18 views posted 08 Sep 2013, 16:43
What it's about?
A young girl falls into a well and is transported back into the Fuedal Era of Japan. There, she meets a half demon and immediately things happen. As time goes on she is found out to be the reincarnation of a powerful priestess. Fighting demons and helping out Inuyasha on his quest for revenge.
Why I recommend it?
Honestly when I frist saw it on Toonami on Saturday nights I didn't care for it. Then I started watching it from the beginning. It slowly started to grow on me and became a series I enjoyed. It is a little childish at times, but it has loads of action and blood. Behind all the history and folklore lies a nice romantic story that slowly develops, which I completely loved.
The story itself is well written and shown in the anime. There isn't the plot holes that most long anime suffer from. The charaters are very well developed and played out.
What I wish it had.
Nothing. At first it ended a little too fast, but then a new arc was released and completed the story %100 and made me happy. I guess if I was to want anything it would be more folklore, but there was tons as it was already
3 views posted 11 Aug 2013, 05:27
What it's about?
A girl named Fuu that is looking to find a man that "smells of sunflowers". After running into two swordsman she asks them to help her find him. They agree and begin the journey to find the man Fuu seeks. A lot of action and adventure leads them all over Japan.
Why I recommend it?
It's hard to say really. It's a samurai anime with loads of action and a really good plot. It's not overly serious or overly comedic. It has a balanced amount of both to make it a great anime. What also adds to it is the soundtrack. A mix of j-rap and remixes using oriental music, makes that OST of this anime one of the best.
What I wish it had.
A simple one episode OVA. Why? To see where everyone ends up in the end. I know I always say that, but I like to know what happens to everyone. Even without that OVA(that I want), it's still an awesome anime and nothing else is needed.
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0 views posted 28 Jul 2013, 01:13
On the eve of my destruction I only saw you.▼34 comments
The one who brought me to this point.
A being of flesh like me, but shrouded in something sinister.
My senses betrayed me into safety.
My heart lied to me for feelings.
My mind flashed images of fact, but later proved fictional.
At the start I was on the verge of happiness.
The long nights of longing now over.
Eyes dripping with sorrow dried into blue pools of love.
Heart beating to the sounds of your voice.
My everything was now yours.
Contentment was fast approaching and I was waiting with open arms.
Days turned to weeks which melded into months.
Years followed one another with contentment and hope.
Bodies shrouded in immense feelings from one another.
Eyes only seeing what it wants to see.
Blind to the cracks forming in the levee.
All at once the levee breaks.
No longer content but longing for the end.
Crawling slowly to the destruction sought.
No longer seeing you with clear vision.
Wanting it to fade away and go back to normal.
Finding the ledge was easy, falling is the hard part.
I see coming towards me ready to push.
Do you push me over the edge?
3 views posted 21 Jul 2013, 20:48
Chapter 3. Walking Away▼9 comments
Hours turned into Days, days into weeks with Remy teaching Toren sword techniques. Toren was a fast learner and picked up a lot for his age. Though his practice sword was a wooden stick, Remy could see him being a very good practitioner in the future.
As the last day of practice was coming to an end as both were exhausted from sparring none stop, Remy could see the sadness in Toren. He’d grown attached to Remy and Remy to Toren as well. But he knew he had to leave and get back to where he was needed; the war effort.
“Dinners done, come and eat!” yelled Eva out the back door.
“Let’s go and eat. I know I’m hungry and I’m sure you are.” Said Remy with a nod back from Toren.
Dinner was lively as the six residents sat down to eat. Eva and the girls talked about the goings on at the bar and how they all were hit on and had to escort a few overly zealous drinkers outside.
“It was the same guy as before.” Proclaimed Mary at the others that were laughing about day.
Remy never imagined living with a woman, let alone four. He felt sorry for Toren at times. So much estrogen could get a man killed. In the short time of being around the women he found out they had a secret language and double meaning for most words. He soon found out when a woman says she’s “fine” that she’s really not. That cost him a night outside.
It wasn’t all bad for him though. The other girls flirted with him and teased him. He couldn’t figure it out, but he knew they were just doing it because he was old enough to be teased. He also got to see them tease Eva about something. They would pull her aside and start whispering to her and she’d look at him with a blush and a smile. Then the giggles would break out.
For the first time in a while he was able to just be himself or at least what he thought was himself. Being in the military had pushed all those fantasies and habits out. But like everything, it was soon to end. He was back to great health and decided to leave in a week.
Remy is snapped out of his day dream when someone bumps into and shoots him a wink. Confused he looked at the woman and she nodded her head towards Eva who was sitting alone. Everyone had left the dining area but Eva and Remy. After a moment of silence Eva spoke.
“So you’re leaving in a week?”
“Yeah, I need to get back to my unit.”
With a sad smile she nodded and moved a few spots closer. Sitting next to him she turned to him to see his face.
“You know you don’t have to leave. There is plenty of room here and we could use you at the bar.”
Looking away Remy couldn't look her in the face. He knew she, no they wanted him to stay, but he had to leave.
“I know.” Was all he could say.
Not having anything else to say, Eva got up and left the table, leaving Remy alone to think about things.
The week went by like all the others. Training, eating and spending time everyone he’d met. Only Eva wasn’t hanging around as much as before. He assumed she was busy at the bar and with other things.
Ending his final training with Toren, he headed out for a walk before he had to leave. The town wasn’t far from the house and the bar Eva owned was on the other end of the town. A decent walk even if he doesn’t get to see her.
At Enzo’s Hammer(the bar Eva owns)
“Eva, there are some men here to see you. They look a little irritated.” Said the bar helper.
“Do they look like soldiers?”
“Yeah, Ashroth soldiers to be exact.”
“Damn, they keep coming around trying to get Toren.” Said Eva with a concerned look.
