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Rogue
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Posted on 09-14-12 11:07 AM Link
Hey, Katana! It's your time in the spotlight love!

Tell us about yourself. What do you do? What do you want to do? What are you into? As much of anything that you're willing to talk about.


(Last edited by Rogue on 09-14-12 11:07 AM)
Katana

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\"She said tonight...come on come on collide...see what I fire feels like..I bet its just like heaven.\"








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Posted on 09-14-12 07:11 PM Link
Awwww shit. <3

Um. I play video games. I draw sometimes still. Been writing. A lot. Well, as much as I can, cuz I'm a paralegal now. Not settling either. Soon as I get my BA, I'm running off to law school. Going to school "part-time" for the moment. I say that in quotes because a lot of the work I'm doing at my job, I have several judges and my firm backing and signing off so that they take the place of some of my classes toward my BA. By the time I'm done, I'll even be able to skip some law school courses. Not too many though, and none of the basic classes, since they cover nearly everything, and the work I'm doing is a little more centered on specific things. Either way though, I'm not settling for anything less than Yale material.

Oh. And fart jokes are still the funniest things I have ever heard.
Rogue
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Posted on 09-14-12 07:22 PM Link
Cool! Any particular area of the law you'll be concentrating on? Environmental? Criminal? Family? Contract litigation?
Katana

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\"She said tonight...come on come on collide...see what I fire feels like..I bet its just like heaven.\"








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Posted on 09-15-12 10:50 AM Link
You know, I'm not entirely sure. My firm does personal injury, social security, workers' compensation, auto accidents, and general litigation. I never thought in a million years that any of those things could be interesting, but they are. What I like most is the firm advertises by word of mouth. You won't see us on a bulletin on the side of a bus. So, the cases we get...they're legit. Going into this, I thought there'd be a lot of fakers, for lack of better term. But there really aren't. I have two cases out of 300 where I'm like "Really?" So, I have 298 cases where I feel like I'm legitimately helping people. It's nice. I really like it. I might stick with something like that.

But I'm still keeping options open considering I haven't touched law school yet. I wanna wait until after my first year to really start limiting my options. Except for criminal law. That's typically not good on the family, so to speak. But if I could get my way, I'd always work with the lawyer I'm working with now. In February I was hired as a file clerk. His father, who is the head of the firm, is also one of my history professors. I've taken 5 history courses with him. So, when he saw my resume on his son's desk, he was so excited that he convinced him to offer me a secretarial position. In the meantime, since I had all the academics done, I applied for the paralegal studies program at the community college here, and I'm officially done in October. So, I'll officially be a paralegal by then, but they're paying me like one now since I'm capable of doing the work. We just have a REALLY good working relationship, and if by the time I'm ready for law school, they're talking about guaranteeing me a position as an associate, I'm pretty sure I'd jump on it.

Plus, my boss and I have been getting into local politics together, and I am totally enamored with the kind of potential candidate he'd be, so we've been working on that sort of thing, so who knows...if I came out of law school and he was ready and asked me to go along with him, might work in politics directly, instead. **shrugs**

Longer than I wanted this to be. :p
Rogue
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Posted on 09-15-12 11:55 AM Link
What would your boss be running for? American presidents gotta start somewhere.

Katana

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\"She said tonight...come on come on collide...see what I fire feels like..I bet its just like heaven.\"








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Posted on 09-15-12 04:40 PM Link
Haha. True. Oddly enough, he followed my advice. I told him that right now, he's just a "nice guy with some brains." he needs to be more. So I said that if I were him, I'd use the money and resources he had to simply make more money and resources, only make those two things through actually DOING the things he wants to do. The only thing on his record is that he hasn't done anything wrong. That's not enough, so I told him to step away from the thought of title, and work on those other things instead.

Surprisingly, he listened to me. And put me in charge of staffing it all. I'm still flabbergasted over that one. But we've got a few good things going on. A quarter of a million dollars was made to go toward our local Children's Hospital which was in need of MAJOR funds so they could do research, among other things. Otherwise, I'm still pretty new at this. I know I'm allowed to talk about it at this point, since we're not doing anything but being benefactors...and we aren't even raising the money from people we're strong arming. I simply looked up who wanted to donate their money to the cause, but didn't want to do the legwork. So I showed up, said "gimme your money, I'll do the legwork." and they're getting most of the credit.

