Don’t Call It A Comeback…

…although it technically is lol! Hey gang, Andy here! It’s certainly been awhile since I last posted something here!!

 

Although I’ve been pretty active on social media (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and of course YouTube), I’ve sadly been absent from good ol’ fashion blogging for awhile now. I’d like to get back into it like I was back in the day, but sadly, I don’t have that kind of free time currently.

 

All I can realistically say is that I’m interested in getting TheAndySan.com up-to-date again with all my new videos and now pictures via Instagram! Dealing with not only updating the content of this site as well as the look of it, not to mention my YouTube/Instagram updates, might make this quite the undertaking though, so don’t expect this to happen overnight.

 

Once I get that taken care of, I plan on making a weekly round-up series about my Instagram pictures as well. Not much else I can say about it now, but there’s that to look forward to in the future.

 

Any and all suggestions are welcome as always. Like I said earlier, I’m a bit rusty at the blogging game and need some help, but I’m looking forward to bringing TheAndySan.com back into the blogosphere, and to continue making videos on YouTube as well as taking pictures on Instagram!

 

See you in the comments,

 

TheAndySan

Vlog 132 – Letter To My 10-Year-Old Self

Date Sent: April 24th, 1996

Date Written: April 24th, 2013

 

Hey Andy, it’s you 17 years in the future!!

There’s so much that I want to tell you about the future, man! Technology’s come a long ways!! Imagine watching every TV show ever made on something the size of a wallet! Crazy, huh?! Also, video game graphics have improved A LOT, but sadly the games have not.  Enjoy these next 5 years or so, as your interest in current video games will have petered out by then.

Let’s see, if memory serves, you’re finishing up 5th grade & going onto 6th, right? I hope I’m right. Your math skills don’t get any better in the future I’m afraid.

This new guy that Mom’s dating, Roger, is a real asshole, isn’t he? Yeah, I said asshole. I’m a grown-ass man in 2013, so deal with it, hehe!!

 

You’re probably starting to feel frustrated at all these changes lately, but you won’t start to rebel until you hit 6th grade. You’ll get sent to alternative school for a couple of weeks and begin to openly rebel less.

Are you seeing Dad every other weekend at this point? I have a lot to tell you about him that I’ll get to in a minute.

What’s on TV during this time? Power Rangers? Beast Wars? Batman? Spider-Man? God, I miss TV during your time! TV in the future is both good and bad, you just have to find the right stuff to watch.

Jon should be finishing up kindergarten at this point, right? He has a real bad time when he gets older that involves you, which he’s not willing to forgive you or himself for even during my time.

I suppose I should start talking about Dad at this point since he seems to be the root of most if not all of your inner problems.

 

He probably seems to be a totally changed man from the drunk sack of shit that he was almost a year ago. He’s showering you and Jon with gifts and is thinking about going back to college to get a double-doctorate so people can call him Doc-Doc, hehe!!

Don’t believe the hype. It’s just a facade. The fact of the matter is that Dad has mental health issues. Paranoia, manic-depressive, bipolar, schizophrenia; whatever the head doctors & social workers wanna call it that day. They pretend to know what’s going on, but let’s be honest, mental health is still a relatively new concept for small-town Ohio.

 

If you only get one thing from this letter, it’s this: none of this is your fault. No matter how many times and how many people say it is, it’s not. You’ll spend much of your adult life running What If… scenarios through your head. Don’t do that to yourself. Nothing good will come of it and you’ll just end up feeling even more miserable about yourself and where you are that you won’t be able to enjoy the now.

I’d like to say that the you in 2013 is a completely healed person, always happy and loving life. I’ve certainly come a long way, but I’m far from perfect. You can only get better or worse, and I choose to get better. Anyway, back to Dad.

 

Just a heads-up, all this nice-guy behavior is gonna start going sour when he meets Nancy. Don’t worry, she’s a nice person; but she does cause Dad to start drinking again, and sadly he won’t ever stop. Her kids are a mixed bag of nuts, but you get along with them just fine.  You even manage to kick her oldest son Michael’s ass at Mortal Kombat Gold, which will be coming out in a few years.

Dad and Nancy start dating after her then-husband Scott dies in a motorcycle accident, and then his side of the family raids their house and takes everything. This is when things really start to go downhill. You notice Dad drinking more and him spending more sober time with Nancy than you or Jon.

Despite all this, you do manage to have some father-son bonding time with him. He would record shows all the time throughout the week and during the weekends you and Jon were there, all three of you would watch them. You would watch wrestling matches from the WWF and WCW together, as well as a show called DragonBall-Z. I still hold those memories close to my heart.

There were a lot of times when Mom wouldn’t understand how you were feeling about all these changes in your life, and Dad would be there to listen to you and he would totally understand everything. After you guys move, you would go to a pay phone & call him everyday after school and tell him about your day & any problems that you had.

While we get along with Mom, Dad understood our thought process the best. These are the things I miss the most about him.

