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Finding Inspiration in the Imaginary

via Daily Prompt: Imaginary

We all have had imaginary friends in life, and as we have gone about our life journey, there have been imaginary characters that we have related to in one way or another. Perhaps that character is from a cartoon, a movie, a video game, or something else entirely. Whatever the case may be, that particular character inspires us for one reason or another, and as a result, we end up liking that character for the rest of our lives. I personally don’t see anything wrong with that, but maybe that’s just because I’m the sort of person who finds beauty in the small, everyday things, and sees a deeper meaning behind everything (but you already knew that from my various INFJ posts. ) Here are some of the imaginary characters that I can related to, and the reasons that I have for being inspired by them. See if you agree with my picks:

1. The Original Cheshire Cat

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The original Cheshire cat from the 1950s version of Alice in Wonderland has always inspired me. Ever since I was a kid (90s baby), this beloved, kooky cat has stuck with me, and as I have  gotten older and appreciated the finer things in life, some of his quotes have really stuck with me. For instance, the GIF that I just posted has one of his classic quotes. Ironically, I actually have this image posted in my cubicle at work, that’s how much I like it. You see, I know that I’m “not all there.” I can be a bit eccentric at times, I get some strange ideas, and sometimes I say and do just plain goofy things with no rhyme or reason. It’s just who I am. And people have taken notice in these instances, and often remarked on my odd behavior. However, I don’t let it get to me. Rather, I embrace it. I acknowledge that I am a bit “mad,” as Alice and the Cheshire cat would say. But honestly, I wouldn’t have it any other way. It makes me unique. And surrounding myself with others who are equally odd often makes life fun.

2. Tomoya Okazaki and Nagisa Okazaki (Furukawa)

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This is a story that speaks to my heart. The anime is called Clannad, and the continuation of the series occurs in Clannad: After Story. This is the first anime love story I ever watched, and it was the first anime that I actually liked and got me hooked on anime in general. My husband recommended it to me when we were dating. Folks, if you want a tear-fest, then boy oh boy is this the anime for you. It will tug on your heartstrings in more ways than one. Now, the reason that I relate to these two characters is because of many of the challenges that both of them face. Tomoya Okazaki has good friends, but is never really happy until he meets Nagisa, due to various circumstances in his life, some of which I can relate to, and soem which I cannot. Then there’s Nagisa. She always is trying to do the right thing, to be “good enough,” and to keep the peace at all times. She’s everything I want to be. PLUS, the love that they have for each other is amazing. You can tell they were made for each other. My husband and I have that same kind of relationship. We are soulmates. As long as we’ve been together, I knew he was the one. And we are committed to being by each other’s sides forever, just like Tomoya and Nagisa. Truly a match made in heaven.

3. Jonas from The Giver

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I have read The Giver several times in life, and each time, it has utterly captivated me and rocked me to my core. I first read it in 8th grade, then again in 9th grade. All throughout high school, I would read it on my own, because I liked it that much. Then, finally, I was able to purchase the entire quartet (yes, there are ultimately four books that make up the complete series, and what a series it is!). I enjoy reading it because it helps me see things differently. I suppose that I most relate to Jonas because he doesn’t take the world at face value, but questions everything. He wants to see the world at it’s full potential, and he understands the true essence of right and wrong. Ultimately, he wants to unlock the door to whatever it is that he’s missing in life so that he can share it with others and bring them to a place of unrivaled love and happiness. What an amazing endgame to have! He inspires me nearly to tears in ways that I can’t even begin to describe. The movie was excellent, but the book is utterly AMAZING! If you’re even remotely interested in this series, I highly recommend you read at least the main book, The Giver, first, then watch the movie, then read the remaining books in the series to put the pieces together. Trust me, it’s well worth it.

