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Pictures from my BrickFair VA Visit

Posted by Jedi Master J. , in LEGO, Real Life, BZPower Aug 10 2014 · 92 views

Hey, folks. I am just popping in to finally share my pictures from my BrickFair VA visit. Sorry, it took so long.

Apparently I had more pictures than I thought I did. I had like 797 pictures total. And I ended up throwing away 426 of those pictures, so I now only have 371 pictures. So yeah, that was a lot of pictures to look through and I didn't have time during the week to do so.

But anyway, enough rambling, here are the links to the albums:

*** NOTE: My pictures aren't that great and I did miss quite a few MOCs.***

- Bionicle
- Castle
- History
- Micro
- Mixed
- Robotics + Technic
- Space
- Steampunk
- Towns

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Alright, that's all for this entry. Thanks for taking the time to check this out and I hope you all have a great day. Talk to later, BZPers.

- JMJ 2014


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Recap: BrickFair VA Saturday Trip

Posted by Jedi Master J. , in Real Life, LEGO, BZPower Aug 05 2014 · 128 views

Hey, folks. I thought I should pop in and let you all know how the Saturday visit went. I actually meant to get this up sooner.

But well, I was exhausted on the way back (Constantly thirsty for water), so I went to bed almost as soon as I got back from the trip. And on Sunday, I spent the almost all of my day reviewing photos before realizing that I had 641 of them to review and yeah, there was no way I could review all these in one day.

So yeah, my pictures probably won't be up till this weekend (9th or 10th). I might be able to get Bionicle pictures up earlier than that though since I do have most of them organized in a folder already and I just need to do secondary review of them.

But anyway, I guess I’ll start off by mentioning that I technically start the day off at 4 in morning. Yeah, I know that’s rather early. But well, I guess I couldn’t help it due to excitement as it is not everyday I get to visit another state. Of course, I didn’t actually get out of my bed at 4 AM. I waited till it was like 6 AM to head downstairs and get ready to go. And well, I was feeling pretty good like I wasn’t really nervous about the trip at all. So that was a good sign to start the day.

Of course, it wasn’t to last as soon as it got two minutes from my friend’s arrival, I began to have the all too common stomach issues that I have whenever I go on trips like this. It happened at BrickFair VA 2012, Philly BrickFest April 2014, Zelda Symphony, Nintendo E3 demos. It always happens. Like at times, I have to wonder if my body plots against me whenever I get excited about something. It honestly something I need to get look into at some point. And well, it does play a bit of role in my fear of meeting some of you folks as I am worried that I might make a bad impression by possibly vomiting in front of you or worst…

But anyway, after dealing with that (Which made me a bit later coming out) and taking some medicine to help ease it a little, I went out and met my friend in his car. Not much to say about the car ride up, beside that we took the toll routes this time around (Last time we manage to avoid tolls in their entirety.) and I was feeling like I might barf a few times during the ride up. I was actually kind of worried that I might barf when I saw AT since he did said he would meet us, while I was waiting in line. So it was a relief that barf-ness disappeared when we actually got to convention center.

Speaking of our arrival, I got say I wish I was able to convinced my friend that eating lunch at 2 PM was a terrible idea and we really should have just ate lunch as soon as we arrived like we did in 2012 (We ate lunch at the Subway in Walmart last time).

Oh, and I think we drove by someone cosplay-ing as MetalBeard, whom I think was a BZPer since I seem to recall someone here saying that they would be doing that. I didn’t actually meet them, but their cosplay was pretty cool.

But anyway, after finding a parking spot (Which was actually almost the exact same spot, we parked last time) and running over to Walmart to use the bathroom (Again, we really should of ate there when we had the chance.), we walked over to the line for people that order tickets online and well, waited there for about an hour, I guess.

