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May 18, 2010 - Yeah, I know...it's been a while

For those of you that have been checking my website constantly wondering when I was going to update it, thank you so much for your interest. After almost a year and a half, I'm finally taking the time to update this site. Hell, I'm paying for it so I should use it, right? When I last added something to this site, I talked about how great 2008 was for me and that I hated to see it go. But my life since that New Year's Eve blog has been nothing but pleasant. 2009 was a very eventful year for me and things have been just as great in 2010. So here is my 2009 (and first part of 2010) year in review.

January started off with my parents moving to Phoenix, Arizona and beginning a new life for themselves in the desert. Dad took a new position with USAA and my mom found a job with Genzyme. This was something big. My parents said good-bye to the first house they've ever owned. For me, I was finally back on my own, for the first time since my time in Austin, and no debts to pay off. And, almost as if on queue, I started to get to know someone better. Well, that someone's name is Tina and we've been together for at least a year and three months now. Through it all, I've just been so happy. Not long after we started dating, my parents planned to be in San Antonio for a visit. So I took the opportunity to introduce Tina to them and my sister (the real test!). Well, that night, my mom and Tina each had four top shelf margaritas. Yep, it was a great night and my parents and Jenny have loved Tina ever since.

More than anything, 2009 involved a lot of travelling for me. I cannot recall ever making so many trips to so many places before that did not involve an RV. For starters, Jesse, Tina, and I drove up to North Richland Hills, Texas (in between Dallas and Fort Worth), for XCW's 10th Battle Box. Jesse and I also drove out to Houston for the annual Texas Trash Day video game tournament. I also flew out to Phoenix to surprise mom for Mother's Day and, while there, drove to Sedona. I made that trip again in June with Tina (her first airplane ride ever and I'm so proud of her for having the courage to do it) and the two of us drove to Sedona and back to Phoenix before heading to Margaritaville and a couple of Diamondbacks-Astros games with my parents. I did go to Laredo a couple of times to meet and visit Tina's family, and the two of us also made road trips to Houston (where she met my aunt) and South Padre Island (where she met my grandfather). We also visited Austin to check out a Texas Longhorns football game. Jenny and I then flew back out to Phoenix for Thanksgiving with my parents. In addition to all that, I made so many trips to Austin, Temple, and Corpus Christi to check out wrestling shows by ACW, NSF, and GCWA, respectively. So much travel and it was all so much fun.

2010 so far has not involved quite as much travel. Just a few weeks before 2009 ended, Jesse checked in to a hospital and ended up needing to be sedated in the Intensive Care Unit after he suffered a severe asthma attack and the doctors could not properly treat his lungs. But, he kept on fighting. Not long after the new year began, Jesse woke up and made a great recovery and was back out into the world just a few weeks later. Since then, he's been healthy and takes on life with a whole new attitude. We made yet another trip to Houston for the annual Texas Trash Day in April, only this time Tina came along and she enjoyed herself and meeting the many friends I have from around the state.

School-wise, I have been doing quite well. I will finally be graduating from the University of Texas at San Antonio this December with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in History. My graduation ceremony will take place on December 16, 17, or 18 so keep those dates open for your own road trip to San Antonio. I know it has taken a while and I only have four classes left. I've enjoyed most of my classes at UTSA as they've given me a new perspective on so many things. I've also completed two semester of Japanese. I actually had to set up a separate website for my classes. That site can be found here.

So, all that about sums up the past year and a half. I could go into more detail, but it wouldn't be my style, would it? Not unless I'm getting a grade for it, anyway. Most recently though, I hosted my first ever Retro Gaming Night. The turnout was great and everyone enjoyed seeing my Super Nintendo hooked up to the big television. Ah so many games that took us back and we had an NBA Jam: Tournament Edition 2v2 tournament that had some fun and great games. I'm working on a whole new section for this website that shows highlights and other information of this and future retro nights. And to all my fellow Samurai Shodown fans out there, I have finally been able to hook up my Hyper NeoGeo 64 and am able to play Samurai Shodown 64 again. I will be recording some match videos soon and you'll likely see those on YouTube. I'll keep you posted.

With that, this blog entry is done, but not before I announce the 2009 Nakofan Awards for the year's best. I know its late, but I didn't forget, did I? These just happen to be my personal favorites for the past year. Enjoy!

Best Movie: Inglorious Basterds
Best TV Show: Supernatural
Best Actor: Christoph Waltz as SS Colonel Hans Landa (Inglorious Basterds)
Best Actress: Sandra Bullock as Leigh Anne Tuohy (The Blind Side)
Best PS2 Game: Samurai Shodown Anthology
Best Wii Game: New Super Mario Bros. Wii
Best PS3 Game: Batman: Arkham Asylum
Best Album: Shallow Life by Lacuna Coil
Best Song: Boom Boom Pow by The Black Eyed Peas
Most Memorable Moments:
  • Tina meeting my parents and Jenny for the first time (and Tina and Mom get drunk!)
  • Surprising Mom in Phoenix for Mother's Day weekend.
  • Tina flies on a plane for the first time ever...and we make it to Margaritaville!

  • Best Road Trip: Houston, Texas for Texas Trash Day 2009
    Biggest Accomplishment: Getting Back Out on My Own

    Currently Playing: Samurai Shodown 64




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