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As usual, I find myself wondering where to start.  I always feel like I need to somehow sum up what's been going on with my life since the last time I've posted... but of course, that's impossible.  I did return from Lima, Peru a few days after the beginning of August... so I'm not still there, contrary to the beliefs of some people who have commented on my LiveJournal.  *grin*  I've resurrected a lot of content on my Web server, so let me know if you want to download some cool stuff from me.  I'm back to updating a (currently meager) listing of audio, video, and software files that I'm hosting on my good friend Jordan&apos;s ProfileJordan</font>'s Web server.  The more I get to know him, the more I realize that he's one of the most true and kind friends I've ever had.  He has a good soul, despite his devious nature... and has helped me more than I can possibly explain or express here.  :)

Some good things have happened in my life, as have some bad things.  In my free time, I've begun to moderate the Anime Theme forums... a place where I'm often treated with an amazing empathy, and have met some wonderful and close friends.  It's been interesting... and while some of my experiences there have hurt me deeply, the experience from start to finish has taught me a lot... and shown me a lot of love.  There's also someone new to many of you in my life, as well... and what really pains me is that I can't talk about her right now.  I want to so badly, but there are some very good reasons why I cannot.  What I will say is that I love her, and that she has chosen to give up everything for me.  I've never been so touched by a gesture in my entire life.  She makes me so happy... and when I spoke of the critical turning point my life was taking two posts ago, I was speaking of her.

She is the beautiful twilight that bathes my soul in joy, my heart in warmth, and my gaze in brilliance.

I'm going to Yaoi-Con again, and you can buy me at the Bishounen Auction again if you wish to.  Isis sent me the e-mail confirming that I'd be sold to the highest Yaoi-Con bidder again this year... and I have an act planned that will make your jaws drop.  I look forward to seeing many of you there, as I hope that you'll say hi to the wandering Irvine cosplayer that is me.  *chuckle*  Yes, I was too lazy (and broke) to get together a Sephiroth costume... and show off the length of my Masamune.  ;)  Maybe next year.  Perhaps I should even do Seymour.  Oh yeah... also, I may be featured at Bishounen Bingo as well... we'll see if they want me or not.  I'll be there all three days... though I may have to go home each night, as I don't have a hotel room to stay in at this time.  Ah well, we'll see what happens... and I'm sure that I'll have an amazing time, regardless.  You will, too... if I have anything to say about it.  ;)

Oh, and no... this is a convention I don't staff.  Really.  I plan to volunteer, though.

I'm not sure when the next LiveJournal party will be, though I'll post about it when I can properly and thoroughly plan it in advance.  I apologize to those of you who have been eagerly awaiting such news, but I'll try to make it worth the wait.  Oh, and before I forget... I have a request for any artists reading this who are interested in some paid work on a published American manga series.  Please check this out, and refer your artist friends to it if you think they might be interested.  It's an amazing opportunity for any highly skilled artists who are thinking about getting into the published manga industry here in the US, which is expanding every day.  Plus, you'll get paid while you do so... how cool is that?  If you think you've got what it takes, check out the post and apply.  I know for a fact that some of you who read this are more than talented enough to handle this job, so please do take a peek!

In other news, Anime Expo 2004 and JapanTown Anime Faire were very cool to staff... and I learned a lot from both of my roles, plus met a lot of cool people.  JTAF has been quite a mixed blessing for me, but I'm still their Director of Live Programming... so we'll see how that goes this year.  By the way, our convention director Ray has planned a number of anime screening room events to be held in Japantown during three weekends in December.  If you're bored on those weekends, I'd definitely check 'em out... we have tons of cool sponsors!  I'll be there as often as I'm able to be, most likely helping out when I can.  Also... if any of you are interested in staffing the Live Programming department of JTAF3, now's the time to ask.  I've already signed up Anthony&apos;s ProfileAnthony</font> as a manager in the gaming department.  Though I'm restructuring parts of Live Programming, he'll be a big part of Console Gaming at the very least.

