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Vacation and f.y.e. #5

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This past weekend, my parents and I went on a vacation that was surprisingly relaxing. Though it's difficult for me to admit it, my mother has family in West Virginia. We left about 4 A.M. on Saturday and stopped at a few places on the way there. We got back this morning (Wednesday) at 2 A.M. or so. Most of the time, we sat around a campfire and talked. I also read a book (The Book of Fate by Brad Metzler) which I haven't done for too long. We spent some time driving around down there and if you've never ridden West Viriginia roads, you should basically envision a roller coaster. Side-to-side and up-and-down all over the place.

Anyway, on the way home, my parents graciously let me stop at a GameStop on the way home. Luckily in was in a mall (I had found it via the GPS), and there was also an f.y.e. store in the mall. It's a good thing, too. The GameStop had about a total of 20 games for Xbox and no more. I did find out that apparently they are trying very hard to eliminate the XBox stock, as the games were Buy 2 Get 2 Free. I did get a good haul at the f.y.e., though. The pre-owned games were buy 2 get 1 at 50% off. Not all that great, but it helped.

  • $7.19_____Vexx (Factory Sealed)
  • $7.19_____The Incredible Hulk: Ultimate Destruction (Factory Sealed)
  • $3.59_____Shadow Ops: Red Mercury
  • $2.69_____SeaBlade
  • $1.34_____Future Tactics: Uprising (Factory Sealed)
  • $4.49_____Malice
  • $8.99_____Juiced
  • $8.99_____Cold War
  • $4.49_____Panzer Dragoon Orta

GameStop #15

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Yes, I have an addiction. and I have added more games to my collection. I went to a different GameStop than usual, and I found some games that I didn't have. Buy 2 Get 1 Free can be good and bad... But I did finally find a copy of Black.

  • $0.00_____Xbox Exhibition Disc Volume 5
  • $0.89_____ESPN NBA 2K5
  • $0.89_____Madden NFL 2003
  • $0.00_____Madden NFL 2004
  • $0.89_____Triple Play 2002
  • $0.89_____NFL 2K2
  • $0.00_____NBA Live 2002
  • $0.89_____NBA Inside Drive 2002
  • $0.89_____NBA 2K3
  • $0.00_____NCAA Football 2004
  • $0.89_____NCAA Football 2005
  • $0.89_____NFL 2K3
  • $0.00_____MVP Baseball 2004
  • $1.79_____ESPN College Hoops 2K5
  • $1.79_____NBA Live 2005
  • $0.00_____High Heat Baseball 2004
  • $1.79_____ESPN NBA Basketball
  • $1.79_____ESPN NFL Football
  • $0.00_____Outlaw Volleyball
  • $3.59_____XGRA: Extreme-G Racing Association
  • $4.49_____State of Emergency
  • $0.00_____Burnout Revenge
  • $16.19____Destroy All Humans! 2
  • $16.19____Black

GameStop #14 & f.y.e. #4

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Yesterday, my parents and I drove to Muncy, PA for a tool sale, and afterwards, we met a friend for supper while we were up in that area. Fortunately and unfortunately, my parents indulged my addiction for more Xbox games, understanding that the places to find them are currently dwindling. Two of the three GameStops I visited and one of the two f.y.e.'s didn't have any Xbox games what so ever. At the Lycoming Mall, the f.y.e. had some good games that I had to pick up, especially since they were doing a buy 2 get 1 50% off. Not as good of a deal as GameStop's buy 2 get 1 free, but not too bad.

  • $7.19..........Headhunter: Redemption
  • $7.19..........Broken Sword: The Sleeping Dragon
  • $2.24..........Cold Fear

Then, we found that there were a couple GS's in Bloomsburg (GPS is awesome) and I went to one of them while my parents went through Wal-Mart. I hit pay dirt in GameStop. I started buying some sports game to up the contents of my collection, too.

