I accomplished one whole new year goal.
I am also tired of seeing commercials for Chipotle and thinking, “man, that looks really good” only to have Chipotle and say, “meh at best”. I think Chipotle is what would happen if someone saw Mexican food but had never tasted it and tried to recreate it. The taco truck I hit up the other night was half the price and way better, though I should have ordered more.
I beat Earthbound. Some of the tasks in the game are incredibly obtuse and without strategy guides I would never have been able to get through it. I know the play time is supposedly somewhere around 25-30 hours but it took me around 50 hours or more.
The ending was less grand than I expected, but like a metaphor for life itself, it’s really about the journey than the ending. My 7-year-old started playing it also because he wants to play what I’m playing.
Next up: Links Awakening.
Clearly my kids are more xbox and leas tackle box.
i tried to take them fishing today with the cub scout pack and it did not go well. They were impatient, Ill-behaved, and obnoxious. Those, by the way were the highlights.
The only thing I caught was my little one’s hoodie, that somehow was caught in the wind, and blown into the river. He bawled like a baby while yelling about how I was going to kill him and he was going to be grounded forever. (Dramatic much?) It took probably 30 casts and a few weight resets to catch the sweater, which was rapidly waterlogged and sank. It was nearly as hard to get the swamp smell off myself.
I could do probably 200 flights of stairs, so long as they are all down.
I’m going to just go ahead and throw it out there. I am going to do things I have never done before. Here are my goals for 2022:
Legend of Zelda: Link’s Awakening – I am to the 4th dungeon, as I have been for months. I will finish it come hell or high water.
At least one of: CronoTrigger or Earthbound – I have been putting this off for bloody ever.
Psychonauts 2 – there’s really no reason not to. It isn’t THAT long of a game, but it’s an issue of sitting down to do it.
Bioshock- I have bought this game (well, set of games) 3 times now. Once on the Xbox 360, but then I got the Xbox One and installed it. Then I got the collection set digitally when I got my Series X (launch day) and I bought it on Switch when it was on a big sale at GameStop. I will play through at least 1 and 2 this year. Infinite if I have time and energy.
Finish Fallout 4 maybe. I realized after watching a Triple Jump video on YouTube (games for people with too much time on their hands) the game came out in 2015. I borrowed my brother’s PS4 and played some ungodly number of hours before I got my Xbox One. I think I have like 50 hours into the game but last time I played I could not remember what I was doing/ where I was going for the life of me.
Ren & Stimpy: Space Madness. I bought this game boy game in 1996? I will get past the 2nd level this year.
I will leave this open for future additions. Starting small.
We got around 8” total of snow since Sunday in the wee hours. Just missed a white Christmas by a few hours. It’s still cold and icy. Everyone be safe out there. The weather is insane these days.
Ok. So I complained about it a lot. There’s some good Christmas stuff too.
Die Hard- even before it was trendy. I remember watching it with my dad. It’s festive, it’s fun, it’s a classic.
Love Actually- yes, it’s considered to be pop fluff but nearly everything in the movie is perfect.
Simpsons Christmas Special- much like Charlie Brown the underdog comes through.
Scrooged- the best telling of A Christmas Carol.
Muppets Christmas Carol- almost as good as Scrooged.
How the Grinch Stole Christmas- the original.
Best music :
12 days of Christmas- tie between the muppets/ John Denver and Straight No Chaser.
Dominic the Donkey- Lou Monte.
Pentatonix Christmas albums.
so there. I’m a huge grinch, but I said something nice about it.
I am grinchy. I make no bones about that, and I even “celebrated” December 1st by changing my MS Teams picture to the Grinch. It was hard to find a picture in which he wasn’t looking happy. I don’t need to remind myself about how terrible the 2018 version of The Grinch was either, but that comes to mind.
So here’s the worst Christmas songs:
Paul McCartney: Wonderful Christmastime. This used to be my least favorite song. Not just Christmas, but everything. The worst Beatle. The worst of his terrible writing.
NewSong: Christmas Shoes. I know everyone hates on Christmas Shoes and there’s a good reason for that. It’s garbage. Pure and simple emotional manipulation.
Traditional: Twelve Days of Christmas (with exceptions for versions featuring Straight No Chaser and The Muppets.) We get it. You have a bird fetish. Gross. Who is going to clean up after this?
I was going to put Mariah Carey’s version of All I Want for Christmas on here, but I have to admit she has some undeniable talent as a performer even if she cannot hit high notes anymore. We all say you lipsync on New Years Eve a few years ago Mariah.
The WORST OF THE BUNCH: Taylor Swift: Christmas Tree Farm. This would be ok if it were written and performed by a 7 year old. I hate Kanye West but I can cut him some slack for interrupting this song full of “these lyrics are dumb, but they need to rhyme” schlock. I would rather listen to any other song because at least they put in the effort. I put in more effort to write papers when I had screwed around playing games or whatever and started writing it the night before. GAH. Just no. I would rather watch the 2018 The Grinch than hear this again. There is just no excuse for this.
I guarantee I will have heard all of these in the next 4 hours.
♪I get up! And nothin’ ever gets me down…♪
Stupid computer. Alexa! Play CLASSIC ROCK…
♪She’s a good girl. Loves her mama…♪
UGH. ALEXA! PLAY C-L-A-S-S-I-C R-O-C-K…
♪She’s got a smile that seems to me…♪
How does this thing not understand what classic rock is? ♪Where do we go now?♪ It keeps playing contemporary hit…. ♪Where do we go?♪ oh no…. you don’t think…
No, it MUST be Alexa. I can’t possibly be that old.