“Is he at home with the girls?”
“Uh huh… he’s training with Remy.” She said not looking at the bar helper.
After talking with the bar helper Eva decided to go over to the men and see what they wanted this time. She knew what they wanted as they only ever came here to discuss enrolling Toren into the military training program. Like Monbaraba’s military they recruited at a young age so they can instill any and all training. It was a horrible thing to do to a child and he saw firsthand with Remy how bad it was.
“What the hell do you guys want now?” Eva asked with a heated glare.
“The same thing we always want Ms. Eva, your son.” Stated the man with a smirk.
“So they sent a higher ranked soldier this time? I was getting tired of kicking out lackeys.” Eva said with a smirk.
“That won’t be happening this time. See we are taking Toren whether you allow us or not.”
“OVER MY DEAD BODY YOU WILL. HE’S MY SON AND I WON’T LET HIM BECOME A PUPPET FOR THE MILITARY!!” Eva shot back now yelling in the bar.
“Men, take Ms. Eva outside so we can talk more… calm and so we can end this charade we always play.”
With a snap from the man his men came over and grabbed Eva. She fought a bit hitting a few of them, but the numbers were too much. They didn’t fight back as they were just trying to get a hold of her. Once they did they drug her outside.
“LET ME GO!!!”
“Will you calm down? Or do we need to show force?”
“Just let me go.”
“Let her go, but keep guard so she doesn’t run or pull anything stupid.”
“So about your son, give him to me now. Don’t make this worse on yourself or your house guests. I know where you live and the people you have living with you. I also know that you have a new house guest. A young man, correct?” He asked
With a shocked look on her face Eva calmed down. She knew Remy was an enemy soldier to Ashroth, but she didn’t know if these men knew that he was.
“A young man about fourteen carrying a katana. Brown hair and mismatch colored eyes. Also has tattoo’s on his fore arms. Does that sound about right?” He asked in a “matter of fact” tone.
“No need to answer, I know it is. We’ve been watching. So, tell me about h…..”
Before he could finish, a sound of footsteps coming towards them was heard.
“It seems we have a guest. Deal with him.” The leader demanded.
At that command his men went to deal with the unwanted guest.
“Now tell me about your new guest!?” His tone more hoarse and angry.
Looking at the women in front of him he watched as her face changed from a mix of fear and anger to one of happiness and shock.
“What do you want to know about me?” Remy asked standing right behind the man.
In a move of shock and fear the man turned around with his weapon drawn to see who was speaking to him.
“It’s not nice to strike at someone you have no issues with. I’d be careful; you might cut yourself with the sharp blade.” Said the young man taunting him with a playful smirk.
“What happened to my men?”
“Those were your men? Seeing as you have an Ashroth uniform on you must be their Captain? If so, no wonder Ashroth is losing the war.”
“What did you just say!?” Shouted the man now known as a Captain in the Ashroth Military.
“Nothing of importance. Now why are you harassing Ms. Eva?”
“None of your business boy. Why don’t you go home and play.” The Captain smugly spoke.
“It is my business; my katana weeps for my enemies blood.”
Hesitating with his mind in full thought the Captain started to move as he was realizing who this boy was.
“You’re the boy that lives with this whore aren’t you?” The man spat while grabbing Eva by her hair to show they young man.
“That was a mistake, one you should not have made. Since I’m in enemy territory I’ll ask once, let her go?”
“Remy…” Eva whispered out.
“Remy is it? So Remy, what are you doing with this whore? You taking her as yours? Since that’s all Monbaraba can do.”
“I see you want to do this the hard way.” Remy spoke as he drop his hand to his forearm, baring the “speed seal”.
“Activate that seal and she dies. I’m not stupid. What’s your other seal?”
“Strength, but I don’t need it. The one that you can see is all I need at the moment.”
“Cocky aren’t we? From the design it would be speed seal. Let me guess you’re from the “Death Squad”?
Hearing is squads name Remy’s face perked up and his eyes twitched.
“From your movement I’m correct. This should be fun. Why don’t you and me have some fun? How about a bet of sorts? You win you get the women for whatever you want. I win I get the women and her son?”
Hesitating to give an answer that would put two people’s lives in danger he looked at Eva who was trying to free herself from the Ashroth Captain. As their eyes me she stopped her struggle and gave him a small nod to show it was ok.
Seeing the nod was all Remy needed. He took his offensive stance to strike.
“I see you have taken the bet. Then let’s get started.”
Touching his word to his foot the Captain’s lips moved to form the words “gravity seal”. Remy reading his lips his eyes widened. Gravity Seal vs. his Speed Seal is an even match, but that depends on the Captains other seal. If it’s a speed seal then that would be a problem.
“You’re wondering what my other seal is, well it’s a secret and you’ll have to hit me to find ou...
Metal slamming into metal and flesh, spattering blood on the ground and Eva.
Before the Captain react Remy lunged at him full speed striking his sword in defense, but the speed and surprise was too much to counter.
Spitting up blood and staggering the captain dropped to one knee and looked behind him to see Remy looking at him. “How..you didn’t have your seal activated?”
“I had it activated the whole time. When your men came at me I activated it.”
“Impossible, you can’t keep it activated for long periods of time if you’re not moving.”
Panting Remy took a step forward to Eva and offered his hand. She flinched at his offering but took his hand. Pulling her up from the ground and close to him, he whispered into her ear, “Close your eyes and cover your ears until I say so.” She only nodded and did what he said.
Letting Eva go he walked over to the bleeding man and deactivated his seal. Eva had turned around so her back was now facing the two. At that Remy bent down to the man’s face. Seeing cold eyes looking back at him. A sudden movement from the man caused Remy’s instincts into a defensive strike. With speed he pulled his blade to the man’s neck. Just enough to draw blood and make him wince.
