||[09 May 2011|11:19am]
It's been a couple of months since I've posted, but I do drop into LJ and read a couple times a week. I guess it's another case of, if you don't have something to complain about, you usually don't post. I think thats kind of terrible, and I want to be better about it. I haven't abandoned this place for facebook.
I don't post all that regularly in my gaming blog either, to be honest, which I need to be better about. If you didn't know about it, its at http://devgamer.blogspot.com
I mostly talk about games there, and maybe a bit of music. I should pay more attention to it, because quite honestly, I do accumulate a bit of money from there, but its slow thanks to my neglect. When I make an honest stab at posting there, I can make a couple bucks per post in terms of traffic.
I'm really in a routine right now, that isn't particularly good or bad, it just is. I go to work 5 days a week, I don't ever do overtime thanks to how awesome the guys that run the company are. If I'll end up doing any OT it will be in the next month or two, and thats because we are a month or two from going gold and shipping. Thats right. I'm working at a video game company, we are past code complete, and I haven't worked a whit of overtime.
On the weekends, the cute k and are catch up on things we havent done all week like shopping, cleaning, and house maintenance.
Thats about the whole routine. It's not really exciting, and its not very dramatic to tell you the truth. Life is a drama, but we are the bit actors right now it seems. Thats ok, we like it like this. We live in a quiet town, on a quiet street in a quiet house (except for me, I'm loud).
A couple of events recently:
A couple weeks ago we went to Sakura-Con. I think I posted videos of the last time we went, which was about 2 years ago. I had a good time, just like the first time, because if anything its so visually interesting to see thousands of people dressed as anime and video game characters walking around. To be honest, I think I would have as much fun just sitting around all way watching them pass by as I would going into the exhibition hall, which really isn't much more than vending booths. I did like the vending booths this year though, because there was alot more video game related stuff. In fact, classic gaming was heavily represented here, and it happens to be a major interest of mine. I don't know what it is about seattle, but there are a bunch of shops sprouting up that buy and sell classic games, going all the way back to the 70s. This is huge for people like me who like to collect these kinds of things. I have an entire room of our house dedicated as a game room, which houses my classic games and game systems. Anyways, they were heavily represented this year, which lead me to buying a classic ps1 game for kelly that shes been seeking for several years (bust a groove) and I found an Atari Lynx handheld system, which I scored for 50 bucks (well worth it, these things are rare!). Anyways, we didn't stay too long, but we had a good time. It just one of those yearly events that pop up around here that we like to go to when we can.
A month or two ago we went to the Seattle dog show. We got there really early, because we wanted to see the Cavalier King Charles dogs do their thing, and we got to meet a bunch of them, which was fun for us as Cav owners. We ended up watching a few of the rings, then saw some dog dancing and watched the agility trials before we left. We ended up spending some money there and got the dogs these nice washable dog pads for their crates, which have proved to be a great purchase so far. They are really durable, and the dogs seem to like them.
About a week ago, I performed some improv guitar at the local tavern, but it was a disaster to say the least. Normally, I fare pretty well when it comes to improvising guitar, but like so many things in life, your success is often closely tied to those you surround yourself with. At this event, your name is drawn from a list of random people and a band is put together. As soon as I walked in the door the even organizer put me right on stage ( as a side note, he's a session guitarist for Queensryche and Geoff Tate's solo work, nice guy). Just before I take the stage, Joe, (the organizer guy) warned me that the drummer was terrible and I would have to be really obvious to keep the guy on beat. Well I get on stage, and sure enough it was a disaster. The guy wanted to play some kind of blues shuffle, and anyone that knows me as a guitarist knows I have no interest in playing bluesy material, so it didn't go well. We played 2 or 3 songs, and it was pretty much a musician's nightmare in front of an audience of maybe 30 people. Lol. oh well. I might do the event again, its once every couple months, but I don't know. It was pretty brutal. Joe was nice and complimeted me on the effort, and even tried to make me feel better by saying that drummer guy should never be allowed on a stage, but what can you do? I was embarassed.