"Tennis courts" or "Ten escorts," which one?
I know which one I'd pick! Woohoo! (Dave moves his eyebrows up and down, and smirks.) Yup, that's right... I do love me some tennis...
What? What did you think I meant?
Interesting day today! Stayed up ridiculously late reading, as is my custom. The book I'm reading (Red Seas Under Red Skies) has taken a sharp turn toward "Lame". It really has drifted into mediocrity, which is unfortunate. I was hoping to nurse this book along until Best Served Cold comes out July 29, but I don't think I have the stomach for it. At this point, the only reason I'll consider finishing it is so that I can write a review of it for Amazon.com... It's hard to explain, it's just blah. The characters are shallow, wasted shells of good ideas, and in this particular case, he's setting up the two main characters toward a big confrontation with not one, but three (so far) epic baddies, each with their own unstoppable henchmen. It would be cool if it was in the hands of a competent author, but in this case, it is limp and confusing.
Had some long-postponed errands that finally were taken care of today. Took Eldest Daughter to the DMV so she could get her California ID Card. Going to the DMV is always an epic event, but she's worth it. After that, we went to Citibank to open her her own checking account. Lunch and Starbucks rounded out the afternoon.
After that, we went to watch her friend Cole pitch a baseball game at Escondido High. He was very impressive, actually. His consistency impressed me. They pulled him in the eight inning, even though it was obvious he could have gone all 9. They had a 10-3 lead at that point, so I'm sure they didn't want to burn his arm out unnecessarily. Man, I haven't been to a ballgame in eons. Felt good to kick back in the stands and act like I knew a lot about baseball, like all the other middle-aged men in the stands. I was affiliating! That A was met today, at least! Now if I can just get the other 5 met, I'll be cookin'.
Fast food dinner, of course.
Random Thought of the Day: My computers are getting a bit loud. I think I need to crack them open and blow the dust out of them with some compressed air. I wonder if I should use compressed air on my kids when they get too loud? I guess I do, in a way. I manufacture my own compressed air, if you catch m' drift...
I have to post something funny from Hulu. My apologies to those of you outside of the US. Hulu is lame like that... anyway, it's a skit from Saturday Night Live with Justin Timberlake in it, and I laugh every time I see it... that's a pre-requisite for being posted here. It's a bit off-color in two places, I'm sorry...
I love that he makes fun of himself so effectively, but the thing I love even more is his delivery. Watch his eyes - man, it's all about the eyes with me. Usually, I have trouble with SNL skits, mostly because they normally aren't funny, but also because the actors in the skits always have their eyes locked on a teleprompter, which kills it for me. Timberlake obviously memorized his lines well, so he was able to move around, and act with his face well. Compare when Andy Samberg enters at the end... his eyes become fixed on an off-screen teleprompter and he becomes a talking statue.
Anyway, I hope you enjoyed it.
Funny Picture Time:
Ah, nothing whispers "redneck" like bacon-scented/flavored lip gloss. Because a woman's kiss should always remind you of breakfast...
I played some Mass Effect today. This is my second attempt at playing it since I bought it for Christmas last year. It has been recommended (highly) to me recently by both Zack and Warmonger Smurf, so I thought I'd plunge in again. Honestly, it just doesn't click with me. Maybe it's the third-person, over-the-shoulder perspective, or the sci-fi storyline, or having to juggle multiple members of a party instead of just one, I don't know. It's a well-beloved game, so I'll keep playing and hope it clicks... at times like this, I wish I was but a simple peasant.
Also played some more of Painkiller Black today, on the Nightmare difficulty level. Great game, really. Just a straight-up run-and-gun game for the most part, but it has terrific level design and wonderful sound effects. I always appreciate those things in an FPS game, as I'm sure you all do! Let's see... my favorite FPS games of all time? Dang, that's a hard one... if I were to create a list, it would probably be something like this...
My Favorite FPS Games
* Call of Duty
* Battlefield 2
* Unreal Tournament
* Fallout 3
* Serious Sam 1
* Half Life 2
OK, so I cheated a bit... Oblivion was more of a first-person hack-n-slash RPG, and Descent was a 360 degrees-of-freedom hovercraft-type game, but I included them anyway. I had crazy-fun with all of those titles... except perhaps Half-Life 2... I included that one because the story was very compelling and the gravity gun was so awesome. I didn't play enough of Bioshock to include it here guilt-free, and even though I played Duke Nukem and all the Quake games through more than once, I don't really have a warm space in me for them at all, like I do the other games. I once had a marathon session of Descent that was 8+ hours, if memory serves (this was over a decade ago... 1996 I think), and as I tried to go to sleep, whenever I closed my eyes, I was moving down corridors shooting floating robots. That was my first real experience with full-blown sensory overload. I didn't sleep much that night...
Lots of good feedback on my new photo series involving Vye's Hair, which is encouraging. And now that his gender has been firmly established (didn't know there was any uncertainty in that regard!), I can proceed with abandon. Look for more soon.
In fact, in honor of my favorite artist Rembrandt's birthday on July 15, 1606, I give you Self-Portrait with Vye's Hair, by Rembrandt/D.Wagner.
Ah, when two great artists collaborate, it's a beautiful thing... I'll see my lawyer about this as soon as he graduates from law school...
Got a couple Dave-O pictures for you, which I 'borrowed" from the photo album of one of his mates over there on the other side of the world, where he's stationed...
Lots of pics in that Facebook photo album, but for some reason, this one really struck me. Oh, he's just like any other man, only more so.
I think I'll pull the plug now. Now go away or I shall taunt you again! Until tomorrow, remember, if you want to join the People's Front of Judea, you have to really hate the Romans.