Monday, January 31, 2011

Watch Your Mouth

I'm not one to spout profanity and those that do, that's perfectly within your first amendment rights. However, I do believe in being careful with what you say around children and this is something I'm always being reminded of by Ava and Nakiah, my two nieces.

Again, I don't swear but there have been some words I've had to practice not saying while I'm around them. They haven't given me the full list (yet), but thus far, I've found that no one in the house is allowed to say the following.








Kill
Dead
Death
Die
Dying
Died
Crud

Yes, as silly as it may sound I'm not allowed to use the word "crud," which is actually one of my favorite words. Every time anyone in the household says the above words, we'll immediately get corrected for it. "You're not allowed to say that," Ava will tell us and we'll apologize. Being a gamer and death being a large part of gaming, I've had to replace my usual words of dying with the girl's term "done for." I wonder if "doom" is acceptable.

The funny thing is, this isn't something mom and dad taught them. No, they picked this up all by themselves and everyone in the house respects their wishes. I'm sure they'll probably grow out of it eventually and start using these words later on in life, but for now, I'm proud of them for putting a limit on what can and can't be said at such a young age.

Monday, January 24, 2011

I Still Like to Read Books

No matter how far the internet has progress and despite all it has given us, I firmly believe there will always be a place for printed materials. I spend a great deal of time reading articles on my PC and as much as I love it, there's nothing like having a book or magazine in your hands. The feel of the pages, being able to take the book anywhere you want (I don't have a laptop yet), laying on the sofa, reading to your own music, it's all very relaxing.

Before the boom of the internet, and even after, one of my favorite things to read were video game magazines. I took them to school, to work, just about everywhere. I think the last time I had a subscription to a game magazine was when I moved into my first apartment. For whatever reason I didn't re-subscribe, but I still picked up magazines off the news stands and flipped through them. It wasn't until a few weeks ago when I saw a copy of Retro Gamer (a magazine I never thought I'd actually hold in my hands) that I was reminded of just how much I loved to read game magazines. When I'm able to, I think I'm gonna subscribe to Retro Gamer.

I've also got an extensive manga collection. It would be even larger but I'd put my money towards other things. The last manga I did pick up were the Mega Man Megamix titles. At $12.95, they run higher than what I'm used to getting but it was worth every penny. I still have to finish the interviews and character profiles from Megamix vol. 2 before I can move onto vol. 3. Now that I have a portable mp3 player, I'll be able to read Megamix while I listen to Mega Man jams away from my computer.

Further proof that books will always be around in print, just about any time I go into a Borders or Barns & Noble, there's a good chunk of people inside. Some things are just irreplaceable, even by technology.

They Grow 'em BIG in VA Beach

My father and sister told me up here in Virginia Beach, the bugs can get pretty big. During the month's long time I've been here, I've seen more roaches than I'd like and most of them seemed about the same size as the ones I had seen in Ohio. No big deal, right? That all changed this evening.

It wasn't until I was about to go upstairs that I saw just how big the bugs here can get. At first I thought it may have been one of my nieces' toy bugs. However, as I reached my hand towards it, the thing actually moved. The thing was alive and that sucker was HUGE! I'm not exaggerating when I say he was a big as my thumb. I dubbed it the Roach King. Never in my life have I seen a roach, no, a bug so big! I ran for the bug spray and let him have it. I sprayed that sucker multiple times to make sure he died.

You know, now that I think about it, the roach could have been a female. Not that it hardly matters. I'm an equally opportunity bug killer. Unless that roach is helping around the house in some way, he/she is gonna get the spray. Worse part is, it probably won't be the last time I see a bug that big. And if I heard right, they get even bigger!

Saturday, January 15, 2011

Toy Nostalgia

For a while now, I'd been thinking about getting reacquainted with some of the old toys I grew up with. What clinched it was when my brother-in-law Charles brought home a ton of cars for my nieces to play with.

I think most of the cars were of the Hot Wheels brand, but there were also some from Matchbox. There isn't a single guy I know that has not played with cars at some point when they were children. As I watched my nieces play and look at the cars, I was reminded of how much fun I had when I was a kid playing with cars. It made me recall the famous Hot Wheels track Criss Cross Crash track.

It also got me thinking of another brand of toy car I loved. These weren't as popular as Hot Wheels, but I always thought they were still awesome in their own right. Remember the Turbo Tricksters? Pull 'em back and watch 'em speed off, or pop a penny in the back and watch 'em do tricks. I even have fond memories of sneaking those things into school to show off to my friends. Ah, those were some good times.

More than Hot Wheels and Turbo Tricksters, my all-time favorite toy has got to be Legos. There are so many different sets of Legos out today, but even when I was a kid, there was still a lot them. Sometimes I would just flipped through the Lego catalogs my sister and I got with our Lego sets, see other Legos and salivate over those. Of course our own collection was nothing to scoff at. We had fire Legos, police Legos, town Legos, Black Trons, and some of my absolute favorite, pirate Legos.