“You should have walked away and not proposed this bet. It was over before it started.”
“Wrong boy, I’ll be back and when I do I will kill that whore and her bastard child!” He spat at Remy.
“Sorry you feel that way. It’s good I made her close her eyes and cover her ears. I don’t want her to see this.”
With a look of confused the man had no time to think as Remy thrust the tip of his blade into his neck and out through his back in the middle of his shoulder blades. Not satisfied Remy twisted his blade as he pushed up. Making a sickening sound as bone and muscle ripped and broke. No screams or sounds came from the man as he dropped face down.
Wiping off his blade he returned to Eva who still had her back to him. Coming up behind her he put his hand on her shoulder which caused her to jump. He hands dropped from her ears. She tried to turn around to see Remy but was stopped. “I don’t want you to see what I've done. I don’t want you to be afraid of me.” Was all he said as he motioned for her to head back to the bar.
As they walked to the bar Eva kept glancing at Remy. She noticed his face held a scary calm that made her shiver. ‘He just killed and he’s this calm. He even has a small smile on his face.’ She thought to herself.
Before they reached the bars property Remy suddenly stopped. Nearly tripping over his feet she came to a stop herself. Remy’s face went from his calm one to that of confusion. Turning to her he asked her something she wasn’t ready to answer.
“Why did he call you a “whore” and why did he call Toren a “bastard child”?”
Not knowing how to answer that even though she knew the answer, but it was something she herself wasn’t ready for.
“You don’t have to tell me if you don’t fell it’s my business or feel comfortable.” He said to her with a smile, but she knew he wanted to know.
“I’m called that because I was raped by soldiers from Monbaraba and Ashroth.” She let out with a hitched breath at certain words.
Remy didn’t know what to do or say. His own military doing that to innocent women.
“When I was twelve I was taken as a slave. First with Monbaraba, then back to Ashroth when they took over the area again. At first nothing happened. I was touched and beaten, but after a harsh battle things change. I was raped for about two years until I turned fourteen. That’s when I started to get sick. Later it was found out that I was pregnant. When the word spread I was beaten and left behind as the Ashroth Military moved on. Raine found me stumbling around while on her way to town. She took me in and cared for me. Months later I gave birth to Toren. I’ve been at that house and this town since.” She said as hot tears streamed down her face.
Remy was angered and saddened. He never saw these things on the battlefield or even heard about them happening. His emotions were in a torrent that he could hardly contain. Some emotions he never knew he had. Anger, pity, sadness, grief and everything in between is what he felt. He looked to Eva to see her standing there with eyes closed crying. Crying wasn’t allowed in the military. You don’t cry on the field of battle. You do and you die. Those that cry are weak and those that are weak die. That sentiment that was drilled into his head from his first days of the military washed away when he stepped into Eva’s area of existence and did something he had no control over. A hug, a hug that was bone crushing but safe. A hug a man with no emotions made emotional. A hug that meant so much to one person and even more to another. It was a hug saved his humanity he lost eleven years ago.
After server minutes of embrace Eva lightly pushed Remy away only to grab his hand and lead him to the bar.
As they entered the bar Lyse ran up them with a worried look on her face. She looked at Remy and looked back to Eva.
“What happened? Are you guys ok?” She spouted out quickly.
“Everything is fine. I’ll talk to you in a while okay?.” Eva said with a smile.
Lyse wanted to ask more questions but say Eva’s hand and decided to just wait til later. Nodding in acknowledgement she moves out of the way to let the two past.
Eva, with her hand still in Remy’s led him into the back area of the bar to where her office was. Once they both were in she closed the door and locked it. Nervous eyes glared at her as Remy watched the women move about. She was just as nervous. So many thoughts and emotions swirling in her mind, she almost lost it. Remy himself wasn’t fairing any better. New to emotions and thoughts unrelated to battle he was lost. On the one side he wanted to just walk away, but on the other he felt himself drifting closer to the woman.
“Remy, what do you think of me after hearing what I told you?” She asked causing Remy to jump.
He had to think of an answer and something that wouldn’t offend her or hurt her feelings.
“I feel sorry for you, but only due to what you went through. I feel happy for you that you have Toren.
“Thank you. I am happy I have Toren, he means the world to me, but that’s not what I mean.” She said as she walks closer to Remy only inches from his face.
“I-I don’t understand.” Remy stuttered.
Before she replied Eva closed the remaining distance and smashed her lips into Remy’s. Wide eyed and shocked Remy didn't move and barely breathed. Eva noticed his hesitation and pulled away. Bringing his head close to her mouth the whispered, “I want you to stay with me.”
Seeing the pleading look in her eyes cause his thoughts to falter. He knew he couldn't stay. For one he needed to get back to his unit and the other was that he was in enemy territory. Someday Ashroth would find out he was here and take that as those living with him are enemies as well. He couldn't let innocent people die because of a war. But the pang he felt in his heart made this argument a stalemate.
Once again looking into his eyes Eva spoke in soft tone. “Everyone needs you. Toren, needs you. I-I-I need you.”
Remy didn’t know what hit him. Waves of something he couldn’t figure out washed over him. He quickly enveloped Eva into another bone crushing hug. He didn’t know why, but he knew it was right.
“I don’t know what to do, I don’t know how to act with all these, these feelings and emotions.” He said shyly.
“It’s ok I don’t either. I’m just going with whatever happens as long as it feels right.”
With that Remy moved his lips back to Eva’s. The kiss they shared was clumsy and rough at first, but smoothed out into a passionate kiss they both shared.
Feeling bold Eva pushed Remy towards small bed located in the room. Falling, Remy pulls Eva down with him. Laying on him she moves her legs so she’s straddling his.
