Hey all! In case you missed the first announcement, I wanted to remind everyone that there's now another payment method I accept for purchasing access to behind-the-scenes extras and commissioning me for videos, and that's Amazon e-gift card.
I still accept Cash App and Patreon as my main payment processors, and in case neither of those options work for you, you can now send Amazon e-gift cards to my email address firstname.lastname@example.org to count as a payment!
All you have to do is select the amount you wish to send, enter my email address, and the card will be sent directly to me. An instant link to send the gift cards can be found by clicking here.
These are the only 3 payment methods I accept and I will not accept cash or checks in the mail or use any other third-party payment processor.
Thanks for your continued love and support into the new year! 💚
I want to take a moment to give a shout-out to K2. He's the one featured friend who's continued to find the time and motivation to continue coming around to hang out and be part of The No Deo Hero show with me no matter what hardships have come his way, whereas everyone else has dropped out due to time management, lack of interest, or spousal issues.
K2 first made an appearance in my videos back in 2017. I created the show in 2015, so he goes way back and is still coming around to this day. I met him at a job we both momentarily worked at together, and while he and I were playing a game of Super Smash Bros. one day with T-Wrex and Tuna Kan Kel, I told him about the YouTube channel I have and the video commissions I film for my fans. He liked the idea and gave it a try, and after a while he got into the groove of it and grew to enjoy it.
While T-Wrex and Tuna Kan Kel eventually dropped out, K2 and I have kept in touch and we continue to keep the dream alive. The No Deo Hero is and always has been my show that I created and have been the sole operator and editor of since the beginning, but the friends who participate on it with me make it all the more special and fun, and I know K2 has a lot of fans out there who regularly express their love for him and his involvement.
K2 just stopped by yesterday and filmed some video commissions that had come in for the two of us. Expect to see more of him on the channel as well as in behind-the-scenes extras that are going to be detailed on my official website, and yes, he is still available for custom commissions at this time too!
Thanks K2 for continuing to be a part of the impact I'm making on peoples' lives!
We may already be in the second month of the new year, but it's never too late for resolutions or to make positive changes to your life. Tonight, on February 3rd, I quit drinking alcohol.
I had actually quit drinking years ago before I rented a room at T-Wrex's house. When I moved in with him, he liked to drink a lot and was hoping to have a drinking buddy as a roommate so I eventually started drinking beer again. For the record, I've never been an alcoholic and don't have any memories of getting so drunk I threw up or blacked out, and recently I was only drinking a beer or two on my days off from work.
I realized several facts about the matter of me drinking. Alcohol doesn't really do much for me aside from giving me a strange feeling in my head, clouding my judgment and motor skills, and messing with my mood and thoughts. It's also costly, unnecessary, and to a person who's been eating, working out, and living healthy for a long time now, outright unhealthy.
So what's the point then, I thought? I don't need a vice that hardly does anything useful or fun for me. I quit smoking weed ten years ago because all it did was make me paranoid and anxious, which is the opposite of what it did for me when I smoked it as a teenager. In high school, marijuana helped combat the teenage social anxiety I experienced and made everything hilarious and enjoyable, but after I grew up and grew out of that anxiety, it suddenly turned on me and caused me to have paranoid thoughts and freak out. The obvious choice was to quit.
Alcohol used to be a lot of fun too when I was younger. Drinking underage and in my early 20's made me feel tingly and invincible, but that feeling stopped happening a while ago. I realize so many people who continue abusing substances do so because they desire to chase that early feeling they got from it that they simply won't be able to reproduce no matter how much they put into their bodies.
For me, I just saw beer as a treat for me to enjoy as a celebration of my days off from work. I had stopped drinking liquor years before this because my body stopped tolerating it, and listening to my body now, it's time to stop with beer as well. At the end of the day, it simply goes hand in hand with all the other unnecessary things I've given up in life after my body began rejecting them, including meat, fried food, fast food, sweets, coffee, food or drinks with added sugar, and tobacco. I'm also a very minimalist person so I won't continue with something that's pointless to me.
I had been considering quitting again for a while. Tonight I made the decision and poured the remaining cans of beer that were in my refrigerator down the drain. I won't buy anymore after doing that.
