Looking Towards 2012

December 27, 2011 at 9:40 pm (General)

With the year almost over, it’s time to look at what’s coming over the horizon.  Actually, looking at what’s coming up is an anytime thing to do.  I guess it’s just sounds better when you preface it with “The new year”.  Many people are making those resolutions, others are hoping this is when they find that job, and most everyone is kind of hoping this is the year that the economy starts its recovery.

I’ve never been a big fan of waiting for the new year to start a resolution.  I figure it you want to do something, start it when you think of it.  I haven’t thought of anything yet so I’m just going to keep working hard and doing my best in the things that need to be done.  Of course, since I work hard, I should be able to relax when I’m not busy which is why gaming is always going to be a subject matter here on my quiet little blog here.

So, looking at the milestones I see that the car has been paid off (hurray!), a little more than 5 years left until retirement, and two or three cards should be paid off this year.  Granted, that sounds like the money thing should be under control, but all that means is the extra money will be used to pay off the cards used for the big stuff.

I’ve been getting fewer and fewer games, but since I have a big stack of games I haven’t played yet, I still have “new” games to start playing.  In fact, the thing I’ve been doing is waiting for games on demand to show up for 20 bucks or cheaper before considering it for purchase.  With a couple of memory sticks, I can keep a few full games (or several arcade) on one and not fill up my hard drive, though I keep current games I’m working on handy on the hard drive.  I still keep a couple bucks out of each paycheck (well, out of what I budget for myself) just in case there’s a game that I just have to get.  There are a couple games I want, but I want to pay off my cards more.  Sure, I’ll get the games…  it’s just going to take me a few months to get them.

Well, it doesn’t seem like much, but it’s a start.  Now if I could just figure out a way to convince the wife we don’t need 1,000 t.v. channels. . .
:p

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New Addition

February 14, 2011 at 10:44 pm (General)

I’m not talking about math here.  Over the weekend, we traveled three hours and picked up a new puppy.

She’s a cute little miniature dachshund that is 10 weeks old and longhaired silver dapple.  We haven’t decided on a name yet, but so far we have it down to two names.  Baillie (Baylee?) or Cali.  The reason it’s down to those two names is because there’s no pretty word for demon dog.  :p

Today we spent going to the vet to make sure everything looked good and get an appointment for her last couple of shots.  Then, because we both had a furlough day, we showed her off to our co-workers.  She slept almost the whole time so when we got home… you guessed it, she was all. wound. up.

She gets along with the other two dachshunds (or I should say the other two tolerate her) and Maggie wants so bad to play, but Maggie wants to chase and the new pup wants to just pounce.  They’re almost on the same page but it’ll take a little time before they’re both running rampant.

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Decision Made

January 31, 2011 at 9:47 pm (General)

All this thinking about which game to play was getting too complicated for me so I just grabbed a game and started playing it.  It just so happened to be ArcaniA:  Gothic 4 that I finally rested upon.

Starting the game, I realized one thing right off the bat…  This game has some problems with it.  Even after installing the game to the hard drive, the frame rate is suffering.  pieces of scenery go missing for a bit and then pop back into existence.  In fact, I could compare the look with Two Worlds (the first one).  The second thing I’ve noticed is that the dialog is not the best.  Even being better than Two Worlds, it still is awful.  At least I’ve got the basics of the fighting.

I’m sure this game will grow on me as I play through it like the aforementioned Two Worlds did.  However, I figure I’ll still try for the couple of achievements left in Dark Messiah:  Might and Magic, which despite some bad reviews does have its own little charm.

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The Weather Outside is. . . Frightful

December 17, 2010 at 4:53 pm (General)

Here in the Sierra Nevadas, the snow is coming down.  In fact, it has been coming down all day long.

I found out just how bad the roads were when I headed out to a store to pick something up.  It didn’t look too bad on the roads, but yeah, they were pretty slick.  I managed to keep my speed down to a safe area and got myself there and back.

My wife drove to work and she doesn’t like driving in this kind of stuff so I walked 25 minutes to get to where she worked so I could drive her home.  Not to bad of a walk but people just don’t like to stop to let pedestrians cross the street.

Since I work till 11pm it shall be really interesting to see how the roads are, although they are saying that it should all turn to rain later tonight and then we have the threat of floods like we did in ’97…  That one was “fun”.  Nothing wakes you up faster than looking out the window and seeing there is a river where the street used to be.

I just hope I can get out and about tomorrow so I can get my Christmas shopping done!

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The Holiday Stretch

December 14, 2010 at 8:29 pm (General)

Christmas is coming up fast and I still have some shopping to do.  I was all ready to go out and get stuff last weekend, but never got the chance.  This weekend will have to be my opportunity and I don’t relish the thought of being out and about with almost everybody else.

My nephew is going to be out here for about a month, staying with my parents.  Of course, he’ll probably come over for a day and we’ll more than likely turn the Xbox360 on and play some games.  It’s been over a year since he was last out here so I’m sure he’s grown up a bit.

After next week things will start settling down and I can get back into a more relaxed routine!

