My lovely female half, Whorli, got me the best gift ever yesterday. She got me a Bobble Tass! We had seen Douglas Fargo (from the TV show Eureka) play with his own bobblehead figureine, and I mentioned that that would be super awesome. So she found a website that creates custom bobbleheads:
Isn’t he just the cutest?
Things have been fairly busy since moving back 2 months ago. I’ve been wined and dined by family and friends to the point that I’ve gained 10+ pounds (to a whopping 150!). To balance that, I’ve been playing an awful lot of basketball with my father… who while is not the best competition, still provides a solid workout. And lots of bowling, of course… my league starts this Wednesday.
Also many members of Whorli’s family have visited. Her brother flew with us on the initial move, to carry a cat for us and help with things. Her sister was with us for 2 weeks while attending a summer program at a local university for high school kids. And her grandparents just left after being with us for a few days, headed on a cruise to Canada.
To top all that off, I still don’t have a car. Hopefully that will be fixed soon.
All in all, things have been fairly busy, plus work is going nicely. It’s a different pace from when I was in LA.
On Sunday, I woke up to a borked desktop. This sucked. I tried doing some basic troubleshooting, but it did not work… and because I’m terrible with hardware and my desktop is like my child… I didn’t want to mess with it too much. It’s under warranty, however the company is not open on Sundays (and was also closed for Memorial Day).
So I set my alarm for 8:30 this morning, so that I could call them nice and early and get my comp down to them ASAP. I called them and explained the situation. They said I could bring it in and they’d fix it. The place is in Pasadena, which is 44 miles away as per Google. It took 80 minutes, leaving at 9:15am… gotta love LA traffic. By 10:55, they diagnosed it as motherboard failure and they did not have a replacement in stock, but that new ones were already on order. So I said ok, and now have to sit and wait until they call me to say the mobos are in and that my sexiness is fixed.
I also had a lunch meeting with Troy/Maldon/Dawnerd scheduled for 12:30 in Santa Monica, which I wasn’t sure whether I’d make because of the computer. Since I was done in Pasadena by 11, I headed off to Santa Monica, which is 35 miles from Pasadena, as per Google. That took about 50 minutes; got in right around noon. My bowels were troubling me greatly, so I used the time to find a public bathroom… which is much harder to do than one would expect, as Santa Monica has tons and tons of foot traffic. I wound up meeting up with Troy at 12:40 and we grabbed Subway and chatted for about 45 minutes on the future of FFR and life in general. We’re both on the same page, and I think we have the basics of a deal worked out. This is good.
Then I needed to get back from Santa Monica to the Valley (San Fernando). Google was telling me to take the 405, which was displaying RED for traffic most of the way. I decided to take the PCH and Topanga Canyon instead, which probably took the same amount of time (40 minutes), but is peaceful, scenic, and fun to drive.
And now I am home, on Whorli’s laptop, trying to quickly download my video recording/editing software so that I can re-make a walkthrough that is stuck on my desktop and needs to be ready for a game’s release tomorrow. *sigh*.
The house that Whorli and I live in is owned by her parents. We’ve lived in it for basically 1 year now. And in that year, our toilet and/or tub has backed-up (aka, filled with poo) roughly 6 times. It has been a recurring pain in the ass because there’s apparently something majorly wrong with our pipes, yet they are very difficult to get to. We’ve been told that there are tree roots inside our pipes, and that is causing the plumbing issues. Multiple plumbers (and Whorli’s dad and grandfather) have done their best to fix the issue, but each and every time it’s been a band-aid, only to re-occur a month or two later. Hopefully it’s been fixed for good though, as today’s plumber was here for about 5 hours, dug a giant hole in the backyard, and cut open the pipes.
Guess we’ll find out in a month or two.
PS – Who thinks it’s a good idea to go #2 in a toilet when the tub is back-filled with sewage? Whorli did! Result: Fecal goodness fermenting in the bowl for 24 hours.
I am all alone for New Years. Nobody loves me.
Nah… I don’t really care one way or the other. A bit annoying, but stuff happens. Back when I planned this 2+ week trip to Philly, Whorli was working at 1 place, and was going to have to work Christmas and New Years. So I figured I’d stay in Philly a bit longer, as we wouldn’t be together for ball droppings (lulz). Alas, she quit that job and went to work for a rival place… and now gets off work at 10pm, leaving her free for New Year parties and sharing ball-induced kissy-face with me. Except I’m still in Philly. Top that off with none of my friends live in this area any more (only one even lives in the state) and I’m alone. Oh yeah… did I mention I’ve had a head cold for the past 2 days as well? Yay!
So I’m sitting here watching bowl games on ESPN, reading, doing a bit of work, and trying to breathe without making my headache worse.
One more pro for moving back to Philly; no more holiday worries about being on the same coast as Whorli, my family, or whoever.
I know I say how awesome the guys at Armor are… but it’s hard to stop when they keep doing awesome things for me. About 5 months ago, I wanted to say thanks for everything they’ve done to help me in this industry… so I sent them a candy gift basket. It was extremely well received… but if you ever run into Joey and see his eye patch… it was a candy basket related incident; so my bad on that.