2022 is going to see a sober Primal 😊
Happy Year of the Tiger, everyone! Why am I celebrating the lunar year right now, you may wonder? Because while my satirical punk persona is a rat and there is in fact a Year of the Rat, by birth I am actually a Tiger. So in other words, this is truly my year 🐯
I'm not superstitious, but I am a fan of culture and folklore, and I have to admit that after reading everything about the Tiger personality years ago, I have to say that it describes me exceptionally well. Take this opening paragraph for example:
"Tigers are courageous and active people who love a good challenge and adventure in life.
Like their eponymous zodiac animal, people born in years of the Tiger are vigorous and ambitious, daring and courageous, enthusiastic and generous, self-confident with a sense of justice and a commitment to help others for the greater good."
All of this is true for me. It also states green is a lucky color, 3 is a lucky number, and white is an unlucky color for Tigers. My favorite color is green, my favorite number is 3, and my least favorite color to wear is white. A wild coincidence, isn't it? Reading on:
"People born in years of the Tiger are fiercely independent and possess strong self-esteem. They like to act alone and are not very gregarious. They are most likely optimistic and enthusiastic by nature, and always seem to have endless energy, especially at work. Their energetic presence and intense eyes are the greatest charm of Tiger natives. Their vitality is apparent to anyone at a glance, and people are instinctively drawn to this larger than life quality in them.
Tigers are lively and cheerful, and they love freedom and independence. They are a zodiac sign that absolutely must have their personal space. Tigers usually have a keen sense of justice. When faced with injustices, whether against themselves or others, you can be sure Tigers will not stand aside. However, Tigers may also appear unrefined or thoughtless in the way they handle things. In a less developed person, these traits can easily turn into ignorance or foolhardiness."
I embrace punk subculture not just for the music, art, or style, but also largely for the independence factor. I've always been an independent person and I prefer to live alone and have no interest in dating or marriage. I don't hang with cliques or flock to social situations with a bunch of random people. I'm very energetic and passionate as well as a hard worker, and I'm known for these qualities. My fiery passion in standing up for what is right is sometimes misinterpreted as anger but not everyone can understand the passion of another.
"Tigers are courageous and authoritative, although they have a cute and charming side as well to those who know them more intimately. Their ambitions run sky-high, however, and Tigers will never treat them as pipe dreams. They are adventurers with the courage to be a pioneer in the line of work they choose. They work tirelessly to realize their dream of changing the world in some way, one step at a time. Tigers never mince their words, but always speak forthrightly and boldly. They are honest and judicious, almost chivalrous in a way that does not seem to fit the modern world. This quality makes them natural leaders that others gravitate toward. They have a strong sense of responsibility and will always keep their word and uphold their obligations."
This is also all true for me. My dream of making a positive impact on the world is with The No Deo Hero and I will never forfeit that dream no matter what obstacles I've had to face along the way. I'm also very straightforward and prefer to be honest with people all the time, even if the truth may potentially hurt that person, because I feel they need to hear it and I believe it's wrong to fake it or lie. I always keep my word on everything too and pride myself on this fact.
And now we move onto the "weaknesses" section for Tigers:
"Tigers can be very rebellious, often too self-confident to want to coordinate or communicate with others. That frequently leaves them lonely. They may find themselves isolated at work or in the community. They can be dictators with potential love interests and unable to create a happy family life. Likewise, they may have a lot of acquaintances or professional contacts, but may not have any real friends. No one likes to always be alone. That is a fact that the proud Tiger has to learn to accept in themselves.
In pursuit of their goals and ambition, Tigers can be stubborn and brash, possibly willing to use whatever means to achieve their goals. This can appear too domineering for others’ tastes because, with such single-minded focus on their pursuit, Tigers may very well disregard others’ feelings."
I'm very rebellious and my own best friend, and I also don't mind if I don't have anyone to hang out with though I do enjoy having fun with friends. I have a very small circle of people I consider actual friends, but I will make the effort to meet new friends because I prefer not to be alone all the time.
That last part rings true for me too. I'm so passionate about my video production and I'll often try to network with other people I meet and get them to somehow fit being a part of it into their busy life, and it may give the impression that it's the only thing I care about since I don't really go out much. But The No Deo Hero is my creation that I myself created and I'm so proud and thankful to have it that I can't hide the passion I have for it and I do find myself remembering that I need to keep other peoples' feelings in mind when it comes to it.
To sum it up, I'm indeed an energetic person with a fiery passion who values independence and hard work and I will speak my mind and stand up for what is right for the greater good. I truly hope The No Deo Hero changes the world for the better.
I'm looking forward to a great Year of the Tiger, so 2022... prepare to hear me roar!
- Primal 🐅