Board Game Bucket List

I used to believe that gaming meant only using a console, handheld or using a PC. This summer, when I stayed in Winona, I discovered a cute little gaming store called River Quest.

**Edit: 12/10/2017 I found out River Quest was closing!  Sad Day 😦 **

My roommate got a job working there, so I was in the store at least once a week or every other week. I got to know the owner, who is one of the coolest guys in the Winona area. I was opened up to a world of a different type of gaming.

I’m creating a Bucket List of Board Games that I haven’t played yet, but I intend to. I will sticky this to the front page of the Gaming Section and I plan to update it as I play new games. Also I hope to post a review on some of these board games especially the ones with the strike out through the name. In the meantime, enjoy my bucket list! Also feel free to comment with various board games that I can add on the list.

Here is my Board Game Bucket List:

  1. Exploding Kittens Card Game
  2. Munchkin *any version*
  3. Star Wars Destiny
  4. Ticket To Ride
  5. Monsters & Other Childish Things
  6. Red Dragon Inn
  7. Arkham Horror/Eldrich Horror
  8. Star Wars X-Wing
  9. Red Dragon Inn 4
  10. Pandemic
  11. Love Letter *card game*
  12. Smash Up
  13. Bang *card game*
  14. Red7
  15. Sentinels of the Multiverse
  16. Letters from White Chapel
  17. Here Kitty Kitty 
  18. Stone Age
  19. Agricola
  20. Betrayal at House on the Hill
  21. Seasons
  22. Takenoko
  23. Code Names
  24. Shadow Hunters 
  25. Dixit
  26. Doctor Who Time of the Daleks
  27. Fury of Dracula
  28. Dead of Winter
  29. Hogwarts Deck Building Game

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Harry Potter & the Half Blood Prince re-read

The Half Blood Prince is my favorite Harry Potter novel. It’s the book that sets up the massive Battle at Hogwarts and reveals how Voldemort has survived all these years. When my dad read the book to me, I was able to connect all the details J.K. Rowling had established in earlier books. This is one of the reasons I adore the series because of how each book builds upon it’s predecessor.  The murder of the Potter family is only the beginning. As always, I wanted to share all the details I had forgotten about as I re-read this book.

