Unfortunately not the Buffy "musical" episode... though now that you mention it... ::fires up RealPlayer::
There. Now that I have some music, I can try to recreate this long-assed post. With luck, it'll even make some sense.
So Saturday & Sunday were kinda cool. Got my car back on Saturday (more on that in a bit). Stayed home with the kids and watched a lot of Thundercats, as well as football and Teen Titans (which I will also comment on in a bit). Sunday was more football (best game of the playoffs was definitely between the Steelers & the Colts...amd yes, more on that later) and CoH. Monday & Tuesday found me sitting in my recliner wrapped in my blankets and sucking down hot tea, while periodically hacking up a lung. Yeah, *I* was having chills. To quote mousecat0
: "You don't *get* cold!". Yeah. I was a miserable puppy. Plus I didn't sleep for crap on Monday night. Feeling better today, and off to work I went...
So here's a few of the thoughts and things that went through my fever-and-NyQuil-addled brain over the last few days.
--Me poor car: The fuel pump and line needed to be replaced. This killed the reserves and then some. But it's done, and back home. Grrr.
--The kids: Are doing generally well. Frankie, unfortunately, has had a deep, hacking cough for about a week now, and when OTC meds didn't seem to be helping after the weekend, we got him in to see the pediatrician on Monday. It turns out that he was in the beginning stages of strep throat & and ear infection. So antibiotics were prescribed and we were told to keep going with the OTC meds. He seems to be doing better, so perhaps the combination of meds is helping. Bridget, fortunately, seems to be dodging this bullet, and is enjoying The Magician's Nephew. She's also having fun selling Girl Scout cookies. At present, we're having her sell to family only, to get her used to the idea of selling.
--Last weekend's playoff games: There's actually only one that really requires mention: Steelers vs. Colts. At the end of the game, I had three thoughts: 1: Pittsburgh fans can finally breathe. 2: That *was* an interception; the ref made the call that ensured that he wouldn't get lynched as he was leaving the stadium. 3: While Bettis could have been a little lower, the amount of blame that the TV crew was heaping on him was ridiculous. That hit by the Colts defensive player was a *textbook perfect* shot! It was everything that you're told to do.
--Teen Titans: Yet another great metastory, and the ending rocked my socks. I just find myself slightly frustrated that it went so quickly. There were no...breaks in the storyline. No one shot episodes. But we were also introduced to a crapload of new Titans, including Kid Flash & Jericho (who was used very well, IMNSHO). And I wish I could have seen to look on Dr. Light's face, because Raven was right, he was so going to freak... Want more!!!
--City of Heroes: I find myself slightly frustrated by the game at the moment. It's not CoH in particular, it's a shortcoming I suspect is present in most MMORPG's. Specifically, the inability to interact with the background in a meanigful manner.( Cut for those with no interest in CoH or MMORPG's in general )
All of which means, I suppose, that I need to get into another RPG campaign...
Speaking of gaming, it looks like I'll be going to Origins
again this year. The Event staff has simplified the way in which volunteers are compensated, which is good. And essentially, it means that I'll have my room covered. Once I can confirm my events with GAMA
, I'll post my schedule. I'm only going to demo for SJGames this year - working for two companies was too much for me last year. Worry not, Rabbits, I'll stop by for a while to hang out.
Finally, I'd like to briefly revisit a topic I wrote on last year; namely, the fact that I can't stand this area. I recently finished If Football's a Religion, Why Don't We Have a Prayer? : Philadelphia, Its Faithful, and the Eternal Quest for Sports Salvation
by Jere Longman. In it, he mentions that Philly (and it's surrounding environs) is essentially a blue collar city, despite the fact that it's a major city on the east coast. The people in Philly work hard, play hard, and expect the same from their teams. Pretensiousness and BS aren't tolerated. If they llike you, they'll tell you so. If they don't, they'll let you know that in no uncertain terms. If you give as good as you get, you earn respect. This is where I grew up, in the extended suburbs of what is essentially a midwestern city that happens to be located on the coast.
Where do I live? A dozen miles from the world capitol of BS, pretensiousness, and deceit. Everything around here feels fake. That there's nothing of substance beneath the polished veneer. Is it any wonder that I can't stand it?
The hour is late. It's been over an hour since I started this post. I need my beauty sleep. Hope I didn't bore you.