Along this Winding Road…

The book that started me on my path to greatness...

I have been meaning to update my site with a new blog post for a long time now. I haven’t written a blog post because I just could not think of anything witty or clever to write about.I thought about writing something angry again, something intended to just piss people off. However I just have not been that angry lately.  I need to write something though, I cannot just keep waiting for inspiration to find me.

So let me write once more about my life, and the winding road I find myself traveling down.

Last year was not a great year for Ian. I started the year dirt broke and working at Mcdonalds. At least when I worked at Mcdonalds I still lived in the Lansing apartment. Then summer hit and against all odds I actually got laid off from Mickey D’s. It was something completely unexpected and it came at the worst possible time. I was in the process of finding a new place to live and the sudden loss of income made my choices very limited. So I ended up moving in with my mom. I intended this to be a very temporary situation. It turns out my laziness was much stronger than my good intentions so I spent most of the rest of the year sitting alone in Olivet.

This ended up being mostly depressing for me and had a large impact on my self esteem. It was good to get close to my Mom and Step-dad again as well as to just have some time to relax, however every time I thought of my life living at home being jobless I would slightly hate myself on the inside.

Just writing about my life can be depressing, thankfully this story actually has a moderately happy ending.

Once winter fell things started to turn around for me quite drastically.  It started at RedditGifts.com of all places. This is a website where you can join a Secret Santa program with other fine folks across the internet. The site sorts everyone out and selects a random person to give you a gift and another random person who you must give a gift too.  Nobody sets any limits on how much can be spent, or not spent. It is all meant to be just good fun.

The person who I was selected to give a gift to was a gay man who used Reddit mostly for looking at “Bear” porn. At first I thought this was funny because back in my days as a gay man the bear community seemed to have a keen interest in the young and furry Ian. Then I started to realize I had no idea what to buy for this guy. I thought maybe he would appreciate some self pictures of me, but then I realized I was just being full of myself again. I didn’t know how I felt about buying a stranger actual porn and sending it to them through the mail. I wasn’t even sure if that was legal, though it would have been rather funny. Instead I waited to the last minute (like usual) and sent him an Amazon gift card. It was not creative but everyone can find something they like no Amazon.

I waited for a while for my package and when I received it in the mail I was quite excited indeed. It was like I was a Kid again, over time I had grown to know what to expect from my family and friends in terms of gifts but this was new. This was a stranger who did not know me personally but he knew more about me than most people probably ever could if he researched my Reddit profile closely enough.  So when that truck pulled up to the house and the driver got out with a box in his hand I was brimming with anticipation. I spent no time taking the package back to my room and promptly tearing the box open. Inside of it was an Amazon gift wrapped box. At this point I knew I had spent to much on the gift I sent out, the gift card I spent couldn’t buy a gift this large not to mention the additional cost for gift wrapping. No matter how much anticipation had built up what lied inside of that box still blew me away.

It was a Blue Snowball USB microphone. The person who sent me this gift had bought me the perfect gift. I had been podcasting for years but had always just used my cheap headset microphone. I had thought many times about upgrading to something that sounded better but I always opted instead to spend my money on things that seemed more important. This cycle would never have ended, and I might have never known what a good mic can do for my voice. Now, thanks to this stranger somewhere on the internet I would be able to get my voice out across the network in the clearest way it had ever been heard before. I was blown away. It was something I had always wanted that I never would have bought for myself. It filled me with a sense of goodwill I thought I would never feel again. This feeling is what prompted me to sign up on redditgifts.com to be a regifter, to buy some other new stranger who got nothing from their first match the gift they deserved (which is another story altogether, this post is about me.)

About a week after getting the amazing gift I had gotten an email from a local web hosting company which I had been applying to for a job. I had an interview scheduled for the day after my birthday. This did mean I could not be completely hungover that day but it also meant I might have a chance at a completely sweet job. The interview went well enough, I was completely nervous and thought I had screwed the entire thing up. They told me they would be in touch and I expected that meant I would not hear from them. The last time I had interviewed at this company they called me two weeks later to tell me I had not gotten the job. I figured it would take at least that long to hear from them and decided to go out to a movie with an old friend. Not even 3 hours later as I was walking into the movie theater my phone rang, I thought it was my brother calling at first since his name popped up on the screen so I answered in the most inappropriate way possible. Turns out it was the HR department at Liquid Web letting me know they had decided to hire me and that I would be started the next week. My brother works for the company so the corporate number was assigned to him in my phone, thankfully they said nothing about my strange greeting.

It was the day after my birthday, I was spending time with an old friend I had not seen in years, about to go do something I love and had just recieved some of the best news I had gotten in a long time. It didn’t even matter what movie I was about to see, I was going to enjoy the time I had that day. This was the start of something new for me, a chance to get out of the rut I had been in for so long. I could see the path ahead of me start to brighten up again. After years of jobs that would go nowhere and opportunities squandered I had this chance to prove I was worth a damn.

The next few months went by slowly. The job was going great, as I expected it would. I was able to buy a truck with the help of my Mom and I started having money coming in every week. Slowly my confidence was building, slowly I was starting to feel more like myself again. After almost 6 months of having gainful employment, and a ride, I decided to finally make the move to getting my own place to live. I must say my decision was guided by the fact that my little sister was moving back home. Not that I do not want to live with her but she was going to kick me out of the room I had been staying in which meant moving into the camper, something I did not want to do. I found a place fairly quickly and moved in that same week.