  • The Half Blood Prince book opens with the current British Prime Minister speaking to Fudge through a permanent portrait stuck on the wall.
  • Fudge has been updating the Prime Minister about the tragedies throughout the books including Black’s Prison Break, the Triwizard Cup and Voldemort’s Return.
  • Fudge does address Black’s death not being regretful, but knowing he made a mistake… GROSS.
  • Dementors are reproducing which is causing all the mist in Britain. I wonder how Dementor’s reproduce..?
  • Fudge was blackmailed by Voldemort to not interfere with the bridge collapsing. Definitely forgot about this small detail.
  • As Bellatrix and Narcissa go to Snape’s, Bellatrix kills a fox because she’s evil.
  • Dumbledore picks Harry up at Privet Drive versus at the train station in the movies.
  • Voldemort is practicing Occlumency against Harry, so he isn’t having any bad dreams.
  • Most wizard homes are protected against unwanted apparators.
  • Arthur got a promotion at the Ministry, he’s now the head of the Office for the Detection and Confiscation of Counterfeit Defensive Spells and Protective Objects.
  • Hermione, Ginny and Mrs. Weasley aren’t hugely fond of Fleur and Bill’s relationship at first.
  • Hearing how Harry feels after he tells Hermione and Ron about the prophecy and how they will stand by him is heartwarming.
  • Both Ollivander and Florean who sold ice cream in Diagon Alley were kidnapped.
  • Diagon Alley isn’t as colorful and everyone shopping there seemed very anxious.
  • Fred and George made shield spell clothing that even the Ministry bought for protection.
  • Ginny bought a pygmy puff and named it Arnold, how cute.
  • Tonks is the first one who finds Harry and not Luna like in the movie. This is after Draco curses Harry on the Hogwarts Express. Both Tonks and Harry have to leap off the moving train back onto Hogwarts property.
  • Quote from McGonagall, “it’s high time your grandmother learned to be proud of the grandson she’s got, rather than the one she thinks she ought to have.” YESSS!
  • I love that Dumbledore’s passwords are all candy. Acid Pops.
  • The first memory they look at is from Bob Ogden, an employee at the Magical Law Enforcement office at the Ministry of Magic. Tracked down by Dumbledore, he received Bob’s memories.
  • Ogden is attacked by Morfin, where his father, Mr. Gaunt, comes out and tells his son via parsel tongue to go back into the home.
  • Merlope is the daughter and she’s consistently abused by her father. She’s also a squib.
  • Gaunt shows Ogden a family ring referencing the Peverell coat (Deathly Hallows foreshadowing?) (Tales of Beetle and the Bard).
  • Gaunt is the last living relatives of Salazar Slytherin.
  • Morfin cast a spell on a muggle which caused painful hives on his skin.
  • Merlope likes the man named Tom, that’s why Morfin cursed that particular muggle.
  • Marvolo was Voldemort’s grandfather. Both Marvolo and Morfin spent time in Azkaban for the muggle attack and fighting the Ministry as they were being arrested.
  • Merlope gave a love potion to Tom Riddle, became pregnant with his child and then stopped giving him the love potion. Tom left her never to be seen by Merope again.
  • Marvolo was never the same after Azkaban and died after being released.
  • Stan Shunpike was arrested after being suspected as a Death Eater (this might be Rufus Scrimgeour’s idea of trying to attempt to fix the situation, Stan may not be a Death Eater).
  • Harry accidentally casts Levicorpus non-verbally on Ron which caused him to lift Ron upside down in the air.
  • Ron is insecure in his lack of experience with girls. I think it’s interesting as he’s only 16 in this book and how these stereotypes are presented in Wizarding society.
  • Ron became aggressive to Hermione because of knowing that she had experience with Krum. This might be good social commentary about how when women “have experience” they are ostracized for it even from Ron.
  • Hermione sent her “birds” after Ron which actually left Ron injured with cuts and bruises.
  • Ron did a really cruel impression of Hermione in front of their Transfiguration class. I have to say book Ron is a huge jerk.
  • Hermione saying she’s taking Cormac to Slughorn’s party. She says she dates good Quidditch players. SAVAGE.
  • Rufus Scrimgeour is a vampire apparently? Luna tells Harry this before Slughorn’s party.
  • Lupin was bitten by Greyback after his father offended Greyback.
  • Lupin is undercover with werewolves to try and get them on the side of the Order.
  • Kreacher gives Harry maggots for Christmas.
  • Scrimgeour wants Harry wandering around the Ministry so everyone can see that he’s on their side. As an exchange, Harry could meet Gawain Robards, the head of the Auror office. How rich.
  • Harry is so salty with his convo page 346.
  • When Tom Riddle came to Hogwarts, the staff was impressed by him. He was talented, eager for knowledge and he seemed polite.
  • Dumbledore always mistrusted Tom (this can be seen by the diary Tom kept).
  • Riddle’s friends at Hogwarts were the first Death Eaters in his command.
  • Tom tried to find more of his family, but as he searched the trophy room, there was no record of his father. This allowed him to find out that his father was never a wizard. He also tried to trace his relatives through his Marvolo name given by the orphanage through Merlope Gaunt.
  • As Voldemort found Morfin, he took Morfin’s wand to kill the Riddle Family including Tom Riddle senior (Voldemort’s father and grand parents).
  • Morfin was accused of the crime and confessed to it. Morfin died in Azkaban mourning the loss of his father’s ring.
  • Dumbledore believes Tom planted a false memory in Morfin’s mind to make him believe he killed the family.
  • The Ministry can detect underage magic, but not the perpetrator.
  • If Slughorn’s memory of talking with Riddle, he’s already wearing the ring. Meaning he committed those murders while attending Hogwarts.
  • Tom Riddle was a prefect at Hogwarts.
