Back to Posting!

After months of inactivity, I am back with some interesting new happenings.  I have two posts ready to go this week and I’ll probably put another one or two up too.  The first one will be an amateur review of Sushi Lover in downtown Green Bay tomorrow.

I had planned on doing more blog posts since July of last year, but other life events meant I had to focus on something else that consumed almost all my thoughts from August until early January.  After that was taken off my plate, I ended up with some rough writer’s block for the rest of January.

Starting next weekend, if the weather improves, I am hoping to start taking some more photos.  My amazing partner bought me a camera bag for Christmas, but I haven’t been able to bring it out and use it yet.  Next month I’ll be getting a used video camera and am going to start doing some YouTube content as well.  I’ll keep the blog going, but am also going to do some vlogging and other fun videos there.  I’m also going to be getting a quad-core computer and in time will be doing some streaming and other videos of Cities: Skylines.

I’m waiting for my partial fursuit to be finished as well, and plan on doing some antics with that.  I don’t have a firm finish date yet, which I don’t mind at all.  She takes a fair bit of commissions.  Her prices are very affordable for those looking to suit on a budget, and she takes great care to make her suits look awesome.  I can’t wait to get the suit and am planning on uploading an unboxing video to YouTube.

 

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Welcome to my Woofpress

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.

Update on The Saga of The Powerchair

Cody finally got his powerchair right before Kitsune Kon last year.  I hadn’t had the time to blog about each of the individual steps in the process, but now, I’ll do what I can to go back through each step and explain how it happened.  If you ever need to go through this process, be prepared for multiple doctor’s appointments and likely insurance headaches.

Now, my partner and I are both on Medicaid through our disabilities, so it’s almost assuredly a different process.  On top of that, to expedite the process Cody switched from having an HMO to having a managed-care organization.  I posted this information with his approval, review, and consent in the hopes that this might help others in the same situation learn

Last May and June was a whirlwind of doctor’s appointments.  Getting my partner’s powerchair required an appointment to have an evaluation of his ability to use the powerchair before he could even be evaluated for his need for the powerchair.  Around 2007 or so, a company called The Scooter Store was pushing sales of powerchairs  directly to consumers.  In 2013, federal authorities raided the Texas headquarters of the company and it was forced into bankruptcy.  As a side-effect, now doctors are required to ensure that you have the ability to operate the device and can operate it inside your home.  Hence the evaluation to have an evaluation.

Cody was able to get in with a doctor earlier than July.  After some arm-twisting I managed to get an appointment on the last Thursday in April with a new doctor.  This doctor happened to have been my doctor at one time, but we elected to switch to a different doctor once Cody moved to Wisconsin because we couldn’t get to his office on the bus. He had moved to a different location since then, so we went back to him.  He did the evaluation at that first appointment.  Before we got home on the bus, the therapist’s office called to set up an appointment the following Monday for the evaluation.

The actual evaluation went smoothly.  The same therapist that evaluated Cody for his manual chair did the evaluation for his powerchair and she didn’t mince words one iota when filling out the evaluation.  The therapist took a bunch of measurements, evaluated his strength and ability to position himself.  It was about an hour and a half to two-hour process.

Later in May, Cody and I went to our Independent Mobility Plus store and he tried out a few powerchairs.  They let him take a couple models for a test drive around the store and then out on the sidewalk and in the parking lot.  Seeing him in the powerchair, I could tell he was exuberant.

He ended up ordering a Quantum Rival, but all the extras he needed meant the total process to get everything approved still took six weeks.  Two days before Kitsune Kon, he got his chair and we spent pretty much the entire day outside just enjoying the day without me having to push him everywhere.  All in all, it took about a month and a half afterward to get everything adjusted properly.  He needed a different headrest and a tray.

Oh, and as a post-script, the doctor that approved his chair ended up retiring before he ever saw Cody in his powerchair, so we had to find yet another doctor.

 

 

 

 

Fall and Winter Railfanning

I haven’t been taking my camera out much this winter. I saw the camera isn’t rated for lower temperatures, so I’m not going to jeopardize taking it out and it getting screwed up.

All of my fanning this past few months has been using my phone camera. In a couple weeks, I’m going to begin going out specifically looking to railfan. I’ll also be getting a lightweight tripod off Amazon.

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Lab Bites: Sushi Lover

A few months back, another furry cued me into a new sushi restaurant here in town.  Well, being a water dog, I love me some sushi.  We decided to go for my partner’s “level up” party—he’s now level 30—and neither of us were disappointed at all.

Now, by no means am I a connoisseur of sushi, didn’t even know how to spell connoisseur off the top of my head, nor am I an experienced restaurant reviewer. I know what I like and what I don’t like, and am open to new places.

This is a place I love.  We live on a tight budget, so being able to go out for a $40 dinner of sushi and walk away full and happy.  Having this as our monthly treat is great.

