My dad was a mechanic for 20+ years, and for as long as I can remember, I drove him nuts because I would go around the house with a screw driver he left out and take everything apart because I wanted to see how it work. As I grew older I developed an affinity towards computers and electronics, which led me to be “that kid” in High School who changed his grades, crashed the school districts servers, and used the NETSEND command with great success. I would spend my weekends either with my grandparents and uncle working on science projects or dragging my dad outside to help me fix my car (which consisted of him telling me that he would help once I got it taken apart). Those “figure it out” lessons were the probably the greatest gift he could’ve given me growing up.
I joined the US Army in 2004 and went into communications or “commo” for short (25U) where I managed to go from PVT (E1) when I joined to SGT (E5) by the time I returned from my deployment in 2006. After returning home, I was subsequently transferred from a Light Infantry Unit (walking everywhere) to a Mechanized Infantry Unit (Riding in an armored vehicle everywhere) and placed in charge of the Battalion Commo Shop as the current person running the commo shop was scheduled to retire in a few months and I was the only other NCO. This is where things got interesting and my Commo vs. Mechanics ProRevenge story starts…
This is a newcomer’s guide to the gym from a social perspective, focused on the trans* experience. This is not a workout program.
This guide draws upon my own FTM experiences, feel free to add your own experiences.
Disclaimer: I live in a diverse city and go to a left-leaning university. My circumstances could be drastically different from yours. Use your best judgement.
The Locker Room
Bring a friend (who you’re out to) along, they can affirm or stand up for your identity if anyone questions your presence.
Rarely is anyone looking at you while changing, especially in male locker rooms. Find a nice little corner and face the walls, or go to a stall to change. You’d be surprised at how many cis people do the same. I’ve changed tshirts in the locker room while wearing a binder tank after 4 months on T without any problems.
You can also try changing in a bathroom that has less traffic first, then walk to the gym. If the weather is cold, wear a hoodie or sweats on top, then take it off at the gym.
Avoid going at peak hours if you are uncomfortable, it is more likely that you’ll have to change in close proximity with others.
Avoid changing next to old people. They are very comfortable nude and will strike up conversations randomly.
I have never showered at the gym, but bring a towel to dry off my sweat, and deodorant to keep the scents fresh.
I find boxers to be easier than boxer briefs. If I’m wearing briefs, I either pack, or find a really good corner without people. Packing is personally uncomfortable after a especially hard session, due to shifting and sweating. Boxers sort of hide everything, and I feel comfortable standing in them for a bit to cool off.
The Gym (mostly the weight room)
You are NOT the only person who doesn’t know how every equipment works. You can:
Ask a staff for help
Watch YouTube before your workout. I sometimes pull up exercise videos during my workout to check how a machine works because I’m too introverted.
If you don’t like to talk to other people and want to avoid chit-chats:
Stare at the equipment as if you’re formulating your workout plan
If someone is at an equipment you want to use, you can ask them “how many sets do you have left”, which means how many more repeats of the exercise they will be doing. A common etiquette is to let you use the machine right after, if you’re hanging around. Be courteous and give the other person room to finish their workout.
Don’t walk between mirrors and the people training in front of it.
It’s ok to not like looking in your image in the mirror if it triggers dysphoria, but still try to make sure you are performing the exercises correctly by bringing a friend along to form check.
You are not weak. Everyone starts somewhere. The huge guy in the corner? He was once a lanky teenager. It takes immense dedication and discipline to reach the level you see in the media.
