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Final Post?

September 1, 2011 2 comments

I think I’m going to put this blog on the back burner. On a semi-permanent hiatus so to speak. I may pick this back up in the future but as life has become somewhat more complex and time consuming, I have to give up a few things. Thanks to those few who have read my blog.

Live long and prosper 😀

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August 3, 2011 2 comments
In my youth I used to play a lot of video games. Well actually I still play a lot but that’s a whole different story. Well anyway as I was saying, in my youth I played a lot of video games and typically I’d play with a select few friends. Now by select few I would actually mean only three friends. Of these three friends, I only keep in touch with one. The other two have long since fallen by the wayside and I have not talked to them for many a year. Now Stephon I still keep in touch with even though we actually live quite literally a thousand miles apart. I would go so far as to say he is my best friend.
Recently he came to visit me and my family and it was a time that I was excited for yet dreading. Now I was excited because it had been over a year since we had last been in each other’s presence. We talk on the phone often but really it’s not the same as enjoying the weather with beer in hand or visiting a local restaurant for lunch. What I was dreading was the hand off of all of his gaming hardware and software to me. Now this may sound like a good thing to most of you but here’s the problem with it. It signals to me that he has officially moved on from the gaming scene. We have discussed it before but through this physical exchange, it has become official and ultimately set in stone. My one greatest gaming ally has moved on and it saddens me to no end. It’s like ToeJam without Earl, Marcus without Dom or even Ratchet without Clank.
Anyway enough of the sob story. I’m sure you’re only reading this to find out what was handed over so here’s what was in the official exchange. I’ll even post some pics for you to enjoy.

Game Collection Handoff

 

Atari Jaguar and games

Atari Jaguar Console CIB
Alien vs. Predator CIB
Raiden CIB
Tempest 2000 CIB

 

NES Compact and games

NES Compact Console (NES ver2) CIB
Castlevania CIB
Castlevania II: Simon’s Quest
Castlevania III: Dracula’s Curse CIB
Contra
Donkey Kong Classics
Gradius
Life Force  CIB
Mario Bros.
Rad Racer CIB
Rad Racer II CIB
Rush ‘N Attack
Super Contra
Super Mario Bros. CIB
Super Mario Bros. 2
Super Mario Bros. 3 CIB

 

Playstation 2 and games

PS2 Slim Console CIB
Castlevania: Lament of Innocence  CIB
Devil May Cry GH CIB
R-Type Final CIB
Resident Evil: Code Veronica GH CIB

 

PSOne and games

PSOne Console
Castlevania: SotN GH CIB
Metal Gear Solid GH CIB
Resident Evil 2 CIB

 

SNES Compact and games

SNES Compact Console (SNES ver2) w/Kirby Super Star CIB
Axelay CIB
Castlevania: Dracula X CIB
Contra III: The Alien Wars    CIB
Final Fight
Final Fight 2 CIB
Firepower 2000 CIB
Gradius III CIB
Ninja Gaiden Trilogy CIB
R-Type III CIB
Street Fighter II Turbo
Super Castlevania IV CIB
Super Mario All Stars CIB
Super Mario Kart CIB
Super Mario World
Super Mario World 2: Yoshi’s Island CIB
Super R-Type CIB
Top Gear CIB

It pleases me that he thought of me to hand these off to. Unfortunately it still was a sad day for me. The end of an era so to speak.

A Tip for the Parent’s … or Perhaps a Parenting Tip.

May 31, 2011 Leave a comment

My son has some issues. Well actually, he has a lot of issues. He’s got eczema which isn’t uncommon but we think it’s linked to his severe allergies to eggs, wheat, milk, nuts and soy. Yeah, makes it difficult for the wife to eat since she’s still nursing.

Anyhoo with the extreme change in diet, we’ve managed to get the eczema under control but one major thing that we haven’t gotten under control is his incessant itching. He often has socks on his hands just so that he doesn’t cut open any skin that is uncovered. While driving him home one day he actually itched his head so much that his face was covered in blood. That’s no exaggeration. It was like a horror movie. He also had the horrible habit of pulling his hair out while itching. This caused him to look like he had a receding hairline. With great care, he has since grown that hair back.

Now comes to the topic at hand. Little man tends to itch at his lower extremities whenever that area gets open to the elements (most often getting his diaper changed). He’s actually bloodied some parts that, well… men wouldn’t want to discuss. This did not pose much of an issue when he was younger, smaller and of course weaker. I was able to hold both of his hands and feet with one hand while doing the changing with the free hand. As he has gotten older, bigger and of course stronger, this is no longer an option and the wife isn’t always available to help hold him down.

