Monday, October 24, 2011

Grammar Nazi - Part 1

So, I've been reading a couple of emails, facebook comments and student homeworks, and I decided to start a series of posts of how to SPELL!

Monday, October 10, 2011

Family Reunions

Don't you gremlins love family reunions? Getting together, catching up, exchanging life experiences... It is just lovely.

Except when you're a kid.

When you're a kid and you know that you're going to a family reunion, you get excited because you think that you'll be able to play with your other cousins that live far away. Truth is, you don't; Auntie Prudence wants to say hi to you, and Grandma Jenna wants to hug you and play with your hair.

Family reunions are worse for teenagers. Turns out that the grown-ups are still all over you, but now, NOW they criticize "that weird phase you're in".

Aunt Fionna: Sis, what is up with your daughter? Is she on drugs?
Your Mom: No... She's just going through a phase.
Aunt Bertha: Well, I think you should be careful. Some day she'll end up getting drunk and pregnant, like Martha's daughter.
Your Mom: What? No! She doesn't even have a boyfriend.
Aunt Fionna: What about that weird boy that came over to your house last week?
Your Mom: Oh, he's just her friend.
Aunt Bertha: "He's just her friend"? That's what Martha used to say...

If you thought family reunions were bad, they are even worse for young adults, because not only are they on top of you and criticize you, but now they compare you.

Uncle Joe: So, what are you studying Sofie?
Sofie (your cousin): I'm in med-school.
Uncle Joe: Wow, that is great!
Sofie (your cousin): Yes. I love being able to help people.
Aunt Prudence: I am so proud of you!
Sofie (your cousin): Thanks!
Uncle Joe: And what are you studying [Your Name]?
[Your Name]: Communications.
Aunt Prudence: Oh... ... ... ...
Uncle Joe: ... ... ... And, uhm... ... ... what is that?
Aunt Prudence: It's for being on TV, right?
[Your Name]: Actually, Communication has to do with almost everything these days: TV, radio, film, press, Internet, private organizations, public relations, government campains....
And you can carry on with your explanation, but all they hear is:

Aunt Prudence: Sounds... ... ... interesting.
Uncle Joe: And why didn't you become a doctor like Sofie? You were very smart.
Apparently you became stupid for picking another career.
Sofie (your cousin): Well, that's what [Your Name] likes. We have to respect her decision.
Aunt Prudence: Well, yeah, but for a person to be on TV, one would expect someone more attractive, like you Sofie.
Sofie (your cousin): ... Uhm, thank you, but I don't like the showbiz.
Aunt Prudence: You are so right. Besides, why would you wanna waste your life with that, right?
Aunt Prudence: Not that you (that's YOU) are wasting your time. I mean, you have to follow your heart, right? Not economic success, like Sofie, because she's a doctor.

Yes... They always compare you. This is a graphic of "awesomeness" according to your family members:

But that's not the worst part. The worst part is when a cousin or sibling shows up with their fiance(e) or newly wife/husband, and you just broke up.

Grandma Jenna: Oh, that is the most beautiful ring I have ever seen!
Diana (your cousin): Thanks grandma!
[Your Name]: Congratulations Diana! I'm so happy for you!
Diana (your cousin): Aw, thank you!
Aunt Claire: [Your Name], what happened to your boyfriend? I thought you were going to be married by now.
[Your Name]: Yes, well, we broke up.
Aunt Rose: But why did you break up? He was so handsome!
[Your Name]: Well, we wanted different things.
In other words, you wanted to only be with him, and he wanted to be with three other women at the same time.
Grandma Jenna: Oh, honey, nobody's perfect; you have to learn to accept your boyfriend's flaws.
[Your Name]: I know grandma.
Aunt Claire: Besides, he was rich! You never break up with a rich man!
Yeah, just because he's rich and handsome I am going to forget that he cheated on me... twice.
Diana (your cousin): Oh, let her be. True love always comes around, sooner or later.
Aunt Rose: Sooner we hope, because she is not getting any younger...

Yes. Family reunions can be very overwhelming.

Have you guys ever had that kind of experience? I have... LOTS of times...

On another subject, I am going to be giving away an "Assassin's Creed: Revelations" game on my Youtube channel. If you want to participate, be sure to check the video with the rules this week :)

Sunday, October 2, 2011

Addictions... Barbie meets Final Fantasy

Hi, my name is Mariel Garcia, and I admit I am an addict. Wait, what's that? NO NO NO NO! Not to drugs or alcohol or smoking! (I hate all of those.... EW!). I am an addict to getting obsessed pretty easily.

Seriously, there is something really wrong with me. I get obsessed about stuff pretty easily: World of Warcraft, Terraria, Glee... But it doesn't come all at the same time. I get obsessed little by little, one thing at a time, and I make my life revolve around that "thing" until I finally get bored and start another obsession.

I guess it all began when I first started playing online video games. The first one was Neopets.

