Friday, September 25, 2009

Comic Planetary Alignment

Sometimes in life things line up to be very funny. I'm calling it Comic Planetary Alignment. Here's how it worked for me:

Wednesday afternoon (while at work):

I talked to me mom on the phone and decided that I hate my job and would like to do something else. Unfortunately I don't think my present job is really giving me the skill sets to find another job, not doing what I'm doing now.

Wednesday night (while on Xbox Live)

I finally got to play with some of the boys. My brother kai brought back the Call of Duty: World at War disk I left in the 360 that I recently got back from repair. I was testing it out before giving the console back to him and totally forgot I left the disk in the machine. That was last Saturday night. Since then it seemed like I was a pariah with everyone on my friend's list. Nobody wanted to play with me. At first I was sad, but then I took advantage of my quarantine and did some more work in Lost Odyssey and other single player games. Once I had the disk back I played with the guys and it was good to hear their voices again (and to know I no longer had that "leper-outcast-unclean" stigma just because I didn't have a particular game).

Thursday lunch (in the office cafe)

Someone left a newspaper out on the table I sat down at. Normally I read the newspaper online but I thought I'd riffle through it for kicks. I found the comics and couldn't remember when the last time I read ANY comic stripes was. When I got to Pearls Before Swine I laughed out loud. It took my job experience combined with Genghis Khan's voice to finally put me in a good mood (at least good enough to get through the day).

Here's the Comic Planetary Alignment courtesy of Pearls before Swine (click the image to see a larger view). And a link to the website so you can follow the whole story.

Friday, September 11, 2009

Poll Results - Alaskan cruise adventure?

Here are the results for the latest poll:

What's going to happen to me on my Alaskan Cruise?

I'll accidentally fall overboard = 0 votes
I'll piss someone off and be pushed overboard = 0 votes
I'll get lost on a shore excursion in the middle of the wilderness = 1 vote
I'll meet the lumber-jack man of my dreams and stay in AK = 3 votes
I'll go through video game withdrawal and have to be committed = 4 votes

I didn't vote in this poll. I couldn't find the time before I left and when I got back it was too late. If I would have voted before I left I think I would have picked the first one. After I came back I wish it would have been the second one, but I'm too polite to piss anyone off (however much I wanted to while on the cruise).

I heard there was a very high ratio of men to women in Alaskan so I wish I could have met the man of my dreams there, but alas those single men I did meet were college kids (or just out of college) looking to pick up cash in summer employment. They were way too young for me. I'm not the cougar type.

As for going through video game withdrawal? I was prepared for that. I took my PSP with me on the trip (I still can't find where I packed my GBA SP). Unfortunately I never even took it out of the case. There was just way too much stuff to do on the ship. And when I did have some free time to kill and nothing interested me I took a book to read or some cross stitch project to work on.

I thought about playing the PSP but I didn't want to get in the middle of a dungeon and have the battery die out. Since there's not an abundance of outlets on the ship in the common areas that meant staying in the cabin. Every time I tried to get some peace and quiet by doing that my parents walked in 5 minutes later . . . and then yelled at me for hiding out in the cabin. Five minutes after that I would be walking out the door (with a book in hand) trying to find some quiet place where nobody would annoy the crap out of me.

As for the trip itself, it was fantastic. Except for the fact that I came home with pneumonia. I had that for 3 weeks before I finally started to feel better this week. Unfortunately the last week of the month is always the busiest time for me at work so there's been no rest for the wary. I have a CD of all the pictures I took but I haven't gone through them yet. When I do I'll post a couple from each port and tell ya all what I did. I know you're just dying to find out.

As fun as the trip was I did miss you guys. With some of you I felt I had to introduce myself again. But they say "absence makes the heart grow fonder". Did you miss me too?