Another Tales of the Blackcat story about a dying bully whose past is about to catch up with him.
Another Tales of the Blackcat story about a dying bully whose past is about to catch up with him.
Well, here it is, my latest Q & A vlog is now up. This is my first original video since going on my year-long hiatus from video making. I was in the process of writing this video when the computer I was using ended up losing its sound which rendered me unable to make videos. But now that I’m back with a new camcorder and new editing software, get ready because I’m back and ready to hit the Interwebs hard. So if you have 20 minutes to spare, hope you enjoy this. So without further ado, here we go.
Q: Would you rather date a lot of different people, or be in a committed relationship?
A: At this point in my life, I think it would be best if I was with a lot of different people as opposed to being in a committed relationship with a girl who is absolutely wrong for me.
Q: If you were given the money to start a new business, what business would you open?
A: A film studio.
Q: How many languages do you speak?
A: Primarily I speak English but I also took Spanish in high school. I’m at least 14 years out of practice. lol
Q: What’s your favorite season of the year?
A: Summer. Hot weather, hot chicks, awesome times.
Q: If you were offered the job of U.S. president would you take the job?
A: No. In fact, right now it looks like I may not be voting in this year’s elections for the first time since 1996. It’s shaping up to be one of those “damned if you do, damned if you don’t” elections.
Q: What was your favorite TV show as a child?
A: There was so many. I was a fan of Dukes of Hazzard, Knight Rider, Garfield, the 60’s Batman series, The A-Team, Greatest American Hero, Star Trek (both original and The Next Generation)… list goes on and on. I was a child of the 80’s. It was the best decade for TV, the best decade for movies, and the best decade for music. 80’s FTW.
Q: Have you ever been fired? If so why?
A: Not yet. I quit a couple of jobs though. I worked at McDonald’s as a second job for a month in 2001. I quit because they didn’t give me enough hours and I quit Stop and Shop in 2002 because I was moving up to the Mohawk Valley.
Q: What does your average day consist of?
A: Sleep, work, Internet, school and whatever else happens.
Q: What’s your favorite genre of music?
A: Top 40 music and 80’s music. Once again, 80’s FTW.
Q: If you had a personalized license plate what would it say?
Q: Butter side up or butter side down?
A: Butter side up.
Q: Would you rather own a luxury yacht or a private jet?
A: If I had the money, I’d take both.
Q: Do you consider yourself athletic?
A: Well I do work out with weights and walk, but I don’t really play sports. So I guess you can say I’m sorta athletic. lol.
Q: What would be your favorite Charlie Sheen-inspired cocktail? Would it be made by a Warlock with Tiger blood? Whatever your choice make sure it’s a winning one!
A: It would be a Major League Wall Street Special w/ a 2 1/2 Hot Shot lemon twist. Is that winning enough for you? lol.
Q: If a genie granted you three wishes, what would you wish for?
A: To be rich, to find true love, and to be successful.
Q: What’s your favorite memory from this past summer?
A: I haven’t really have too many memories from this summer since this summer has officially started but my favorite memory from last summer was when I went to the Boxing Hall of Fame.
Q: Where in the world is Carmen Sandiego?
A: Haven’t seen her in eons. Must’ve retired or something. lol
Q: If you could immediately change one thing about current affairs, social policy, and so on but it had to be something that didn’t directly benefit you, what would it be?
A: The economy.
Q: Do you believe in karma?
A: Yes I do.
Q: How would you tell your crush that you like them?
A: Best just to say it flat out.
Q: What’s your favorite saying?
A: “One lone cat against a big bad world,” which as many of you already know (unless of course you’re new to my videos) is the very definition of my username.
Q: What is the most difficult job you can think of?
A: My current job. lol
Q: How do you like your eggs cooked for breakfast?
Q: Who are your top 5 favorite rappers of all time?
A: Eminem, Dr. Dre, Snoop Dogg, Ice Cube, Tupac.
Q: Where’s the best place in your hometown to get a great burger or milkshake?
A: Outside of Mickey D’s or Burger King, I would have to say Empire Diner. Not sure if they serve milkshakes or not. lol.
Q: If you have kids, are you gonna let those little bastards play video games?
A: Depends on what video games I let them play. lol.
Q: If you could have an endless supply of any food, what would you get?
Q: Which do you like better – football (NFL) or football (soccer)?
