12/31 – 2016 In… Remembrance?

(image from Last Week Tonight with John Oliver)

2016 is coming to an end, and I would just like to say, THANK FRIGGING GOD IT’S FINALLY OVER. There has been far too much negativity and pessimism and death for one year to handle, but that sure didn’t stop the powers that be from wreaking havoc on everyone and everything, across all aspects of life. This year has been an abnormally dire year in the public consciousness, and let’s just hope and pray that 2017 won’t be a continuation of what has happened throughout the past 12 months.

But I am not here to talk and dwell all about that, today. Instead, with the year at an end, I’d like to take some time to reflect on some of the things that happened in 2016 that effected me, personally. Because for all the bad that happened in 2016, there was a lot of good… or, at least in one aspect, surreal. Make that two aspects.

Let’s start with what’s been going on with me, personally. I’m getting close to wrapping up school, and this year for school has been… well, /mostly/ good. I’m a solid B-average student, and my grades for this past year show, save for a few slips here and there, be it for technical difficulties or just my own crippling depression. No, but really, I’ve had some good months of school, with work not being as obtrusive as it used to be with university.

And speaking of work, I ended up making a big change, leaving my old hotel houseman job for… well, another hotel houseman job. But this was something I really needed to do; I was working as a houseman, making sure everything is tide and cleaned and ready for the morning, as well as an airport shuttle driver, all in the overnight hours of 11pm until 7am. Very little sleep came out of this, and it was starting to really effect my work performance. I had a steady job with solid pay, but I was burned out and just done, so in June, I quit. My old boss, though, had quit months prior to start up a new hotel in the city, and a lot of us jumped ship to that place, myself included. The only thing I didn’t anticipate was that I would be sitting at home for four months, because the new hotel wasn’t ready to open yet. Now that it’s open, it’s a pretty nice place, but MAN, is it dead slow right now. Which I’m totally cool with. I’m working better hours, in the morning and evening, but there’s a catch to it: I had to take a $1.50/hour pay cut /and/ I’m work less hours. I’ll just leave this as a “to be continued” because I really don’t know how this’ll end up for me.

Going from one kind of work to another, you may have noticed I plug a lot of things on my feed, seeing how I’m part of a (still rather small) media review site, Surreal Resolution. In the ashes of Toonami United, a phoenix rose and gave life to a new venture and opportunity for us all… but really, we just wanted to do something different and more widespread. And so far, it’s been a pretty slow start, going through growing pains and figuring out what works and what doesn’t. On my end, I’ve done a lot already, covering three anime shows of the fall season (more on that in a moment), reviewing the third Evangelion/Rebuild movie, Pokemon Sun and Moon, and even being part of a music podcast where we just mess around and talk shop about the music we’ve been listening to. It’s pretty good, you should all give it a listen sometime.

It’s no secret that I’m a big wrestling fan, given how much I talk about it on any given day. So can I say just how strangely back and forth this year has been for wrestling? You had some real great parts of the year with WWE, like the introductions of Bobby Roode, TJ Perkins, Cedric Alexander, Roderick Strong, AJ Styles, and SHINSUKE NAKAMURA, the main champions being Nakamura, Styles, and Kevin Owens, the continued greatness that are the NXT Takeover shows, a really fun 10-week tournament in the Crusierweight Classic, just seeing KOTA IBUSHI appear at the CWC and on NXT, and even an 86-second squash match with Goldberg making quick work out of, say it with me now, BRRRRRRRRRROCK…LLLLLLLLLESNARRRRRRRR!!!!! Granted, WWE hasn’t been perfect, given the dullness of Raw and SmackDown, the “ehh I guess I’ll watch it” feel to their PPVs, and WrestleMania 32. Just… ugh, what a daft show that was. But beyond WWE, if I could explain wrestling in 2016 with one image, it would be that of the only thing keeping me interested in the zombified corpse that is TNA: Broken. Matt. Hardy. Gimmick of the century, and what a DELIGHTFUL gimmick it truly is.

Some pretty interesting events happened to me this year, as well, for varying reasons: I went to New York City for the second time ever and saw Dream Theater perform at Radio City Music Hall. I got into my first real car accident thanks to a truck going wayyyyyyy too fast down the road and knocking my car out in the headlight, and I ended up selling that car and getting another one out of it. I celebrated 3 years together with my boyfriend, and lamented the death of the American electoral system as we know it. I discovered a show that quickly became one of my favorites ever, the recent anime series Yuri!!! On ICE, and decided to go all-in on my vinyl snob side by getting a real quality turntable. I became hopelessly lost in the wonderful world that is Overwatch, awakening the gaming side of me that only comes out when there’s a new Pokémon game, and I also grew lost in the latest Pokémon entries, Sun and Moon. I also took some time out in the real world by going to a bowling alley and a local pub to catch some UFC fights, which would’ve been better if they weren’t so crowded. But I can’t fault UFC for being hot, this year.

In a way, this has been a very extreme year of highs and lows, not just for me but for a lot of people. There’s too much doom and gloom for me to go into detail over, but I think we can all agree that 2017 has to be a step up over this goddamn year.

I mean, it has to be, right?

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