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Jun. 5th, 2016

megaman croc

Newlyweds

Took Xolani to a Polish wedding this weekend. Being the sole British guest it turned out he apparently managed to outdrink every other guest at the table, myself included. The wasp seems to have quite some capacity for vodka too!

All in all, a fantastic celebration centered around my friends' Tomek and Żaneta's wedding. They really went out their way to create a memorable reception for us guests, who were all absolutely overjoyed to be seeing them enter a new path in their lives.

One thing that definitely stood out for the first-timer at a Polish wedding was the amount of music and dancing involved. No wonder why this is done, though, it's a perfect solution against rapid alcohol poisoning, you would basically sweat out all the booze while dancing and partaking in wedding games.

Ah yes, the wedding games, otherwise known as 'oczepiny'. It's a Polish wedding tradition that involves all sort of games for all the guests with the bride and groom at the center of it all. Typically always involves a game where the new prospective newlyweds are chosen over the course of some elaborate and ridiculous game. There's much more, like the locomotive or dancing in a circle with some competition involved. Great fun, those kinds of weddings really put a smile on your face when you get into it.

What definitely did make people smile was Xolani's drinking exploits. I called quits past 3am because it was getting too much for me. They all kept going and eventually buzzy was one of the last people left drinking. They all drank to him being so impressed with his composure and tolerance for vodka!

Both me and him were also the only gay couple there, although turned out one of the bride's relatives is also a gay, and was pretty keen to talk to us too. He said it made him happy to see us both present together as he and his partner couldn't do so due to his mother's backward views.

Had a great time, and even jumped in on the dance floor to teach Xolani some dance moves. Best of all, nobody cared. Or they were very, very drunk by that point. Next wedding for me is the 25th this month, where I will also be the best man. Welp.
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Feb. 16th, 2016

megaman croc

Illuminated

Seeing I don't do it often it was definitely a night to remember as on the Feb 5th I joined my friend Tark at the Illuminaughty rave at Manchester's Ritz.

I have managed to recover after a night sleepless night although I paced myself with any ingested substances knowing that I don't want to feel like shit the next day. My compadre definitely looked maxed out on the journey back to Liverpool XD

I don't really go out to raves and or concerts much anymore so this was a pleasant and totally enjoyable change. Tark's friend Clare was nice enough to put us up for the night, which in the end we didn't really need as we didn't sleep at all, only dropped our stuff at hers. Nevertheless, was great fun hanging out together, and seeing she's of Polish descent there was lots of common topics from the get-go.



The rave itself, as any rave, full of various stimuli. The music, on-stage acrobatics, decorations and lighting were top notch, as was my company for that. Talkative Tark made sure we made some new friends along the way too. I was mostly focused on dancing my ass off for most of the night, which I have happily accomplished.



Met a local furry too, who was totally swaying his tail all shirtless and cute. But also had a very brief scuffle with some drunken waste of breatheable air who threw some homophobic slur at him. Security took care of that scumbag at least and we managed to enjoy the rest of the night. Maybe apart from one horny chick who unsuccessfully tried to pick me up. Oh well.

All in all a fun night out and definitely one experience to savour. I have to say I am pretty glad that when I do want to go to a rave there is someone local who's always happy to go. As a matter of fact he does much more than me in that regard anyway. Guess in any case these things help make you feel like a juvenile snap ^.=.^
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Jan. 2nd, 2016

megaman croc

Twenty-sixteen

So the year 2016 has finally arrived, now we're closer to 2030 then to 2000, and to think how much of a milestone the turn of the milleniun was supposed to be...

Personally 2015 has been mostly kind to me, with the highlight being my move to Liverpool in late January and living with with my first and only and hopefully last boyfriend Xolani. So far so good, to say the least :B

Liverpool has been amazing to live in, can't say I've ever inhabited in a city quite like it, despite some hardships brought upon by the Scouse dialect. Now I know 'wyyykghhhhh' means "work". That was a hard first lesson to learn.

Had an amazing time in the Czech Republic attending CeSFur in June but then things took a turn for the worse in July, the brunt of stress brough by my mom's illness. Thankfully she made a full recovery and has been well ever since.

Two of my friends got married in September, and there's three more weddings to attend over the course 2016. So there's every indication that this is going to be a busy year on many fronts. And that's good. Worst feeling I can think of is just coasting through a whole year without having done anything meaningful. Busy is always better than tedious.

In other words, I hope you all have the least tedious and most positively exciting New Year 2016. Do something unforgettable, make someone very happy, and be happy yourselves.

Dec. 25th, 2015

megaman croc

Midnight

So the 24th has arrived, Christmas Eve, and I have to say this year turned out to be a pretty successful. Our Wigilia was most enjoyable for all parties involved, my mom, dad, sister, her bf and myself, and the gift exchange added so much fun.