Oh, and AT literally appear like six or so minutes after we got in line. I guess that's not surprising though since I did tell him that I would be there around 10:30 AM to 11:00 AM. So yeah, I met AT. I guess I made an alright impression (My handshake was probably terrible.). *shrugs* I probably should of introduce him to my friend. I am bad at this social stuff. Speak of my friend, he actually thought I had met AT before since well, I knew who he was instantly. XD I had to explain him that was first time I have met AT in person and well, why exactly AT thanked me. The "why AT thank me" conversation was interesting one to explain. XD

Alright, so moving on from that, when we finally got in, we decided to go straight to Bionicle table since AT said the others would be waiting for me there. Of course, I didn't go directly over to them as I want to stay close by my friend since I didn't want to make him think I was going to abandon him to hang out with BZPers here (That and well, I'll admit was kind of nervous.). So yeah, I just follow along with him and took pictures of what was on display.

Eventually we got over to Sumiki / Zatth group and I think either Sumiki or Zatth start the conversation (My memory is a bit fuzzy, I admit. And it was kind of loud at the time, so it was hard to hear.). And well, I greet them back and just continue on my way. I probably should of been more conversational and well, introduce my friend to them. But again, I didn't think about that, so I must come off as very rude. *sigh*

I also should of I said hello to Meiko and Aanchir when I was passing by them to go toward Sumiki / Zatth group. But again, I wasn't thinking and just walk by them (Well, admittedly I was hoping they would notice I was here when conversation with Sumiki group started.).

Oh, and I didn't give them the comic to sign since at that point, I was having second thoughts about that idea. (I also brought a bunch of TNG Miru in a Toa Mata Canister to give to anyone that sign it.) *shrugs* I don’t know… I thought the idea wasn’t going to work too well, especially if those pens, that I brought, weren’t readable on the comic.

That and well, I may have been slightly worried about repeating what happen at Philly BrickFest by accidentally knocking something over when trying to hand over the comic. So yeah, I was kind trying to avoid making any contact with table this time. That’s also why I didn’t sign the Logbook right away (I didn’t sign it until it was time for me to leave.).

Alright, I should get back on track. XD So after meeting Sumiki / Zatth group (Their group needs a name. How about Team Farm Animals? =P), we continued along the table till we met Black Six (for like second time this year.).

He basically said to me, “JMJ, you can’t hide this time.” (I should have hid behind my friend or bag as a joke. XD Also technically I wasn’t hiding in 2012, I was there in plain slight. I just didn’t say anything and wait to sign the book at 3 PM, which was around the time we left. UPDATED: I just realize he was referring our April meeting at Philly BrickFest since I was kind of hiding behind my phone/camera. You win this round, Black Six. =P)

Black Six then proceed to tell the group behind Bionicle table with banner that I was here. They greeted me and I said hello back. After that, I just went on my way and continue taking pictures of stuff.

Really not a whole lot to mention after we left the Bionicle Table. I mean not say that other tables don't have cool stuff, they do have cool stuff. I just mean all I was doing at that point was just taking pictures, so I doubt that describing that in detail will be interesting. XD

There definitely was a lot of cool stuff to look at. After all, I somehow have 641 pictures from this event. Its crazy and we didn't get to all the tables since our deadline to leave was like 2 PM (Last time we left at 3 PM. My friend wanted to leave earlier this time since last time we run into traffic on the way home. Of course, technically it was his fault since he was one that want to see a movie afterwards, so we likely would of avoid some of that traffic if we had left Virigina at the time we said we would.).

Oh, I just remembered we did run into Black Six again briefly since apparently he decided to give me my reward for supporting BZPower BrickFair LaserTag thing. I am glad to see it was just the shirt. Thanks again for that, Black Six. (I'll note here that I did have another interesting conversation explaining to my friend, why Black Six thank me and gave me the shirt. XD) I hope you folks had fun at that LaserTag thing.

Alright, so when it got closer to 2 PM, we start get ready leave since by then, our hungry and thirsty were getting pretty bad. Especially mines since I was so thirsty for water that I drank from that terrible water fountain again (It still the worst water fountain I have ever drank from.). So yeah, like I said, waiting to have lunch at 2 PM was not best idea, especially when the last time you had something to eat or drink was a light meal at 7 AM.

