Hello Everyone!

Hi everybody that has decided to take the time to check out my blog page.  My name is Alex, but most people just call me Kippy.  The main point of my blog here on WordPress is just to talk about whatever seems relevant at the time or to be honest, whatever I feel like talking about.  I am going to try to post something everyday, usually on weekdays I will post at 21:00 UTC and then Tuesdays are a little different and you can learn all the rules bout that day in the All Your Questions Answered page.  And if you want to know a little bit more about me and my story, check out the My Story page.  I hope that you will follow so I can show you my personality and the kinds of things that I will post about.  I also try to always make my posts easy to read for people of all ages and reading capabilities because that is the most important.  And always feel free to leave your feedback in a comment, I read them all and often will comment back.  Any suggestions are welcomed as well.  If you need to contact me or learn more about the blog, click up in the top left corner and read the All Your Questions Answered and Contact Me pages.  Thank you for you time and enjoy your daily dose of Kippy.

Also the photo creds for the thunderstorm photo on my front page is right below this statement.

Kuster & Wildhaber Photography / Foter / CC BY-ND

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Lets Pop Some Bloons

Hello everyone, once again I would like to address my leave of absence, I have been very busy with health issues and other matters that do not need to be discussed at this time.  But let’s talk about what I have actually been up to in my free time.  When I was in school when I was younger I used to always go to the computer lab and all of us would play Bloons Tower Defense.  And I was always the best and always got the farthest.  So naturally when the new BTD 5 came out a few years ago I got it.  But I just recently starting playing this along with BTD Battles and Bloons Monkey City.  I would like to know if any of you guys have ever played these games of course and how you like them.  Another thing that is going on is that American Football for the NFL started last night with a game with the Patriots and the Steelers.  I pretty much got screwed in fantasy by Brady and Gronk but that was alright because I love watching some football on a Thursday night.  I will once again try to keep up these posts but only a short one for today as I have to go to the hospital later.

Thank you as always for taking your time for reading this post and any others.  Make sure to follow me on WordPress or with your e-mail for updates on my new blog posts that I make daily.  Make sure to comment if you want to leave your feedback or suggest a topic I talk about in a future post.  Make sure to check out my other posts and pages by checking down below or in the top corners at the Archives.  Feel free to check out any other pages to learn more about my story and my schedule for uploading posts.  Also follow me on Twitter @alexkippy for updates and links to when I make a new post.  Hope you enjoyed your daily does of Kippy.

Grilling Galore

Alright happy weekend everyone, it is a great Saturday and I just couldn’t help but thinking about the fourth of July coming up pretty soon here, which since I live in the US and the 4th is Independence day, it is one of the most anticipated holidays at least for me all year.  So one of the things that is a family tradition for us is that we always have a nice grill out.  You know, the kind of one with burgers, hot dogs, and all the fixins.  And I just wanted to talk about some of my favorite memories and foods from this tradition I have had and I encourage you to write in the comments your traditions or favorite grill out foods.

So of course we got to start off with our proteins, now I have no clue how many of you out there are vegetarians but I know that that is something common so I will include those too.  First off we got our burgers, which to be honest, I am really not such a big fan of, it is one of those foods that I really don’t enjoy but I’ll eat it for the occasion if there is no other options.  As for things like hot dogs and brats, now those are my jam, I love those, I’ll do it with ketchup occasionally but mostly stick with a nice plain hot dog to get all the flavors of America.  I do enjoy baked beans, it’s one of those things that I don’t have that often but it is good when I have it.  As for vegetarian stuff, I do enjoy having some frozen vegan burgers every once in awhile called Boca Burgers, the only thing is that they are really hard to find.

Let’s move onto sides.  How about classic salads for grill outs, we got macaroni salad which is very delicious of course and also we got potato salad which is also good but I got a really nice recipe for a Bavarian Potato salad because my dad lived in Germany for his early life.  You make it with warm potatoes, fresh cold onions, chives, parsley, and a warm mustard sauce.  It is a very good potato salad if you know how to make it right because it has a very nice change in flavor intensity, textures, and heat.  And of course we have our veggies which is good for a wide variety of occasions, I prefer having some fresh vegetables so you soak up all of the fresh flavor and don’t drown it out with sauces.  One of my favorite veggies with grill outs is corn on the cob, I just can’t have too much of it because of one of my diseases.