That leaves me where I am now, sitting here in my shiny new apartment writing a blog post that is long overdue. This is the first time in my life I have had my very own place. Sure I decided to bring on a roommate as well but the lease is in my name and I can actually afford to pay for it on my own. Not once in my life have I ever been completely self sufficient and it feels fucking fantastic.

Life is good, at least for now.

 

Green Glasses Weekly – Episode 3 – Unstable Political Mines

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Hello Hello again good world! We have another brilliant podcast for you to massage your ears with this week. This time around we fiddled with the format a little, increased the bitrate and stereo-ized the whole production so it will be like an orgasm for your mind!

If you want a summary of what you will be hearing check out the song selections below. We also talked a bit about an epic independent game called Minecraft that has been rocking our collective world lately as well as some serious government-shit that has been pissing us off. We allowed you fine folks to comment on our question of the week and even went so far as to read your responses on the show, so keep an eye out for that.

Question of the Week:
With all of the crazy budget cuts going on over in Wisconsin these days and similar budget cuts being proposed by Michigan’s own Governor Synder, how do you feel about education funds dropping and teachers salaries being cut? Is sacrificing the schools worth balancing the budget?

http://www.minecraft.net/ – Where to go to buy and play the most excellent independent game, Minecraft!
http://www.minecraftwiki.net/ – The best place to figure out how to play Minecraft. Tutorials, Crafting Recipes and Descriptions of everything you will find in your new blocky land.
The Daily Show for March 03, 2011 – The inspiration for our epic question of the week.
Upgrading from MSDOS 5.0 to Windows 7 –  A pretty awesome video about Microsoft’s amazing backwards compatibility throughout the years.

This Weeks Song Selections:

1.) “Courtship Date” by Crystal Castles from their Self Titled Album
http://crystalcastles.com/

2.) “Try it Again” by Mark Spurlock from Creepers Gotta Creep
http://www.squidrock.com/creeper/

3.) “1724” by Sohodolls from Ribbed Music for the Numb Generation
http://www.last.fm/music/Sohodolls

 

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Green Glasses Weekly – Episode 2 – Ganon FTW

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Alright, second podcast in the bag! It’s a good feeling and only 8 weeks too late!

Yeah, I completely meant for this to be a weekly podcast. I failed in every sense of the word. However we are back for round two and with new determination to boot! This week I am joined by my good friend Jon Brandt. Jon has been a friend of mine for a long time now and it was great to be able to get him to throw his opinions in for this one. Seemed so much less lonely.

In this episode we talk about the future of GGP a bit, and look back a little about the past. I implore you all to watch the show Fringe. Then we talked Fallout for a while and had a nice conversation about who would win a battle, Ganon or Bowser, thanks to our call in guest Cameron Bulock!

Don’t forget about the songs you can enjoy while listening, check out this weeks playlist.

Twilight Omens – Franz Ferdinand

The Last Man in Space – Violet Sedan Chair

The Origin of Love – Hedwig and the Angry Inch

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Green Glasses Weekly – Episode 1 – Walk in the Rain

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Hello All! Thanks for reading this page and hopefully listening to the podcast. Green Glasses Weekly is a new podcast from Green Glasses Productions. It is about everything and nothing. However if you like music and some strange man talking about things you probably don’t care about then this is the place to hear it!

I hope I can provide this show for  you every week as much as I hope somebody out there takes the time to listen.

Here is some of what you will here in this ol’ podcast.

Freezepop – Duct Tape My Heart
What a great song! I sincerely suggest you check out Freezepop’s online store. They just released a new album and have that plus tons of goodies available. Of course you can also buy their previous albums. It is good stuff so please go spend some money!

The Boy Least Likely To – Be Gentle With Me
If you are tired of the traditional depressing music that most indie bands seem to put out you should really check out The Boy Least Likely To. They even have a free track available on their site right now for the holidays!

Yoko Kanno & The Seatbelts – Rain
If you have not watched Cowboy Bebop you are depriving yourself of not only a great anime but one of the best science fiction series ever created. Yoko Kanno does some great soundtrack work on a lot of anime but this song is one of my favorites ever. It is even greater in the context of the show.

Braid
Please go download this plus 4 other great games from humblebundle.com you will be grateful you did!

If you want to be on the show or have suggestions for me. Please leave me a message at +1(517)325-3771 or email me Ian@Green-Glasses.com

Thanks for listening!

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The Summer of Ian…

…has begun.

In the constant struggle to improve my own life and make myself something more than I am. I realize that setting my goals too high is a huge mistake.

I can’t change my diet overnight, I can’t become a famous filmmaker in just one year.

It is all about taking those small steps now. The little steps towards something bigger.

This summer should be a great one. For the first time in years my mind is not clouded with addiction. I have a stable job and a good place to live. I am reconnecting with lost friends. Things just seem to be falling into place exactly how they need to. I am hoping to see a few short films made this summer, more great podcasts to be released.

If things work how I would like them to, this summer is going to be a great launching point for things to come. It is very exciting for me. I feel as if I am finally out of the hole I have been in all this time.

Wish me luck as I try to enjoy this ride.