Of course, before we could leave, I had to make sure that I sign the Logbook, which I did make my friend aware of. But I think when we did decide it was time for us to get going, there was misunderstanding as he had straight for the exit. I did try tell him to wait, but he did not hear me. So knowing that once I went out that door I could not come back in, I had to stop myself from following my friend.

And well, I went over to Bionicle table one last time and sign the Logbook (I also drop my bag on the floor because I thought it would get in the way of signing it.). While I was doing that, Takuma Nuva came over and briefly ask how I was. I was honest with him and told him that I was dehydrated, but follow it up by mentioning that we going to lunch now to dismiss any possible worries.

And well, I thought that was it for conversation, so I said good bye to Takuma Nuva and awkwardly wave at him. I mean it would probably would been nice to have maybe a longer conversation, but I knew my friend was going call me soon. Before I get away though, someone call me back over the table. It took me a bit by surprised, especially when I notice who it was.... It was DeeVee.

Yeah, I totally wasn't expecting that. Although I guess I should of since I guess Black Six told him about my comic signing thing that I originally mention on my Twitter. *shrugs* But anyway, he introduce himself to me and I kind awkwardly said hi. I mean I wasn't really sure what else to say to him, so once it seems like he was finished what he want to say, I said my goodbyes and quickly rush for the exit.

My friend call me just as I got there, so it was good timing on my part. After we reunited outside, we headed to car and check our 3DSs for streetpasses. We didn't get a lot this time around. I only got about 10 Miis for Mii Plaza (I later got seven more on the way home.). And I'll be honest we spent an hour messing with our 3DSs in the car rather than just go to lunch. XD

And when we did go to get lunch (at 3 PM), we went to a Subway that was in a shopping center nearby rather than just go to one in the Walmart nearby. XD We really did a terrible job of following that leave time deadline. If it is any consolation, traffic wasn't too bad heading home.

Our problem going home was more toll related than anything else since for some reason the way back had five tolls (The way there only had three tolls and they cost about $12 total) and they cost about $21 total. Well, to be specific, it was one toll really. We ended up in a coins only toll by mistake and of course, we didn't have enough coins to pay it (The toll was $1 in coins; we were 4 cents off.).

So yeah, that wasn't great. We have been told that fine could be waved if we explain the situation in a letter after getting the fine papers in the mail. (For those wondering, I have told my friend that I am willing to give him the funds to pay the fine, so if it comes to that I will.) So yeah, that moment did spoil the ride home a bit. It definitely taught me to bring a bunch of coins with me, if we ever do a trip like this again.

Along the way home, my friend explain to me what Data on my phone was (Note: My Phone is a TracFone.) and I got say I am kicking myself for not figuring that out sooner as that would of been useful to let people know when we actually arrived at BrickFair VA. So yeah, another lesson for future trips, I guess.

Alright, the last interesting part of that day was that we stop by a Best Buy in Delaware since my friend want to pick up a copy of Ni-No-Kuni: Wrath of The White Witch (Unfortunately they didn't have a copy.). I ended up picking up a copy of HD Collection of ICO and Shadow of the Colossus (I got it for $4.99 since I had $15 rewards thing from Best Buy) since there wasn't any 3DS games available.

And well, that was our trip. After we were done in Best Buy, we headed home and I pay for my friend's gas (Remind me never to get a Ford Explorer. Geez...Gas for that thing is expense. It was $54!). Not much else to say really.

Well, actually I guess there is this question. Will I be checking out next year's BrickFair VA? Maybe. We hadn't made any plans for it yet. I mean I can't go by myself since I don't have a vehicle (Maybe I'll have my license by then. But still that's a bit of big trip to do when you are new with a driving license.). Beside that, I feel more confidence when I am around people that I am familiar with, so I don't think going alone is ever the best idea for me. *shrugs*

Alright, that's all for this entry. I apologize for writing such a long-winded entry. Thanks though for taking the time to read this and I hope you all have a great day. Talk to later, BZPers.

- JMJ 2014


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BrickFair VA Visit Tomorrow

Posted by Jedi Master J. , in BZPower, Real Life, LEGO Aug 01 2014 · 97 views

Hey, folks. I thought pop in today and just remind you folks that I'll be checking out BrickFair VA tomorrow during the visitor's hours. It should be fun trip.