Here is a very simple trick that I came up with that allows me to change him easily without the need for backup. I’m sure someone else has also done the same but I’m pretty proud of myself for figuring it out on my own. I decided that I would share the tip since there actually have been people that have thanked me for this tip (namely my daycare providers).

First off you’ll need a long thin receiving blanket or a towel. Ideally it should be about three times longer than the shoulder width of the child. Thinner is better since it makes it easier to weave behind the head.

Little man

Fold the blanket lengthwise and place the child’s head and shoulders as pictured above.

Little man
Little man

Pull one arm up and wrap that side of the blanket over the arm and weave it under the head. Be gentle and don’t pull too hard. It doesn’t need to be super tight.

Little man

Repeat with the opposite side.

Little man

Now you can go about your business changing as you please without worrying about little hands flailing about. I highly doubt anyone will read this but if they do, I hope this has helped them out. Oh and don’t look directly into his eyes. That’s his look of “oh no you didn’t!”

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Allergy Issues

January 31, 2011 7 comments

Egg White Allergen – Class 6

Peanut Allergen – Class 5

Wheat Allergen – Class 4

Milk Allergen – Class 4

Cat/Dog Allergen – Class 3

Soybean Allergen – Class 3

Immunoglobulin E – 898 Whereas 0-230 is normal

My 7 month old son is a wreck and the next many many years of his life will definitely be interesting. Not quite looking forward to it. His special formula alone is going to cost roughly $140 a week. Even after he finishes up needing formula, what the heck do we feed the kid?

On a good note, I think we figured out where his incessant itching and horrible skin rashes are coming from 😀

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My New Year’s Resolution

January 4, 2011 3 comments

Just thought I’d post this for myself. You know, to try and keep myself on track and to reflect on how well I did as the year ends.

*My goal for this year is to be more aware of what’s necessary and to be better at letting go of what’s not.

It sure sounds simple but I assure you it is not.

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Things I have Learned as a Gaming Parent

October 28, 2010 131 comments

In no particular order:

#1. Spare time used to be game time. As a parent, spare time no longer exists. Game time and sleep time are now used interchangeably.

#2. When deciding on a game, game ratings were never even considered pre-parenting. Now mature rated games actually mean something. That meaning is – This is a (cannot be played around the kids) game.

#3. “Kiddie” games are no longer off limits nor are “casual” games.

#4. The PSP becomes less of a portable gaming system and more of a portable “shut the kid up” tool. (Ok I only let her watch Cars or Incredibles on it from time to time but only as a treat. I don’t actually use it to “shut the kid up” even though it tends to do just that. It just sounded funnier).

#5. Controllers should never be left on a surface that is lower than a couch/coffee table + 3 ft lest you want to play with greasy food covered controllers. This is also true when you have friends over who have potato chip hands. In that situation you need the controllers behind lock and key.

#6. “Fake” game controllers are never good enough. The only acceptable controller to a child is the one that is currently in use.

#7. Video game cosplay has a coolness factor of x10 on your own child. Not to mention an equal x10 cuteness factor on that mini you.

#8. Spontaneous on sale/clearanced gaming purchases have been replaced by on sale/clearanced kids toys or clothing.

#9. The cost of daycare for 2 children is roughly equal to buying a PlayStation 3 console (or a 360) plus a game – every single week (give or take depending on what daycare of course). Ouchies.

#10. Expendable cash actually existed before the advent of my children. Nowadays I’m happy when I can afford to buy a $3.17 Jr. Bacon cheeseburger meal from Wendy’s.

So… Anything you have learned as a gaming parent?

Blog Surfin

September 15, 2010 6 comments

I was doing a little late summer blog cleaning today and decided to go through my “blog surfer” page to weed out what I didn’t want to follow anymore. I’ve just been adding different blogs to this list to follow and have never actually cleaned it out. I guess it’s about 4 years of blog collecting so to speak. Needless to say there was a rather hefty listing of blogs.

In going through this list I have learned quite a bit actually. It seems that the majority of blog owners aren’t very active with their blogs. I ended up deleting roughly 80% of my list. Many of the blogs no longer existed. I dunno when they were deleted but the “this page has been deleted by the owner” page was pretty clear. Some of them became private and so I was unable to read those blogs anymore. Finally the rest of them had been inactive for over 6 months so I decided they probably weren’t coming back. Might as well wipe them from my blog surfer list. I actually found one that was last updated in 2007. Wow I need to clean more often.

Perhaps the “blog surfer” title doesn’t really apply. It should be more to the lines of cemetery surfer because it seemed like I was surfin through a graveyard of dead blogs.

To all you out there who still blog regularly… I commend you. It’s apparently a tough job.

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