An important lesson a friend taught me with his passing.
There are many people I met in the United States Wrestling Federation that I've never called by their given names. Victor J. Cavalera, X-treme, Brando Spade, The Lariat, and Ryan Starr to name a few. The Giant Puma is one of them, and I'm sure he's preferred it that way. I didn't even know what his actual name was until we became friends on Facebook.
Puma was 34-years-old at the time of his passing, the same age range as most of the USWF crew. I'm 33 at the time of this writing. We all assume that we'll live at least into our 70's, if we're lucky. But life is an unpredictable thing, and no greater evidence of that is when one so close to us dies without warning at a young age. As if taking great care to live a safe and long-lasting life weren't hard enough, there are outside forces beyond our control that could either greatly inhibit our health or eliminate us altogether.
Puma created a wonderful family and amassed a collection of the best friends anyone could ask for, and he clearly loved life and made the most of it. How many of us can say we're completely happy with our position in the world? And if we are, is there any way we can make it better? I don't like where I am right now. I know I'm capable of much more than what I've done so far. I've squandered my youth with procrastination and complacency. Do I have enough time to make a definitive mark on the world?
The Giant Puma may have passed, but he'll live forever in the memories and stories of all who knew him. Let his life serve as both a guideline and a warning. Enjoy as much of it as you can and as soon as you can. Because you just never know when it might
October 15, 2012
I've decided to set forth on an epic adventure, following in the footsteps of the Hero of Time himself, the Hylian known simply as Link. One of Nintendo's top gaming icons and likely rivaling Mario in popularity, Link has slashed his way through every console the Big N has put out; each of his outings considered among the best of each generation. Like most game series that get it right the first time, the tales of Link have many recurring elements, but are varied enough to be unique entries in the mythos. Chief among them are the hero himself rushing to save his homeland of Hyrule by liberating the mystical Triforce and Princess Zelda from the evil clutches of Ganondorf. Along the way he has to traverse a vast overworld and explore dreadful dungeons in order to gain enough equipment to allow him to progress in his journey and defeat the bosses. I've been fortunate to join the Zelda series since its original incarnation on the Nintendo Entertainment System, but I've regretfully fallen behind on several of his more recent outings. There's even a handful I've played but never completed. Now I'm dedicating myself to take on and conquer every single Zelda adventure in the order of their release and recording my progress here. I won't give full reviews of each title, there's PLENTY of those on the Internet, but an overview and personal opinions of them. What follows is a list of each game that will eventually be filled with commentary as I conquer them. Until then, each title contains info on my experience with them, their original American release date and the console they debuted on here.
June 30, 2012
After a six month development period, I've finally begun storyboarding my online comic series Adventures In Idle. It's a spinoff of the book series I'm working on (currently several in various states of completion) that will take place in its own universe. The setting is the same fictional town in Rhode Island, known as Idle, and will feature many of the characters contained within. However, I have tweaked certain aspects of them in order to make them unique to this series. Ever since I first conceived my book series about a decade ago, I have saved hundreds of wordpad files containing storylines, character profiles, book profiles, and various other related notes. And after putting down my horrendous webcomic August The 15th, I decided to go back to one of my first ideas for an online comic before I settled on that one: a comic book style series based on my other writings within a new timeline. I planned on transitioning to it after August The 15th ran its course, but I never expected that to happen so early. So with this new project I'm working with more familiar material that I strongly care about and have worked on for quite a while.