One More Flea Market Visit

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It’s become a thing as my time living in Canada winds down before I move to the States, but I’ve been trying to enjoy the little things that I won’t get to do once I leave. One of those things is our town’s yearly flea market, and while the weather could have been a little better, I tried to make the most of it.

As part of our usual tradition, I went with my dad after having spent the early afternoon at my job. We managed to go when it wasn’t raining and quickly set things off right by grabbing our favorite treat – some chocolate/vanilla twist ice cream from an ice cream van called Meg’s. The next two hours after that were spent traversing the huge baseball field filled with tables and tents of various goods. My dad surprised me this year by buying quite a few things, such as earrings for my mom (she prefers to avoid the flea market), a couple brand new shovels and chainsaw chains.

As for me, I normally don’t buy many things on account of there being tons of things to pick from and me only having so much money to spend. This time was no different, but I was also taking into consideration the fact that I didn’t want to move even more stuff than I already have to. Thankfully, my fiance had given me the suggestion to look for the Super Nintendo game “Zombies Ate My Neighbors.” He’s always wanted to play it since he discovered its existence and it’s something we can play together to boot. I got super lucky and managed to find just TWO copies of the game in the whole market. I ended up buying one for $65 and I still don’t care if that’s too much for it or not. I’m just proud I found it since you never know just what you’ll find in that place. I also picked up my usual helping of flavored cotton candy (this time was chocolate – pretty good!) and the next season of “The Simpsons” that my fiance and I have to watch. All in all, I spent about $80, but it was more than worth it.

Finally, before we left the market about three and a half hours later, we had our yearly meal of curly fries with a couple cans of Pepsi to wash them down. My dad also tried out a buffalo burger (verdict: good), and right around the time we were about to finish, the rain started up again. We were both prepared as I had a coat with a hood on and my dad was wearing his cap, but we were still quick to duck inside the local rink to check out more merch and avoid the rain. All in all, we zoomed through the flea market pretty quick. The threat of bad weather played a minor part in that, but we still had a lot of fun and even saw/talked to a few people we knew from town.

I’m going to miss going every year. If my fiance and I manage to come up next year, we might be able to arrange it, but if not I’m hopeful that I’ll get to go back at least in a couple years. I know he’d also love that seeing as he really enjoyed when I took him there in 2014. I’m glad I got to treat this as a little send-off for the last of my summer traditions.

My Top 7 Current Fave Let’s Players

For all its flaws, YouTube is very important to me. Not only is it a great tool for discovering new things and people, but it also provides me with hours of entertainment every day. While there are a variety of people I watch on YouTube, one of the first things that brought me to the platform was let’s plays. I originally used them to figure out where I was if I got stuck in a game, but over time they’ve become one of my favorite things to watch online.

So, I’m pulling double duty from last week and doing another list. However, since I want to keep this list mainly to people who started out doing LPs (sorry PeanutButterGamer and ProJared), I’m only going to focus on my top 7. Keep in mind that my list is based on who I watch, and there are many popular let’s play channels that I either don’t follow or no longer follow. With that, let’s get started!

7. TheRunawayGuys

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I stumbled across these guys through a combination of finding Chuggaaconroy (Emile) on my own and my fiance introducing me to ProtonJon (Jon). I also watched a bit of NintendoCapriSun (Tim) afterwards as well. Although I don’t watch them individually anymore, I still love their dynamic on TheRunawayGuys. Their friendship really shines whenever they tackle multiplayer games like the Mario Party series or casual stuff like “Wheel of Fortune”, and I’m still ¬†following their “Dokapon Kingdom” let’s play since it began years ago. While I don’t follow their channel as often as I used to, they still deserve to be on this list.

6. Video Games Awesome

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I’m slightly cheating with this one, because while “Video Games Awesome” is the first let’s play show they did, it wasn’t their first ever show. That honor goes to “Awesome Video Games,” which is more of a sketch show. However, I’m still including them because this is one of my favorite live shows to casually watch. The group consists of Fraser, his girlfriend Becky, and their friends Ben, Deacon and Kyle. Over the years, the show’s been mainly hosted by Fraser and Becky, but the others still make time every so often to play games together and I just adore their friendships with each other. I also love how they involve their audience via live chat, and it’s refreshing to watch some fellow Canadians when I’m up for a stream.

