Pagan

A Belated Foxcat Report

Wow.. It's been a while since I updated this! I could have, Given that I had been to another convention, Furfright, and all the adventures that entails. I've already made plans to re-attend both Anthrocon and Furfright this year (and have secured hotel reservations for both.. both of which were sold out at the respective hotels very quickly). Most of the people I saw and hung around at AC were there, so I would probably say that went a long way towards making that con seem awesome.

I just got through another horrible shutdown. Well, it wasn't -too- bad, but my nerves were a bit frayed towards the end dealing with some other folks every day. It was an emergency outage on a sulphur recovery plant that I halfway volunteered for to get more experience with the ins and outs of the process. Never again shall I volunteer my name because a supposed two week outage turned into a six week one. To make matters worse, I have an eight week turnaround coming up in april so I have to do the same thing, only for longer. Oh well, it'll depend entirely on where I get posted and who I'm with. By the time it's over, I'll be into June and looking forward to my first con vacation.

But the most exciting news so far is that I'm finally going through with buying a house! Enough throwing away money on rent for sure, it's time to get a place to actually call my own and invest in it to own/profit from(hopefully). The house would likely seem insanely pricey to some, 600k.. but it is an average home for up here due to the demand for homes and cost of living. Many go for $750k and up and the market trends indicate my house may be worth that in a few years.. After managing to save up nearly 90k in various assets, I feel secure in the ability to make the hefty down payment ($30k! 5%) and still have cushion for if the shit hits the fan. The nice part is, it has a downstairs apartment which I can rent out for half my monthly mortgage payment or more. To be honest, that payment is only going to be 500 more than my rent costs, and the interest rates were at 2.99% when I got pre-approved, an all-time low. The stars are aligned and I'm actually sticking my neck out to make a big purchase.

After I move in, I will have to post some pictures. It is a pretty nice place and I think it'll suit my needs perfectly.
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Pagan

Foxcat Anthrocon Report.

This is crossposted from my FA account as well where the people it concerns are more likely to see it. I wanted to add it here for posterity.

What can I say? It was amazing, even better than 2010. The con quickly gained momentum as time went on and eventually it became a blur to see and do as much as possible in each day. Some things that I would had liked to do had to be sacrificed but overall I got to make the most out of it and meet up with pretty much everyone I was hoping to see, even if some of them were fairly brief.

To those of you who took photos of my suit and/or demanded hugs(and I gave a LOT of both of those), or otherwise were cool to me in or out of suit, thanks! Also feel free to share any photos of me you have. I spent 12-16 hours of the con in my fursuit and had to rely on others taking photos of things for me for the most part. XD
Also, surprisingly, I did VERY little drinking alcohol-wise this con. Had some at the doubletree party, and a drink or two again at Buca-somethingorother. I meant to pick some up and found that I just didn't have the time! I think that says something about the quality of the time I was spending if I didn't even have time to try and drink. XD THINGS MOVED SO FAST OMG. I DID however drink tons and tons of water, maybe even equal to a bathtub full, and sweat it all about again in my nuclear winter-surviving fuzzy coat. XD

I'd like to give some shoutouts to the people I spent a lot of time with and helped me make the most of my con!

Jinsei, Nightstar, KwiK, Goth, Geek, and Vulpy, you are a bunch of very cool cats(half of you, literally), and if the former two are attending again next year, I hope that you'll tolerate my company some more, maybe even they somehow aren't. :D More hand sanitizing and goat bleating ftw. I got to suit up with all of you at some point in time, except for Jinsei who doesn't have one but is most certainly a very high level BEASTMASTER by now with his handling skillz. Plus getting to hang around the furry dancers behind the scenes and see their moves was fun. For anyone who thinks they can't dance because of their size, I'd suggest looking up who Oreo is(no, not Jaitsu :P) Dude is huge and can bust some moves. Always fun to watch KwiK perform and I've developed the notion that you don't really have a full appreciation for dancing until you see someone do it wearing a fursuit. PS: Look up this years Dance competion if you can. WELL worth the time.
Jin and Night, I'm glad I could help make your con experience go from sour to sweet, and I'd help again in a heartbeat. :3

Niky, Punk, Solez, Talcen, Heretic, Oh jeeze who am I forgetting? There's a frickin bunch of you that was off and on (I think Jizzal and a few others were in another room), I met a lot of you last con for the first time and you are a very tight knit group as well it seems. Thanks for inviting me along for dinners and stuff even if I only responded to like half the messages. XD even so, you're a crazy bunch as well. The whole "I'M FROM BAWSTON. YOU INSULTIN' MY FAMILY!?" thing really made me laugh. And no, Niky, It wasn't sushi but it was still good! Don't worry!