Eyes meeting, blushes appear on both figures as they contemplate the past, present and future of events. Without any words things are spoken and emotions are conveyed. In the blink of an eye lips are crashing into lips like rain drops crashing on a window. The wet smacking sounds with muffled moans are heard. A tongue asking for entry to a new room to search. An agreement of another to allow it. That familiar sound of fabric ripping and plastic buttons bouncing freely on the group. Piles of said fabric growing as the soft armor of protection are removed.
Pigments of flesh changed from tan to red as the secrets of the flesh are revealed. Eyes glued to one another strong enough to burn imprints of things seen. Tender trails gleaming on flesh, as a map of erotic movements begins to show. Harsh calluses meet soft fleshy mounds. Kneading the flesh like a skilled baker. Moans of pleasure breaking out of their prison to be heard to all. Lips once again crashing into one another.
One body in control of another, able to be controlled with grace and ease. The one in control is gentile yet savage. Wanting to claim what he seeks, the hunt has begun. Man versus Woman, eyes meeting again in a battle of wills. Again no words are spoken, just emotions. Gentile hand rises from the ground to calm the savage beast. Nuzzling into the calm, the beast is broken. The woman nodding to assure the man it’s ok to take what he seeks.
In a moment thought to last for a lifetime the battle of Man versus Woman becomes not. Bodies now morph into one being. One being with all the emotions of two. The melding of all the senses into one. Every moan is an indication of things going perfect. Every touch calms the beast. Every smell drives it insane. The sight set upon his eyes is what drives his fury. Confusion just makes it last. Wanting to seek out every possible possibility is the end game. The Woman gives the man a name through rough moan.
“Remy.” Is what she calls him.
The man gives the woman a name through his grunts of exhaustion.
“Eva.” Is what he calls her.
Then it happens. Like a quake both entities began to shake. Tears are blinding the woman as she feels the epicenter growing in her stomach. Moans are the aftershocks that ring out at the end of each rhythmic thrust. The guttural passion of those moans catches the man’s attention.
His eyes cloud over as an eclipse of feelings block his mind. Everything stops as his senses are cut. He feels nothing and hears nothing. He only sees the woman underneath him writhe as her senses disappear. Like a wave of a Tsunami everything comes back full speed. All the sounds and feelings he lost are back. The moans of the vixen can be heard. The growing pit in his stomach that seems to be ready to break its dam.
It breaks. First the woman feels it break. She’s the first to fall. Letting all the pent up emotion and the growing epicenter erupt. Load shrieking moans are on display for all. Clinched eyes can’t stop the fall of tears. Tears that are like those of loss or sadness, but tears of love and happiness.
The man isn’t far behind. Losing his control on the pit that built up in his stomach. His grunts become primal as he loses control. Grip tightens on the vixen he’s captured. Eyes clinched as well and tears flowing down, dripping on the vixen. Maybe to act as a cleansing of sorts, cleansing of emotions. His warmth soon spread to the woman and she’s content on this feeling. It feels like she’s being replenished with life.
The woman lays defeated, breathing deeply to recover. The man is also breathing deeply, but he is the winner. He has claimed his vixen and what he sought. Lying down, the man grabs the woman in a hug. Nuzzling deep into one another both fall into darkness.
After a few hours of rest Remy begins to stir. Eyes slowing opening he tries to gather his senses and surroundings. Feeling a weight on his chest his eyes move to see what it is. His eyes catch the sight of Eva laying on him cuddling into him. Everything comes back to him like a movie in fast forward. A smile appears on his face as he tries to get up without waking the beauty beside him. After he successfully gets up without waking her, he finds his clothes and gets dressed. Looking back to Eva, that smile that appear has no change to a frown.
Walking over to her he takes a look at her sleeping form. Takes a mental picture of what he’s about to leave. Bending down he clears her forehead of loose hair and kisses it.
With that he walks about, but not before looking back at her. Regret is seeping into his heart.
Once he left the bar he heads home to gather his gear. Funny, he thinks back to when she told him she hid his gear. He had found it the next day. He didn't care, but now he needs to leave.
After getting new clothes and his gear he sets out to get back to his life. One of death and misery with the regret coming along for the ride.
At the gates a familiar boy appears, Toren.
“Where are you going? You coming back Remy?” He said with a frown.
“I have to leave. I have to get back to my unit. As for coming back, I don’t know.”
“C-c-can’t you stay?” Toren said as he started to tear up.
“I would like to, but things aren’t good if I stay. You all have been nice to me and made me feel welcome. I will find a way to pay you back.”
“I-i-I’ll miss you Remy” The little boy said as he cried.
“I’ll miss you too Toren. Take good care of the girls and especially your mom.”
After his words Toren ran up to Remy and wrapped his arms around him in a hug. He was said his new friend was leaving, but he understood. Even for a little boy he knew it was going to be ok.
When the embrace broke Remy smiled at the boy and ruffled his hair as he started to walk away.
Toren watched as Remy’s figure got smaller and smaller until it disappeared from view. Sad the boy headed to the bar to see his mom.
‘is this the right thing? Can I just leave like this? They gave me so much. Can I go back to being what I was before? Why do I have this regret?’
All he could do is question himself on his action. He knew it would take a while for him to find the answers, but he needed to get back to what he knew and needed to do it fast.
End of POV
“Remy?” A groggy voice called out.
Shuffling around on the bed she noticed the coldness of the bed. Opening her eyes she began to cry. He wasn’t there. She begged him to stay. Said she needed him, not wanted but needed. Now he was gone.
‘I need you Remy’
To Be Continued.
