Changes and beefing up the blog

You’ll probably notice some changes with the blog in the next few months. On my quest to get 3,000 posts, I am going through and beefing up some of the content on this blog. This includes adding words to posts, cutlines to photos and replacing entire posts if those links do not work. Some stories will include small updates or my commentaries from my perspective on the event. I’ll also be adding perspective to the different inspirational pictures I post. That doesn’t mean there will be less posts, but they won’t appear as frequently as before.

I’ll also be adding or deleting static elements from the page, such as the fantasy football team or Pokemon pages.

This is a process that might hinder my goal to get to 3,000 posts before January, but I’m looking forward to the challenge. 3,000 posts isn’t much, especially when you’ve had a blog for over four years, but I think the more effort I put into this, the more people will receive it. If not, at least I can point to this blog and say I put in the effort.

Since yesterday I’ve added to or replaced several posts from 2013 and 2014 – which includes many of my adventures in Wolf Point, Montana. This has given me the opportunity to reflect on the different events from Wolf Point and see how far I’ve come as a writer, journalist and photographer – and when I say that I have come a long way since those days is a bit of an understatement.

By doing this, hopefully I can figure out what exactly I want to do with the website, whether it’s continuing it as an outlet to spew the stuff that’s on my brain, turn it into something that I can monetize or a combination of the two. It will probably continue to be a casual outlet because I want to shine at my job at the Ritzville Journal.

This is also a way for me to put in more work for a project. Too often I’ll start several projects and not put in as much effort to make them shine and they sit at the side. This is a chance for me to put more of me out there.

I almost forgot, have a great day.

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New WWE Intercontinental and United States title belts?

I was browsing Jason Saint’s wrestling blog earlier and he posted a picture of what could be the new designs for the WWE Intercontinental and United States championships. Rumor has it those titles will undergo a design change in the near future.

Some people wouldn’t be thrilled with these choices because they resemble the current WWE, Universal and women title belts. I kind of like this. While they are similar to other title belts, they have their own characteristics as well.

It will be interesting to see how they’ll make the transition. Currently the U.S. title is held by Chris Jericho and he introduce the new look in a heel manner. Dean Ambrose holds the IC title, but I could see the new belt unveiled at Wrestlemania during a ladder match.

Poke Post: Team Al – Show No Mercy

Team Al logo
I haven’t played Pokemon Go yet, but when I do, I’ve decided to go create my own team – Team Al. I whipped up this little banner in a few minutes.

This all started this morning. One of the photos I used in Education was of a student hanging a banner, with the Team Mystic insignia on it, from the ceiling. It was for Medical Lake’s homecoming.

Shortly after I got into the office, two of my coworkers stopped by my cubicle, asking “why I chose Team Mystic.” One of them – who I will refer to as C – is a member of Team Instinct and the other – J – is Team Mystic.

I explained I chose that photo because it was one of the better photos I had taken that day. It led to this.

C: But Team Instinct would have made a better photo.

Me: That one was already hung up.

C: Could have you gotten them to take a photo with Team Instinct?

Me: I’m not going to have the students take down a banner they’ve already hung up.

*brief pause*

C: You don’t play Pokemon Go. But if you did, who would you pick?

Me: Probably Team Mystic.

C: What!?

J: *fist bumps me*

To be honest, I don’t know where my allegiances would lie. I just wanted to irritate my coworker. Which led me to designing Team Al. It’s kind of mock up of Team Instinct’s symbol but it has Pikachu instead of Zapdos. The “Show No Mercy” tagline comes from “The Karate Kid.”

Update Sept. 20, 2017 – I’m approaching my one-year Pokemon Go anniversary and I’ve been reflecting on my year with Pokemon Go.

During last night’s City Council meeting, the Police Chief was celebrating his 60th birthday. The first thing that came to my mind was “I hope I’m still playing Pokemon when I’m 60” and this includes Pokemon Go. I kind of felt like a child since I didn’t say something like “I hope I have grandchildren” and “I hope I live in a nice house and am debt free” – don’t get me wrong, I do want all of those things, but Pokemon Go would be a great bonus.

Also I did not choose Team Mystic. I went with Team Valor. It’s the colors of Eastern Washington University and I did it to annoy both J and C.

Al on WoW: I’m coming for you Legion

My return to World of Warcraft took another step as I purchased the Legion expansion and boosted my draenei hunter to level 100.

To back track, last year I claimed the top prize in the fantasy football league I was in but I never received the money – that is until last Sunday when the commissioner dropped $80 in my Paypal. Minutes after that, I bought the expansion and gave my hunter the boost. I expected some new gear and skills, but what I didn’t expect was to be immediately whisked away to the Broken Isles for the Broken Shore scenario – after a quick tutorial of my hunter’s abilities.

If you haven’t done the Broken Shore scenario or watched the various videos on it, there are spoilers ahead.

I’ve done battle grounds and a couple of raids, but the Broken Shore scenario was different. I was battling alongside the Alliance leaders as we tore through demons. It was sad to see Tirion Fordring bite the dust as he’s one of my favorite characters in Warcraft lore. However, I do feel like his redemption story was told in Wrath of the Lich King.

The fight with Krosus was something else because on one side I was with the Alliance, and we had Horde on the other. I liked the playful banter between Varian Wrynn and Sylvannas Windrunner. Wrynn recently embraced the idea of working with the Horde, as he pointed out in the letter to his son Anduin, but I also wonder if he found a kindred spirit of sorts in the Banshee Queen.

The battlefield became overrun with demons, which kicked off the cinematic that culminated in the death of Varian.

Fast forward to Stormwind. I delivered Varian’s funeral to Anduin and attended the former king’s funeral before the demons attacked. After dispatching them, I traveled to Dalaran to begin the artifact quest and held the archmage Khadgar.

It was a good start to the legion expansion. I also made a blood elf demon hunter I will post about on a later date. While I intend to go through Legion and hitting max level, I do plan on going though the older dungeons and completing them.