5. TheKingNappy

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As a result of me binging a few self-called PokeTubers, I found and have continued to enjoy TheKingNappy the most. While I also like and am subscribed to his friend, Shadypenguinn, Nappy came around at a time when me, my fiance and our friends liked to spend some nights playing Pokemon and trying to collect shinies through Wonder Trade. Nappy’s Wonder Trade streams soon led me to watch and enjoy many of his let’s plays of regular and hacked Pokemon games. Although he can be a bit loud and a teeny bit obnoxious during multiplayer battles, I enjoy his energy and always laugh when he rages at stuff. He’s also a pretty positive guy and never once seems bored or tired of going back to Pokemon time and time again. While he does have another channel with non-Pokemon games, it’s those LPs in particular that keep me coming back.

4. Helloween4545

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After all these years, I still feel Helloween4545 is a seriously underrated let’s player. He started out making horror LPs and has continued to focus on them to this day. He does occasionally play games that are technically outside of the genre, such as “Dark Souls” or “Nier,” but I’ve always preferred watching him play scary games. My fiance introduced me to him as well and I was into him well before Markiplier came along as my other main horror let’s player. Plus, he’s from Britain, and that adds to his brand of snark and rage. His sense of humor is also pretty quirky as he loves to poke fun at cliched tropes in games and talks to the characters as if they can hear him. I honestly hope that he gets more recognition than he already has, because he’s just a joy to watch/listen to.

3. Markiplier

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Speaking of the man himself, I was also introduced to Markiplier thanks to my fiance and I haven’t looked back since. While I do enjoy his silly skits and oddball videos at times, it’s his horror playthroughs that I enjoy the most. Mark’s often panicky and rage-filled reactions make me laugh, but I also love the moments when he’s genuinely happy just as much. He’s also a sentimental person like myself, and it’s always sweet that he does full-blown charity streams for those who need help. Plus, it’s heartwarming to see the love he has for his fans, his friends, and his adorable pup Chica. It was a no-brainer to put him on this list, but I can say placing him at this spot wasn’t an easy decision. I enjoy watching this man day by day and .

2. Game Grumps

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Again, placing these guys was a tough call, but this show is one of my biggest sources of entertainment on the entire internet. For me, it comes down to the dynamic of the hosts. I do like Ross, Barry, Brian, Suzy and everyone else involved with the show, but Arin and Danny are still who I think of when I think “Game Grumps.” I will always love and appreciate the early era when Jon was around, as without him the show probably wouldn’t exist and his dynamic with Arin was a lot of fun. I enjoy the bulk of Arin and Danny’s playthroughs and many of the jokes that sprung up from them. I get a kick out of Arin raging at dumb/hard games and adore Danny’s interesting life stories. I also love how encouraging they are to their audience as far as making animations, songs, artwork, etc. The show hasn’t slowed down since 2012 and I don’t see that changing anytime soon.

1. Jacksepticeye

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When I started compiling this list, I knew the number one spot had to be special. It had to be a let’s player/channel that, if I could only watch one person forever, would fit the bill. And for me, that person is Jacksepticeye. As much as I love everyone on this list and almost hated having to rank them, Jack and his channel encompass so many things to me. His let’s plays cover such a wide variety of games and genres that there’s something for everyone, and he puts his all into each one. He’s loud, funny and energetic, but I also adore his genuine and oftentimes heartfelt reactions to certain games. I especially appreciate his efforts to interact with his fans through his videos as well as social media. He has a humbleness about him that it still refreshing no matter how many subscribers he gains (16 million and counting!), and he’s always quick to point out how grateful he is to entertain so many people on a daily basis. He’s good at keeping a schedule too, so it’s easy to know when to expect videos from him. Plus, he’s Irish, and similar to Helloween, that makes his snark and occasional rage even funnier. But at the end of the day, the biggest reason I put Jack at number one is because of how positive he is. It’s easy to get caught up in negativity these days, and sometimes having an outside source of optimism can really help alleviate that. I tend to be a positive person myself, but it’s people like Jack that help me whenever that positivity wanes. I’m thankful to my fiance for introducing me to Mark, because without him, I might have never found Jack. So, as long as he’s still on YouTube, I’ll still be watching.

And that’s my top 7 list of my current fave let’s players! Do you agree, disagree, or have any faves different from mine? Feel free to tell me in the comments. Until next week!

My Top 10 Fave Cartoons To Date

So, once again, my fiance¬†has issued me a Top 10 challenge. As you can see, this one will cover ten of my favorite cartoons up to this point in my life. I will say that I don’t normally think of these as topping each other, but for the sake of this list I tried my best to put things in a suitable order. Oh, and as a reminder, this list is based on my personal opinion and involves shows I’ve seen either all or enough of to consider putting here. I know everyone’s favorites differ, so feel free to share yours in the comments. Now, let’s start this countdown!