  • Ron’s birthday is March 1st.
  • Harry falls off his broom during the Hufflepuff game (isn’t this the 2nd loss to Hufflepuff the first time being in the third book) Cormac kept shouting orders and taking the beaters bat to hit a bludger… what a jack ass.
  • Harry calls for Kreacher to spy on Malfoy. When he calls for him, Dobby appears. When Kreacher insults Harry, Dobby punches him. Dobby is much more vital in the books than the movies.
  • Voldemort after completing his 7th year at Hogwarts began working at Borgin & Burkes.
  • Voldemort wanted to teach at Hogwarts because it was his home, although there was magic along with influence among the staff.
  • As an employee of Borgin and Burkes, this allowed Voldemort to find Helga Hufflepuff’s goblet.
  • Voldemort also gets Salazar Slytherin’s locket from Hepzibah Smith (an old witch lady)
  • Two days after Voldemort met with Smith, she was found dead. The house elf, Hokey was accused of the crime.
  • By the time Voldemort appeared before Dumbledore for the job interview, Voldemort already had a sickly appearance, not quite snake like and he abandoned his muggle name.
  • Ron is the one who thinks Harry should use Felix on Slughorn.
  • Fenir Greyback is attacking more kids especially if their parents don’t help the Death Eaters. This happened to the Montgomery family, their little brother died after the attack.
  • Hermione passed her apparition test while Ron failed because he left half an eyebrow behind.
  • During the burial of Aragog, Slughorn brings down booze to drink. He had house elves taste it first to make sure it wasn’t poison.
  • The careless act of not concealing the diary showed to Dumbledore that Voldemort had created more than one horcrux. If he hadn’t he would have protected the diary better.
  • When counting horcruxes, Voldemort has 6 with the 7th being his soul in his body.
  • Dumbledore believes Voldemort wanted a position at the school for recruitment, but also to find more horcruxes.
  • Throughout the memories, Harry feels the locket and the goblet are horcruxes while Dumbledore gives Harry the impression Nagini is a horcrux too.
  • Voldemort was going to use the murder of Harry and his family as a horcrux.
  • Lucius, believing Voldemort to be dead, used the diary for his own political gain. He didn’t recognize that he was holding a part of his master’s soul. It’s also why in the later movies, Voldemort seems to be consistently punishing Lucius because of his failure at the ministry, but for also allowing his diary to be destroyed so mercilessly.
  • Voldemort singled out Harry because of the prophecy, but if he would have done nothing, the prophecy wouldn’t have come true.
  • The reason Voldemort couldn’t possess Harry is because of his love inflicted by his mother when she died to save him.
  • As Harry understands the prophecy, Harry realizes he doesn’t have to kill Voldemort. It’s because Voldemort will stop at nothing to kill Harry that if Harry wants to live, he has to stop Voldemort in the end.
  • Malfoy is seen crying in Myrtle’s Bathroom fear of failing Voldemort.
  • Harry was forced to copy records of old Hogwarts punishments which included transgressions from James and Sirius while they were at Hogwarts.
  • Harry and Ginny’s first kiss was after Gryffindor won the house cup with Ginny playing as seeker. Score was 450 to 140.
  • The night Dumbledore hired Trelawny was the night she made the prophecy regarding Harry.
  • On the night Snape heard Trelawny, he told Voldemort originally about the prophecy. Snape had no idea that it would be Harry and his parents who were being targeted.
  • “It’s the unknown we fear when we look upon death and darkness, nothing more.” Page 566.
  • The liquid potion is emerald  in the books versus in the movie it’s clear.
  • In the book, Dumbledore responds to the Inferi rather quickly where Harry isn’t pulled into the water versus in the movie, Harry is dragged into the water.
  • Harry apparated Dumbledore back, that’s quite an achievement.
  • The Dark Mark appears in the sky when Harry gets back with Dumbledore.
  • Dumbledore tells Malfoy to not use the term mud blood, Go Dumbledore fighting against slurs.
  • Dumbledore never approached Malfoy, because if he did Malfoy would have failed and Voldemort would have killed him (regarding Malfoy’s involvement in the necklace and for giving the poison to Ron accidentally). Also since Voldemort is great at Legilimency, he would have been able to tell Malfoy was lying.
  • Dumbledore offers Malfoy and his mother protection if Draco comes to the Order.
  • Draco is surprised Greyback came. It seems Malfoy has empathy and didn’t want to bring Greyback with.
  • Greyback, Amycus, Alecto and Malfoy are with Dumbledore that night.
  • As Harry leaves the tower, he stuns two Death Eaters one was Greyback. The other was unnamed.
  • Ginny was dueling Amycus, the brother when Harry stuns him.
  • McGonagal causes Alecto to run off.
  • Buckbeak attacks Snape in the book, why wasn’t this included in the movie???????
  • Harry straightens Dumbledore’s spectacles on his nostrils when he approaches his body after it fell off the tower.
  • The body referenced by Malfoy (in the tower Malfoy says someone died), is Bill Weasley as this was the moment he was attacked by Greyback.
  • THEY USED THE LAST OF THE FELIX POTION IN THE FIGHT WTF!? Why is this not in the movie.
  • Harry tells everyone what he knows about Snape and how he told Voldemort about the prophecy.
  • Hermione and Luna were outside Snape’s door when Snape urged them to check on Flitwick because he collapsed when in actuality he jinxed him.
  • Almost immediately, Dumbledore appeared in his own portrait in his old office.
  • Fuck Dumbledore’s death is hitting me more than I thought, “The phoenix had gone, had left Hogwarts for good, just as Dumbledore had left the school, the world. . . had left Harry” 😦 😦 😦 😦 😦 😦
  • EWWW Umbridge is at Dumbledore’s funeral.
  • Ginny always loved Harry, but she dated other people to get away from him.

