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SleepDepJoel
Current Residence: Sol system, third planet
Favourite genre of music: Epic Metal
Operating System: Windows 7
Favourite cartoon character: Sonic the Hedgehog
Personal Quote: "...but is it fun?"
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    I live in Japan with my wife now.  She is in the military and was assigned to Okinawa.  We've been settling in for the last couple of months, and i have finally gotten my computer back after several months of shipping time.  This past year and a half has been very hard for both of us, and we are glad to be afforded an opportunity to leave bad memories behind.  Unfortunately Ozzy was unable to come along, but he is in good hands and now keeps my brother-in-law company along with Sundae, his new companion and the only cat he seems capable of getting along with.
    After leaving my job as a playtester, I worked as a waiter for a while.  It actually wasn't so bad; I discovered I have a knack for showmanship and discovered that I might actually own a singing voice.  If you live in the United States please tip your waiters; they're working harder than their smile might tell you.  After there was a shift in bosses, I decided to seek employment elsewhere and got a job as a department manager at a large retail chain.  It sucked.  I think I've added an uncomfortable amount of cynicism to my personality that isn't likely to go away soon.  Eventually my wife was assigned to Japan, a country that was on her wish list, and after much hair-pulling and running around, here we are.
    I've felt emotionally and mentally drained by everything, and there were many times when I opened up my art book and just stared at it.  My mind didn't seem to work like it used to.  I guess I didn't feel like there was any kind of creativity in my new environment to feed off of.  Maybe it'll never feel like how it used to, but the other week I signed onto Steam and was greeted with so much encouragement from people who wondered where I had gone.  I want to remind you: words of kindness can be like a life raft to a drowning man, even if you never know it.
    I am faced with a choice: curl up into a ball and zone out every day wishing for the better times of the past, or get to work making better times in the here and now.  Things will never be the way they were and that's the reality I have to face.  Today I woke up and realized how much time had gone by.  I don't want to blink again and be looking back at another two years spent in self-pity.
    I am the only one who can change my attitude, for better or worse, and I choose to change it for the better.
  • Mood: Artistic
  • Listening to: Blue Suede
  • Reading: Titus Groan
  • Watching: Lectures on Hinduism
  • Playing: Brave Fencer Musashi
  • Eating: Soba Noodles
  • Drinking: Cold coffee

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:iconkayleethedragacron:
KayleetheDragacron Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
How are you at drawing ponies?
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SleepDepJoel Featured By Owner 4 days ago
I have absolutely no clue, but that has never stopped me before.
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KayleetheDragacron Featured By Owner 4 days ago  Hobbyist General Artist
Do you take requests or art trades?
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SleepDepJoel Featured By Owner 2 days ago
I am afraid that I do not, but thanks for considering me!
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TigerDude51087 Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2014
Happy Birthday!

:party: :cake:
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SleepDepJoel Featured By Owner 4 days ago
Why, thank you kindly!
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Kiryu2012 Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2014
Happy Birthday.
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SleepDepJoel Featured By Owner 4 days ago
Thank you, sah!
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RafazainAlFarrel Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Another user worthy of a watch from me. You did a real fine job on those TF2 deviations, mate. Keep 'em comin', now! :D
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Chakrafox21 Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2013
Im curious about how the team views the tf2 world that you make, do they know they can be different people and there can be more then 1 of them?
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SleepDepJoel Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2014
I try not to think about the answer to those mysteries, or else my brain might unravel.
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Chakrafox21 Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2014
That sounds bad considering its outside your head
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dantiscus Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2013  Hobbyist
hope everything's going well over there!
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TigerDude51087 Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2013
Happy Birthday!

:party: :cake:
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SleepDepJoel Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2013
Why, thank you citizen!
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