10. Ruby Gloom

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I had to include this show on the list for how cute and charming it is. If it wasn’t evident from the cast of characters, “Ruby Gloom” is a gothic-esque kids show that focuses on the group’s friendships. I love Ruby and every one of her friends for how different their personalities are whether they’re separated or together. The show also has great visuals and good doses of humor to boot. “Ruby Gloom” may be long over, but it’s criminally underrated and easily the best Canadian-made show I’ve seen in years.

9. The Fairly OddParents/Danny Phantom

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Even though I know “The Fairly OddParents” is still going (and isn’t as good as it once was), I still have fond memories of watching the show alongside episodes of “Danny Phantom.” Both shows have great senses of humor, but I also love how different they are. Timmy, Cosmo and Wanda get to have kooky, often nonsensical adventures and the use of magic allows for a lot of creativity. Meanwhile, Danny, Sam and Tucker get slightly more serious and very action-packed adventures with awesome ghost baddies to deal with. It’s cool how Butch Hartman created both and yet easily managed to make each show unique.

8. Lilo & Stitch: The Series

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As much as I liked “Aladdin: The Series” back in the day, I’d be remiss if I left this continuation of my favorite Disney movie off this list. “Lilo & Stitch: The Series” took the concept from the sequel film of finding the rest of Jumba’s experiments and turned each episode into a hunt for them. Many had a moral attached, but I loved how unique each experiment was in both their designs and abilities. Plus, I can’t get enough of Lilo, Stitch, and the gang, so this show was for me from the very start. I’d easily say it’s my favorite TV adaptation of a Disney movie yet.

7. Batman: The Animated Series

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What else can I say about this show that I haven’t already said? It’s still my favorite superhero cartoon (even though “Earth’s Mightiest” is pretty cool too) and is what got me into other serious cartoons like “Gargoyles.” To this day, I still consider Kevin Conway and Mark Hamill to be the most iconic portrayals of Batman and the Joker. As much as I’ve enjoyed the movie versions, these animated versions are who I think of when I picture those two characters. And who could forget the brilliant inclusion of Harley Quinn? This show was chock-full of great villains, a moody atmosphere, and many memorable episodes.

6. Kim Possible

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As much as I liked other girl-driven cartoons like “The Powerpuff Girls” (the original series) and “Pepper Ann,” this show always felt kinda similar to “Buffy the Vampire Slayer” for me. Well, only with a lot more goofiness and spy gadgets. I loved that although Kim often got a lot of focus as the lead, her sidekick/best friend-turned-boyfriend Ron still got his fair share of butt-kicking in as well. They were one of the best duos I’d seen in a cartoon and their enemies were often equal parts silly and threatening. For being a Disney show not based on an existing movie, this was everything I could’ve hoped for.

5. Avatar: The Last Airbender

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I know people still tend to forgot this show’s not an anime, but I think that’s a testament to just how good it is both from an animation and story standpoint. It knows just when to balance the humor with the more dramatic moments, and I enjoyed seeing how each of the main characters grew as the series went on. The animation is just gorgeous and leads itself well for when fight scenes occur, and they’re never hard to follow either. The whole use of elements is a neat idea and the world-building that’s set up within the show’s three seasons is really well done. Honestly, compared to the likes of real anime I’ve watched such as “Pokemon” or “Sailor Moon,” “Avatar: The Last Airbender” is far more entertaining to me.

4. The Bugs Bunny & Tweety Show

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This is easily the most nostalgic entry on this list and for good reason. Without “The Bugs Bunny & Tweety Show,” I might’ve never gotten into and enjoyed “Tiny Toon Adventures” and even “Animaniacs.” The Looney Tunes are still a staple in cartoon history and these series of shorts compiled into episodes is how I came to fall in love with them (especially Bugs, Daffy, and Wile E. Coyote). Even before I started to understand some of the more adult jokes, I liked the slapstick and getting to know each character’s personality. I feel like it may have helped shape my taste in humor and lead me to enjoy stuff like sketch comedy and improv skits. In my mind, it deserves to be in the top 5 for that alone.

