Well, Christmas has come and gone and the new year is nearly here. Really, Christmas was very low key around here, almost quiet really, though our friend Oscar came over. He slept on our couch for most over the day, but hey...
We played a lot of Wii stuff last weekend. I forced Chris to finish The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess
so I could learn the finish of the story. Again, it was fun trying to figure out the puzzles and what was needed to defeat each enemy with Chris, still i know I don't have the co-ordination to play the game with Chris.
I'll admit that I like the Wii, and I've played a lot of the Wii Sports
games, which I like. I also like to check the Mii Channel to see how many Mii's have shown up from other people We have see about thirty in our parade lately. Just let me know if you want our Wii number to connect up!
Of course there's some time when the Wii controllers are not a good thing, and that's when the moves you have to make don't make any sense. We played Wii Sports
with Oscar on Christmas Day and it was a lot of fun, but when we tried to play the party games on MonkeyBall: Banana Blitz
and the controllers didn't seem to work. The games had you tilt and turn the controller to target and move your character, your monkey, and it made no sense, and half the time it didn't work!
As for Christmas gifts, I gave Chris some clothes, including three shirts from Threadless
that haven't managed to find their way through the mail just yet. I also got him all three of the Xbox games from Burger King and they weren't half bad. The one we liked the most was Pocket Bike Racer as we could race each other. Pretty good for a $4 game.
Chris gave me a new wallet which I need to exchange with my current one that's falling apart. He also gave me a Roomba Discovery
which solves both the problem that he wants me to vacuum more, and I think the little robot is so damned cool! It's a really great thing, and Joey the dog loves to bark at it.
I have to tell you that i wish I could have done more for Chris this year. I just couldn't come up with a "wow" gift this year, even with going out to the mall last weekend, looking at several online stores and checking some gift giving suggestions. My lack of inspiration, plus the fact that I didn't have a lot of money to spend his year meant that it was just so-so gift giving experience. Chris had already done tons about getting videogames, so I knew I didn't want to just get him another one. Oh well, I'll just have to work harder in 2007.
As we get closer to 2007 it makes me sad that Mikel (soonercubntx
) will be moving to New York. It's been great getting to know him this year, and I'm happy that he's getting to move to a city he really wanted to be in, but it's hard to watch another friend leave the area. There's been too many people leaving Texas in the last little while, and there's more to come when Alex and Jay go back to Boston soon. We need to import more guys here.
They've announced a National Day of Mourning for President Ford and it's January 2nd. That means that the stock market will be closed. One thing that's odd is that the stock market has only been closed for four days in a row (the weekend, New Years Day and this extra day) once before in my recollection, right after 9/11. Still, Ford only served half a term, maybe he should only get half a day?
Still, my workplace has said that we'll have to work on the second. This will be interesting because most of our industry competitors will be closed (as will banks and post offices). It will definitely be an odd day coming up. I'd so rather have the day off. Heck, we don't even get a jeans day. An email was issued today making sure we knew that the office would be open, but we would be allowed to take some time to grieve appropriately sometime during the day. Personally I think my grieving may take about eight hours.
Of course you have to ask, when W goes, will there be a day of mourning at all?