  • $0.00..........NBA Ballers
  • $0.89..........NBA Live 2004
  • $0.00..........NBA Live 2003
  • $0.89..........NCAA Football 2005/Top Spin
  • $0.89..........NFL Fever 2003
  • $0.00..........NFL Fever 2002
  • $0.89..........Madden NFL 2005
  • $0.89..........ESPN NFL 2K5
  • $2.69..........Phantom Crash
  • $0.00..........Aeon Flux
  • $2.69..........Links 2004
  • $5.39..........Guilty Gear X2 #Reload
  • $8.99..........Urban Chaos: Riot Response

Last Night

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We've been having some problems here at home, and right now my mother isn't really talking to either my father or myself. My dad and I spent the last two nights at his mother's, working on replacing a light that didn't work and fixing one of her doors so that she could actually use it. Meanwhile, my mother is pissed because my dad and I apparently don't do anything around the house. So, last night when we were leaving my grandmother's I called to see if she wanted us to pick anything up for supper on the way home. We talked and she then hung up on me. I told my father that the [insert favored curse word here] hung up on me and that I would be making a beeline to the liquor cabinent when we got home.

And I tried a concoction. 40% vodka, 40% Ocean Spray Raspberry Cranberry, 20% Diet A&W Root Beer. The proportions might need to be played with a bit as I was far too angry to worry about how much of what was being put in. It might be a bit lighter on the Root Beer... It was pretty good and I got a decent buzz for a while. It takes a lot of alcohol to get me buzzed. The one night this summer, I had three Mind-Erasers (awesome drink) and didn't feel any effects.

So, currently, I'm looking up the directions for a gin & tonic. I don't have any tonic water. Only Seltzer and Club Soda.

I hope everyone else is having a better time than I am.

Peace.

Laying Cement

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Yesterday, my father and I spent an hour and a half laying cement. It actually wasn't as bad as I thought it was going to be. We hadn't put any down for about a year, and because of Labor Day, Lowe's was having a sale on bags of Quik-Crete. In total, we used 16 80-pound bags. Which comes out to 1280 pounds of cement (dry weight), plus all of the weight from the added water. We poured about a 3' by 12' expanse, I think, about 5 inches deep. Last time, my mother helped, and it made things simpler: I hauled the cement, my mother made it in the mixer and my father laid it. Yesterday, I made it and hauled most of the loads, which meant things moved more slowly, and my father had more down time between loads. By the time Mom got home from work, Dad was smoothing up the finish on the top, which made her happy, because she had had a bad day at work and seeing that we had done something helped her to feel better.

When we were done with that, it was time for supper. Earlier this year, my father had purchased a propane-fueled smoker from Walmart when it was on sale. He didn't go to work yesterday because he worked the three-day weekend, so he prepared some pork ribs and a pack of hot dogs on the smoker. When we got back from going to farmer's market and the library in the early afternoon, he had put on the hot dogs, and by the time we were finished leveling up the stones in the form for the cement, the hotdogs were done. So we pulled six out and sat down at the picnic table with some bread, mustard and ketchup. We were joined shortly by a couple of our cats, of course. Anyway, when we were done with the cement, and done cleaning up, Dad pulled the ribs out of the smoker. I'm not sure what all spices and flavors he used in the dry rub, but after seven hours in the smoker with three batches of hickory chips for the smoke, the meat practically fell off the bones. I'm not much of a rib person, but it was pretty awesome. We also had some white corn that we had gotten at farmer's market, when was a perfect accessory for the meal. My parents and I enjoyed the meal tremendously, and our three cats did as well, though I don't think they got as much meat as they wanted to...

So, if anyone makes it through all that, kudos to you, and thanks for reading!

GameStop #13

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On the 18th, my mother took off work and did some shopping. It was her birthday, and she needed a break from where she works and from dad and I. Which is perfectly understandable. While she was out and about, she found a GameStop that still sells Xbox games. So, she called me and asked if there were any games that I was really looking for. I gave her a couple of names, and none of them were there. Then, she started reading off some of the games that were there. Lo and behold, they had a copy of Rogue Trooper with a great box and manual. I've been looking for this game since it came out, and I've never ever seena copy. And, they were doing a buy two get one free deal. I was thinking of f.y.e. (see previous blog), and told her to get four games, because f.y.e. had been doing buy three get one free.