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New Location, New Look

October 21, 2010 at 4:50 pm (General)

Well, I finally decided to move to the new Location since Microsoft no longer wants to deal with our gaming blogs. I can say I’m am thoroughly underwhelmed so far.

No longer do I have my gamercard or Xbox360 information which is the main reason I even started my blog. I guess if I can no longer find a way to incorporate my gaming into a blog, there really is no reason to continue blogging.

I can’t even navigate well. Everything is very counter intuitive. I’ve poked a little here and there, but there are very little on the descriptions – unless you want a theme, there’s plenty of information for those.

You can probably tell I’m not impressed.

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Still Kickin’

October 11, 2010 at 10:22 pm (General)

It has been a little while since I’ve blogged about anything in particular.  I have a minute or two so I thought I’d just ramble a little bit just to show that I’m still causing mischief.
 
I’m still reading the Discworld books by Terry Pratchett, I’m just not listing them anymore.  Usually when I try to read an entire series I lose interest and stop reading somewhere in the middle of it.  This series though I’m still reading when I get a chance.
 
Gaming (and the books) sort of took a back seat for three weeks while I had company visiting.  My wife’s parents came out and opportunities to relax were very few, especially when we had a deck to build.
 
Now that I have a little more time, I decided to attempt to get some achievements from Rock Band by playing Bass and Vocals by myself for the band achievements.  So far I can tell it’s going to be extremely tricky but hopefully with a little practice I’ll be able to make it through.

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Case of the Blahs

February 11, 2010 at 10:47 pm (General)

It’s been a few weeks now, but I’m just not doing the things that I find enjoyable.  What’s with the blahs anyway?  Do they just wait somewhere and pounce when you least expect it?  Perhaps they sneak up from behind and you don’t realize it until it’s too late.   However they do it, they got me.
 
It feels like I don’t have the time to just relax.  Work is being crazy, and when I get home I unwind a little by playing some 360.  The problem with playing after work is that the wife is asleep.  I downloaded a couple of new games on the arcade, Zombie Apocolypse and 3-D Mini Golf.  I don’t need the sound on to play those.  this means I haven’t been playing any retail games, because by the time I wake up it’s time to go and do other things like get ready to go back to work.
 
Maybe it’s just the winter weather dragging on and knowing that spring is getting closer.

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Scaling Back

January 20, 2010 at 10:12 pm (General)

As you can see, I’ve simplified my page.  No longer do I have my completion lists, nor extra links.  Well, they’re still there… just in hiding.
 
My lists were so outdated I didn’t see why I should keep them up there.  In fact, I don’t think I’ve updated those lists in about a year or so.  I also got rid of my game ‘want list’ for the same reason.  I’ve focused so much on playing my games that I’m finding fewer and fewer reasons to come back to this.
 
What prompted this?  Pretty much the other sites I used to visit – such as 360Voice.com have deteriorated to a point where they are no longer fun.  Granted I didn’t go so far as deleting my accounts, but the bad taste they have been leaving has definately driven me out.  So far this has actually worked out for me, giving me more time to play my games.  Borderlands for example… but Dragon Age is also waiting patiently to get its turn.
 
Meanwhile, perhaps this scaled back version will also allow me to make more frequent updates to my blog.

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Things Keeping Me Occupied

October 7, 2009 at 10:01 am (General)

It’s been a wild week and not much of it has been good.  I hate blogging about the bad stuff, but what can I do?  Significant things get blogged about.
 
So what’s been on my plate?  First of all, another leak from the outside faucet.  That was Saturday bright and early.  Same place where the leak was three weeks ago so that wasn’t a good find.  I called the plumber and they said they could get there Monday.  Guess what?  They didn’t show up on Monday. I called them a couple times during the day letting them know that I had to shut the water off it was getting that bad.  Finally got a call back late in the afternoon (4:30) and they guy couldn’t get there Monday but he did say that he would show up first thing Tuesday.  That he did and he did fix the leak, but he said that we’re getting too much pressure from the city water and that our regulator needs to be replaced.  So. . . until the end of the week we’ll see what happens.
 
Work has been . . . well, work.  Including a Sunday.  Still looking for a little vacation time to relax, but the wife is getting sick so I’ll be busy even on my off days for a little bit.  Got one of the two positions filled in our area so after a little more training things should still be busy but more manageable.
 
Now we get to Monday Night.  >sigh<  Even on a good day, Vikings give the Packers nothing but trouble.  I didn’t care though, they usually put on a good show and I could not get the enthusiasm to watch it.  I don’t know if it was from the events of the week or seeing Favre wearing purple or a mix of the two, but I just sat there and watched the game with no emotion.  I have to admit it was a great game, but from the beginning you would thought that it was 53 to nothing if you were to see me sitting there.  In fact, I don’t think there were any good games on tv all of Sunday either.  Definately nothing like the previous three weeks.
 
All that and limited gaming.  I played a little bit here and there.  Started Rock Band, started Condemned 2, but haven’t really gotten too far into either one.  I need some time off bad.  Thursday and Friday are those days off and maybe Monday.  I’m going to try and get back on track.
 
Wish me luck.
:p

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