How's it hangin', people? I'd love to say I hit the Mega Millions, traveled the world & other fun shit, but that's not how I roll. Figured it was time for an update... it's been a while.
WORK: My Nemesis is vanquished - he left for another job. Now that he's gone, all the hostility I felt toward my job is gone. We have a new Department Director now, and she's amazing. It's also time for our 6-month review, which is looking decent this time around.
HEALTH: I'm actually feeling pretty good. Weight loss is slow, but I'm more consistent in making better food choices (except for the week of my birthday, I gave myself a free pass).
DATING: Yeah, I retired from that shit. As I put myself out there, I had a revelation. The truly good (single) American women are already taken, or they don't live in Illinois. Besides, between work & hobbies & family, I'm good. My life's not lacking; at least, I don't feel that it is, and that's the important thing.
OTHER STUFF: Fourth of July weekend, I went to Columbus, OH to visit some long-time gaming friends. It was a great little getaway, especially coming off of helping with a memorial for a coworker that passed away. I saw one of the most impressive fireworks displays I've ever seen, and got to see the Columbus Zoo. And something that's no big deal to you guys (but kinda one to me) - I helped my buddy change his brake pads & rotors. Since I could never drive, I never saw the point in picking up any automotive mechanical knowledge. But it was pretty cool.... and now, when I look at working on brakes in Forza, things make a little more sense.
So, I wanted to get everyone's opinion on something. Some of you have known me for a while - and even if not, there is no one here whose opinion I don't respect. So, a few weeks ago, I stopped Podcasting. In a nutshell, I teamed back up with Jackson to revive Geeks On The Mic, and he went batshit crazy after some listener feedback that preferred my offerings and style above his. The "professional" couldn't stand to be shown up by a rookie, so he scrapped everything. Anyway, I took a few weeks off for my birthday & family affairs, but now I'm looking to jump back in the saddle & do something. I'm just not sure what. I could easily start up a Podcast - I have the equipment, a buddy committing to co-host (but keep me in charge so I don't get fucked over), all that. But I kinda want to try something different, like a YouTube channel. I want to do reviews, let's play videos, that kind of thing. But then, I also want to try my hand at making indie games. I bought RPG Maker VX Ace during the Steam Summer Sale, and I've been messing around with it - and making a game has always been an unspoken passion of mine (I didn't want to get my hopes up since I couldn't afford the schooling). But there it is. What I'm hoping is, you guys can help direct me in the path I should go. Do I...
Make an indie RPG?
Or, take a break, do nothing, and just enjoy life?
I'll leave it at that for now. I have to get back to doing some work.
Last weekend I decided to move to a new apartment in Tampa. When I was shown the area and the demo apartment everything was great. It had everything I was looking for and a great location. I gave my notice to my current place and begun the moving process. I thought something was fishy when they wouldn't let me view my apartment until I moved in. I must have been smoking something because my god this place was ghetto. My neighbor piled up all her trash outside her door. It stunk and was covered in flies. Later that evening she got into a massive fight with her boyfriend. I could hear every word. As I was leaving I saw a possible drug deal at the corner. I knew I made a mistake.
Luckily I was able to get out of my lease. I had a 30 day satisfaction guarantee with an out clause. I rented a storage locker and pull all my belongings in it. I have to crash at my parents house for a month until I figure out what to do. Hey, at least I have my playstation to kill time.....