For those of you who want an update from DDR land, here's a fun song for you to download.  Also, we have a hacked DDR EXTREME disc in the machine at Starbase Arcade now... so you can use the Brake, Wave (Fuwa Fuwa), and .5 speed modifiers on any song now.  I find it especially fun to play Last Message on Wave, Hidden, Dark, and Reverse... with 8x on, since the speed modifier doesn't take effect on Wave until you're about to miss the arrows, and looks really cool.  I also have a lot of fun playing V on 2x speed, Brake, Hidden, Dark, and Reverse... it's crazy!  You DDR freakachus should come check out the machine if you haven't already.  I'm also organizing Distraction Attack II, my second DDR tournament at Starbase.  I'll see if I can get sponsorship, and I'll try to keep the entry fee low.  Yup, I'm not funding this one... the entrants are.  I'll announce it way in advance, and post it on a number of message boards.

I'd like to thank those of you who have kept my name on your friends list, instead of giving up on me.  It's really good to see that you guys still want to read what I have to say, and it means a lot.  For those of you who have removed me from your friends lists, though... I do understand.  Not hearing from me for over 12 weeks in any form must sure make it seem like I've moved on... but I'd imagine that those of you who know me well would know better than that.  I'm an LJ whore, for life.  *lol*  Well, probably... I mean after all, I did buy a Permanent Account.  I've gotta take advantage of it.  ;)  Oh, and if I took you off my friends list and you've started posting again... let me know, okay?  I'll happily add you back to my friends list, as I do for all of my friends.  All you need do is ask.  I miss so many of you, and I hope to hear from you soon.  Let me know if you want the secret URL for my download pages, too.  :)

Okay, I'm signing off for now.  If you have any questions for me, there's no time like the present.  Take care, and I hope to see or hear from all of you soon... at Yaoi-Con, a LiveJournal party, on an instant messaging program, or by phone.  Speaking of which, Jer&apos;s ProfileJer</font>... when is your punkass going to get on AIM so that I can chat with you?  You told me not to call you before we chat, and thus I've been holding on to your number for like three months now!  :P  I hope that you read this, since you haven't posted in over a month.  Ja mata~!

When she reads this, she'll know it's for her.Collapse )

- Chris (cK1)

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daitenshi_dream
Oct. 27th, 2004 10:27 am (UTC)
See you at Yaoi-con! ^o^
tidus
Nov. 9th, 2004 05:48 pm (UTC)
Yaoi-Con, ah the memories...
I'm so glad that we got to talk and hug, though our talk was definitely too brief.  I miss the convention already.  Oh, by the way... I've been getting a number of requests from my friends to provide them with contact information for you, so I'd like to clear it with you first.  They're all people we both know pretty well, so there's nothing weird about it at all... but I just wanted to be sure it's cool with you.  They were simply surprised to see pictures of you when I was showing them what happened at the convention, as they've been out of touch with you for so long.

Could you e-mail me, or give me a call at (415) 302-8869 so we can talk about this and some other stuff real quick?  If you're not too busy, it would be nice to hear from you anyway.  :)

- Chris
dizzydive
Oct. 27th, 2004 10:39 am (UTC)
I noticed on Saturday at RTA that their extreme machine let you do .5 speed mod, but for some reason, in my half-tired state, I thought it was perfectly normal. Didn't notice anything else. My friend pointed out the .5 speed mod and I just shrugged.

And I have no reason to take you off of my friends list. I know one day you WILL post an entry, even if its months down the line...:P
tidus
Oct. 28th, 2004 12:41 am (UTC)
Yup, that's what I heard...
It's apparently been modified in the same way that the one at Starbase has, with a hacked disc.  The other upgrades I've heard of (such as DDR EXTREME/8th Mix Plus, which I'm sure isn't official) might do that as well, along with different arrow styles and such.  Since this is the first chance I've had to say it, congratulations on your new love.  Oh, and I wasn't the one who called you... but I did remember to put your number back on my new phone as a result of reading that.  :)

