Welcome to our monthly(ish) Focus on a Fan feature!
The rest of this post is in the very capable hands of Mr MihaelJKeehl!
Well...hmmm. Where to start.
Hey everyone... this is MihaelJKeehl. Long time no see. I guess MRSJeevas wasn't too thrilled with me being gone and insisted I check in. Whelp... hmm
The last I spoke to most of you was after Orangepunch did my interview on Guns and Games.
Sure do miss that site.
At the time I was working as a pizza delivery guy and going to school for welding. Seems like just yesterday but damn... it was a while ago.
Well let's recap from there.
I had lost touch with pretty much everyone except MelMat. That's right NicotineUke and I had parted ways and I lost touch with the rest of my MLife Family. Mostly because of my own inability to contact them.
I got lazy... I dunno...
I completed my studies as a welder and was hired by the school I graduated from as a Welding Shop Technician.
I had the opportunity to teach the students and repair machines, while working on special projects.
I was commissioned to build the school's mascot after the old one suddenly fell apart after a storm.
That's the nearly 10 foot tall Oakey Doke and his 15 foot tall lance. He took me about 6 months in between doing other work around the shop. Yeah that is me standing by him.
He is my pride and joy.
When most of you knew me I lived in California and, minus the 3 weeks MelMat and I lived in Connecticut, I have pretty much always been there.
After working for my college and other shops around the area, my older brother moved to Texas. He was also a welder, so he instantly got involved with the welding community.
After a couple weeks he finds out that the local Technical College was in need of welding teachers. By this point I was already a certified welder, inspector, graduate of the American Welding Society's leadership symposium, assistant instructor and professional fabricator. I applied for the job and to my surprise I got it.
On January 1st 2015, I moved to Texas and began my career as a welding educator. Pretty sweet considering just 3 years ago I had no damn clue what I was going to do with my life.
I love my job and everything about living in the Great State of Texas.
Yes, my YouTube Channel went out the window. One of my subscribers filed a complaint about me using a word they deemed inappropriate. YouTube shut me down. I just let it go at that point.
I guess you could say I still write fanfiction, but I hardly have the time to anymore. I still have my account on fanfiction.net and AO3 Zachary Finnius Oleary. I try to write, but I feel I can't compare to the greats so it discourages me and I give up a lot.
I did however get a sweet tattoo:
So we have: Alakazam (Pokemon), Death the Kid and an OC I created for a story (Soul Eater), Sailor Neptune and Uranus (Sailor Moon) Matt and Mello of course, Levi and Erwin (Attack on Titan), Washu and Ryoko (Tenchi Muyo) and Duo Maxwell and Death Scythe Hell (Gundam Wing).
These anime all mean something deep down in my heart, so I had to give them a spot on my arm.
My recent inception into Attack on Titan has filled the void left by the nearly dead MxM fandom. Levi and Erwin take a very VERY close second place in my YAOI desires. Matt and Mello will always be my main squeeze.
Let's see... anything else? Aside from practically being married to my work I live alone. I have actually been single ever since June of 2013 when NicotineUke and I split paths. It's been bitter-sweet. I have no one to distract me from work, but also no one to snuggle with at the end of the day. :(.
I will say that I am incredibly excited about the news regarding Nintendo releasing the new POKEMON GO app coming out next year. If you haven't heard about it YouTube it like right now!
Thanks, MRSJeevas for thinking about me and suggesting I do this. I don't think I am going to be super active on the forum, but I will do my best.
If you want to reach me just shoot me an email - email@example.com, or Skype - mihaeljkeehl. I also have Snapchat, which is mihaeljkeehl as well. Lastly you can kik me at zfinn2014.
Thanks for reading and keep living the MLife. I know I do.
If you'd like to feature in Focus on a Fan, then please let me know via the contact form on this site. It would be great to know where we can find the old gang!