A: Not a fan of either, but I would have to go with the NFL on this one.
Q: How do you generally get around – walk, bike, drive, public transportation or some other way?
A: Usually walk. My travel is very restricted.
Q: What’s your favorite Christmas cookie?
A: I know it’s a bit late for Christmas (or early depending on your point of view since we are already halfway through the year) but I’ll answer the question anyway: Chocolate chip.
Q: What’s your favorite thing about staying in a hotel over the holidays?
A: I don’t usually stay in hotels over the holidays but it would be really nice if I did.
Q: If you could kiss any celebrity at midnight on New Year’s Eve, who would it be?
A: So many, but I think this year I’d have to go for Scarlett Johansson.
Q: What fast-food restaurant do you visit most often?
A: I usually visit McDonald’s and Burger King most often.
Q: What would you do if you saw that a friend had a piece of food stuck between his or her teeth?
A: Offer a toothpick?
Q: What is the first word that you said as a baby?
A: Not sure. Can’t really remember too much until I was 2. And that reminds me of a quote that I learned during my first semester at HCCC. My writing professor said that no matter how bad of a day you have had and you go around thinking that the day you had was the worst day of your life, keep in mind that you already survived the worst day of your life: The day you were born. Thankfully a lot of us don’t have memories of us being born. If we did, chances are we’d all be in therapy.
Q: Last time you got a portrait taken by a photographer?
A: I think it was my senior portrait waaaaaaay back in the 1996-97 school year at Red Hook High School.
Q: Could you eat a pizza right now?
A: There’s always time for pizza.
Q: And this is a Twilight question, folks. Breaking Dawn: Part 1 came and went in theaters and of course I did not go and see it and I’ll take your word for it that it sucked and it’s safe to say that I’m definitely not going to see Part 2 when it comes out later this year. Then again, it’s not really required to see the Twilight movies to know they suck. But I will answer this age-old question for you since I know you like it when I rip on Twilight: Are you Team Edward or Team Jacob?
A: Neither. I’m Team Blackcat. However, since I’ve heard about how badly Jacob (supposedly the nice guy in the franchise) has been portrayed throughout the franchise and the fact that the girl would choose the sparkly emo whatever he is over over the nice guy is so disturbingly like real life it’s not even funny. And since I’ve been in that situation many a time, I guess you could say I’m Team Jacob.
Q: Is masturbation cheating?
A: No. In fact, some people are aroused by that.
Q: Do you eat dairy products?
A: Some dairy products. Not that I’m vegan or anything like that. I just don’t like certain cheeses and not a fan of milk.
Q: Do you use Google Plus?
A: Yes. I’m on Google Plus. The link is in my Links/Contacts section on this blog.
Q: Between “The Hunger Games,” “Harry Potter” and “The Twilight Saga,” which is your favorite?
A: I’m not too familiar with the Hunger Games series and I’m pretty sure you know by now how I feel about Twilight, so I have to say Harry Potter all the way! Although I do think in all fairness that the Hunger Games movie looks very interesting and I might check it out but I’m gonna wait till DVD for that, not to mention Jennifer Lawrence (the hot girl who stars in the Hunger Games is much hotter than Kristen Stewart. I’m sorry, but Kristen Stewart doesn’t really do anything for me. Just sayin’.
Q: What was your best subject at school?
A: In high school it was English and Spanish. So far in college I think it was my writing class during my first semester last year.
Q: Rock, paper or scissors?
Q: What do you put on your French fries?
A: If it’s store-bought French Fries or fries at a restaurant, I usually put ketchup on them, but if it’s at Mickey D’s or BK, I just eat them plain.
Q: Have you ever been a victim of bullying?
A: I’m pretty sure everyone at one time or another has been bullied. Yes, I have been bullied before but looking back, it wasn’t as bad as the cases of bullying that affect the world today.
Q: Zombie, werewolf, or vampire?
A: Zombie. The werewolf and vampire genre is pretty much dead now, thanks to a certain franchise that will remain nameless. (sneezing) Twilight!
Q: Did you make any New Year’s resolutions this year? If so, have you stuck with them so far?
A: Yes. One of my resolutions is to get back to making videos in 2012 and now that I have my new laptop and HD camcorder, I am actually meeting that goal. As far as the working out resolution goes, I’m definitely not having a problem with that one since I had gym last semester and I have access to the Fitness Center during the summer. I also have another gym course next semester since I need two credits in gym to graduate. So that will definitely not be a problem.
