Thanksgiving week is usually fairly dead around the office and this year was no exception. I was fortunate enough to get Thursday and Friday off, unlike Angela who has been keeping people well-medicated over the holiday.Thursday I got up and started work on my first foray into holiday cooking – smoking a turkey. I don’t have a smoker, but my grill does have an adjustable charcoal tray and a firedoor. We also picked up some applewood chips that I soaked overnight. While I was prepping the weather turned from sunny to miserable in the course of about an hour. We even got snow! (Briefly! (Which immediately melted due to the fact that it was 70 earlier in the week!))Dinner went very well; nobody got sick and Jabber greatly enjoyed the turkey. Later in the afternoon Angela and I put up our tree and did some minor decoration indoors while a completely superfluous fire burned in the background.Friday I forced myself outside to put up the outside lights and garlands because the weather was decent and forecasted to get nasty this weekend. I felt so bad for my neighbor, though. He has the distinct disadvantage of having a two-story house with a very high peak on it. He’s about as tall as me (if not a bit shorter) and actually rappels down his roof. His wife and him spent the better part of the day hanging lights, while I simply strolled out, climbed up onto the roof, and finished my lights in about 1.5 hours. I felt guilty.Eric and I went out for a couple drinks at Southlake Tavern, an okay choice considering that neither of us wanted to drive downtown. It was good to catch up as we’ve both been so busy recently.Today was generally lazy for me as Angela worked this morning. I watched old eps of Top Gear, played the incredibly short Orange Box demo on 360, and caught up on Forza 2. This evening we met up with David and Anni for a belated birthday dinner and it was great to see them. The rest of the evening has largely been me being lazy while Angela fevorishly wraps packages. I’ve become extremely talented at holding ribbon down while multitasking.Well, it appears we are out of tape, time to hunt for some more!
It was bound to occur again. 360 #2 bit the dust while trying to play what evidently is the most taxing task for the console – watching a DVD. Poor Big Labowski, you had to be watched through my Powerbook’s DVI port.
It really was a week of things breaking. After my 360 bit the dust, my router’s LAN ports all died. WLAN was fine, but anything wired was dead. After many calls back and forth to Fios Support (who never can figure out how to look my account up since I don’t have local phone service) they finally decided that I wasn’t a moron and drop-shipped me a new router. Woohoo.
Microsoft was also helpful after running through the entire script of questions, and Wednesday night my empty RTM box showed up, awaiting my lousy 360. Thursday I dropped it off at the UPS store in Southlake, which just so happens to be next to a GameStop. I had some money left on the gift card from Griff and decided to pick up Brain Age 2 for Angela. Right. Angela.
The guy at the counter isn’t the most knowledgeable man, but he loves to talk about games. Especially on my lunch break. I casually asked if he had any Wiis in, since I knew he had a decent supply of used consoles that get picked up within an hour of being dropped off. HE DID! And, what was better, he had a brand new Wii waiting for me. After careful deliberation while pulling my card out of my wallet, I purchased a Wii for Angela and I.
I love the Wii. I love the Wii like I loved playing NES for the first time at Greg Sorrell’s house. I love the controller, I love Wii Sports. I love the fact that Angela plays it. I don’t know how much staying power it has, but I’m excited for what the future brings in game releases.
I have a brand new copy of Bioshock sitting sadly in its shrinkwrap, waiting for my 3rd 360 to wander home. Hopefully it finds its way soon.
Unrelated to gaming, the new Spoon video, Don’t You Evah, is awesome.