coryanotado: (silly - I pinch)

Management always has the right to change the list. This is the final list!

1. Suzanne

Suzanne, my lovely girlfriend, obviously tops my list again. Throughout struggles and fights, ups and downs, happy moments and trying times, we’ve grown as a couple and as people, and I know that I truly love her. Even through struggles like moving off to college and the difficulties of a long-distance relationship, we’ve managed to be stronger than ever. I appreciate what she does for me, I treasure her in my life and I love her to pieces.

2. Lolo and Lola
My grandparents, Rev. Paquito M. Anotado and Mrs. Lilia G. Anotado (I like formally typing their names out like that. It’s fun), retired this summer. Their initial plan was to take things slow and retire and move back to the Philippines after I graduated from college. An eager homebuyer in the States and extremely cheap land in the Philippines sped up the plan. It really was difficult seeing Lolo and Lola (the Tagalog words for grandpa and grandma) leave. They had essentially raised me; watching me while my mom and dad were at work. I’m glad that they’re happy in their giant house in the Philippines.

3. St. Basil Court
This was the year I moved on campus and started living at La Salle University. It was a pretty drastic change, moving from home where I had complete privacy but detachment from campus to being connected to campus but having someone (namely, my roommate Tim) being around when I’m trying to masturbate. Tim and I had a rough adjustment, but I think we’re OK now. And my floor really isn’t all that bad, except for Fucking Donna who lives across the hall. Those who live on the floor know what I’m talking about.

4. Deal or No Deal
Every so often, I create a game that generates a little traffic to my website. And usually, it’s something people usually don’t see online. When Deal or No Deal hit it big in the states, I took it upon myself to create the online version, as I am wont to do. It actually turned out pretty well, despite some coding flaws with the banker, but those were fixed rather quickly. I put it on Newgrounds.com and it ended up with Daily 3rd Place, front-page honors, and a metric fuck-ton of views. Addicting Games wanted it on their website, and as soon as you know it, the game has had over 1.5 million plays in the course of a month. Then Endemol Holdings found out and struck the game out all over the Internet.

5. Meal or No Meal
Well, Addicting Games saw the amazing potential that this stupid little game of luck had, and the advertising revenue that it brought in, and decided to say, “Hey, Cory. We’ll pay you money if you convert Deal or No Deal into a game that we can keep onto the website without fear of death by the hands of Endemol.” That was a good enough deal (no pun intended) for me to officially become a professional video game programmer. At this rate, Pacdude Games, an official game house produces about 2 officially published games a year. Crazy!

6. Wilson College
Suzanne goes there. I visit every so often. It is 3 hours away. I love it. I love the atmosphere. I love the class structure. I love my friends up there. The food is awesome, and hey, they have a big screen TV and no one complains when I watch ESPN. Beth, Karen, Yeip, Alicia, Rosa… Gah, so many people! It really has shaped me going up there. I’m learning to love the small-town feel that Chambersburg, PA has, and hey, I love the drive.

7. La Salle University Class of 2006
Specifically, the friends I made in that class. George, Ray, Fay, Ed, Renee, Doc, Terry, Pat and Ben come immediately to mind as people I knew, hung out with, trusted and became good friends with. Graduation also made me realize that friends in college are fleeting. Treasure them, collegiate friends. They won’t be around forever. Or they’ll become sports anchors for a small market in Wyoming.

8. Ken Jennings
Or, more specifically, Ken’s book, Brainiac. I am in the book, spouting off gibberish about Family Feud lights and stuff. More importantly, it showed me that yes, some of the thing that I do online actually make a difference. (I founded buzzerblog.com and because of the quick traffic growth we had, Ken Jennings interviewed me. As if I have credibility.) No one’s really said much of anything to me without me showing them the book, so well, it’s just a little reminder of who I was, always with me in print.

9. The Programming Center
My job in the programming center is one of the best jobs I’ve ever had. The pay is good, the hours are great, and I’ve made a couple new friends due to the job and the stuff I’ve had to do with it. I work Late Night events and get to hang out with awesome people (like Jo Anna, so shut up, you’re in the stupid Pacdude 10) and do fun stuff. It’s a big job, too, so it’s not like I’m taking stuff lightly, but it really is a lot of fun. Speaking of which, I wonder what my hours are this semester…

10. WEXP

True, it’s only a college radio station. True, it’s no big deal. But hey, when I didn’t get elected as program manager and stupid Douche got elected as GM, it hurt. The whole ordeal was trying emotionally and mentally, because I put so much of my heart and soul into the station, and I could see it slipping away. I’ve slowed my role with the station, and it’s calmed me and really given me time to do other stuff, and the station’s management is realizing that Douche was a bad choice, so that’s good. Maybe I’ll run for program manager in the Spring. Who knows?

coryanotado: (la salle - katie's lover)
Me and [livejournal.com profile] katieliz have dubbed this weekend the VH1 Best Weekend Ever™ for me. Why, you might ask, is this weekend the Best Weekend Ever™, or even to a lesser extent, why this weekend is starting on a Thursday. Be patient, my friend, for this is an explanation worthy of awe.

Tonight, me and Katie went to the Barnes and Noble on 18th and Walnut to hear Frank Warren speak. Frank Warren is the keeper of PostSecret, a website where anonymous strangers send postcards with secrets to Frank. They can range from humorous to serious to downright scary, but the most important part is that they are all real; someone out there has felt this secret you're reading on your screen. I bought his newest book, My Secret, and he signed it for me. Katie got one too. Cosi for dinner and no parking ticket rounded off the great evening.

Tomorrow is the La Salle Haunted House. I made the poster for the haunted house, and ever the helpful one, am going to be a zombie. I'm not sure, but I think I get to count it as work for Late Night La Salle. I'll have to check my schedule.

Saturday, the Dresden Dolls (whom [livejournal.com profile] genericpunkgrrl introduced me to) are playing a YRock (nee Y100) Sonic Session at the TLA on Saturday and I reserved us 2 spots. We're gonna get lunch and then jam out acoustic intimate style.

Sunday, the Jaguars are coming to the Linc and my report time is 8:30 in the morning. What does this mean? Well, I have to make the church bulletin on Saturday this week, but more importantly, I get more hours at work. Plus, and here's hoping I'm not wrong, the Eagles should win this one. Like we should have won the last two games anyway.

Overall, this will be a weekend filled with great plans and I can't wait to live them all up. I am internally skeeeeeeeeeeeing in delight just thinking about this weekend.

Come to think of it, I've had two awesome weekends in a row! Wilson last week, Philly this week... At this rate, I'll be the world's first roller-skating chainsaw-juggling porn star to complete the Best Three Week Trifecta™!
coryanotado: (silly - James Lipton brings the ass)
Well, I'm back in Philly. The drive was pretty good; even the traffic wasn't all that bad once I got off the Turnpike. I have some laundry to do, I have a trophy, and I'm making ramen noodles. I'm not doing so bad.

Tim's computer's acting funny, and I can't help but hear his bitching about it. It's time to get that tablet PC he doesn't need!

I owe [livejournal.com profile] a_blue_orange some music.
I owe [livejournal.com profile] colorwhirl a great time next time she's here in Philly. This weekend was awesome.

Once a certain Jessica Buchanan gets me my raw pictures of me this weekend, I will share.

Now, there's some soup with my name on it.

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