Ante/Amplitude. You are a suiting BEAST. What else can I say? I ran into you more in suit than out for sure. The only time I really saw you out was for the Dinner. XD You must have doubled my time clocked in suit for sure. You made me wanna go put mine on more for sure, cause you're a fun person to go hang around with for that kinda stuff. :D
Xoven, I found out that in addition to being a TINY BABY MAN, you are also a pretty cool guy. He is less a spaz irl than on sl and doesn't afraid of anything.

Freaky, Panzer/Dotrook: Loved seeing you guys again. For a while there I was wondering if I was gonna bump into you at all, then I got to hang out with you a good bit. I'm sad to hear neither of you will be making it next year. You've both been good friends to me for a long while now and getting to meet up with people you rarely get the opportunity to see is what this con is all about.

Jacobus, Torrle, Pandora, Win(f)ail/Guinness, Kona, I got to meet up with all of you at one point or another and all save for Kona it was for the first time. Most of it was pretty brief but I said I was gonna, and at least I can say I did now! It was nice talkin to you guys cause however brief it's nice to put a face to a name and hope to see you come again next year.

Korth, I hope that your first con that you got to poke your nose out of the dealer's den was well worth it, and I hope you found me a good roommate. XD Thanks for drawing in my sketchbook and being cool in general. We didn't go out as a group together a whole lot, but we certainly crossed paths a lot and you have the honor of being the first person I went fursuiting with. ;p

Jaitsu, what can I say? I consider you one of my best buds and I also hope that I helped make your con a rousing success. Here's hoping that the next will will continue to get EVEN BETTER for you! As long as we're both attending, you will have a guaranteed room for next year. :O Thanks for following me around and being my handler and stuff too, and hopefully I didn't prevent you from doing anything you wanted to do.

There were a ton of other people that I met along the way, I hope I didn't leave anyone that I spent a good deal of time with out. I made this journal about 2 hours after getting home after 10 hours of flying. XD

It was with a VERY heavy heart that I boarded the bus leaving to the Pittsburgh airport. PCD set in early for me. Time seemed different there. I feel very lucky to know such amazing people. Heck, it seemed like a whole other world and it'd be hard to put into words exactly how I feel when I got to be there and be a part of it.

I just know I wanna be there again. Hope to see you all at AC 2012.
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Pagan

Another Quarterly Foxcat Report!

I haven't been updating this as much as I used to, but then again I don't feel the urge to as often either. Yet, It's a sense of duty to keep this journal going. X3
I'm on vacation, AC is just around the corner, so I expect to make another post about how that went.

I didn't get my big bonus this year for reasons I won't go into. Work was shit for a good long while but I think it's turning around now. I have a boss that is actually fairly easy to get along with. I'm a little annoyed that some controversial folk moved up the corporate ladder, but at least I rarely have to deal with them.
I'm feeling a lot less stressed lately, though there are still things I wish to improve. But for the most part everything is going well. Life has been fairly dull, even.
Pics of me in my new fursuit are here: https://www.dropbox.com/gallery/18095502/1/foxcatsuitpix?h=5a914b :D

Yeah, that's it for now. >_> I'll add more if I think of it.
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Pagan

The Quarterly Foxcat Report

Okay, so I skipped a good few months this time around. I usually like to update my LJ once every month or so.

So, I finished up that horrible, horrible shutdown, and by that time it was close to christmas. I took my planned vacation plus some banked days from shutdown and had a sweet, sweet 30 day long vacation from work. It was fucking awesome. I flew home for Christmas, much to my mother's content, and came back in time to hang out. Overall Christmas was great, though dealing with some folks here online became a bit of a stressful thing. I've stopped trying to rely on folks on here like I would someone I know in real life. Though I try to treat people with the same respect one would afford to someone you knew right in front of you, it gets tiring when that becomes a one-sided deal. People just don't view online friends as friends, more like.. friends you can turn on and off at your leisure instead of someone just like you at the other end.

