Things of note have been piling up & I haven't been writing. Arrgh! I'll try to record a reverse chronology.
This weekend, or rather last Friday was the start of the Retro Gaming Week at the Wisconsin Historical Society. I went for the first time with the_tick27 yesterday & spent a few dollars in quarters on the old machines, & again today with toastmastertom. They have about two dozen consoles all set up just past the gift shop in the museum. Space Invaders, Sinistar, Donkey Kong (cocktail version -- instructions refer to hero as "Jumpman"), Star Wars (in an Empire cabinet,) Zaxxon, Joust, Joust 2, the list goes on. I played as many as I could & found I could do quite well on Space Invaders & Sinistar. Sinistar, by the way is (or was) very difficult & matt_william even went so far as to suggest that Sinistar the monster was unbeatable. This however, proved to be false as I finally beat the first level on the original arcade console. I've been wanting to do this ever since I discovered the game at Cozy's during a scouting outing years ago. But anyway, loads of fun.
The man who is loaning the machines is none other than the former proprietor of Aftershock Retrogames. I spoke with him for a while & he said he'd be switching out games throughout the week. I'll try to stop by at least once more before work this week & hopefully again next weekend.
It was good to see Tom again, if only for a few hours. The last time we tried to do something (The Animation Show) he discovered he had to work at the last minute. The last time we actually did something was New Year's Eve/Day. Today we went to State Street, he treated a tempura lunch at Takara & we checked out the museum before I took him back to Whitewater. The latter being much, much easier without a blizzard to contend with.
As mentioned before, Saturday I spent with Tick at the museum before heading back home for curry & a movie. He picked up Amber & I started slicing vegetables while sacredspud made his way over. I finally found a place in the city that has the curry blocks I like to use, as opposed to the powder or paste that every place else has. This makes cooking so much easier. The curry was delicious according to my guests & we enjoyed that along with Sin City since two of us had never seen it all the way through or in the right order before. The movie was well received too & after Colin left to retire Tick & Amber stayed to watch Rowan Atkinson Live. I accentuate watch because since thlinganhom sent it to me for Xmas I thought it to be an audio CD & was disappointed that it didn't work in any of my players. On a whim I set it into my new DVD player in case it was recorded in an unusual format & holey canole, video! I'd seen it before several years ago & I'm happy to have it again, especially the drum sketch.
I mentioned new DVD player. This was purchased last Thursday on my annual birthday shopping spree. I've been a little behind the technology so I was surprised to see prices as low as they were. So low in fact that I was able to also buy a wireless Guitar Hero controller instead of making it either/or. Being a special day I ended up dining out twice: once at the Nitty Gritty with Tick & Amber & again later with much more company.
Originally I left the entire day open because I had invited my friend Michelle out to do something on my day off. Unfortunately she had to work all evening. However, she works at a local restaurant & thusly invited me to stop buy during her shift. So that evening the three of us picked up phil_bond & met Colin & crabmoon at The Old Fashioned on the Capitol Square. Michelle was there much to my delight & she quickly had a table cleared for us. She was also kind enough to treat us to an appetizer "lazy susan"& lead a not-unpleasant chorus of song when I was presented with a candle brownie ala mode. The food was good & I'd like to go back, hopefully when it's not as crowded. Definitely have to try more of that Seymour Soda. They come in several fruity flavours & bright colours. Also gotta try the mac & cheese again. Don't listen to Lindsay; it's absolutely delicious!
The rest of the eve was spent at Caleb's for fun & video games. I got to do everything I planned. All in all it was a day well spent.
The previous weekend, the 3rd, found itself with a total lunar eclipse which no one saw because there was a blizzard the night before & the sky didn't clear until after the moon was already up & out. Colin & I got together for a while & for the first time in a while. We were both wishy-washy at first, not coming up with anything to do but we finally decided to check out the used book store & later ended up at the Nitty Gritty for dinner. In the end, after all that time wasted browsing the paper & trying to think up stuff to do all we really needed was a good opportunity to relax & visit for a while.
We both had evening plans so we parted ways, he to wherever & I to Janesville to see Two Timer perform at Tremers. They've been working on improving their show & it definitely shows. The songs are tighter, there's less chit-chat between them & the energy just sparks. They've got it worked out what to play & when to keep bar patrons either drinking or dancing. This will make more money for the business & keep them coming back. The place was pretty packed for most of the show. Michelle mentioned between sets that she couldn't wait to get back on stage again & have some room to move.
I really only went out that night to see my friend & the band so I didn't bother making small talk with the people around me. Unfortunately this didn't prevent an older woman from sitting down next to me & giving me the eye. By "giving me the eye" I really mean "stared at me until I noticed her." She was obviously drunk. Perhaps if she were younger & prettier & not wearing a wedding ring I might have been more responsive but I spent much of the time trying not to be rude avoiding her lewd glassy eyes. Eventually she bothered me until I let her buy me a drink & then she got all weird when I only wanted a Diet Dew. Thankfully Michelle's mother was sitting across from me & at one point nearly hauled me off my stool do to something on stage while I was being distracted by my new friend. Evidently the band had called everyone up on stage who was having a birthday that week to sing us their own rendition of Happy Birthday, Cha-cha-cha. When I returned to my seat my lady friend was gone & when she came back a while later she was with her boyfriend/date/husband/whatever & a bit more distracted, leaving me to enjoy the rest of the music in peace.
More music is coming up this coming weekend when the Kissers will be playing at the High Noon Saloon. I'll be there with Tick & my Dad will you?
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As if this post wasn't long enough, here's a questionaire stolen from jeklnskinsgrl. Not for me, for you.
1. Can you cook?
2. What was your dream growing up?
3. What talent do you wish you had?
4. Favorite place?
5. Favorite vegetable?
6. What was the last book you read?
7. What zodiac sign are you?
8. Any Tattoos and/or Piercings?
9. Worst Habit?
10. Do we know each other outside of Livejournal?
11. What is your favorite sport?
12. Do you have a Negative or Optimistic attitude?
13. What would you do if you were stuck in an elevator with me?
14. Worst thing to ever happen to you?
15. Tell me one weird fact about you.
16. Do you have any pets?
17. Do you know how to do the Macarena?
18. What time is it where you are now?
19. Do you think clowns are cute or scary?
20. If you could change one thing about how you look, what would it be?
21. Would you be my partner in crime or my conscience?
22. What color eyes do you have?
23. Ever been arrested?
24. Bottle or Draft?
25. If you won $10,000 dollars today, what would you do with it?
26. What kind of bubble gum do you prefer to chew?
27. What's your favorite bar to hang at?
28. Do you believe in ghosts?
29. Favorite thing to do in your spare time?
30. Do you swear a lot?
31. Biggest pet peeve?
32. In one word, how would you describe yourself?
33. In one word, how would you describe me?
34. Will you repost this so I can fill it out and do the same for you?