One of my favorite facts I wrote in this list is the one I made bold. During the battle near the tower, I believe it’s Ginny who mentions the reason they’re all alive is because they took the rest of Harry’s Felix potion. This isn’t mentioned at all in the movie, but I feel this allows Harry’s main group of friends to survive and fight at the tower.

My Harry Potter re-read is coming to a close. I only have the Deathly Hallows left. It’s like I’m reliving the loss of no new Harry Potter material all over again. Back in 2012 when the last movie came out, I didn’t know how I would get over it. Now, I have a Harry Potter tattoo and I’m thriving in my geeky self. I will leave you with another picture of my Harry Potter tattoo because I’m still so obsessed with it.

Harry Potter Tattoo 4

 

 

Prodigal Son is Fall TV’s Thrilling Serial Killer Drama.

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Prodigal Son promo poster. 

Promoting on Facebook is one of the best ways to market a blog or a TV show. I had seen ads about Prodigal Son almost every day as I scrolled through my Facebook feed. Serial killer TV shows / documentaries / podcasts are my jam as I’m a lifelong fan of Criminal Minds. Eventually, I caved into the ads around me and watched the first episode of Prodigal Son through Fox. Of course this is right up my alley and now I’m curious to see how the show plays out this season. It’s also available to watch on Hulu which I prefer versus watching on Fox’s website.

Prodigal Son follows Malcolm Bright (played by Tom Payne), a gifted FBI profiler. He’s fired after punching a police officer, but soon recruited by NYPD lieutenant, Gil Arroyo (played by Lou Diamond Phillips). Both Gil and Malcolm are called to investigate a series of grisly murders. These murders are eerily familiar as they are identical to the killings committed by Malcolm’s imprisoned father, Martin Whitly (played by Michael Sheen). Malcolm is forced to visit his father in prison to get his expertise as to who committed these murders. Their communication doesn’t stop and in fact triggers PTSD memories in Malcolm from the time his father is caught by the NYPD when he was a young boy. There’s something amiss within Malcolm’s memories which includes a woman in the box that no one seems to know about.