 

We’re pretty deep into the letter now, so I think it’s about time I drop the bombshell on you. Dad dies of liver failure due to excessive drinking only a month after you graduate high school in 2004. Let me back up a bit, because this is where Jon’s current problems that involve you come from too.

During the summer vacation in 2002, you get to spend a good portion of your summer with Dad, and he’s pretty much drunk 24/7 at that point. You eventually get fed up with it, and you take Jon & have him write a letter saying that you both don’t want to see Dad until he cleans up his act. It’s this letter that Jon holds against you, but we’ll get to that in a sec.

Sadly, you don’t hear from Dad again until two years later when he goes to St. Rita’s hospital because his liver is failing and he’s dying. The doctors say that he has 6 months to live, but he’ll be taken to this place called Briarwood where you’ll be able to visit him again to say your goodbyes and make your peace. When Dad’s in the hospital, Roger (yeah, he’s still dating Mom, and they’ll get married a year later) will offer to drive you and Jon up to the hospital to visit him.

Visit him. As horrifying as it may be to see Dad all hooked up with tubes and whatnot, looking already half-dead with gray skin and long, dirty & greasy hair, man up and go. Take Jon with you. This will be your last chance to see him alive. Make your peace with him and get out of there. You don’t have time to be angry or mad at him for what he put you through; you only have time for forgiveness.

 

When you are at his funeral, Rick Barr, an old friend of his, will ask you and Jon if you inherited any of Dad’s musical talent or ear. You won’t have an answer for him, but that along with Mom’s encouragement will bring the guitar back into your life again.

For the love of God, practice and get good at the damn thing!! No half-assing it, mister! Also, try to form a band with some of your friends to help you get better.

 

Jon in 2013 is seriously not living up to what he could be. Admittedly, he’s way smarter than you and got better grades in school, but after barely graduating his senior year due to having a massive breakdown, his life has been one emotional roller-coaster after another. You suspect that the same mental illness that plagued Dad is also plaguing him, but because he doesn’t want to get help, you won’t know if he just has issues or if there’s something more to it.

As much as you have reached out to him and told him to get his shit straightened out and go to college, the only thing you can do is just be there for him when he needs his big brother. He keeps himself impossibly busy these days with a dead-end minimum-wage job, so he doesn’t talk to you or Mom much, which makes me feel really sad and alone.

 

I could tell you more about your life and your friends of the future, but honestly man, I don’t wanna ruin the surprise for ya!

Let’s just say that your current job in 2013 lets you travel all over the world, and while it may be  a pain in the ass at times and you get homesick frequently, you make a lot of new friends and you become someone who inspires others around the world to do what you do. Also, you’re going to Japan in 2013; over 20 years after Terry & Terri moved out there!

 

 

Just remember to follow your own path and don’t be afraid to ask for advise from your friends and family, but don’t let others direct your life for you.

Make the most of today. Time waits for no man. Yesterday is history, Tomorrow a mystery. Today is a gift. That’s why they call it the present. It may not always be gift-wrapped, but enjoy the present nonetheless.

 

I love you with all my heart,

 

Future You.

 

P.S: Lay off the damn junk food and eat right when you get to college, otherwise you’ll end up getting fat. Seriously.

Vlog 98 – November 2011 Video Update

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My Twitter

 

My Google+

 

Today I talk about Love Hina Abridged, The House of Blues Simple Plan Incident, going to Jake Shimabukuro’s concert at Anthology San Diego, giving a shout-out to Blabbermouth.net for embedding my videos and giving them more exposure, and the status for my Tentacle Difficulties EP as well as N-FAQs and other Navy-related videos.

 

Enjoy and please comment!

 

TheAndySan

Vlog 96 – NEW Asics Rush 33 Running Shoes

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In this mobile vlog, I talk about the new shoes that I bought thanks to a tip from BusanKevin, nearing the end of the audition period for Love Hina Abridged (8 days as of today), working on Episode 2’s script, how I plan on writing future episodes of LHA, and picking up the guitar again after not playing it for a couple weeks.

 

Enjoy and please comment!

 

TheAndySan

[*CLOSED*] Love Hina Abridged – Audition Update & Planned Release Date

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*October 31st 2011 Update: ALL AUDITIONS ARE CLOSED*

 

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In this LHA update video, I talk about some of the issues that have been coming up with the recent batch of submissions, as well as giving you guys a tentative release date for Episode 01 (*Spoilers* sometime near the end of November) and having an ideally monthly release schedule for each episode.

 

Thank you guys so much for your submissions so far, and I look forward to more in the next 2 weeks!

 

TheAndySan

[*CLOSED*] Love Hina Abridged – Audition Rules

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*October 31st 2011 Update: ALL AUDITIONS ARE CLOSED*

 

PLEASE READ THE RULES BELOW:

 

I’m looking for 2 guys and 3 girls to do the following voices: Keitaro, Naru, Shinobu, Su, & Matoko.