1 view posted 04 Jul 2013, 00:04
It is often felt that the generations of today no longer know about their roots, that they forgot about the history of their families, and were they started. The out flowing of people from small towns to those of the larger variety are the cause of that. Today former boom towns sit empty, aside from a few stubborn residents. Smaller towns which stood the test of time for decade now sit empty, like everyone just up and left. Farms sit idle, waiting for a farmer to return and get to work. I don't feel sorry for the people that are left behind, but for the land and buildings that have been left alone. Those buildings tell us of a story.▼37 comments
I recently went on a road trip to go on the historic Route 66. We started from my current home town, Des Moines, Iowa and headed down I-35 to Springfield, Missouri. This trip start on September 21st, 2012 and end on October 4th, 2012
From here we traveled a bit to the “Official Birthplace of Route 66”.
After that we started our journey and came to a few landmarks.
First is an old Steak ‘n’ Shake.
Next is the first “Route 66” sign to start us on the right way.
Our next stop was a bit outside of Springfield. It was the remnants of a town called Plano, Missouri that once was along the road.
Here is a sign noting the town as historic.
After leaving the ghost town we headed to Paris Springs, Missouri to stop at a historic filling station. A lot of memories and history was found her. Old signs, cars and buildings dotted the area close by.
This picture is of the “Route 66” road marker in Paris Springs
Paris Springs filling station.
Old Police car from the area
On the way to Carthage, Missouri.
Route 66 Drive-in, Carthage, Missouri.
Old road sign outside of the Kansas border.
Missing bridge outside of Galena, Kansas.
Kansas border sign. It’s not really a welcome sign as we only passed through a very small part of Kansas before entering Oklahoma.
Kansas Route 66 sign
Marsh Arch Bridge in Kansas. It’s not a used bridge anymore, but you can drive on it. It’s off on the right side of the road in a little parking area.
Welcome to Commerce, Oklahoma sign.
Totem Pole park in Oklahoma. An attraction on Route 66. “The Tallest” totem pole in the world.
Blue Whale water park in Cartoosa, Oklahoma. Interesting park. It looked like it would be something fun back in the hay day of Route 66.
Now we entered Tulsa, Oklahoma. This is Tally’s Café.
Meadow Gold sign in Tulsa, Oklahoma.
Phillips 66 Station in Chandler, Oklahoma
After leaving Chandler, Oklahoma we continued East until we hit Arcadia, the home of the Round Barn.
On the outskirts of Arcadia, Oklahoma stands Pops.
Oklahoma Route 66 sign.
Truss Bridge in Oklahoma.
Next we Entered El Reno, Oklahoma. Which is actually a pretty interesting stretch of the road. Most of the road it now used as residential streets. Signs line the way as you turn through a large neighborhood.
This would be the Motel El Reno.
Old Route 66 sign outside of El Reno.
Officers’ quarters of Fort Reno.
Oklahoma Route 66 sign.
After Fort Reno, we headed to Clinton, Oklahoma. If you look to the right of the pics you’ll see the new highway that replaced Route 66. The road directly in front is an actual section of the original Route 66.
Leaving Clinton , Oklahoma we drove East for a ways until We reached Texola, Oklahoma. Texola is named for the Texas/Oklahoma border as it’s mere feet from it. The town is now a ghost town. Funny as we got closer to Texola and once into it my mom complained about not wanting to go into the town. Which you had to if you wanted to drive on Route 66 until it connected with I-40. She said “ It gives me a bad vibe.” During the day I’m not sure about it, but I could see it at night. It did have an eerie vibe to it.
A few old buildings in Texola, Oklahoma.
Old Filling station in Texola.
Texas State line in Texola.
Leaning Tower in Groom, Texas.
Old Route 66 marker in Groom, Texas.
The final part of the journey was to the Official Halfway Point of Route 66 located in Adrian, Texas. From that sign we were exactly 1139 miles from Chicago and 1139 from Los Angeles. This sign is a replica of the original sign from 1912.
Midway Point marker.
Midpoint Café and Fab 40 Motel.
A funny note about this next pic. This group is from Germany and they met us in Paris Springs, Missouri. We talked to them for a while and exchanged emails.
This trip I have to say was one of the best times I’ve had. We didn’t really plan anything other than being someplace to sleep at night. It was all on the fly. We knew we wanted to drive on Route 66. I realized a lot of things as well. Thinking about how simple and nice things used to be. The ability to pack your family into the car and drive. To see the things they could have seen and experience I can only image from the relics we passed. My next large trip is to actually see all of Route 66 from Chicago to Santa Monica, California. It’s something I feel I have to do. Route 66 and it’s history won’t be around forever and even now it’s slowly deteriorating into nothing.
I hope you all enjoyed the pics. I wish I could have taken more and had more time to actually see most things. Next time though I’ll take pics of everything.
1 view posted 29 Jun 2013, 07:00
What it's about?
A boy who has been trying to fullfil a promise from long ago to get into Tokyo U. After failing his exams his parents force him to live with his grandma. There he becomes the manager of an apartment complex for girls. Hilarity ensues along with violence and yes romance.
Why I recommend it?
Aside from it being a romance anime there is so much comedy and violence. It has a great blend of all three to make a it a great series to watch. The charactors are pretty decently developed and the side stories all add to the main story.
What I wish it had.
While a majority of the manga was made into the anime, the last part of the story wasn't. So being the person I am I have to know what happens to the main charactors. In the end I ended up buying the last two volumes to see what happened and I was happy about the ending.
Not perfect but still very good. The story is good, but could be a little better. They did a good job fixing it by adding a few OVA's. Other than that it's a great series.
Love Hina Trailer
0 views posted 26 Jun 2013, 07:00
Since I'm a glutton for punishment and can't focus on one story I decided to step into the fanfic zone. I've never written one based on something I didn't create. It's a huge step for me creatively and mentally.▼15 comments
A little run down on the stroy. It's right after the 4th Shinobi War had ended. Everyone was regrouping back at the main command base. The last to arrive was Team Seven(Naruto, Sakura, Sasuke and Kakashi).
