Where the Hell did August Go?

I can’t seem to bring myself to post much anymore… mainly because I know that it’s going to be a bunch of random shit most people have no desire to read…

I’ve been doing much of the same. My day-in day-out routine consists of getting up for work, getting off work and heading home. Eating some food, watching t.v. or a movie, maybe drinking a beer or two, and then going to bed. There are variants thrown in there at times, but overall I’ve been leading a very boring life.

There have still been outings, and they’ve been fun. Just not necessarily post worthy, so I’ve been having to wait a couple weeks to accumulate enough to write about for a single post. I do apologize for the absence, hopefully I’ll be able to find more inspiration more often.

So the most exciting things I’ve done over the past couple weeks was going bowling on Saturday two weeks ago, and then going to Barry’s going away party this last saturday. Bowling was pretty uneventful, I did have a couple decent games, breaking 100, but that’s still shitty compared to what some of the guys from work can do. Jeff bowled a 200 at one point, but he also bowls in a league. Barry’s going away party was fucking awesome, and one of the best parties I’ve been to in a long time. A lot of people showed up, there was some great food, plenty of beer, and no drama whatsoever.

The party was at Chris’ house, he’s the slot tech manager, and Ray who is another officer with me, lives with him. He had recently purchased a pool table (actually he snaked it from us, but that’s a story for another day), and he hooked up his garage for the occasion, finishing it off, painting, setting up a bar, and just going all out in general. I arrived at about 7:30 and there were a few people there. I brought my camera because it hadn’t seen much use in quite some time, and I snapped over 200 photos over the course of the evening. It was a very good turn out by the time things really got going, and we played pool, darts, bullshitted, and there was some dancing towards the end, because one of our co-workers Gonzalo is a D.J.

Barry is another Officer from work, and he’s moving back to his home state of North Carolina. Him leaving is a good thing for me, because I got to request to get my days off changed to his. He has weekends off, so I’ll be getting them back whenever my manager decides to do it. Unfortunately we’re pretty short handed at work because of paternity leaves, vacations, and a couple guys quitting. So I may be waiting for a while, but I’m still excited to be getting weekends off again. I enjoyed them when I had them before, and that means I won’t have to miss out on anything, or miss out on sleep because I have to go to work the next day. Most of our work functions end up being on Saturday, and I always have to work the next day so I miss out on sleep. During that last party, I ended up staying way too late, and I only got 4 hours of sleep for work the next day, which really sucked. So having weekends off will help considerably.

In other news, I’ve picked up some new music, and also watched some more movies. This month saw the release of The Human Abstract’s “Midheaven”, along with Slipknot’s “All Hope Is Gone”. I picked up both, and both are very good. THA’s album is nothing like their previous album, “Nocturne”, but is still good in it’s own way. A progressive metal band shouldn’t have two albums that sound alike anyhow. If you like the band, you’ll pick it up anyway, but a full stream was available on their myspace so you could see if you would like it before hand. I personally think that it still rocks, even if it’s all over the place. Slipknot is a band I was never really fond of back when they first took off. Of course, I wasn’t really into the metal scene back then, especially main-stream stuff. Now that I’m most definitely a “metal-head”, I can appreciate their music, even if they are main-stream. All Hope Is Gone sounds much like any of their other stuff that I’ve heard, but it still rocks out for the larger portion of the album, with only a couple slow songs. A must have for any fan.

I also went and downloaded a few albums from a couple bands I had heard of, but hadn’t heard their stuff. A couple reviews I read for THA’s new album said something about a band called Protest the Hero doing the progressive metal thing better. So I went ahead and downloaded their two albums, Kezia and Fortress. I think they’re fucking awesome, and definitely something any self-respecting metal fan should take a look at. The singer’s voice takes a little adjusting to, but overall they’re a great band. THA is also going on tour with a few other bands I like, including All That Remains and Trivium, but there was another band on the bill I had never heard, called 36 Crazyfists. Strange band name, but I thought “what the hell?”. So I downloaded some of their stuff, and I liked them too. A little slower tempo than I usually go for, but still a good band nonetheless. Those four bands are going on a tour together, and the closest venue to me is in Bakersfield. I would make that trip to see a good show, but I can’t afford it at the moment… alas.

I’ve watched a few movies here and there, but out of all of them I would most definitely recommend seeing Street Kings. It’s one hell of a ride, but make sure you pay close attention… it jumps around quite a bit. I made one DVD purchase myself a couple days ago, while browsing movies with Ted at Wally World. I ended up picking up Robot Chicken Season 1, which is something I’ve wanted for quite some time, but hadn’t ever seen. They had both season 1 and 2 for only $16 a piece, but I only had enough cash on me for the first. I plan to pick up season 2 when I get paid next, and I’m sure season 3 should be hitting DVD soon, as I saw a commercial last night stating season 4 starts this Sunday. Good shit.

That’s about all I have for this post… One final note: I rolled over 20,000 hits somewhere in the last week. Not bad for only a year.

Left foot, Right foot, it’s called walking.

It has been quite a while, and I apologize for the absence. Assuming that I have at least a couple regular readers, I’ve been slacking. I really haven’t had much post worthy material lately, and I’ve been dealing with issues in my personal life, most of which I don’t really care to share. I debated letting the site go, but I really enjoy blogging. I’ve just hit one of those slumps where nothing seems worth writing about.

