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Wii-ly Wii-ed off - The Paranoid Android
...musings of a mechanically depressed robot...
Wii-ly Wii-ed off
My - it's been a while since I used this... life must either be really dull ... or too damn exciting!

I'll start with the puerile... and the reason for the excruciatingly bad pun in the subject... I have been playing tennis on the Wii... and have managed to get my skill level up to about 1800.  I am now almost constantly playing the same two computer opponents... one with a skill level of 2000 and the other 1900.

If I win a single game I get can get anything from no points (!) to about 30.  The closer the game - the fewer the points.  I was a little shocked to loose points after a particularly close 5 game match where I won!  If I'm playing someone with a higher skill level than me and I win - I should get points damnit!  I don't care how bloody close it is!

Yeah - dull is probably closer to the mark.  Not that I'm complaining - I've had my fill of excitement this year.  Sometimes dull is the preferred option.

It does mean I have had a bit of time to think about life.  I have come to the conclusion that I'm a bitter old man.  I was always an old man, but I'm finding it increasingly difficult to see the silver linings... just the black clouds.  I have pretty low expectations of people (that's people in general, not any one specific, and especially not anyone who reads here), and yet they find new ways to surprise me by how inconsiderate they are.  TV annoys me - even the most intriguing subjects are dumbed down to appeal to the lowest common denominator - the press depress me with their inane and completely biased rantings - the "letters" pages are full of idiots spouting off about subjects they obviously know nothing about.

Humanity disgusts me. - I am ashamed to be breathing the same air as most of the mindless morons around me.

I have withdrawn into a self made cocoon of gaming, family, books and music... but this is a lonely existence - I need something more... but going out to find it seems like such a daunting task I can't bring myself to do it.

I spend far to much time living in the past.  The past is a comfortable place - the future looks cold and uninviting. 

I listen to far too much depressing music.  To paraphrase Nick Hornby - Am I depressed because I listen to all this depressing music, or do I listen to this depressing music because I am depressed?  Chicken or Egg.

So... that's why I haven't been updating recently... in an egg shell.

Current Location: EC2Y 9AQ
Current Mood: depressed depressed
Current Music: Nothing Ever Happens - Del Amitri

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teya_uk From: teya_uk Date: August 30th, 2007 01:09 pm (UTC) (Link)
Fancy coming out on the piss with me tonight?
paranoidandroid From: paranoidandroid Date: September 3rd, 2007 08:34 pm (UTC) (Link)
You had to ask? ;)
tabby_of_doom From: tabby_of_doom Date: August 30th, 2007 01:13 pm (UTC) (Link)
You're not alone in the "bitter old person" club. I make it a point to avoid humanity as much as possible. I don't like sitting next to children in restaurants because the parents think it's cute to let them scream and run around my table when I'm trying to eat. I don't like it when people talk on cell phones around me because they just sound loud, ignorant, and full of self-importance. I don't like teenagers because they're obnoxious, I don't like women because they are catty, I look at men with suspicion when they give me a compliment. The list goes on. I'll be the old lady with the cats.

You're a lovely, lovely person. You're aces with me. I'm sending you hugs from afar. <3
paranoidandroid From: paranoidandroid Date: September 3rd, 2007 08:35 pm (UTC) (Link)
Awww - thanks :) But is it us? - Or has the world really gone to hell in a handbasket?
tabby_of_doom From: tabby_of_doom Date: September 3rd, 2007 10:56 pm (UTC) (Link)
It's probably both, but I'm going to put most of the blame on the world that's spinning to hell in the handbasket. It's much easier on the ego.

From: wainy Date: August 31st, 2007 12:12 am (UTC) (Link)
Maybe we should make a "Bitter Old People" community, eh? :)

I know that I'm firmly in the club, so here's some moral support from a fellow BOPper!
paranoidandroid From: paranoidandroid Date: September 3rd, 2007 08:36 pm (UTC) (Link)
Hello dear - long time no see! :)

I'm not sure about a BOP community - can you imagine the amount of infighting? It would be on a world war scale!
timelight From: timelight Date: August 31st, 2007 03:48 am (UTC) (Link)

all according to plan

My friends:
All this is according to electronic plan. We are gaming, and computing, and using our gadgets playing keepaway all accoring to plan./ We are to stay inside and only go out for work and scurry home - watch DVD's instead of going to the movies, and be disgusted by the cellphone conversations of our fellow men/women.

BUT there is always a bus ride to noplace - where you can see trees and don't know anyone - a sojurn to a lake or beach and buy some onion rings alone - or leave the damn laptop at home, and the cellphone too - and go luddite for a while - determined not to feel underpriviliged. At least you still OWN these things. Gaming is accelerated solitaire. Depressing music is what you like best when you don't want to concentrate on the words, the songcrafting, the guitar riffs. TV is supposed to be boring. There is always "Rescue Me" or "Dirty Jobs" and "The Closer" for a laugh! My pals say "read a book" - but I say: Write a screenplay! Send a letter to the Editor! Throw up in an airplane bag! Buy a cheap guitar and never learn to play it! Get a CD reissue of an old LP album you used to love and listen to it until you turn purple. Life is not boring.

I spent 8 years living alone - did what I wanted, wrote poems, worked at a law firm, and played with my cat.

Now I have no pets, moved across country, and have a great old man to talk to. I made it work, and keep this relationship alive.
Get old - be moody, but don't spend the last 25 years alone.
Struggle, Suffer, Annoy someone. Scratch that itch.
I admit, I no longer suffer fools gladly - at work, or at play. I do a lot of walking away.
But the people I DO like - I love.

There is always CD's of The Eagles, Joni Mitchell, Roy Orbison, Neil Young, David Bowie, Smashing Pumpkins, Creed, Bruce Hornsby, Billie Holiday, Jacques Brel, Sting, Sade, George Jones, Tracy Chapman, Randy Travis, or any movie sound track by John Williams (Star Wars?) Paul McCartney, Nine Inch Nails, Dave Grohl, or even Elvis or the Beatles.
Endless "stuff" out there. I've been watching BBC news and Russia Today to get a different slant on things.
Who cares what I like, Android?
Nobody, but my mother raised me to believe it is a sin to admit you are bored. As a result, I never am.

Movin' on, and yes, I write too much.
Love to you, Paranoid android!
paranoidandroid From: paranoidandroid Date: September 3rd, 2007 08:40 pm (UTC) (Link)

Re: all according to plan

Wow... I needed that. Thank you. :)

You don't write too much... and that is an impressive list of music there.
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