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The Halloween Post Not About Halloween. or That's Dirty!

  Wow, it’s been almost a month since I updated here?! I thought it was just a few weeks. I guess that survey really took it out of me. Regardless, I’m back here again with nothing to talk about. But if I’m good at one thing, it’s BS. So Let’s have at it, shall we?

  Wednesday the 4th my grandfather passed away. I was with him the day before and he was “completely fine”. He had his problems, but everyone does. Needless to say, it came a quite a shock to the family. I really haven’t felt like writing anything since then. I was working on a few “My Love For…” posts but those have been on hiatus since then. That’s the only reason you’re not reading one right now.
  The rosary was on Friday and the funeral was on Saturday. My relatives and I were talking about how odd it was to know where everything was at the funeral home. My grandmother passed a little over a year ago and she was at the same home. The employees would ask us where we were going or who we wanted to see and we already knew where to go.
  It was the same for the pallbearers. My cousin and I were Pallbearers for my grandmother and now grandfather. The people handling my grandfather’s transportation “assured us” they would let us know what we needed to do as a pallbearer, but we already knew before they told us. It’s really odd once you think about it.
  The service went well. Everything was arranged wonderfully. There was this one old lady that worked at the home that was a snot though. She was mean, well except to my aunt and uncle. The only reason she was nice to them is because they were organizing everything. That meant they were signing the checks. Everyone else she had an attitude with.
  My younger cousin and I were waiting for my aunt on Thursday so we could go to the back and view my grandfather. That lady came up to us and asked, “Who do you want to see?” in a very rude manner. Before I could answer she asked again, more forcefully. I answered and she said, “I can’t hear you!” like I was annoying her or something. I repeated myself and she was about to user us to the viewing room but I told her I was waiting on my aunt. “Well, have a seat and wait then,” she said, again as rudely as possible. She then briskly walked over to my uncle, who was already there, looking behind her as she walked. She looked like a little rat from those Disney cartoons shuffling off to tell their master some secret. Anyway, my uncle acknowledged us and she immediately became a sweet old lady.
  This happened many times with me and various relatives. I really would’ve loved to give her a piece of my mind, but considering the situation I bit my tongue and just shrugged it off. People like that aren’t worth my energy anyway. Beyond that, like I said, everything went well.

   In my free time I’ve almost exclusively been downloading anime. I have a list of about 45 series I’m “keeping up with”. Luckily most of them are already downloaded. All that’s left is to watch them. But there are maybe 15 that either are still coming out or haven’t started up yet that I need to keep an eye on. I’ve also been able to pick up a few series I’ve already seen but want to watch again. That’s a lot of anime! Some have asked what I’m watching, so here’s the list:
  Downloading, Downloaded, Watching, Haven’t Watched, Watching Again:
  Ah! My Goddess TV2, Glass no Kantai, Tonagura!, Makai Senki Disgaea, Inukami, Bokura ga Ita, Nana, Welcome to the NHK, Negima OVA, Kanon (the new one), Chocoto Sister, Soul Link, Aria The Natural, Bokusatsu Tenshi Dokuro-chan, Mahoraba, Mai-Otome, Air TV, Amaenaideyo, Amaenaideyo Katsu, Binbou Shimai Monogatari, Black Lagoon: The Second Barrage, Blood+, Canvas 2, Da Capo Second Season, Final Approach, High School Girls, Innocent Venus, Kage Kara Mamoru!, Rec, Shuffle, Simoun, Strawberry Panic!, To Heart 2, Utawarerumono, Zero no Tsukaima.
  Recently Airing, Soon to Air:
  Mukoh Hadan, Red Garden, Kujibiki Unbalance, Bakumatsu Kikansetsu, GothicMade, Shounen Onmyoji, Byosoku 5cm, Soko no Strain, Cresent Love, Tokimeki Memorial Only Love. There you go!
  One I have already seen I recently downloaded because it kept coming up in random conversations. Bokusatsu Tenshi Dokuro-chan. It’s funny. Hyper violent comedy anyone? The main character is a cute angel from the future… with a giant spiked club. She kills people in the most gruesome ways, then says her magic words and brings them back to life. Funny stuff. Here’s the beginning of the first episode. If it doesn’t make you laugh, then I don’t know what will… WARNING! Violent!
  I finished Ergo Proxy Thursday night. The last four episodes I waited on so I could watch them all at once. Wow. That is the best series I’ve seen in a while. The series had everything in it, and then some. On top of that, looked beautiful. It was broadcast in HD I believe and that carried over to the fansubs. Even the “standard Definition” looked clear on my LCD. So once again, if you haven’t seen Ergo Proxy, watch it immediately! Another plus, Geneon picked it up and the first volume will be released next month. That means by this time next year I will have my own set of Ergo Proxy! Woo!
  I only wish these companies would release the complete set in Thin-Pak sets instead of those “limited edition” huge boxes. The art is pretty sure, but I already have wallpapers and other pics to look at. I need to maximize shelf space. I’m already running out. My issues of Newtype and Megami have started on a new “shelf” that I found buried beneath all this junk.
  I’m still waiting on new releases of Ah! My Goddess TV2. They stopped at 17 a few months ago. I hope they’re just lagging behind because I’d hate to have to wait until they come out in America. I’m buying them definitely; AMG is one of my favorite universes but I still don’t want to have to wait a year or two to find out what happens.
  Blood+ is finally over. I haven’t seen past episode 28 I believe, so I have a lot of catching up to do. That series is amazing anyway. I think having so much anime makes it harder to decide what to watch. I want to see everything at once! *sigh* At least that’s the kind of “problems” I have.

