Karaoke, Laptops and Music Time

Hello internets. I’m back. I missed you.

Last weekend I took a trip up to Columbus to meet up with some old college friends. It was great, but now that I am back here I am more miserable than ever. It’s painfully clear that this place will destroy my soul if I let it. Enough with the mellow drama though, I’m sure you’re way more interested in the weekend!

I hopped on a Greyhound since I don’t have a car. It was kind of romantic and honestly was a great way to travel. Had way more room on the bus than I did on the plane I flew out to Dallas on. I read a large portion of Ender’s Game while I listened to the Tron Soundtrack. That sound track is so fucking awesome that it makes anything sci-fi related better. Don’t believe me? Try it yourself.

A couple hours of reading later, which only felt like fifteen minutes, I was in Columbus being picked up from the station by my friend James.

Let me tell you something about James. Him and I go way back. I’ve known him for over a decade. At times we have been really close, other times we have grown apart, but he has always been a great friend when I needed him to be. I also like to think I have been there for him during a couple of the rough times. He’s good people.

Anyways, we spent the whole weekend gaming. And I don’t mean sitting in front of a TV shooting each other in the imaginary head. I mean old school boardgames, card games and the like. Him and my other friends introduced me to some great new games. I finally got to play Settlers of Catan for the first time. I think we played it at least 3 or 4 times over the course of my stay. I got to try another variety of the Munchkin card games, this time Cthulhu. The best game of the weekend though, hands down, was Bang! I don’t want to talk too much about it because I am planning on writing an article about it for Guerrilla Geek.

On Saturday night, everyone humored me and we went to this place called Momo2. It’s kind of an Asian inspired club. They had a Hello Kitty gift shop, bowling alleys, pool tables and, most importantly, Karaoke rooms. Think “Lost in Translation” without the art department’s set budget. We got a room all to ourselves and got to pick whatever music we wanted to sing. The end result was this…

I really wish I had a video camera of some sort, because it was great and everyone had a great time. I sang a lot of ABBA, some Bee Gees and had pot stickers. I hope it becomes a tradition for us and we do it many more times.

That’s just a little of what we did, but it was awesome. I also got to see 4th Ed D&D being played for the first time, which made me rethink my judgement of it.

There were some negatives, like the fact I was sick the entire weekend or that I froze my ass off once I got home because of miscommunication, but what can you do? The positives greatly outweighed the negatives and I am looking forward to doing it again sometime soon.

When I came home from work yesterday, there was a box on my front porch. I was afraid it was a package from my buddy Tim who had recently went to the Adult Film Expo. The reason I was afraid is that he mentioned something about a “surprise.” Not wanting to open a package that may or may not have the likeness of a man’s penis in it with my mother in the room, I hurriedly opened the package. It was then that I saw the hamster powered rocket diagram that I had seen before in dozens of unboxing videos online. I was now the proud owner of a CR-48 laptop running Google’s Chrome OS. I used it almost exclusively today, including writing an album review for Guerrilla Geek. I can’t lie, I like it. Will it replace the giant heater that’s currently lying on my chest? No way. Will it at least split the workload with my current laptop? I think it could.

The CR-48 is small, light, quiet and cool. Also, the battery lasts almost an entire day on a single charge. Once I can get it on a Virgin Mobile wireless data plan, it could easily be my go to computing device when things such as gaming, video editing and audio recording aren’t involved. I am sure there will be a complete write up at some point either on this page or over at Guerrilla Geek.

Lastly, here’s some music since I subjected you to my horrible falsetto and lyrical failure from Karaoke night.

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