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    Sender? I hardly know her!

    Sender? Damn near killed her...


    Corny jokes aside, I feel like it's time to shed the outer shell and compile a personal journal. I am RTSender, and I'll be your charismatic waiter serving you up a bit of information regarding the everyday life of...well...me.

    If you haven't noticed, I've personally dubbed myself as "infamous" for having too long-winded of posts. I apologize for that, and I'll be sure to work on that going forward. Other than that, feel free to point out any and all "grammatical bloopers" in my writing. This should be fun.

    Well, where to start? I suppose I'll give a Cliff's Notes of what transpired between the OLSUK forums going down and the OLSNexus starting up again. I remember at that time, I just came back from Italy on a study abroad program. Despite being incredibly lonely save for a handful of girls from my university making fun of me, I enjoyed the trip. Since then I had a bit of a crisis regarding my area of study; long story short, I ended up going from Bowling Green, Ohio back to my hometown of Cleveland, Ohio to get a job and continue my education on a part-time basis. I ended up working at an Italian restaurant at our local Little Italy and transferred from BGSU to Cleveland State. I'm still going strong at the restaurant; I bussed tables for seven months before management thought I would be a good bartender. I took some bartending classes and got the ever-so-sought-after "certificate of completion" before I started mixing drinks in December of last year. It's a good gig at this stage of my life; $10 plus tips is nothing to scoff at. As for my academic standpoint, I switched majors to international business from teaching. With a year to go, I gotta say that it was one of the better decisions of my life. If the chips fall my way, I'll have my bachelor's by my 24th birthday.

    By the time the forums started back up again, the biggest change I believe I've been through was that I got braces...again. I first got my braces when I was about 10 or 11 because I had an underbite and my top jaw was too small. So I had to wear an expander...whcih was brutally awful. The second time around I went without the expander...but I had to have surgery on my face last September. It took six weeks of sipping my food through a straw to heal, but I did it and I believe it's the best I've looked in a while.

    I believe that's enough background I'm willing to divulge (or remember to divulge, at least) right now. From here on out it should be day-to-day updates. Remember, I'm willing to accept any criticisms you all have

    Best wishes,

    RT
    A boy has the right to dream. There are endless possibilities stretched out before him. What awaits him down the path he will then have to choose; the boy doesn't always know. At some point the boy then becomes an adult, and learns what he was able to become. Joy and sadness will forever accompany this. He is confronted with a choice; when this happens, does he bid his past farewell in his heart? Once a boy becomes an adult, he can no longer go back to being a boy; the boy is now a man. Only one thing can be said: "A boy has the right to dream.". For those endless possibilities are stretched out before him.

    We must remember...all men were once boys.

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    Bump because I can. ^_^

    So today I got my haircut. It's been about two months since my last one; I've been telling myself that I shouldn't wait too long in-between cuts, but it is what it is. I've been getting the sides of my head tapered down while I leave the top of my head a bit longer. This lets me style the top of my head to a more traditional look, yet keeps me cool during the summer months. Plus it looks really good . Afterward, I got back on the golf bandwagon after a week of not playing and shot a round of nine to enjoy the weather. It was a nice walk, and I didn't do half bad (I shot a 42 on a par 35) so it was a good day. I'm currently watching the Cavs get their asses handed to them to the Golden State Warriors in the NBA Finals. If they weren't so banged up with injuries, this would be a different game. Still, I gotta give kudos to LeBron and the gang for making it this far.

    On the anime/manga front, I might finally pull the trigger on the One Piece manga either tonight or tomorrow. I've heard nothing but good things from my friend Reid about it, so i might as well take the plunge. It also helps that I went to Colassalcon and they kept praising One Piece and that it's remotely cohesive for a change, so that's a pretty good sign. Any confirmations from you guys would be appreciated.

    Looking ahead, remember when I said I got braces during the forum hiatus? Well...this Friday is the day the braces are coming off! Finally, after two YEARS of getting food stuck in my teeth, recovering from jaw surgery, and the inability to properly chew gum (I like gum. Sue me.), I can finally get rid of the metal in my mouth. For those of you who are curious, attached are a few snapshots of me pre-surgery and six weeks post-surgery. They're not my best looking, but again...it is what it is. If you've had braces, you can empathize how exciting it's going to be when I finally get them off. I'm so excited I just can't hide it!

    Looks like that's it for today. Tomorrow is the start of another work week for me, so I'll probably be back online tomorrow night at around 11:30 EST.

    Stay classy,

    RT
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    A boy has the right to dream. There are endless possibilities stretched out before him. What awaits him down the path he will then have to choose; the boy doesn't always know. At some point the boy then becomes an adult, and learns what he was able to become. Joy and sadness will forever accompany this. He is confronted with a choice; when this happens, does he bid his past farewell in his heart? Once a boy becomes an adult, he can no longer go back to being a boy; the boy is now a man. Only one thing can be said: "A boy has the right to dream.". For those endless possibilities are stretched out before him.