  Dark Messiah of Might and Magic is available for pre-purchase on Steam. I totally grabbed that one. I played the demo a few times already and each time the same level was completed a different way. It a sort of classic style fantasy FPS RPG. Think about Deus Ex, only in a swords and sorcery world. The game levels are linear, but how you complete them is quite flexible. The level design is gorgeous. Just the two levels you get in the demo dropped my jaw to the floor. I love design work like that. On top of that, the combat “feels” real. You see your whole body, you move more realistically, and your combat moves look cool. You really feel like you’re fighting, instead of just clicking buttons. I can’t wait to play the full game. I believe it’s out on the 24th. Here’s a video I found on YouTube showcasing a lot of the level and play style. If you like this, pick up the HD version either at GameSpot or on Steam to really get a good look at the beautiful levels. WARNING AGAIN! Violent Again!
  The Wii, still amazing. Crysis, still amazing. STALKER, still looking good. The holiday season means releases for all! Hopefully Sony will get what’s coming to them…

  I take part in NPD online research. It’s essentially a market research group. They send me surveys from time to time asking about various lifestyle habits and purchase history. This last survey had some funny questions/selections. Here’s a screen grab of the two:
  The first one. I always call places “dirty” if I don’t like them, or if they… well, seem dirty. This is the first time I’ve seen a “professional” group refer to a store as dirty though. It cracked me up! The bottom of the image shows just how far Paris Hilton has influenced the stupids. Having “that’s hot” on a professional survey? Do people really refer to things as “that’s hot”? I always joke about it, but I guess the reason people don’t laugh is because they think it’s normal. Scary thought indeed.

  Halloween is coming up soon. I’d like to dress up this year since I haven’t for the last two or three. On top of that the Houston anime convention is next weekend and Blue and I haven’t decided who to cosplay as. It’s getting tight. You can’t pull awesome costumes out of thin air you know. Maybe we’ll skip cosplaying and focus on Halloween… Who knows?
  I’ve made comments like this before, but it’s pretty sad lately. Hardly anyone dresses up for Halloween anymore. I remember when I was young, going over to my uncle’s house in the suburbs and spending hours moving from house to house dressed up. You just don’t see that anymore. Granted people are concerned about their children and with all the pedophiles out there I can’t blame them. But what’s the harm in going with them? At the very least drive your car on the road next to them if walking is too much for you. Halloween used to be an important holiday to me. It let me dress up as some character and play the part. Kids need to be able to use their imagination. I guess times are changing…
  That isn’t going to stop me from having fun this year though! I’m determined to do some kind of Halloween costume.
  The Nightmare Before Christmas is coming back to the theaters this year, and it’s in 3D! Gotta check it out. This is, in my opinion the best Halloween(esque) movie ever. I can’t wait to see it in the third dimension. It might be a little embarrassing to who I go with though. I’m pretty sure I’ll break out into song at some time during the movie. Of course, no one else will mind because my voice is completely amazing.
  I remember when I first saw the movie. Jurassic Park was out on video then and my parents told me they had a movie for me. I was so excited because I thought it was Jurassic Park, which I loved. Dinosaurs and Speilberg; two of my favorites. I opened the package and it was Nightmare… Noooo!  I thought, “why the heck do I want this stupid movie?! Where’s Jurassic Park?!” My parents told me to watch it so I did, reluctantly. By the time the opening song finished (the one on my blast) I loved it. To this day I watch Nightmare every year between Halloween and Christmas. Awesome Movie!

  Well, that’s about all for this entry. I still have those “My Love For…” entries to finish, and there’s a bit more on my mind but I’m tired of typing now.

  Happy Halloween, Gundam!