Nuzlocke Challenge Biscuit (1)

I decided to embark on a Pokemon Nuzlocke challenge. They are self imposed rules designed to make the game tougher.  Rule 1) you can only catch the first pokemon you encounter in an area. If that pokemon faints then you can’t catch anymore until you reach a new area.   Rule 2) if your pokemon faints then it is dead.  Must go in the PC or get released.

My game of choice is Leaf Green for the Nuzlocke.

I chose Bulbasuar as the starter because he is good for the 1st 2 gyms but he is not powerful overall.

The first pokemon I caught was a Pidgey.

I was moving along and i was excited to encounter a Caterpie which I did catch.  I wanted this caterpie to blossom into a ButterFree so I could use it’s psychic moves.    Unfortunately, when he was a metapod he died.   My first casualty.

I moved my way through the game and my main 2 were my Bulbasaur and my Pidgey.  They soon evolved so they were Ivysaur and Pigeotto.   I was able to catch many Rattata and spearow.   Not lucky enough to encounter a Jigglypuff.     When I got to Cerulean city I ran into a Sandshrew which I caught!   I was pumped.  Sandshrew has great defense and Sandslash is a strong pokemon.

I continued to move through the game.   Ivysaur, Pigeotto, Sandslash, Geodude, Bellsprout.               My Sandslash made easy work of LT surge in Vermillion city.  I also caught a Diglett along the way.

I was able to battle my way through the dark cave, Pigeotto and Ivysaur doing most of the work.

My next blunder was when I entered Lavendar Town.   I should have trained my team a little bit more but I was feeling confident and I went to go fight my rival in the ghost tower.   His team was stronger than I thought and I did not have a good match up for his CHARMELEON!     I sent out my Sandslash to battle but little did I know his Charmeleon possessed the move “Metal Claw”    …. …..    Unfortunately, my Sandslash died in that battle.

I was hoping my Sandslash would stay with me for the long haul.

The game continues.   I still have my Ivysaur, Pigeotto, Machop (dark cave), Geodude, Bellsprout.

To be continued ……

Fathers and Sons

A tale by DJ ROBO BISCUIT 

I did not know my father growing up, but I did know he was a bad man.  It was tough growing up without my dad around.  And my mom was loving but also full of peculiarities.   Somedays she loved me and somedays she seemed to despise me.  But I don’t blame her.   She is one of many moms put in that strange predicament.  She was a warrior.  But you could still see her trauma.

In 2018, there were 4 million births; there were 90,000 rapes; and 4,000 reported babies caused by rape.   Those numbers changed greatly.  Here in the year 2035 we have 5 million births, 100,000 rapes and 50,000 babies born from rape.  Ever since they banned the abortions, the numbers have been going up.

And that is me, a “rape baby.”  It happened one night, in a dark alley, my dad got her.  She has told me that she had wished could abort but it was illegal.  But she also told me she was glad she had me.  Sometimes it is confusing!  And she would always mention the “Good ol’ days” when women were allowed to abort.

Tuesday nights I have my RBA meetings.  Rape Baby Anonymous.  Many of the guys and girls there are my age.  We were part of the “first wave” of rape babies.  We sit around and stare at each other.  We talk about it.   What it is like to not know our fathers, but of course to know he was a rapist.  Many of our moms are in rough shape, they are tough but many of them still have some trauma from the rape.  None of us know our dads.

But one day I decided to do something about it.   It was time for a DNA test.  Believe it or not, the government has initiatives to help kids find their fathers.

The results came back, and guess what?  I have 2 brothers!   They live in different states but it’s amazing to know I am not an only child.  One of them lives in New York City and the other lives in Orlando.  I guess dad was able to move around huh?

And of course, the results showed me my dad: Anthony Pelbis.    It’s a weird last name, Pelbis.   And my dad is locked up, but not for rape.  Looks like he was locked up for Burglary.  I guess good ol’ dad was a career criminal.   He was in prison only one state away.  I asked Mom, but she didn’t want to see him.

I drove to the prison.  I wanted to meet my father.

I sit down in front of the glass and grab the phone.  He is not very tall but he is strong.  He has a big nose and he has a large scar across his cheek which is very distinctive.   I know he is not a good guy but I can’t help but notice I do look like him.

“Well, I heard you were my son?”

“Hello Anthony, that is right.”

“Yeah, you don’t have to call me Dad or anything.  Unless you want to of course.  What’s your name?”

“My name is Albert.”

“Albert huh?  That is a fine name.   You know, you do kind of look like me!”

“How much do you know Anthony?”

“Oh about what?”

“About me and about mom?  And about your family?”

“Well, I know have at least one son, yourself.  And I don’t really have much family except for my brother.”

“Well actually Anthony, there are more of me.”

Anthony’s eyes widened.

“Yeah Dad, you are actually a father of three.  I have 2 other brothers.”

“Woah. That is crazy!”

“I guess you were a busy man many years ago.”

