Family, Friends, and My Job

I believe that all three of these things are essential for most people. You can usually depend on family and friends through hardships and your job ought to be something you enjoy whenever go, but something has gone wrong with all three in the past few weeks. I’m sure all of this will go back to normal sooner or later, but the more I think about it, I don’t think it will.

I love my family. I’m very close with them and would do anything for them. I thought everyone in my family shared this sentiment, but I found out recently that isn’t the case. I feel like a few members of my family have lost sight of what’s really important. Family should always come first and no one should come between that, but others in my family don’t think so. I hope the individuals in my family have a change of heart, but from what I’ve been gathering the past few days, I don’t think it’ll change anytime soon.

My friends are amazing. We are there are for each other, we enjoy each other’s company, and we love each other. But recently, that has changed for one of my friends. I’ve always known that this friend of mine has flaws, but they’re starting show up lot more recently. He’s been selfish, broken his word, but he doesn’t even realize that he’s done these things. If he doesn’t start to correct these flaws, he may find himself without friends. I’ve known him since 2nd grade, so I would hate to lose him, but he must start showing  can be a good friend again.

And my job, I love my job. I go to work everyday willing to any and everything. I love my director because he/she really appreciates the work I do, but my director made a big mistake a few weeks ago. Not only did my director have a terrible lapse in judgment, but I don’t believe my director was reprimanded for such a huge mistake. Usually I don’t care about about the issues at my job, but this was no small matter. As a matter of fact, I’d say what my director did was discriminatory. There was a situation between three co-workers. Two of them are native Spanish speakers, so they feel comfortable talking in Spanish. The other co-worker felt uncomfortable because he/she didn’t feel included, so it made her/him uncomfortable. This co-worker took this issue to my director, but instead of pulling all three them to the side and talking it out, she decides to send an email. This email was harmless, but it was nothing but harmless once it came to the end of the e-mail. My director politely asked everyone not to speak Spanish in the work environment. I was in total shock when I heard about this because it’s discrimination and I thought my director had more sense. Someone must have said something immediately because my director went around apologizing to everyone within minutes. I know my director made a mistake and was apologetic, but my director  was not held accountable. There needs to be accountability and my director needs to be educated on discrimination in the workplace. Maybe I’m wrong and these things are being taken care of behind the scenes, but I find that very hard to believe.

With all these developments going on, I am still optimistic. I believe in my family because I would think my mother’s comfort and feelings matter more than anyone else. I know my friend can be a better friend because he has been a good friend in the past, so that potential is still there. I believe my director can learn from that mistake and walk away a better person and director. If I wasn’t optimistic about these things, I think I would drive myself crazy. I refuse to that, so I’ll keep a positive mindset, and hope these situations have a outcome that I can be satisfied with.

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I Miss Going To My LCS Every Wednesday, But…

I love going to my LCS every Wednesday!!!! When I get there, I head right to my pull list, check out the comics on the racks, and I take my time doing all of this. Being at my LCS puts me at ease because I don’t have to think about anything else but comic books, but that has changed for now.

My wife and I are about to move and we’re also going to Miami in June, so I need to save as much money as possible. Are we broke???? Of course not, but I want us to spend money freely in Miami and have enough money for movers and any other expenses that might pop up. Although I miss my LCS (Chicago Comics), I don’t want my wife and I worrying about money, but I believe I have an idea.

I love going to Chicago Comics every Wednesday, but I’ll just go on Friday instead. Plus, this gives me incentive to fix my pull list. I have a ton of comics on there, but I need to add and take some off my list. Once I do this, I think this will fix some of my problems. I know this may not seem like a big deal to some, but comic books are a big part of my life and my LCS is the reason why. So, I will go in this Friday, see the nice people that work there, and fix my pull list. Once I do this, I know I will be in a happy place.

Today Reminded Me Why I Love Chicago

Today was a beautiful in the city, and I took full advantage. My wife and I walked to a sushi restaurant and did some people watching. As we sat near the window, we saw a lot of people out and about. It was a gorgeous day in the city, and people wanted to enjoy it. There children, adults, senior citizens, and just about anyone you can think of. We walked back to our apartment because I had to make a phone call, and then we walked to the candy store for ice cream. She got a milkshake and I got an ice cream cone. We walked toward the lake as we enjoyed our treats and soaked in the nice warm glow of the sun. We sat on the lake looking at all the wonderful people and I annoyed her a little bit,  but it was all in good fun. I didn’t want the day to end, but I had to get ready for a babysitting gig. Today is going to be the first of many wonderful days in Chicago and I really want to enjoy them. The terrible weather this city endures most of year is worth the wait once the summer arrives, and summer is just over the horizon.

Guardians of the Galaxy 2, Free Comic Book Day, and a Farewell Party Equals a Great Weekend

This will be the first of many fun filled weekends for me. This weekend began with Guardians of the Galaxy 2, and it was an awesome movie. There was a just the right amount of Baby Groot, more character development, and another nice soundtrack. What more could you ask for? Was it better than the first one? Of course not, but sequels rarely are. This movie will make a ton of money, and they can thank Baby Groot for that because there were a lot of children there just for him. If you want have a good time at the movies, go see this movie. It was definitely worth the price of admission.