But he's young. I told him not to rush. You can't do anything on a national level if you don't get some sort of experience, so if local experience is what he wants, then take a year or so and get some things under his belt. You don't get anywhere here locally unless you run on the things you DID, not the things you want to do.

So as to not dodge the question like a typical politician though, the answer is we don't know.

Edit: Not "from strong-arming." I meant "BY strong-arming." We're not bullying anyone. Lol.


(Last edited by Katana on 09-15-12 04:43 PM)
Rogue
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Posted on 09-16-12 11:02 AM Link
Hehe, well, moving on... I remember you posting about modeling for David's Bridal. Did that manifest into anything?
Katana

Dark Wizard
\"She said tonight...come on come on collide...see what I fire feels like..I bet its just like heaven.\"








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Posted on 09-16-12 01:54 PM Link
It did not. I had my interview for the job I have now on the same day they officially did the casting call. It would have been the first one, so a few hundred people were invited. But I'm glad I went to the interview instead. :p
Rogue
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Posted on 09-16-12 03:25 PM Link
Tell me what you think when you see this picture.



How old is she? What was going on for her? What would she think of you?
Katana

Dark Wizard
\"She said tonight...come on come on collide...see what I fire feels like..I bet its just like heaven.\"








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Posted on 09-16-12 05:48 PM Link
Holy shit. THAT caught me off guard...haha.

That was the summer sue turned 16 back when she wore WAY too much makeup. I think I was talking to Cody/Kaijin at that particular moment. I remember asking him how the hell to take a screenshot from MSN messenger, since I didn't have a camera...

Some of my nieces and nephews weren't even born yet, and it's funny, because now I can't remember how I survived without them, and the others were still just babies! My oldest is 19 now, older than I was in that pic...then she was only 11.

I was dealing with a lot then. Not too much different than now except that things are a little better, but most importantly, I've learned and can handle things much better. There's people in my life that were around that are no longer here. My best friend Sean died in a nasty car accident almost two years ago...its eerie seeing my messy ass room in the background, and that TV that Sean and I had been playing video games on since before we started school.

She'd probably be on the fence about me right now...I cared WAY too much what people thought of me, and thought I was good at pretending that I didn't. Shit, my old posts here were MUCH more happy-go-lucky/teehee-ish than they are now, and while I have a wide range of emotions like most human beings, cynicism has always been the closest to my heart. But, now, I feel like I'm in an awesome place with that sort of thing. I 'don't care' what people think of me, but yet I know how to make sure I don't take that too far. I know how to wow people when I need to (like at work) and not let the small things get to me. I'm not heartbroken if someone doesn't like me. I try to make sure that I'm not a terrible person, so beyond that, you can't like everybody, and I'm no exception. So I just let it roll off my back per se. And if I do fuck up, I try to fix it. You don't have to like me, but if I can be honest and open and say I'm sorry and move on, then it's a good day. She'd like that.

Although she'd kick my ass and call me a pussy for some of the other changes, like the ability to apologize and mean it. She'd be heartbroken if she found out that the ability to put time and attention toward college turned out the way it did (in fact I was/am), but at the time, would probably be bitter and blame herself, when really, she wouldn't have been able to live with herself if she didn't make the decision to take time off to take care of her family, or to be tactical because the money simply isn't there (I go to school for free, but that's because of my grades. If they drop, so does my scholarships, and getting the grades I get makes it difficult to balance work, especially when I have to work 60 plus hours a week because you're the only income in the family.)

She thought she'd be out of here by now and she thought she could never love anything but being a film major. She didn't know then that the things she'll do later on make her feel much more accomplished.

Oh, and she was a little shithead and a total pain in the ass, so she would've knocked some of my teeth out for saying that to her. Haha.