And we move on to one of my favorite foods, chips!  Of course we got the classic tater chips which are great as always.  We got stuff like veggie straws and stuff that you get at Whole Foods stores which are healthier like sweet potato chips which are great because they are lightly salted but they are still sweet potatoes so its kind of a sweet and salty thing.  Also we got things like doritos and barbecue chips which of course are the perfect pairing to this type of event.  I know I have been rambling today but I do this blogging thing for fun and it’s a nice way to vent a little bit and hopefully someone will enjoy it.

Thank you as always for taking your time for reading this post and any others.  Make sure to follow me on WordPress or with your e-mail for updates on my new blog posts that I make daily.  Make sure to comment if you want to leave your feedback or suggest a topic I talk about in a future post.  Make sure to check out my other posts and pages by checking down below or in the top corners at the Archives.  Feel free to check out any other pages to learn more about my story and my schedule for uploading posts.  Also follow me on Twitter @alexkippy for updates and links to when I make a new post.  Hope you enjoyed your daily does of Kippy.

Hello Everyone Once Again!

Hello friends, I know that it has been a long while since I have last posted on my blog, but I would like to first and four most apologize to all of you for my absence.  I had a lot of personal things going on in my life that needed to come as a first priority.  But I have decided to finally come back to my blog and continue writing about whatever I would like to.  Also I will be doing not such a post after post thing, but I will instead do a post whenever I feel that there is something relevant to talk about.  So make sure to follow me on twitter @alexkippy to find out when I make a post!

Alright there are two things that I would like to talk about today.  As you may have guessed, like many people I do enjoy a good video game, I try and branch out but my passion is definitely Nintendo games.  I know that is not many people’s favorites but I would like to talk about a game that I have been playing for awhile now which is Splatoon.  Now for any of you out there that like shooters or anything of the sort, this is the game for you.  Nintendo did a great job of making a kid friendly game while still bringing in a wider audience and they have recently hit 1 million copies sold which is amazing.  I would have to say that this is my game of the year for 2015.  It is fairly balanced so that there are a wide range of weapons that you can pick and choose based on your play style and you can still have fun.  But just wanted to mention that because I have been loving that game more and more.  If I didn’t have a Wii U at this point I would’ve bought one just to play this game.

Second thing which I know once again isn’t going to interest many of you is something that I enjoy doing on a Saturday afternoon which is called URealms Live.  It is made by a group called the Buffalo Wizards, and frankly they are the funniest group of people I have ever known.  And they do a event pretty much every Saturday where they do a custom roleplay sort of thing like Dungeons and Dragons but they aren’t really about the fighting part but more into the hilarious roleplay.  So just search urealms in your prefered browser if you would like to join me in seeing that tomorrow as it is something I look forward to every week.

And I know this ain’t something everyone will be interested in but I will get back to a more regular post probably sometime late tomorrow about a movie that I recently watched that was…well interesting in the least.

Thank you as always for taking your time for reading this post and any others.  Make sure to follow me on WordPress or with your e-mail for updates on my new blog posts that I make daily.  Make sure to comment if you want to leave your feedback or suggest a topic I talk about in a future post.  Make sure to check out my other posts and pages by checking down below or in the top corners at the Archives.  Feel free to check out any other pages to learn more about my story and my schedule for uploading posts.  Also follow me on Twitter @alexkippy for updates and links to when I make a new post.  Hope you enjoyed your daily does of Kippy.

My April’s Fool Day Experience

Also I know this week has been more of fun exciting stories and I understand that some of my followers aren’t interested in that and want more serious talks about issues.  Well let me just say the rest of this week will be more serious, but as always please leave suggestions if there is a topic you would like me to talk about.  Anyway onto the story…

So the day started off like any first of April, I fooled my family about me breaking the TV or cutting my finger off before they could even think about it being a brand new month.  Then I read up on Twitter quick at all the posts about April Fool’s day and got myself ready for school before I was too late to get to class.

