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New Year’s Eve

Hey guys! It’s New Year’s Eve and you know what that means: New Year’s Resolutions! Woohoo! Am I too excited, or does no one care anymore?

There’s something magical about New Year’s Eve. Being caught in the history of this year, and marveling at the history the next will bring. We honor those who died yesterday, but even prepare for the deaths tomorrow. New Year’s Eve is magical, and I’m always happy to see it.

Let me tell you guys a story that happened to me this year (it’s gonna get pretty serious). Earlier this year, I had a hospital scare, and was admitted to the hospital for pancreatitis. Never heard of it before? It’s a nasty thing, and the worst part is that this was my second time. I had it before four years ago.

The pain wasn’t as bad as the first time, and I originally thought, nah, it’s just that new stomach bug everyone is talking about, I don’t have to worry about it. Well, I did.

We called my gastroenterologist, and he didn’t think that there was going to be much to worry about either. And my doctor told them to admit me to the hospital because my enzyme levels were extremely high.

I was in a state of panic. “Oh my God, this is going to become Chronic Pancreatitis. What do I do?” All the way to the hospital I was crying to my mom questions that I know she didn’t have the answer to.

Just like four years ago, I was in the hospital for around five days, but unlike last time, no G-Tubing down my nose, and I didn’t vomit with the crappy stuff that they make you drink for CT Scans. I thought this acute thing would maybe just blow over with no worries.

Everything went normal in the hospital but we ran some tests we didn’t run before. They tested me for something genetic. And as it turns out, the pancreatitis was a symptom of my Cystic Fibrosis.

This past September 17, 2013 I was diagnosed with Cystic Fibrosis. I was more prepared for the result than my mother was. I took all the time I could not to worry about the results, saying I’m athletic, and I’m smart, and I will get through this.

It’s brought a lot of heartache not only to myself, but to my entire family. And the few friends of mine that know the results worry about me. However, through all the other tests, my doctors say my exercise capacity is 125%. My lung function is near perfect (astounding for a CF patient) but with chronic changes that would raise questions in a “normal” child.

Through all this, I realize that I’ve been fighting something my entire life. And my entire life, I’ve been winning. It’s emotional for me to share this story because even when I say “I have Cystic Fibrosis”, I almost want to cry because I never thought I would say that.

But what I want you guys to get out of this is that a New Year comes and the Old Year goes. And even while the diagnosis put a downer on me this year. A lot of great things to be proud of happened. And it leads me to make my Resolution this:

To be a resilient human being. To be someone people look to in times of great distress. If Cystic Fibrosis can’t hurt my dreams, then do everything I can to achieve those dreams, and help others along the way.

This story is not to create a shift in the way I want to take this blog. This blog remains entirely entertainment oriented. But even the most fun loving people have a story to share.

I don’t share this story with many people for a reason. I don’t look for sympathy, because people look at you different when they feel sorry for you. But a New Year is coming. And I think we all could use a little inspiration to give us that special push for the great things to come in 2014.

Futurama

I loved the TV show Futurama. I thought it was quirky, fun, adventurous, and downright hilarious. I’m gonna miss Bender and his conceited ways, Fry and his crazy antics and love for Leela, and really, just everything about the show. Futurama was one of my favorite shows on television because it was smart and funny. The writing for many of their shows was simply superb, and I could mark episode after episode on where the writing surpassed almost anything I’ve seen.

For an animated TV show, Futurama was great. It gave me almost a “Family Guy” feel in the beginning, but then I realized that it was smarter than that. The show should go down as one of the greats, and I hope that it is remembered as such.

I just read an article on The Verge that was an interview with the show’s creator and top writer David X. Cohen. You guys should definitely read it if you watched Futurama. I can only imagine how hard it is to part with something that has been a part of you for more than a decade. It will always be remembered as one of his best works and I wish Cohen the best of luck in the future (ha, see what I did?).

Also guys! Check me out on Google+. I just got it, and I’ll be making a move to Twitter shortly. So keep updated on my social networking whereabouts so you guys can keep up with me. It’s hard to do, I move pretty fast. Let’s create our own community of entertainment freaks! Add me to your circles and I’ll be sure to add you to mine!

Family Guy Xmas Episode (SPOILER)

PLEASE NOTE THAT IF YOU HAVE NOT SEEN THE SHOW YET, YOU DON’T DESERVE TO READ THIS. ALSO IT HAS INFORMATION ONLY THOSE WHO WATCHED KNOW. YOU NEED TO SEE THE SHOW BEFORE YOU READ, OR DON’T EVEN READ AT ALL. WHAT’S THE POINT OF READING IT IF IT’S JUST GOING TO RUIN IT FOR YOU? ANYWAY, YOU GET THE POINT. THIS POST HAS SPOILERS AND WILL RUIN THE SHOW FOR YOU IF YOU HAVEN’T SEEN IT YET. THANK YOU FOR YOUR TIME AT READING THIS ABSURDLY REDUNDANT NOTIFICATION.

Like many other Family Guy fans, I knew that Brian was not truly dead. Seth MacFarlane would not kill off one of the show’s biggest cash cows. But that common sense was not expressed in other Family Guy fans, who nearly rioted over the death of our furry friend, Brian.

On November 27th, Family Guy supposedly “killed off” the major character in perhaps the most morbid episode they’ve ever had.Even on December 8th’s episode, the Griffin family’s new dog Vinny appeared in the opening credits of the show (a slap in the face for many fans).