3. Steven Universe

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Now we get to something more modern. “Steven Universe” is one of my favorite ongoing shows, though it did take me time to warm up to it at first. This was mainly due to it having a slower, fluffier start like “Adventure Time” did. But as the show went on, I enjoyed it more and more. The animation, especially during battles, is awesome and I love the Crystal Gems as both characters and concepts. The humor and plots can sometimes be hit or miss, but the show’s charm keeps bringing me back again and again. And I never thought I’d say this, but I adore most of the songs that pop up from time to time. It’s sometimes hard to incorporate songs into cartoons without them coming off cringe-y or obnoxious, but this show is pretty good at avoiding that. It may be the only cartoon on this list I’m currently watching, but “Steven Universe” is a show I’d highly recommend.

2. The Simpsons

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If you’ve read other entries of my blog, you know this was bound to be on the list. And yes, I know “The Simpsons” is not nearly as good as it once was (though I did enjoy the 2007 movie), but it holds a special place in my heart. Sure, the nostalgia of watching it during my childhood is a big factor, but I’ve always loved how the Simpsons as a family had a lot of heart. No matter how many plots involved Homer screwing up, Bart causing trouble, Lisa fighting for a good cause, or Marge trying out a new job/hobby, they always came together in the end and felt like a family. It’s for this reason I can’t stand shock humor “family” shows like “Family Guy” or “American Dad.” Granted, the Simpson family has had many missteps in these more recent seasons, and the show really does need to end some day. But despite “The Simpsons” being hit and miss now, I’ll always look back on those times when I regularly watched it with fond memories.

1. Gravity Falls

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“Gravity Falls” is, in my mind, the closest I’ve seen a cartoon come to being perfect. From the very first episode, this show hooked me and didn’t let go. And as it went on, I wanted to know all the secrets creator Alex Hirsch had up his sleeve. The show’s visual style sucked me in from the beginning, but it was the characters and interesting stories that made me stick around. The mystery element also had me intrigued, as not only was it a fun mystery to theorize about and follow, but it was also something I couldn’t recall seeing in a cartoon before. At least, not so thoroughly. For all their faults, I loved following Dipper, Mabel, Stan and the others and watching them deal with one weird situation after another. Oh, and I have to applaud Disney XD for not only letting Alex Hirsch end the show on his terms, but for also allowing him to include dark, crazy stuff like Bill Cipher in it. Even after the show ended, I was still obsessed to the point of wanting the book edition of Journal #3 and followed along online as people participated in Alex’s scavenger hunt last summer. To sum up, “Gravity Falls” is now what I picture when I think of not just a great modern cartoon but a great cartoon period.

And those are my picks for my top 10 favorite cartoons! Agree? Disagree? Again, feel free to say so in the comments. There are so many more I could’ve included, but I feel this list best reflects my taste in cartoons. Until next week!

“Spider-Man: Homecoming” Review

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Well, this was a long time coming, but I finally got to see “Spider-Man: Homecoming.” Before I start the review, I want to mention that I haven’t liked a Spider-Man movie since Sam Raimi’s “Spider-Man 2.” I mostly hated the third movie and only bothered to watch “The Amazing Spider-Man” once (it was okay). So, I went into this movie with high hopes. Did it live up to my expectations? Let’s dive in and find out.

The plot kicks off during Peter’s stint in “Captain America: Civil War” and follows up with him two months later. Now under the supervision of Tony Stark’s pal Happy, Peter eagerly awaits another Avengers mission while solving mundane problems in New York City and dealing with high school. But when a new threat shows up in the form of Adrian Toomes aka the Vulture, who’s selling off weapons made from Chitauri tech, Peter takes it upon himself to stop him no matter what. Will he succeed and become a superhero worthy of the Avengers?

I really enjoyed this movie. The fact that the plot coincided around “Civil War” was a nice touch and it was a simple story to get into. I’m so glad they avoided doing yet another Spider-Man origin story in favor of just giving us an adventure. That said, I did have issues with the high school segments. They felt a bit cliched and tended to drag the movie for me. This also applies to Peter’s “romance” subplot, but thankfully it wasn’t too overdone and was put aside to focus on Peter growing into his superhero role. I also found it a little hard to believe that the Vulture and his crew of contractors were able to craft weapons from alien tech. It just seemed bizarre that these seemingly average guys were able to quickly understand and utilize this stuff.

I absolutely loved the performances here as well. Tom Holland continues to impress me as Peter and I adore how dorky this version is. He feels like the Peter I’ve been wanting to see for a while. Him being younger here makes his eager attitude and overconfidence not too obnoxious, and his Spider-Man was fun to watch. I also found myself liking his friend/sidekick Ned as the movie went on. I was slightly annoyed by him at first, but his role as Peter’s confidant quickly grew on me. And I just have to mention how good Michael Keaton was as the Vulture. He found the right balance between acting as an intimidating criminal and your average Joe. I liked how relatable he felt, though I didn’t feel quite as much sympathy for him as I did for Alfred Molina’s Doc Ock. Plus, compared to the laughable outfit from the comics, his costume here was awesome and almost frightening.