I lived 24/7 just to feed my neopet cow, to play with my neopet cow, to build a home for my neopet cow. Every thing revolved around my pixelated friend "MiKau" (like "The Legend of Zelda: Majora's Mask" character... again, I get obsessed pretty easily). And not only that -oh no- I had all of my cousins play it with me, 'cause that's what I do: I get obsessed about something and make everybody else get obsessed about it too.
I am not kidding, Apple owes me HUGE! Thanks to me, seven other people bought an iPhone. SERIOUSLY.

After Neopets, I began to play Gaia Online.

This time, I got all my high school friends and my brothers AND my cousins to play it with me. I had so many stuff, so many "rare items" that are now probably worth about 200,000,000,000,000,000 gold (seriously). Gaia was even better than Neopets, because you could actually dress your character with lots of clothes, but it had anime and video game clothes too! It was like Barbie meets Final Fantasy......... EPIC!
While I was obsessed with Gaia, my little brother discovered GunZ.
GunZ opened my eyes to a whole different online video game experience: I could slash-jump, walk on walls, butterfly move, and still be able to use swords AND guns. It was one of the coolest games ever. GunZ made me forget about Gaia, and I began to play it 24/7. I made lots of friends (and one of those actually felt so close to me that decided that I was going to be the first person to hear that he was "coming out of the closet"... Back then, I felt honored that he trusted in me......... Now...... Now I feel weird about it. LOL), and I had two guilds and everything. It was one of the coolest games ever, until they hacked my account and deleted my character. That was it. I was so mad and annoyed, that I decided never to play again (yeah, it was a rage quit. So what? I was 16!).

But I wouldn't worry about that for much longer. Soon after my account got hacked, we discovered MapleStory.

Let me just say that MapleStory is the first and only MMO in which I have "donated" to get extra stuff. MapleStory was one of those games that you couldn't stop playing: awesome music, cool graphics, my friends were playing it, lots of "jobs" (healer, warrior, rogue, magician...), it was really easy to play and, most importantly, it didn't have hackers (back then at least). I LOVED MapleStory. I LIVED to play MapleStory: I would play between 2 to 12 hours (depending on school and vacation time). I had an awesome guild with lots of friendly people, awesome leveling skills, awesome armor and weapons... I even made videos about it on Youtube (yes, my very first videos ever made. Here it is, so you can laugh at how noob I was:)

Every thing was perfect, until hackers began to play and it got really hard to level up.
So I quit and moved on to Tibia.

I know, Tibia should've been the first, but I discovered it until later. I didn't get to play it much, because I then discovered iRose Online. iRose was pretty awesome and cool, and I was beginning to love it and play it every single day, until they decided to delete the accounts because they were going to make it a "pay to play" game. GOODBYE iRose! And welcome FlyFF!

Nevermind FlyFF. It was boring. Moving on to the best MMORPG's ever made: World of Warcraft. Yes baby, WoW!

WoW must be the MMO I love the most. Really. I get obsessed about it, start playing it 24/7 until I eventually get to level 80, and then get bored of it, delete the account and give a farewell, only to miss it again, and create a new account and start playing it again, over and over again. (I only play in private servers, NOT 'CAUSE I'M CHEAP, but because all of my friends play it and it's easier to level up... I'm sorry, I'm lazy!).
I have fallen into the WoW obsession over 4 times. The first time, I made a Priest Female Night Elf. The second time, I made a Druid Female Night Elf. Third time, another Druid Female Night Elf and a Paladin Female Blood Elf. Fourth time, yet another Druid Female Night Elf. MOONKIN! RAWR!
Let me just make something clear: I am not ally or horde, I am both. Honestly, I prefer the Blood Elves, but all of my friends are alliance so I play them both. Big deal.

World of Warcraft has given me so many good and fun times with my friends and my brothers; it has given me awesome ideas for the book I am writing (details about it in the future); it has given me amazing music that allows me to relax while I work... It's just awesome. But it's also very VERY addicting. I had to buy special glasses so my eyes wouldn't turn red after being in front of my laptop for more than 10 hours. It is addicting. Honestly.

WoW is not the only thing I have become obsessed about. Terraria is now in that list as well.

I am not kidding. I make videos about it on Youtube:

Yes, very weird and silly videos about Terraria, but I looooooove playing it... Again, it's addicting.

A side from video games, I get obsessed about TV shows as well. Right now, it's "Glee" and "Drop Dead Diva". A few years ago, it was "Grey's Anatomy", "Desperate Housewives" and "CSI", and more years ago, "Friends", "Seinfeld" and "The Nanny".

Food is something that I get obsessed about as well: I used to eat french toast every single night for two months. And don't get me started about cereal. Cereal is a whole different subject: "Special K" was for three whole years; and then it was "Lucky Charms" for five months; "Cheerios" was for eight months; and now it's "Nestlé Fitness".

Yes. I become obsessed really easily. Nothing I can do about it. That's just me. *sigh*

Do you guys have any obsession? I know I can't be the only one out there, hahaha. Lemme know! Leave a comment!

Anyways, here's the vloggity from last week in case you missed it:
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