We’re completely settled into the new place. It’s been almost a month since we’ve been living here, and it was a move in the right direction for me, I think. Despite the fact that I can see positive factors to having a place all to myself, it’s nice to have some company. Plus, having roommates makes everything a bit cheaper, and that’s always a good thing. We’ve had company over quite often, and we’ve gone and done quite a bit of stuff as a group. But we’re all able to still hang out individually at the house, and go off and do our own thing. As I write this, both of my roomies had plans for the evening, so I’m chilling with the place to myself. We essentially all have different schedules, so we all get bits of the day to ourselves, and then some time where we share the common area. All in all, it’s working out fairly well.

I’ve spent a lot of time at the house watching movies. Ted is like my own personal netflix, minus the mailing part. For years he goes to the store on tuesdays and buys the new movies, whether he’s seen them or not, whether they’re worth buying or not. So he has a multitude of movies I haven’t seen, nor did I want to pay for. A few have been worth while, but more often than not, they’ve been a waste of time. Still, it’s been a enjoyable way to pass the time. Here’s a small list of what I’ve managed to watch:

Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story This one killed brain cells. John Reilly isn’t as funny without Will Ferrell.
30 Days of Night Decent horror flick until the ending… disappointing.
They Blah… a predictable horror film.
3:10 to Yuma One of the best westerns I’ve seen in years, and I’m not a fan of the genre.
Crank Straight forward action. Not very plot heavy.
There Will Be Blood I really didn’t get the appeal, though there were some entertaining moments.
21 A very good “caper” movie, I enjoyed it thoroughly.
In The Name of The King DO NOT WATCH!!! I couldn’t even finish this one, and I love fantasy movies.
Aliens vs. Predator: Requiem Interesting enough, but kind of drags. A renter.
Hot Fuzz Not what I was expecting, but I did enjoy it. Don’t quite understand all of the British humor.
No Country For Old Men A good one, but I had to watch it 3 times due to falling asleep…

Aside from all of the movie watching, I did manage to pick up some new music recently. Finch is back and released a new EP. Only four songs in length, but sounds much like their last album. Norma Jean released their newest full-length, The Anti Mother, and it’s goodness. Not quite as hard as their older stuff, but the singer sounds mysteriously like Dustin Kenshrue from Thrice. Still, good stuff. Scars on Broadway released an album finally, and I must say that the song “They Say” still managed to be the best track on the disc. There’s some decent moments here and there, musically the album sounds good, much like SOAD, but lyrically it’s lacking. Still, as a fan of SOAD, I now own both Serj’s side project and this one…. can’t wait for them to reunite. And finally, we hear new music from Zach De La Rocha, with One Day as a Lion. If you haven’t picked up the EP, I suggest you do so… it’s a must for any RATM fan. Seriously, it’s good shit.

Yesterday we all went to Knotts Berry Farm for our annual trip. We had a really good time, and rode a bunch of rides. The only downer was how god damn hot and humid it was, but otherwise we had a good time. And for once, I had a beer in an amusement park. Though I’ll probably never do that again, because $7 for a 12 oz. glass is just ridiculous.

Tomorrow it’s back to work. Weekends go too damn fast. On a positive note though, I should be getting weekends off again soon, because one of the officers is moving back to his home state, and he just so happens to have weekends off. I’ve already confirmed with my manager that I will be filling that vacancy as soon as he’s gone. I hate to see him go, because he’s really a cool guy, but it’s working out in my favor nonetheless.

That’s really all I have for now. I’ll do my best to try and find more to write about sooner than later.

July in Review

I’m a couple days late with last month’s review, sue me. I’ve been busy with things here and there, and that’s just the way it goes. The summer has been long, hot, and irritating. A lack of gaming in my diet has also lead to a drought in posting material. I’m going to try to remedy that soon.

Basic Statistics:
1662 hits.
+11 over June (1651 hits).
-1645 under best month ever (3,307 hits, August ‘07).
445 total posts (including this one).
19,202 total hits to date.

Top Referrer:
Keen and Graev’s

New Linking Sites:
None this month 😦 There’s always next month.

Top Posts:
1. The Norrathian Newbie #4 – Which Race is Best for X Class? 
2. Over Two Years of Everquest 2 
3. Race/Class Combinations
4. Neriak Newbie Guide
5. Dual Boxing 
6. Neriak Crafter’s Guide (P.O.I.s) 
7. EQ2 Meme
8. Cabal Sucks, Back to LOTRO 
9. A Better Tank
10. The Norrathian Newbie – Control Effects 

Only one new post made it to this list, mainly because I mentioned that Cabal sucks, and apparently a lot of people have the same feeling.

Search Engine Terms:

Top: “everquest 2 screens (this directed readers to my 2-year screenshot stint post)
Best: “cabal sucks”  (yes, yes it does. if you don’t believe me, go try it yourself)

A Year in the Past:
In July of ’07 I was still playing EQ2 heavily. I wrote most of the articles you’ll find under “EQ2 Guides”, and it’s when I first started using WordPress… so it’s been a year finally. I was still living in an old house of mine, and life was definitely a lot different than it is now. Funny how a year can change things.

The Present:
This July, I’m not really playing video games much. I’m not really doing much of anything… I got moved into the house I’m now living in, with two of my buddies, and finally got out of my sister’s far-too-small-for-three-people apartment. It’s been a rough couple of months, but I’m back into the swing of things.