So I get myself to school and right away I see on every door on the way in that there is a “Super Special Schedule“, with shortened classes and extra time for lunch and free times.  Of course this only fools a few kids cause these teacher jokes are not really funny in the slightest, especially when we know that the next day we have a real special schedule with an assembly at the end of the day.  Anyway though the day goes on and nothing much happens till our Community time or CT which is about 30 minutes of break time and because of the school’s “Super Special Schedule“, they ring the bell 5 times every five minutes just to fool people into going to class early (and guess what, no one fell for it).

But I had a study hall next and a few of my buddies were joking around telling my pal Gabe he was the MMA Featherweight Champion in the USA.  Now I wasn’t participating in this because I don’t make fun of Martial Arts, the people that do it are very skilled, but I am going to admit that I was laughing a tad just because of the Featherweight Champion part.  But then we had lunch and later I had choir, so all the people that were either in Band, Orchestra, or Choir (The three main Fine Arts classes) would switch and mix it up so you had a mix of all three groups in each classroom to just joke around.

Then we went to Honors Chemistry and our teacher told us she would be back about 30 minutes later so we had the great idea to flip all the tables over and put her skeleton on her desk.  So later she got quite a kick out of it and even put it on her Instagram (Yes, my chemistry teacher has an Instagram).

So overall I had a pretty fun day, a typical and great April Fool’s day, which is one of the main reasons that the first of April is one of my favorite holidays even though it’s more of a smaller one it’s still quite good.  But again sorry for the funny posts lately, the next two to three days will be a bit more serious, so look forward to that.

Thank you as always for taking your time for reading this post and any others.  Make sure to follow me on WordPress or with your e-mail for updates on my new blog posts that I make daily.  Make sure to comment if you want to leave your feedback or suggest a topic I talk about in a future post.  Make sure to check out my other posts and pages by checking down below or in the top corners at the Archives.  Feel free to check out any other pages to learn more about my story and my schedule for uploading posts.  Also follow me on Twitter @alexkippy for updates and links to when I make a new post.  Hope you enjoyed your daily does of Kippy.

World Autism Day: Light It Up Blue!

Hello everybody, if you have read my story you know that I have a brother that is autistic so it only makes sense for me to do this post in honor of him and any other people that are autistic and especially their families and friends that support them and help them.  I hope you wore at least something blue today in honor of all those people who have autism, and if not you don’t have to feel bad, just go put on a hat or necklace or something.  You can go donate at the link at the bottom of this blog post which is also the link to the page I got the featured image.

But it is not my job for me to explain to you what autism is, if you don’t already know then go look it up on your favorite search engine, because chances are the people on the rest of the interweb can explain it way better than I can.  You can also check out the link at the bottom to learn all about autism.  I am just going to be telling you a little bit about my brother. because he is my best friend and him and people like him deserve this day all across the world to be recognized.

I am not going to lie to you guys, I already had a post ready for today about my April Fool’s day experience this year, but then I thought that this is more important to get the word out then tell a few stories about practical jokes.  I hope that if you enjoy my post or even if you don’t that you make your own post about this topic today or re-blog my post so we can spread the word one blog at a time.  Anyway onto my brother…

I am not going to sit here and tell you the negatives about my brother and his life and what he has gone through, I am going to tell you the positives and how much he strives to become like us all despite his challenge in life.  I can still remember the day that my brother was born, and as soon as he got all cleaned up I got to hold him and I have pictures of me just smiling like I was in a candy store because I had a little brother, I didn’t care about his autism I still loved him the same.  And I am also gonna just say that we are lucky that my brother is fairly lower on the autism spectrum compared to some people.

But my brother has always been kind of a pain and I have a feeling that that is not going to change for a very long time, and that isn’t because of his autism it’s because we are brothers that argue every once in awhile but by the end of the day I love and care about him as much as I have since the day I held him.