THE MUSIC IGNITES THE NIGHT WITH PASSIONATE FIRE MAUREEN I'M NOT A THEATER PERSON THE NARRATION CRACKLES AND POPS WITH INCENDIARY WITH COULD NEVER BE A THEATER PERSON ZOOM IN AS WE BURN THE PAST TO THE GROUND AND FEEL THE HEAT OF THE FUTURE'S GLOW mauREEN?! you're equipment won't work?! OKAY ALRIGHT I'LL GO
“What are you doing? Get the fuck up! It’s not nap time!” “Someone is shooting at me.” “Whelp, my girlfriend killed you.” “Congratulations, you fucked up.” “Oh my god, there are so many things.” “Did I not just do that?” “What is happening?” “Sure, take me. Let’s go.” “My girlfriend is doing all the work!” “You’re almost as confused as I am.” “I just like ran right into this raider camp. It’s fine.” “Random rocks and shit, just hanging out.” “Great. I got a rock.” “Let me just throw my ass just down this hole.” “I love that I’m getting on shit that works on my equipment from the Milky Way, out of these ancient tomb things that the people in this galaxy don’t even know about.” “Do you have to jump over that? You could walk just two inches!” “Guys, bridges are supposed to BRIDGE THINGS.” “I think your bridge is broken.” “I kinda really want to jump down there. I know I’ll die. But I want to.” “The music is going spastic, there’s shit flying in my face, there’s giant turnips in the sky… what the fuck is happening?” “I don’t even know what’s going on.” “Hold still! I want to shoot you!” “Let me live my life.” “My eyes are on fire.” “This water looks like pudding!” “They look like dumb little octopi.” “Now it’s time to die.” “I’m gonna punch your ass even though you fly, c'mere!” “Let’s go, guys! So I don’t die – where the fuck are all of you!?” “Well, it’s DEAD NOW.” “What? What, what, what? I don’t see anything! What do you want? WHAT?!” “I wanna get my MAD LOOT first.” “These robots have the juiciest thighs.” “ARE YOU TELLING ME THEY CRASHED HERE AND NOBODY NOTICED?” “ARE YOU FUCKING HIGH?” “I don’t know what the fuck you want from me, but if you think I believe this shit for one minute–” “Fucking – just die, I’m done with your plot!” “Knife to the eyeball!” “Are you dead now? What happened?” “That’s fucking, like, beautifully stupid.” “You have a little dialogue tree I can shimmy my butt up?” “Oh, get out you dirty whore.”
I just noticed that tracer stores her guns in her arm protector thingies when she doesnt need them and it has officially fucked me up™
I just watched the cinematic trailer again for reference and fun (you know the one where they fight in the museum) and when reaper uses his ult, I noticed that tracer seemed to drop her guns. but then, when she was seeking cover behind that box, she suddenly pulled her guns out again and I was like, jeez, youre not reaper are you?
so I wanted to confirm that she actually dropped the guns and they just seemed to magically shrink? and upon watching it a third time, I noticed that the guns actually twirl around and get pulled into the arm things. they even did an animation for the arm plates opening and closing. its all very quick and with a lot of motion blur but I love the attention to detail they are doing there.
I checked if I could see that in any ingame animation but so far I only noticed the guns being put away in the fingergun emote, all the other emotes are too quick.
and I stared at the shape of the guns and at the shape of the arm thingies a long time and how they open and close and how the guns twirl around and it?? just doesnt make sense??? they shouldnt fit in there?
Caterpillar, Boxer (6 y/o), Newbury Beach, Newbury, NH • “She’s named after heavy equipment. My significant other worked heavy equipment and always wanted a girl Boxer named Caterpillar. She leaps in the air, bites mosquitoes and spits them out before they bite her.”
Since I’m lacking content at the moment, here’s something I’ve been working on in my personal time lately
First- translations may be off. (Heck I think Jack’s name is in Chinese, not Japanese but ><) I tried my best to get the closest translations I could from many different resources, it was the best I could do considering I don’t speak or know how to write in Japanese. Forgive me, I worked hard on them xD)
I love Youtubers, and I love Dangan Ronpa: Boom. Why not combine them?
I tried to look back on Youtubers either with what they’ve said about their past/what they would be doing if they weren’t a Youtuber/Things that suit their personality/interests. Here’s what I came up with:
Musical Technician: Someone who works with electronic equipment used in the recording and performance of music.
Dan: Trouper: An actor or other entertainer, typically one with long experience.
Horticulturist: Someone who uses vast scientific knowledge to cultivate and propagate plants.
Should I continue this? Feel free to inbox requests for your favorite Youtubers!