I received some of my money back from the U.S. Government. Still waiting on a response to my request for federal matching funds for my “duxup really wants more cool stuff” program. The refund wasn’t the cause of the following spending but it more than covered it all and that is nice.
I’m a penny pincher so while I bought a bunch of stuff I wanted I also felt fairly nervous about doing so. It is one of those odd quirks that has often saved me from buying stuff that I shouldn’t. So far I haven't regretted any of the following purchases.
I bought a Nintendo Wii. I’ll say this for Nintendo their approach is often interesting and unique and more so than ever with the Wii. Wii Sports comes with the system and it is a great deal of fun. I’m disappointed that the wife has surpassed me in bowling but she’s still unable to beat me in tennis although she does somehow manage to pull off those super fast serves better than I do.
About the wife, she loves the Wii. * rimshot * . She’s pretty skeptical about games, in almost a Jack Thompson sort of way. However, over time I have worn her down and she to one level or another accepted that I play video games. She was skeptical when I noted that I thought she might like the Wii * rimshot * but after playing the first day she really enjoyed it.
I have discovered that the wife is very competitive. I noticed this in card games and such but really picked it up since we’ve been playing the Wii at least every other day. To the point where I prescribe days where she is “banished from the Wii” * rimshot * so that she can recover * rimshot * .
I bought a handful of other games as well: Super Paper Mario is a great game. The new Zelda game is keen but only if you’re in the mood for “more of the same”. Really the Zelda formula is keen and I’m sure Nitendo has no apparent financial reason to change right now but if it really feels like OoT and Wind Waker with a different skin and nothing more except a little motion action with the controllers.
Wario Ware is frantic fun. Super Monkey ball is all right, but the little I’ve played it makes me sort of wish the tilt control was not used and it was like the old SMB games. Also about 90% of the SMB mini games stink. Wii Play comes with an extra Wiimote. So essentially it is a $10 game and a Wiimote. If you’re going to buy an extra Wiimote then you may as well buy Wii Play, otherwise it isn’t really worth it IMO. The wife loves Wii Play's cow racing… * rimshot? * .
The Wii a unique system and word has it the traditional non gamers like it too. The games however have a distinct divide between Wii games like Wii Play and Wii Sports and traditional games like SMB and Zelda. The wife has no interest in the more traditional games and I wonder if Nintendo can either develop or encourage enough development to keep the momentum going or if Nintendo’s trademark “game droughts” that last for many months. Perhaps that will slow and maybe even stop whatever progress they’ve made into the "non gamer" market. Wii will see . . . * no rimshot * .
After perusing the local bike sops I ended up buying two Raleigh 2007 Passage 4.0 bikes, one for me one for the wife. From what I had seen I felt it was a good hybrid bike that was about (a bit more but not much) where we wanted to spend money. We went for a couple easy rides around the neighborhood and I have noticed I need to adjust my seat a bit “down” as it feels as though it is riding a bit … “up” in the front. A bit too snug there. The manual is annoying as it says about adjusting the seat angle “Your dealer can adjust saddle angle or teach you how to do it”. WTF is the point of a manual then?
The wife got the women’s version as being short the big crossbar bar in the middle can be a PIA. She likes that it is much easier for her to get on and off and stand with the bike without that bar there.
I haven’t ridden a bike in a long time but getting used to the shocks will take time as they are awfully effective. I was used to having a good feel for the road and while it is nice that I can hit stuff and never notice, it is a bit disconcerting at times. I’m often thinking “is my front tire low on pressure”. It’s not, it’s just a really smooth ride.
I’d been debating on what TV to buy for a good five months now. I eventually decided that HDTV prices are still dropping at a fairly regular rate and the fact that this TV was going to be used in our home “office” meant that fretting over details was fairly pointless as I could splurge on a nice TV later when our main TV gets replaced a few years down the road.
Accordingly I went with the Consumer Reports Best Buy TV. It is from some odd brand called Olevia. There’s an umlaut in there so that’s cool… It might not have a thousand inputs, might not have the highest contrast ratio but the price is right and you can buy it at your local Target. Let the spazzing of the internet audio video fanboys begin ;)
Anyway the wife had an extra 10% off and the price changed this past weekend so just this weekend it went from $699 to $648 to under $600 with the 10% off coupon. As expected as soon as we moved out the old bulbous 32” TV and put the new 32” LCD HDTV on top of one of our nice wooden cabinets it made for a ton safed space in the home office.
There are no plans to buy HD service from the cable company. The over the air HD channels are just fine, the 360 looks great on the new TV, and the saved space is enough for now.
|< Photo Fun Contest 3: Submit! | BBC White season: 'Rivers of Blood' >|