Michael Sheen can do no wrong in his acting range. He’s creepy in his positive demeanor and erratic bursts of anger when his son doesn’t communicate with him. Bellamy Young appears as Malcolm’s mother. She plays the part of the innocent mother, but I believe she knows more than what she lets on. There’s Detective Dani Powell (played by Aurora Perrineau) who is the most sympathetic to Malcolm’s PTSD outbursts. It seems the show is trying to build a romantic relationship between the two, which I hope doesn’t happen because Malcolm needs therapy, not romance.

The one downside with this show is that it’s premiering on Fox. Fox cancels everything, so I’m not sure why I’m bothering to invest my time into this show. It’s too late now, but I’m hoping Fox has learned from their errors committed in the past with cancelling Firefly and Almost Human

Prodigal Son has set up a nice build up being only two episodes into the first season. I’m wondering whether there is a woman in the box which is what Malcolm seems to think or if it’s a delusion. Prodigal Son airs on Fox at Mondays on 9/8 c.

 

Joker is Remarkably Good

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Yesterday, the fiance convinced me to see Joker with him at our nearest cinema. I didn’t watch the Joker trailer when it was released because I wasn’t sure if I was interested in hearing Joker’s backstory. The Joker is one of Batman’s villains that takes his treachery a little too far i.e. the Killing Joke story line which I pretend isn’t canon. There’s also been controversy based on statements from director Todd Phillips leading me to want to stay away from seeing this film. However, Joker is surprisingly good and Joaquin Phoenix does an excellent job bringing Joker to life.

Joker opens with Arthur Fleck (played by Joaquin Phoenix) being beaten up by a group of teenagers. Additionally, Arthur is mocked for his laughter at inappropriate times and how he lacks comedic timing. A stand up comedy clip is picked up and played on the Murray show where the host, Murray Franklin (played by Robert De Niro) mocks him openly on live TV. These scenarios along with his personal battles with being a caretaker to his mentally ill mother, are what contribute to Arthur’s descent into madness.

Joker’s release doesn’t come without controversy. As I mentioned, Todd Phillips made a statement about why he chose to abandon comedic movies to direct Joker. He said, “go try to be funny nowadays with this woke culture.” If your comedy is utilized in a way to be homophobic, transphobic or being offensive to a group of people, it’s not funny. There are plenty of comedic movies that don’t poke fun at a group of people. I disagree with what Phillips said and I think his point of view represents a growing group of people. The social justice movement is all about making people feel welcome to be themselves, yet there are opponents to this and Todd Phillips comment’s are appealing to those individuals.

The other controversy surrounding the Joker movie is the graphic violence. There are many white men in society who have committed mass shootings, so is it worth it for this film to be made? Showing a white man losing his grip on his sanity? My response is I believe this Joker film isn’t representative of this idea. The white, male shooters in these mass shootings are motivated by Donald Trump’s white supremacist rhetoric. The Joker helped create a political movement surrounding how the poor citizens in Gotham aren’t being taken cared of versus the rich who live lavishly. I’m not saying he’s correct in his ways, but I don’t believe the Joker is a white supremacist which is more along the political views among these mass shootings in our society.

Another point I want to discuss is how the Wayne family is portrayed. Usually, the Wayne family is seen as philanthropists and how they are one of the nicest families in Gotham. In the Joker movie, Thomas Wayne is a jack ass. He wants to “fix” the city, but also condemns poor people for being poor. It’s another side to the Wayne family that’s worth exploring. It’s not meant to make the Joker a nice person, but to demonstrate how rich people are profiting off poor people and not paying a living wage. This addition into the movie is something I liked because it has real world meaning with the divide between the upper, middle and lower class.

Joker is a movie I never thought I would like. I wish DC had their shit together when it comes to their movie universe. Both me and my fiance think Joaquin would be able to hold his own going up against Batman even if it’s Robert Pattinson. Despite the controversy, I do recommend seeing this in theaters to determine your own opinion on the film. Let’s discuss in the comments once you have seen it. 