What I think though...is that I wish I could go back. I'd do it all over again, knowing everything I do now, and not being able to change anything, if it gave me the chance to "put up" with Sean again, and possibly, if I could ONLY change one thing, as much as I love my other friends that have died (Most of them being people whom I have known since we were in diapers), he's the one I struggle with the most. I miss them all, but if I could change only ONE thing with no consequences, it'd be that...and that's what that picture makes me think of the most. How complicated but simple things were.
Rogue
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Posted on 09-17-12 11:36 AM Link
And just imagine what you'll think about your current self 10 years from now...

You seem to come from a large family, which as an only child myself I'm not entirely familiar with living with more than just my parents and boyfriend.

Tell me about your ilk and what it's like having an extensive line of nieces and nephews.
Katana

Dark Wizard
\"She said tonight...come on come on collide...see what I fire feels like..I bet its just like heaven.\"








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Posted on 09-17-12 06:06 PM Link
Crazy. Especially since it's odd. I'm kind of like an only child at the same time. Both literally and figuratively. I am literally the ONLY child my mother and father had together. Haha. The younger siblings are my dad's kids. My two youngest are 10 and 11, at least they will be within the next two months. My dad fucked that one up though, and their evil mother took them from us, and I haven't seen or heard anything since they were 2 and 3. The other two...Well, I only saw them when their mother wasn't being a bitch and keeping them from my dad. I didn't grow up with them. They were simply playmates whenever I could see them.

My older sisters? They're my step-sisters. But I've had them my whole life. My mom and step-dad had been friends since before I was born, and my oldest sister, who was 16 when I was born would constantly call my mom, asking if she could "have the baby" for the weekend...which was me. So, my older sisters took care of me and have always, despite their bullshit, loved me as though I were their own child. Although Tisha is only 10 years older than me (the youngest of my three older) but the only "growing up together" I had were my three of my friends, some cousins, and my oldest nieces. They're 18-19 now, and I'm 24, so...they were annoying, but they were more or less like little sisters than the rest of 'em. Same with a lot of my older nieces and nephews, the dynamic was more or less their neurotic older sister. Mostly because we were kids and knew how to have fun together, but I was also held responsible for them. Like, when 9/11 happened. It was the ONLY year my two younger sisters and I were in the same school (And that only lasted until December) so, when everyone was getting let out early, me, being in 8th grade, at the time, was solely responsible for getting my two sisters (6th and 4th grades) and my nieces and nephew (3rd, 2nd, 1st, and kindergarten) home and because everyone else had to work, I was the "adult" in the house most of the time, once I hit high school. So, it was pretty intense at times, but I love them more than anything, and the feeling is mutual.

Having a great-niece is surreal. She's two now. Walking, talking, playing...it's so odd. I was only 5 when her mother was born, but still...it's like "I remember your mom when she was your age. And I wasn't an adult...what the fuck?" but she's beautiful and my niece is one of those rare cases where having a baby was better. She was going down a dangerous path. And not because she dabbled in bad things, that's normal here...I'm talking, bad for even my area.

But that's what it's like...these are the things I think about. Like, tonight, I'll watch Monday Night Raw with my nephew, and my oldest nephew likes to watch it with us too sometimes. We both know it's corny, but we'll admit it's our guilty pleasure. Haha. My Vincent...he was the first one that was less of a brother and more of "my baby" I was 10 when he was born....he's going into high school next year....but he's the first one that's REALLY making me feel like "Oh my gosh...my BABY!!! No!!!"

But, there's ALWAYS something going on. And, everyone here in the area has known each other for YEARS, so it's not just the "immediate" family. My older sister's friends practically lived here. My brother-in-law and his friends are all still friendly, and all still very much like fathers to me. They're only about 10 years older, but my brother and I just clicked. He said it was weird. He loves us all, but when he held me for the first time, we just clicked. I wasn't a cranky baby, that didn't happen until I started talking, ha, but if I was crying (had bad ear infections) he was the only one who could get me to sleep right away. He said he'd just put me over his heart, and I'd stop crying, and just start breathing normally and go to sleep. So, we've been best friends ever since, I guess, but he's very over protective and always acted more like a father than big brother, and his friends and I always get along too. My friends came in and out all the time too, but that was before they died. I don't mean to get depressing, but it's the truth. Sean especially, was allowed to come and go, we'd come in to him making dinner or whatnot, sleeping on the couch, you name it.