Uh, I guess I'll tell you how to spot me, I should be the guy wearing a red BZPower shirt with thick glasses and an old Penn State bag (I have the bag to carry my umbrella since according to weather news reports, it going rain tomorrow. Its going be fun standing in a line in the rain. XD).

I'll try my best to say hello, if I see any of you folks. EDITED: Oh, if I meet any of you folks, I probably ask you to sign this Bionicle comic.

Oh, and I'll be sure to take plenty of pictures to share here later.

Alright, that's all for this entry. Thanks for taking the time to read this and I hope you all have a great day. Talk to later, BZPers.

- JMJ 2014


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General Rambling - Work, Star Trek, Korra, ect.

Posted by Jedi Master J. , in Random, Video Games, Real Life Jul 27 2014 · 76 views

Hey, folks. I thought I would pop in today and give a general life update since it has been awhile since I have done one.

I guess I'll start by mentioning how my job been going. Its been going pretty good, I think. I mean I still have it, so obvious that's good. XD And well, business wise we have been getting plenty of work this year (It is a bit slow this month, but that usually how it is in July since the company does have a little two week shut down at start of it.). So yeah, it been good.

I could probably ramble a lot about my job here, but I doubt it be that interesting for you folks to read. I don't really do anything exciting. I am just an office worker that handles database and planning stuff for the manufacturing of helicopter parts (Mostly hogout and sheet metal parts) in our machine shop. So yeah, probably not most interesting job to ramble about here. XD

Alright, so moving on, I guess I could mention here that I finished Star Trek: The Next Generation last weekend. I got say after watching it, I can definitely see why people like Star Trek. It's a great series. I must admit though I was sad to see TNG end though. I am going to miss Picard and his crew. Speaking of Star Trek, I just started watching Star Trek: Deep Space Nine this weekend and I got say I am liking it so far. (I am currently watching it as I write this actually. XD I am on Season 1, Episode 11.)

Okay, I think I ramble enough about Star Trek here. Hm...Let's see what else can talk about. Well, Book 3 of Korra has been pretty good so far. I am a bit disappointed that Spirits hadn't been involved in this book's plot though. I mean I would expected them to play a bigger role in story since Harmonic Convergence occurred.

That being said, I like the storylines for this season, especially the backstory about Lin's family. I would ramble more about Korra series, but I don't want to end up accidentally spoil something for people that I hadn't watch the latest season yet.

So moving right along, uh... I was going talk about video games. I hadn't really play much this week, outside of Animal Crossing: New Leaf (Which I mostly went on to clean up Redbrook since I planning to try and get back into the game.).

Hm...I probably should finish 999 at some point. I only like two ending away from 100% it. Oh, and I probably should start Edgeworth's Ace Attorney at some point. XD So many games to play yet so little time.

Alright, I think I rambled enough about stuff here. It was probably a boring read really. I am sorry for that. Uh...I guess while I am here, I might as well wish BZPower a belated birthday since anniversary week ends today. Happy Birthday, BZPower! I hope the site lives to see another 13 years. Hopefully I'll still be around to see this great site continue to grow with time.

Thanks for taking the time to read this and I hope you all have a great day. Talk to later, BZPers.

- JMJ 2014


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General Rambling: Apollo Justice, Life, ect.

Posted by Jedi Master J. , in Real Life, Video Games, Random May 26 2014 · 116 views

Hey, folks. I thought I pop in today and let you all know how things are going lately since it has been awhile.
 
Hm...Where to begin? Well, to start right off, I beat Apollo Justice yesterday. I must say it was fun ride, especially that last case.
 
Really that case alone kind tipped my opinion of the game from being mixed to loving it. I just love how all threads from Apollo's cases all seem to come together for that case. It was great. That and well, I really like the characters in this game (Ema, Prosecutor Gavin, Apollo Justice, ect.).
 
So with that said, where I rank this game in comparison to three other games? Well, let's take a look, folks.
 
