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tennis, dark knight, gaming, etc

I have started off the week on the wrong foot, what with waking up at 5am from a dream where I slept in til 3pm and missed all my meetings and got chewed out. It felt very real and I was in a mild panic for a few minutes... but fortunately was able to go back to sleep.

Last Thursday we assembled a ragtag crew for a crab leg night; Captain Jerry's is under new management (although we can't remember if it was last time we went) but the crab legs taste as sweet. Service there is always spotty but you can always get a table, so I am not complaining. eedge and her family just moved back north and I am glad we could do a little socializin'. I also found another cheap beer to add to my list of beloved cheap beers; bud light lime. It's definitely the kind of beer I can put a 6-pack of in anyone's fridge and expect it to still be there when I return.

examorata and I managed another tennis date on Friday, and this one was a doozy. We were out there for 1.5 hours, with a little break, but my wrist didn't hurt much afterwards and I maintained energy! Her intrepid coworker who can actually *play* tennis came out for a bit and hit the ball at us, doling out many compliments! I wonder, are any of you guys out there in internet-land also interested in playing tennis? I would like to play more, or there might be times when Jen can't go and it might be nice to still play! I am kind of doubting I could talk Jack into it.

Saturday my big plans were to see the batman movie and maybe level up one or another of my WoW characters. Done and done: I actually did like the batman movie. The emperor had clothes on and they were entertaining. Highlights for me were the handling of the Harvey Dent story and transformation, since that was one of my favorite things from the cartoon. Although the whole time I'm looking at his jacked-up visage I'm thinking "nuh-uh, his eyeball would fall out." Well, whatever, I mean the Joker was good but I can get more "into" the Dent story. Maggie Gyllenhall/The Girl Character/whatever was a non-event to me, apart from missing Katie Holmes. I suppose I should be irritated by that, the fact that she was just a foil, an object around which the dudes posture and react, but I have completely lost the energy to have that argument anymore. And the real highlight for me was Michael Caine; I am about to rush off to my netflix queue and set up a three-movie Caine filmfest. It does not include "Blame it on Rio". Heath Ledger really was that good. Color me impressed. I thought he could not possibly live up to the ludicrous hype piled on in the weeks before the release. After the flick I dragged Jack through the LLBean and the rest of the mall. Didn't buy much since the birthday is coming up and you never know. We polished off the evening with Sushi King and then herded our slowpoke mains to level 69. We may have level 70s before they raise the stupid cap again!

Harvest Moon DS makes me feel like a moron, by the way. Tiny children can play this game, and I'm still wondering if my turnips will ever grow and where I can get more seeds. And then I read online that you have to like, raise the entire town's friendship factors? This game is too open-ended for me. But, see, I promised Jack I would stop playing Jewel Quest because he thinks it is rotting my brain.

drivingblind re-kick-started his tabletop game, from which we have had a 3 month break, in medias res. It never ceases to amaze me the wit and wisdom of rob_donoghue who, frankly, is the brains of any operation. Do you have an operation? Does it need brains? Talk to that man. We cracked wise a bunch, but by the end of the session Things Got Serious. We will have to wait a month to find out what happens! I proved that no matter what kind of game mechanic you give me, I will fail to understand it in some critical way. This week it was XP spending.

When I got home I forced myself to hunker down and finish off the last of my rote crap work for my class. Now it's just the final exam & rewriting my paper. The prof hasn't given me her comments so that last part will be a challenge. Grr.

As a reward for that (I did not deserve a reward for that, it is just what I needed to do!) I bought myself a new domain name, which I may or may not turn into an independent blog, inspired by my good friend Genie. I also may have screwed up by getting the username on LJ when I probably should have just renamed this one. I am a little hesitant to let go of snidegrrl, is all. I did fix it so that snidegrrl.com and .org forward here, at least.



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Jul. 28th, 2008 06:22 pm (UTC)
Harvest Moon DS
From what I've heard and seen the game is all open ended. You run around talking to people, make friends, weed, grow things, build up your house. It never ends.

Or I could be talking about a different game.
Jul. 28th, 2008 08:31 pm (UTC)
Re: Harvest Moon DS
That sounds like Animal Crossing- or if Harvest Moon is like this too, than I need to get my hands on it, because Animal Crossing is very addictive! But also, humbling because it is so simple and addictive, and yet, has no point!
Jul. 28th, 2008 11:47 pm (UTC)
Re: Harvest Moon DS
Harvest Moon is just like he described.
Jul. 28th, 2008 11:48 pm (UTC)
Re: Harvest Moon DS
I think I am too goal oriented in gaming and this is good therapy for that!

It just drives me crazy that I can walk all over town for three in-game days and never find the g.d. store.
Jul. 28th, 2008 06:41 pm (UTC)
Oh yeah, baby!

No rewards for me, either.

And Michael Caine. *G*
Jul. 28th, 2008 11:49 pm (UTC)
Re: LLBean!
I don't know what it is but I think I got some kind of LL Bean disease from attending prep school.
Jul. 28th, 2008 06:51 pm (UTC)
I'd love to try tennis. I don't know if I'd be any good at it, but there are courts within eye-shot of my patio, so I really should get out there. Where do you guys usually play?
Jul. 28th, 2008 11:49 pm (UTC)
We've settled on the courts right here by my house because they have lights! And it's so much cooler to play after dark.
Jul. 28th, 2008 07:26 pm (UTC)
I must now confess that I had Natty Bo at the party on Saturday for the first time, and I...didn't hate it. There is a time and place for watery American beers, I think.
Jul. 29th, 2008 12:02 am (UTC)
Yup! For me, it's any time and place that involves drinking beer.
Jul. 28th, 2008 07:29 pm (UTC)
If Jewelquest rots the brain, then you might as well write me off :)
Jul. 29th, 2008 12:03 am (UTC)
Hee. Yeah, it's not like I don't play bejeweled still. :D
Jul. 29th, 2008 12:38 pm (UTC)
I could possibly be convinced to try some tennis...
Jul. 29th, 2008 02:25 pm (UTC)
Yay!! When are you free?
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Aug. 18th, 2008 12:12 am (UTC)
1) the new face - I don't think he's had a proper eyelid on that side of his face for some time, I decided he had to be blind in it, which is ok to me, because it's just one more reason the face isn't controlling him the way he thinks it is (in some incarnations), it's all in his head because he's insane.

2) Harvey did become walking metaphor character in Act III and as such was a surprisingly tight axis of the story, so I've reconsidered my inital analysis, "nobody can possibly become that crazy that quickly, in that way." Harvey's there because this is just one of many ways that the Joker wants to destroy people psychologically. Harvey really takes a nasty turn when he considers killing a prisoner based on the flip of the coin, and then tips over the edge for good in the scene where he demands that Gordon say what the other cops called him when he was internal affairs (this was a new twist on the name) "Two-Face"; that portion of his breakdown was because he began to believe he wasn't the best cop he could've been, even though Gordon and Batman always believed in him.
Aug. 18th, 2008 12:15 am (UTC)
but still, two-Face's brand of crazy is a little hard to get a fix on.
Aug. 28th, 2008 10:02 pm (UTC)
i still wish Katie Holmes had stayed on board as Rachel Dawes for the Dark Knight; it was like the time spent getting familiar with her character in Batman Begins was wasted...
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