With Great Power… (Vlog)

After a horrible week at work, I decide to talk about my life on the Internet and how it can be compared to a bar.

Getting a Clue or The Butler Did It

I know that I have been posting more than usual lately. Maybe it’s a sign of guilt over how I’ve been neglecting this blog in favor of my other online activities, including YouTube and Twitter. Those apps on Facebook and Myspace didn’t really help too much either, or maybe it is because I’ve overcome my very long case of blogger’s block and decided to take up the blog again. It is like what I said before, it’s time to get back to my roots.

Anyway, last night I went out to the latest play by the Ilion Little Theater Club, which is a musical based on one of the most popular board games of all time: “Clue.” In this case, the play was a musical and it has been very popular with Mohawk Valley residents. In fact the first three shows last week were sold out and they had added an extra show because of the enormous popularity. It was also an interactive game in which the audience could take part, as though they were actually playing the board game. And I actually do have a confession to make: I have never played Clue the board game before, even though I have seen the movie they did back in the 80’s. The only time I play board games is Monopoly and that’s only when it is at McDonald’s.

Anyway, back to Clue. The theater also distributed sheets in which the audience could guess who the murderer is, where the murder took place,and what weapon was used based on a series of clues provided by Mr. Boddy, the victim. The night I went, it was revealed that it was Colonel Mustard who killed Mr. Boddy in the lounge with the lead pipe. However, that is not the actual ending of the play. Remember it is an interactive stage production so the suspects could change with each performance. I played along and I ended up getting the room where the murder was committed. 

Okay, so I’m no Sherlock Holmes, but at least one out of three ain’t bad. 

So anyway, like the week before, it was a packed house so I was lucky to get in when I did. The show was a lot of fun and I recommend to anyone in the Mohawk Valley area to go see this play. It is running again tonight and the extra show is Sunday afternoon in which two bucks will be taken off your admission if you bring a non-perishable food item which will go to a local food pantry. Just in time for Thanksgiving because after all, charity’s always nice.

And so I end this latest installment. So now I got some more things to worry about this week, like Thanksgiving and of course Black Friday (as in how I am going to get footage of Black Friday at work out and then put it on YouTube). Plus I got an extra day of work too.

Constant Whitewater

Okay, I am going to start this off by saying that I can’t believe that it’s October already. Wow, 2010 is now less than three months away. It’s like, where did 2009 go? I missed about two months of blogging mainly because of the fact that I have so much going on in my life right now, both online as well as off.

In many ways, while I got a sudden spike of creativity as far as my YouTube career goes. In the last two months alone, I put my channel through so many changes, mainly taking down some videos that either didn’t attract too many comments or videos I felt could be done better, such as the video I shot at Ilion Little Theater back in March and the Walk in the Park video. I originally intended for the latter video to be my first HD video. I have since reposted both.

Also I figured I try my hand at news reporting by doing a series of news videos that I called “The Black Cat Weekly,” but that turned out to be a disaster. First off, it got more and more difficult to get news stories that I could do a video about, not to mention that the videos brought the haters out in record droves. I didn’t expect to be that badly received as far as that goes. However, I have decided to adopt other YouTuber’s methods and attack the haters in reply comments, because it’s pretty fun to do because they’re a group of losers who either don’t do videos and are only on there to cause trouble or they’re a group who have only a handful of videos and have very few or no friends or subscribers.

Now don’t take this the wrong way. Just because I stopped doing the news videos doesn’t mean I’m gonna stop making videos or give up on YouTube like very few people do. I’m too well established on YouTube for that. Plus there are other factors than that at work. I have been meeting more and more people online, not to mention people sending me IM requests and app invites on Facebook to keep up with them all. It’s like constant whitewater for me. It does get overwhelming after a while.

In some ways, YouTube and Twitter have led to me not being able to blog so much, mainly because it is starting to get easier for me to make videos and Twitter is basically the in thing for bloggers, not to mention some personal things I am going through right now. So I have to get back into the habit of blogging again because that was how I got started on the web.

But on the bright side, October is a pretty big month for me, most notably the fact that at the end of the month is my three-year anniversary on YouTube. Clearly something to look forward to. But for now, I just wanted to touch base with everyone to show that I am still committed to this blog.

Making Ends Meet

Well, another weekend off from work is almost over. It was like this weekend went by really fast. As I write this, it is about an hour and a half away from Sunday morning and I have been online pretty much all day.

As of Friday, Blackcatloner has officially added yet another job to his resume in addition to Wally World associate, Internet blogger, and YouTube moviemaker: I am also a lawn mower person. That afternoon, I mowed the lawn for the Historical Society and made some extra bucks. Shortly after that, I went to Wally World and got two “Indiana Jones” movies. The other day, the first three movies came out individually on DVD and that was something I was waiting for. I got “Raiders of the Lost Ark” and “Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade.” Next Friday, I’m planning to go see the new movie because it comes out next weekend.

I found out that I can take a personal day on any day before inventory but not vacation time. I put in for the first Monday in August so I can go see another play at Ilion Little Theater. It’s not part of their regular program season, but it’s part of their After Dark Productions. I can also take vacation time during the second and third weeks in July, but it doesn’t seem likely that I’ll get it. I’ll have to wait until either late August or September to take it.

The Premonition

Well, here I am at HCCC on this chilly Sunday night before I have to go to work which I am definitely not looking forward to, and this week is probably going to be the worst week yet because this week is Thanksgiving week, which means Black Friday, my sixth since I began working at Wally World. This week is very clearly not a week that I am looking forward to, but then again, I usually don’t look forward to going to work, especially not in the last two years.

Last night, I went back to Ilion Little Theater for the last performance of the play, “The 1940’s Radio Hour.” Of course that night things were slightly complicated. My sister’s car broke down and I ended up hiking out to the Stables that night and after the play, hiking back to Herkimer. As I have mentioned before in another blog, I used to commute on my own two feet between Ilion and Herkimer all the time back when I was living there. Usually it takes me between forty-five minutes to an hour, depending on traffic and weather conditions. On the way back though, I had to stop off at Subway when I got back into Herkimer, so I ended up getting home around midnight last night. Anyway, it was a lot of fun.

I don’t really know what my plans are for this week other than the obvious event which I have stated at the beginning of this blog. Both HCCC and the Basloe Library are closed on Thanksgiving and Black Friday so I will probably have more time to work on my book. Also, depending on weather conditions, I am probably heading back to the Historical Society on Friday and I think that they are open on Saturdays starting this weekend until Christmas so I have a place to go and work on my book.

Usually, I use Black Friday as an excuse to go and get some DVD’s, especially since a lot of them are usually priced at about three or four bucks. I’m sure that they will have a lot of other things there that I need but can’t afford. One thing that I am probably going to miss is the pizza they give out afterwards because I am going to be off on Friday night. Beyond that, I’m not really going to miss too much.