by Rainier on Dec. 15, 2011 @ 12:00 a.m. PST | Filed under
Lots of movie action going on for the holidays! Adam saw Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows
earlier this week, we saw Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol
last night, and next week, we're going to an early showing of The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo
. Keep an eye out for our reviews if you are interested in either of those. Maybe when we have some spare time, we'll check out The Darkest Hour
or The Adventures of Tintin
One of the things I always liked about the holidays is receiving holiday cards. I put them up and they make the office look festive, but with everybody "going green," these e-mail cards just aren't cutting it.
by Rainier on Dec. 14, 2011 @ 12:00 a.m. PST | Filed under
The Holidays are creeping closer, and we've been doing some shopping left and right, but it's been a struggle to find "fun" gifts. Most of the things are most likely only enjoyable for about five minutes, but at long last, we've found a few cool things, and I'm actually looking forward to trying out the Wall Coaster Ultimate Marble Run
Nothing too extravagant going on these holidays though, as it looks like we'll be buying a car to replace our Camry, and with our Europe trip, there's not much left anyhow.
Water and crackers, that's what's for dinner!
by Rainier on Dec. 12, 2011 @ 12:00 a.m. PST | Filed under
Another weekend has gone by, and we're inching closer to Christmas and New Year. We're planning an overseas trip to visit friend and family for the holidays in about 10 days, so preparations are beginning.
Since we'll be out of town for a little while, we've been cleaning up the DVR and watched the entire season of The Amazing Race, right in time for last night's finale. We also watched Chuck and Bones, bringing our DVR down to about 30%, the lowest it has been in months.
Been playing a bit of Battlefield 3 multiplayer over the weekend, ranking up and unlocking lots of goodies.
by Rainier on Dec. 10, 2011 @ 12:00 a.m. PST | Filed under
Last night, we saw Joe Bonamassa
, and we knew it was going to be a good night when the venue was playing Iron Maiden's "Two Minutes To Midnight" before the concert even started, only to be topped by Joe playing an amazing rendition of Gary Moore
's "Midnight Blues." Speaking of the venue, we'd never been there before, but it's hands down the classiest concert we've ever attended. No patdown, no backpack search, the interior was amazing, and they served hard liquor and even gave you beer in bottles.
No other plans for this weekend apart from playing some games, running errands and watching DVR!
by Rainier on Dec. 8, 2011 @ 12:00 a.m. PST | Filed under
Last night, we tried to get into the Metallica 30th Anniversary concert. They have booked a local venue for the entire week to celebrate, but unlike Monday's gig, they were not releasing any additional tickets at the door. After waiting two hours in the cold, we were sent home. Maybe we'll try again on Saturday ... maybe.
No concert meant we were home earlier than expected, so we watched the two-hour Sons Of Anarchy finale. So much good stuff in there, so much happening, many questions answered, but still tons remain. Finally a change of scenery, which is perfect timing as the old guard was starting to wear on me.
by Rainier on Dec. 7, 2011 @ 12:00 a.m. PST | Filed under
We met up with our friends from Kalypso last night, checked out Jagged Alliance and Demonicon, had a good time, a few drinks, and then a quick nap turned into a night-long snooze fest. So much for that ...
So (bad) luck has it that my Metallica fan membership ran out earlier this year, making me miss out on the fan-members-only notification that the band was have a week-long concert
at a local venue in celebration of its 30th anniversary. With tickets only costing $6, it's of course been sold out for months, but we just found out that they are still letting people in that show up at the door without tickets, so we're going to chance it tonight.
Keeping my fingers crossed!
by Rainier on Dec. 6, 2011 @ 12:00 a.m. PST | Filed under
After promising comments from friends and family about insurance coverage regarding our hit-and-run accident, our hopes and dreams were dashed when the adjuster denied our claim.
The "uninsured motorist" clause does not take effect since we don't know who the other person is, so we don't know whether he is insured or not. If we had managed to get the full license plate, even if the car was stolen, we would have been golden. Since we do not know the identity of the other party, our insurance company cannot get its money back from the other party, so they are hanging us out to dry. Apparently they don't understand that a "hit and run" means the other party flees the scene.
