Happy Holidays

I’ve been more busy than I like recently, working overtime to finish a project before I go on a business trip this coming week to California. I’ll be gone all week, soaking in the sun and coding in a cubicle.

Christmas was very good. I got just about everything I wanted and then some. Rice cookers are good people, and Axis & Allies looks exciting, although I haven’t played with the new board yet. There is a suspiciously good looking strategy involving Germany taking the British Isle on the first turn, but it’s probably too risky. My boss kindly managed to snag me his family’s copy of Fireball Island, a favorite game of my childhood.

The prize for best unrequested present goes to my mother, who bought me Mister O, a cutely dark comic book.

I also bought myself a digital camera. One of the main reasons I purchased it is for sharing pictures online, so hopefully I’ll have a gallery set up soon, just use Flickr, or both.

So yeah, a very happy holiday for me.

The best gift I gave was to my ex Lydia. She was in the market for a Dreamcast (mostly to emulate NES games). So, I ordered one off of eBay and created a NES CD using NesterDC. But the pièce de résistance was finding a favorite game of hers Twinkle Star Sprites for Dreamcast (a very rare, released-in-Japan-only game) on eBay.

I also surprisingly enjoyed spending some time with my extended family. I particularly enjoyed one moment sitting down before dinner:

Aunt #1 is sitting with her enormous dog Sam when my mother asks what Sam’s bark sounds like.
Aunt #1 responds, Oh, deep and loud, before leaving the dog behind to get some food.
My mother says, I don’t think I’ve ever heard Sam bark. There is a pause for a few moments.
Aunt #2 says, Let’s make him bark.