- Chris
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xtsinai
Oct. 27th, 2004 11:14 am (UTC)
I'm thinking a little bit ahead but time flies..so..
Fanime 2005, AX2005!
Hope to see you there.
tidus
Oct. 28th, 2004 12:48 am (UTC)
Ha ha~!
My Kamineko icon is bigger than yours!  Attack, kitty!  *watches it sit there grinning and purring*  Okay, never mind.  *hugs Sen*  I miss you, Claudia.  I hope that your dating is still going as well as the last time I ran into you, when we were at the Metreon.  Damn, that was awkward for some reason.  *lol*  I always get so hyper when I contact you, and I don't know why.  Anyhow, please take care of yourself... and I'm sure I'll see you at Fanime and AX.  :)

- Chris
myrthrilmercury
Oct. 27th, 2004 11:27 am (UTC)
Hi there!
I already knew you weren't dead--hell, I talked to you about a week ago. Still, I'm happy to see you posting. I remember a lot of the things you mentioned, and I understand what you were saying. One particular thing you said really put it in perspective for me, but I'm not gonna write it down in a public forum. I respect you too much for that.

Remember how I mentioned being sick? Turns out that I have a kidney infection. How I got it is beyond me, but I'm on antibiotics for it now. The back pain is making it hard to do anything, though.

I'm kinda jealous--you guys get all the good cons. At least I get the Comic-con in April, and possibly Tekkoshocon (sp?) this year. In my work ID photo, I was a dead ringer for Alessa Gillespie from Silent Hill, so I'm getting an Alessa outfit together. :D

Enough about me, though. I wish I could hear from you more often. Once I get a few more minutes, and some actual spare time for once, I'll give you a call. :)
tidus
Oct. 28th, 2004 12:50 am (UTC)
Re: Hi there!
I'm sorry to hear that my optimism doesn't cure kidney infections over the phone, but I'm sure that you'll be just fine.  It was really nice talking to you, and I really appreciate how understanding you are about where I am these days.  What you said meant a lot to me.  I'll miss you until you call again.

- Chris
missychan
Oct. 27th, 2004 12:08 pm (UTC)
welcome back! ^^
tidus
Oct. 28th, 2004 12:52 am (UTC)
*huuuuuuuuugs*
I've missed you, miss Misi Missy.  *grin*  Thanks for the warm welcome back.  I do appreciate it, as always.  It's wonderful to see that you're still around online.  Stay sweet, my pretty friend.  :)

- Chris
saikaistory
Oct. 27th, 2004 12:24 pm (UTC)
Hey Chris, good to see you posting again. I'm glad you made it to my going away party, but I just wanted to say something. Next time, at least, if there ever is another California MichiCon, could you please tell me in advance that you're bringing a guest and tell me who it is beforehand? I don't mind people bringing guests, but I state in all information about my gatherings that I just want those things run by me first. It was kinda weird showing up to my going away party and seeing someone attending that I didn't even know. ^^; But it's okay, that was a while ago. See you at Anime Expo or something. ^^
tidus
Oct. 28th, 2004 01:00 am (UTC)
Oyy... ^_^;;
I'm so sorry... but to be honest, I don't remember exactly what I did.  What I do remember is running into someone I knew less than a minute before I arrived at your party, totally by coincidence... and if this person (was it a girl, or a guy?) wasn't invited to your party, I'm really sorry.  I swear that I wouldn't have done such a thing intentionally... it's just that you know everyone (more people than me, at least) and I figured that you'd know this person as well.  It won't happen again... and I'm glad you brought it up, since it appears to have been on your mind.

I hope to see you when you return home... I miss you and Dan.  Any word on you two returning over Thanksgiving?  :)

- Chris
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nostylin
Oct. 27th, 2004 12:33 pm (UTC)
I just remembered that you are peruvian hehe .. nice that you post again :P
tidus
Oct. 28th, 2004 12:16 am (UTC)
*lol*
I don't think I'm ever going to look Peruvian enough for you to remember that I am.  ;)  It's good to hear from you.  Kick some ass at my DDR tournament when I get it all set up... I'd love to have you there.