Enough of that pseudo-drama though..

I've made plans to attend anthrocon again this year! Vacation, Flight, Hotel are all booked (King bed at the Westin, cause the doubles sold out in 10 minutes WTF!?). It looks like my roommates will be jaitsu and steviepanda. If you're planning to attend this year, gimme a shout! I had a blast last year and fully intend to meet up with as many people as I can to at least say hello. :3

Also, I need advice from anyone who has crossed the Canadian/US Border with a suit in tow, as if all goes well I will have a fursuit at the con this year. Please lemme know if you can offer advice! XD

I've got a new comp as well. Ordered an Aurora desktop from Alienware, and am pretty satisfied with it. I had a big scare from it when it started bluescreenign on me the other day, as I've only had it for two weeks. But, I got in contact with their tech support and narrowed it down to a problem with the ram configuration. So, they are sending me 3 2gb sticks to replace the 3 1gb sticks they had in there for free for a total of 12gb ram. Sweet deal! I was actually fairly impressed with dell's customer support, even if they weren't native english and I had to get them to repeat some stuff. :p

Hope everyone had a good christmas. I myself just got around to taking down my tree. Yeah, I'm a huge sap when it comes to my christmas tree and haaate taking it down, cause it makes me sad.
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The October Foxcat report (aka work still sucks)

I'm sure nobody wants to hear me continually rant, but honestly at this point I think my livejournal is less about expecting other people to read and keep up with stuff I'm doing and more a personal record, like a diary, that just happens to be available for other people to read. It is handy to point to when someone asks how I'm doing and I can't describe it in a few sentences or less.

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Even if there are people who still read my journal, I'm pretty sure that was TL;DR, but I need to get it out of my system any way I can.

Now for the good news. All this overtime I've been working I've banked the days for and am trying to extend my booked Christmas vacation into early next year. If successful, I will not be working or have to see that place for roughly 30 days, an entire month. Boy, am I ever hoping that works out, because they won't let me book vacation for the rest of this year and they have a rule on banked days saying that they have to be used within 90 days or they default to paid out. I can deal with some of it gettin' paid out, but sure as hell I didn't bank em just to delay the money on my check...

Halloween was okay, I think next year, in addition to booking time off for Anthrocon, I'll book my second set of vacation in October. Christmas falls on my natural days off next year so I won't have to book for then.

To all the people who have put up with me or offered support the past few months, thanks. I'll try to keep hanging in there. I should be almost through it now.
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Pagan

The August Foxcat Report (aka work sucks)

After AC, things kind of went downhill.

Mainly due to work. As a lot of people already know, there was a major incident at work involving a large vessel that handles reflux, containing a mixture of ammonia and hydrogen sulphide(if you dunno what H2S is, look it up. pretty nasty stuff). The vessel ruptured due to a metallurgy fault that went unnoticed and eventually weakened the structure of the vessel. Luckily, nobody died or was terribly injured when this happened. It was in an area that I'm qualified on so I had to be one of the ones trying to contain it. It took about a week of showering to get the smell off my body completely, and some clothes got thrown out. This happened my first set of work back from Anthrocon. This pretty much set the tone of the next two months.

This unit went on an immediate emergency shutdown which somehow I wasn't forced to work overtime for. It was back up and running within two weeks, surprisingly, but it was in no way finished being a bitch. Equipment all over the unit decided to fail and needed replacing. I won't bother with each and every detail but as of the last set of 6 I worked the unit was down again, needing crews cleaning up some fouled up heat exchangers and it was a big big rush with management breathing down our(my) neck to get this thing up and running asap because if not it would start impacting production hard. It's back up(I think), but there was another semi-planned outage to take care of more critical pieces of equipment which I hope was handled completely during my days off.

I questioned my continuing employment a lot the past two months.

Anyway, now we're entering a planned Shutdown for several areas, and the entire roster is working on modified schedule from Sept 3rd to Oct 11th. This means everyone is forced to work overtime, and guess where I got stuck taking care of for this? That freaking same unit that was having all these issues. Hurray. It should be lovely. Oh well. I'm just hoping that since it's been through so much emergency maitenance that it will actually be able to hold out a month with nothing bad happening to it. It's a fairly faint hope, however. My tentative work schedule is 9 on, 3 off, followed up by two sets of 10 and 2. I've decided long ago that I would be banking most of those overtime days (at least 6 of 10) to take another long vacation once this is done and over with.

