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Early Christmas Spirit

A lot of people look down on others who set up their Christmas tree early. But to be honest, I don’t care what they think. Especially this year, with COVID-19 and all the chaos in this world this year, it’s alright to boost up your spirit with some joy, right? Joy and cozy is where it’s at for me, even though I spent Christmas all alone. The days are shorter and the nights are longer. So this year, like the previous couple of years, I have set up and decorated my Christmas tree!

My tree is not the biggest. It is 180cm tall and each year I decorate the tree with silver and purple balls and tinsel. It makes my apartment look really cozy! Last month the clock went back one hour, so that means it’s dark here at 5pm. And I am living for it! Light my tree and lit candles. It’s heavenly!

Have you already set up your tree? And what are your thoughts of people being so damn early with decorating?

Leander

Licking my own balls

Nothing too exciting has happened since my last blog post. Except for the fact that I have been very productive with creating videos for my YouTube channel. Doing The Sims 4 speed builds and right now a let’s play as well. It’s been a lot of fun so far. And I have been streaming a lot on Twitch as well. But other than that things have been very mellow.

Earlier this month I was very excited to finally see the season finale of The Walking Dead. We have been waiting for a long time for that and the episode did not disappoint! It was a kick-ass episode. I won’t give out any spoilers, just that it was a kick-ass episode! I am still bummed out that the series will end after season 11. I’ll miss my Daryl! Also, the spin-off of The Walking Dead called World Beyond started. I watched the first two episodes and I am really digging it! I love the concept and storyline. Fear The Walking Dead will start in a few days as well, so more excitement to come. I could wait until the whole new season has ended, so I can binge, but I can’t.

Another show that I did binge is Ratched, on Netflix. Loved it! Not only because Sarah Paulson is in it, but also the whole aesthetic the show has. It takes place in the 1940’s, Loved the colors and 40’s fashion! It was a great show.

And I have been watching some old episodes of Friends as well. I always watch Friends when I have dinner. The other day I watched the series finale, which I haven’t seen in years! Maybe even over a decade! I think I only saw it twice. Because the finale is just too sad for me. I don’t know if there are any other Friends fanatics out there who feel the same. So, I watched the finale again and yes, I had to cry! Ugh, I am such a sensitive bean. Friends will always be one of my favorite shows, ever!

The weather here is gloriously cold. Lots of rain we are having! Which I don’t mind. I only mind it if I have to go out to buy groceries. If not then it’s nice to stay in when it pours! Wearing sweats, lounging on your couch watching shows, or just chill in front of your computer and do some Simming. At the end of the month the clock will go back one hour, which I don’t mind either. It will get darker sooner and I just love it! Turn on the heater, light some candles and stuff. Is there anyone else who enjoys it? And soon I can put out my Christmas tree and decorate, which will make it even more cozy! Who’s ready for it?

Okay, something else… I purchased one t-shirt from my merchandise, the current logo I use on my Twitch channel and on my YouTube channel. Is buying and wearing your own merch like licking your own balls? If that’s the case then I am totally licking them! My merch is going through StreamLabs and I have purchased merch before from another streamer. I was curious how my merch looks like in real life, so I purchased it and I am wearing right now as I am typing this blog post! Of course I had to take a selfie, you know what I mean?

Do not mind my messy “celebrity on a day-off” hair! It’s Sunday and I couldn’t be bothered. You know how it is.

Anyway, I don’t have anything else to talk about. Thank you if you read this blog post in its entirety. You are loved. I wish you all a great rest of your Sunday!

Leander Madonna

My best Madonna experience

Today marks the 16th anniversary of my very special Madonna concert experience that I will never, ever, forget! It was a moment that would have been a dream come true for any die-hard Madonna fan! Back in 2004 Madonna went on tour again with her Re-Invention Tour and after 14 years since her last visit here the one and only Queen of Pop came back to The Netherlands for two sold out concerts at the Gelredome in Arnhem! The last time Madonna came here was in 1990 with the Blond Ambition World Tour, which was my very first Madonna concert that I went to at the Feyenoord Stadium in Rotterdam. I just turned 10 years old when I went to see her then. For her next tours, The Girlie Show Tour (1993) and the Drowned World Tour (2001), she skipped The Netherlands and I was unable to travel abroad to see those tours. I was really bummed out about that. So in early 2004 when the Re-Invention Tour was announced, and two dates were planned in The Netherlands, I managed to get, not only tickets for the shows here in The Netherlands, but also tickets for one show in London and one in Paris! So a total of four shows! The first show I went to of the tour was at Earl’s Court in London, UK, on August 18. The second show I went to was at Bercy in Paris, France, on September 2nd. And the final two shows I went to were here in my home country, at the Gelredome in Arnhem on September 8 and 9.

