Two weekends ago was a trip out east to the Commonwealth. J and I co-opped Army of Two, ODST, and New Mario
, start to finish on consecutive days. Monday featured some epic Halo firefight scenarios. Of course we mixed it up with some MST, Always Sunny, and a trip to the Dulles air museum. Mandy was awesome throughout, and filled me in on some of the great new J-isms that I've missed.
Mario provides some nostalgic sidescrolling action
, with a few new motion control elements that tend to be very challenging. The game resurrects the Mario 1, 3, and 4 formula but adds three more simultaneous players. Two at a time provided some helpful bootstrapping and agonizing coordination, I await and fear the day Kevin
, and Ty
I finally made it to the annual Friendsgiving event at Bret and Courtney's
place in Vegas. After a lengthy drive
everybody met up to hang out at the MGM. I think everyone did well after leaving the craps tables.
Dawn broke shortly after we finished our Del Taco and *bertos, and it was much like old times.
Many a ping pong ball was thrown, with the fantasy-inspired keeping of statistics
and awarding of trophies.
Out back, Kaffey got along splendidly with Buddy and Chunko. The dogs spent most of the weekend flopped on the ground.
Saturday night was all business as every capable chef
prepared their dish, and the chef de chefs deep fried the seasonal entree
. Of course the meal
was top notch.
followed. With fantasy matchups and wiffle the next day.
Proper Thanksgiving for me was courtesy of Jessica
's family. Again, an excellent meal with novel variations such as sausage stuffing and chocolate bourbon pecan pie
I had a fun experience on the return trip. The v1
was getting two very strong signals on my tail, and I was soon passed by a chip. The clutchness of the device was demonstrated as the two signals indicated now in front and behind, encouraging me to let the second cop speed past and nab the guy following the first. I'm not sure why they had radar on, but it was a fun procedure to watch.
SD, at last
Today I saw my house in daylight for the first time in weeks. So I put up some Christmas lights and researched appetizers for Connie
and I went to see The Road
. It was very faithful to the book
, I almost pined for a few new scenes since I knew how each would play out. While McCarthy's prose does not lack visual descriptiveness, seeing his world is a great way to experience the story. I'm not sure the sense of despair comes across quite as well, but I don't know how it could have been achieved without excessive monotony.
I downloaded Dragon Age since it's Bioware and got killer reviews. I have a long way to go, but it doesn't strike me as much of an improvement on Mass Effect. Of course, anytime EA's involved...
And lastly, a message from Kafka