Things aren't all bad. The days off in between the BS were nice. A few days ago I was in Edmonton on a roadtrip with Minimike before he fled off to Vancouver for school again. Mainly hung around the West Edmonton Mall and stuff. Getting in there the first night was a bit of a pain though, we called or visited about 8 hotels before we found one with vacancy. Apparently there was a double whammy of a CFL game and a major concert in town that Saturday. Lucky us. :v

Also, I went ahead and ordered a suit from www.donthugcacti.com
Needless to say, I'm really looking forward to seeing that eventually.

Let's see how well I survive September, anyway. The last modified schedule shutdown I was a part of I didn't handle so well. I think I'm better prepared this time, however. It's even occurring on schedule as opposed to having to take place early.
Pagan

The July Foxcat Report (Special Edition!)

So yeah. It was a while in coming but now on with a very special foxcat report!

I went camping and had lots of fun! First day was spent doing a lot of travel. drove with minimike to Edmonton, got a hotel room late in the night, woke up before the sun was even up to catch a flight to Vancouver. We stayed at Shadowkeeper's overnight as everyone came together: Pyxaron, Sprout, Tybalt who was there before us. Morca and Firegryph would be meeting up with us later, Morca on the ferry and Firegryph at the campsite itself since he's from Vancouver island. Some plans got fuxed but we resolved it by renting a truck, which turned out to be a really good move.

Camping was awesome! We went cave exploring. whee for small, tight spaces and utter darkness only broken by flashlight beams, and the threat of being lost if your flashlight ever died on you! (they make you take two sources of light per person just in case, and nobody is allowed in alone though it's not exactly like there's someone watching to make sure at all times..)
The day after was a trip to Raptors, an avian sanctuary. Was not something I expected to do on a camping trip but was pretty neat all the same. Got to see some rare and interesting birds, and there was even an owl that loved to be pet! Got some neat pictures out of both this and the caves XD

Didn't get to do as much swimming as I would have liked to, despite camping at Rathtrevor "Beach". The beach was just too 'alive' with tiny (albeit harmless) crabs and shelled sea life to feel comfortable stepping out into the waters. The worst part of the camping trip though was sleeping. Next time I go camping I'm making sure I have a bigass air mattress instead of the tiny thin loaners I had. :p also, making sure I have a pillow would be nice. Back and neck were kinda sore and I think it made me prematurely tired a lot. I was always first one in bed. I didn't get much quality sleep that week at all.

after that it was a flight back home, a day to recuperate and repack, then off to Anthrocon!

Anthrocon was amazing! I met so many people! A lot of them were names that I was getting to put a face to for the first time, or meet up with in actuality and see the face in front of me, but also met a slew of people I either only heard about, knew about casually or didn't know at all. Some of the events were lame but overall getting to hang with folks and also see some of the amazing fursuits made the entire thing a very worthwhile endeavour. Even customs, while annoying, wasn't as bad as I thought it'd be.

naturally, tons of pictures abound. The names are way too many to mention.. but some of them, including the guys I spent the most time with. Kona, Jaitsu, Jinsei and Nightstar(along with the cool folks they were hangin with), Ante, Furlop, Frosty, Freaky and Panzer, Jym, Jizzal and company, Half the folks form the camping trip.. The list goes on. XD

I liked AC so much that I plan to attend next year, and hopefully with my own fursuit. I've always mused over the idea but figured it'd be a waste of money and fairly odd since I live in a town full of ignorant hicks. But actually going Anthrocon and having a ton of friends with suits or getting them kinda changed my opinion of that, it definitely looked like fun. The reactions you get are varied by signifigantly positive, especially among Pittsburgh and the convention. I've commissioned one that should be due around April next year, and it should be awesome. X3

while hosting all the pics I took somewhere would be a pain in the ass.. here's a vid I uploaded to youtube of many of the suits in the parade. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Xxa9SR3g9h8 Also features the legendary Keytar! Theres a few vids of that thing floating around. ;3

Dance! DANCE! YES!
:3
This now concludes the special July edition of the foxcat report.
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Pagan

The May/June Foxcat Report!

