#3 - Type A
Phil discovers a little something about himself, for better or worse…usually worse.
Strong Punch - soundbible.com. Recorded by Mike Koenig
Chipper Doodle v2 - incompetech.com, Kevin MacLeod
Door 11 Open - soundjay.com
Phil takes you around his typical morning routine to teach you how to maximize your mornings!
Music/Sound Effect credits: Chipper Doodle v2 - Kevin MacLeod (http://incompetech.com), Mister Exposition - Kevin MacLeod (http://incompetech.com), I Got You Babe - Sonny and Cher, Censor Beep - soundjay.com
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So Kat and I decided, probably against our better financial judgement, to take a trip over March Break. When we lived in England a couple of years ago, a week-long or more break meant a trip somewhere. We hit 10 or 11 countries while living over there; not really something we can do from Nova Scotia. We do, however, have fairly easy access to the U.S. — from our front door to the border is about a 5.5 hour drive. So we decided to head for New York.
And we did decide to drive. Even with the price of gas, driving down was a lot cheaper than flying would have been. I miss the discount airlines in Europe — gone are the days of €3 flights. It’s about a 15-hour drive in all, so we split it up over two days. Day one saw us leave Eastern Passage, NS, and end up in Bangor, ME.
The drive itself was fairly uneventful. The weather was absolutely fantastic all day (in fact, this would continue all week), and we hit Bangor around 5 or 6 pm.
We did not have a hotel booked for Bangor, since apparently it’s cheaper to just walk into a hotel and ask for a room. We stopped at a rest stop just across the border and were pointed to the Vacationland Inn in Brewer, ME, just a little bit past Bangor. The price was right, so we decided to give it a shot.
We pulled up and I went inside. I immediately got a “we’re not in Kansas anymore” vibe from the place. Standing in the lobby was a 6-foot tall taxidermied bear. A sign touted the attached café’s weekly Bible study classes. And the TV in the lobby was showing Fox News.
If I listened real hard, I could have sworn I heard a banjo playing somewhere.
It ended up being a pretty nice place, actually. Clean, safe, cheap, and free waffles in the morning. Can’t ask for much more than that.
We decided to explore Bangor a little after checking in. The first order of business was food, which we attempted to get at Chili’s. There must not be a lot to do in Bangor on a Saturday night, because people were lined up out the door to get a table at Chili’s. It was something like a 45-minute wait. Of course I’ve never had Chili’s before, maybe it’s really damn good. It just doesn’t strike me as the kind of place you wait 45 minutes to get into. So we went elsewhere for food. At this point we were kind of tired, so after a brief stop at the biggest damn Walmart I have ever seen, we headed back to the hotel to sleep.
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So my quest to eradicate my game backlog has hit a couple of huge snags: Pokemon and a renewed interest in Minecraft.
I picked up Pokemon Black a few weeks ago and it has taken up most of my gaming time as of late. I have caught almost 60 of the little suckers, but I severely doubt I will have the patience to “catch ‘em all” as they say. Once I’ve beaten the storyline I will probably move on to something else. I think I’m at about the halfway point, and I am enjoying it a lot, just not to the point where I want to do everything. That’s pretty common with me and games: I am not a completionist. Show me a good story and I will be happy. I don’t need to collect every doodad and get every achievement to be satisfied with a game. If I did, I’d never finish anything.
Minecraft is inexplicable to me. I should hate this game. It is tedious, mind-numbing, and not even completely finished, but for great stretches of time I can’t help myself from playing. I am currently finishing a tower that stretches from the very bottom of the map to the very top, and will have waterfalls cascading down each side. I am a sick man please help me.
Once I have tired of catching the Pokemanz and my Minecraft addiction has been sated for a while, I will get back on track and get at my XBLA games. I am tantalizingly close to being done with Super Meat Boy but it is infuriating.
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I finished Darksiders the other day, making it the first casualty in my fight against my backlog. Very solid game all-around, though I did really hate that <spoilers> they made you fight the first half of the last boss on War’s horse, Ruin. I found the riding controls to be very clunky, and swinging your sword while riding was unresponsive as hell. </spoilers>
Unfortunately, when I did my initial unfinished game count I forgot to include the few XBLA titles that I have. So I’ve decided to plow through all of those next, as they should not take excessively long. First up is Costume Quest, Double Fine’s Halloween-y RPG. This thing gets its hooks into you. Compared to your average RPG the battle system is simplistic, but that’s a good thing. The last RPG I played to completion was Final Fantasy XIII which had a fair amount going on in the battles strategy-wise. I liked FFXIII, but having a simple way of going about battles is pretty nice. And it fits thematically — simple story, simple, charming graphics and characters, simple battles.
I have used the word “battles” far too much.
I’m probably about halfway through Costume Quest right now. Once I’m done, I have some unfinished business with a certain meat-hewn protagonist…
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