A few days ago, Dan asked me for my address. I was quite curious to know what I was being sent; W-2 came to mind, or a t-shirt. The address that I use is actually Whorli’s parent’s house (which is 3 houses down from where I actually live). This morning, Whorli’s dad came by to drop off 3 packages that had arrived… a hanukkah gift from my mother, some weeaboo stuff from a Japanese girl for Whorli, and a giant f-ing box from one Daniel McNeely. This is what he sent me:
I had a feeling that I would eventually get a gift basket from Dan & Crew… they’re the type of guys that will not forget a present, and will want to return in kind. But I’m blown away by the quality of this basket. I already put down the jerky, which was honestly dried and salted heaven in a pouch. I will be nursing one of the brews later tonight while eating some of the pepperoni and crackers. Some of the items don’t agree with my Brown Diet pallet… but they’ll find a nice home with Whorli’s family.
So once again… I give my sincere and public thanks to Dan, John, Joey, Larry, and everyone else. I owe hugs for this one, which will be given out at FGS (if I don’t see you guys before then).
So Whorli and I want a TON of TV… yet neither of us watch shows when they air. Instead, we download them and watch them either late at night or the next day. We watch some of the same shows, but we also each watch many shows that the other does not.
What’s bothering me is how crappy most of the episodes have been this season for shows that are established. My take on why it’s happening is that these shows have all been around for 4+ seasons, and they’re starting to run out of new and creative material. So they start adding tons of extra filler to drag plot lines out or have mediocre concepts or the directions just aren’t making much sense.
I understand this. If I had to come up with 50 or 100 ideas for 1 TV show that were all above average at a minimum (and amazing at best)… I wouldn’t be able to do it. But that’s why I’m not a writer for a TV show. It’s why I’m not being paid millions of dollars to come up with brilliant material to fill season after season. Of course, you could retort that that isn’t what the networks care about… they just want the episodes to be good enough to keep people watching, keeping ratings high enough to not cancel, and keep ad dollars coming in. Thankfully, it seems that the general TV audience (excluding those who watch reality TV… there’s no hope for those people) is smart enough to recognize the sub-par content they’re being given… ratings on most of the shows in question have dropped this season from last, and from episode to episode. You can view data from Nielsen.
Some of the shows I’m talking about are Heroes, House, all 3 CSIs, 24 (last season), and Weeds… just to name some. On the flip side, shows like HIMYM and South Park continue to be above average at least.
I’m not sure what a solution to this problem is, but maybe some of these shows should take a look at what LOST did, and set a date in the future to end the series. That will give the writers a specific time table to work with and they’ll know exactly how long they need to stretch plots out (or not, ala the ending to Alias) without boring the audience to tears and leave them wondering what the point of that episode was except character A moving from point B to C.
So I said that I’d give my pros and cons for moving back to Philly in an earlier post. Here you go:
Pros for Philly:
-Parents, Grandmother, other close relatives
-Getting away from Whorli’s family
-All Philly sports are on TV locally
-Familiar and comforting surroundings
-Does not take 2 hours to drive 20 miles
-Comcast has 50Mbps package
Cons for Philly:
-Can’t wear t-shirts in January
-Crappy fast food options
-I hate moving… Lived in 10 different places in the past 7 years already
-Few flash game portals have headquarters nearby (Tom Fulp doesn’t return my e-mails)
-I’m content with living in LA and how my life is right now
In the end, I really have no say in the matter… Whorli has my balls in a death vice. She wanted to move to LA 2.5 years ago, I came. Now she wants to move back to Philly, so that is where I go. In the end, I’m ok wherever I live; My life is simple enough and I know both areas very well.
So someone posted a comment saying they were curious about my life. I’ll warn you all up front… it’s pretty boring. Most days, I spend 12+ hours in front of my computer. But today is Friday. Friday, in my life, is Shabbat. For those not familiar, Shabbat is the Jewish day of rest, and it’s from sundown Friday until sundown Saturday (as opposed to Christianity, where Sunday is the day of rest).
I’m not religious… I was raised religious, and I attended services and Sunday/Monday school through 10th grade, getting both a Bar Mitzvah and Confirmation. I was very active in my synagogue’s youth group… etc, etc. Around the time I went to college, I kinda changed my viewpoint on religion, probably because I actually gave it a good thinking about… but that’s not the point of this post. This is all just explaining back information.
My girlfriend, who many who read this know as Whorli (and now the rest of you may know her as this too), is Israeli. About 2.5 years ago, we both moved to SoCal to be close to her family. And when I say close, I mean that her parents live 3 houses down from us. So each Friday, we walk 3 houses down and have Shabbat dinner with her family. But it’s not 5-6 people around the table… no. It’s 20, minimum, every week. Parents, me&her, 2 siblings, 2 grandparents, 3 aunts & 2 husbands, 4 cousins… that’s base of 16. Then always additional random Israelis… friends, distant family, friends who are called family, etc. It’s crazy. Then to top it all off, it’s the same damn food EVERY Friday, for the past 2.5 years.
So that’s how I spend my Friday evenings most weeks. That is #2 reason that I’m happy about moving back to Philly. Full list of Philly pros/cons for another post.