorded. It was just as great as I remembered it and it gave me a laugh and a rush of good nostalgic memories... Then Rugrats, the regular TV show, came on after the movie. As I watched just the opening sequence of one of my favorite Nick shows, I got more rush of nostalgia, but this time, not all of it was necessarily good. I don't quite know how to explain it, but I suppose it was one of those moments where I began to feel so many things my emotions went into overdrive. A lot of people say when you cry at something nostalgic, it means you miss the "good ole' days" but you soon get over it and it's simply keeping those memories cherished. I guess I experienced that and more. It certainly doesn't help that Rugrats' opening theme has such a PATHOS tone to it. Don't get me wrong, it's cute and I get it's suppose to reinforce the theme of the series being about toddlers, but cuteness mixed with emotion is a concoction for tears, whether they be for sadness or happiness. As a man, I obviously try and hold back anytime I wanna cry, especially something as innocent as remembering "good times." Hell, just writing this is making me tear up constantly. I'm listening to rocking music and watching comical media just to distract myself from crying for God's sake. I will admit that I am a very emotional person, I'm very open with my feelings and I wear my heart on my sleeve. Though I try and hide my emotions, I'm no good at it, anyone can tell I'm upset or something is bothering me from a mile away. I love talking things out with people, even if I say I don't when I'm upset. Which brings us to the next chapter of this story.

The reason I claim that some nostalgia can be bad is because, though Rugrats reminded me of good times, it can also remind you how those good times have deteriorated over the years. In Rugrats, every character's family life is perfect. There are no divorced couples or problems between the parents, at least none that ultimately gets them divorced, the worst thing that happened is Chucky's first mother dies from a terminal illness, but then he just gets another loving mom in the movie Rugrats In Paris. In the series, my favorite family was Tommy's. I have 2 younger brothers, so I suppose I kinda see myself as Tommy, minus the sense of courage he has. Tommy's dad, Stu, looks a lot like my own dad if he were drawn as a Nickelodeon caricature. The reason I'm emotional because I was raised by two loving parents who were open about their own feelings towards me. I have a lot of friends who's family life rarely comes close to my own. Their parents are either divorced and have step-parents or their parents are together but are very closed with their emotions and don't openly convey that they love them. I am very grateful to have the family and family life that I do, and that's why this revisiting of Rugrats gave me nostalgia that can be considered bad. As a child, I always saw my family just like Tommy's, and my dad being Stu, perfect and lovable, it would last forever. However, my parents have proven that forever may not be the reality. My parents have gotten in fights before, but nothing as serious as in recent years. It's so bad that my dad is now living at my grandma's and I found out that they've had to go to marriage counseling in the past. This shattered my, I suppose, illusion that my family was as great as Tommy's. After my dad told me he was moving out, I saw this as the signs of a divorce not too far along the future and I was crushed. Now I was going to fall under the same umbrella my friends did, a child of parents whom are no longer together. I always hated the idea of being a child of divorced parents, they're each leading their own lives, you have to visit them separately. To me, that's just stupid, how can I call these people my parents if they separate as soon as they're done raising me? It seems, at least to me, a lot of people don't care if their parents get divorced, but I do. Especially after what I just explained. I idolize my parents, and I want my family to live up to my dad being Stu Pickles and me being Tommy Pickles.

