Daily Archives: 11/10/2002

The Return of the Psion

I got my Psion back. None the worse for it’s misadventure. I am happy again. It won’t totally erase the bad memory of the crime, but it was the major article I was upset over losing. Now that it’s back I think my life can get back to normal.

The fellow that had my Psion was a good man. We chatted for a bit, then he hit me up for a job. He’s looking for work. I told him I would try to find him something at my job, but times were tough. He looked so pathetic, out of place. Lost. I will try and see if I can do anything for him. I owe him a debt, and I must repay him.

Sunday Mornings

Is there anytime of the week as enjoyable as a Sunday morning? I don’t think so. Sure Friday night is good, but I don’t go out as much as I used to, so my Friday nights are pretty tame these days. Saturday mornings are usually filled with activities, either paddling, hiking, biking, or chores around the house. No time to relax on Saturday.

Sunday mornings are special. KPRG airs some great programs then, including St. Paul Sunday Morning and Selected Shorts. I can relax, read the Sunday paper, listen to the radio and just chill. I often make a nice breakfast, either an omelet or poached eggs, something out of the ordinary Grape Nuts and orange juice routine. The morning seems special somehow, especially since Sunday afternoon usually lets me down. And Sunday evening is always tinged with the realization that Monday morning means a return to the office and the hassles of the workaday world. But Sunday morning is that delightful moment between the stress of last week and the dread of the coming week when I feel completely at ease.

Video Games

I don’t really play video games often. I don’t know why, I used to be a fiend for the old console systems, especially my Intellivision. But after college I guess real life intruded into my gaming world and my interest waned. I still play a few games, but they are not the time sink that my old obsession used to be.

I own a Dreamcast, but I play it rarely. I don’t really play many sports games, but I developed a fondness for Star Wars: Episode 1 Racer. I also really enjoyed Tomb Raider: The Last Revelation and MDK2. But that is about it. I am currently playing Shenmue, if taking a year to get only partly into the game is actually playing.

My PC video games are even sparser. I can remember playing Doom, but only a few games appeal to me. I still play the original Descent, and occasionally Diablo, but that’s about it. I’m playing Deus Ex on my PC, but that’s playing like Shenmue is playing – not really.

When I was younger I had a Mattel Intellivision, and I actually played that a great deal. Well into the evening I would toil away on my favorite games, especially Dungeons & Dragons, Night Stalker and Tron: Deadly Discs. And the sports games were really cool. I like Soccer and Baseball the most. But eventually I grew tired of the games and quit playing most of the time.

In college I spent a great deal of time with Nintendo, but so did everyone else. The games were good and while I never owned a NES, I grew proficient in a number of games. Tecmo Bowl anyone? Contra? The Legend of Zelda? It was probably just the college life, but I can distinctly remember all night video game rallies, usually starting around 1:00 or 2:00 when the bars closed, and lasting until dawn. Those empty hours wasted in front of the flickering television marked some of the indelible memories of my college career.

After those college years my game playing withered away, playing just a few games a year. I just found the games a colossal waste of time – a veritable black hole sucking free time. On the rare occasions I did get immersed in a game, it absorbed my time almost completely. Doom did this, the first Tomb Raider did this, Diablo did this. But this only occurs about once every couple years. I’d rather just spend my free time reading books.

Oh, I guess I’m blathering about this since I just spent a couple hours blowing stuff up in Descent. I first bought this game back in ’95 and I still enjoy flying around shotting like a maniac. I spent a few months designing new levels with a level editor back in the day. That’s too much effort for me now. My levels were invariably boring and not very challenging, maybe because I knew where everything was. Anyway, it’s been a fun little trip down memory lane playing this game again.