He is in Middle School and it seems like the same things that I did back then are so tough for him, but you want to know something?  This last semester with some help from his family he achieved one of his greatest achievements by getting a 4.0 grade point average.  Now if you could’ve seen how happy I was for him that day and how he proud of this, then you would’ve gave him a pat on the back and a hug.  I could keep talking about him for weeks and weeks of posts but I want to keep this short and sweet and to the point.

Despite his challenges he has overcome them to become the young man that he wants to be just like anyone else.  Many others are trying to achieve this all over the world and need help.  That is why we have this day celebrated all around the world, not just for helping others with donations, but also to get those people that have never heard of autism or the spectrum to finally understand it and comprehend the challenges that these people have to go through every day.  Before I end this post I would like to thank any of you out there that is a family member of a autistic individual because even though they might not need every bit of help you give them, the support is what keeps everybody going.  Again if you feel like learning more or donating to the cause, the link is at the bottom below my outro.

Thank you as always for taking your time for reading this post and any others.  Make sure to follow me on WordPress or with your e-mail for updates on my new blog posts that I make daily.  Make sure to comment if you want to leave your feedback or suggest a topic I talk about in a future post.  Make sure to check out my other posts and pages by checking down below or in the top corners at the Archives.  Feel free to check out any other pages to learn more about my story and my schedule for uploading posts.  Also follow me on Twitter @alexkippy for updates and links to when I make a new post.  Hope you enjoyed your daily does of Kippy.

Here is a link if you want to find the featured image or donate –

https://www.autismspeaks.org/what-autism/world-autism-awareness-day

Made a Big Life Decision

Hello everybody today I am here to talk about a huge life decision I have been thinking about since I started this blog.  I have thought about this a lot and I think this would make me the happiest in life.  I have decided to become a full time blogger, I think that there is a lot of potential in it and I will make a lot of money by doing it.  Sorry for the short post but I just wanted to give you an update on my life.  Look forward to the upcoming posts that are coming for the rest of this week.

Thank you as always for taking your time for reading this post and any others.  Make sure to follow me on WordPress for updates on my new blog posts that I make daily.  Make sure to comment if you want to leave your feedback.  Make sure to check out my other posts and pages by checking down below or in the top corners.  Also follow me on Twitter @alexkippy for updates and links to when I make a new post.  Hope you enjoyed your daily does of Kippy.

And by the way in case you haven’t figured it out yet this was an April’s Fool Joke, I hope I possibly fooled you and brightened up your day!  I know you probably have been pranked all day but I gotta keep to my uploading schedule.  And for the record I plan to study to be a psychologist and this is just a hobby that makes me very happy to bring my writing and stories to a wide range of audiences. So thank you for all your support to make my hobby worth while.

I Love Being the Thumbnail

Thank you for everyone that decided to join me for my second post for Double Post Tuesday and I hope you liked reading about how to play and why I love my favorite card game Egyptian Rat Slap.  In case you haven’t read that yet go check the front page, search for it, or check the Archives.  But for this post we are going to focus on my favorite board game, Monopoly.  But like with my post earlier I would like to start out by saying that I am a huge fan of all sorts of board and card games and if you would like me to give my opinion about another game make sure to leave it in a comment.

I have actually played Monopoly since I was around 5 to 6 years old and I have beat everybody I have played ever since. but that is not the only reason that I love this game obviously.  I played that first version of monopoly quite a bit with my parents and friends but then one day I went to Sam’s Club and bought the world edition of Monopoly which was the first model with the credit card scanner thing for money.  Since I got that version I have played even more because it was so much easier to keep track of all the money and it had 50 pieces for the players to use instead of the standard 8 I think.

But over those many years I have learned so many different strategies so no matter what my opponent chooses to do I can always counteract it with one of my strategies.  So basically my main strategy is to base it off of the opponent’s moves and win.  And just a little tip for those of you thinking you always have to go for the highest properties, well it doesn’t matter which properties you get as long get a set of properties so you can start buying houses, if you are the first one to do that whether it is the best properties with 2 houses or the worst properties with hotels, you can always win.