Basically we're to blame for not causing the accident ourselves (then we would have been covered) or for not risking our lives to get the full license plate.
by Rainier on Dec. 5, 2011 @ 12:00 a.m. PST | Filed under
Tomorrow I'll be finding out what our insurance is going to do about our hit-and-run accident, so hopefully we can get it fixed and be back on the road.
The "accident" was made of stuff that you only see in the movies. To give a recap, the car in front of us was signaling to make a left turn, so I switch to the right lane. Suddenly, the other car makes an abrupt lane switch to make a right turn instead. It was unavoidable, so we slammed into his right rear as he is making the turn, but that doesn't seem to slow him down. I give chase to get the license plate, but it turns out the street is a dead end, so as the perp is turning around, his passenger jumps out of the car and flees.
The dead-end street is rather narrow, with cars parked on both sides, so I pull into the middle, forcing him to stop. Alas, that did not discourage him as he slams into me again, pushing me back down the street about 20 feet, and hitting a parked car to wedge himself between and speed off.
Figured anybody insane enough to pull a stunt like that has something to hide and is more than likely to whip out a gun, so I let him go.
That was some crazy sh*t!
by Rainier on Dec. 3, 2011 @ 12:00 a.m. PST | Filed under
Hit-and-run accidents suck.
That is all.
by Rainier on Dec. 2, 2011 @ 12:00 a.m. PST | Filed under
Now that all the turkey sandwiches have been eaten, it's time for life to return to normal, so we can prepare for Christmas and New Year. We're preparing a trip to Europe for the holidays, travel has been booked, accommodations have been made, and now we're planning the most difficult part: the sightseeing.
This weekend, however, we have the usual plans, errands, groceries, gift shopping, DVR, and probably a quick trip to the movie theater to catch J. Edgar
movie about the FBI director, starring Leonardo DiCaprio)
by Rainier on Nov. 30, 2011 @ 12:00 a.m. PST | Filed under
We've been flipping through catalogs to shop for Christmas gifts, toys mainly, and it strikes me that I find most of the stuff boring, or simply not fun for more than a few minutes. We've come up with a few possibilities, but it has taken us a few dozen catalogs over the past month to even narrow it down to that. I must be getting picky in my old age ...
I haven't watched the newest Sons Of Anarchy yet. Turns out it's a two-parter, so I'm going to wait until next week so I can watch both episodes back to back. We did, however, check out House and Chuck.
Comedian Patrice O'Neal
, who was recently on the Comedy Central roast of Charlie Sheen, died at age 41 after suffering a stroke last month, from which he apparently never fully recovered.
by Rainier on Nov. 29, 2011 @ 12:00 a.m. PST | Filed under
Not much going on at the moment. Been playing some Fallen Earth, helping one of my clan buddies grind. If that sounds boring, that's because it is. The only redeeming factor is that you can rush through the low-level quests rather quickly, and you get to stock up on low-level materials for crafting.
We watched some more Hawaii Five-0, The Sing-Off, and Once Upon A Time, but what I'm really looking forward to is tonight's episode of Sons of Anarchy, so we find out whether or not Opie hit the bull's-eye ...
by Rainier on Nov. 28, 2011 @ 12:00 a.m. PST | Filed under
Home again! The drive back was rather uneventful on our end, although the roads were packed and we got stuck in two traffic jams due to car accidents. Luckily, nothing appeared too serious; from what we saw, the people involved looked unharmed.
Today is Cyber Monday, so there might be some good deals online. Not really hunting for anything in particular. All I did over the weekend was buy some new sneakers, but I'll be keeping an eye out. You never know I might bump into a sale that's too good to pass up.
After our drive, we plopped on the couch and watched a few episodes of Hawaii Five-0, and the latest The Walking Dead (finally some closure!).
by Rainier on Nov. 27, 2011 @ 12:00 a.m. PST | Filed under
Thanksgiving weekend is almost over. After breakfast today, we're driving back home. As usual, as pleasant as this trip was, we're always glad to head back home.
