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Of Christmas, Of New Year, Of a world far, far away! - The Paranoid Android
...musings of a mechanically depressed robot...
Of Christmas, Of New Year, Of a world far, far away!
My word - It has been a while.

My illness was not quite over by my last post, and I managed to hack my lungs up a few times more before about boxing day when it seemed that finally I had shifted it. I still have the occasional fit of coughs but they are now few and far between.

Christmas eve I managed to embarrass myself by drinking myself to the point of hurling. I was not out with friends, I was sat at home on my own in front of the Computer. My only (rather weak by my own reckoning) excuse was I had not been drinking or eating very much, so my tolerances were at an all time low.

It was also on Christmas eve that my addition to Eve - The Next Genesis started for real. I've had this game since the beginning of May after beta testing it for a couple of months before that. The premise is simple, yet also so detailed it is estimated to take years to delve into it completely.

On Christmas eve I signed onto the game as I had a couple of times before. My plan was to earn myself a few credits (ISK) and perhaps get myself some new bits for my boat. What actually happen opened a whole new part of the game up to me. Gary was online (I got him playing the game shortly after I bought it) and invited me to join the Corporation he was in.

Now I'd been a member of a player run corporation before, and it wasn't that great. Gary assured me that this was different, the corp. really did work together and help out the "little people." Now although I have had the game for months - I was still very much "little people," so how could I refuse. He was in a system a few jumps away, so I got my rusty old boat over there and joined up.

Finding out that all I had was a little boat (a Bantam), the first thing they did was lend me a bigger one (a Merlin!) I was allowed to rake through the corporate hanger and take anything I needed. We then set off as a team to an asteroid belt where we mined for a couple hours. My boat was still not that big, and my mining lasers were second rate, but I managed to get a fair lump of ore extracted from the asteroids. The next bit blew my mind.

We arrived back at the station where the ore collected was pooled and shared out equally. Some of the guys there had probably mined ten times as much as I had, but the ore was split equally. Not only that - but the CEO didn't take his share at all.

I had really found a corp. that was there for all it's members! After refining I made almost three million Isk enough to get me my own Merlin, plus a few skills and some better mining lasers.

(It was about this time that I got blinding drunk and threw up)

Christmas day... I woke up early (about 8:00) and logged on to Eve. I played until 11 when the server shuts down each day. I have decided to document my progress in a new journal... one I had created for the purpose of the beta testing back in April.

Edit: I have posted the last couple days there... I think I'll post "in character." It should be interesting reading back in a few years (providing I still play the game) to see my humble beginings!

Christmas day was spent at the 'rents. The meal was the usual affair of 3 type of meat, 4 types of veg, and 2 types of potato cooked to perfection. Mum does a great Christmas dinner. After that is usually spent sleeping off the effects of the dinner... but this year we had Star Trek (The Next Generation) series 6 to keep us awake!.. Dad and I managed to get through 10 episodes before sleep took us...

I stayed at the 'rents Christmas night, and woke up late the following morning. After a chat with mum we settled down for a meal of cold meats and pickles. If the Christmas meal is my favourite, then the cold meat and pickles of Boxing day is my second.

I think I managed to watch a couple more episodes of the Next Generation before heading home. I had agreed to call Misty at her grandparents house....

... which I did, only to be told that she had gone shopping with the "wimmin folk" and may be gone some time. I left a message and logged back into Eve.

Misty called a couple of hours later and we chatted for a couple hours.

The next day (Saturday) was my busy day. During my illness I had managed to neglect the housework. I had only the one pair of pants left (that's undies to you American folk) so laundry was essential. The kitchen was in a bit of a state, and to top things off the sink was draining slow.

After putting a load in the washing machine I set off to the shops. I needed a card for Joe as it was her birthday that night. I needed something to unblock sinks, some superglue to fix the shower, and I thought I'd get a new lock for the front door while I was out - the old one requires the skill of a locksmith to get the damn thing open.

It was damned cold out - so I popped in to see Mum on the way home and for a nice hot cup of tea. When I got back I fixed the door, washed another couple loads of laundry, dried a couple loads, unblocked the sink, washed the dishes, cleaned out "Fish and Chip" (the fish tank) and managed to cook myself something unhealthy.

Saturday night was spent at the Albert in celebration of Joe's birthday. My sister (Jo - confusing - it will be!) doesn't really like it down there much any more, so we headed back about 10:00. Fantastic - enough time for me to get a couple hours on Eve!

Sunday I woke late (as usual) and had Sunday dinner with the 'rents. Another couple of Next Generation episodes later and I was back home. Oooo - time for some Eve.

