Vs. Life

Small Town Life: Kisses for Kycie

One of the funny things about growing up in a small town is how interconnected you are, even with people barely within your social circle. For instance, my little town in rural Utah has a population of about 2,000 people. There were just over ninety kids in my graduating class, roughly 450 in the entire high school, and that’s pulling from my actual town and the five or six other towns surrounding it. If I didn’t know everyone there, I was still pretty close.

I never interacted much with Jamie Terry (or Jamie King, as I knew her then). She was a year older than me, and far more popular than nerdy little me ever even dreamed of dreaming of. I think I had one or two classes with her my entire high school career, including choir. She was a cheerleader; I was a band geek. Suffice it to say, we ran in very different circles. (more…)

Destiny Pics, As Promised

Sorry that my ugly mug is distracting from the awesome shirt and hat.

Nothing like a $777,747.78 discount, huh?

On School, Gaming, and Life in General

Ever notice how the days drag on, but the months fly by? That’s been my life since my last post, back in mid-June. I won’t bore you with all of the gritty details (as “gritty” as things get in Happy Valley, Utah), but here’s a quick rundown on what I’ve been doing over the past few months, when I should have been blogging all along. 🙂

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On Weekend Tragedies

I know that feelings are still very raw regarding Sunday’s terror attack in Orlando, so I’ll attempt to keep this post brief and to tread lightly while I do so.

First, there are no words to express my sadness at the loss of life in that Florida nightclub. This was a massacre, a bloodbath, and there are likely thousands of people—if not more—who are personally dealing with the aftershocks of what happened over the weekend. There is no excuse, no reasoning that should make this all go away.

Second, by all accounts, this appears to be more than just an LGBT-targeted hate crime. The terrorist who slaughtered those club-goers reportedly pledged allegiance to Da’esh in a 911 phone call, and it appears that a coordinated attack was also planned for the West Hollywood gay pride parade, though that one was thankfully thwarted by police.

Third, please don’t use this unspeakable tragedy to push your agenda. Any agenda. Whether you’re pro- or anti-gun, let the dead rest and the families of the dead mourn. Resist the urge to be a Monday Morning Quarterback. Don’t repeat misinformation about how “fully automatic” “assault rifles” are freely available in the U.S. Don’t try to convince people that a Concealed Carry Hero could have saved the day.

Forty-nine people lost their lives because a radical Islamist took it upon himself to murder innocents in the name of whatever twisted belief system he held.

Can we please let this horrific event pull us together instead of letting Da’esh and its blood-soaked goons tear us apart?

On Weekend Breaks, and Enjoying Life

Suffice it to say, it’s been a long couple of weeks. Granted, that is mostly my fault. I’ve been staying up far too late playing Overwatch and Final Fantasy XIV, and while it’s tempting to blame Blizzard or Square-Enix for my sleep deprivation, it’s a bit like a chocoholic blaming the Swiss for making them fat. 🙂

So in lieu of my long, rambling posts, here’s some music to get your weekend started off right. (more…)

On Boarding the Hype Train, and Taking Off the Training Wheels

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Choo choo!

If you live on the internet and know who Blizzard are, you’ve most likely seen something regarding Overwatch. And if you haven’t seen advertising, the name itself should hopefully ring a bell.

But if, by some strange chance, you’re from some neck of the digital woods where this isn’t a thing, let me explain.

No, there is too much. Let me sum up.

Overwatch is a new first-person shooter coming out of Blizzard, the company responsible for Starcraft, Diablo, and the soul-devouring behemoth known as the Warcraft universe. (Seriously. I haven’t played World of Warcraft in nearly a year, and I still find myself wanting to resubscribe and preorder the new expansion.) It’s a slightly different genre than Blizzard have tackled before, seeing as how they cut their teeth on real-time strategy and action roleplaying games, but I must say, it’s looking beautiful. (more…)

On Avoiding Destiny, and Meeting It On the Other Road

At the end of this month, Six and I will have been married for eleven years. I’m more surprised than anyone that she’s stuck with me that long, even with the surprise baby she’s currently carrying. She’s due at the end of next month, and we decided to celebrate our anniversary a little early, staying at a local bed and breakfast on Friday night, while her mom watched our other four kids.

You know, have our weekend away early, to avoid having a baby during said weekend. Nice and romantic, right?

Yeah, about that … (more…)

On Gains, and Losses

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Sunset over Sastasha Seagrot

This has been a week of ups and downs. Why don’t we start with some of the ups?

One of the nice things about getting a little older is that you get cooler and cooler Lego sets. But while a Lego Death Star would have been less expensive than what I actually received, it wouldn’t have lasted nearly as long. (My second son is an absolute Star Wars nut, and my third son is a three-year-old wrecking ball. 🙂 ) (more…)