I have been targeted by the most recent Gamespot blogging trend: someone has tagged me to tell my readers five things that I they don't yet know about me but would enjoy finding out. I have been skimming those blogs, watching as they slowly took over my Tracked blogs list, and now I have been asked to contribute and do my part to help them take over someone else's Tracked Blogs. I'm sure there is some profound and lesson about symmetry and what goes around comes around in this situation. But it is weekend and I don't want to care about serious things right now. I will refrain from tagging anyone though, for the same reason I never, ever follow the directions to forward the poem to "ten of your best friends, including the one who sent this to you. If you receive lots of emails back it means you have lots of friends!" But I will write up my list of five things you might not know about me, because they might be good conversation starters, and by posting them in my blog I will only have to write them once. :) 1. I (unofficially) collect tea mugs This should come as no secret to someone who has seen the shelves in our kitchen. I love tea and coffee mugs, in a selective sort of way. They need to be original in design and color, and match me, before they are worthy of being collected. Also, they must not match anything I already have. The only matching tea mugs I have in my collection were gifts. I hardly ever use them. 2. I have a navel piercing. I had my piercing made about two years ago now, and at the time, it looked very good on me. Since then I have gained roughly 25 lbs, and now it just looks white-trashy. Since I wanted and needed to lose the weight anyway, returning to a stomach that actually can pull off the piercing again is one of my goals and one of many things that keep me motivated. After all, there is no point having it if I can't show it off. 3. I love action movies John Woo is an unsung genius. Chow Yun Fat makes all American action stars look wussy and incompetent. Michelle Yeoh is beautiful, and Milla Jovovich is one of very few women who can be extremely tough and bad-ass while at the same time being astonishingly beautiful and feminine. Topping my list of explosive favorites right now are (in no particular order): Replacement Killers, Resident Evil, The Bourne Identity, Kill Bill 1 & 2, and Pitch Black 4. I love chocolate. By chocolate I mean real chocolate. Not the disgusting pale blend of grease and sugar that pollutes the shelves of grocery stores everywhere in the US. I mean Valrhona, Lindt's Excellence, and Cote d'Or. Valrhona and Cote d'Or are especially remarkable in that they are the only ones I have come across who carry milk chocolate that is not gross. It actually tastes chocolate, just not as bold as their darker products. Over-all the US is horribly behind the rest of the civilized world in terms of understanding and appreciating chocolate the way it was meant to be enjoyed. Words cannot express how happy I was to discover that the Cost Plus near our house carries my two favorite chocolate brands. 5. FPS games are boring, frustrating, and a waste of my time I started playing FPS games late in life, just a couple of years ago, and I don't like them. They have an extremely steep learning curve, too steep for me who isn't already familiar with the style of gameplay and have the necessary skills to navigate, shoot et cetera. Not to mention that most control schemes for console FPS are confusing and counter-intuitive, and the lack of peripheral vision drives me nuts. This leads to an exclusively frustrating playing experience, for obvious reasons. Add to that a complete lack of appealing characters and character development, and a story that is shallow at best, and there's just not enough fun in a typical FPS game for me to justify playing it over Neverwinter Nights 2 or The Witcher. There you go. Now, back to life and reality as we know it.
I bought that one game with it, for now, and I have ordered a screen protector online, since the stylus might hurt it if I play too hard. Now all I need to do is drop broad hints that cool accessories or a DS Top Toy would make for a great birthday gift next week, and I'll be all set. In the mean time, I am saving Desch and the world. And it is awesome.