Tuesday, 21 January 2014

So I did that replay video thingy I menioned in the FG chat

And this is the result.  I'm reliably informed that the audio still dips down but I'm understandable throughout the whole thing so I suppose that's alright.

This is the first time I've put up content with the intention of making a little bit of a series out of it since my ill fated Pokemon Yellow LP back in the day.

I wonder how this will all pan out when I'm done my first 17 replays. o:


Sunday, 5 January 2014

That was incredible.... Thank you.


You all know who you are.

You are the people on the Internet I've befriended and have never done anything to deserve such a gift from.

Today I came home after a frustrating experience in Calgary.  After a great visit with my friend Marter (one of the first of you lovely Escapists I've bonded with) I discovered I had missed my flight.  I had to pay for a new ticket and sleep on a bench for 6 hours to wait for the next flight home.  On the way back I had a baby wailing in my ear and I had some pain in my left ear as the plane descended.  I made my way to the public transit system and then hauled my suitcase and carry-on bags up 5 blocks.

Not exactly fun but that's life.

What happened when I entered my room after visiting with my land lady erased all of that instantly.  Upon opening a plain cardboard box I came upon something that instantly humbled me.  I literally couldn't speak due to the surprise.

But let's back up a little bit.

Due to the persistence of one amazing individual by the name of xmbts on the Escapist, I finally gave in and surrendered my address to her.  She sent me a package which I couldn't receive due to custom fees my landlady refused to pay.  The package was to be returned to sender and when I explained what had happened to xmbts she quickly got a hold of the shipping company.  By the time that was sorted out I was flown out East to have a terrific Christmas holiday with my parents.

After ensuring the package would not be turned away by my landlady in my absence a second time by leaving a note mentioning it, I promptly forgot all about the package.  So when I entered the door and my landlady mentioned it (before launching into a long conversation about stuff I didn't care about but had to endure for the sake of being polite >_>) I remembered it and figured it would be something like a shirt or a maybe a poster...  I had no idea what it was going to be but I didn't expect THIS:

As xmbts will doubtless retell to you, I couldn't really coherently respond for a time.  Certainly all of the weariness of travel melted away but something else dawned on me after the initial shock slowly wore off.  I haven't felt this way about a present since 1999.  The Christmas morning I woke up as an 8 year old and found a Gameboy Color under the tree with a copy of Pokemon Yellow and Super Mario Bros. Deluxe was the last time I was hit with such a speechless, powerful joy in a split second. 

xmbts was quick to tell me that it wasn't all her.  That Maxieon and others were behind it too.  I have to tell you right now that I cannot possibly say thank you adequately enough to describe how I feel about this gift but I'll try anyway:


That was the best Christmas present surprise that I've had in years.  I feel bad that I can't know of a way to repay you guys in a better way but I suppose I'll just have to say this in the meantime: I am never leaving the Escapist.  Ever.  I want to be friends and hopefully bring smiles to you guys for decades to come.  You people truly have started 2014 in an amazingly positive way for me and after a difficult 2013 I can think of no better therapy than to start playing more Pokemon.  I totally believed I was done with the series seeing as family would never gift it to me again and I wasn't going to buy anymore Pokemon games myself.  I suppose this means I'll be wearing hats and shuffling around in the grass for a long, long time!

Seeing as I have a lot of playing to do now (I still haven't started Black 2) I will have to wrap this up.  I don't want you guys to do anything like this for me again, I think you might give me a joyful heart attack!  

If you guys ever want to talk, just hit me up. 

I could not be more happy today to be a member of such an amazing fellowship of gamers.

Once again I'm speechless, I have no more words.

Thank you.


Friday, 3 January 2014

First post of the year

My blog is called ramblings for a reason.  I saw it and liked it.