But to end the rambling...if you can just imagine a lot of people to keep up with and a house that rivals Grand Central Station, then that's what it's like. Lots of fighting...LOTS....but lots of cool shit too. I can take one hell of a beating because of them....oh, the things we broke with my head...
Rogue
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Posted on 09-18-12 12:58 AM Link
Amazing. And I used to love watching Smackdown, but haven't really watched since The Rock left and John Cena became hugely popular.

I remember you talking about having a group of friends that were pretty much such since your mothers were all pregnant with you all. What's it like having a network of friends that goes back that far?
Katana

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\"She said tonight...come on come on collide...see what I fire feels like..I bet its just like heaven.\"








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Posted on 09-18-12 06:39 PM Link
It was...only two of them are still alive, which actually, there was only 5 of us that went back THAT far anyway, so I guess that's not as bad as it sounds? Ha.

But think of it this way...it's like reading "The Outsiders" only without the accidental killing of some other kid, the running away, and of course the obvious difference in the era. When we read that book for the first time, it was the eeriest thing, connecting with it, I mean.

But you're talking about a bunch of poor kids in a nasty ass neighborhood, with parents who either weren't around, or too young to be more than friends. We had other chick friends, but I was the only one out of the five of us, so of course we had our "I think I like you" moments, but they were never anything major or long enough to ruin the friendship. Was different with Sean though, but I probably would have married him eventually, to be perfectly honest. We were even talking about it.

I've written little stories about it actually. A lot. Just never did anything with 'em. Some things were of course exaggerated for the sake of entertainment, but I'm actually surprised with how much of it didn't have to be exaggerated. **shrugs**
Rogue
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Posted on 09-18-12 06:48 PM Link
Tell me about those stories. I'd love to hear about them.

Would it be too painful to ask about Sean, as well?
Katana

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Posted on 09-19-12 11:14 PM Link
No. Not painful at all. It helps to talk about it. I went through my "pretending it didn't happen stage." and then I tried not thinking about the good times even....but that was right after it happened. Now, it's easier TO think about them.

But there are LOTS of abandoned buildings and lots from all of the old factories from WWII and old schools, hospitals, etc. When we were kids, we used to sneak out. (Once I was in high school, I was too afraid to go to a place called ByBerry with all of my other friends, go figure.) but there were places around here....there was the time Tai fell through an entire floor...we were about 12...laughed out asses off, taking bets on how long it would take him to climb out. As an adult, I'm like "Where were our mothers?!" Seriously. Talking about it now...we never intended to hurt anyone and never set out to hurt ourselves. We just made it a rule not to be a pussy about it when we did get hurt.

We used to do other cool shit too. Like, we had a nasty ass blizzard back in 96. We were only in first grade at the time, but I had this bigass yard (for a city home. We took the fence down, actually, because my neighbors were family, so really it was two yards anyway.) and I just remember what we turned the yard into...my brother-in-law and his friends did most of the work, of course, but I remember them letting us play in the finished product. There were tunnels everywhere, an igloo...and we had LOTS of nerf shit. War was fun.

We taught each other how to deal with shit. When Tai's mom died when we were kids, I remember that....then there was my step-dad, and then Sean's uncle, who raised him. That shit was tough, but I just remember really needing them and not having to figure out how to handle that shit without 'em.

Timmy's off in the Marines still. He's on a boat somewhere. But Tai and I still see each other a lot. Zack was actually a little younger than us, by a year, which was a lot at the time when there were 4 of us only days to a month apart. (Taylor and Tim were born in January and February, and I was born in May, and Sean only 5 days after me.) so I remember we picked on him a lot, but he was special to me. Him, I came home from work one day, I was over another friend's house, but her mom knew Zack's mom, this was about...Christ, I was 20, so he was 19, and her mom told me that they were pulling his car out of the river earlier that evening. He was drunk AND drag racing, like an asshole, and crashed right into the river nearby.