Since I’ve made a point to avoid late trailers for Marvel movies, I was a little worried about how often Tony Stark would appear in “Homecoming.” Don’t get me wrong, I love Robert Downey Jr. and Tony is my favorite Avenger, but I was afraid he might overshadow Tom’s performance. Thankfully, my fears were unfounded and I felt they involved him just enough. The fact that he was in a fatherly, mentor role just made it all the better and his scenes with Peter were some of my favorites. I was still perfectly fine with him having made Peter’s suit and once it’s potential is unlocked, it made the already fun action scenes even better.

Overall, aside from my complaints about the plot, I thought “Spider-Man: Homecoming” was really good. I haven’t seen “Spider-Man 2” in years, but I feel this movie is close if not on par to it for me. Both movies have interesting villains, with one being a tad more sympathetic (Doc Ock) and the other being a bit more relatable (Vulture). Both show two Peters on opposite ends of the scale, with one having more experience (Tobey) and the other still learning the ropes (Tom). Finally, both are part of an ongoing story, with “Spider-Man 2” being the second in a trilogy and “Homecoming” being part of the MCU. Ultimately, “Homecoming” is the best Spider-Man film I’ve seen since “Spider-Man 2,” and I can’t wait to see future MCU adventures with this Spider-Man.

A Hectic Weekend

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So, last weekend was probably the busiest I’ve had in a long while, but most of it was worth it. Early on Friday, my aunt called to ask if I wanted a drive to the city to pick up my visa, which came in the day before. I went with her and one of other aunt’s to get it, though we ran into a bit of trouble once we got to the post office in the form of a kinda rude attendant. He and I didn’t realize my package had been sent as a Flex, so he disregarded my driver’s license thinking my visa wasn’t there yet. Thankfully, I knew better and had written down the delivery number, so I was given my visa/passport immediately afterwards. I also went to try on dresses (I’ve since bought one) and had to deal with a slightly obnoxious, pushy saleswoman in the process. But the main thing I’m happy about is that I have my visa at long last. It feels great knowing that I’ve secured my chance to be with my fiance.

On Saturday, my mom and I did our yearly summer tradition of visiting a nearby Buskers festival. Thanks to some overcast weather without rain, it was the perfect day for it. I had my usual tutti-fruitti snocone and gave some money here and there to the various acts. I got to revisit some returning acts (both from Australia) and also enjoy a new favorite in the form of Toronto’s Mighty Mike. He was a take on the classic strongmen and even had the outfit to match. He was funny, gave a few inspirational speeches, and could juggle three entire bowling balls and later two torches along with a 10-pound sledgehammer. I’m not sure if I’ll get to be back next year or when it may happen, but I’ll miss it. I’m hoping one day my fiance will get to experience it as well.

Finally, Sunday had me up bright and early to do my weekly cleaning job at a dentist’s office. I spent a total of five hours there with my mom only being able to help me quickly finish the job within the last hour. It was also the hottest day of the whole weekend, so I was quick to blast the air conditioning and dreaded when I had to eventually go outside. I then spent a good chunk of my evening at a family barbecue just up the road from our place. It was to celebrate the long-awaited visit of my cousin Brad, who my parents hadn’t seen in at least 30 years. You can imagine how weird it was for me considering he’d left home around the time I was born. Still, he was nice enough and my family thankfully didn’t drill me too much on my wedding plans. Plus, free hamburgers, hot dogs and dessert is always appreciated.

At this point, I’m still slowly working away at getting things done before I head to Miami in September. While most of those things are centered on my wedding, I still have my financial situation and other important stuff to sort out. I’m also hoping to visit the flea market next month for what will probably be the last time in a while. But until I get around to all those things, I’m just relieved to have reached what’s essentially the end of my visa process.

My Current Obsession: Thomas Sanders

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I always feel weird mentioning a person compared to a TV show or movie when I do these, but in terms of content, I can’t get enough of Thomas Sanders lately. As I noted in my previous blog, I still blame my fiance for this. Because of my reintroduction to Thomas, I’m now subscribed to his YouTube channel and have watched the bulk of content on it. This also includes sifting through compilations of his old Vines, which is where the reintroduction part of this comes in. While I didn’t surf Vine when it was still around, I did have my Tumblr. Thanks to some of my friends, I discovered Thomas and a couple other Viners through them reblogging their Vines. I was drawn to Thomas pretty much right away because I found his Vines funny and often times creative.

