Time for an accounting of my adventures over the past few days.
I spent several hours addicted to this game yesterday. Just couldn’t quit playing. I kept trying to go for the next level, getting that upgraded drill bit or that larger fuel cell… it was very addictive. Especially when I discovered the game writers had placed bones and religious artifacts in the lower layers. And the game keeps hinting at some nebulous, faceless threat out killing other hapless miners on the planet and I confess I was curious to find out what it was.
I guess it’s that simple kind of game that keeps me entertained the most these days, games without too much… “work”, I guess.
I’m canceling my City of Villains account. I haven’t played since sometime before Christmas and I can’t see myself ever getting back to it. While that little mining game may have had me addicted for a few hours, that’s the *most* time I’ve ever had for solo game playing at all in the past month, and January is typically the “slow” month. I just don’t have the time to commit to an in-depth game, let alone an online community. Heck, I also haven’t touched my copy of The Elder Scrolls for months, and I’m damned curious to see where that goes.
No time for gaming. Who knew it would ever happen?
So what else have I been doing with my time? Oh, a number of things, I guess. Relaxing quite a bit, really.
Friday night a small group of us went out to see Pan’s Labrynth at The Uptown. Sadly, because the bar upstairs (The Marquee Room, which apparently has it’s own myspace) was hosting some kind of fund-raiser with a “suggested” cover charge of $20 we ended up going to a pub nearby afterward instead and didn’t get to hang out with Scott. Because Ronya had to head to work the next morning we ended up going home before he was off work, too.
Pan’s Labrynth is Very Good in that Very European way… in other words, it’s harsh and edgy in the way that says “You’ve been molly-coddled all your life, and now we’re going to dish you a heaping plate of sharp, rusty Realism”. While half of it is a movie of escapist fantasy (in a more literal sense than I was expecting) it is also an unapologetic movie about post-war Spain as it’s citizens tried to deal with a rather totalitarian government. I’m completely and utterly ignorant of Spain’s history, in it’s entirety, but my impression from the movie is that the forties were a rather bleak time for that country. Some of the violence seemed a little… gratuitous, but it definitely gave you a stark picture of the sociopathic captain and his casual rationalizations for his terrifying black and white perspective. It was very telling, to me anyway, that while we could easily watch and analyze the child-eating monster with the eyes in it’s hands we were considerably less eager to discuss the violence of the captain. The monster was fantasy and easily shelved, mentally, while the captain and his regime were all too real.
Any more than that I’m pretty sure I’ll be spoiling the movie. Just trust me that it’s a movie worth seeing, but I’m not sure if I’ll be able to see it more than once.
Oh, and I’d love to sit down with folks and get everyone’s impression of the ending. As with many of the best films (and most often with European films) the ending could be interpreted in many ways, and some of the interpretations could being concurrent and equally correct at the same time in my opinion.
Friday also saw the arrival of our new king size bed which has been installed in the spare room downstairs. The room is now known as no mere bedroom, but rather The BED Room as the bed pretty much takes it over. Not only isn’t there any room for *any* other furniture in there (we’ve had to revise our plans of buying a couple of stand-alone lamps for each side as they would completely crowd out the corners) but we’re going to have to switch the bedroom door to open outward just so we can close it.
Luckily we chose a bed frame that includes it’s own drawers so we won’t need our dressers downstairs when we move there for the summer. The plan is to use the king size in the basement over the summer and the queen size upstairs through the winter. Seasonal clothing will stay in their respective rooms as well. Then when we have guests they can use whichever bedroom we’re not. Knifty, eh?
Saturday morning Ronya rode off into the sunrise to start her four day rotation. Dianne and I, when we finally got up, spent much of the day wandering around the farmer’s market, after which we gave the giant bed a nice try-out with a much appreciated nap. The mattress is just right for me, which is to say it’s damn near solid. My back didn’t ache at all. Definitely need to get that door moved before we have any guests spend the night, though. When the furnace kicks in it’s like trying to sleep at the end of an airport runway.
Saturday evening I drove out to Brooks to have supper with Ronya before snuggling down for a few episodes of Desperate Housewives with her. Since Ronya’s work partner got her hooked on the show she insisted I get myself up to speed so we can talk about it. I was somewhat skeptical at first, but I confess that I’m getting into some of the deeper plot-lines, not to mention many of the characters make for interesting and in-depth discussions. Bree, in particular, provides much fodder for discussion.
I’m only up to about halfway through the first season, though, so don’t spoil anything for me. Rex is just back from the hospital and Bree is just starting to date the pharmacist. Lynette and Tom have just let their nanny go for being just too darned cute and sexy (and, honestly, she was waaaay cute and sexy) and Gabrielle just handed Carlos’ passport over to their lawyer. I’m not really sure what Susan is up to as I barely pay attention to Teri Hatcher’s character. Honestly, I find her far too embarrassing to care much about. Oh, right, she just gleefully figured out she no longer has any feelings for her ex-husband. Wee.
On a weird sort of side note I recognized both Doug Savant and Richard Burgi from the minor parts they played in Firefly. How geeky is that? Oh, and then I also realized that Doug played Sergent O’Neal in the American version of Godzilla. I’m sure I’ve seen other cast members in other films, but it’s all about the sci-fi geek to me. If they played even some minor role in a favorite sci-fi movie or series I’m sure to pick them out.
Sunday I slept in waaay late and then, as I said, got hooked on that drilling game. I also cleared off my MP3 player and re-stocked it from scratch. I tried out that leveling program last week and so far haven’t had any complaints. I filled the player up to the brim and created a couple of playlists, one for working out and one for relaxing. I’m listening to the chillaxin tracks right now and so far everything seems a-okay.
Sunday evening I was over at Dianne and Shane’s place playing some board games. I brought along Gloom and Roborally and we managed to get in a game of each.
And now tonight I have to start in on all those routine chores I ignored over the weekend.