 

Colorado Road Trip

In two and a half weeks, I will be taking a road trip to see a friend in Colorado. The exciting part is viewing autumn colors, but also seeing a new state. Colorado has been a bucket list trip idea partially because of the scenery and the hiking trails. I have known college friends who have moved out to Colorado and don’t have anything negative to say. If any of my readers have ever been to Colorado and have suggestions for me of places to see, please comment your recommendations below. 

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Beautiful Rocky Mountain picture. Photo from Pixabay, free images. 

With this trip, I have actively chosen to drive versus fly. The driving time will be 13 hours one way. For some, this would be dreadful, but for me, I enjoy to drive. I put on my favorite podcast and I have control of making stops along the way. It’s an achievement to say that I drove 26 hours all by myself. I will say if I do make a return trip to Colorado, I will fly, but because I have never been, I want to drive the distance.

The current trip itinerary includes:

  • Visiting Boulder, Colorado
  • Casa Bonita from South Park
  • Rocky Mountain National Park
  • 16th St. Mall
  • Some dispensary 🙂
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Durango, Colorado. Image from Pixabay: free images. 

In between my trip, I have been checking out Atlas Obscura for unique things to do while I’m in Colorado. I would love geeky ideas including escape rooms, comic book stores etc. while I’m there. I’m going to bold this again, but if you have any geeky Colorado recommendations of activities I must do please please please make a comment on my blog post. 

This will definitely be my last trip of 2019. This will allow me to save for future traveling in 2020. I’m counting down the days until I see the beautiful Rockies in person.

 

My Love / Hate Relationship with MtG Arena

Throne of Eldraine was released last weekend in spite of the fact I wasn’t able to attend. My brother was kind enough to snag me a pre-release kit when he played on Saturday. I opened it on Sunday and was disappointed in some of my pulls. In my pre-release kit was a code for six free Throne of Eldraine boosters on Magic the Gathering: Arena. This caused me to re-download Arena even though I had already uninstalled it twice from my laptop. I have mixed feelings around Arena which caused me to type this post today.

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My online profile. Screen shot taken by me through MtG Arena. 

I first downloaded Arena because of time. I barely have time after work to exercise, cook dinner, do laundry and go to sleep. Playing Magic in person, at a local game store, doesn’t fit into my after work routine. I appreciate the convenience of logging into my account and getting matched with another player in the comfort of my apartment. Completing the daily tasks is motivating due to the reward of extra coins. This in turn can be spent on booster packs. It’s a way where I can earn cards without having to put actual money into the format. That’s about the only positive things I can say towards Arena. 

It boggles my mind how there isn’t a mobile version of Arena. It would be 1000 times easier for me to get a game of Magic in on my lunch break versus having to pull out my laptop after a long day at work. Many other competitive card games utilize a phone app including Eternal published by Dire Wolf. Many other Magic players would play Arena if it was available as an app. For a well established, gaming company, Wizards of the Coast has been missing the mark in terms of making Arena accessible.

Another mild inconvenience is Arena takes up a bit of memory. I don’t have a gaming laptop, so my memory is precious. Arena has many network patches and updates which causes the game to grow in size. This helps with the realism of the game, but also doesn’t work the best for me. If Arena was available in a mobile platform, I could play the game on my phone versus my limited capacity on my laptop.

My last negative critique in Arena is the game has a few glitches. I have played in games before where my “hand” or my seven cards in my hand doesn’t load. Therefore, the game can’t continue. I have had to concede numerous games where this happens and it’s annoying.

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Throne of Eldraine Deck Building. Photo screen shot taken by me.

At this moment, Arena is front and center on my home screen. I’m getting enough boosters to build a Throne of Eldraine Black / White Knight deck. I’m hoping to use that deck in standard play if I obtain enough Black & White cards. Arena has kinks to work out, but it has loads of potential to become a legitimate, online gaming experience. If only Wizards of the Coast would listen to their fans.

 

Always – My Harry Potter Tattoo

I have known about my future Harry Potter tattoo since high school. In February, we took a family vacation to Orlando to see Universal Studios specifically “the Wizarding World of Harry Potter.” It was an amazing trip and I hope to go back in the next couple of years. Once I got back, I started giving my tattoo a lot more thought.

