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The Genuine Friends

Where those honest and forthright friends?
You know, the ones who will say the same thing to your face and to your back while you walk away?
Those people who do not have their hand out EVERYTIME you have yours out.
Those you call up just to say hi, instead of only when you want something.
The people who show you love because they want to, instead of being fake about it.
The ones who know the difference between letters and a person.
The friends who can forgive mistakes, push forward, and forge great relationships.
The friends who are happy with your discovery of love, instead of trying to tarnish it.
Those who don’t mind you disappearing for a while instead of hounding around each other like dogs.

Who can say they are a geniune friend?

Gaming of the Past: Sonic 3D Blast

For an attempt into 3D, this game brought memories, but also spawned the blue guy downhill. After the high pace of Sonic the Hedgehog 3, I am pretty sure that this was the game that tipped the Mario vs Sonic rivalry in the plumber’s favor.

fter a conspicuously long absence, that spiky blue guy has finally popped onto the Saturn. However, entering the 3-D world hasn’t changed Sonic much. He still runs pretty fast (although not nearly as fast as he did on the old Genesis platform), he still has to regain the Chaos Emeralds, and he still has to beat Dr. Robotnik by jumping on the glass dome of his spherical ship. The only real difference is that Sonic has the freedom to run in many different directions. And while the game doesn’t break any new ground from either a technological and story standpoint, it does prove to be good fun with an old-school feel.

In Sonic 3D, players must complete a task in every level. Gone are the days when Sonic would blaze through a level, leaving nothing behind but a blue streak. The 3-D hedgehog must beat five enemies (and there are only five enemies in each section, so Sonic’s main chore is finding these little guys). A defeated enemy reverts into a little bird, called a Flicky. (Score yourself an extra five points if you remember the ultra-obscure Genesis game Flicky, where these crazy birds were born.) Sonic must carry these Flickies to the giant ring at the end of the level and see them through it. Only when the task is complete can you and Sonic move on.

Tails, the two-tailed fox, and Knuckles, the Echidna, are also hiding in this game. Give them 50 rings and they’ll spirit you to a bonus stage right out of Sonic 2. The only real difference is that the Saturn has the processing power to handle these 3-D half-pipe runs properly, whereas the Genesis version is choppy and lacks color.

Sonic 3D Blast is an entertaining game. The music is great and the graphics are very colorful. But wandering around the levels looking for the last enemy gets boring very quickly. Had this game been more action oriented, with more enemies and much faster gameplay, it would have truly lived up to the Sonic name.

The gist…aside from finding enemies, the game brought a decline of speeding through each level, and that is what Sonic is all about. Mario was my chill, strategist game whereas Sonic was the whole, “I wanna run like a bat outta hell” thing. Next Sonic game should be in this direction.

Walking Away From The Past Part #1: Expression

“Many of us crucify ourselves between two thieves – regret for the past and fear of the future.”

Express it
I sit back and think of the bulls**t that happened in the past…from the bullying to the teasing to the fighting and even the lack of self-esteem. So here is my thing. I am who I am. To hell with the past because I am doing just fine in my present. One thing to embrace is that people will be people, regardless if you may want to rip their heads off just for kicks because you feel as if the past treatment made you an angry person.

Is it because people picked on you when you were weak and now that a sliver of strength flows, you want to take it out on the world?
Is it the fact that you have a “I don’t give a f***” mentality and if someone tries to lay a hand on you that you can and WILL break it off?
How about the fact that honestly, anybody who f*cked you over in the past can kiss your a**?
Or the moments that you talk about it, you feel like smashing someone in the face just because you can?
Are you at the point where you feel like you gotta bust your a** to get accepted by some ingrates that really do not give 2 f*cks whether you lived or died?
Are you being careful with your words around people because you know that some people know you were raised with some aspect of tactfulness?
Is subtlety a point of the past?
Now that you’ve asked all the questions, what do you call it?

An Expression….

Change – Victim or Product?

Ahhh, change. It is the only constant in the world. Over the years, one can say that he or she is a product or a victim of change. The change happens, so what is the difference?

Well, it is indeed a huge one.

Victim
A victim of change is one who did not choose the changes of his or her individual world. Rather, these changes happened and were not accepted. In this standpoint, the changes appear negative to the person; thus, making the person a victim of change.

Product
A product of change is one who is the result of the change within. It is the result of evolution, the positivity behind the constant change. The person accepts and embraces the changes within and/or to the environment.

I feared change, because of what it is. It is a different mindset, a different mentality, a different approach to the many things of life. As I began to change, the fear kept coming, but one thing was certain: Either I would be a victim or a product of the changes to come. I can say for years, I have been a product, but this year is more significant than others. 6 years passed since my high school graduation and I am not two months away from my college degree. Physically, I am perhaps the greatest shape of my life. Weightlifting has taught me so much about myself and my capabilities. Through it, I have mentally found myself at a state that I am more philosopical with my thoughts, relying on the things that are printed in scripture and the morals I have learned over the years. I do know now that I am a product of the changes that happened in my life. Some I set in motion, others happened beyond my control.

“I embrace change because I embrace myself. I am water, constantly flowing, constantly changing. Shapeless…..” – inspired by Bruce Lee’s quote

“Don’t get set into one form, adapt it and build your own, and let it grow, be like water. Empty your mind, be formless, shapeless — like water. Now you put water in a cup, it becomes the cup; You put water into a bottle it becomes the bottle; You put it in a teapot it becomes the teapot. Water can flow or it can crash. Be water, my friend.” – Bruce Lee