So ... I get an email saying that I have a virtual gift on LiveJournal. Ok, neat ... and ... it's a LEMUR! ... Which is awesome. I love lemurs. Its even a ring-tailed lemur, which is my absolute favorite. Here's the problem ...
Its from an anonymous user. The date/time stamp of when it was sent is 00:53, Fri. Jun 11 (Please note the date/time stamp of this entry)
I have a secret admirer. Or stalker. One of the two.
I've been cranky the past couple days. A lot of it is this show. I don't really want to be here. Partly for professional reasons. This particular show has never done well for us. The last time we were here, I was mostly sure that my boss had been convinced that it wasn't worth the cost to even come to it. At the last show, I think there were less then 10 people who actually came by the booth in the 3 days we were there. It was boring, which is the worst thing when you're standing on your feet for 8 hours. This year, we're in Atlanta, which isn't really all that bad, but its cold here. I like my southern California weather, and I figured that Georgia would be warm-ish, but not so much. I guess what bugs me the most about this show though, is that I remember the one in Orlando in 2008. It was the last time that I got to see someone who was very important to me. It would probably still be a fond memory, except that she is no longer part of my life, and now I look back and it makes me sad. I guess I still don't fully understand why it had to turn out the way it did - at least to some extent. So, I find myself filled with these frustrating and melancholy thoughts. Combined with not wanting to be here for other reasons, its just put me in a rather grumpy sort of mood.
In less emotional news, I'm not quite sure what to make of the rather major changes that are going to be happening in my favorite pasttime of Final Fantasy XI. My server is going to be merged. Thankfully, I won't need to change my main character's name. I'll need to change the name of my Jeuno mule, but that's not so bad. The big thing is that the level cap is being raised, which is causing all hell to break loose with people thinking its going to break the game completely. It'll be interesting, but hopefully it'll result in there being more people doing things. Too often, I just can't find anyone to do the things I want to do in the time frames that I have available to me. Finally got word about the new avatars, but they skimped out, because they are only available with Astral Flow (which can only be used once every 2 hours.) Things are going to be changing though, and I'm looking forward to it.
And now, time to try and get some sleep. I hate trying to adjust to EST when I'e been on the west coast for so long. Granted, I think its just a handy excuse to say that I hate getting up early, no matter what time zone I'm in.
I wonder what there is to do in Dallas. Not that I should really do much of anything but sleep, considering the distinct lack of sleep there has been the past two nights. But still, there's gotta be something cool to do around here that doesn't involve sports.
Things that trigger memories have this weird tendency to blind side you. I was trying to figure out why the hotel room I'm staying in looked so familiar as soon as I walked in. I've never stayed here before, but it is a chain of hotel suites (and by suite, I mean that there is a sitting room in addition to the bed,) so the setup is quite uniform across the different locations. Once I'd set my bag down, I remembered why the layout looked so familiar, and that wave of memory washed over me; that bittersweet taste of happiness tinged with regret and sadness because those parts of your life aren't there anymore, and it is all well and good, because things have worked themselves out quite well, but that particular, individual moment will never come agian. And then this morning I get dressed, and pull out the t-shirt I packed, and was amazed at the coincidence of packing that particular pirate shirt, and I thought, "of course I did."
At any rate, it is getting late in the morning, and I have 6 hours of driving to get to. But first ... need to locate a Dunkin Donuts, because Phoenix is probably the closest place to LA that has one, and I can't pass up this opportunity.
On the positive side: Found a nice road to drive that is sufficiently windy and of moderate difficulty to drive. I've been getting over the flu, so the slight nausea that I felt afterwards was probably more from that then from any serious vertigo. Its a nice drive through the mountains, and it looks like round trip from my new apartment, it's about an hour, which really isn't that bad at all. Of course, that'll be fairly dependent on whether or not I get stuck behind someone who won't pull aside and let me go. The route I took was to take Big Tujunga Canyon Rd from where it starts/ends at Oro Vista, and then Angeles Forest Highway South, and then get onto Angeles Crest Highway South, which runs me right to the 210 or the Glendale Freeway, and take that home. Was nice, and did it at dusk, so it was getting a little on the dark side by the time I finished. Don't know that I'd want to do it in the complete dark yet. We'll see. Today, I was driving a Mazda 6, which I think is 2nd in line of my most favorite cars to drive. I'd want to try the Subaru Impreza again to see, but I don't think the Enterprise here has one in their fleet :(.
On the downside: I hadn't realized that the weirdness in my ear was from the fact that the cold/flu I've been getting over has apparently decided to make my ear infection flare up. Turns out that driving into the mountains and having your eardrum start thinking about maybe wanting to rupture before too long is a little distracting while you're driving around a mountain road. Thankfully by the time it started to get really bad I was on the way downhill, and the lowering altitude lessened the pressure and pain a bit. However, I fly tomorrow. I am not happy about this at all.
Turns out, there's someone kind of snarky out there, who goes by the name of Anonymous. Shocking, I know. Seems like it is a holdover from my fiancee's old journal. If you get a randomly spiteful message from said Anonymous, remember that you shouldn't feed the trolls ... unless you're bored and you feel like poking the sad, pathetic little things that only come out when there is nothing better to do in their own depressing lives so that they can actually feel like they are a part of something in this world, when the truth is ... they're mother never loved them, and she should have listened to the elders when she was told to drown that thing in the river before it reached a month old and saved everyone a bit of trouble.
1.) The english voice actors for SF4 are, in fact, somewhat cheesy, but no where near as bad as they could be. I still hope that there'll be an option to swap what language you get to hear in the console versions. New trailer:
B.) There is a car for sale that is often parked outside of my apartment. It is a '96 Audi A6 Quattro AWD. The sign in the window says that it is in Excellent condition, and externally, that definitely appears to be the case. Seems to have leather seats, and looks really nice. Asking price is: $3,900. Unfortunately at the moment, I can't see how many miles it has on it, so I'm missing a key piece of information. However, that seems like a really good price for that car. Which, of course, makes me wonder if something is wrong with it. I don't have the sort of expertise to gauge these things. Also, I'm not sure if I want to purchase a car that is 13 years old or so. Anyone have any thoughts?
Stayed up a lot later then I should have yesterday getting this tweaked where I want it to. I am actually quite happy with it. If you can't read the text ... THAR BE SPOILERS HERE! Is One Piece ... up to episode 311.