“You know Albert we all make mistakes, and now I am locked up.”

“Can you tell me anything about Mom?  From when she was younger.”

” You know son, I really can’t say much.  Me and your mom were intimate only one time and it was not on her terms.”

… … … …

END OF TALE

(DJ ROBO BISCUIT)

Lemonade Boys (Rough Draft, The Story Continues)

The King sat down with Dr. Jenkins.  “Thank you for meeting with me today Dr. Jenkins.”

“Oh no problem Johnny.” Dr Jenkins was relaxed today.  “What did you want to ask me about?”

“I have some questions about business.”

“Oh okay.  What kind of questions?”

“Well I want your advice on how to sell more of a product.  Just any kind of hypothetical simple product.”

Dr. Jenkins thought for a moment.  “Well, I think customer service can be very important.   Customers will come back if they are happy with the service.”

“Well Dr. Jenkins how do I make sure that the product itself is the best that it can be?”

Dr. Jenkins smirked, “Have you considered having the product be something that is addictive?”

The King’s eyes lit up, “Oh no I haven’t.”

Dr. Jenkins continued, “Well it is only an idea.  People know that cigarettes are bad for them but they still smoke them.  It is the nicotine in the cigarettes, it is addictive and people can’t help themselves.  They want it too badly.  So if I had a product and my main goal was to just sell as much as possible, then I would consider to make my product addictive.  If the customers have an addiction to it then they can’t help themselves and they need to buy it.”

The King had a smile on his face.  “Thank you very much Dr. Jenkins.”

(END OF POST, DJ ROBO BISCUIT)

Loser Guy Makes Horror Film (Documentary)

Just finished watching “AMERICAN MOVIE” and it was very good.  It is about a filmmaker named Mark and his goal is to finish his movie.

“I am a failure.” is the opening line of the movie and our main guy is Mark.  He has big dreams to make his films and he does not want to “be a nothing.”    I think he earns his money as a newspaper delivery guy.

The film is really entertaining and as it progresses you really are cheering for Mark to finish his movie and it is kind of amazing how he has so much support from the people in town.

The dialogue is funny and you really can’t make it up.   It really shows all of the difficulties involved in making a short low budget film.

It is called “American Movie” from 1999.  It is definitely worth a watch if you enjoy learning about films and you like underdogs!

(His horror movie itself is not super amazing but this documentary is really good)

-DJ ROBO BISCUIT

Lemonade Boys (The Competition) The Story Continues (rough draft)

The King and his boys were relaxing and having a good time at their hideout (which was a basement).

One of his boys came close to the King.  “Bossman, we have a report from the field.”

“Yes, go ahead.”

“Well, there is some guy and he is doing what we are doing.”

The King raised his eyebrow, “Oh?”   “Go on, tell me exactly what you are talking about.”

“It is this guy.  He has a wooden stand like we do.  And he is selling Apple juice, not lemonade.  He has two pitchers.   I have watched him multiple times.   Sometimes little kids go and buy something from him and sometimes older kids will go and buy stuff from him.   And he acts different if he is dealing with an older kid.    I think he is doing the same thing we are doing Bossman.”

The King was curious, “Do you know if he has more than one stand?”

The boy went on, “Not that I have seen.  I have only seen that one stand.”

The King looked around at his boys, “Well, this is very interesting.   Lug, Fudge come here.”

Lug and Fudge moved to him.  “What is it, Boss?”

“I want you two to go and meet this guy at his Apple Juice stand.  I don’t want any kind of roughness.  Just let him know that he needs to stop what he is doing and shut down.  Let me know what he says.”

“Sounds good Boss, we are on it.”

“One more thing, take this little guy with you since he knows where the apple juice stand is.”   The King looked at the boy.  “Good job young man.”

“Thank you Bossman.”


 

(The Next Day)

Lug and Fudge and young boy Jonny Fritz drove over to the Apple Juice stand.  It was in the suburbs.  It was a simple stand advertising “Apple J” on the board above it.  There was a young, clean-shaven teen working at the stand.  They approached him.

The young man smiled, “Hey.  How can I help you guys?”

Fudge spoke, “We are not here to buy.”

“Well then How can I help you?”

Lug looked at him, “What is your name?”

“Just who is asking?”

“Do you know who we are and who we work for?” Fudge asked him.

“I’m afraid not.  Should I?”   He just smiled.

Fudge squinted his eyes, “You know what you are doing out here.  Our Boss sent us.  We know about this operation of yours.  What is your name?”

“People call me Trey.”

Fudge got closer to him, “Well Trey, you need to stop what you are doing here.  You need to shut down this operation.”

He just smiled, “I’m sorry boys but I am not stopping.”

Fudge was making eye contact, “Our Boss sent us here to tell you to stop.  You got it?   Are you sure that is your response?”

Trey looked at them, “I am sure.  I have a good business going here and I’m not stopping. If you guys aren’t going to buy anything then I’ll have to ask you to be on your way.”

