Hey guys, just wanted to let you know I'm still alive. I kinda dropped below the radar again, but I needed to. Thanks to you guys (Jones, Ian, BJ, etc) who made sure I didn't slip through the cracks. Anyway, I've mostly just been keeping busy. My mom was recently in the hospital & rehab facility, but she's home & recovering well. In fact, today is her birthday, so here is a shout out - Happy Birthday Mom! May the Force be with you always! I was also occupied with my Podcast, which has been going well. I'm finally feeling comfortable in my own skin, as they say. We're averaging 150 - 200+ downloads per episode... not much, but we're having fun. I wish this could be my current job - I'm getting burnt out in my current position. Too much office politics. I ended up taking last week off for some much-needed R&R. I spent a few days crashed on my buddy's couch, watching movies & playing through a couple games (Marvel Ultimate Alliance 2, Family Guy). I ended up bringing a nasty cold back with me, but I've mostly kicked its ass. Tomorrow, it's back to work. I'd applied for a position in another department, so hopefully I'll return to the news of an interview.
Anyway, time to catch up on yesterday's Walking Dead.
I've learned in life that sometimes you need to distance yourself to see things clearly. For the most part, this was my last couple weeks - but it was for the best. Sometimes it's necessary to let the life lessons sink in. First, a special thanks to Outcast & BJ, soon-to-be partners in crime, for keeping me sane. A couple weeks ago, my sister found out she lost her baby. As much as we were all looking forward to welcoming a new addition, this experience reminded us to value what we do have. The same day, I had a professional revelation - to trust only a select few, and to not trust the leadership. My path is going to take a different turn than I'd been planning, but I completely welcome it. On the plus side, my buddy Jax and I started doing a geek-themed Podcast. We've only done two episodes so far, but it's been a blast. It's been a breath of fresh air, really - something different. Anyway, that's about it... gonna pop into Netflix & pass out.
The last few days have been a time of reflection. I'm not the same man I was nine months ago - or I am, but finally in the right mind to say "Fuck you, World" and start coming into my own. What I thought was an ominous dark cloud overhead, was basically my inability (previously) to recognize or pursue greater things in my life. I'd downplay the positive things & allow myself to stay depressed. Well, lately, things have been picking up, and I'm feeling pretty fucking good for the first tme in a while.
I started seeing a Chiropractor, since I found out my insurance covers it. The man is a fucking miracle worker, and I've been having less issues with my neck & lower back.
My friend Crystal got married a couple weeks ago. The wedding was awesome! It was a rock wedding - the ceremony music was instrumental versions of Guns N Roses or Metallica songs, the passages read were song lyrics, and a local cover band got back together just to perform the wedding - which, ironically, my karaoke buddy Joe ran the sound board for them. I also introduced the bride & groom. There were other shenanigans, but I was too drunk to remember.
My sister announced she's pregnant again, with #3. One of my favorite things in this life is being an Uncle. I love the shit out of my nephews, and the thought of another one has me fucking soaring right now!
I have a couple other things in the works. My buddy Jax is starting up a gaming podcast and asked if I'd be a part of it. I never podcasted before, so it'll be a new experience... but I'm looking forward to it. Also, I'm going to be taking on some additional work. My aunt & uncle run an international sprinkler supply company, and they haven't really branched out yet where social media is concerned. They want to bring me aboard to set up & run their social media outlets - Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, etc. We're supposed to talk more this weekend. I'm excited.
Anyway, I have to work in the morning, so I need to drag my tired fucking ass to bed. Stay classy, San Diego.
Sometimes, when I find myself bored at work, I create Top Lists. Here is my most recent creation...
TOP SIX RELIGOIUS NUTS IN GAMING
1) The Reverend (Apocalypse, 1998)
- Not only did he create his own theocracy, but also the Four Horsemen to deliver its apocalypse.
2) Father Zachary Hale Comstock (BioShock Infinite, 2013)
- Created his own religion.
3) Kratos (God Of War, 2005)
- Spartan Warrior wages war against the Gods.
4) Shinnok (Mortal Kombat, 1997)
- A former Elder God, banished to Netherrealm, kills Lucifer and assumes his place as ruler.
5) Dante (Dante's Inferno, 2010)
- Battles his way through Hell just to get a piece of ass.
6) Tribulation Force (Left Behind: Eternal Forces, 2005)
- Just because.
Yesterday, a game developer came into my job to show off & demo their upcoming title. It's a little project they called SAINTS ROW IV. I played it approximately a half hour, and I can say this... it's fucking awesome. I've had limited exposure to the other entries in the series, but I could see myself playing the shit out of this.
I've made two discoveries in the past 48 hours: 1) after enduring a root canal, the surrounding area can be sore for days after, and 2) even on an antidepressant, this will make you one ornery motherfucker. The timing of this was actually fortuitous, as my roommate is out of town for the week. I'll probably take this opportunity to delve further into some retro gaming. I'll start Max Payne, and Duck Tales Remastered also launches on PSN today.
On a side note, I arrived at work this morning to find the an ear broken off my Yoda bobblehead. The ear was intact when I left on Saturday, and everything on my desk was shifted around, which means it was our clumsy-ass cleaning crew. I'd raise hell, but I don't feel like speaking.... still hurts like a motherfucker.