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Advertising is, at times, an art form. It is the ability to connect with another human being through the concept of familiarity coupled with clever presentation. Creating an ad for something sometimes allows a person to avail a product to more people allowing for that connection to thrive.
What better way of doing that then creating an ad meshing TWO beloved properties into on!
(Yes, this was all a set up for a mistake I saw in an ad.)
I saw this on Facebook the other day. It is, allegedly, what happens if Anime Festival Orlando and Florida Anime Experience merged – or so I assume.
It seems that there is a lot of hoopla in my close circle of friends regarding one of their friends that I stopped actively keeping a relationship with a while ago.
The individual in question isn’t a bad person per se, but she has never (in my opinion) fully understood the value of true friendship because she has never been a true friend to anyone. She would claim to be able to see both sides of every argument and navigate clear of any conflict by never aligning herself to anything. She is a person who would want to be friends with everyone but lived safely on the fence of each and every disagreement, thus never learning the value of supporting others and (in return) never experiencing the return from that value.
Have you ever watched the movie (or play) 1776?
Mr. Secretary, New York abstains, courteously – Lewis Morris
That pretty much nails it.
Like I said, the person I’m citing in this ambiguous blog post isn’t really a bad person. She’s always been kind (as far as I know) and she used to be an amazingly creative human being when I regularly interacted with her.
One day, a few years back, she caught a slight case of pregnancy. I had already severed my ties to her at that point, but my household (via Mrs. Croom) made investments in the usual gifts when the baby was born. I’ve met the child twice: once at a birthday party and once at a wedding. Both times, the baby seemed happy and loved which is the most you can wish for in that sort of circumstance.
And life went on.
Friends of mine kept connections with the friend that I opted to “step away from” for these past few years. Occasionally I would get a phone call citing “Oh, God, did you hear what so-and-so posted on her Facebook” and I would reply with the same answer:
“Nope. She’s not on my Facebook so I don’t have to involve myself in these things.”
Then I would listen to the latest story of actions taken and justified (over the years) as being “adult” and (my personal favorite) “for the baby.”
I’d shrug and point out that there is a reason I had stepped away from a relationship with that person, close the conversation, and move on with my day.
Now, it seems, this person is getting married to the father of her child. Word has it that she has made some decisions regarding the structure of the wedding that (not surprisingly) are ruffling the feathers of our mutual friends.
I still just grin as I hear these things and shrug in amusement. Then I reiterate my lack of surprise.
The “hoopla” in beginning of this post is in regards to statements made recently about being an adult and having to make adult decisions presumably instead of doing non-grown up minded things like playing dress up at conventions and watching cartoons.
I hear this sentiment from people from time to time and realize that the folks who feel the need to point these things out are usually trying to justify to their own existences to themselves.
People like that are generic.
I don’t want to be generic. Steven Spielberg never grew up and he has kids. John Lasseter has children, makes adult decisions, and still plays with toys. Dozens of actors, artists, singers, and writers each and every day continue to live their lives in the modern world make “adult” decisions and still never growing up.
They all refuse to be generic.
- I still collect and play with toys.
- I play video games.
- I like dressing up in goofy outfits and costumes.
- I watch cartoons.
- I still think that going to theme parks and riding rides is an adventure.
- Did I mention that I still play with toys?
I love life.
You know what, though? I have managed to somehow do some strangely “adult” things along the way: I bought and own my own home (without ANY financial support of parents or family.) I own a cool car. My wife owns the car she wanted (read: the one she desired, not the one she would “settle for.”) I have been to the top of the Empire State Building and the bottom of the Grand Canyon.
NONE of the above accomplishments were done “for the baby.”
ALL of them were done as an adult.
And YES: I still play with toys.
I have other friends: married, single, with kids, without kids, gay, straight, black, white, high school drop outs, and college PhDs.
They’re all adults, too, and they still play dress up with me.
So good luck, ma’am (and everyone like you.) Stay generic. Live a happy life.
Just don’t judge the rest of us who are enjoying adulthood without sacrificing our childlike fervor for living.
Tomorrow night I catch a plane and head west… really really far west. I’m flying to Tokyo, Japan for the Tokyo Anime International Fair next week. Before I go, though, I want to make sure I have all my proverbial ducks in a row.
(And all five of you on Google+)
Please check my two lists and let me know what I’m forgetting/what else I need to know. Thanks!
- I called my cell phone company. My cell will work in Japan. Texting will work in Japan. My Internet will NOT work in Japan.
- I called my credit card and bank card companies. They have been notified that the strange charges in Tokyo aren’t from some hacker who hijacked my info.
THINGS TO SEE:
- The team I’m going with plans on visiting Disney Tokyo Sea.
- I want to visit Tokyo Tower.
- I plan on visiting Shibuya Station.
- There is talk of trying to find time to make it over to Mount Fuji. This one is a “maybe” based on scheduling.
- Word has it that I may be visiting Sanrio Puroland (aka “the Hello Kitty Theme Park.”)
Any feedback in the next twenty-four hours would be appreciated. Thanks, folks!
I fucking hate politics. If there’s something I work hard to avoid getting into it’s political discussions and arguments because it exists in a sea of opinions and everyone’s opinions are (invariably) better than yours or mine.
That said, there are a few things in the world’s political arena that piss me off to no end. On the top of the list are people who abuse/take advantage of children – especially when governments are empowered to intervene in these matters but fail to do so. Wars will be fought for a myriad of reasons and humans will always kill one another from nation to nation. I’m a firm believer in the human spirit, though, and that people can overcome amazing things through determination and willpower.
Adult humans, that is.
Folks that prey on children, though, aren’t human. They are subhuman. They are creatures that prey on beings weaker than themselves which places them at the lowest level of existence in humanity.