I'm not completely thrilled with the haul, but I guess Rogue Trooper makes it all worth it.

  • Dance Dance Revolution Ultramix...............$0.00
  • Shadow the Hedgehog...................................$12.99
  • Superman Returns...........................................$8.99
  • Rogue Trooper..................................................$14.99

f.y.e. #3

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Hello. I have another game purchase update already. I had two $10 gift cards from Christmas. And, I had purchased a membership to f.y.e. nearly a year ago. I wanted to make sure to use as much of the discount before the membership expires, because I'm not going to renew it. Anyway, there was a great collection of new Xbox games, and they were all 50% off the lowest stickered price. Which resulted in really good prices.

Again, a lot of the games I get don't have the best reviews, but most of them I've heard are fun, and that's what matters to me.

The Lord of the Rings: The Third Age.........$4.50
GunValkyrie......................................................$4.50
Red Dead Revolver........................................$4.50
Blinx 2: Masters of Time and Space...........$4.50
Nightcaster.......................................................$2.25
Godzilla: Save the Earth.................................$2.25
Dark Summit....................................................$2.25
Unreal II: The Awakening...............................$2.25
New Legends...................................................$1.35
Full Spectrum Warrior: Ten Hammers.........$2.25
Mace Griffin Bounty Hunter.............................$2.25
Scaler.................................................................$3.60

GameStop #12

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And, again, I went back to GameStop on 31 July. The premise of my return was to return three games that didn't work. At my previous visit to the store, I bought The Warriors, Raze's Hell and King Kong. I've had the games for a while, but the discs kept giving me DDE messages. So, I pulled a bait-and-switch. I feel kind of bad, but with the volume I purchase, I can't really check all of the games that I buy when I get them. So, here are the newest purchases:

Xbox Exhibition Disc Volume 2............$0.64
Aquaman: Battle for Atlantis.................$1.94
Def Jam Fight for NY..............................$8.44
Spider-Man..............................................$3.24

GameStop #11

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Some of you may remember that I mentioned I gota free $50 gift card for GameStop for filling out surveys. Well, yesterday (Tuesday) I put it to what I thought was good use. I got 11 games for a total of $48.80. Between the 25% off XBox games and accessories and my Edge card, I got some pretty good deals. I also incorporated the scores of the games for reference. And, just a note, some of the games listed below didn't get great reviews, but I'd heard that many of them were just fun to play, and that's my main focus in my gaming:

Nightmare Before Christmas...................6.4..........$8.44
Silent Hill 2: Restless Dreams.................7.9..........$6.49
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles...................6.5..........$6.49
Toxic Grind....................................................3.0..........$2.59
Minority Report: Everybody Runs.............4.1..........$2.59
Blinx: The Time Sweeper..........................6.3..........$3.24
James Cameron's Dark Angel.................3.8..........$3.24
I-Ninja.............................................................7.5..........$3.24
Spider-Man 2................................................7.2..........$3.24
Metal Gear Solid 2: Substance..................8.7..........$3.24
Robotech: Battlecry.....................................6.8..........$3.24

Free GameStop $50

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I finally have good news that I've wanted to share, but I've had to wait for verification. I just got a free $50 gift card for GameStop! There's a website called u talk back, and now I can vouch for it. It's a site that does consumer surveys and so forth. I've watch a couple new television shows and filled out questionnaires about how I liked it and how to make it better. I've also done quick surveys about what beverages I drinkmost often. I really have to recommend it. It took several months for me to get the required points, but there wasn't anything really that difficult, and I would have just been messing around online anyway.

There was something else, but I don't remember what it was... I got a new phone a month ago. A Sony Ericsson W760a. About two months ago, I got a Sig Sauer Mosquito (semi-automatic .22 long rifle caliber pistol).