Q: What do you do to stay fit?
A: I walk and lift weights at the HCCC gym. And when I go outdoors from spring to fall, I go for walks on the Canal Trail. Not to mention as I said earlier that I walk pretty much everywhere.
Q: “Life is not a having and a getting, but a being and a becoming.” In case you don’t know, that’s a quote from Matthew Arnold. Do you think it’s better to be and become?
Q: Do you think a movie or restaurant makes for a better first date?
A: Either one would work well for me.
Q: What message would you want to put in a fortune cookie?
A: What a wise man (Clint Eastwood) once said: “You’re shit out of luck!”
Q: What piece of clothing in your closet will you never throw away?
A: My leather jacket.
Q: What song do you sing in the shower?
A: I don’t sing in the shower. Can’t sing to save my life.
Q: Do you watch Glee?
A: Nope. I could care less about Glee. It’s pretty much a less kid-friendly rip-off of High School Musical done in TV series format.
Q: Is there such a thing as too much chocolate?
A: One can never have too much chocolate. lol.
Q: Do you ever think that you have a “calling” that you are supposed to answer?
A: Yes I do. I’m kinda doing it right now.
Q: Who is your favorite Sesame Street character?
A: Cookie Monster.
Q: What is your favorite comeback story?
A: When Michael Jordan left basketball in the early 90’s to pursue a baseball career and then deciding to come back to basketball over a year later and led the Bulls to another 3 NBA championship titles.
Q: Do you have a special diet like vegetarian, halal, kosher, gluten-free, etc? How long have you kept it for?
A: Nope. I still eat what I want. But I am starting to eat a little healthier.
Q: See any good movies?
A: Last one I saw in theaters was The Avengers. There’s a few coming out this year that I wanna check out. And no, Breaking Dawn: Part 2 is not on the short list. More like the Spider-Man reboot, The Dark Knight Rises, Expendables 2, the new Bond movie “Skyfall…” I could go on.
Q: Frogs: Friend or foe?
A: I don’t think frogs are that bad actually.
Q: How old is too old for a teddy bear?
A: I guess never.
Q: Have you ever been horseback riding?
A: Yes, when I was a kid.
Q: Have you ever been to San Francisco? What’s your favorite spot in your hometown?
A: Nope. Haven’t been anywhere in Cali yet. Don’t really have a favorite spot in my hometown.
Q: Do you have the moves like Jagger?
A: I haven’t danced since 8th grade so I have no idea.
And now let’s move on to the Meetme questions:
Q: What’s the most expensive gift you’ve ever got for someone else?
A: I haven’t really bought anything expensive for anyone to tell you the truth.
Q: How do you learn to love again when the one you loved the most has betrayed you?
A: Very hard question to answer. Sometimes you can’t. Something like that is never easy to get over.
Q: Are you left-handed or right-handed?
Q: What is one trait you could not put up with in another person?
A: Being controlled by them.
Q: What’s your favorite flavored Pringles?
A: Ranch. Basically I don’t discriminate against Pringles. I can down a whole can of those in one sitting without gaining weight. It’s one of those few products that actually live up to its tagline: “Once you pop, you can’t stop.”
Q: What are the best relationships based on in your opinion: Friendship or physical attraction?
A: Either one is about the same to me.
Q: Do you chat on Yahoo?
A: Not really, although I am on Messenger.
Q: What’s the most played song on your iPod?
A: Actually I don’t have an iPod. I can’t afford it.
Q: Have you ever had a crush on a coworker? And if so did it work out?
A: Yes, several times between two different jobs. And neither one of them worked out. Long story on both of those and I don’t really want to make this longer than it needs to be.
Q: If you knew you were going to die tomorrow, what would you do today?
A: Whatever I want.
Q: You’re eating alone and you look across the room and there is a girl sitting alone. You think you might know her. Do you approach the girl or shrug it off?
A: Depends on the situation. She may want to be alone.
Q: If the Pope poops, is it holy crap?
A: It could be.
Q: Your boyfriend or girlfriend says “I love you” first. How do you respond?
A: With the words, “I love you too.”
And like I said earlier, now that I’m back making videos, I have a lot planned for this coming week. Among them is the long-awaited episode of The Adventures of Blackcatloner, which I am hoping to start up again sometime soon.