The last show here was a very special one for me. My dear friend Gisela won special VIP tickets through MTV for the final date at Gelredome. And they were tickets for the so called ‘dance pit’, a special area within the stage! The stage was setup with two pits on the left and right, where a limited amount of people could stand. And you could only get those special tickets through various radio and online giveaways! I was freaking out when my friend won those tickets and ofcourse I was the only person she considered to take with her! I screamed when she told me the exciting news!

That week it was totally Madonna mania for me! Going to two shows in a row! The first show here was amazing! I was there with a few of my former co-workers and Madonna admirers. We had regular floor tickets and were very close to the stage, we all had a blast.

Then it was time for my last show of the tour! And what a way to end my Re-Invention Tour experience! We all got into the venue through a different entrance. All of us lucky winners got special wrist bands and we were all escorted inside by a tour manager, passing crew members and tech people behind the the stage, to one of the special pits on the right side, which was within the actual stage! I couldn’t believe it! It was still hours before the show started and there I was standing within the stage! We were all told that everyone in the dance pit would be a part of the show and that we all have to get super hyped and excited when the show starts! I mean, no problem! I was super hyped for days already!

To make a long story short, it was the best Madonna experience I ever had! For two hours long Madonna was only a few feet away from me. And being in one of the dance pits all the lights on stage was shining on everyone in there. During American Life she kneeled in front of me and I actually touched her knee! I fucking touched Madonna’s knee! And during Like A Prayer she freakin’ high fived me! Somebody fucking pinch me! What a way to end my own little Re-Invention Tour. It was unbelievable! And to think it’s been 16 years ago today! It’s crazy! I will never, ever, forget it! I will cherish it forever!

Here are some pictures that I found on the Internet of that special night. I have saved them on different hard drives for that long! I wish I had better quality pictures, but these were the only ones that I came across. I have circled myself in them, so you can see how close I was to my number one idol!

I doubt there’s anyone out there who has better pictures of that night. But if there is anyone who was also there on September 9 of 2004, who can provide better pictures, please drop me a line! I was in the dance pit on the right side of the stage.

So, til this day I have seen Madonna in concert 10 times!  My first ever concert was the Blond Ambition Tour in 1990, when I was just 10 years old. Four shows of The Re-Invention Tour in 2004, in London, Paris and the two shows here in The Netherlands. The Confessions Tour in 2006 in Amsterdam. The Sticky & Sweet Tour in Amsterdam in 2008 and in Werchter, Belgium in 2009. The MDNA Tour in Amsterdam in 2012. And the last tour I saw was the Rebel Heart Tour in Amsterdam in 2015. Unfortunately I was unable to go to any of the Madame X shows, which was a pity. I hope Madonna will go on tour again and visit The Netherlands again. Because I will be there, for sure! If she’s not coming back here then I have to try and see her show abroad. But, we’ll see when the time comes!

Leander

Two months alcohol free!

It’s been a while since I have blogged. I want to give a little update and tell you all that I have been alcohol free for two months now! Isn’t that amazing? I think so! I haven’t had a drop of alcohol at all. The first couple of weeks were quite hard, but I managed to pull through. And I mentioned before that this is just a detox. I have no intention to never ever have a drink again. I might have a drink again someday, but for now I am just trying to hold on to not drinking anymore. Because I used to drink every single night for the past couple of years. I used to drink the strong kind of beer whenever I was streaming live on Twitch, to kinda let loose. Not good at all! I am proud of myself for making it this far.

I do notice some changes physically. My skin feels smoother and healthier. I may have lost a teeny tiny bit of weight, although lately I have been eating a bit more junk than usual. But that’s okay. I do try to consume plenty of vegetables. But most importantly I feel good. And that’s all that matters, right?

So, what else is new? Well, I am still streaming three nights a week on Twitch. I am having such a blast! If you aren’t following me yet on Twitch, feel free to do so! And lately I have been more active on YouTube as well, recording speed builds in The Sims 4 and uploading it to my channel. I really hope to stick to it from now on, because I have been inactive on YouTube for quite some time in the past and I notice it with the amount of views I currently get, which have been dropped drastically. But that’s okay, I enjoy creating content. And when you enjoy something, the rest will come.

I can’t believe it is September already! This year sucks balls big time! For me and everyone else on this planet! Damn Covid-19! And some parts of the world who are dealing with lots of social injustice too and also bad leadership. We are living in dark times right now and I don’t know when all the crap and chaos will end. You know how some people say it’s ‘the end of the world’? It does feel like that sometimes, doesn’t it? Like the end of the world as we knew it! Sure, there’s been a lot of chaos in the world before, but this year it feels like it’s multiplied. It’s kinda frightening when you think about it. We are all kind of in the unknown right now, doesn’t it feel like that? We don’t know what’s to come and what’s going to happen next! The only thing we can do is to keep our heads up and take each day as it comes.