After a nice evening together watching movies I met up with two friends of mine, a married couple as of Sept 26th this year, and together we celebrated our annual tradition of midnight mass at the Dominican church. Listening to the sermon and singing carols was pretty heartwarming and for myself there's definitely something to take out of this.

Wish you all a wonderful Christmas, however you should celebrate this time, may all the worries and woes that everyday life brings take a back seat for now and just enjoy yourselves, the company of those you hold dear, and hope these few days are a worthwhile period in your lives.

Dec. 18th, 2015

megaman croc

BankOnCroc

Every year I see this Christmas shopping craze with people spending hundreds and thousands of [insert currency] each to come in possession of more items, for gifts or personal benefit. And that's fine, I do that as well, but every time I do that I at least try to figure out whether it's something I need/the other recipent needs or wants.

And even that's not enough. Before my trip to Poland to see family and friends, I'd been walking home from the gym one night and it struck me that any one of us can do so much more, and well beyond the scope of Christmas as well.

So I thought it'd be a decent thing to donate to a food bank or similar charity. Despite being blessed with life in the wealthier part of the world, there is such a huge number of people who can't afford to feed themselves. A disgusting statistic, seeing how much food is wasted every year per capita. I don't think I can just not care about this anymore, especially since I come from an area where some people I knew had that same problem in the past.

I'm going to try and make that first donation before Christmas and after I've come back to Liverpool I'll be looking into making this a regular, monthly thing. This isn't going to be anything huge but if more people do the same thing we can actually make a difference in someone's life.

There's no kids on this planet that can make an effort to learn at school without at least one hot meal a day. And it's a real shame that this is even a problem in Britain, or Poland for that matter.

Nov. 22nd, 2015

megaman croc

Disappointment

Lately there have been a few things on my mind that have caused me some pretty far-reaching disappointment and dismay.

It started with the October parliamentary elections in Poland where a bunch of nutcases and bigots were given the mandate to run the country with a majority in the house (thank FUCK not a constitutional majority!) and in cahoots with the new president elected earlier this year.

So far the new president has managed to create a shitstorm by pardoning a minister candidate for the new govt who has an ongoing trial for fraud. The law does not allow for giving pardon to anyone with an ongoing case.

Furthermore, the new government will pretty much run the country bankrupt if given enough time, trying to make do with all the promises they've made to the electorate. Worst of all, the party that won (Prawo i Sprawiedliwość) are known for being xenophobic, quarrelsome, homophobic and very strict on preserving the heavy influence of the Catholic Church over politics in Poland.

The absolute nail to coffin for me is electing several nationalists and outright fascist-leaning pricks who are now allowed to spew their hatred lounder than ever and spread intolerance in a country that had the unfortunate experience of being ransacked and run to ground by the Nazis.

Fucking Poles should know better than that. That's my biggest disappointment here, half of the country where I was born is just plainly dumb and opted for giving power to the bunch that deserves it least, and certainly has no good in mind for the country and its people regardless of their skin color, religion or sexual orientation.

The disappointment with so many of my countrymen has reached such depths that I don't even wish to read any related news from the place. I don't want to go there either but I will for the sake of family and friends. Hugely let down by all the rest that has happend.

One other huge let-down was served by someone who I thought was a friend but turned out the opposite, with the addition of being an apparent manipulator. I don't need to get into detail with his actions but least to say rejection and backstabbing feels pretty bad. But it's his call, I certainly don't need someone like that in my life.

I suppose everyone has had a shiver sent down their spine after the Paris attack. I honestly don't know where the fuck is this world going to or where I stand amid the turmoil. It's just been pretty bitter on many fronts lately, although I couldn't be thankful enough for those who I have around me and who have been there when needed. You know who you are and always remember that you can count on reciprocity. Thanks.

Oct. 28th, 2015

megaman croc

Move-o-Croc

Croco's been a helpful snapper lately! One of my old school chums decided he wants to move back to the UK so upon his arrival helped him find a place to rent nearby, in Runcorn. We ended up walking to the place from the train station by foot due to Runcorn's fucked up street layout (that's a general rule for British cities and towns) and the lack of a bus stop for the bus route I had looked up.

My friend's new landlord seemed pretty astounded when we told him we walked to his place but nevertheless turned out a nice guy and now Kuba, my buddy, has a nice place to stay. Couple that with getting a job in two days and it seems he's well settled in. Really enjoyed living in London half a year ago so I think he'll like it here even more.

Apart from him, there's another old school friend of mine living nearby. We all know each other so it's pretty fun having them live so close. And then again can't blame them, Britain is a very friendly place to lay down roots.

Sep. 23rd, 2015

megaman croc

Indian Summer

Lovely Indian summer here in Poland. Spending some time here seeing my family and friends until Sept 30th, and attending a good friend's wedding on the 26th too.