This past Saturday, just like every first Saturday in May, was Free Comic Book Day. This was the first year I was able to attend because my old job always prevented me going, but not this year. When I arrived at the shop, it was packed. People came for free comics, like I did, but they also came to buy other merchandise as well. Free Comic Book Day helps comic shops bring in new customers and boost sales on that particular day. It’s nice to get free stuff, but it’s also nice to support your local shops. I usually buy my comics on Wednesday, but I also bought four new books I was interested in reading on Free Comic Book Day. Every little bit helps because comic shops have to compete with digital comics, Amazon, and many other discount sites. You may be able to find alternatives to buy comics, but nothing will ever compare to going to your local shop. The atmosphere, the people, and the feel of a comic in your hand can never compare to anything else. 

My wife and I attended a farewell party for one of my co-workers. I have worked with him for two years and enjoyed every moment. We talk about everything and we have hung out outside of work as well. I usually don’t hang out with my co-workers, but he was definitely the exception. He’s moving to D.C. because he received a better job opportunity and he’ll be closer to his family. My wife and I had a great time with him, his girlfriend, and his many friends that came to his party. I’m sad to him go, but he’s doing what’s necessary for his family. That was my weekend and hope everyone had a  weekend too!!!!

There’s a Comic for Everyone

A few weeks ago, a friend and I were hanging out at my apartment on the northside of Chicago. We went to breakfast and then came back to my place to chill for a bit. It was a Wednesday, so that meant #NCBD. My friend had never been to a comic book shop, so I took him along with me so he could check it out. When we arrived at my local comic shop, Chicago Comics, an awesome place by the way, my friend was amazed. He saw nothing but comics lined up on the walls, and just couldn’t believe it. He thought comics were limited to superheroes and things children read. I told him to browse around, and sure enough he found something  he liked. He found three books, and they were all written by Jason Latour. He had no idea who he was, but was just drawn to his books. He wanted something with a fantasy vibe, so he ended up choosing Black Cloud. He read it later that day and wants to continue reading the series.

Comic books have so much to offer to everyone. My friend, who knew very little about comics, ended up walking away with a comic and wants to read more. I believe people still view comics as something “that’s just for kids”, and that isn’t the case anymore. If you’re feeling nostalgic about the 80’s, there’s Paper Girls, want a horror comic, you have Harrow County, want an intergalactic comic, Kim and Kim. Oh, did I mention Kim and Kim has a transgender character and is currently being written by a transgender writer. If you can think of it, there’s a strong possibility there’s a comic for it. Comics are no longer limited to DC and Marvel, no longer just superheroes, and no longer something just for kids. Comics books have evolved and people need to take notice because if they don’t, they’re going to miss out on some great art and magnificent storytelling.

#NCBD

This Wednesday, like every Wednesday is New Comic Book Day (Hence NCBD), and I love it. My week never drags because I have something to look forward to during the middle of the week. I usually spend a good chunk of money every Wednesday because I love comics (somewhere between $40-$50), but since the wife and I are moving soon, we need to save money. I’ve only been spending $25-$29 these past few Wednesdays, so I have been real picky lately. I only picked up seven titles this week, but I believe I made so great choices.

These are the titles:

  • Doom Patrol #5
  • Plastic #1
  • Kill or be Killed #7
  • Royal City #2
  • Shade the Changing Girl #6
  • Flash #21
  • Supergirl Being Super #3


 I can’t wait to read all of these amazing books. They all have something unique to offer and that’s why I choose these books this #NCBD. Hope you all enjoy your books, and if you didn’t buy any, please go out and do so. There is a comic book for everyone, so don’t be afraid to dive in and read. If you want help searching for something, send me an email at pierre0685@gmail.com and I’ll be more than happy to assist you. That’s for all me tonight, so good night, and sleep tight.

I Love My Job, but…..

I have been a preschool school teacher for four years and I love it. The children are amazing and so are my co-workers. The growth I witness from the children I work with is astounding. Most of the work I do, and most this goes for all teachers, goes unnoticed, but that doesn’t matter  we love our jobs. But, I haven’t been feeling the same lately. I feel like I have been getting frustrated very easily and that’s a problem. I love my job, but it may be time for a change.

For the past few weeks I feel like I’ve been stuck in a rut, and I know why. I want to do something with this degree I earned this past winter. I graduated with a degree in English (Big whoop right!), but I love to read and write. I did that non-stop while in college and I want to continue to do so. After talking to my wife, my friends, and even attending panels at C2E2 (Awesome Comic Book Convention), I realized I need to get back to writing, and this blog is the first step. I know many people may not be reading it right now (Hopefully this will change), but I need this in my life. I’ll still give my heart and soul to my children no matter what, but now I what I want to do, and that is write.