 

There are also spots open for minor characters like: Grandma Hina, Aunt Haruka, Mystery Girl in the beginning, Young Keitaro, & Keitaro’s parents.

 

d e a d l i n e :

October 30, 2011 at 11:59 PM PST

 

c a s t l i s t :

TBA

 

*These dates can change at any time if we receive enough auditions*

 

r u l e s :

1. Post your demo reel as a video response to any of my videos that have “Love Hina Abridged” in the title. If it is not a video response, it does not count as an audition.

2. Please have a good mic.

3. I’ll be providing feedback as time allows.

 

f a q :

q : What if I don’t have a demo reel ? Does that mean I can’t audition ? D:

a : Nope, just record a bunch of lines using voices that are considered your best. Use a variety of ranges & emotions and be sure to say which character(s) you’re portraying.

 

q : What time will submissions be closing ?

a : At 11:59 PM PST on Oct. 30.

 

q : What if I post my audition at 12:00 AM on October 31 ?

a : Your audition, unfortunately, will not be accepted.

 

q : When will the cast list be out?

a : Ideally on Halloween 2011, but it might take longer if there’s a toss-up between certain actors/actresses for a role.

 

q : Do you need to have seen the show in order to try out?

a : It’s not required, but it’s highly recommended so you can get a better feel for the character(s)

 

q : Can you try out for more than 1 character?

a : Of course! But keep it all in one video instead of one video per character.

 

q : Can you try out more than once, like if you give a critique on the original tryout can you make another video to try again?

a : This will have to be done on a case-by-case basis, as time allows.

 

Good luck and happy auditioning!

 

TheAndySan

[*CLOSED*] Auditions For Love Hina Abridged

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*October 31st 2011 Update: ALL AUDITIONS ARE CLOSED*

 

REMEMBER: Respond to this video if you want to audition!

 

I’m holding auditions for the following characters for my version of Love Hina Abridged:

 

Keitaro, Naru, Shinobu, Su, and Matoko.

 

There are also other bit character parts here and there, but we’ll deal with those, as well as characters who show up later in the show, later.

 

Happy auditions!

 

TheAndySan

Vlog 65 – Writer's Block Sucks Hard!

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In this mobile video, I show you the USS Recruit and talk about what happened to my 5-year anniversary video, walking around in my new shoes, the status of my blog, and opening the floor to suggestions for my blog & future videos. Have fun!

 

TheAndySan

Vlog 35 – MEPS Weigh-In Results & The Surprise Is Revealed

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Hey gang, It’s TheAndySan back here from MEPS!

If you’re wondering why there’s no sound in this video, it’s because my camera didn’t record it for some odd reason. I tested it again tonight and it recorded just fine so it must have been just a freak thing I guess.

I’m proud to announce that I PASSED my weigh-in at MEPS!! I still have to diet and exercise to keep my weigh down, but I don’t have to be quite as strict about it. Needless to say, I’m really excited!!

I do have some bad news though. I wasn’t able to get my rating (job) or be sworn in because they didn’t have any ratings for men that day (just women). I’m going back to MEPS for the 3rd time at the end of the month in hopes that I’ll get my IT rating. If it’s not available, I wouldn’t mind doing something else in the Cryptology department,

As I had promised in my previous vlog, I has a surprise for you guys! I got my Federal tax return back and decided to spoil myself a little bit, so I bought a used copy of Pokemon Diamond for about $20 at GameStop. I know, I know; I’m too old to play these kiddie games, but I love the original RPG-style Pokemon games very much! In fact, it was through the Pokemon comics in Nintendo Power that I began to watch Pokemon on TV and thus anime. Even though I watched My Neighbor Totaro and Samurai Pizza Cats long before Pokemon, it was Pokemon along with DragonBall-Z that originally got me interested in anime.

Anyway, I’d also like to ask you guys for some ideas for future videos. I have a couple in mind, but I want to hear from you, my audience, first. Please feel free to leave me your suggestions in the comments below!

If it’s an idea for an anime review, please try to make it a 13-26 episode series instead of a long epic like Naruto or One Piece. It’s not that I hate long-running anime (I love Bleach and I’m getting back into One Piece), it’s just that it would take me forever to do a review for them, and even if I did manage to do it, it would be too generic as the great seasons (or sagas, whatever you call them) would be weighed down by the crappy ones. For now, I’d also like to stick with something from within the past five years to draw in more viewers. OVAs are perfectly acceptable too! I’m also bouncing around an idea in my head for a collab video with my best bud Eriopolis, so keep your eyes peeled for that too!

Well kids, that’s all the time I have for today. I won’t be able to get online at all next week so I’ll see you guys sometime the following week, probably before I go back to MEPS. Until then, I’ll be playing Pokemon Diamond and watching some newly-downloaded anime. See ya next time!!

TheAndySan

P.S: If you didn’t hear any background music, it’s because I had to remove it. If I did, I apologize.

BGM Title: “Taking The ‘A’ Train”

BGM Artist: Duke Ellington