- Ace Attorney: Trials and Tribulations
- Ace Attorney: Apollo Justice
- Ace Attorney: Phoenix Wright
- Ace Attorney: Justice For All
 
Hm...I should probably note that I actually would probably Phoenix Wright and Apollo Justice on equal ground (as in they both would been number 2 on my list). But I felt new mechanics introduced in Apollo Justice did give a bit of an edge, so I ended up placing it ahead of Phoenix Wright for that reason.
 
*shrugs* Really its kind hard ranking these games as for most part, I like them all a lot. So yeah, I wouldn't be surprised if how I am ranking these games now suddenly changes if I were to play one of them again.
 
But anyway, with Apollo Justice done, I guess I'll be moving on to Ace Attorney Investigations now. I am not sure if I am going start it today though (Considering its like almost 10 PM here, I don't exactly have time to start it anyway today.). I might wait till the weekend.
 
Alright, moving right along, I guess I'll talk a bit about life here. Uh...Not much is really going on me, beside usual stuff (Go to work, sit on my computer for hours on end, ect.). *shrugs*
 
I guess its worth mentioning that my sister got her license recently (and well, a car. She has Chevrolet Spark.), so I guess I probably be working on getting mines now. Well, actually there is not guessing involved since they bugged me for major of this weekend about it. That being said I hadn't actually gone out driving this weekend. It just...I don't really feel very comfortable about the idea right now. *shrugs*
 
Uh...I was going to ramble about more stuff here, but considering how late it is now, I should probably just call it here. I am sorry if this entry was kind of a dull read. I hope you all have a great day and thank you for taking the time to read this. Talk to you later, BZPers. 
 
- JMJ 2014


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Recap: My Visit to Philly BrickFest

Posted by Jedi Master J. , in BZPower, Real Life, LEGO Apr 29 2014 · 151 views

Hey, folks. I thought I would pop in and give a little recap on how my visit to Philly BrickFest went. And well, show you my photos from the event. Although I should note that I am not good photographer. So if you expecting quality photos, wait for BZP Staff coverage of it.
 
But anyway, I guess I'll start by linking to my photos since I am sure most of you don't want to read my rambling about it here. So yeah, here are following albums that you can check out:
 
Bionicle Photos
 
DelVaLUG Photos
 
PennLUG / Trains Photos
 
Sci-Fi Photos
 
Snail Photos
 
Vehicle Photos
 
Other Photos
 
Videos
 
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Alright, with that out of the way, I guess I can begin with recap of my visit. I am not sure where to begin really. I mean a lot happen that day. Although I doubt everything will be interesting for you folks to read. Oh, well. I am sure you will just skim read this anyway.
 
So to begin, I guess I mention that my visit took place on a Saturday (April 26th). I was very excited for it, especially the night before. And well, that excitement was enough to make me wake up at like 5 AM (Which is quite rare for me as I don't like the morning.). Of course, I didn't leave for the place at 5 AM. That would of been crazy early and my friend wasn't even up yet.
 
Of course, I didn't actually leave my bed until it was like 6 AM. I then went downstairs, made breakfast, text my friend, chill on Twitter, ect. After a couple of hours, my friend arrived at my house to pick me up (It was around 8 AM.).
 
Hm...I am not going to talk about car ride since it rather uneventful. After all, we got to Expo center around 8:50 AM.
 
Now initially, we got a bit confused since apparently there was two lines for the place (One for people that brought tickets beforehand and one for people buying it at the door.).
 
I got say that was kind of annoying, especially considering nothing on their website even seem to suggest that public passes were purchasable online. I mean I did a website search beforehand and I found nothing but AFOL registration tickets. So yeah, no idea how those people knew where to look.
 
But anyway, after being corrected, we stood in line waiting until they open the doors to public, which was around 10 AM. However my line didn't get to go in until a bit later since obviously the other line take priority as they have tickets already (Nothing wrong with that, although there were plenty of irritated people in my line about that.).
 
Oh, I forgot to mention that while waiting for doors to open, we got a map, some sort of Clone Wars Poster, and two sort of ad things from the event's sponsors, I guess.
 