Monday I needed to be in work at 9. I had a training course on a new piece of software I'll be playing with over the next couple of months. I managed to get in about half past after the Central Line decided to keep me waiting at Mile End for 15 minutes. In that time almost half a dozen District Line trains arrived, and hundreds of people tried to get on my train. In the end I was squashed into a corner by a 7 foot, 27 stone guy with the worst case of B.O. on the planet. I almost gagged. Home for about 7, and a night playing Eve.

Tuesday was almost an exact replica of Monday. Well - Apart from the BO man.

Wednesday - New Years eve: I worked a half day. I say worked - I bummed around on the company time.
I did nothing to celebrate the arrival of the New Year this year. New Years eve is mine and Misty's holiday celebration. I've never yet spent Christmas with her, but since we've been a couple we've always spent the New Year with each other. I really missed her not being around Wednesday night.

We did chat to each other online. I had intended to stay up till 5:00 so I could wish her a happy New Year... but I managed to fall asleep on my chair in front of the computer. I woke up yesterday feeling about 150 years old.

You would have thought once would be enough... but I decided to fall asleep there again last night. I blame the nice bottle of Merlot...

So here I am today... Supposed to be working - but procrastinating instead. From Monday I will not procrastinate so much...

That is my New Years resolution.

Current Mood: apathetic apathetic
Current Music: Siuoxsie & the Banshees - Spell Bound

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scaree From: scaree Date: January 2nd, 2004 04:47 am (UTC) (Link)
was gonna reply to this earlier but I thought what the heck - hope the merlot made you feel good ...
paranoidandroid From: paranoidandroid Date: January 2nd, 2004 05:06 am (UTC) (Link)
Merlot is necter from the gods.

I didn't feel too bad this morning considering!... Just as well really.
teya_uk From: teya_uk Date: January 2nd, 2004 06:18 am (UTC) (Link)
What you procrastinating about? and yay ... at last ... an entry!
paranoidandroid From: paranoidandroid Date: January 2nd, 2004 06:30 am (UTC) (Link)
Procrastinating... the art of looking busy...

I'm much rather be playing eve...
teya_uk From: teya_uk Date: January 2nd, 2004 06:31 am (UTC) (Link)
You've not worked out how to do this at work yet?
paranoidandroid From: paranoidandroid Date: January 2nd, 2004 06:39 am (UTC) (Link)
couldn't play EVE from work... apart from the legality of it - it requires a 3d graphics card, windows XP, and for someone to put a nice hole in the firewall so it can talk to the servers.... I just don't see that happening - ever.
teya_uk From: teya_uk Date: January 2nd, 2004 06:51 am (UTC) (Link)
nope, I'd agree with you there
tweezlebum From: tweezlebum Date: January 2nd, 2004 07:45 am (UTC) (Link)
How did you manage to fall asleep at the keyboard last night? You told me you were going to bed. You actually said, "I'm going to bed dear." Did you sit there playing Eve after you said you were going to bed? <very stern look>
paranoidandroid From: paranoidandroid Date: January 2nd, 2004 08:40 am (UTC) (Link)
No - I logged off from eve - I was just checking LJ for a "bit"... that lasted a bit longer than it should... :(
tweezlebum From: tweezlebum Date: January 2nd, 2004 08:41 am (UTC) (Link)
<shakes my head>
crittersitter From: crittersitter Date: January 2nd, 2004 09:41 pm (UTC) (Link)

words of cheer from a formerly jewish mom in a past life, currently a bunny with maternal instincts

welcome back to the land of the living ((((((((((((((((pa))))))))))))))))) i know mistalicious was really concerned about you, which in turn concerned the rest of us *points to the 3 inch groove i wore in the hardwood floor, pacing on your behalf* (giggles) and whatever happend to misty's purse? that's one lil soap opera situation i never heard get resolved.

sowwy you two are apart just now; y'all are awful cute about it 'tho. do try to keep your clothes on when you reunite at heathrow, i understand they frown on the public nudity thing, unless you are starring in a remake of *hair*.

hugs and smoochies from a safe distance *g*

snuggs (")
paranoidandroid From: paranoidandroid Date: January 5th, 2004 05:09 pm (UTC) (Link)

Re: words of cheer from a formerly jewish mom in a past life, currently a bunny with maternal instin

I believe that Misty's purse eventually turned up... so it was worth the £2,397,234 I paid to mail it... really!
nuala From: nuala Date: January 3rd, 2004 04:20 am (UTC) (Link)
Just make sure that you are, in fact, meeting her at the airport (if you're not flying back with her). It would suck a lot for her to come home alone and find you had changed the locks. ;o)
paranoidandroid From: paranoidandroid Date: January 4th, 2004 03:15 am (UTC) (Link)
I'm going to fly to america to pick her up... so we should both arrive back at the same time...

I wouldn't change the locks on her like that (and post about it in LJ)!
nuala From: nuala Date: January 4th, 2004 01:56 pm (UTC) (Link)
*giggle* It was the mental image - it had all of the humor of a sitcom. ;o)
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