    We must remember...all men were once boys.

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    Another day, another nine hours of customer service. It was an overall steady day at the restaurant today, besides the fact that our outside seating area smelled like sewage due to the heavy rain we had in Cleveland this past weekend. We eventually cleaned up the mess, but it's always some sort of roadblock when it comes to the restaurant biz. The good news was that I got off earlier than usual, so that's the reason I'm posting this entry easlier than I anticipated. Tomorrow we have our favorite kind of parties: a party of 55 outside for a rehearsal dinner. Yay...

    On the way home I had the temptation of going to Taco Bell for food like I used to do, but I guess I'm starting to get to that age when I can't absorb a half-dozen bean burritos and stay slim. It's not like I'm letting myself go or anything, but I can feel a shift in my metabolism, so I might as well be careful. It's because of this that I've started to wean myself off of pop and other sweet drinks in favor of naturally flavored soda water, swigging beer in favor of a little bit of sipping scotch at night, and potato chips in favor of something I stumbled upon at my local Earthfare organic supermarket; it's called Brad's Raw Crunchy Kale (attached below), which basically amounts to dried kale leaves lightly mixed with various nuts and spices. Save for the odd green leaf getting stuck in your teeth, I recommend them to anyone.

    Speaking of teeth...two more days until the braces go away. Did I mention I was excited? Probably because it's the only exciting part of my life right now. Heh heh.

    Tune in next time for more mundane shenanigans.

    All the hugs in the world,

    RT
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    A boy has the right to dream. There are endless possibilities stretched out before him. What awaits him down the path he will then have to choose; the boy doesn't always know. At some point the boy then becomes an adult, and learns what he was able to become. Joy and sadness will forever accompany this. He is confronted with a choice; when this happens, does he bid his past farewell in his heart? Once a boy becomes an adult, he can no longer go back to being a boy; the boy is now a man. Only one thing can be said: "A boy has the right to dream.". For those endless possibilities are stretched out before him.

    We must remember...all men were once boys.

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    Sender's log, stardate 06202015 (let me know if you want this to be a thing )

    (Any colored text is my way of attempting to trigger some outside feedback. As always, any and all feedback is welcome!)

    Well, it took an hour in the orthodontist's chair, but it's finally done. The two year ordeal of wearing braces, six weeks of which spend rehabbing over facial surgery, is finally over. I can finally eat without getting food stuck in my brackets, I can chew gum without feeling guilty, and I can smile like I mean it. It's liberation at its finest.

    What my doctor did was remove the brackets and wires with pliers and ground down what was left with a drill to make my teeth feel smooth and clean. It didn't hurt that much, which is a good sign, but if it's time to nitpick, I finally got a good look at my lower teeth. It seems like there's some gum recession going on with my lower front teeth; gum recession tends to be one of the main reasons why people lose their teeth, which ranks #2 on my list of phobias, right underneath going bald. Since I haven't really been able to floss normally up to this point due to braces, now seems like a good time to start doing so in order to prevent any more recession in the future. Other than that, I'm stunned with the results, and I was greeted with a bunch of oohs and ahhs by my coworkers after the news broke, which should be reason enough to continue taking care of my teeth. If you'd like to request some pictures, feel free to post.

    So that's enough of that. On the manga front, I started the first nine chapters of One Piece. Aside from the art style, which will take some time to get used to, first impressions are good. I have noticed that there are multiple English translations floating around on the Internet and I'm having trouble which one seems to be the most dedicated to the original Japanese text, or at least "reads" the best. If anyone could forward me their recommended version, that would make my search for "the ultimate translation" easier than it has to be.

    That's about as much as I can think of to write about. Join me next time for more of the same. Thanks for the support!

    Cheers,

    RT
    A boy has the right to dream. There are endless possibilities stretched out before him. What awaits him down the path he will then have to choose; the boy doesn't always know. At some point the boy then becomes an adult, and learns what he was able to become. Joy and sadness will forever accompany this. He is confronted with a choice; when this happens, does he bid his past farewell in his heart? Once a boy becomes an adult, he can no longer go back to being a boy; the boy is now a man. Only one thing can be said: "A boy has the right to dream.". For those endless possibilities are stretched out before him.

    We must remember...all men were once boys.

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    Lookin' sharp in those pics! Damn, I can hardly imagine the relief from coming off the braces. Isn't One Piece one of the longest manga in existence? I haven't read much manga but I'd probably have to buy the books and manga series like that must cost a fortune. Accuracy isn't my first consideration, since I sometimes find that with high accuracy, writing quality is compromised and it generally just isn't as fun to read. I'm not saying that's always the case, but usually I don't really care so long as the general meaning is conveyed. Good luck with that. I bet there are dozens of translations.
    Gene: "Have faith in me guys, enjoy the ride—you're in good hands. I can handle this. I can do it!"
    Jim: "How do you know?"
    Gene: "I don't!"
    Jim: "I knew it."
    Gene: "That's okay. There's a first time for everything!"