The map was rather small and not very useful. I mean it didn't have many callouts for a lot of tables. Most just said MOC table, which is rather obvious considering this is a LEGO event. It made finding the Bionicle Table, not an easy task (BrickFair VA has it beat in this regard as Bionicle Table was extreme easy to find there or at least it was during my visit.). I also end up throwing it away since I got it wet. Not going to explain how that happen since it rather embarrassing, so let's leave it at that.
 
As for the poster, my friend threw his away since he doesn't like Star Wars. I also threw mines away, but only because I had nowhere to put it. I probably should worn that backpack I left in the car with an umbrella. It especially would of help me carry my hoodie easier as I had to juggle it through the event in my hands since I got way too hot to wear it. So if I learn anything from this, its that I should pick a bag with me.
 
Lastly, the sponsor ad things, I kept those for some weird reason. I guess it was just because it was easy to fit in my hoodie pockets.
 
But anyway, after they let our line head in and we brought tickets, we join the line of people entering the main Expo Hall. And man, there was a lot of people there. I guess the LEGO Movie airing this year might be part of reason for this. Not that I am saying these events don't get a lot of people. I mean my visit to BrickFair VA had a lot people there too.
 
For some reason though, this place felt extra crowded though. But then again, I guess this Expo center is bigger than one that hosts BrickFair VA (I could be wrong though as my memory is kind fuzzy. I mean my visit to BrickFair VA was back in 2012.), so naturally more people can get in.
 
Speaking of the LEGO Movie, this place was filled with spaceship MOCs. Benny would been proud. And he was actually there to see it too (I don't mean just Benny Minifigures. They had someone dress as Benny there to take photographs with fans. That poor person in that costume must of been awful hot.).
 
But anyway, we basically start going all over place taking the pictures that you see in the albums above. I should note that I did a miss a couple tables since I was having camera trouble at the beginning. I was trying to figure out how to get my father's camera to work without picture staying on the screen until I click a button. So all photos that you see above were instead taken from a Phone camera, so the pictures might not be that great. Sorry.
 
While I was taking pictures, I was, of course, on the lookout for Bionicle Table. I didn't actually get to it though until the end of our visit. However I did find where it was before then (The table was packed with people at the time.) and I stare at Black Six from afar like I had before at BrickFair VA (Because I am weird.). XD
 
I guess the question now is: Did I say hi to Black Six? The answer is yes, I did greet him after he remark about me trying to hide behind my camera. I even shown him the sticker note that I prepared for the occasion. So I would say that it went better than expected, although it probably helps that I had a friend with me.
 
Of course, as well as greeting Black Six went, my anxiety decided to appear as I went over to sign BZP Logbook for event. It got triggered when I accidental knock over one of MOCs near the book and instinctively try to fix my error when I should known better than touch the MOC. It got worst when Black Six remarked, "Was I trying to break it?" I get it was done in joking fashion, but my brain at the time begin to worried that I might of broken it when I try to fix it.
 
After that remark, I try to shift my focus to just signing the logbook as quick as I could before I cause more damage. Of course, I had stupidly start to write my real name under the username line, so I end up trying to scribble that out and write my username over top of it (I should of use the pencil, I brought.). 
 
Embarrassed from those two moments, I try to move away from the table and well, I start to shake a little as I reflected on my actions and worried what Black Six must think. This was kind of the reason there isn't a lot of Bionicle pictures as this silly little anxiety made it hard for me to focus the camera while I was there. I am sorry about that.
 
But anyway, outside of my failures in a social situation, I did manage to get a Prototype piece from Black Six (Its same as one that I got before, so I got two now. =D). I actually did mean to give Black Six something back (I brought some TNG Miru to give to anyone that I may of met there.), but he unfortunately disappeared after fixing the railing for Bionicle Table (I guess to go have lunch.).
 