But, anyway! Moving on…

Since a few weeks ago I have been binge watching The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air on Netflix! I have seen a lot of episodes back in the day, but not all of them in order. So, I started to do so a few weeks ago and I am having a blast. So nostalgic! I am currently in the final season and I have a few episodes left to watch. That show makes me laugh out loud!

I am excited for next month, because the season 10 finale of The Walking Dead will be released, plus a new season of Fear The Walking Dead, and the new limited series The Walking Dead: World Beyond will start airing! I am stoked, because we have been waiting for the season 10 finale of The Walking Dead for months! And since season 6 of Fear The Walking Dead and The Walking Dead: World Beyond will air, I get to watch episodes weekly. Loves it!

I still have to watch the new season of Umbrella Academy, but for some reason I am not really feeling it. I may watch it eventually, but right now I am not in the mood for it. You know what sucks tho? Two shows on Netflix that I enjoyed watching are both canceled and won’t return for a second season! I Am Not Okay With This and The Society! It’s really annoying when the cancel a show after only one season, especially when there’s a cliffhanger! I have mentioned this many times and I’m gonna say it again. If you’re gonna cancel a show after only one season, please give them one more season to wrap up a story line, instead of leaving the viewers hanging. What do you think of that idea? I have seen so many shows on Netflix that are discontinued after one season and it sucks! The idea of renewing for one more season to wrap up things sounds like a great idea! It would make a lot people happy, I’m sure of it! But I guess ‘money’ is the issue, right? Ugh!

Anyway, enough ranting! I am gonna wrap it up here and get ready for bed. I wish everyone a great week! Take good care of yourself and enjoy the rest of your week!

Leander Madonna

Happy birthday, Madonna

It’s Madonna day today! Madonna, my number one idol, is turning 62! As many of you know, I grew up listening to Madonna since I was a little boy, back in the mid-80’s and I have been a super fan since then. She has inspired me throughout my life in so many different ways. She has taught me to not be afraid of who I am, making life a little bit more bearable growing as a gay individual, through her music and art. She’s taught me to express myself, which I am sure she’s done with thousands of fans world wide. Now, age 40, she’s still my number one. And I don’t think that will ever change. Thank you for being my number one inspiration, Madonna!

Happy birthday, Madonna!

Leander

My spoopy moments on Twitch – Part 2

Yikes! I love it how my viewers on Twitch make clips when I play scary games! Here’s another little compilation video I made of the latest clips of me playing Root of Evil: The Tailor and Blair Witch! Both pretty frightening games. But I survived it! Enjoy my screams! Beware the volume, you might want to turn it down a little.

I haven’t played a scary game on Twitch in a long time! If you have any suggestions of games I should play, feel free to let me know in the comments. I’d hate it, but I would do anything for some laughs and enjoyment.

Leander

Hundreds of old vlogs

Last year November/December I decided to re-upload all my old vlogs again to my channel on YouTube, and list them as ‘private’. To those who don’t know, I used to be a daily vlogger back in the old days. I had over 900 videos between 2010 and 2013. I wasmainly vlogging to document my life, struggling with depression and lots of ups and downs. The reason why I re-uploaded them again last year is because I deleted all of the original uploads right before I started reinventing my channel with adding The Sims 4 content and other stuff. That was somewhere in 2016. I kinda regret that I deleted them all. I could have easily just put them all on ‘private’ or ‘unlisted’. That way I could easily publish them again in the future and the original upload date would be still in tact. Oh well!

So, yesterday I decided to publish all the vlogs I uploaded and had on ‘private’. At first that didn’t go well. As soon as I selected them all and set them all from ‘private’ to ‘public’ at the same time, I realized that it would ignore the original upload date and it all the videos, over 800 of them, would all be spammed in people’s sub boxes. Oh yeah, the reason why there are just over 800 videos and not 900 is because some of the files I tried to upload were either corrupt or broken. Anyway, I was stressing out about spamming people’s sub box and I tried to figure out what to do. But I fixed it, luckily. I set the status of the vlogs to ‘unlisted’. Phew! No one would want to see 600 new uploads from me in their sub box. So, I fixed the problem.

So, the videos remain ‘unlisted’, but I have made a public playlist on my channel where you have access to them all. And I will be sharing that playlist with you below. Mind you, these were all videos from 2010 ’til 2013. I was such a different person back then, with lots of mental issues, depression, sadness, etc. I personally cannot watch them anymore. I mean, sometimes I watch like a few seconds of it, but then I just switch it off. I have changed a lot since then. All for the better.

Lately I have been thinking about vlogging again, occasionally. It’s been a while since I vlogged and I always used to enjoy it a lot! I would need a new camera, tho. I mean I could vlog on my iPhone but I think it’s better to have a new camera. It’s on my want list!

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