Well, here it is, everyone. By the time you read this, we will officially be in 2017. Happy new year, everyone.
2016 was definitely a roller coaster ride, wasn’t it? Whether it was all the celebrity deaths or the fact that Donald Trump has now been elected President of the United States, it was a roller coaster ride in every sense of the word. As for me, I made it through the year perfectly fine. This year marked the first year that I didn’t have to go to classes up at the college even though there was still some drama involving me getting my degree as in why I haven’t gotten it yet even though I was supposed to be done in December 2015. It turned out that there was an error on the part of the college where I was supposed to take a class that was no longer offered at the college as part of my requirements for my degree so I took another class as a substitute course. Thing was that the paperwork was never filed with the registrar’s office so I had to straighten that out. And now that I got it straightened out, I am now set to finally get my Associates Degree from Herkimer College in February. Not in time for Christmas, but in time for my birthday.
I also managed to get out to the movies more in 2016 as opposed to last year where I only saw The Force Awakens. I saw almost every major event movie with the exception of Suicide Squad. As far as the best movie of the year goes, I would have to say that Deadpool was the best movie I saw all year and the Ghostbusters reboot was the worst. The worst movie was actually a tougher call for me because it was either that or Batman vs. Superman which was another movie I was disappointed in. But as opposed to Ghostbusters, Batman vs. Superman had some redeemable qualities. And Ghostbusters I saw for free at Herkimer College so you can’t accuse me of being paid off by Sony.
2016 was a milestone for me as far as my Internet life goes. This year marked ten years since I officially started my journey into the world of social media with my first blog site on Yahoo 360. Also that year, I started my blog site on the Chester Gillette murder case to tie in with the centennial commemoration that year and I also signed up for YouTube that year even though I wouldn’t start making videos until 2008.
On the YouTube front, I was able to do more videos this year. I started out by resurrecting my hour-long format show where I talk about several things at once but I had the same problems as the last time I tried it as far as time goes and also finding stuff to talk about.  Then I tried cutting it back to half an hour and then finally going back to the weekly vlog format I did from 2010-2012. I eventually decided to start up Blackcatloner Reviews as a separate series again and I also decided to review religious movies like God’s Not Dead 2 and Old Fashioned. And I ended the year by replacing the vlog series with a podcast show that is available for free download on iTunes.
In the midst of that, I also discovered a new video sharing site called Vidme which I signed up for in October (ironically around the same time that I signed up for YouTube ten years ago.) As it turns out, my videos got more views on Vidme with each upload there than my more recent uploads on YouTube. That in addition to the crap I had to deal with, especially with the riffs on the Public Domain educational movies and I decided it was time to move on. As of a couple weeks ago, my channel has officially become verified which is pretty much the equivalent of being a YouTube partner.
So why have I decided to go back to writing? Well, I guess it has to do with the fact that I am getting older. Believe it or not, I am inching closer to 40 and I am not getting any younger. In fact, age is part of the reason why I decided to switch to podcasting. Plus, I think that writing again might be better for me because there are some things that are better told either through written word or podcast rather than video. But don’t worry, I haven’t fully abandoned video making entirely. I’m still doing the reviews show as videos plus some other things as well.
This year, I will also be hitting some milestones. In addition to me finally graduating from Herkimer College, this year marks ten years since I launched my official website which is on WordPress even though I started it on Blogger first. This year also marks twenty years since I graduated from Red Hook High School. So who knows what else will happen this year? I guess that’s part of the reason why I decided to start this new blog. So, we’ll see how this goes.
Now I know what you’re thinking: “How do you find time for all this stuff?” If it’s something you enjoy doing, you make the time.
And for the record, I didn’t see the ball drop this year so I ended up watching Taxi Driver instead. I’m normally not one for making resolutions but I probably should consider eating better. I eat out frequently but eating at McDonald’s and Burger King is kind of a necessary evil because they have free Wi-Fi. I should probably give up on online dating as well. But as far as online dating goes for me, I have had no success and no matter how much I try to quit it, it’s like an itch you can’t help but scratch. Not to mention that at my age it’s not getting any easier. Again, we’ll just see what happens.
So here’s to what I’m hoping will be another good year. And I hope to keep up this blog for as long as I can.

Q & A: Team Blackcat Pwns Team Edward

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?

A: Overeasy.

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?

A: Pizza.

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?

A: Rock.

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?

A: Yes.

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?

A: 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.


Well, here it is, folks. Today is officially the first day of 2010. That means 2009 has officially bit the dust as well as the last decade where I basically came of age via relocation, getting involved in a community project, and a shift towards what I hope will be a new career.

I started the first two years of this past decade back in my old neighborhood of Tivoli where I had a job at Grand Union. Back then, that company was going bankrupt and were about to be taken over by the Stop and Shop grocery chain. At first I was uncertain as to whether or not all of the Grand Union employees would be picked up. In order to prepare for the worst, I ended up taking a side job at McDonald’s in Kingston. That didn’t work out as planned. I started there on New Year’s Day in 2001 and I only lasted about four weeks. They were bad as far as scheduling went. My last week there they had me scheduled for nine hours, which was not enough to get by.

Eventually, I didn’t have to worry about being laid off from Grand Union as Stop and Shop automatically retained all of the employees, including me. And so there I remained for about a year and a half until my family ended up relocating to Central New York, partly because of the rising costs of living down there and the amount of people that were moving up from the city after 9/11. After I moved out, it took me about a month before I got another job, which was as an overnight employee at Wal-Mart in Herkimer. And that’s where I’ve been ever since.

Not that my job took up what I’ve done during the previous decade. I moved around about a couple of times. A year after moving to the Mohawk Valley, I rented an apartment in Ilion for about a year before moving into my current house in Herkimer. And prior to moving to the area, my Internet activity was very limited to the public libraries, starting while I was still living in Tivoli and I mainly used it to stay up on the latest movies that were in development. It was a habit I later took up while I was in Ilion and when I first moved into Herkimer.

Then came my involvement in the Chester Gillette Centennial commemoration events. When I first heard about the case, I began researching the case and as a result, I created an email account and my life and career as Blackcatloner officially began. While I continued working on the case and participated in the centennial events, I began to respond to the call of the Internet as far as blogging and social networking went. Even then, I was still operating out of the public library and later at the library at HCCC for a little over a year. However it would be 2008 when my Internet career would really begin to take off.

By that year, I finally got Internet hookup at my house which meant that I can do more than just blog. I can also do videos. Very late in 2007, I became involved with YouTube and was starting to make videos at that time. I started with cat videos before doing live videos. I also added Twitter and Facebook to my online activities and before I knew it, I have found my true calling.

Anyway, as far as my outlook on this year goes, last year was basically spent soul searching in terms of both my career and my life. This year I’m hoping that this will be the year that everything finally comes together because I do deserve it.

Blackcat Friday

Well, I just made it through my eighth Black Friday without incident. No one was seriously hurt or killed (as far as I know anyway) as opposed to last year’s infamous tragedy at that Long Island Wal-Mart where an employee who was built like a pro wrestler was trampled to death by rabid customers who cared about nothing except where to get the best deals. This year, things were much more organized this year than the previous Black Fridays that I’ve worked.

But before we get to that, I just want to catch up on some things. To start off, remember when I said that I was working six days this week? Well when I came back to work this past week, I found out that the six days I had to work turned out to be 12 days straight. So that means I don’t have a day off until next Friday. A lot of that might have to do with the fact that the holiday shopping season has officially started.

And of course, Thanksgiving was yesterday. My folks came up and we had dinner at my house as opposed to the last two years where we had to go to their house. It was pretty good, despite the fact that I only got a few hours sleep yesterday. In a way, Thanksgiving here is actually easier for me because I can just leave for work at the usual time. On a normal night I usually leave for work around 9:30 pm unless I have the money to stop off at McDonald’s.

Well, as soon as I went through the hole in the fence between Wal-Mart and the high school football field, I noticed the yellow barriers in front of the store entrance. It was part of their precautions to avoid another Long Island tragedy. However, I couldn’t resist a photo op so I managed to take a picture of the barrier as you can see on the blog. Unfortunately I couldn’t get any video footage to put on YouTube, but I should be lucky that I at least got that pic out in front of the store. And so I have to make a mental note: Next year (providing I am still there), I got to figure out a way to get video footage. 

Despite the organization, Black Friday was still Black Friday, meaning loads and loads of chaos. And as usual, I planned to go home for lunch to do my Internet thing, but even if I could get out, it would have taken more time for me to get back in with the growing crowds. So I ended up eating my second Thanksgiving dinner of the night. Pizza came a little later. Pizza had always been a Black Friday tradition for as long as I can remember. Even though I haven’t worked the Friday night after Black Friday in four years, it is nice to know that some things never change.

Now that I got Thanksgiving and Black Friday out of the way, now all I need to do is get through the next seven days being that I am scheduled to work all weekend. However, by next Friday, my schedule will be back to normal. Hopefully this will be all be worth it in the end. After all, ’tis the season.

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.