Okay, so, nothing really happened in May that was interesting, so I gave that a skip.
June is here though, and stuff is happenin'!


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Expect a Foxcat Special update on BC and AC sometime late June or early July. :3

ALSO I ALMOST FORGOT!
National Foxcat Day Approaches! What are you going to be doing this June 19th!? ((I'll be camping and hopefully spreading the word about national foxcat day with these dragons as I turn 29, but still!))
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Pagan

The April Foxcat Report.

March sucked.

There is no doubt about this. I'm writing off the entire month as a whole.

In addition to losing my last roommate and consequently not having any real friends available to hang around with, work was horrible, I had a psycho gung-holetsdoeverythingpossibleevenifit'snotbusy temp boss, ended up having to do some really hard messy jobs as things started fucking up. The snow briefly melted then it went back to well below freezing temperatures as winter's chill gave it's death throes. Just, a lot of other little things too that made my really have a hard time.

But Good News, everyone! The slime is fl... I mean..

April is coming out much better.

My regular, much nicer and less gung ho boss has returned and the naziboss has been banished to another team despite rumors that he may become permanent, a team who could REALLY use someone to crack the whip under their ass. Work has also not been quite as bad, and anything it's thrown I've managed to handle better. April threw at us the heaviest snowfall we've seen, with about 1 month or two of snow accumulating in a few days, causing major havoc with the roads but luckily I was off at the time(sadly it made me miss going to the gym) and could sit at home. Besides that, April is having wonderful warm weather.

I also found out I have lost over 15lbs in the past two months.

In other news, my passport has finally arrived! Earlier than I thought as well! That remove the major bottleneck between me and Anthrocon.

That leaves two more: Actually booking the flight, and getting accommodations.

So, uh, Anyone looking for reliable roommates for AC? Alternately, if there's any people I know well that's still looking for a room, while the two main hotels are booked it seems the others listed there still may have space, lemme know before I end up booking a single room for myself. :P

So much other stuff I have to do as well. File my taxes, fill out my retention plan forms for work and make sure it's passed in. Book a fucking dentist's appointment to quell some growing problems.. buh @_@;;

All in all though, still much more content than last month.
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Pagan

The February/March Foxcat Report

So, yeah. Kyt has moved out as of a few days ago. The apartment is so quiet and empty. I gave it a good spring cleaning and I think it's cleaner that it's ever been because I washed walls and nooks and crannies and everything this time. I know it's going to stay that was cause there's nobody around to mess it up. Still, I miss having Kyt here as a friend to do things with.

I been keeping up with my gym outings, as well. While I don't look it, a few pairs of pants are now falling off, only barely supported by my waist so I guess that means there's some progress to be had. My weight hasn't changed much but it is trending down it seems, so I'mma keep sticking to it and hope for a much sexier body for the summer. XD

Speaking of this summer. I almost have everything I need put together to apply for my passport. Just need to get a guarantor(my aunt) to sign it this week, and list two references that I've picked out and I can send it off, hopefully getting it back soon after and making plans to attend AC in June. I already have the time off requested.

I also have now paid off my student loan entirely. It was around 30k three years ago and in that time I have completely decimated it. I paid the final $8700 of it off in one phone call! That's 350 less that will be coming out of my bank account every month, so I'll build that money back up even faster, and of course I made sure to keep a healthy cushion for a rainy day. Should look into RRSPs and crap.. Next up, paying off my Ford Fusion just as quickly! That'll be assisted immensely when I get my first retention bonus of between 6-10k in April and just plunk it straight down, lowering the interest from each payment likely around halfish. XD I could probably pay it off completely right now but, that would leave me with next to no savings for a bit. So, I'll bid my time and celebrate my recent victory over a debt that many spend a lifetime paying back. (next to mortgages >_>)

I doubt very many people read this anymore, as people seem to favor other avenues and sites for their blogging and journal needs, but I simply can't do that. I've actually accumulated a long story of my life here and I figure I may as well keep adding to it here (Seriously.. First entry dated 06:48pm 19/08/2003!!). I digress though, the point is for anyone that actually does read this.. If I DO make it to AC, I may need help finding a room and knowing where to go and such as I have never been across the border and will likely be a very confused and disoriented foxcat. More on this later, though!
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