Thus a friend of mine asked me to check out this video. I’ve seen it making the rounds around Facebook, and I finally took the time to watch.
You waste thirty minutes of your life on a regular basis watching sitcoms… admit it. It’s okay. We all do it. With that in mind, I challenge you to spend thirty minutes watching this to help bring information (and infamy) for one Mr. Joseph Kony.
I’ll let the video tell you the rest.
Welcome to Captain Jake’s Amity Boat Tours. We’re the best – and only scenic cruise on the island.
In 1994, I moved out of dad’s house after two years sporadic fun at my local community college and ventured into the “real world.” He moved to Georgia and I moved to Orlando, Florida where I got my first full time job to pay my own damn rent… I became a Ride & Show Operator for Universal Studios Florida on the Jaws ride.
That’s me directly behind the red head.
I regularly hear folks talk about the friends you have in life that you keep along the way in that you made in high school and college. Working at that theme park ride was such a strange and similar sense of family that (to this day) I miss the people in that photo with a touch of nostalgia.
You see, Jaws was THE ride to work for at Universal Studios back then. It was the springboard for stepping into management because it presented all of a theme park ride’s challenging elements in one package for the employees:
- You had to spiel (meaning you talk practically all day.)
- It was an outside ride at a theme park open year round. (Ah, those cold winters on the outside water ride!)
- It was a ride where (like it or not) you were going to get drenched with water.
- It was a ride where you had to show up at the crack of dawn and clean show elements (the boats) with soap and scrub brushes.
- It was a popular ride and had a long line which gave way to a ton of upset park guests and an ample number of chances for outstanding customer service.
Jaws was the boot camp for the best of the best when it came to running a theme park ride. I made dozens of friends that I still keep in touch because of my experiences there. As a matter of fact, over 10% of my Facebook friends were met via “the mistake on the lake” (an affectionate nickname given to the ride by skippers.)
That’s my friend Karine. I met her when she rode as a guest on my boat in 1995. She’s from France and we have remained pen pals ever since then. As a matter of fact, she, her mother and her daughter met up with my wife and I last year for dinner and we remain in touch via Facebook.
Some experiences transcend entertainment, and my time spent at the Jaws ride at Universal helped define a large part of who I am today.
Thus, when I heard the news today that Jaws is closing at Universal Studios Florida on January 2, 2012 – I couldn’t help but be saddened a bit. The silliest things can sometimes be the most important in our lives, and we often don’t realize it until it’s time for those things to fade off into the sunset.
So I’m going back to ride Jaws… one last time.
Saturday, December 17th, 2011. Meet me out at the hanging shark between 1:30 PM and 2:00 PM. At two o’clock, I’ll enter the queue line and go searching for Gordan one last time.
Here’s the details on Facebook. It’s an open invite, so send it to everyone you’d like to see join us:
Also feel free to post a reply of your memory of Jaws the Ride on my blog here. I’d love to share in the nostalgia.
UPDATE: As of 2:45 PM Eastern time, the Fake Richard Horvitz profile has been deleted by Facebook. Thanks to everyone who helped bring it to Facebook’s attention. Victory!
Being a ‘convention personality’ in the fan community has its ups and downs. I love meeting fans. I love talking to people who are excited about things in pop culture that I’m into (like anime and Transformers.) I love reading the Internet when folks post about how much they enjoy projects I work on.
Occasionally, though, I have to deal with the random idiot who tries to ruin it for everyone else. I usually just ignore the nuisance since (as we all know) you shouldn’t feed the trolls.
That said, I live in a fan culture the deals with thousands of people. I can’t even IMAGINE the headache of hundreds of thousands of fans and having to deal with the issues that can be caused by the occasional “one bad apple.”
Thus, I now segue into talking about my friend Richard Horvitz.
Richard is the voice of main character on a television show called Invader ZIM. Recently someone thought is would be funny to create a fake Facebook page and pretend to be him. Now, I’m a fan of parody and I read a number of “fake” people on Twitter. There is a difference, though, between PARODY and IMPERSONATION. The Fake Richard Horvitz Facebook profile is pretending to be him in real life. Not cool.
Richard has reported the offending page and has even made it public that someone is impersonating him. You can read the post on the InvaderCON Facebook wall here:
THIS IS THE PART WHERE I ASK FOR YOUR HELP.
It seems that Facebook is a little slow to react, so we need folks to report the Fake Richard Horvitz profile. Please follow my simple step by step instructions…
STEP 1: Go to the Fake Richard Horvitz profile on Facebook. It lookes like this:
Here’s the link: https://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100003088142181
STEP 2: Scroll down to the bottom left of the page and find the link that says “Report/Block”
Click the “Report/Block” link and a pop up will appear.
STEP 3: Complete the “Report and/or Block This Person” form that appears.
Check off the box that says “Block Richard Horvitz.”
Select the option that says “This profile is pretending to be someone or is fake.” You will then be asked to “Choose a type.” Select “Pretending to be a celebrity.” Next you will be asked to put in the name of the celebrity. Type Richard Steven Horvitz.
The page should look like this:
STEP 4: Select “I confirm that this report is correct” and click Continue.
Afterwards, you’ll see a popup that says “Thanks For Your Report.”
Richard reported the fake profile a number of days ago. Facebook hasn’t done anything yet, but I think if we get a large number of people to report the profile (I’m talking to YOU InvaderCON Fans and OHP Fans!) then we should get this knocked out in no time.
Thanks for your help!
I posted this on G+ this morning, but it bears repeating here:
Facebook changed again and it sucks! Google+ is boring and it sucks! The old Twitter is better than the new one which sucks! I should STOP PAYING for all of these services because I am obviously not getting my money’s worth!