While the six of us were wandering the exhibition hall at Comic-Con on Friday my brother got accosted by a small woman with a microphone and attending cameraman. The wife and I were playing with our nephew. Fast foward to 2:04 to see the results.
If you’ve been paying attention I’ve returned to posting on this blog on a semi-regular basis since the beginning of May. Well now I get to let you all know why I thought I’d dust off the Interweb soapbox.
I’d like to (finally) publically announce my impending fatherhood. Some time right around the new year the wife and I will welcome a new human into the world that we made ourselves. We’re very excited and a little scared. Everything is going well with the pregancy so far. More updates as news warrants. Stay tuned!
I spent the majority of last week in class studying to retake my certification test this upcoming Sunday. I had a nice weekend. I finally got past the synth solo in Rock Band on “The Hand that Feeds” on hard difficulty for guitar by finger tapping on the solo frets with both hands. I played some ET:Quake Wars with my brothers and finished the single player in Crysis. It was a good weekend for games.
Sunday I went into work for a few hours to provide support for a big go-live. It was uneventful from our end which was good. I was able to get home in time to hang out with the wife and brother-in-law to see the Chargers lose their football game.
This week is about catching up at work and getting some studying in for the big test on Sunday.
For those of you who’ve been wondering at what point the strange califronia lifestyle will start to corrupt our hardy midwestern roots, the event horizon may be in sight.
Sunday morning bright and early Paul zipped himself into a full body wet suit and headed off with friend Scott to have his first surfing lesson. Alas, the weather did not cooporate and the waves were deemed unsuitable for a beginner. The rest of the day was spent playing rock band instead so the day was not a total loss.
Sunday will be “take two” and I think I might go along to see what all the fuss is about. First, I am inspired by my husband bravely stepping out to try something new and since everyone around here seems to think it’s the greatest thing in life to go surfing, I guess we can’t knock it until we try it.
With all the travel over Christmas we had a nice relaxing new year at home. We watched Live Free or Die Hard on pay-per-view and fell asleep right around midnight. The next day I made a big batch of yellow curry and we initiated the tour of our Rock Band group “Nothing Special” with Jett on drums, Spike on guitar and Dio singing. It was a lot of fun. The game is a great tool for music appreciation as you see each part of the wide variety of songs broken out over the four parts. We played Radiohead, Nirvana, Weezer, Rolling Stones, and Red Hot Chili Peppers to name a few. I look forward to the next night of rocking out.
I used to hate my birthday being on 12/24. You could never have a party on the day, and even if you pushed it back a month then you have to contend with Thanksgiving. Going to a bar on my 21st was more depressing than a rite of passage. But that was then and this is now and having passed over 1/3 of a century two years ago and moved 1,750 miles to the left and down from my family I enjoy the opportunity I have every year to spend it with them.
We just got back from a great wedding and mini-vacation in Vegas. It was both a fun – and beautiful ceremony. I have only a few pictures but you get the general idea. I wish I got a better picture of Zoe’s train – it was red beads and satin that wrapped from the front and was pleated down the back. I was to busy having fun and forgot to take as many photos as I would have liked to.
Vegas was hopping this weekend. Planet Hollywood had there grand opening and the red carpet was unfurled for Alex and Zoe along with the other A-listers. I did not see anyone famous but Abigayle got her picture taken with John Stewert, Paul’s Dad saw Gene Simmons and others saw Samuel Jackson. The Democrats were there along with a convention for casino gaming. For the pre-wedding festivities, the bachelorettes went to a piano bar in the Paris that turned into a group karaoke event. It was a blast. The guys went off to parts unknown and un-postable on a family friendly site. You’ll have to ask them in person to share.
We didn’t win any cash but scored in other areas. First – I made my flight. I was stuck on the bay bridge in San Francisco behind a car accident that clsoed half the lanes at 6:00 trying to may a 7:25 flight. I pulled into the rental car lot at 7:00 and paid the counter girl who was getting off shift $20 to drive me to the airport so I didn’t have to take the shuttle to the train to the airport. I passed through security at 7:15 and they shut the doors behind me before taking off. Paul arrive from San Diego an hour before me and we took a cab to the MGM Grand Signature where we found our room was not ready. It took them a while to figure out what happened and to fix it and get us in, we got a free upgrade to a 1 bedroom suite. Sounds weird but the room was amazing. It had 3 tv’s (one hidden in a desk in the bedroom on a lift), a full kitchen and two bathrooms. It was a major bonus for our trip. Did I mention the jet tub?
We spent a lot of time catching up with family but did get some shopping done (scored a great jacket) and went to see KA with everyone Saturday night after a perfect dinner – you know, good food, good conversation, good wine. Adam, Abigayle, Paul and I went to the piano bar afterwards – equally funny as the guys tried to get them to play Black Hole Sun and settled for War Pigs by Black Sabbath. They actually did a really good job.
We’re back in the real world this afternoon. It went so fast but we’ll see everyone soon enough since we’re heading home to Kansas for Christmas.
It’s time for holiday lockdown. My birthday coincides with the most celebrated holiday of the year (i.e. I was born on Christmas Eve). Although birthday parties were shuffled around in my earlier years I do appreciate it now because even half a country away I still wind up being with family on my birthday. But that also means that around the time my friends and family are looking for presents for me (and they learned long ago a HappyBirthayMerryChristmas present is patently unfair compared to the gift giving opportunities other people get) it’s the big release time for videogames. I am banned from buying games at a certain point because I’d wind up getting them right when they come out (I still try to convince my wife a regular influx of $50-$60 games is cheaper than a drug habit) and would wind up with a bunch of socks for presents.
Lockdown usually starts around Thanksgiving, so I figure I’ve got one more game I can get and after much deliberation that game is going to be Assassin’s Creed. It was a close call with Mass Effect and Rock Band coming out soon as well, but AC has a very interesting background (the 3rd Crusade) and some gameplay and art direction that I’m sure can hold me through the next 6 weeks. Now that I’ve gotten that blatantly materialistic decision out of the way I can focus on the true meaning of the holidays. To spend time with friends and family and reflect on life and the celebration… and play some videogames.
I’d forgotten the wind in Kansas. It was one of those days where you have to lean your body weight into the car door to keep from slamming it on yourself Friday. The time with my family was wonderful – if short. I did a lot in a three days though.
- saw Kent and Amber’s new house and gigantic lawn
- spent a relaxing day lunching and shopping with my Mom and Mother-In-Law
- made disgusting desserts with my nephew from a kids cookbook
- played mad libs (yes they still exist) and star wars action figures
- ate a massive home made roast beef & mashed potato going away dinner
- went to a going away party for my brother Joe
- took a driving tour of our old house & haunts
- helped my brother Kent learn to drive a bit better through constructive criticism
- helped Joe pack and get ready to move
Now I am home and doggie has become fully mobile! I am impressed with Paul’s amazing care of Roe – but alarmed that he’s on the go so much now. I feel that I should sit still so he doesn’t drag his bum leg around behind me. It’s good that Joe is living with us now, he can watch him until he starts working. The final part of Roe’s saga is in editing and should be up shortly. Now, back to work after my incredibly restful weekend.