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Lets see.... suppose I can start at the beginning.
So first thing this summer I traveled over to Wisconsin to visit and stay with my wonderful friend Steph. She had her own apartment and everything and it was rather enjoyable seeing her again. I think she missed me too. While there we also took a mini vacation of our own. I met ~GuruGuruboo and ~Live12345 for the first time in real life and all together we spent a few days in Wisconsin Dells. It was probably the most fun I've ever had there. We went to both water parks and I gotta say I enjoyed Noah's Ark a bit more. We also went to this place called Wizard's Quest, but didn't realize how ridiculously hard they made it when trying to find answers to all these questions and they gave you the same time limit as the easy difficulty. Still, it was a lot of fun (except for when I could see on the other side of this two way mirror and there was the bad guy of the game staring right back at me). We ate at a really good Italian place too. Alligator Alley was another stop and we fed the alligators and I got everyone to hold one and take a picture with it. She was really calm and adorable. We went to the Tommy Bartlett show, which was pretty cool. Water skiing as I've never seen it before. There was also digging for gemstones the last day, reminding me of my want to be a paleontologist, but fun all the same. I loved spending time with everyone and the trip was amazing and I really can't wait to go back again sometime.
So after Wisconsin I returned home for maybe a week before heading off to New Jersey to visit my dad for two weeks. I stayed in his apartment most of the time watching TV (Godzilla was on a lot so I saw that a few times). Weekends, when my dad didn't have to work, he would take me on the ferry over to New York and we'd hang out there all day. I saw a lot of Broadway shows. Cirque du Soleil: Zarkana, Addams Family, Spider Man, Avenue Q and Rock of Ages. All of them were wonderful except Spider Man. The fight scenes in Spider Man were cool when everything would fly out over the audience, but otherwise I wasn't interested in watching Peter whine about Mary Jane or watch them make out. Green Goblin was the best in that show, just saying. Zarkana I enjoyed. It was a steam punk vs. nature theme with the main male role searching for a woman. Just...it was too cool to describe, you have to see if for yourself. Addams Family too was wonderful. Mostly because I liked Uncle Fester though. He's always been my favorite character. I've also always wanted to see Avenue Q, my only concern was my dad's enjoyment of the show. Thankfully he thought it was hilarious so I don't regret making him take me to it. The last show we saw was Rock of Ages. It took some convincing on my dad's part and I'm glad he got me to go to it. Not only was it the 1000th showing of the show, but it was much much better then I expected. Mostly because I'd had low expectations for it, but oh well. I'm still glad to have been there. My dad and I also went to Sleepy Hollow and looked around at the graveyard. It's huge. We only managed to see maybe a 4th of it. The graves there were so old and all the crypts were amazing.
After New Jersey it was back to Idaho again. I was home for maybe four days before were were off to Alaska. Stayed the entire last week of June for King Salmon season. We caught lots of everything we fished for and brought home about 300lbs of fish even after shipping some out to my dad's coworkers. Periodically I'll probably be handing some of the salmon off to people and/or inviting friends over for dinner on fish nights. The trip itself was pretty good, my sister caught a few more fish then me this year, but I caught my biggest King Salmon yet. Male, 40lbs and 46.5 inches long. It was an amazing fight too. The whole reason I love fishing for King. For once we didn't get blown off entirely for halibut fishing too, but I don't enjoy that as much because you have to haul all that weight up from 280-300 feet below the surface. We saw a huge pod of Orca whales though, and tons of Silver Salmon that those whales were eating. We also had to tow in another halibut boat that was dead in the water, which was really nice to see the captains were so trusting and all that. They are the only people they have out there, after all, so it'd be pretty stupid to not help someone out when they need it. Next time it could be them, after all. While King Salmon fishing I met a new guide too, only got to go out with Rick once. Rick is still my favorite guide, but David and his dad were great too. I caught my fish with David's dad, Bob. Rubin was just as funny as usual too, and so were all the people staying at the cabins on either side of us. There was a girl around my age staying in one of the cabins that had just gotten back from Germany and she was into a lot of the stuff I was too, so it was fun talking to her. Added her on facebook and everything, and even though she wasn't all into the fishing and stuff she had fun and said she'd probably try to come back next year. I hope she does.
Alaska was left (it was hard getting on that plane, I hate leaving Alaska) and my family and I returned home for what you'd assume is a deserved break. For them, yes. For me? Not even close. A few days after I got home there was a convention that myself, , and were all running a table at. The business name is ButtonMashing and we sold...well, lets just say we had to buy stock twice to make it through the con. If you'd like to purchase any buttons from us feel free to check out the etsy shop also.
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Now that con is over I've just been hanging out with friend and family. Had a redneck wedding to go to, been seeing Niku, Nami, Jess and Mabs whenever I get the chance, but other then that it's just getting ready to go back to school now. Definitely a good summer, but already making plans for the next one.
I'm required to get a job this year, so hopefully I can get that as soon as possible. Regardless I'm going to Anime Central in April as was mentioned above. I'll have a Soldier cosplay complete by then, and hope also to be bringing along a Red Spy, but Ellis and maybe a Keith and/or Dave will be coming with me as well. Can't take a cosplay like Ulquiorra with me because he would break on the plane or if I tried to ship him and ~BananaTrooper and I are not driving all the way from Idaho to Chicago.
Another trip planed is one to see Valve corporation. ~BananaTrooper and I had the brilliant idea one day (or maybe it was late at night I don't remember) and will simply be driving ourselves out there since it's so close. Last year when I went to see Cirque it was apparently right next door and I never even knew (probably because I was too distracted by three days of Kooza though).
So yeah, lots of stuff has happened and plenty more is still on the way. Life sure is grand that way, planned or not.