Thinking of Harold

Seven years ago today I lost one of my best friends in the whole world. He was the only person who truly understood me and supported me in so many ways. In essence I was like his son and grandson all wrapped up in one. Since his sons had little interest in the things he enjoyed, he bestowed upon me a lot of stories and anecdotes to get me through life, he took me under his wing and guided me. I owe him a great deal for who I am now as a person. My outlook on things changed thanks to him.

Harold Kaska passed away quietly in the early morning hours of April 29, 2001. He was 75 years old. I loved Harold like a father, like a grandfather, like a best friend. A lot of people didn’t understand him as a lot of people don’t understand me and vice versa. He was opinionated, considered himself perfect and in some cases above other people. And the fact so many people didn’t understand, for the exception of his wife Ceil, he WAS perfect. He was a genius, he had a high IQ and was incredibly intelligent. With that level of intellect comes a personality that many might find obnoxious, arrogant and ignorant of other people’s feelings.

I too have a high IQ, not as high as Harold’s, but enough to make me similar to him. I couldn’t ask for a better role model. Thanks to Harold I am more assertive now than I used to be, my mind is more open to possibilities than it used to be. I listened to Puccini and hated it, but the fact is…I listened rather than shrug it off and say I don’t want to hear it. Thanks to Harold my eyes were opened in many ways and in many ways I became a better person.

I miss Harold very much. In fact, as I write this my eyes are stinging. The pain of that loss is still felt very much. I pray for him often and I hope that someday I can be with him again. We can sit down and talk about the opera again and he can tell me those wonderful stories of his childhood, the time in World War II and so many other great experiences. For now, the memories I carry are precious and I cherish them deeply. Harold where-ever you are right now, my friend, all I have to say is…

If people had shut up and listened to what you were telling them and had done what you told them to do, the world would have been a better place. Now there is only silence and the world is a lesser place without you.

Cold over (mostly), book writing underway!

Well I am finally over my cold, just dealing with secondary infections (ie. sinusitis), but I feel fine. I have therefore set forth unto writing my next book. I spent a while last week thinking of final titles for the book and came up with “Futures Past.” I also spent about 5 1/2 hours working on the cover design. I used a lot of the stuff I have learned during my time as a student at the Art Institute of Pittsburgh. I’ll attach it at the end of this post.

The story for the new book excites me whenever I think about it. I have, afterall, spent about 4 months working it out. It’s going to be one of my best books yet. It should also be well over 300 pages. I also decided to make it into a series of books. The first and second book I wrote, which are done, are actually books 3 and 4 in the series of six books which I have named “The House of Calduros Chronicles”. So the book I am writing now will be book 5 in the series and I will then write books 6, 1 and 2 in that order.

Anyway, that’s all for now about the book. As far as work is concerned, I am still working at IKEA and loving every minute of it. I also am continuing to enjoy my schoolwork at the Art Institute of Pittsburgh…although this semester is not as much fun…*cough*math class*cough*. But believe it or not, I am doing relatively well in math class, I had to recall a lot of things but I have it down now.

Here’s the cover design for the upcoming book, due to be published in November 2008…

Third book in the works, but first….a COLD!

Well I started working in earnest on the third book in my series, but alas I had to stop due to a cold. OMG talk about misery. I am all stuffed up and feel like absolute crap. But I will resume working on it this weekend.

Okay, that’s all I have the energy to write…going back to bed.

Olympics in China = Retarded Idea

You know, I’d like to tell the Olympic committee, that decided to allow an Olympics to occur in China, they are the most retarded assholes on Earth. First off, come on, what the fuck, China is a communist country that has countless human rights violations, is holding the country of Tibet a prisoner and is supporting little shits like North Korea. I am not bashing the land of China, or the people of China. I believe China is one of the most beautiful and awe inspiring places on Earth. It is filled with some incredible history, art and the great wall that is a towering tribute to their ancestors.

No, I would not bash anyone from China or the beautiful land of China. I am bashing the government of China who holds onto the idea that communism is the best way to rule a country and thinks it can suppress freedom and liberty of its people through intimidation, torture and other cruel acts against human rights.

Personally I hope the Chinese Olympics are a huge failure. They don’t deserve to be hosting the Olympics, they don’t deserve half the support that America gives them. China should be cut off from the rest of the world. It’s products, which have been in question of late, should be banned and blocked from export to other countries. We should cut off their supply of money and resources like a surgeon cuts off blood flow to a tumor. Let China wither away until they have no choice but to join the 21st century, to respect human rights and to release their grip of power on Tibet and other principalities that have no reason being part of China. Right now we are supporting this menace, feeding it with our money and support by importing goods from China. China is robbing the United States of jobs. Think about it, instead of seeing that computer keyboard made in China, wouldn’t it be more patriotic and supportive of your own country to see it made at home? And sure it would be a little more expensive, that’s because China uses child labor and pays its workers the barest crumb for their work. Workers are allowed to live, that’s about all. Mothers and their children work in sweat shops under horrible conditions just so we can buy something for a lot less money. That’s one price that is too damned high in my opinion.

So I say, fuck China’s government and the upcoming olympics there. Until they come down from their high horse and start treating their citizens with the dignity and respect they deserve, until they abandon communism and embrace a government that is for the people’s best interests, China should be cut off until the life is sucked out of it’s government. Then, perhaps, it can again become that great place they call “Our Land”, endowed with the beauty and wondrous music and arts that is China. Then once more China can become 天下第一 (the best under Heaven).

谢谢.

April Update: Back in WoW / Loving my job / Kelsey

Well here’s the scoop for April…

1. I have decided to go back to playing World of Warcraft after a four month break. I am, however, not playing my Horde characters. As much as I love playing my 70 mage, I have a bunch of alliance pre-Burning Crusade characters at level 60. So I decided to transfer them to a friend’s server (Suramar) and level them there. It’s a PvE server so I don’t have to deal with ganking and all that crap. I have been levelling my rogue, Frostshadow, for the past week and she is now 62, almost 63. I also moved over my priest and my friend Rob’s warlock which I own now. I also moved Frostwillow, my 49 hunter, now level 52. It’s been fun playing alliance again…like coming home. I’ll post some screenshots at the end of this entry.

2. I have been working for IKEA now for 3 weeks and I still love it. Fuck it’s gotta be the best damned job I have ever had. Everyone appreciates you and is positive toward you. All you have to do is stand around and help people with their furniture selections or questions. They are paying me $13.50 an hour because of my extensive work experience…and this is for a part-time job with full-time benefits. I tell ya, I might just stay at IKEA for a long time. After I graduate from the Art Institute, I can go into their graphic arts department. Who knows! Either way, it’s a great place to work…better than ANY other job I ever had.

3. Kelsey is about to wrap up his 25 week long chemotherapy protocol. His cancer is in full remission, he is gaining weight like crazy and his white blood cell counts are excellent. He looks great. So we are hoping that Kelsey will be with us for a long time. I have gone out of my way to give him lots of love and attention…and I think that contributed a little to his recovery. I thank God for healing him.

Here’s some pics of my Night Elf Rogue, Frostshadow: