STAY THE FIGHT! STRENGTH, EFFORT, AND DISCIPLINE. THESE ARE THE WATCH WORDS OF A WARRIOR -- Kevin Michael Vance
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STAY THE FIGHT! STRENGTH, EFFORT, AND DISCIPLINE. THESE ARE THE WATCH WORDS OF A WARRIOR -- Kevin Michael Vance
STAY THE FIGHT! STRENGTH, EFFORT, AND DISCIPLINE. THESE ARE THE WATCH WORDS OF A WARRIOR -- Kevin Michael Vance

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Kevin Michael Vance
Writer - Portland, Oregon


When creating this spot for my web page I was trying to think of how I might best not come off as the biggest buffoon on the forehead of this great, big, planet. Then I realized something... I am human. For me this bespeaks volumes. It means that I am fallible, that I am not perfect. I have made mistakes, am making mistakes even as I write this, and will, inevitably, make mistakes in the future. When I wax romantically about myself and my role in this cosmic-shit tub we all dubiously call life I like to think of myself as the warrior- strong, loyal, full of discipline and honor. In reality, there are parts of me that follow those codes, but more to the point, I am a worker, and very proud of that. I finish what I start. I relish the journey. And I live... as well as any white heterosexual male could hope to live in this world of skewed ideals and twisted attitudes.

Suffice it to say, here within these "random thoughts" I will contradict myself, I will be wrong in some points and right in others, and I will make mistakes. However, as always, I hope in a small way that you, the reader, might garner a modicum of enjoyment.

Hell! I know I do.


January 30, 2020
Today...

... is a very good day.  (Finally!)  After what was the most stressful move of my life, my ex-property manager decided to be a decent human being (for once in her miserable, complaint-ridden life) and send me ALL of my security deposit.  No muss.  No fuss.



Like I said, it's a very good day.




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December 29, 2019
Moving forward...

... out of darkness, and into the gloom.




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December 28, 2019
The Lovely Land of Television...



 







 





Forgive me.  I feel it incumbent to "geek-out" just a little bit, thus quelling any foreseen and unforeseen problems, and to set the record straight.



I've been watching netflix's "The Witcher".  I have some problems with the show right off the bat.  I'm 5 episodes in and there has been no effort on either the writers or the director to do any world building.  We are catapulted into this fantasy land and I know nothing: I don't know where "Nilfgaard" is or "Rivia" or "Cintra", there's a bunch of guilds and I know next to nothing about them, Geralt of Rivia is a mutant who has been bred to be a "Witcher" and again... I have no context whatsoever.  Elves are also considered second-class citizens and I know not why.  The dialogue is mostly hackneyed lazy crap, with Geralt's character especially poorly written as he pronounces- almost as if I'm watching Steve Buscemi in "Fargo"- quite dumbly, "Awww fuck."  The costuming is sometimes laughable.  You've Henry Cavell... a man who's in incredible shape, covered up by leather armor poorly fitted.



But all of that is "window-dressing".  What I really want to vent about is them referring to Geralt as "The White Wolf".  That is complete and utter plagiarism.  There is but one "White Wolf" and he is, indeed, Elric of Melnibone, Emperor of the Dreaming City of Immyr.  For Christ's Sake!  The third book in the Elric saga is entitled, "The Weird of the White Wolf".  Nothing could make me like the series less than this egregious facsimile.



Below is Geralt of Rivia... the Witcher and "White Wolf" imposter.





Above are five renditions of the true and only "White Wolf".  Three of the amazing depictions of Elric are by the AMAZING Michael Whelan, of whom I've been a fan for over 30 years.  (I remember picking out books solely on the merit that Mr. Whelan had painted the cover art.)  The third is painted by Doug Beekman.  And the fourth is by a freelance artist by the name of Carlos "Kamyu" Diaz Asenjo.




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December 19, 2019
The Horror of Twenty First Century Life...

So... I'm walking to work the other day because my intelligently-challenged sub-human woefully inadequate "Property Manager" decided to unnecessarily mess with the parking spaces in our lot and cause an immeasurably petty row to the point where I have to leave my car in its designated spot for fear one of my intelligently-challenged inconsiderate neighbors will steal it.  When I walk past a girl- headphones plugged into her ear canals, eyes downcast into the glittering screen of her phone. 



She proceeds to smack her head on a low tree branch, because, of course, she's not looking where she's going.  She cries out in alarm.  Glares at the offensive limb.  And then continues down the sidewalk, eyes stapled to her phone, ears hearing nothing but what the machine is telling her... oblivious... ignorant... dare I say, stupid.



A great part of me wants nothing more to do with this ludicrous society and culture, and their insipid need and desire to embrace "Big Brother"



 






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