“Up to you.” Fudge said.    Lug and Fudge and young boy Jonny Fritz went back to their car and drove off.

Lug opened up his flip phone and dialed.

“Hello?”

“Hey King.  It’s Lug.”

The King’s voice came through, “What is the response?”

“No change sir.  He is going to stay open.” Lug spoke.

“Very well, I will have to take next steps.”   The King hung up.

Lug flipped his phone closed.    Fudge looked at him, “What did Bossman say?”

“He said we need to move to next steps.  I wonder what that means.”

The boys drove back to the hideout.   They had a meeting with the King and they planned their next move to deal with Trey.

To be continued … ….

END OF BISCUIT POST

Motivation, Sport, and Fulfillment (Biscuit Post)

It is a great thing to feel alive.   A person can feel alive when they are moving and breathing and really feeling it.   And a person feels alive when they are “in” something when they can be in the FLOW of something real.    And a person can feel fulfillment when they are achieving or when they are doing something at the highest level.

I have felt my highest levels of success and greatness on a tennis court.  Even though I am not a great player I have had moments of success and moments of purity.  I have had moments when the pressure is on to perform and I did it. I have had moments when I was on the brink of defeat, but I was able to fight back and overcome.  Or I have had moments when people did not expect me to win and I could do it.

People can feel fulfilled when they are making progress and achieving.  Tennis is a great vehicle for that kind of thing. It is an individual game where one person has to go up against another one person.  And the game has different ways of tracking a person’s skill.   It can be the “ranking” or it can be the “rating” but you often can figure out where you stand in the game.

There is also a certain magic to the game in that you have the ability to truly “defeat” your opponent or defeat another person.  It is just one-on-one and it is a battle of skill.  Your skills against theirs.  And I think it is a lovely thing because you don’t get to fight it out like that in the real world.  But on a tennis court you can be a gladiator and battle tooth and nail to defeat your opponent.     The game has ego too, a person can be a big talker and think they are “hot stuff” but the best thing is you can challenge that person and play them one-on-one.  If you beat them, what can they say?  They can make excuses, but you can play them again.   If you play a person and you beat them 3 or 4 times in a row, how many excuses can they make?    And other people can witness it too because usually tennis matches are played in public.

And the game is so mental.  There is so much mental fortitude needed to win tennis matches, especially against other good players.

I could go on forever.   But a person needs motivation and sometimes tennis can serve as the vehicle through which to motivate and inspire.

-DJ ROBO BISCUIT

Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri

An interesting film.  It was well shot (cinematography).  The plot is not overly complicated but the movie does have twists and turns.  The film has an interesting tone as well, definitely a “black comedy” as well as a drama.     The movie is an original idea and it is an entertaining film.   I don’t know if it is one of the BEST movies of 2017, but it was definitely a good movie and I would be willing to watch it a second time.

You might even like this film if you are from Missouri (or maybe maybe even North Carolina)

-DJ ROBO BISCUIT

Brigsby Bear 2017 (Biscuit Review)

Brigsby Bear is a unique and one of a kind film.     I thought I was going to be able to guess the movie based on the trailer but I was totally wrong.

The movie is really interesting and heart-warming.  I give it 2 thumbs up.    It is a comedy in some ways but it truly is more of a thoughtful drama.

If you have a taste for animated movies or kids tv from the 80s then you’ll like this film.

Kyle Mooney was great.  It is good to see new people making films.

If you like Indie movies or movies that are a little bit different then I do recommend Brigsby Bear.

-DJ ROBO BISCUIT

The Salaryman (Biscuit Fresh, Base)

The man awoke in his bed.

His eyes were heavy with sleep and his body was heavy with drink from the night before.

“Must get up.” The man murmured.

He arose.  He showered he dressed.  He had to move quickly to get to the train so he could get into the city.  He had to get to the office.

There were many men and women moving about.  All trying to get to their destination.    The man arrived at his corporation.   He moved into the elevator and curtly nodded to people he recognized.   As the elevator opened, the man made his way towards his cube.

He had a long day ahead.  He would have to work all day with an extra hour to finish his project.  Afterward he would meet his colleagues at a hostess bar so he could network and try to social climb.

 

The man is tired.  His life is often in a loop.  He must awake and go to work.  After work he goes to one of many bars to drink and socialize.  He then goes home so he can go to sleep and then wakes up and does it again.   He is the salaryman.

This man often does not have the time to think his own thoughts or to decide what is best for himself.   He must do what is best for his family but also what is best for society.  The hopes and dreams of one man do not compare to the needs of the whole society.

Sometimes the man considers to end the loop.  “Should I exit?”  The Salaryman thinks to himself.   He knew others had done it.  It was a tough choice to make.   Some men died because they had to work too much and there was not enough time for sleep.  Some men decided to take their own life and end the loop.   The man persisted as he hoped that slowly he could move towards a better life.

(End of post, biscuit, Salaryman)