First and foremost, who the hell is Colby?
Well, Colby is a pseudonym I use on the internet. I’ll explain more on that in a while. I’m disabled, born with a mild case of hydrocephalus which caused mild cerebral palsy that has required me to use at least one forearm crutch for the past six-plus years. My partner for the past five years has cerebral palsy as well. His is more severe than mine and our struggles the past few weeks have been what has caused me to want to start this blog.
Wisconsin born and raised, I feel a strong connection to my home state having lived here all my life and only being outside of the state for two weeks. We are an interesting and fun state, and I could not imagine being myself had I been born elsewhere. My state pride runs deep and strong. Our culture and history are very interesting to say the least. My pride extends to our sports teams as well. Being born in Green Bay, I have a natural connection to the Packers, I generally will watch every Packer game and have gone to several.
Now that you know a bit about me, here’s what this blog will be about:
In high school, I went through every Culinary Arts class offered in my school and loved every minute of that class. It cultivated within me a love of cooking. Living in a small apartment, I can’t do much in the way of cooking, but I am going to do what I can to post a recipe every now and then. I have a broad range of tastes, and will sometimes dabble in some shortcut ingredients.
Disabled people face challenges other people don’t fathom, especially if they aspire to get into the workforce, but not enough disabled people share their experiences with the wider world, so it gets lost in the shuffle. Disabled people are too often looked down upon by society in general. I know, I’ve seen it firsthand directed at myself and my partner, one happened just a few weeks ago from another resident in my own building.
Aside from disability and my Badger State pride, I am also an amateur photographer. Last December, my professional photographer uncle gave me his backup Canon 20D DSLR camera as a gift. Learning the art of photography is something else I am going to share on this blog as well. Eventually, I am aiming to buy a few other Canon cameras, a Vixia, and Canon Digital Rebel to allow me to begin doing digital videography as well. Down the road, if I find that I really enjoy videography, I am definitely going to consider a Canon professional video camera.
In a few months, I will be going back to college, which will also be a part of this blog. June or July is when I am hoping to take the Accuplacer, as I want to study up on the math covered in the test. I will explain the situation behind it being “going back” in an upcoming post. I am aiming to finish my Associate’s in Hotel and Restaurant Management to start and then possibly transferring to UW-Green Bay for my Bachelor’s in Business Administration.
I am politically involved somewhat. Last year, I helped with political campaigns, and, while it will rarely be a focus of this blog, I will let it be known up front that I am not a fan of the current occupant of the White House at all. While neither of the two eventual nominees were ideal, there were much more suitable candidates who did not secure their party’s nomination that I would have preferred to have won the nomination.
I’ll also be using this blog as a way to illustrate what challenges I have had to face, both imposed by my disability and self-imposed to serve as a cautionary tale to show younger folks what not to do.
Lastly, and the origin of my pseudonym: I am a furry. Despite what you possibly have seen, the Furry Fandom is not filled with sex-crazed deviants looking to have wild orgies wearing animal costumes. Well to be fair, most furries aren’t into that. Yes, there are a lot of furries who are into it for the kink factor. But by and large, I’d say that it’s a minority of people in the Fandom. Many people fall into the broadest definition of the term “furry”. In the broadest sense, if you like anthropomorphic animals, you’re a furry. I, however, will be one of the furries that dresses up in a giant animal costume to have fun and entertain people. I’ve hung around the Furry Fandom for some years now, but have only gone all-in starting around December of last year. This blog will have a general furry spin to many of the posts.
I’ve tried to blog in the past, never really kept up the motivation for it. I don’t really see my life as interesting. When I spend most of my time in my apartment reading, writing, or chatting, doing a blog seems pointless. However, I figure this would be a good time to start a blog up because my life has started to turn around and become somewhat interesting.