Many fans began concocting ways that Brian would come back, stating that Santa may return the favor when Brian and Stewie saved the Christmas spirit and Santa’s health. Others believed that Santa would bring Stewie the tools needed for another time machine. And others simply stated the obvious fact that Stewie pointed out, during the show that Brian died, that he had gone into the future to get all the brand new toys early. It was the latter that turned out to ring true.

I was more surprised that Stewie didn’t think of it and that the writers just had it happen by coincidence, but it made for a funny storyline, and that’s what matters the most. I do commend the Family Guy producers and writers at creating a story that was able to piss off so many fans and then just boost the ratings again. Of course, that’s all it was for… ratings. But you gotta love it when a TV show like “Family Guy” does something like that. You need to mix it up every now and again or else the show’s just gonna lack the fun it had before. I loved the Stewie Kills Lois and Lois Kills Stewie shows. They were interesting, and they kept me watching the show to know what happened. I’m surprised that Family Guy’s producers did not drag the charade on longer. The amount of viewers that Family Guy received last night were through the roof. Why? Because people wanted to see what happened.

Again, I actually think that this was a pretty good stunt on both MacFarlane’s part, and everyone at the Family Guy studio. I enjoyed it, and hope that they can top this in another season. But for now, let’s enjoy normalcy returning to the Griffin household.

Why I Love The Classics

Yay! We made a milestone. Today is the first true post. I won’t be posting everyday because that makes my blog feel like a chore rather than a fun hobby. However, I will make sure to post often. Any who, here we go…

When I think of something that I’d like to read, it’s hard for me to think of a modern novel. I don’t know what it is, but I could never really get into a modern novel. Maybe I just haven’t tried hard enough, but why try to get into something that I don’t believe I’m going to enjoy? There’s just something about the classical novels that get my attention more than anything else.

Modern novels lack that clinching first line. They lack the amazing character development offered to you by Dickens, Mark Twain, Tolkien, and numerous other classical authors. Too many modernists focus on action, and using war as a constantly used topic. Classics offer a plot that is almost always original, giving you characters that you fall in love with, and a story that you know you’re going to want to read over and over because you know that the more you read, the more you will understand. Now, of course, I may be wrong. Feel free to point that out at any time. But hear me out, that the classics will always outdo modern novels in every single way.

I have read modern literature, however. Perhaps one of my favorites is Neil Gaiman’s Graveyard Book. The book to me is a modern classic. I could talk about that book all day because the writing is simply superb. I haven’t read much by Neil Gaiman except that book, but because I was able to read one of his more spectacular works, I’d be open to reading more by him. I also read a book called Cracker which is a book about a dog that has to go in Vietnam after her family can no longer care for her because they had to move to a place that doesn’t accept dogs. Cracker then goes to a training camp and is paired up with a young man who wants to get away from the family business. I loved that book as well. But many books that I’ve tried to read have not done it for me. I did not enjoy reading Harry Potter, in fact, I never finished the first book because I got bored with it. I’m open to trying Game of Thrones again, but I’m not sure I’ll get into it.

I love the classics because you can read them more than once and you just know you’ll love it every single time. I can read The Pickwick Papers and The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn along with The Hobbit any day. I’ve read those books more than 3 times each, and I’ll read them again and again because the book has a timeless story. I look at today’s authors and they pump out book after book. Look at James Patterson. He has numerous amounts of books that he has written, and he has made millions of dollars off of those novels, but to me, that amount of writing makes the novel he writes less special. I don’t feel like Patterson is giving each book his all. Same with Stephen King (however I do enjoy reading some of his stuff), Jodi Picoult, among other modern authors.

The continuous pumping out story after story gets to a point where I not only can’t keep up, but the story doesn’t feel special. I know that when I’m reading a classic, the book is special. There’s always a little bit of author put into it. I can understand Charles Dickens without reading a biography just by reading his novels and essays. If I was an author, I’d put not only my heart and soul into the book, but I’d make sure that it will top any other book I have written. I’d try to perfect my writing, not just go with the flow.

Simply, that’s why the classics to me will always be the best. And I hope you guys enjoyed this post, seeing as it is the first among many more that I wish to share. If you liked the post, please hit the “like” button, and if you think that you’ll enjoy this blog just by reading this post, please hit the “follow” button. It all means a lot to me. Thank you.

Hello!

Hello WordPress world! I’m Nathaniel Bryant, and I’d just like to say welcome to my blog! It’s exciting that this is my first post. I can’t wait to get everything started and have fun. After a long while, I just came to the conclusion that I love entertainment. Movies, books, games, everything. For a long time, and still to this very minute, I feel like I’m surrounded by a world that’s to engrossed in pessimism. “The economy’s bad,” I know it is, I’ll be getting a degree in it after high school. But I just thought, even in a world that’s absolutely full of chaos, full of people who can’t find their happy place, that I would attempt to create a happy place for myself.

I absolutely looove watching movies, reading books (particularly classics), playing video games, and watching sports. I’ll get the chance to talk about all of that here. Because here, on this blog, I don’t have to be serious, except when I’m criticizing something. I don’t have to talk economics or politics with anyone, or have any worries because WordPress has offered me that chance to get a way. Posting on here, and garnering followers, and maybe even working with some people on “stuff”, can offer me that getaway, even if only for a short while.

We all need a break. We all just need to sit back, relax, and enjoy life instead of worrying about it. So I hope everyone who stops by this blog enjoys it, and please give me comments and feedback because I love hearing those. I particularly love hearing the criticisms because I like to laugh at the stupid things they point out.

So yeah… that’s about it. It’s too early so I won’t bother asking you to follow me yet. But thanks for reading!