Finally got this guy finished. I really like it! It’s very light (should be, it has no center) and fast and can easily be used both single or double handed. It isn’t really up to snuff with my typical builds because I had to rush to finish it. My buyer backed out so I thought I would give it to my wife’s nephew. I didn’t have red/yellow paint, like the original image called for, but I think I did pretty good in the blue/silver.
Unfortunately my sword-selling business isn’t working out as well as I had hoped it would, as I haven’t sold a single thing through my Facebook shop at all. It’s a little disappointing, but I’m starting to think that this kind of thing might be best sold at craft fairs and such. I don’t know. I might try and hit some of the nearby parks, where various peoples are enjoying the nice, but hot weather. Perhaps I can entice some young adventurers in need of new arms.
As I look over some of the delectable artwork by Playboy contributor Dean Yeagle (no, I don’t read it, not even for the articles, but have seen Yeagle’s artwork elsewhere) I can’t help but smile at some of the cute and innocent images he draws of his signature character, Mandy.
Mandy is just about every mans dream. Now most of you might look at her and say, “Well, yeah – LOOK at her! What guy wouldn’t drool over that?”, but I would argue that Mandy’s looks are only 50% of her appeal (okay, maybe 60-70%). The rest is in the sheer joy in her face and body language! In every picture I have seen of her she is either smiling or has a ‘pouty face’ look that makes me smile. I especially love these two pictures of her dancing with her dog (as I am writing this ELO’s Don’t Bring Me Down is playing, rather appropriate, actually).
If you want a good husband, one that cant get enough of you, get Mandy-cized! If not in body, then in attitude! A woman with a bright and bubbly attitude is a joy to a man and he looks forward to seeing her every day. She is always on his mind.
Another quicky render I did the other day. I have been looking at some fantastic artists lately like Dean Yeagle and Chris Sanders for some ideas on posing Sonja in something other than combat poses (pre and post death versions). Don’t click on the artist links if you are bothered by some cute nudity and risqué comics (Yeagle is a genius!). As an aside, Chris Sanders was apparently the artist behind the creation, design and style of Disney’s Lilo and Stitch (one of my favorite movies of all time) which can easily be seen in his artwork.
The past couple of weeks have been very disheartening for me, as I have been struggling with several different issues.
My own father told me flat out that men are the problem with the country today, and that we shouldn’t expect women to just submit to their husbands. If a woman knows she is right about something then she has every right to be disobedient (???). He also accused me of thinking women are beneath me – I do not.
I informed my wife that I do not want her seeking counselling with a female clinical psychologist who carries around the title of “pastor”, and has a psychology degree, but would rather have her seek counselling from an older woman of the church. She informed me she was going to do whatever she wanted.
Because of the issue with my wife I believe the pastor of our church hand picked a message on not suppressing the spirit of God by allowing others to use the gifts God gave them (despite the fact that the bible has a specific restriction on certain things like women pastors or people speaking in tongues without a translator – see 1 Corinthians 14)
Because of the issue with the church I believe the head pastor wants to meet with me “for a soda”, but really with the intent of bringing me back onto the reservation. He said he would call me some time this week, but I don’t know.
Because of issues with my daughter and her boyfriend my wife now thinks she needs to butt into their business like a wrecking ball, but when I informed her that I was already going to handle the situation, hopefully with a bit more finesse, I was told that she was going to do what she wanted anyway, and that she cannot trust me to tell our daughter what needs to be said.
Through all this there is no one I can reliably turn to for prayer or advice. You see, even Christian men have been tangled up in the web of feminism, so much so that women’s feelings have taken precedence over scripture. I cannot even bring up the word ‘submit’ without the knee jerk reaction of Christian white knights, who run to the forefront of a mock battle to spread equality through a bible that does not indicate equality. Equal worth, yes, in the eyes of God, but equal authority – not by a long shot.
