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    • Rouge One!

      1 year ago

      instantjj FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold the replay

      Anyone who knows me well should know that I love Star Wars. Hence the X-wing tattoo decorating my arm. So it should come as no surprise that I've been extremely excited for Rouge One to come out. It did not disappoint!


      Overall the movie was a very well put together film. It had good engaging characters and an well scripted plot with plenty of emotion, humor, and intrigue. As a Star Wars movie, it was even better. The references and "easter eggs" were done well and felt natural. I was trying so hard not to squirm in my seat from excitement and joy.


      If you enjoy movies, see this. If you even like Star Wars a little bit, definitely see this film! I'm already planning to take my cousin's 9 year old next Friday and I can't wait.


      Star Wars!!!!!!!


      -Jeremy  tucker



    • Tough Family Times Ahead

      1 year ago

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      This journal may be me kind of rambling and a little all over the place, but it's how I can best deal with these things. This is not a political post. It has nothing to do with the election results or how people are handling them. Even though everyone is talking and thinking about that right now, I can't. Because my family is in the process of losing someone.


      Over a week ago my Uncle suffered a massive heart attack. They lost him twice in the ambulance on the way to the hospital, but were able to get him there. Since that moment, he's been in a coma and has shown no improvements. Monday, a week later, he had another heart attack. We have been waiting for answers. Unfortunately they were not the ones we wanted.


      Yesterday my Aunt, along with my 2 cousins, met with a team of doctors and specialist. They were informed that the coma is irreversible. It seems that while his body is alive, he himself was never actually brought back. I don't know any of the technical terms, but basically he is an empty shell that is fading fast.


      My Aunt has a difficult decision to make. She has to let him go. There are a few options on how to go about it, and I'm not really that knowledgeable in what they are or how they work. I just know that I will have a hard funeral to attend in the very near future.


      Everyone is taking it hard, I know, but I really worry for my cousins. They are 23 and 20, so not kids anymore, yet still too young to have to go through this. Having been through the loss of my own father and being even younger at the time, I want to be there for them. Unfortunately I can't really do that much other than be available if or when they need to talk.


      I don't broadcast my emotions very well, and I tend to internalize my feelings more often than not. I feel the sadness and the loss, but it doesn't really show through most of the time. I've also got a bad habit of focusing on other things such as TV, books, and the internet as a means of distracting me from the hard things I frankly don't want to deal with. I'm only writing this here because I had to express it in my own way, away from my grieving family members.


      In many ways, I'm going to miss my Uncle Jeff. He married my mother's older sister before I was even thought of. He's always been there with his unique sense of humor and random bits of knowledge. You could always count on him to give my mother a gag Christmas gift from "Santa" or his trade mark way of saying goodbye with a "I'm glad you could see me." He always knew something about things I was interested, no matter how small. Only while writing this did I remember that he was the one who let me borrow the Star Wars movies on VHS so I could see the rest of the trilogy after falling in love with A New Hope. Those that know me, know how big of an impact that series had on my life.


      I'm unsure how the next few days will go. All I can say is that they'll be difficult, and I hope it goes as easy on my loved ones as it can. I'll do my best to be there for them in any way I'm able. Sorry for the downer, I just had to vent it somewhere. Next journal, we'll try for happier things.


      -Jeremy

    • Long time, huh?

      1 year ago

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      Haven't done one of these for a while it seems. I guess I just didn't know what to say. It's not easy for me to just speak into the open instead of at someone specifically. I'm more of a hands on guy when it comes down to it. Still, over a year is kind of a bit much. Maybe we should catch up on some things.


      Being an admin for RT Michigan is one the coolest things I feel I've ever been a part of. The friends I've made through this group are some of the greatest I've ever met. We've changed some, lost some people and gained others. I'm really looking forward to our next event in November and hope to see a lot of you there. And I hope we keep growing. I want RT Michigan to be more than just a fan club to people, a place where you can belong. Like how it made me feel when I found it.