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    Sender's log, stardate 06232015.

    Today is the end of Monday/beginning of Tuesday, the time I like to call my weekend. As long as I get two days off in a row between work weeks, I don't care when I work, which is all I can hope for. As a result, I figured I would take some time to call some of my buddies for a round of 18 holes. We started a little later than I would've hoped, and I ended up shooting a 49 on a par 36 on the front nine holes, but we all had a damn good time. Alas, by the time we took the turn to shoot the back nine, a bunch of storm clouds were rolling in. By the time the four of us decided we should turn around and go back, the downpour started. Looking back, shelling out the extra money for golf carts was such a good idea, because I couldn't imagine walking back to the clubhouse in the midst of a curtain of falling water bombarding me. Oh, and did I mention thunder and lightning? I could've sworn a thunder bolt struck ground about fifty feet from where we were driving back because we felt the earth shake a little bit before we were slightly deafened by the following clap of thunder. When all was said and done, we got back to the clubhouse safe and sound, got a rain check so the rest of our money wasn't wasted, and went our separate ways...only to find ten minutes later that the sun came out again! We probably could've waited out the rain and get back out on the course, but...whatever. Better safe than sorry, I suppose.

    We'll see if we can complete the course tomorrow. If not, well...at least we tried.

    Until we meet again,

    RT

    A/N: Thanks for the feedback, Mantis. The search continues for the most literal One Piece translation, but I think I've narrowed it down to about two websites. It's not like it was a glaring problem for me; I was just incredibly confused to find multiple translations for the same manga and the unnecessary stress it caused me to figure out which one was the right one. I'm sure as long as I stick to one translation, I'll be fine. I don't even know why it shocked me so much. Oh well.
    A boy has the right to dream. There are endless possibilities stretched out before him. What awaits him down the path he will then have to choose; the boy doesn't always know. At some point the boy then becomes an adult, and learns what he was able to become. Joy and sadness will forever accompany this. He is confronted with a choice; when this happens, does he bid his past farewell in his heart? Once a boy becomes an adult, he can no longer go back to being a boy; the boy is now a man. Only one thing can be said: "A boy has the right to dream.". For those endless possibilities are stretched out before him.

    We must remember...all men were once boys.

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    Sender's log, stardate 07092015.

    Yeah, yeah, I'm the irresponsible hellspawn of what the kids call "a butt". Apologies for the delay in-between updates. Truth be told, I didn't really mean to be away from this thread for so long (or from the forums as a whole for that matter...), and there really wasn't a legitimate reason as to why I was away. I suppose it happens. Chalk it up to me being lazy while being lazy...again.

    Anyways, I hope everyone in the USA had a good 4th of July. I spent it cooking a bunch of hamburgers and hot dogs for 30 people at the annual party my uncle has out it Homerville, OH. For those of you not in the know, Homerville is pretty much Amish country; farms, farms, and more farms surround the landscape, waiting to plug their ears when their year-long silence is broken by the sudden booming of rocket-propelled mini explosives. I've always wondered what goes through the mind of the Amish when stuff like that happens. I'm sure they're used to those kinds of things, and I don't mean to sound close-minded, but it's always worth thinking about as a means to be a more empathetic individual.

    After helping with the feast, I worked off some calories playing cornhole and playing ultimate frisbee with my younger cousins. It was three hours in until I figured out how all the other adults felt when they were chasing me around when I was younger. Granted, I'm still in good shape as a 23-year old, but there's definitely a rift in energy levels, especially when I had to wake up at the crack of dawn because my friend from out of town wanted to play a round of 18 holes, to which I agreed. Seeing as how I'm rambling, I'll save that experience for other related entry, but the point is I was exhausted and it felt nice.

    There was something else I wanted to talk about, but I suppose it can wait until tomorrow or until it comes back to me. Expect updates to be more frequent, or at least as frequent as possible without a two week-long gap in between.

    Respect,

    RT
    A boy has the right to dream. There are endless possibilities stretched out before him. What awaits him down the path he will then have to choose; the boy doesn't always know. At some point the boy then becomes an adult, and learns what he was able to become. Joy and sadness will forever accompany this. He is confronted with a choice; when this happens, does he bid his past farewell in his heart? Once a boy becomes an adult, he can no longer go back to being a boy; the boy is now a man. Only one thing can be said: "A boy has the right to dream.". For those endless possibilities are stretched out before him.

    We must remember...all men were once boys.

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