The fic will be somewhat canon with my own spin on characters in some aspects. It will also be a Drama/Hurt/Tragedy/Romance fic.
The war has ended and the celebrations have begun. Everyone is happy and should be. The enemies that had threatened eternal peace are gone. Aside from the deaths of friends and comrades there seems to be another casualty, Naruto mental stability. After carrying the weight of the world on his shoulders with the burden he carried had been lifted he snaps. Insanity slowly claims him as he fights to stay in the world he fought for so hard. Who if anyone can bring him back save him?
I've only done the prologue so far and here it is.
Wars are never good regardless of the outcome. There is always a loss of life, sanity and faith when the battles end. Innocence is lost and the guilty pay the cost. Even those that live after the battles can be dead inside. Watching people die, killing it all adds up.
The Fourth Shinobi War was no different. So much loss of life for the “good guys” and yet so little for the enemy. Clans that were once the cornerstone of villages in population and stature, now reduced to nothing more than a few members. Loved ones no longer with the ones they love, just the memories of the time spent. The sanity of the survivors being washed away like a flood hitting a dirt wall, leaving nothing but loss and confusion. You can say losing one’s sanity is worse than death.
One such Shinobi is on the verge of his sanity being washed away, his name is Naruto Uzumaki. Yes, that Naruto. The hero of the village, The Savior, The Jinchuuriki for the Kyūbi no Yōko, friend of those that meet him, and last but not least The Number One Hyperactive Knucklehead Ninja.
With the war having been over for a week now and the Allied Shinobi Forces filing in to the main command base with survivors and dead alike, the aura was joyus and somber. The happy greetings of friends and comrades could be heard all over camp. Sadness and crying of those lost could be heard as well.
The fact of the matter is the war was over and the good had won out. Madara was beaten soundly after Team Seven reunited and used unheard of teamwork and grace. It was a hard fought battle with Sasuke and Naruto taking the brunt of the injuries. Sasuke even saving Sakura from death. In the end Naruto dealt the killing blow sending Madara into oblivion to never return. Kabuto was dead, killed by Itachi. Tobi was gone, killed by his friend. Set free to be with Rin. The Akatsuki were no more. Only small random groups of White Zetsu running around and those were being dealt with quickly. All the Edo’d Shinobi having been sealed away; nobody was left to oppose the Allied Shinobi Forces.
With most of the teams having returned to base. and a few still out doing searches for survivors or security checks. There was one team that was unaccounted for, Team Seven.
Team Seven reunited back as one, Sakura, Sasuke, Naruto and Kakashi. The original Team Seven was back. Worse for the wear, but back.
Sakura was helping Sasuke walk, letting him put his arm around her shoulder to hold his weight. Kakashi walking slowly behind with a limp and arm in a sling.
“Sensai, where is Naruto?” Questioned Sakura.
“He’s back at the battlefield. He said he needed a moment.” Replied Kakashi.
“That baka, he needs medical attention!” Screamed Sakura.
As Sakura was about to open her mouth a chakra wave blasted through the area. The raw power of the blast dropped Team Seven to their knees.
“What was that?” asked Sakura.
“A chakra blast, but no one has that power….. NARUTO!” exclaimed Kakashi
That blast finally reached the command base putting all the shinobi on alert. The fighters cable of combat grabbed their gear and got prepared to be deployed.
“Send out a scout team now!” bellowed Tsunade.
“Hai Hokage-sama, scouts on the way.” Replied an ANBU.
“That felt so much like Naruto’s chakra, I hope he’s ok.” Tsunade said worriedly to herself.
Now able to stand Sakura set Sasuke down and look to Kakashi for the ok. Giving a silent nod she took off in the direction of the blast. As she approached the area she could feel the chakra leaking into the area. It was raw and full of sadness. It wasn’t the normal hate filled chakra of the Kyūbi. It was more like Naruto’s own. When she got close enough to see the epicenter of the blast she saw Naruto standing with his back towards her. Blue chakra was flowing from his body violently. Every wild wave the shot of his body felt like it housed all his emotions and they were spilling out. In tears she ran towards him in hopes of calming him down. Before she reached him Naruto flinched and let out a painful scream followed by another more power blast than the first. Stunned at first Sakura inched forward to get to him. The closer she got the more she felt weighted down by the blast.
Before she was able to touch him, he turned his head to her. Sakura caught his glance and his dead looking eyes. Gone were the bright blue orbs of love and happiness, replaced now with midnight blue orbs of sadness and despair. Aside from his eyes his face showed no emotions, no smile or smirk just a blank face. Sakura knew something was wrong and needed to calm him before something happens. Little did she know she was too late. He had already snapped, now his sanity was being depleted along with his chakra.
Turning his head back around he stance began to falter. His legs were wobbling as his chakra began to fade. Moments later the chakra shroud was gone and his body was falling to the earth.
Sakura could only watch as he dropped to the earth with a thud. Tears streaming down her face she ran to his side and start her medical procedures to see if he was alive. She could sense his heartbeat and her heart settled. Setting his head in her lap she stayed there until the ANBU scout units arrived.
“What happened to you Naruto? Why are you this sad? The wars over and you saved us all.” She thought to herself.
Soon she’d know that reason but it won’t be easy.
So there it is the Prologue. It's a little rough but it's the idea of the story. Any questions ask.
0 views posted 17 Jun 2013, 04:09
Chapter 2. Confines
“Remy hurry we are going to be late for your test.” A young woman said as she hurried around the house looking for things.
“Aren’t you excited Remy? Your birthday and you get to take the test for the academy.” A young man said as he watched the woman running around.
The boy just looked at the two with a confused look on his face.
“What the test for?” He asked
“For admittance into school dear.” The woman answered back to him.
“Will my fwiends be there as well?”
“Not sure dear, if they pass the test then yes. If they don’t pass then you’ll get to make new friends.”