      Work is, well, work. I don't really love my job, nor do I particularly hate it. It's how I make my living. Thankfully I'm still on nightshift. Most people don't understand it, but for me it's the best. Quieter shop, less management walking around, and just a more relaxed vibe to everything. Plus, the fact that I'm just wired to be night owl doesn't hurt.  wink


      Conventions have been one of my new favorite things to do. Panels and celebrities and swag aside, I just love walking around and looking at everything. I will literally just walk laps throughout a vendor hall just taking in all the sites. The booths and the cosplay and the artwork. Grand Rapids Comic-Con was this past weekend and next weekend is Youmacon! Currently in a last-minute scramble trying to have a cosplay done in time. I had a plan that unfortunately fell through. And plan B is to come up with a plan B, so...yeah.


      Most of my days consist of looking forward to the next thing coming up, and distracting myself while waiting for it to get here. No matter if it's a convention lasting a long weekend, or the newest episode of RWBY. These is always something to look forward to. All in all I'm doing alright, not great but not bad either. Going to hopefully do this a lot more frequently. Until then!


      -Jeremy  tucker

    • 2 years ago

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    • 2 years ago

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    • Plenty of things

      2 years ago

      instantjj FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold the replay

      A whole lot of things happening it seems. Had a mostly great weekend and am looking forward to more of that soon. Up north for the 4th of July because that's what we do in Michigan. Plenty of great food, family fun, and of course fireworks. How else would you celebrate independence but blowing stuff up?

      Sunday I made a long, yet worth it, drive to hang with some RT Michigan peeps. We played some board games, hung out on a playground, and they got me to go swimming for the first time in like 2 years. Thanks to @pennypanda for inviting us all over.

      I need to take a moment however to mention my Saturday night. Unfortunately I didn't get as much sleep as I wanted. A family member of mine had came up north for the day with her husband and 3 kids. She wasn't going to drink and told him to have fun. He may of over did it, but that's besides the point.

      She ended up having what she claimed was only a couple of drinks. It was however quite clear to many of us however that she was passed the point of being anywhere close to being able to drive. My mother and many of us insisted they stay the night and my brother gave up his home for them.

      I drove them less than half a mile down the road to it and a friend picked me back up. I put her keys under the floor mat in the car, so she could find them on the morning as I wouldn't be around then. Her husband was asleep as were 2 of the kids. She was setting down the baby and assuring me they would stay all night. I guess I'm too damn trusting.

      20 minutes later a friend was on their way home and saw her backing out of the driveway with passed out husband and all 3 kids in the car. Luckily the friend stopped and blocked her in. They started arguing, the husband woke up and realized something was wrong. In his drunk state he was able to see that if so many of us were trying to stop her, it must be with good reason.

      Knowing she wouldn't leave without him, he got out of the car and started walking back towards where the party was. The baby started getting upset, so my cousin took the kids back inside leaving the friend a chance to go and find backup in the form of my brother and I. We of course rushed to the scene. My brother calmly talked to her and again took her keys, this time to a whole new location.

      I picked up her husband on my way back and he insisted on going back to the party. He knew he wasn't himself and couldn't be trusted to make any kind of judgement call. He ended up staying there the night and slept on the pool table.

      It was quite the incident. I knew I couldn't stand back and let her get behind the wheel, especially with those kids. Moral of this is, don't drink and drive. We should all know better. What is now an embarrassment committed by a member of my family could of easily been a tragedy.

      Sorry, couldn't quite keep that to myself. That whole situation really bothered me and still does.

      Oh well, looking forward to seeing plenty friends this next weekend in Hell!

      -Jeremy

    • Lindsey Stirling is Amazing!!!

      2 years ago

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      I've posted on FB and tweeted already about it, but I'm still so excited so here's a journal entry too. Saw Lindsey Stirling tonight at the Devos Performance Hall here in Grand Rapids and it was killer. She incorporated aspects from her YouTube videos into the show and that added another level to how cool it was. Naturally the music was awesome, but on top of it the lights and special effects and dancers were truly incredible. Lindsey herself obviously danced whilst playing the violin and even sang a song for us. @JayJustice was there as well and we were both wowed by it all. If you get the chance, check out Lindsey on YouTube or maybe catch one her shows. You will not regret it.

    • I Love RT Michigan Meet Ups!!!