Speaking of things I brought with me, I had my BIONILUG brick in my pocket. I am not sure why I brought that really. I guess I want to use it as Attorney Badge or something. XD
 
Alright, so after we have finished getting pictures of Bionicle table, we decided to head out and get some lunch. We drove up to King of Prussia Mall and had something to eat there (I had grilled cheese like I always do. See I wasn't lying when I said I always ordered grilled cheese at restaurants). I pay for our meal there. We were going to try and split it, but I decided it would be easier to pay the whole thing. Beside, it was a way to pay my friend back for driving me up here.
 
And well, that's about it. I mean we pretty much just drove home after that. I don't really have much else to really say about our visit really. Well, I guess it worth mentioning that we did get some streetpass stuff, while we were there. I think my friend beat Find Mii for first time there. As for me, I am very close to beating final boss in Find Mii II (I still got three Miis from that day that I need to use, so I might end up beating it next time I turn my 3DS on.).
 
Oh, and my friend and I were talking about future hangouts for us and there is slight possibility that we will be doing a day trip to BrickFair VA again (Assuming nothing comes up this time like a surprise wedding. =P).     
 
Okay, that's enough from me for today. Overall it was a pretty fun trip and I definitely would do it again, if I could. I apologize if this was kind of boring read. I hope you all have a great day and thank you for taking the time to read this. Talk to you later, BZPers.

- JMJ 2014


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22 Years of Life and 4 Years of Employment

Posted by Jedi Master J. , in Random, Real Life Apr 20 2014 · 110 views

Hey, folks. I thought I pop in and share how my B-Day went today.
 
Really there is not much to say. I didn't exactly do anything special. I mostly just treated it like a normal day. Well, I should say a normal weekend day as otherwise I would been at work for most of the day.
 
But anyway, I basically I just watched a lot of Star Trek: The Next Generation today (I am currently on season 3.). So yeah, I wouldn't say it is very productive or eventful day. Not that I am complaining though as I like chill days like this.
 
Hm...What else should I mention? Well, I got some cards from relatives and I also got two gifts from a friend of mines. Uh...I had some cake with my dinner. I unfortunately don't have a picture of it though. It basically looks like an Easter Egg, if you really that curious. Oh, and I have some chocolates too.
 
That's all I really have to say about my birthday. As a side note, yesterday was my 4th anniversary of being employed. I don't really anything say about that, beside obvious that I am rather graceful to still have this job.
 
In other news, it seems that next Saturday (April 26th) my friend and I are going to check out the public day for Philly BrickFest, so that I should be a fun little trip (Its much shorter trip than one to BrickFair VA.). I'll be sure to take a bunch of pictures from that to show you folks. Oh, and if you are also going, I probably be wearing my BZPower shirt, so I probably be easy to notice (Whether or not I can buck up courage to introduce myself to anyone is the real question.).
 
Alright, that's enough from me for today. I apologize if this was kind of boring read. I hope you all have a great day and thank you for taking the time to read this. Talk to you later, BZPers.
 
- JMJ 2014


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Some thoughts about my future...

Posted by Jedi Master J. , in Real Life, Random Jan 26 2014 · 125 views

Hey, folks. I thought I should take some time and well, talk about the future a little here. Well, I guess I should say my thoughts about my personal future or at least of my expectations of it at this point. So yeah, this might be a long entry, so i wouldn't blame you if you left now.
 
So to start right off, back in December of 2012, I graduated with an associate degree from a local community college. Now I bring this up because I often ask by coworkers or just other people in general on whether or not I plan on getting a higher degree. And to be honest with you folks, I am not really sure.
 
I went through last year (2013) working full time at my job (Which I had since I was in 12th grade / First Semester of College.) and I got say I enjoy the freedom of not having worried about studying for something.
 
There's also the fact that I have managed to avoid getting into any debt when I was getting my education at my community college, which is something that I couldn't possible avoid if I went back to school at this point in time. So yeah, the idea of going back and willing myself into debt kind of scares me off a little (Especially if I can't find a job with my degree.).
 