- Chris
captaincanada
Oct. 27th, 2004 12:34 pm (UTC)
^ What Jeffrey said back there.

Looking forward to the upcoming breaks, Chris. =)
tidus
Oct. 28th, 2004 12:14 am (UTC)
G'ahh...
That cat icon of yours still scares me.  I'll let Kamineko protect me.  I hope that Hannah and Jeremiah show at my next DDR tournament in time for me to put Hannah's name in the hat, as one of the distractions... as I planned last time.  ;)  I hope that I see you again soon, too.  You've always been such a good friend, James.

- Chris
selphiealmasy
Oct. 27th, 2004 12:46 pm (UTC)
Ooh yay! I'll be seeing you at Yaoi-Con, Chris!! I'm old enough to go now so woot. I'll be there as Squall. :P Hurray. :) Haven't seen ya in a while so there WILL be a me poking at you. :P :D
tidus
Oct. 27th, 2004 11:59 pm (UTC)
Awesome~!
Whoa, what a pleasant surprise!  I was all ready to offer my condolences at you being too young... and this year, you get to go!  I'm so happy... ^____________^  I look forward to keeping you company if you're not busy with your other friends, Denise.  :)

- Chris
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pockyken
Oct. 27th, 2004 02:13 pm (UTC)
Duuuuude long time no talkie~

I regret that I may nto hit Y-con this year ^^; *grumbles at teh job search*

good to hear you're doin' alright. check 'ya round bro!
tidus
Oct. 28th, 2004 12:11 am (UTC)
Aww, no way...
I know that I'm going on the most limited budget evAr, but I'll try to make the best of it.  Yaoi-Con won't be the same without you there, my friend.  You'll be missed, and I hope to see you soon.  I'm looking for a new job myself to fill the days I have off, so I know how you feel.  It's taking way too long.

- Chris
lady_kitsune
Oct. 27th, 2004 02:57 pm (UTC)
havent heard from you in a while...you should e-mail me sometime.
tidus
Oct. 28th, 2004 12:09 am (UTC)
Sure thing...
I'll try to remember, but I can't make any promises.  You know how bad I am about sending you e-mail.  I hope that you're doing okay these days.  Is there any chance in hell that you'll be around Yaoi-Con this year?

- Chris
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fireflytrance
Oct. 27th, 2004 03:15 pm (UTC)
See at Y-con.

In 2 days! wooT!
tidus
Oct. 28th, 2004 12:03 am (UTC)
Indeed...
It's only one day away now~!  Are you dressing up this weekend?  :)
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kawaiiaya
Oct. 27th, 2004 03:18 pm (UTC)
I'll see you at Yaoi con then, XD I'll also be staffing for karaoke this year. It's nice to hear from you, ^.^ wondered where you gone off. Good to hear you found someone who loves you as much as you love them. Love is a great thing~ *o* good luck and take care.
tidus
Oct. 27th, 2004 11:57 pm (UTC)
Aww yea...
I look forward to introducing you to her.  She's a sweetie; you'll love her.  Perhaps we can all get together and do something once we're settled.  As always, it'll be great seeing you... and hopefully you won't be too busy staffing for us to talk.  :)

- Chris
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ladyjax
Oct. 27th, 2004 03:41 pm (UTC)
Good to see you back again and sounding so very happy!

Hugs.
tidus
Oct. 27th, 2004 11:55 pm (UTC)
*hugs back*
Thanks... 'tis good to be back.  It was really nice talking to you on the phone again recently, after not seeing or hearing from you for nearly a year... something I assume full responsibility for.  I miss you.  :)

- Chris
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bakura83
Oct. 27th, 2004 05:38 pm (UTC)
Good to hear from you dude. ^_^
tidus
Oct. 27th, 2004 11:52 pm (UTC)
You too, Rodney!
I always appreciate your calls... you're so damn nice to me all the time.  :)
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