Having done nothing but eat and shop for the past few days, my dinner was banana split ice cream. My rationale was that it's milk! Sister-in-law works at Haagen Dazs, so we get all the free ice cream we could want. Can't beat that!
While sitting around, we watched a few episodes of Person of Interest, the new Grimm series, as well as True Legend movie. Just catching up ...
by Rainier on Nov. 25, 2011 @ 12:00 a.m. PST | Filed under
Man, I ate so much turkey that I've been stuffed for hours, and I haven't even had dessert yet (cupcakes and eggnog cheesecake!). What a dilemma...
Didn't go out for any "deal" hunting, but the rest of the family is out and about hitting the various electronics and clothing stores. Maybe I'll scope out something later today, or wait until Cyber Monday, so I can check things from the comfort of my office without having to stand in line for hours.
What's up Ubisoft's ass these days? No Ghost Recon: Future Soldier
or I Am Alive
on PC, and execs blaming piracy. There are tons of PC titles that sell millions of copies such as Modern Warfare, Skyrim, Battlefield 3, not to mention indie gems like Minecraft, yet these guys make it sound like only Ubisoft titles get pirated. How about you first fix your crippling DRM issues and then do some research on what these other guys are doing that you can't get right?!
by Rainier on Nov. 24, 2011 @ 12:00 a.m. PST | Filed under
This is usually one of the busiest travel days of the year, but instead of our usual flying, we're meeting the in-laws halfway and are thus driving out for Thanksgiving. The good thing about the four-hour drive is that we pass by a Sonic, good old-fashioned hamburger drive-in, with waitresses on roller blades, like you see in the old '50s and '60s movies.
As you may have seen in a few of the news stories, Black Friday is upon us, so we'll be scoping out a few outlets to see if we can snag ourselves some good deals. I've promised myself not to buy any new computers or parts, but you never know. There just might be a sale going on that's just too good to pass up.
by Rainier on Nov. 23, 2011 @ 12:00 a.m. PST | Filed under
Tomorrow is Thanksgiving, so you can expect news to slow down for the rest of the week since lots of people will be traveling to meet up with friends and relatives. We'll be driving a few hours south to sister-in-law's place for the family gathering. We'll be stuffing the turkey and then stuffing ourselves. There's also promise of a BBQ, so that alone merits the trip.
We've been making good headway on the DVR, helped by the fact that a lot of the shows are going on winter hiatus. Last night, we watched Castle, NCIS and Sons of Anarchy, which had an expected (but still shocking) ending.
Time to charge the laptop and sync the iPod.
by Rainier on Nov. 22, 2011 @ 12:00 a.m. PST | Filed under
Bundled up in my cozy blankies, and I was out for the night ...
by Rainier on Nov. 21, 2011 @ 12:00 a.m. PST | Filed under
Apart from the crappy weather (it rained most of the time), we had a good weekend.
Ricky visited for a few days, which is always a good time. Baby back ribs and wine were on the menu, and they sure were tasty!
The Muppets movie was better than anticipated. We'll have a report on that later this week, so if you've been meaning to see it next weekend, keep an eye out in a few days.
Apart from that, we hunkered down and cleared through last week's Bones, Fringe, Homeland, Kitchen Nightmares and Once Upon A Time. Also watched the most recent The Walking Dead. We did well!
by Rainier on Nov. 19, 2011 @ 12:00 a.m. PST | Filed under
Tomorrow morning, we have an advance screening of The Muppets
to attend. That's right, THOSE Muppets, the ones we've all watched on TV for years on end when we were kids. Now they're back! It could be good...
Yesterday, I spent most of the day with the fine Ubisoft Montreal folks talking about Rainbow Six: Patriots. No hands-on time yet, but the developers walked us through a variety of single- and multiplayer locations. We'll have a few interviews coming up later, whenever the embargo lifts.
Apart from that, we watched some stuff on the DVR, a few episodes of Blue Bloods, and Burn Notice, but by the time we were done, four other shows had recorded. What's a couch potato to do?