      2 years ago

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      It's true, I really do. When I decided that since my birthday falls on May's RT Community Day, I would try to plan a mini meet up myself for the first time, I don't know what I was expecting. Maybe a best 8 people to show up at a restaurant for some food and drinks. My RT Michigan friends didn't let me down. Never would I have thought that 17 people would converge on Bagger Dave's with most continuing on to a second location for more. Shout out to @KP1000S for inviting us all to his home for drinks and games afterward. Thanks again Kyle!

      People have mentioned to me how much happier I seem since I joined this group, and they're not wrong. I am indeed happier in my life on a day to day basis. That's because you all are awesome. Thank you to everyone of you, even those that couldn't make it. I look forward to the next time!!! smiley12.gif

    • Last year of my 20s.......

      2 years ago

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      So, it's after midnight here in Michigan. Guess that means it's officially RT Community Day. And, on a lesser note, my 29th birthday. Last one before the big 3-0.

      Birthdays are not really that big of a deal to me anymore. To be honest all I really look forward to is getting a homemade apple pie from my mom. I get a gift from her too, but the pie is all I ask for. This year however, I felt the need to look back at where I was on my previous birthday.

      This time last year, I was looking forward to my first RTX and getting super excited for my first RT Michigan event. I still hadn't met anyone from the group in person and only had maybe 3 friends on the site. Things have really changed in only a year's time. It's incredible how much better I feel on a daily basis.

      I now have many friends that I interact with online all the time. Conversations are sparked over common interests and if you didn't know it, you'd think we'd known each other for years. I planned my first get together and people are actually going to show up next Saturday! Thanks to @Bruisedfrog for helping me figure it out, even though he can't make it now. Also a big thanks to @Jean110 for the advice, it did indeed help.

      My mother recently commented on how much happier I've been since discovering RT Michigan and becoming active on the site. So, in short, it's an honor to share my birthday with all of the RT Community. Thank you for being such an important part of my life.

    • Feeling Good

      2 years ago

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      Definitely been in a good mood as of late. I guess things are just going pretty well for me right now. Strange, as that's not normally the case. That being said, I was thinking about why I'm in such a good mood right now. Here's what I came up with...

      1)Spending time with friends
      Had a great time a couple weekends ago over at @Jean110's house, definitely worth the drive. This last weekend I went and saw Avengers AoU with some coworkers and briefly met a fellow RT fan who noticed my hoodie. Followed up by watching the Grand Rapids Griffins hockey playoff game on Saturday with @JRok.

      2) Living Healthier
      I'm currently halfway through the Couch to 5k apps workout routine. I've already registered for a 5k race in July that I'm excited for. Combine that with not drinking pop and laying off the fast food and I feel physically better than I have in years.

      3) Lots of things to look forward to.
      These next couple of months are full of things going on. My B'day is coming up, which means homemade apple pie. Then on the 23rd, the mini meet up at Bagger Dave's in Grandville. After that, too many open houses, the next @RT_Michigan official meet up, the 4th of July, and best of all RTX 2015!!

      Yeah, this spring is going good and summer looks even better from where I'm sitting. Hope it goes well for you guys too! smiley0.gif

  • Comments (5)

    • drew Duckster

      1 year ago

      Yay! new friend! :D

    • SoleFreelancer FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold Sponsor

      2 years ago

      Grade A recommendation... I jumped back into The Internet Box at episode 30 after we had our evening at Jean's and 9 episodes later (37 being the famed gay Dumbledore discussion) I must say you were right. They got passed the rocky start that lost me and god damn do they come up with some funny stuff.

      • instantjj FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold the replay

        2 years ago

        I'm glad you got back into it. I'm excited for them to making 12 more sometime this year, probably in the fall. Also the 60s into the 90s have some of my personal go to episodes.

    • Uberboard3 FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

      2 years ago

      Have an amazing warm and fuzzy Valentines Day Jeremy. You are always fun to hang out with, and thank you for being someone that knows as much about RWBY and is as into it as I am.

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      • instantjj FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold the replay

        2 years ago

        Very nice of you Eric. I appreciate the warm and fuzzy sentiment and extend the same to you smiley0.gif . And I always look forward and enjoy our RWBY themed conversations.

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