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A Facebook Thingy Before Christmas

December 19, 2016

As I prepare for Christmas and cool down from finishing my Fall semester at CCBC, I thought I would post this Facebook thing that I beefed up.  We had snow and then freezing rain on Saturday and it was more annoying than dangerous even though there was a huge crash south of the city.  I am getting excited for Christmas as the presents I bought for people start arriving in the mail.  Posts will continue as scheduled even as I go to Shepherdstown this week.

Four names I go by:

1. Steven

My given name. It means “He who is crowned.” I love my name even though it is often used to for a random name to call lame guys in fiction. However, Eddie Izzard often uses it for a name to call characters and does not mistreat the name. I believe that spelling it with a “v” is the right way to spell it even if Stephen came about first in history.

2. Steve

I used to hate this shortened version of my name but I have learned to like it. It is so quick and casual. A lot of good friends have called me by this shortened version. However, I now have a friend/family member who goes by Steve and is in the tabletop gaming group I am in. This creates confusion but somehow we manage. I end up being Steve 2 sometimes.

3. Wolf of Words

You are reading this blog right now. It has also become my new gamer tag when I need one. If you see WolfofWords holding a gym in Pokemon Go, that is me. As I explained earlier, the wolf is a part of my family history because my family is crazy. My mom taught us to howl at the full moon because her aunt taught her to do it. I am also devoted to stories and words as a writer, an avid consumer of fiction and a student of the law.

4. KM/King

While I was in New Jersey, I created a gamer tag called Mengi around the time I created this blog. It was created for a game called StarPirates which had a great community. There was a guy in our little group playing the game who called himself LordTyrion and, to tweak his nose, I renamed myself KingMengi to outrank him. I stuck with the name through a couple games and that’s why it appears as my twitter and WordPress username.

Four places I’ve lived

1. Baltimore, Maryland

I love Baltimore. It is the city where I was born and where I have lived for 24 years (not consecutive). I love so many great places in Baltimore and I learn more and more things about it every day. If you keep reading this blog, you will find me talking about Baltimore over and over.

2. Sussex, New Jersey

Sussex is a small town in New Jersey jammed up near the borders of Pennsylvania and New York. Even though it is nearly two hours from New York City, it is still in the NYC Metropolitan area because that area is gigantic. I worked at a theater called Tri-State Actors Theater here and I lived in the back of a framing shop. The place was a little town with a two-block main street surrounded by farmland and mountains. Still, the local children were frightened of the urban dangers it might contain.

3. Matamoras, Pennsylvania

When I first moved up to work at Tri-State Actors Theater, I lived at the owner’s house just over the border in Pennsylvania. At first, I had no car and I was at the mercy of what rides were offered by the people whom I was living with. Once I had my first real car, I remember driving there really late at night. Once, I was driving over the mountain to get home and there was nearly a foot of snow on the ground and I spun out near the top. After I recovered my wits, I continued to drive. I was really stupid sometimes back then.

4. Shepherdstown, West Virginia

In the last few years, my mother moved to West Virginia along with my new stepfather. (Although, not so new anymore.) It is a great place to be as it is far from the hustle and bustle of the city and I never experienced that, even in Sussex. I worked at the house there for two years on several projects for the family business and I continue to visit for holidays.

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This Week in Steves 2

February 18, 2015

TWS


Steve, the main character from Minecraft

Yes, the default sprite for the player in Minecraft is named Steve.  Technically he’s called “Steve?” but I’ll accept it.  When I get a new video game, I usually fall head over heels for it (unless I hate it right away) and I play nothing else for weeks.  Minecraft amplified that feeling three-fold and I fell really, really hard for Minecraft.  Never before had I seen a game combine creativity with adrenaline surging fear.  I liked that the whole world pretty much wanted to kill my character while I was just trying to collect building materials.  It made creating things all the more satisfying whenever I finished anything.  I would sketch designs on paper and plan out building projects.  The simplistic graphics did not make me any less afraid as things waited for me in the near impenetrable darkness.

There’s not much character inherent in Steve? so I can’t really relate to him.  I will say that I loved and still love to build safe bunkers in Minecraft which slowly morph into basement apartments that just happen to be connected to gaping underground murder tunnels.  For larger projects I always went with castles.  I love castles so much and designing my ideal castle is still one of my favorite evolving projects.


Steve, The Italian Job (2003)

The Italian Job was a movie that could really have been mediocre.  After all, it stars Marky Mark himself, a guy who is very hit or miss as a movie star.  It is also a remake of a late sixties movie which I never saw but I assume it was at least decent.  I really liked the movie and I thought that much of it was very cleverly done.  Without giving too much away, it’s a pretty straightforward revenge/heist movie.  Marky Mark actually pulls off a good performance and makes a pretty convincing honorable criminal.  In fact, so did Donald Sutherland, Mos Def, Seth Green and Jason Statham all of whom are usually at least entertaining.  Then there’s a perfectly competent Charlize Theron to round out the cast.

But wait, we’re forgetting about the antagonist who is named Steve with no last name mentioned so basically he’s like Cher.  He’s played by Ed Norton who I’ve been a fan of since I first saw him way back in the nineties.  He’s a fellow Baltimorean after he was saved from the fate of growing up in Boston and raised in Columbia.  I always feel a greater respect (or shame) for a celebrity when I find out they’re from my area.  Steve is a manipulative, intelligent but definitely a bit of an asshole.  He gets the upper hand pretty early in the movie and keeps it through to the end.  I wish I could be five steps ahead like Steve is through most of the movie but without the asshole part.


Stone Cold Steve Austin

I was born in the early eighties and I became a pro-wrestling fan in the mid nineties so I was in the correct demographic for the rise of Steve Austin in the WWF.  I didn’t follow his career in WCW when he hung out with Brian Pillman as the Hollywood Blonds.  I did watch it later and I was impressed with what the guy could do as a fairly young talent.  He arrived in the WWF after a stint in ECW and they instantly made him The Ringmaster which was ridiculous.  They wasted a charismatic guy on a dead-end character with a dead-end storyline and he didn’t even get to interact correctly with a legend like Ted Dibiase when the opportunity was right there.  Eventually the Attitude era hit and Stone Cold Steve Austin was unleashed.

Steve ran rampant over the whole company as soon as he embraced his Texas-sized attitude and fought every single member of the roster.  Eventually, he found his ultimate opponent in Vince McMahon.  He fulfilled the wishes of every disgruntled employee in the world who at least occasionally wanted to torment their boss and kick his ass.  Steve made few friends and a whole laundry list of enemies.  He never backed down from a fight and neither the law nor injury could keep him down for long.  I try to harness some of that energy and attitude for good.  I should probably stand up for myself a little more.


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