“I don’t wanna make new fwiends.” The boy exclaimed with a bit of sadness.
“Well you’ll still have your friends, but you get to make new ones. Also this will be something that can shape your future for the better.” The man said to the boy.
“I got my bag and keys, so now we can leave” The woman said.
“About time, thought we’d miss this for sure.” The man said with a wink to the woman.
An hour later at the testing academy….
“When I call your name please step forward with most haste and present your paperwork!” Yelled out a tall man in a uniform.
“Remy to the front please, Remy to the front!” The man yelled out.
Remy walked to the front of the line nervously. He’d never been into a large crowded place such as this. It was dark and cold. Other children of his age were nervous as well. Every so often the cries of those could be heard.
“Are you Remy?” A shorter man asked.
“Y-y-yes.” Remy replied nervously.
“Hand me your paperwork and stand over by the gentleman in the white coat.”
Remy gave the man his paperwork and walked over towards the white coat clad man.
His parents watched as their little boy was getting ready to take his entrance test. They were proud but nervous at the same time. They weren’t sure what would happen if he passed or if he failed.
“Remy. Step into the machine and look at the three dots on the screen.” The man in the white coat ordered.
Remy nodded and stepped into the machine. Once positioned a safety door shut to secure him. A screen blinked on and the three dots appeared.
“Starting test phase.” The man outside of the machine said.
Once the man said he was starting the machine started to hum and beep. The screen lit up with more images and words. Gone were the three dots.
A metal arm soon appeared from the back of the machine. It had a purple light shining out from the tip. The metal arm soon started to move slowly from Remy’s head, down his torso to his feet.
After a moment the arm went back up towards his arms and stopped. Another arm came out from the back and grabbed his arm. The first arm’s light changed to a green light and stayed closer to his arm. A few moments later the arm stopped at his forearm. The tip of the metal arm retracted and a new tip came out.
The newly tipped arm started to move closer to his arm. Remy could feel the heat the new tip was producing. In an instant the tip pierced his skin. He screamed out in murderous pain at the intrusive metal arm. He writhed under the pain but could not move from where he was. He soon blacked out from the pain.
His parents could plainly see and hear their boy’s cries of pain, but were restrained from doing anything.
As the boys cries stopped a uniformed man came up to the couple and handed them a small envelope.
“Your son belongs to the academy now. He has the ability to form the needed seal. In that envelope there is compensation for birthing and raising a child with the ability to form a seal.”
His parents were in shock at this. They knew the academy was house and teach their son, but they didn’t know he would become its property.
His mom stepped forward with tears in her eyes. She wanted to get her son and go back home.
“You can’t just take our son. You have no right to do this. He’s just a child!” She screamed out.
“We have full authority to take any child that has abilities. We are in a war and we need to keep the troop population up.” The man loudly spat back that the woman.
She was frozen in place, no words could be spoken.
She watched as more uniformed men opened up the machine and pulled her son out. He was barely conscious. He head bobbled from side to side as he was drug out from the testing area.
His mom followed from a distance screaming out his name.
“REMY!, REMY!, REEEEMMMMMYYYYY!” She finally screamed out falling to her knees.
Remy blinked as he heard someone say scream his name. He was groggy, but knew it was his mom. His head popped up and turned into the direction of the scream.
He fought to get free but the grip of the older men was too strong.
“MOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMM SAME ME!!!!!!” was all he could yet out.
Before he could cause any more issues he was drug though an entry way to a dark room.
“You know belong to us boy!”
End of Dream
Remy’s eyes fluttered at the sting of the sun beating on his eyes. That dream was something he could never escape. It was more than a dream, it was reality.
He tried to move his body to avoid the sun, but was unable to move without feeling the pain in his body.
After laying still for what he thought was a while he moved his head and pried open his eyes enough to see his surroundings. He was confused because he swore he was last in a huge battle outside. Not inside large room.
As he continued to turn his head to look at the room his eyes caught the look of another person in the room. Sitting next to him was a little boy, who was staring back at him with curiosity.
When the boy made eye contact with Remy, his eyes widened. He quickly stood up and ran out of the room. Remy could hear the boy yelling as he ran away.
“Momma, momma the man is awake!” The boy yelled out.
“Is he now? Did he talk to you?”
“No, but he looked at me”
“Well, let’s go see if he wants to talk. He’s been asleep for while now.”
Moments after the boy ran out he could hear footsteps walking back this way. One more person was coming as well. Unable to move much he prepared himself for the worst.
“So I hear that you are awake now?” The women asked.
When he heard that voice his body relaxed. He opened his eyes again and noticed the boy was back, but hiding behind someone. He tilted his head up enough to see the face of the newcomer in the room. He saw the women he saved.
He kept his eyes on her face for what seemed like an eternity. He wasn’t sure why but he couldn’t drop his gaze. Her eyes were a very light blue, almost white. Her skin was tanned, but a very light shade. Her brown hair was let down and stopped around her waist.
“Are you going to stare at me all day or talk to me” The woman said in a low hushed voice.
Remy finally dropped his gaze to the floor. He face had a slight blush creeping in.
“Sorry, I haven’t seen many women since I’ve been in the military. Women aren’t allowed to be fighters, more support and staff.” Remy whispered out.
“It’s ok; you’ve been through a lot from what we could see.”
Remy kept looking at the ground as the woman spoke. He was nervous to say the least.
“I should introduce myself and the little one that has been watching you.” The woman said.
“I’m Eva and this little nosey one is Toren.” She said with a smile as she looked at the boy.
“My name is Remy. Number 4……..”
“I don’t need to know your rank number, just your name.” Eva said quickly.
For some time there was an awkward silence between the two.
“I need to thank you for saving us from those bandits. They always scavenge after battles.”
