Just realized a TON of stuff has happened since the last time I posted in here. So, here we go:
1. I'm back in school for a computer science degree, yesterday was my first day of class. This semester is SUPER light, I'm just taking two classes through the community college (was supposed to be 3, but one got waitlisted) and I found out that all of the credits within my degree that the community college offers transfer over to the university, so I might end up taking a lot of my classes at the community college because it's cheaper, plus some of the teachers go back and forth between the community college and the university so in some cases it's quite literally the same class, just being taught at a different location. Anyways, this semester I'm taking a math class that's all based around logic, which is dope because I've already taken a couple of other classes that are all about logic and I'm pretty good at it. The professor seems really cool too, and a lot of her reviews are all students saying that it was their favorite class of their entire college career, so I'm expecting this to be really fun. My other class is Communications 101, which is intro to public speaking. I was able to dodge it in my last degree because I was given the option to take either public speaking or rhetoric, so I took the rhetoric class instead. Anyways, I'm doing this class online, and the teacher seems like he's trying to be a real hardass, which is annoying because nobody actually wants to take this class, you know? And because it's online, the way that I'll have to give all of my speeches is recording a video of me giving the speech to a group of 9 or more of my peers, which means I'll have to bug all of my irl friends to come together and sit and watch me give a speech 3 times this semester. But other than the speeches, I think I'll be able to get most (if not all) of the classwork done within the first few weeks, because it's all available online already so I've already started knocking things out. I don't technically have to do anything for the next 3 weeks in my communications class but I'm hoping to get through all of the quizzes by the end of february at the latest so that all I have to do is make the speeches.
2. The girl that my roommate was dating when we moved in together was crazy. I don't like calling girls crazy, especially within the context of talking about failed relationships, because I think it's really dismissive and often used to shift blame onto the girl by devaluing her, but in this case, yeah, she was fucking crazy. After she went back to Maine, she called him while we were hanging out and he answered it through his car's speakerphone and asked me to pretend I wasn't there, and she spent like an hour yelling at him about how she's been drinking and driving and fucking all these random dudes and it's all his fault and like gaslighting the shit out of him and being incredibly toxic and manipulative SO ANYWAYS they broke up at like the end of July (roughly?) and then within like a week he was dating this NEW girl, and the new girl was really cool but I felt bad because I assumed she was just gonna be a rebound, which would have really sucked, but then he started having her over like every day, and like they were literally always together in that really annoying way, and then they bought a dog without asking me, which fucking SUCKED, and I was honestly really pissed about literally all of the situation because a girl and a dog both moved into my house and I didn't really have a say in either of those two situations, which is some straight up bullshit, but I loved the dog and she was a cool roommate, other than the part where she moved in without me knowing about it. But like we finally talked about it once they bought the dog and she started pitching in for rent so like that was chill. And then a week ago, like RIGHT when I was starting to come around to the whole situation and accept it and be okay with all of it, my idiot roommate broke up with her!! For dumb reasons too!! He did it because he isn't over his other ex, the one who was super manipulative and crazy and moved back to Maine. And this more recent ex was so much better! Like she was one of the best people I've ever met!! And he's an idiot and broke up with her!! Which means that I now have to pay her cut of rent next month, which I wasn't planning on and I already spent the money, and also they're trying to keep split custody of the dog, so we'll have the dog on weekends and she'll have the dog on weekdays. The thing that bugs me personally about the dog situation is that that's just one more decision that was made without me that directly affects my living situation. I'm really fucking mad at my roommate. BUT!!! Now I finally get some alone time in the apartment, which hadn't happened in a HOT minute, because my roommate and I work opposite schedules and there are no dogs or girlfriends living in our apartment. For the past couple months I've been hiding out in my room a lot because I just wanted to be alone and if I came out into the living room I would have to take care of the dog, or share the space with my roommate's girlfriend who worked from home half the time which is total bullshit, or things like that. Now I finally feel like I have my apartment back, and that's a really nice feeling.
Also my roommate and I are thinking about moving into a house this summer once our lease is up. As long as he doesn't bring yet another girl to live with us while we're still in this apartment, I'm down.
3. My dad had some heart problems, which is more or less under control now, but it was really fucking scary when it was all going down. Throughout all of 2019 he had been experience some minor issues that were all symptoms of having blockages in his arteries, but none of it was very obvious because it was just things like shortness of breath, getting fatigued earlier, high blood pressure, etc. so it didn't seem like a big deal, because those things are also signs of aging. Then my mom's insurance changed, and so my parents found new doctors that were covered by both of their insurances (because they like to have the same doctor for everything). And so their new cardiologist took my dad off of the beta blockers he had been on, which caused all of the symptoms of his heart condition to get a lot worse, which was surprising because nobody knew he had a heart condition. So they ran some tests and stuff and found out he had a really crazy blockage and scheduled him for that operation where they shove a camera through your arteries and look around for blockages and then electrically destroy the blockages and then put stints in (I guess is how it works?), and my dad still didn't think it was a big deal and he wanted to cancel the procedure because he thought it was a waste of time, but my mom convinced him to go anyways. His procedure was on the monday before thanksgiving, and the doctor who performed the procedure said that the blockage was so bad that he probably would have been dead by wednesday if they hadn't gotten in there when they did.
My dad also has another blockage that they're going to have to do something about eventually, but the blockage itself is nowhere near as severe, and the location of the blockage would require them to have to travel through the stints he just had put in, which is a super risky procedure, so they're monitoring him every few weeks I guess to see how well his stints are healing vs how fast the other blockage is building, because they wanna give the stints as much time as possible to heal before going in there but also they don't wanna wait too long and have another massive blockage to deal with. But in an ideal situation, they want to wait a full 2 years before going back in to travel through the stints. And with the way my dad is taking care of himself now after all of this, he might be able to go that full 2 years before having to go back in, because he's taking care of himself really well. So that's good news.
4. I traveled to Portland back in October for a Pokemon TCG regional, and I still might have a shot at qualifying for Worlds - although it's going to be really tough. I was supposed to go to Dallas last weekend for another regional, but cancelled because I wanted to relax for my last few days off before I went back to school. I'm getting really good, though. If I don't get my invitation for Worlds this year, I'm definitely on track to get my invite next year. Objectively speaking, I think I might be the 4th or 5th best Pokemon TCG player in Vegas, although it's a bit hard to judge since skill is an abstract concept, and results can be skewed based on other factors, like matchups and luck variables. I recently won a local because I made the right meta call and played a weird deck that had good matchups against the two biggest decks at the tournament, even though every round I was sitting right next to somebody playing a deck that my deck literally could not beat (like a 10:90 matchup, maybe worse, I'm not even kidding), but I also got 5th at a tournament that I could have won a couple weeks ago because in the last round before top cut, I put one of the top local players into a situation where if he didn't top deck one very specific card, I won, but if he did top deck it he won, and somehow he was able to do it even though it was basically like a ~2-3% chance. So like, sometimes stuff happens. But my big point is, I feel like I've breached into a higher echelon in this game, where winning a local tournament is not at all outside of the realm of possibility for me. It's cool, because the next, like, level of gameplay is to consistently get results at regionals, and that's the level of gameplay that gets invited to world championships. And I really want to get a Worlds invite, I think that would make 8 year old Krevin so proud.