Sadly this means definitely no Rainfurrest and seeing friends in Canada and the States but hopefully next year. Apart from that, been having a swell time here, having just made it back to my mom's after seeing dad for a few days.

Visiting him is always fun as we seem to get along very well these days. This also gives me the opportunity to see some old friends from my childhood as well as my goddaughter, a very smart and incredibly amusing soon-to-be two-year-old. Even managed to meet some old family friends again after not seeing them at all for 13 years!

Even squeezed in a nice hiking trip in the mountains but there wasn't enough time for a day trip across the border to the Ukraine or a tour around the new Arłamów resort. Hoping next time I can manage both.

Definitely one point to raise next time is that I'm not single and in a relationship with a guy. Kinda tired of getting constantly asked these relationshippy questions in the girlfriend context. I mean, I don't even think anyone that matters to me over there would mind. There's even a trans couple that moved there a while ago and nobody seems to have any problems with that.

Also, saw my old neighbor Jacek who's on a three-week drinking binge. Not great but then again there's not much change as he's always been drinking like that. Nice guy but has a problem for sure.

Seeing grandma today and then some old university friends later in the evening when I make my way back to Rzeszów. Should be good and I hope this warm weather lasts till the end of my stay. It's been a good visit so far, making the best of each and every day so far.

Aug. 19th, 2015

megaman croc

On The Bright Side

I've had an evening of deep thinking and some realizations. Like totally not because I'm baked. But with those recent waves of bad news I thought it'd be good to try and figure some things out, so it's easier at the minute and then inevitably in the future.

Everybody has a sell-by date that no one can ever predict. Death is a stable element of life, always has, and while it is sad to be losing someone dear, unexpectedly or after a long struggle, there is also another aspect that is worth considering.

Life still goes on and you're alive and still here. However many days you may have left, make the most of it, live it to the full and appreciate the people you still have around. Let them know it everyday that you care and you're there.

I can see how the Central American see the idea of "celebrating death". Celebrate the fact you're still here and comemorate those who are gone through a celebration of life.

I've been pretty miserable because of these recent events, my friend's death and my mother's illness, and a host of other smaller things as well, but all things considerered I'm still here, alive and well, and have many more dear people to care for and appreciate. I can also make more. I remember those who have passed away and cherish them by taking joy with the gift of life that they, too, have enjoyed.

Yeah, I rarely get this philosophical (even had trouble spelling "philosophical", lol) but these sorts of thoughts are on my mind often. It's good to get it out and write about it sometimes, and I have neglected writing up my personal doings and thoughts a fair bit lately. And my dick is sore...as is my partner's behind. So there's also another side of baking.
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Aug. 17th, 2015

bizzarrricious

Up and Down

So the last month or so has been very much up and down for me. Some very good and rewarding times and some real downers too. The latest is the sudden passing away of my friend and drum instructor Kevin.

He was such an immensely positive person, really talented and knowledgeable performer, always fun to talk to about the drums, sports (big Liverpool FC fan) and life in general. Even though I haven't known him for long he made a lasting impression on me, taught me some useful drums skills and will be sorely missed. I was really looking forward to learning more.

Then earlier in July my mom suffered a serious illness. She was hospitalized for two weeks with pneumonia and required invasive surgery. I was very worried for several days, and in light of what happend to Kevin, who was younger than my mom, I think my worries were fully justified. Thankfully she made it out alright.

That same month my boyfriend was diagnosed with a liver problem which later turned out to be a fatty liver (caused by some of the medication he has to take). Not that bad but as you can imagine for a while all sorts of different and worse scenarios would circle in our minds. Just wasn't a very happy time either.

My dad had a falling out with his brother, my uncle, over the care of my grandmother. Basically, from what I've been told, my uncle flipped and behaved like a twat. He hasn't spoken to my bedridden grandma for over a month now. Dad had to pick up all the pieces and arrange more frequent home care for her. I try to do as much and call her often realizing as well that each and every phone call I make may be the last one.

But then I can also well appreciate the good bits. The amazing vacation in the Czech Republic with Xolani and Tark are definetely one of those really happy moments. Then there was my mom's visit to the UK where I had the chance to show her around Merseyside and take her to a drum performance we were doing with Kevin.

Lovely, sunny, memorable day, my first live public performance on the drums that really gave me lots of confidence in what I'm doing. Got to see Kevin perform with such joy and positive energy like I haven't seen many people ever do.

I've been able to spend time with my boyfriend Xolani and see friends, Tark, Avon, Hamakei, Zarfy, Dranalith, Horza, Alex, Lupe, Stray, Luna, to name a few. Every moment with friends has been a joyuos one and I really appreciate having these people around, even if I only get to see them every now and then. So thank you. And I could surely use some downtime now after all this.

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