Additionally, I would have take courses like public speaking, which would be very difficult to do. Like I don't know about you folks, but I never been able to willing open myself up to a crowd of strangers. I always preferred to be low-key, forgettable, easy to miss, ect. because it makes me uncomfortable being the center of attention and it particularly why I dropped an English course during my second semester as I couldn't handle having to read my essays out loud to the class. *shrugs*
 
I don't know. I guess its just a case of me being strange, but I feel like it would make going back to college even more stressful as I have to fight against my nature try to do well.
 
That being said though, I can definitely see the benefit in aiming for higher education as it will open more options career wise for myself. It just a hard decision to make is all. *shrugs*
 
Alright, I am going to move on from college topic of the future. What else is there? Well, I would like have my driver license by this year hopefully. There's not much to say on that though, beside that I had at least four driving lessons so far (I hadn't been able to do more due to all the winter storms lately.) and that I need to work on getting turning down.
 
*yawn* You know I think I rambled enough about here. That and well, its late here, so I think I'll call it a night. I am sorry if it was kind of boring read for you folks. Thanks for taking the time to read though. I hope you all have a great day. Night, BZPers.
 
- JMJ 2014


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Belated Saturday Haul - Learner's Permit Edition

Posted by Jedi Master J. , in Random, Real Life Nov 22 2013 · 108 views

Hey, folks. I thought I pop in and do another "Saturday Haul" for you folks. Yeah, I know I am kind of late with this.
 
But anyway, as the title says, last Saturday I got my Learner's Permit again, which is good, I guess. Uh...I mean I am happy that I will be learning to drive again as it will open up opportunities for me in the future (Such as being able to move out and possibly find work outside my current mile ratio, ect.).
 
Although at same time...I'll admit that I am kind of scare. I don't how to explain it really, but I just never well, feel...confidence behind the wheel of a car. There's something well, scary about driving a vehicle... I guess its fear of getting into accident or something. *shrugs*
 
So yeah, I kind of have a bit mixed feelings about this really.
 
... In other news, I played a bit of Okami last Saturday. That game is pretty fun, I must say. (Thanks again to Chols for suggesting that I get it.)
 
Uh...I am not sure what else to say here really. I mean I guess I could talk about the Korra finale, but I doubt you folks want to hear my thoughts on it. *shrugs* 
 
*yawn* I am just going to call this entry. Sorry, if it was kind of dull read for you folks. I hope you all have a good day and thank you for at least taking time to read this entry. Talk to you later, BZPers.
 
- JMJ 2013


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Belated Saturday Haul - Minifigure / Rambling Edition

Posted by Jedi Master J. , in Real Life, LEGO, Random Nov 13 2013 · 113 views

Hey, folks. Sorry, it been awhile since I wrote an entry here. That's mostly because I been playing the first Phoenix Wright game last week and well, it kind of ate up all my free time. The funny thing is I hadn't even finish that game yet. I am still working on case 5 of that game. XD
 
Oh, and I got to say case 5 might just be my favorite case due to fact that so far it looks like I can actual build a solid case as I have more evidence and information compared to previous cases. So yeah, I am kind of like having Ema as my sidekick more than Maya at the moment (Science beats summoning your sister's spirit any day. =P).
 
But anyway, last Saturday, I ended getting four Series 11 Minifigures since there was a nice little deal going on at my local TRU at the time. No doubt you wondering which ones. Well, I got the Scientist, the Saxophone Player, and two Scarecrows. I think its a pretty nice haul, if I do say so myself. Admittedly I do wish I got Evil Mech instead of two Scarecrows though. XD
 
Oh, well, having two Scarecrows is not that bad really. I mean he does has a neat little hat with a bird attached to it, after all. Hm...Speaking of LEGO related stuff, the 2014 line of Hero Factory and Ninjago definitely look like they are up my avenue. I'll definitely be trying to snatch some of those sets next year, if I can. How about you?
 
In other non-LEGO news, apparently I am getting...a raise tomorrow. Not sure how to feel about that exactly. I mean I am happy that I will be able to make a little more money in a week. But I don't know if I really deserve it. *shrugs*
 
Alright, I think I rambled enough here. Thanks for taking the time to read this, folks. I hope you all have a great day. Talk to later, BZPers. 
 
- JMJ 2013 






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