4. Augustus Waters from The Fault in Our Stars

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This has got to be one of the most inspirational characters of our day. Augustus Waters never lets anything get him down, even on his bad days. He’s always finding something to smile about. Not to mention, he speaks like a poet. I mean, just look at the quote above. Hazel wants nothing to do with love, because she knows that it will ultimately end one day, and she wants him to be spared from that, and for herself to be spared as well. However, Augustus doesn’t care. Rather, he decides to spend forever with her, and to help her make the most of her life, while he simultaneously makes the most out of his. He helps her to see life in a positive way, and he helps infuse a little bit of life and happiness into the world, just by being himself. I tend to be a bit of a pessimist, but his personality is one that I aspire to have, or at least to work on having some day soon.

These are just a few of the imaginary characters that I can relate to. I can’t think of any more off the top of my head, at the moment, but I know that there are plenty more. So, what do you all think of my choices? Can you relate to any of these characters, too? Also, what are your choices for the most relatable and inspirational imaginary characters?

Fallout 4 Meets House M.D.

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I’m doing my second play-through of Fallout 4. The first time I did it, I played as a woman, as I am a woman, and I made decisions and responded to characters based on how I would personally make decisions or respond. This time around, I’m doing things a little differently, and having a lot of fun with it in the process. I’m playing as Gregory House, from the show, House M.D. I didn’t get the look of the character exactly right, but since I don’t think you can change your character’s looks once you’ve made them, I guess I’m stuck with it. And hey, making him look as realistic as possible is rather challenging. Hugh Laurie has a rather distinctive look that’s hard to replicate, okay? 😉

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So of course, I’m having loads of fun on this second play-through, because I get to think with House’s mind, do what he would do, and respond just like he would respond in almost any situation. It’s pretty great. I’ve got his intelligence stats maxed out, and his perception is almost completely maxed out as well. I know I didn’t assign more than three stars for his charisma, as House doesn’t exactly have the best people skills. All the other categories I assigned various degrees of stars on a whim and have been adjusting them as necessary.

Now, since House walks with a cane, I tried to find a cane early on that I could have him walk with at all times. Didn’t work. I got through quite a few quests with an able-bodied House, simply because I couldn’t find anything that would work. At one point, I found a pool cue that I thought I could use as a cane, but this didn’t work out too well. Then, one day, I got lucky, and while bartering with Percy in Diamond City, I came across this little gem (controls shown in picture are for the PC, I am playing on the PS4):

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I immediately set to work modding it with barbs, as I knew this would make a fine weapon for Dr. House. However, I was still disappointed to discover that I couldn’t simply walk with the cane and also have a weapon in one hand. The cane was my weapon. I really liked using the variety of weapons at my disposal in the game, so I didn’t want to just use the cane all the time. Besides, House would be a ranged weapons user, anyway, he wouldn’t just be up close and personal with his adversary and simply use his cane against them.

So this is my challenge. I am working on utilizing various weapons mods, and I like where I’m going with them so far. Part of me wants to keep using the weapons, and the other part of me wants to force House to rely solely on the cane. I’m looking for reader input here: what do you all think I should do? I know that using only his cane would make the game significantly more challenging, and it would make his character even more realistic, but at the same time, there are just some characters that you can’t easily defeat with a cane. Besides that, there aren’t many mods available for the cane, anyway, and it doesn’t do much damage.

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Of course, House’s character in-game uses Med-X on occasion, but I like to keep that to a minimum, as I have a bit of a moral issue with this one. Personally, I was more a fan of house when he got off the Vicodin and was clean for two years than when he was ever on it. I want him to find peace and happiness in the game, and to be that which he never got to be in the show: a man who has love, a family, and hope. Seriously, was anyone else mad at Cuddy when she dumped him? I remember shouting at the TV, “No, Cuddy, why? Now he’s going to go back on Vicodin! Why would you do that?” And while I understood her reasons, I also looked at it this way: she knew he was like that when she started dating him, she promised she wouldn’t try to change him, and that she could deal with his personality. Evidently, she couldn’t, and House knew it all along. I was so mad! I wanted them to be happy together, forever! They were so good together!