This blog is a bit of a departure from what I usually do on here. But for today we’re gonna make the most of it. So anyway, here we go.
First, an update on my HCCC endeavors. I went to the open house up there last week and I got a bunch of information on what I need to do and I also finally signed up for placement testing. I officially have to go up there for testing on April 21 which is the last day I can go up for placement testing. Luckily, I was able to take a personal day off from work that day because I will probably be up there for about a few hours. I know that because my brother took a similar test last year. And also, how would I be able to sleep enough to go to work that night if I didn’t take the personal day? But either way, I am good to go as far as that goes.
Now on to the cobra story. During the week, an Egyptian cobra escaped from its tank at the Bronx Zoo. Once that happened, the zoo closed down the Reptile House until the cobra could be recovered. After all, cobras are very dangerous animals. In reality, it was too cold for the snake to venture far but that didn’t stop someone from creating a Twitter account for the wayward snake. The Twitter feed was full of tweets that described the cobra as tweeting from an iPhone going on a sightseeing tour of New York City, including a trip via ferry to Ellis Island to see the Immigrant museum. It also had some snake-themed tweets that included a new twist on an iconic line from “Raiders of the Lost Ark.” You remember that scene where Indiana Jones says, “Snakes. Why does it have to be snakes?” Well the cobra’s take on that line: “Indiana Jones. Why does it have to be Indiana Jones?” I laughed so loud at that when I was reading that on my phone at work that I decided to retweet that to my followers.
In fact the feed proved to be so popular that the feed acquired over 222,000 followers. (It could be more by the time this goes up.) However, all good things must come to an end for the snake was finally recovered and put back in his tank as of Thursday night. Will the cobra continue her tweets? Well stay tuned.
The whole cobra thing reminded me of an incident that happened to me when I went to a Reptile museum in Catskill while I was growing up (it was about 1989 or 1990). I remember I was doing a project on snakes at the time and I was looking at a snake in a tank. And then all of a sudden, I hear this rattling noise. I wasn’t sure where it was coming from at first but then I looked up and I see this rattlesnake in the tank above the snake I was looking at all coiled up and rattling at me. Apparently it was pissed off at me because I was wearing a Batman hat with the giant Batman logo on it. After all, it was the year of Batman (thanks to the Tim Burton movie.) The snake must have thought that the bat was real. On the plus side though, I was never in any danger because the rattler was in his tank and those tanks were pretty secure. However, I do find it funny that a snake can get riled up by what a person wears. I wonder what he would think about my skull and crossbones hat.
And there you go. What better way to end this than with a little trip into Blackcatloner’s secret past.
I’m sure that by the time this blog is posted, you will probably have heard or seen the video for 13-year-old Rebecca Black’s song, “Friday.” It has been up on YouTube for over a month and a half and to date has garnered over 63 million views. But as far as the reception goes, let me put it to you this way: YouTube has a rating system where you can either thumbs up or thumbs down a video. To date, the video for “Friday” has over 138,000 thumbs up ratings and (drumroll, please) over 1.1 million thumbs down ratings!
Whoa, back up. 1.1 million thumbs down ratings?! Is that a record for YouTube? Could this song officially be declared “the worst YouTube video of all time?!”
So far, I haven’t come across any other videos who have more thumbs down ratings than that, so I guess it must be true. I have seen the video itself and found myself facepalming in dismay. All I can say is wow… just wow.
On the other hand, I also came across another viral video that was really awesome and very funny too. If you saw the Friday video, I’m sure you’ve seen this one:
In this video that was filmed in Australia, a kid decided to walk up to another kid about twice his size and starting punching him in the face. Then without warning, the bigger kid picked up the bully like a sack of potatoes and like a wrestler body-slammed him into the ground. To me that was probably the best case of epic pwnage that I have ever seen on YouTube. I couldn’t stop laughing, especially when the bully couldn’t try to walk afterwards.
However as a result of the victim’s brilliant act of self-defense, he was suspended from school, which I think is not cool. This kid should be viewed as a hero or at least respected, not suspended for standing up for himself. Don’t worry, this kid’s a hero in my book.
But to conclude this I just want to say that if that “Friday” song ends up being this year’s YouTube prank (Rick Roll, anyone?) for April Fools Day, I’m really gonna flip my top.