A Needed Expense

I got my brakes done today. I was fortunate enough to have the money to do so, because they were making a lot of noise, and it was quite irritating. I got a pretty good deal, because a friend from work told me about a place in town that had a special on brakes, so it didn’t cost me as much as I would have thought. So it was a needed expense, but I still wish I had the money in my pocket.

I did have a bit of fun with my money though, prior to the brake job. I ended up going to wally world the other day to look at a couple things, and ended up spending more than I had originally planned. But, I’m happy with the purchase, so no harm no foul I suppose. I ended up buying the Nintendo DS Lite, as I had mentioned thinking about purchasing previously. I wasn’t going to, but then I just said “fuck it” and did it. I wasn’t disappointed. I ended up picking up two games as well, the newly released Final Fantasy Tactics Advance 2 and Lego Indiana Jones: The Original Adventures. Both games are great, and I love the DS. I can see where the Nintendo has taken leaps and bounds as far as coming up with innovative hardware, because the Wii is interactive and a whole lot of fun, and the DS follows in it’s footsteps.

FFTA2 is very similar to the original FFT game I played on the PSOne, way back when I was in high school. The gameplay is nearly identical, though the info displays and other bits of the game are more stylized. Having two screens is nice too, because a lot of information is displayed on the static screen, while the action takes place on the touch screen. It keeps you from having to switch to different menus constantly, and allows for more fluid gameplay. I haven’t gotten too far with it, but I know that the game will keep me entertained for many hours, just as the original did. I’m a fan of the series.

I now see why so many people have raved about the Lego games. I was always of the opinion that they were meant strictly for kids, and wouldn’t provide a challenge for an adult. I was wrong. Granted, nothing has truly challenged me about the game, but there is a level of depth that adds to the replay, and I have only cleared Raiders of the Lost Ark thus far. I still have many adventures ahead of me. The part of the game that sucks you in is the fact that it’s just like playing with Legos (which I did a lot of as a kid), where you get to build things, and run around fighting and whatnot, but it also follows the story of the original Indiana Jones trilogy, movies which I’ve always enjoyed (and just recently purchased). There is a ton of hidden content, things to buy, things to find, it’s just a lot of fun. And for the first time in a long time, I was able to get into “the zone”, where I played a game for a long period of time without paying attention to the time, and hours passed in what seemed like minutes. The DS has been a worthy purchase.

I have yet to activate my LOTRO account, and I know that my trial has expired. I will be doing so soon, because I do want to continue to delve into that game. It’s another movie-related game that I can really get into, I just went about so casually during the trial. So things have been interesting on the gaming side of life.

In other news, I’ve been talking with Ted more seriously about getting a place. I’m not too thrilled sleeping on an air mattress at my sister’s house, so I want to be out of here by the 1st of August. That gives me a month to get my shit together and go. It’s still up in the air as far as who I’ll be moving with, or if I’ll be getting a place by myself. I did find out that there are some apartments in a pretty decent area of town that are quite affordable, so I just might end up going there to get a place by myself if that’s the path I choose. Otherwise, Ted and Tyler want to get a 3 bedroom house, but I don’t really see that happening. Pretty much at this point I either want to get a 2 bedroom house/duplex/apartment with Ted, or just an apartment by myself. I’m starting to lean towards the latter. I guess we’ll see what happens.