That's not what the Death card means

Wow, is that the time?
written 2008-09-10 18:27:26

Sorry for the nearly-month-long lack of updates. A number of things compete for my oh-so-precious time, and I simply was having too much fun doing absolutely everything that you only wish you could be doing.

Yeah, or else I just didn't have anything noteworthy to say for three weeks. I'm leaning toward the latter.

So, what's up? It's autumn here, and I couldn't be happier. My apartment becomes more habitable, sweat dripping into my eyes less likely, trees gear up for all sorts of visual entertainment, cool breezes remind us that we are not a tropical locale... honestly, fall is the best. I can't wait. Bring me equinox.

Nearly finished The Yiddish Policemen's Union. Did finish The Second Objective, which was either historical fiction or fiction based in historical fact. Weird thing about that -- the best writing in the book is when it seems to be written historically. When it's more fictional in tone or content, the writing seems to suffer. Another example: the movie "21" with Kevin Spacey and Laurence Fishburne. Crap movie, but "based on true events!" And, if you go and read Bringing Down the House by Ben Mezrich, the true account of events upon which "21" was based, it's entirely better written and more engaging. But, that might be just be my opinion.

Watched "Southland Tales," by Richard Kelly, the director of "Donnie Darko". Desperately wanted to like this movie. Desperately. And I was absolutely disappointed. However, I think that this film has a future as a Rocky Horror Picture Show experience, where people dress up like The Rock or Stifler and go and watch this thing, or try to frame it in terms of post-modern literary criticism or play Pink Floyd as soon as the movie starts to see if it syncs up in a significant way. You should see the cast list, though, it's ridiculous.

I'm through two seasons of The Wire. That's a great show. You should watch it, too.

Blizzard debited another couple bucks from my account for World of Warcraft. I guess I'm going to keep playing it -- I had had the idea that I would play for one billing cycle, then decide whether to keep playing or cut it off. It's a good time, it's got a lot of "replayability," and it's very cheap, comparatively. Consider - I paid $60 last month to have a phone, which I used for one hour. I paid $13 last month to play WoW, which I used for God-knows-how-many-hours. Bargain.

The bats returned to my pad this week. Well, one bat. That better be the last time. I would ask my landlord to release me from my contractual obligation, but I haven't been able to get him on the phone for the last five months. It's funny when the maintenance guy calls me to tell me, "I don't see any bats," at 2 PM. Yeah, thanks, man. I wonder why they aren't in there partying.

Gaming overload! Playing Changeling, as usual, though for some reason everyone's schedule must have cleared up because we're playing nigh-on-weekly. This coming weekend, though, is playtesting, which I must not speak about, or [REDACTED GAME COMPANY NAME] commandos will break into my home disguised as bats and beat the hell out of me. Two weeks after that, the Henleys and I will circumnavigate the city of Philadelphia in search of some V:tES to play. See, they and I have been rediscovering our joy of centuries-old vampire mayhem. Might plan a trip to DC and see those kids. I bet that drive will be nice in the autumn, right? All this plus WoW, and I'm pawning off some old VS cards in order to get some hot new VS cards... too much fun.

All right, that's enough about me. Hope all's well with you, and your assorted menageries.

--6:25 PM, EDT, Hatboro, PA, unbreakable! unbeatable!

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