We had a dinner fail this week. I'm not talking about it.
The Dude is in swim lessons now. It's one of those many times that I wish I could be the parent at home. I feel like I miss a lot of stuff that I'd prefer not to miss. But that's how it is. And don't get me wrong, I know what it means to do that gig day in and day out. It's not glamorous, but you do get to see some really cool stuff. I dunno. Anyway, he's in swim lessons and we're not sure if they're on the radar as a good or bad thing yet. He goes to another one today. Maybe it will be exciting at some point.
My mom is planning a visit. She hasn't been down since February. I miss her. Need to call today and confirm with her what she's planning. We're pretty laid back around our place, so whenever she shows up is all good. Also, my brother will be in town at the end of this month. That's also a good thing. I miss him a lot. We're going to have a good time.
A box from the luthier supply place showed up this week. The last two weekends have been...well...uncomfortable for me because I don't have a project to work on with the boy around. The whole "turning into my dad" thing is accelerating. Next thing you know I'll be in bed by 8 and up at 4. That's PM to AM kids. This ain't college.
We're still not pregnant. This isn't really a hassle or anything. We're all good on that, but we realized that we've been at this for a year now. We were totally spoiled by The Dude. It's not that I mind being forced to get naked with a really hot chick, it's more that her cycle is, like, 40+ days and that makes the timing of things and the number of opportunities weird. Personally, I am pursuing the "pro-active copulation" route so that we can be sure that in the event of ovulation, we're on it. So far, she's pretty receptive. So there's that.
I'm reading some essays by Wendell Berry. Nice to see that a vocal minority is picking up on what he was laying down BACK IN THE FUCKING 70s! Nice work Michael Pollan! No cheap shots at Pollan, really. He does the intro to this collection and acknowledges that he wasn't exactly the first one to have these thoughts. The worst part is that Berry seems to have been right on just about everything. Sadly, those things are all bad. End of the world, etc. Keep watching those RSS feeds for the announcement or text "OMG WE R FUCKED" to some number.
My new guitar sounds good. Really good. Not that you would know that because I haven't posted any mp3z yet. This is because I suck. It's not you, it's me. Me and my summer "issues." But I am getting some things down with more to come soon. I'll have a collection of my own stuff out really, really soon because I have to. Then I can do some justice to my collaborations. I have to get this pile of tunes off of my chest.
I'm prepping a review of Untold Legends: Dark Kingdom. In two words: shit sandwich. One of the worst games I have ever played. According to one walk through we're on the penultimate boss and the entire level is luck. It really is. By this point in an RPG we should be gods and smiting some shit. It should be tough to smite, but not impossible. However, in this stage, there are magic lasers suspended from the ceiling that move randomly through the room and kill with one hit. I appreciate a challenge, but it should be one that is survivable on more than pure luck. We decided that it was no longer fun and quit. As in, not going back. There are so many things wrong with the game. The two player campaign was clearly never tested. There are beautifully rendered archways and chandeliers that COMPLETELY BLOCK THE FUCKING CAMERA IN THE TWO PLAYER CAMPAIGN. On more than one occasion we were fighting completely blind because there was no way to move the camera to give a clear shot. It was frustrating. There was nothing compelling in this game at all. We played along as far as we did because, well, we bought it. Will there ever be a good RPG with two-player-on-the-couch mode again? Hell, I would take a Diabolo II remake if we could do two player. Why O Why must it be this way?
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