That still remains true even now that he’s a YouTuber. I’ve gotten plenty of entertainment while marathoning his stuff and checking out other collaborations he’s done. But my favorite thing by far is easily the “Sanders Sides” vlogs. In them, Thomas discusses various problems, such as overcoming a bad audition or becoming a responsible adult, while interacting with the embodiment of his four key sides: Logic, Morality, Creativity and Anxiety. As the series goes on, these sides are fleshed out and even given names. I’ve already mentioned how I love alter egos and that extends to stuff like this as well. Plus, Thomas loves acting, and these videos in particular let that shine through extremely well. Having gone through his Vines, I also like the touch of each side (well, except Anxiety) being recognizable characters he portrayed in them.

But I’d be remiss if I didn’t point out the man behind the content. From the way he interacts on camera with friends to behind the scenes with fans, Thomas is just a ball of energy and positivity. He reminds me of a puppy in human form and it’s heartwarming to see another YouTuber I follow who’s so humble and honored to make videos for his fans. He’s also eager to embrace anyone and everyone regardless of race, sexuality, and the like, and he’s even made me think twice about how I perceive people (in the first impressions sense). I would love to meet him one day (convention, maybe?) and I hope I can eventually make that happen.

Alright, I think I’ve gushed enough already. To sum up, I’m glad my fiance helped me rediscover Thomas and I’d proudly call myself a fan (or, in the case of his fanbase, a Fander). I know his content won’t be for everyone, but I would still recommend checking him out. Even if you just need to laugh or smile, his channel’s a safe bet.

 

We’ve Been Approved!

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Whew, what a busy time it’s been! During my fiance’s week-long visit, we saw the rollercoaster that was the Season 10 finale of “Doctor Who,” happily and finally bought a Nintendo Switch, he got me further hooked on Thomas Sanders, and to top everything off, I’ve been approved to get my fiance visa! After so much waiting and worrying, I’ll be going to Florida to get married in September. Even though I’m currently waiting to get the visa itself, we’re excited to have made it through this entire process with ease.

The big day for my interview was on June 28th, and we flew up to Montreal the night before to give ourselves time to prepare. I was of the mindset that even if they didn’t look at all of our paperwork, I wanted to bring nearly everything just in case. So, with a large envelope full of documents, we made our way down a couple blocks to the consulate in the early morning. Once we got past the initial security and I was given a number, we were surprised to see many people in the waiting room high on the building’s 19th floor. On one side were people waiting to get family visas and passports, and on the other was people like me opting for visas via marriage, work or school.

When my number was called, my fiance and I brought up our documents to a clerk window. The clerk had her back to us as she was talking to someone else, so we kinda surprised her when she finally turned around. It was all in fun, and she immediately went to business asking us for specific things like my passport, birth certificate, and other such papers. She also had to electronically take my fingerprints, though it took me a couple tries for each hand to nail it. Not because it was hard, but because my hands were a little sweaty thanks to nerves and the waiting room being a bit warm. She was thankfully very patient, though, and we had no other problems before we were told to take a seat again.

This was the longest part of the entire ordeal, because we were stuck waiting as others were called for their interviews. We got a few chuckles when a couple of guys went up with who I assumed were their fiancees/spouses and had to trudge back to the waiting room instead. I knew ahead of time that my fiance wouldn’t be allowed to join me for my interview, so it was amusing to watch. Finally, an hour over my scheduled interview time of 9:30, I was called up. Even though I was confident in myself, I couldn’t help still being a tad nervous. Luckily, the young man who interviewed me made me feel comforted the moment he saw me. He was super nice and only asked a few simple questions about my fiance and our relationship. After a little while, he handed me a piece of paper welcoming me to the US and said my visa was approved. I surprised myself by NOT crying right then and there and thanked him. He explained when I’d expect my visa (in about a week and a half) and after I asked him a couple questions to clarify some details, I went back out to my fiance. I couldn’t keep the smile off my face when I went up to him and said, “We’re approved!”

It was an exciting morning and it only calmed down once we got back to our hotel and called/texted our parents to tell them the good news. Even after we flew back and met up with my mom, we were still eager to talk about it. It’s mind-blowing that we’ve finally reached this point, so much so that neither of us were remotely sad when my fiance left for Florida this past Monday. Now we just can’t wait to be married and start having the life we’ve wanted all this time.