And I get it, the world isn't all sunshine and lollipops, but my family's love was something I thought could withstand the test of time. I mean, my grandparents on my mom side are still together. Figures my dad's divorced side is now influencing my immediate family. It just seems everytime I find something great and optimistic about life, it has to remind me it's cruel and unforgiving. People say, it doesn't matter if the parents are getting a divorce as long as they still harbor love for the child, and while that's great, I can't live with that. Sure, I'll love my parents forever, but... there's something unsettling to me about parents not loving each other, but still loving the child. It's like, if you really love them you'll stay together... but then again, I do take into account other people's happiness very much. If my parents aren't really happy together anymore, I have no right to force them to stay together for my sake, but I wouldn't be happy if they get divorced either. Grump Ugh... I hate these lose-lose situations. It seems like I have to live with one or the other unhappy situation. Either I live with my parents staying together, knowing they don't really care for one another anymore, or live with them getting divorced. Neither eases my emotional pain... :( (Sad) I mean, even the Rugrats movie summed up perfectly what I thought of my parents "It's because of my love for her, that I learned to love again." I applied that to when I eventually find my significant other, my parents were role models of marriage. I made it my personal goal that if I get married, that's it. I don't want any divorces on my record. Out of all the shit and pessimism I put up with in this world, my parents' love for each other falling apart shouldn't be one of them. They're the ones I go to when I need reassurance that this world isn't a fucked up cesspool that we just inhabit until we're finally spared from it with death, whether that be blissful eternal rest or the end of our very existence as a person.

I sometimes just hate this whole concept of 'life balance.' Why can't the good ever outweigh the bad? Why does something have to give? I've even heard the quote "You don't learn to deal with loss, you learn to live with it." Why should I have to live with it, why can't things get better? Rage *heavy sigh* Well, like most stories, this, thankfully, has a happy ending, sort of. Since I'm trying to be more optimistic, I should end this entry on a good, hopeful note. After experiencing that emotional overload with Rugrats, with it having a deeper meaning of it reflecting how perfect my own family was, I had to ask my dad whether he still loved my mom truly, I had to know after thinking on this. To determine whether divorce was still a possibility or if my future family was secure for a few more good years. Thankfully, he said he does still love my mom and cares about her, but said he's not "in love" with her anymore. Which, I suppose, he meant there's no romance between them anymore, which I can kind of get behind. You don't have to be romantic with your mate 24/7 in order to love them. I think everyone is in agreement after being married for so-and-so years the honeymoon is over. Then my parents love to do what they always do, the "give-and-take" explanation. This means my parents will reassure me about something, but then reinforce the negative is still there too. Kinda going back on the whole 'life balance' bullshit. So my dad says after saying he does love my mom, "but I love you and your brothers. That doesn't change because of the situation me and your mother are in." At this point, I can't control my emotions and I'm choking up and my dad thinks I'm upset, which I kinda was, but I honestly didn't know what I was necessarily feeling. Again, it probably was just an emotional overload. When I'm "upset" I have a hard time explaining things, so I give my father like a quarter of the story that I've relayed here now, and all I told him was something along the lines of "Rugrats made me think that our family was perfect." He took it as "Rugrats made me think our family needs to be perfect." So he responded with nothing in life is perfect and that's just the reality. He said there's nothing wrong with all families or life having imperfection, my dad doesn't believe such a perfect family exists, he just said TV families are made perfect to entertain us because our own families are imperfect, an illusion if you will... Gee, thanks dad. That really reassured me about our situation. Roll Eyes 

See what I'm talking about with the whole "give-and-take" thing? Of course, I was crying when I was trying to tell him what I really meant and he simply interpreted it wrong. That would've been sound advise/reassurance if the problem was me worrying about our family being imperfect. But my worry is that my definition of our family's perfection is deteriorating. My utmost confidence in saying my family is like Tommy's in Rugrats, visualizing my dad as Stu Pickles, a loving family with no threat of falling apart. Now... now I can't really say that anymore without some hint of lingering doubt. I haven't talked about it with my parents since that discombobulated discussion I had about it with my dad. I haven't even gotten my mom's side of the story yet. I may bring it up again later, but I'm gonna wait till my more extreme emotions on the matter calm down first. Because I don't wanna repeat of that miscommunication. Otherwise it'll just make things worse. Sometimes you have to fight for what you love, and I have to address the issue if I'm going to have a chance of reversing a horrible demise that is my family's bond. I really hope this is just me over-exaggerating this, I tend to do that when my pessimism gets the best of me. So, at least, I'm hopeful of the optimistic outcome rather than the pessimistic outcome I'm predicting. Here's hoping for a happy ending to this story. I'm going to try and keep my spirits up, and if I end up having to fight for my ideal family life... than so be it.Use the force! 
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