Thank you as always for taking your time for reading this post and any others.  Make sure to follow me on WordPress for updates on my new blog posts that I make daily.  Make sure to comment if you want to leave your feedback.  Make sure to check out my other posts and pages by checking down below or in the top corners.  Also follow me on Twitter @alexkippy for updates and links to when I make a new post.  Hope you enjoyed your daily does of Kippy.

Photo creds for the featured image are – Mark Strozier / Foter / CC BY

Egyptian Rat Slap – Best Card Game Hands Down

And I am going to tell you all why Egyptian Rat Slap or Rat Screw as many of you might know it by is the best card game there is.  But first, HAPPY DOUBLE POST TUESDAY!  Now I’m not dumb I know that most of you probably have no clue what this game is and you probably think I am ridiculous saying that this is the best card game.  But I love card/board games of all sorts and I plan to play them all the time with all the other seniors when I am retired because you can never get bored with board games (see what I did there?).  But I’ll start explaining this game to you avid readers.

So sadly by the time I am 90 (If I live that long with all my diseases) I will not be as good at this game as I am now, because this game revolves all around the idea of reflex, so if you don’t have good reflexes then you aren’t going to be good at this game but the good part is you can still win if you get yourself a good set of cards and some luck.  Now the game basically revolves around you getting the face cards, Jack, Queen, King, and Ace (Jokers can also be played if you deem it necessary and that makes it more challenging and fun.  Also this game can be played by as many people as you like, but technically 52 is max (54 if you play with Jokers), but then you are going to need a very big table.

Now first you start by dealing out the cards to everybody playing face down in piles.  Then you hold the piles with the cards face down and start flipping the cards in a pile, but make sure you turn the cards away from you.  Now you go clockwise or counterclockwise, whatever you please, and pay attention to those cards like your life.  Now the way you win the game is to get the whole deck and you get to take whatever is in the pile either by slapping the pile at the right time or using your royal face card to get the pile.  Now I will start by explaining the slapping part, you only slap if there is a sandwich or if you play with Jokers then you slap the pile when the Joker is on top.  First I would like to say that everybody is going to want to slap the pile but the person with their hand most on the pile directly gets the cards.  Now a sandwich is when two cards of the same face are either right next to each other (Just the bread) or with ONE card inbetween (Sandwich with something inside but only one thing).

Now with each royal face cards, each one is better than the other.  Each card has a value, Ace is 4, King is 3, Queen is 2, and Jack is 1 and trust me these numbers mean something.  Whenever someone places down this card on the pile the person whose turn is next has to put down a certain amount of cards based on the values I said above.  Now if all the cards they place down are number cards then the person who originally put down the royal face card gets the pile, but if you are lucky and get another royal face card to counteract the other one then the next person has to do the same thing until either a sandwich comes up or somebody gets the pile from using their royal face cards.

Now sorry for the long explanation but the reason I love this card game above all the other, even though I love them all is because it doesn’t just rely on the cards you are dealt but even if someone gets all the royal faces you can still win if you have the better reflexes.  So thank you everybody for reading my first post on Double Post Tuesday, since I have not gotten any suggestions for today’s posts I am just going to continue this afternoon by doing a post on my favorite board game.  But like you know, These Tuesday morning posts are the ones I specifically open to suggestions of what to talk about so feel free to leave a comment below.

Thank you as always for your time to read my post.  Make sure to comment if you want to leave your feedback.  Make sure to check out my other posts and pages by checking down below or in the top corners.  Also follow me on Twitter @alexkippy for updates and other things.  Hope you enjoyed your daily does of Kippy.

Photo creds for the featured image are – incurable_hippie / Foter / CC BY-NC

Any Any Any 5…5 Dollar…5 Dollar Footlong…Any Any Any

Oh yes indeed, anyone with the short or long term memory to remember any of the Subway commercials know this catchy theme song that plays a few months throughout the year.  But today I am not here just to talk about Subway, I am here to talk about all the sub joints that we know and love.  Basically I am just going to be covering Subway, Jimmy John’s (My Favorite), Erbert’s and Gerbert’s, and Quizno’s.