Sushi Lover is an all-you-can-eat restaurant.  For $18 you get a drink, dessert, and all-you-can-eat from their wide dinner selection menu.  Of the sushi places in Green Bay, I have been to Little Tokyo, Koko, and Sushi Lover.  Of the three, Sushi Lover is by far the best, both in value and in experience.

I decided to get a bit adventurous the first time we visited.  I tried the ikura roll, which is salmon roe/caviar.  I wasn’t sure what it would be like, but the flavor is very mild and to me the eggs themselves have a texture like gelatin.

Other rolls are packed with flavor.  Their Godzilla roll is a great texture and taste experience.  Their sauces complement the roll very well.  Their Green Bay roll comes with a wasabi sauce.  I asked for that on the side just to be cautious, and I was glad I did, the sauce is even spicier than regular wasabi.

They have appetizers and non-sushi entree offerings too, such as fried rice, hibachi, yakisoba, and teriyaki dishes featuring chicken, steak, salmon, or vegetables.

The sushi is made-to-order, which means it can take some time to get your food.  After two single-item orders the first time we went there, I started doubling up because there can be a lengthy wait if they’re busy.

The one thing to watch out for is that if you don’t eat the whole roll, you’ll be charged extra for what you don’t finish.  That wasn’t a problem for us either time we went.  Though later in the meal, I did go from two to just one roll per order, as I didn’t want to get too full.

A note on dessert, they have cheesecake, and I really recommend getting their cheesecake.  Instead of a graham-cracker crust, their cheesecake has a sort of pound-cake crust.  That’s something I had never had before and it was delicious.

Kitsune Kon 2017!

This post had to jump the queue of in-progress posts because some people have been having difficulties accessing the Google Photos album of photos I took and shared. Without further ado, here’s the photos.  Below the slideshow is a longer blog post.  If you know a furry that isn’t tagged, please let me know on my Twitter @ColbyPupGB or on Telegram @ColbyPup, so I can have them tagged properly.  Warning, there’s an ugly guy in a blue shirt in some of these photos (it’s me).

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Sorry for no recent updates, been working on a few, including updates on Cody’s powerchair, which he received July 13th.  He’s been zooming around quite a bit.

Cody is a big fan of anime, I’ve seen only two of the staples of 90s-kid culture, Pokemon and Yu-Gi-Oh.  We’d planned on going there this year to check it out.  When I found out several Wisconsin Furs were going to be attending as well, I was enthused.  On Friday, we went for a walk downtown and already found many con-goers on the town and ended up striking up a conversation with a couple before we decided to do the whole weekend at the Con instead of Saturday as we had originally planned.

That turned out to be a good idea, since we found out later that Saturday admission was $30 per pass, meanwhile, we got weekend passes for $40 since we managed to nab ours at the pre-registration price Friday evening.

I was incredibly impressed by the quality and effort put into cosplay by the attendees. Most of the cosplay I didn’t recognize, however, thanks to Cody’s love of Undertale, I did recognize a group of con-goers cosplaying as Sans, Toriel, and Papyrus.  Toriel, I believe, ended up winning an award at the cosplay contest.

My list of anime recommendations has also grown, soon enough I’m going to have to buckle down and start watching these, especially before next July.

Saturday was an amazing day for me.  I saw more furries in one day than I’d seen in my short time involved with the Furry Fandom and it was exhilarating for someone still new.  I took a bunch of photographs, but not as many as I wanted due to the impromptu nature of the meet.  Tentatively I have planned to apply as a staffer for the con next year and am considering organizing a panel for a simultaneous Wisconsin Furs meet-and-greet and photo shoot.

Sunday, we went to two con panels, neither of which had more attendees than the number of furries that showed up Saturday for the meet, so my tentative plan is to volunteer to staff Kitsune Kon 2018 and host a Wisconsin Furs meet and photoshoot panel.

All in all, this was a fun experience for me, despite my relative novice experience with anime.

Busy times 

We’ve been quite busy over the past couple weeks.  We’re in week 2 of a stretch of three consecutive weeks with appointments four out of the five weekdays. While I haven’t posted with the regularity I had hoped, I have some drafts in the works, and ideas for a few other posts. This weekend, I should be able to find the time to write, if not, Tuesday is our one down day next week, and I’ll finish them and set them to automatically post over a period of a few days.  Hopefully this won’t end up like my ill-fated past attempts at NaNoWriMo. 

All in all, as of right now, we’ve got twelve appointments in the month of June, with more likely to be scheduled as we go through next week. 

Now, I don’t resent this at all, in fact, I’m glad we’re getting everything in order. Cody’s powerchair, his gastroparesis, and determining just what has been going on with his loss of function over the past couple years. Provided that there are no major bombshells, July is shaping up to be a good month for us.