The remorse that fills me when a great weekend comes to an end is always painful, but hopefully it will give me a standard to which all future weekends can be compared.
Right after work on Friday, I went out to Joey's for eye candy and appetizers. I met with a recently departed co-worker to chat with him about his leaving and his new line of work. As usual I had my business hat on, and may have lined up more peripheral work for myself, which we all know I don't have enought time to complete.
Knowing that I need to spend more time enjoying life and having fun, I decided to make a huge leap and jump back into the console market after over ten years of absense. I went down to BestBuy, and picked myself up an XBox 360.
I took it home and untangled everything and in typical Microsoft fashion the bloody thing had to update itself about four times before I was able to play anything, but boy was it worth it. I picked up Burnout: Revenge and Dead Rising and had myself a whole barrel of fun crashing cars and killing zombies. The Live Arcade is a lot of fun too, playing the old games that I used to plunk away at in the theatre in Houston. I'm glad I made the purchase, and I know I'm going to have a lot of fun. Looking at my calendar, I can tell I won't be playing much for about the next two weeks, but knowing that it's there will make downtime a lot more fun.
I did manage to get away from my new electronic fun a couple time this weekend. On Saturday, Sonja and I went out to watch the Semi Finals for the Alberta Cup in which my team was playing. The game was solid, but in the end we ended up losing to the Rams.
Sunday, I made it out to the Calgary Climbing Center so that I could practice up, and get Sonja knowledgable about Belaying. It was a pile of fun but it didn't even take two hours before my hands and arms were sore from hauling my fat but up the walls.
I came home on Sunday looking forward to a little bit more XBox action, and found that my internet was borked. I called Shaw to inquire, and the man on the other end of the phone told me a troubleshooting technique that reminded me of the stupidity of blowing on Nintendo cartridges. Basically, I have to unplug the modem, unhook it from the cable, and then touch the copper on the wire. I then hook everything back up, plug it back in, and everything is good to go. That is until two minutes elapses and my connection is all messed up again. Shaw realized that there is a problem, but they won't send out a service man until Friday of next week. That's a long time to go without internet, and it makes me damn happy I switched over to a hosted solution for my websites.