“No need to thank me. I wasn’t saving you. They were my enemy and they needed to die.”
“Regardless, you saved me and my child.” Eva said as she grabbed his hand.
“I’d like to get up and take my leave. Thank you for fixing me up.” Said Remy.
“There is no rush. You can stay here as long as you need. Since your unit has moved on.”
“I’ll stay for a bit as I still need to fully heal be0fore I head back to base.”Remy stated.
“That works for me. As for your weapons, I need to trust you before I give them back. They are hidden for now.”
As Eva said that, there were sounds of footsteps coming from the front of the house and voices. Three young women were heading back towards the house to see the new addition to the house, the young boy.
“Oh I see he’s awake. He was so cute when he was sleeping.” The young woman said with a wink.
“Don’t scare him away yet, he just got up.” Smirked Eva.
For the rest of the day Remy lay in bed or sat in bed. He wasn’t able to stand and walk. He listened to the sounds of the unfamiliar place. He could see how they acted like a family of sorts, lots of smiles and talking.
He kept watch of Eva as she sped around the house doing this and that. Every so often she’d yell at the little boy or the other women in the house. She’d also check on him every once in a while.
This went on for a few more days as Remy was getting tired of lying in bed and doing nothing. When Eva and the others left for work he decided he’d get up and try to exercise and possibly train. It was a strain getting up by himself after being bedridden for so long. After a few minutes of his muscles getting adjusted to the new weight he tried to walk to the door so he could go outside.
Remy finally made it outside, though it was more like stumbling and falling out the door. The sun hit his eyes like a blazing fire, blinding him. He blocked out the sun with his hands so he could make out where he was and where to go. From what he could see the yard to the house was large and very green. A few trees dotted the yard and a wooden fence outlined it. Flowers were planted in some spots that were made up to look like mini ponds. The path he found led him to the backyard that was just as green, but bigger and with more trees.
After walking around the yard a bit, he decided to start his exercising.
He started out with some stretching and some basic physical workouts. After he was done with that he started up a slow jog pace around the yard. His pace quickened as his strength returned. Soon he was running full speed around the yard. On his last go around he figured he’d try out his speed seal. Activating his seal his speed increased even more. Once the lap was completed he deactivated the seal.
Taking a small break and thinking of the training he wanted to do, he remembered his katana was not in his possession.
He looked around for something to use in its place. Not too worried about the weight of the substitute object or the balance. Soon is sights had settled on a round wooden rod. It was the length of his katana and had some weight to it. Again he was back to his training, slowly drawing his wood weapon as if enemies were attacking. With quick fluid motions he slayed the would be enemies. Activating his speed seal caused those quick fluid movements transform into quick movements that were hard to see. Each swing produced a small gust of wind. Done with the basics Remy wanted to get a little more serious. Activating both seals, he took his stance. Lunging quickly and drawing his sword at the same time was the start. With the sword drawn he slashed and thrust to the air. Every so often he’d flip in various directions and still maintain control enough to slash at his enemies. With his seals activated everything was much more fierce and dangerous than before. With the speed, his strikes were fast and hard to block. With the strength, those strikes that were blocked would still take their toll.
Thinking it was time to end his training he targeted a large plastic container that was standing up in the yard. Going back into his starting stance he froze in place. No movements or breath. At once he lunged at the container, flying past it. A few seconds past before the container broke into pieces.
“SOOOO COOOOOOOLLLLLL!!!” Toren yelled.
“Mommy mommy did you see that?” The boy asked excitedly.
“Yes, I saw him destroy that container.” Eva said with a wicked glare.
“Sorry I was doing some training so I wouldn’t be rusty when I got back to the base.”
“You owe me a new container, but try to keep things quiet. We could hear you out front.”
“Hey, hey can you teach me that?” Toren asked while tugging on Remy’s pant leg.
“That isn’t up to me. Your mom has to be the one to give you permission.”
“Mom can I learn what he was doing, I’ll be careful?” Toren asked with his puppy dog face in full view.
“As long as he doesn’t break anything else we own or you, then yes.” Eva said still glaring at Remy.
Before Eva could get out everything she wanted to say Toren was speeding off towards were Remy was. He was overly excited to learn something like this. Since he lived with only women and they knew nothing in terms of fighting other than kicking and punching in the privates.
“You sure that’s a good idea? Letting him get close to that man?” Questioned Mary.
“I have to agree. He’s not going to be around for long and Toren has never had a father figure, when he leaves that boy will be hurt.” Stated another women.
“I know, I know. He’s just really excited and smiling like I haven’t seen him smile before. I don’t want him to get attached, but I don’t want him to wonder why no men come around.” Whispered Eva.
The three women continued to talk about Remy and Toren. They all wanted the little boy to be happy, but future events would prevent that in more than one way.
To Be Continued….
8 views posted 13 Jun 2013, 22:12
Making this so I can put it up on my wall so peeps can see it.▼37 comments
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8 views posted 12 Jun 2013, 18:51
What it's about?
A boy who is admitted to the hospital with hepatitis A. He meets a young girl around his age that is a patient with a heart condition. She's been hospitalized for most of her life and because of this has no friends. When they first meet the boy only seems to anger her. Hopiing to fix things he agrees to follow her wishes.
Why I recommend it?
On top of it being my favorite genre(romance) it's a very light hearted story. In the short run of the anime you start to feel bad for the girl as she's only known suffering due to her illness. And you feel the same for the boy how begins to love her. It's a more realistic story/plot than most. No sci-fi magic happening here. Just straight to the point real life.
What I wish it had.
More episodes. At only six episodes it is short, but that doesn't deminish it one bit. It would have been nice to have thirteen episodes or twentysix, but six is still great.
Yes yes a perfect rating. I know there are tons more anime out there that derserve it but this one is special and special deserves perfection.
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