Lately, I've been thinking of buying a few Lego sets here and there to build and display. I'll mostly stick to smaller sets, maybe buy a bigger set every now and then. I'll probably buy some Hot Wheels cars from time to time, too. And yeah, some Turbo Tricksters.

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Movies I Haven't Seen

A few of my friends always respond in visual and verbal shock when I tell them I've never seen a film that practically everyone else living already has. I love movies, but I'll freely admit that I've always leaned more towards animation for my graphical entertainment that doesn't involve me holding a controller. So for no one's amusement but my own, here's a list of movies I've never seen. From old to modern day stuff. *Deep breath*

Right Stuff
King Kong
Casablanca
Pulp Fiction
Fight Club
Troy
Sin City
Iron Man 2
Scarface
The Godfather Trilogy
Cliffhanger
Gone with the Wind
When Harry Met Sally
Up
Lilo and Stich
Full Metal Jacket
Bonnie and Clyde
Bride of Frankenstein
Ferris Bueller's Day Off
It's A Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World
Reservoir Dogs
Citizen Kane
Rent
Drunken Master II
Avatar
Braveheart
The Fly
The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly
The Warriors
Goodfellas
Fantasia
Unforgiven
Dirty Harry (all the movies)
Old Dogs
The Blind Side
The Great Debaters
Seven Samurai
The Terminator
Apocalypse Now
The Silence of the Lambs
Vertigo
The Shining
Alien
Aliens
Alien 3
Spirited Away
To Kill a Mockingbird
2001: A Space Odyssey
Gladiator
The Great Escape
The One
Kill Bill Vol. 1
Kill Bill Vol. 2
The Thing
Star Trek (2009)

Oh and by the way, this isn't even all of them. Not even close.

Sunday, January 9, 2011

Back to My Own PC

Over the last few weeks, I've been accessing the internet through my sister's and father's computers. I'd like to once again thank them both for letting me use them. They've got fine-working PCs.

Really, though, there's nothing like having your own computer to use. Kinda like that old saying. How does it go? Oh, yeah.

"There's no place like home."

Tuesday, January 4, 2011

Portobal Music Players FTW


Once again I am late to the party. While just about everyone else I know has had a portable music player in some form or another (iPod, iPhone, etc.) for years, I wasn't able to get in on the act until a few weeks ago.

My mom, sweet lady that she is, let me pick out any on-the-go music device of my choosing. Originally, I had my heart set on an iPod. I'd wanted one for a few years now but when I went looking online for prices on how much green a meatier iPod would cost (80-120 GB), I had no intention of having my mom spend $250-$300 on little ol' me. Looking for an alternative, I settled for the Philips GoGear ViBE 4GB MP3 Player.

Let me just say that going out walking while I hear the music of my choice is AWESOME! Seriously. I know it may sound like I'm overreacting over a simple thing as an mp3 player, but as a huge music lover, being able to hear what I want, when I want is a Godsend. I don't know how I got by without one of these babies. I can exercise to Yuzo Koshiro's Streets of Rage albums, or go walking to various versions of Guile's theme from Street Fighter. It does go with anything, after all.

Nearly all of the music on my mp3 player is that of video game tunes ("geek music" as I often call it) and even though my storage space is only that of 4GB, I'm still able to get many of my favorite jams on here. In the event that I ever do fully fill the thing up (given my HUGE music library, this is more than likely to happen), I can just swap my playlists in and out.

Somewhere down the line, I'll probably get an mp3 player with more storage space, but for now, I'm pretty content with what I have. Even when I do upgrade, I think I'll still hang onto the GoGear ViBE. Sentimental value and all that.

Sunday, January 2, 2011

New Guy In Town

I've been living in Virginia Beach for two weeks now, and yet it still feels a little strange. I suppose it takes some time to fully adjust when you've lived in one place for most of your life and then you move somewhere else. I'm not sweating it too much. I might not look like it, but I'm a fighter so I'll survive.

Thankfully, the part of VA Beach that I'm staying in is really nice. The neighborhood is quiet, clean, and a lot of good stores are within walking distance. Speaking of walking, one of the first things I did during my first week here was take a walk around town during the noon/evening hours. I still had a lot going through my head and I wanted to familiarize myself with the town. After a few days at it, I was finally able to get back to my apartment without getting lost. Yaay, me.

The weather here is really nice. Yeah, it does get cold but not as cold as Ohio. Also, the spring weather shows up real early here. Today, it got up to near 60, something I noticed after I already had on all my warm clothes when I went out walking.

One thing I'm kinda bummed about having to do is get a new job and make new friends. Job hunting is never fun and I loved my previous job. I wish I could have brought it and all my co workers with me. Same goes for all my friends.

"I have to make new friends." That sounds sorta pathetic coming out of the mouth of a man who is twenty nine and a half years old. Just thinking about that makes me sigh. I'm keeping in touch with all my old friends via facebook, but I'll still have to go through the whole friend-making process again. Oh well, I know I'll make new pals. What would really be nice if all the cute, pretty, and or hot female friends I'll make aren't attached this time around.