Sean...October, almost two years ago, was similar. He was drunk driving, smashed into a tree...funeral was closed casket. THAT'S a little painful to talk about, so I'll skip that part, but it's just weird. Really, really weird. His mom wanted to give me the money he had for an engagement ring, but she didn't have life insurance for him, so we put it toward that instead.

All I can say is, I'm a little more jaded toward the idea of driving while drunk than I was before....and I was never okay with it to begin with.

But there were a ton of other awesome times. Lots of fights, with each other and everyone else. TONS of fist fights. We played hockey together. They got to keep playing after I had to stop. Zack actually was getting a scholarship!
Rogue
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Posted on 09-19-12 11:36 PM Link
What a fascinating childhood. My deepest condolences regarding your friends.

You're a huge hockey fan, and I think huge is probably an understatement. Tell me about that.
Katana

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Posted on 09-20-12 07:12 PM Link
Awwww man. It was just one of those things that just happened. My family are hockey fans, so it would have caught on eventually, but there was just something special about it. I started playing when I was 5 because they boys were playing too. And we ALL started playing because there was a playground program that made it free for all of us. Then as we got older, we would keep our grades high enough so that we could get grants toward our equipment.

But that's what did it. I "liked" hockey since I was like...born... but only because my family did. But for some reason, from the moment I was being taught how to skate (which never really clicked too well with me, so that's how I became goalie. I was 5, and they didn't want to tell any of us to go home...they also needed the head count back then, haha) but it was just this connection. We were little, but it was several days a week I got away we got away from the shit at home. When I was THAT little, up until I was about 12, I used to think it would make my dad proud, since HE played, for the same playground, and was goalie too, but that ended up not happening...so, I turned 12, saw that I matched HIS record, and decided to obliterate it and then put the new listing on his fridge next to my sisters' paintings and shit from school.

But it just helped. It helped me concentrate. I think that's why I can do so well in scholastic situations...but it was a pleasant distraction. I could forget about the shit that made me angry or sad, and it was just fun. I made really good friends.

Those are the reasons why hockey is so special to me, actually. I don't even care too much for the standings, to tell you the truth. I just like the sport. It's something I identify with as a very positive influence on my life, despite the broken bones and messed up teeth. If me or any of the boys were ever really upset/distracted, we'd just go outside, pick up the sticks and a puck or ball, and just play. We didn't always need skates. Sometimes just running around like assholes on the side streets was enough. Following the NHL is just a bonus to the passion. Fuck the NHL right now, by the way...
Rogue
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Posted on 09-20-12 07:58 PM Link
It reminds me of ethnographies I've read in American studies class illustrating how fandom is passed down through families and can get people through some dark times in their lives. They might not even be hugely into the thing, but rather that it simply connects them with others, comforts them, etc.

What makes you return to this board?

Katana

Dark Wizard
\"She said tonight...come on come on collide...see what I fire feels like..I bet its just like heaven.\"








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Posted on 09-21-12 08:42 PM Link
(Sorry. Lost internets yesterday)

Lots of reasons. There are the not so glamorous reason like, it's habit. :p

But I still have a connection. I consider Xeo a pretty good friend as far as the internet allows. I made a lot of really good friends. Leon and I talk a lot and we plan on visiting each other (I may have to go to Texas this Fall for something else anyway.) Then there's you, Elara, True, Thex...everyone who posts here still are people who I like talking to. I can't post as often as I'd like, but I lurk and read a lot.

The ones still around just grew together. I could understand feeling like I was outgrowing the board if the conversation was constantly like it was when we were all teenagers. I mean, we still get goofy. Growing up doesn't mean you have to forsake the idea of fun and guilty pleasures aren't war crimes (I'm still very into DBZ) but we're not stupid and angsty. It would be dumb being 24 years old and still acting like I did when I was 15 on here....anywho...I feel like I'm in similar company here, so I have no reason NOT to come back and chime in, or read something interesting. I just don't rush home from school to my computer anymore. **shrugs**
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