I can remember back to the first day I had a sub sandwich, but as a small kid I was more of the picky food type and the only kind of sandwich I liked at a young age was cheese sandwiches.  So once I was going out with a friend of mine and our moms of course cause that’s how we rolled back then when we were 5.  So we went to a Quizno’s and I didn’t really like anything else so I just got an Italian bread sandwich with American cheese.  But that was just the beginning of my sub sandwich adventure, as over the next few years my taste buds developed enough to where I could enjoy a more diverse range of sandwiches.

So let’s start off with Subway which is arguably the most loved sub sandwich joint in the states.  Which is reasonable as they have fairly good food for cheap and you get to choose exactly how much of what you want and what you want.  My brother goes to Subway all the time, he has an exact sandwich that he gets every time but I personally don’t get it too often but I do enjoy it when I get it just cause I can’t get something different every time I go there.  And of course we all know the catchy theme song about their five dollar footlongs that we all know and love.

Oh and Jimmy John’s, in my opinion the best sub sandwich place I have been to here in the states.  Anytime I have the time and money to go to a fast food place I always just go to Jimmy John’s and get myself a sandwich and some of their chips.  I am quite of fan of any ham and cheese sandwich and at JJ’s they have a delicious ham and cheese sandwich and it seems like the lettuce that they always put on their sandwiches is so fresh and crisp.  And one of my favorite things that they do is you can ask for them to put the guts on the side or take out the bread in the middle of sandwich and put it on the side for you to eat after your done with your sandwich.

Erbert’s and Gerbert’s is nice for people that have a gluten intolerance because I know some of my pals that have that problem so they go there for a sub because of their bread that they can eat.  And I really don’t ever get Erb’s and Gerb’s because I have to go quite far out to get a sandwich there, but I do still have memories of getting pickles with my sandwiches there as a child.

And other than the occasional cheese sandwich as a kid at Quizno’s I really don’t get many subs there either because I would have to go out of my way to get it.  But whenever I go there they always have high quality toasted sandwiches that are absolutely delicious.

Thank you as always for taking your time for reading this post and any others.  Make sure to follow me on WordPress for updates on my new blog posts that I make daily.  Make sure to comment if you want to leave your feedback.  Make sure to check out my other posts and pages by checking down below or in the top corners.  Also follow me on Twitter @alexkippy for updates and links to when I make a new post.  Hope you enjoyed your daily does of Kippy.

And photo creds for the featured image are – Khush N / Foter / CC BY-NC-ND

Family is Exciting…

So as of late my one and only aunt has come all the way from Germany to visit my family.  Now I really don’t have much immediate family except for my mom, dad, brother, grandma, and aunt.  So it’s nice to have my aunt come and visit, she only speaks German with my dad so I get some good immersion too when I learn the language.  But she also has caught my cold so it has been more of a static visit.  But for the time she wasn’t sick and from her past visits it has been pretty good.

She is very European, almost like a combination of German and English because she used to live in England before her parents died and she took over her parents house in Germany.  But she learned well from my Baba or grandma because my grandma was the best cook I know and my aunt takes after her very well, she can never be my Baba in terms of culinary skills but she is definitely very good.  And she also always brings gifts because she is such a nice person, so this time she brought some beautiful minerals that includes a beautiful geode and a lapis lazuli pyramid.  She also was going to bring a sweet crocodile leather wallet for me because the wallets that are made with pocket change holders.  But sadly she forgot it so I will have to wait a few weeks, but even though she can be annoying at times we always have to remember that family is everything and keep every family relationship golden.

Thank you as always for taking your time for reading this post and any others.  Make sure to follow me on WordPress for updates on my new blog posts that I make daily.  Make sure to comment if you want to leave your feedback.  Make sure to check out my other posts and pages by checking down below or in the top corners.  Also follow me on Twitter @alexkippy for updates and other things.  Hope you enjoyed your daily does of Kippy.