They say men die sooner than women, for a number of different reasons. They work harder, they play harder, they abuse their bodies much more. Perhaps, another reason, is we just give up sooner. Better to be home with Jesus than to continue struggling against a wife who is a hindrance rather than a help. Against children who are ungrateful and bring shame (not speaking about my own kids). Against a state and a world that does everything to take away what you have grown, what you have built and what you have earned. I have recounted the situation of my wife’s grandpa before – how he was once a tough scrapper, one of the old school hardened men, and how now he is a small and weak man, teetering on the edge of death, but more than ready to go. His wife is overbearing and controls every aspect of their lives, even barring his home nurse from coming into the house and checking on him. I cant help but think this woman, whom he once loved and adored, but who is now a nagging harpy, is one of the main reasons he calmly waits for death. If she was the sweet and loving thing she was back in the day, he might struggle to hold on. To spend one more day with his love – but he knows that woman is gone.
Okay, so what does this post have to do with the recent release of the film “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows”? NOTHING! I just liked the reference and I love, Love, LOVE the TMNT. The movie was better than the last one, but still not all that great.
But I digress. Back to the issue at hand.
Today, as I cruise around my Facebook feed I see, again, a number of posts from Christian women that don’t have much to do with teaching other women to be good, submissive wives or even good Christians in general.
Smart women help men live longer
(Garbage. The trade off of having your mind ‘challenged’ is that your blood pressure spikes cause earlier heart attack because your smartie pants wife won’t do what she is told because she is ‘so darn smart’.)
“Its better to break your own heart by leaving, rather than having that person break your heart every day your with them.”
(Divorce porn much?)
“The problem is women think he will change, he won’t. And men make the mistake of thinking she will never leave, she will”
(Pushing the threat point agenda. Really?
Now these posts are by women in my own family, who know Christ, go to church and read their bibles daily, yet the advice given by these memes and articles is far from godly or smart.
My dilemma is: What do I do when I see these things floating around? My initial reaction is to respond and tell them ‘no’, then point out where they are wrong. There are a couple of problems with this:
One of the ‘rules’ of red pill thinking is DONT SHARE RED PILL THINKING WITH OTHERS. The rest of the world, and ESPECIALLY Christians, will not only reject red pill thinking but may become openly hostile when faced with it. A perfect example is the discussion I had with my father earlier this week in which he started to fly off the handle when I told him that women were ‘inherently herd creatures’. You don’t even have to be a red pill thinker to know the truth in that statement! Hell, the entire advertising industry is built off of this premise! If you can turn your product into a trend amongst women then you stand to make a pretty penny! If I respond to these posts I stand a very good chance of being exposed as someone who goes against the flow, which typically isn’t a problem, but its a different story when family is involved. Instead of being the guy at the office that everyone knows is a jerk and avoids you become cousin Bob who is a woman-hating pig and everyone avoids or, even worse, confronts every time they see you.
I don’t know that it would do much good to say anything. These women have the bible. They read. They claim to know Christ, yet their constant posting of silly feminist memes makes me believe these things hold more sway over their lives than Christ does. It’s a sad commentary, really. Is it my job to point out their hypocrisy and the damage they are doing to other Christian women? Nope, not at all. Even though these women don’t have husbands (divorce or never married to begin with), why does it fall on me to correct them? I am not the family patriarch, and some of these women live many, many hours away from me, so what does it matter?
I WANT to respond because these posts, these memes, these dumb sayings (“If you cant handle me at my worst you sure as hell don’t deserve me at my best.”) go unchallenged. They just scroll down everybody’s feed in silent acceptance. If no one challenges the absurdity then the absurdity becomes someone else’s truth.
This has been a tough week, and its not over yet. I don’t know what to do about this situation, but I suppose that, for the moment, I will just keep my head down, stay in the shadows, and watch the silliness.
…with being a rebellious woman is that if your man ever catches on he is either going to treat you very harshly to get you to fall into place or leave you stranded while he finds someone else. There may be a period of time where he is confused while he is coming to realize the truth, but eventually the pot will boil over, and he will either make you want to leave by becoming an un-moveable object (unless you change) or will leave himself, cutting off his right hand to save his body, no matter the cost.
Unfortunately for most men, they never leave the matrix.