Mood: Ready to go.
Music: Everything Counts, Depeche Mode
Game: World of Warcraft, Puzzle Pirates, CoD2, EVE Online
Muffin: None. (Although I could use one.)
Traditionally, today, I would have taken the day off.
As friend Maria reminds me, when I was working at Modem Media, getting Halloween off was in my contract.
It was important…because I needed time to shave my head, polish the fangs, finish up last minute fangs for fellow revellers, and get ready for the 2 hour process of making myself up (along with half a dozen other people, who changed from year to year.)
This year, I’m sitting at my desk, with a full head of hair, and no plans to go out. Frankly, I think I’d really like to be out tonight doing the whole thing…the weather is just about perfect for it. And scaring kids (and cops) is definitely a good time. But I think I’m pretty much over it. I just don’t feel like it tonight. I’m saving my energy for packing and moving. And maybe…just maybe…I’m getting a bit old for it. Cleaning spirit gum out of my ears and dealing with ingrown hairs and breaking out due to facepaint is more of a hassle than it’s worth now. Maybe.
I packed about a dozen boxes yesterday while playing EVE (damn you, Smiff.) I threw out (no kidding) FOUR large garbage bags of stuff. I’m certainly going to be leaving NY with a lot less stuff than I thought. I’ll be chucking a ton of furniture, clothing (I have 3 bags full that I’m getting rid of already…), and books (2 boxes full so far…). I removed the majority of my software from the plastic jewelcases and put them in paper sleeves, then put the sleeves in these ammo cans I have. I threw out a packing box full of jewelcases. And now my software takes up less than a quarter of the space it was taking before. Back to travelling light. Unless you consider a mess of computers and a 36 inch widescreen TV that weighs about 200 pounds heavy. In which case….
I spent most of the weekend playing EVE, mining and earning cash. Fear us, EVE universe. Smiff and I will soon have Ubermegaconglomeracorp of DOOM! But first, we need more cash…so out we go to mine, Andy providing the firepower against the dreaded space pirates, me providing a hand in gathering ore for refining. Soon, my friends…we will have the ships we need…and then? Muahahahaha!
I, of course, also played CoD2 multiplayer and singleplayer. Finished the Single Player early on Saturday. I do chew through those types of games. But it really was thoroughly enjoyable. Much better graphics and sound…and fabulous level design for a change. (Aside from the previously mentioned Pointe Du Lac mission…Bleah.) The death/damage system is an excellent change of pace. Instead of a meter that goes down when you get shot, you have a damage over period of time system…you get shot for a lot in a short period, you’re dead. You get pinged and such, if you get behind cover, your meter fills back up…as if you were never shot in the first place. It definitely makes for more tactical play…and I also love what they did with the rifles. Accurate, powerful. You hit someone, they go down. Much better balance with the automatics. I actually prefer rifles in most cases now…which is how it should be.
In WoW, we were supposed to do a few instance runs this weekend, but people just kept popping in and out, so we never actually ran one. We’re supposed to be running Scholomance tonight at 8pm. Guess we’ll see how that works out. So instead of instancing, I got my fishing up to 225 and beyond. It was tedious at spots, but hey…it was also fun to just chill and chat and fish. Which is kinda odd in and of itself. I do need to get keyed and attuned still, and I really should work on that…but whatever.
Lastly, looks like I’m out of here right after Thanksgiving…I’ll let everyone know when the date is set…but until then, just plan on going out to dinner and hanging out a lot. And if you want to help pack, just holler.