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Hearing the noise of the Tattoo machine. Taken by my friend through snapchat. 

In April, I started researching tattoo places in the Minneapolis area. I specifically was looking for any artist who specialized in colored ink. My tattoo idea was the blue / white ghostly stag of Harry’s patronus with a whisp of blue at the bottom leading into the Deathly Hallows symbol. I found Jackalope Tattoo located in South Minneapolis and I was impressed by the variety of artists they had on their staff. Each artist specialized in a different art technique meaning I could find someone who meshed with my idea. I clicked with Amo Azure, due to their profile which included bright art and watercolor infused tattoos. Amo was professional, direct and knowledgeable about where my tattoo should go on my body and what it would look like.

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Outline is done! Picture taken by my friend through snapchat. 

When I arrived, Amo was ready for me and my friend. I wasn’t nervous about the pain of the tattoo until I heard the tattoo machine turn on. One fact I learned while getting my tattoo is to never use the term “tattoo gun” because it’s a prison slang term, instead using tattoo machine. When I describe how it felt getting my tattoo, I would say it’s a cat scratch on a sun burn. This was advice given to me from two of my friends when I asked how does getting a tattoo feel. The higher up on my shoulder, the more it hurt. The color hurt the most because there were more needles than the black ink. After an hour and a half, I was done and super satisfied with my tattoo.

I’m waiting anxiously for the tattoo to fully heal, but I’m thrilled with the finished design. One of the benefits of putting my tattoo on my shoulder blade is that I can see it in the mirrors when I work out. It gives me an extra boost during my workout. My only regret is not getting the tattoo done sooner.

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The finished tattoo! Picture taken by my friend. 

Birds of Prey Trailer Reaction

When I heard DC was filming a Birds of Prey movie with Harley Quinn leading the charge, I was skeptical. Suicide Squad was a fun movie, but had inconsistencies including the over the top performance by Jared Leto. I didn’t mind Margot Robbie’s version of Harley, I hated how she was dressed in the movie. It’s ironic because I have cosplayed Suicide Squad Harley multiple times this year. However, I bought the “Daddy’s Little Monster” crop top at good will for $3 and if that’s not thrifty cosplay, I don’t know what is. The first trailer of Birds of Prey was released in the beginning of September. Here are my thoughts when I watched the trailer.

As I was ten seconds into the trailer, I realized they used the same “clown”? trailer music as It Chapter #2. That was probably intentional as this trailer was shown during the previews when I went to see It Chapter #2 yesterday.

I will admit Harley’s new neon outfit is fun. It’s a departure from the “jester” origins, and it doesn’t look as hyper-sexualized like the Suicide Squad movie portrayed her as. She has her mallet which is certainly Harley’s weapon of choice, and I still like the eyeliner black heart on her cheek. She comes into camera saying, “I’m so  f****** over clowns.” I’m glad the DC cinematic movies are bringing her into their universe, while allowing her to get away from being the Joker’s side kick.

We see a short clip of Mary Elizabeth Winstead as Huntress who I think looks bad ass. She takes off her hood and we can see the cross bow being unleashed on an unseen enemy. Right after the appearance of Huntress, there’s a clip a clip of Black Canary in golden leather pants. Ewan McGregor was cast as Black Mask and I adore him, so I’m into it. He looks like a douche bag, spoiled rich boy and even though it doesn’t seem like Black Mask from the comics, I’m still interested in how he plays his role.

The Bird’s of Prey logo appears and that’s when we can see some of the cast members walking around in what appears to be an abandoned warehouse. Towards the end of the trailer, Harley is sucking on a lollipop with the words “see you soon” flashing on screen which signals the end of the trailer.

As a fan, I do my best to reserve judgement. I have been proven wrong on casting choices too many times to count. As a prominent DC fan, I can’t wait for this movie. It screams girl power while also adding diversity to the casting choices. Birds of Prey is one of my most anticipated movies in 2020.