New Year’s Resolutions (2022)

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.

The Best of Christmas

Ok. So I complained about it a lot. There’s some good Christmas stuff too.

Best movies:

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.

Alexa… Play Classic Rock

♪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.

Super Bowl party except without the party

  • I think it’s odd that the back of Tom Brady’s helmet says “end racism” when the front of his hat has historically said “racism is awesome” (paraphrasing)
  • I laughed at two commercials so far: the lemons and Drake from State Farm.
  • I should have bet on Tampa Bay -3 (maybe -6 which would have been 9 points against the spread
  • The last time Tampa Bay won the super bowl I stopped watching the nfl until the rams drafted Mannion and came back to LA
  • halftime: meh. It was ok. Points for creativity I guess.
  • I enjoyed seeing Brady bobble the ball. Tremendously.
  • The It Wasn’t Me commercial made me groan / chuckle.
  • it’s shocking that we are going on 3 hours now. Pat Mahomes has a lot of potential and I’m sure he will get another ring. The first one wasn’t a fluke, it was seized opportunities that didn’t present themselves this time around.
  • Bruce Arians’ mama so old she watched the first football game. Ever.
  • I also wish I had put $20 on nachos. Nachos are always a good bet.
  • Please retire, Tom Brady.

Chaotic Energy

I wish I had the level of energy that my kids have & take for granted every day. Whether it is running laps instead of learning at Cub Scouts or throwing down like a world star video upon winning at candy land.

Children and Politics

Just a moment ago, it became obvious to me that the children are being affected by the political bickering that they are exposed to on the news daily. For the last week, my 5 year old has been complaining that the only thing on TV is the “President Numbers Show” and that there was no possible way that Spongebob would be on since the President Numbers were on EVERY CHANNEL (he’s dramatic).

I knew they were affected slightly because the little one asks questions like, “Why is Donald Trump’s face orange but the rest of him isn’t?” Good question child, good question. Anyway… this morning I was sitting at my desk “working” and he was in the office because he does his distance-learning kindergarten in here… He asked a very important, informed question…

“Dad, do you know how a dog could be the president?” I paused, thought about the order of succession and wondered if it would require a King Ralph level situation. “Well dude, I don’t really think that a…” and then he told me, “Only if it’s in Animal world where everyone is an Animal.” So relieved that he gets that concept.

Kool-Aid is for Closers

My 8 year old, sitting at the table, screwing around instead of doing his (distance-learning) Language Arts to the chagrin of his mother and likely his teacher: “Can I have some Kool-Aid?”

Me: “No. Kool-Aid is for closers.”

Him: Stares at me blankly.

Me: “It’s from a movie (and a play, but he has no concept of theater) called Glengarry Glenn Ross. “

Him: “Is that the same movie, ‘Stop looking at me sawaaaaan.’ is from?”

Me: “No. Not at all.”

Days on Edge -or- Normalcy Through the NELP

Hundreds of firefighters have arrived in town. They are headed upriver to fight the monster Holiday Farm Fire. We have been in Level 1 since Tuesday and holding tight. The cars are packed with stuff and ready to leave within minutes if need be. Thankfully the smoke (which is so thick and heavy the air quality warning levels end far before the level of particulate matter) has changed the weather and it is 20 degrees cooler than it was forecast to be this week. So now we wait.

Quite a few people we know have lost houses, their possessions, and whatnot to the fire. A few of my clients have had to evacuate and some are being evacuated from their evacuation spaces due to the other fires across the state.

We spent today getting things together for people who had lost everything and now I am trying to just maintain the state of normal life by fighting against the most nefarious beast known to mankind. No, not a video game villain, but the NELP. The Never Ending Laundry Pile. A monster so vile and unyielding that it can continue to spawn new heads every time one is severed. (Yes, like a Hydra) So sneaky, it can pile up several feet high in a single day. (Why do kids change their clothes so much when they don’t even go outside?)

At least that’s back to normal.