Anyway, back to the game. I’m trying to avoid using Med-X except when necessary, which is usually only when he gets a broken leg in the game. I want to get him off the Med-X altogether, though, because, as I said, this is the happy version of House’s life, or at least, it’s going to be. So I may get some Addictol, or simply pay a visit to Dr. Sun the next time I am able to, and stop having him use the Med-X altogether.

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Speaking of House’s happiness, I think I might honestly set him up with Piper. Right now, I have Nick traveling with me as my companion because, well, let’s face it, he can really hold his own in combat. Plus, he’s got the lock picking and hacker perks needed to help you get through when in a jam. On the other hand, since I want nothing but the best for House, I may fast travel back to Diamond City, go get Piper, and then talk with her whenever possible, and travel with her as my companion. I would like to see a Piper/House relationship. I think it would be really sweet.

So where am I at in the game right now? Not very far. I just accepted the quest that Jack Cabot gave to me. I have since left Cabot House, and am headed to the asylum that he told me to go to. However, I keep getting attacked by blood bugs and all kinds of other nasties. After my last run-in with super mutants, I decided I should just come back to the game another day. Fortunately, this was a quest that I didn’t even know of on my last play-through, so this is new for me. I’m doing a lot more exploring in the game than I did on my first time around, and I’m trying not to fast travel unless the place I need to get to is really far away and I have already been there, or if I need emergency supplies in a hurry and need to head back to Diamond City. That seems to be my trading post of choice, for some reason.

So friends, what do you think? Does this play-through do justice to the character of House M.D.? What should I do, what should I stop doing? Does using the cane as my sole weapon work, or should I keep using what I already have, and keep modding whenever possible?

Getting A Chuckle Out of the Little Things

via Daily Prompt: Chuckle

There are many things that will rouse my coworkers’ sense of humor, but it often seems as though many of the things I say and do are things that cause said chuckling. I don’t mind, it’s just part of life, and if it makes people happy, then that’s awesome!

I want to share with you something hilarious that happened a few days ago. I had been nearing my limits of how long I could hold having to pee, as I’d had to go for a while and hadn’t had the opportunity. Everyone was out of the office, so I couldn’t leave, and customers kept coming up and needing things, and so did sales consultants. Finally, my boss and one other person came back in, and I was so happy to see them, because it meant I could finally take a break and go to the bathroom.

Since I didn’t want to be interrupted again and thus forced to hold my pee any longer, I looked at my boss as soon as she walked in and said, “I have to pee, I’ve had to pee for the last two hours,” then walked out the door without waiting for acknowledgement, and scurried off to the bathroom. Fortunately, the bathroom is just around the corner, so it wasn’t too far of a trip.

Apparently, my boss was left standing in the office wondering what the heck just happened, and one of our buyers was coming around the corner and saw me running to the bathroom. I didn’t even see him, so I must have been in a blind frenzy to get to the bathroom undeterred.

Of course, after having a day off, I come back into work, and everyone in the store has heard the story. My boss printed out a document with clipart from the Animaniacs, and the words “I have a potty emergency!!!” She gave it to me, and I got a chuckle out of it. I jokingly said that I should just hold up that sign the next time I needed to go to the bathroom, then walk out. She agreed. She also said, “but you have to say, ‘I have a potty emergency’ in a British accent.” Then she showed me this clip, which inspired the sign she made for me. I thought it was absolutely hilarious.

Everyone in the store had to take turns joking around with me about it, and the story got told at least three more times. In all honesty, I had only said that because I wanted to make it clear that I needed to go to the bathroom before anyone asked me to do anything else, so that was my intent. However, it got taken in a much funnier way, and I’m actually quite glad that I now have something to joke about on an almost daily basis with my coworkers, as I can shout “I have a potty emergency” any time I have to go! 😛