Monday, January 18, 2010


This past weekend was a busy one for me - I was at a LAN Party!  :)  For those of you who don't know what a LAN party is - Google is your friend!  LOL

The guys at MegaFPS put on another LAN this weekend - JanLAN.  Somewhere around 20 - 30 people came together in the GoldBar Community Hall for a weekend of GAMING!  I arrived around 7:30pm on Friday and quickly setup and got down to some gaming.  We played some L4D2 (Left for Dead 2), some Flatout and some more L4D2.  The next thing I know it is 3:30am.  I decide to go home and get some sleep.  Some people elect to stay and sleep at the LAN, but seeing as I was only a 15min drive from home I felt I would sleep better in my own bed.

I drag my ass back Saturday at about noon ready for another marathon session of gaming.  Armed with some coffee and pop I get down to the serious business of zombie killing.  My wife and I were supposed to go to a wedding Saturday night so I left the Lan about 4pm to go get ready.  About 1 minute after I leave, she calls me to say she is not feeling well and that we wouldn't be going to the wedding.  I promptly turn around and head back. 

After about 4 more hours of gaming, interrupted only for a pizza break (thanks Geoff and Adam!), I decide to head home for a shower and to replenish my supplies.  Back at the Lan about 9:30 I settle in for the long haul armed with some typical geek Lan food - snacks and energy drinks.  Seeing as I am not as young as I once was, I brought some water to keep myself hydrated, which is a good idea at any age.

Between the L4D, TF2, Flatout and some Trackmania, I decide to call it quits - at 3:30am.  As things tend to end rather early on Sunday, I decided to pack up and head home, rather than come back for an hour on Sunday.  This was a first for me as I always come back, if for no other reason than to help clean up.  I guess I really am getting old!  LOL

JanLAN was a great time.  If I knew in advance that I wasn't going to the wedding, I would have brought my comfortable chair, and my RockBand.  As a result of the crappy chair I spent the weekend on, my back is killing me!  As a result of not bringing the RockBand, I didn't get to rock out!  LOL  Next time...

Sunday afternoon some of the Fragapalooza staff got together for a meeting to decide if we are going to put on another Frag this year.  You heard it here first - yes we are!  We don't have a venue or date set yet, so the official announcement will wait a bit.  However, now that we have decided, the planning can begin.

One thing I should mention...we had our meeting at Red Robins.  Gil had informed me of the pre-fill of fries, and I thought I would share it with you.  As you get free refills on your fries at Red Robins, why not order a PRE-fill of fries instead of paying for an appetizer?  The fries are really good and it will save you some money.  :)  When the waitress asks what you want, simply request the prefill.

I think I have bored you enough now...until next time, remember to get your geek on whenever possible!

Monday, January 4, 2010

Whew! Made it through the holidays! we are in 2010. that twenty-ten, or two thousand-ten?  I am torn actually...I mean I did say two-thousand-nine, so it stands to reason that I would say two-thousand-ten right?  Well...the argument will come out about 1999 for instance.  We said nineteen-ninety-nine, so we should say twenty-ten right?  Food for thought...

Anyway...back to the topic of this post...  I made it through the holidays in one piece.  Santa was good to me this year.  Between gift cards and some cash I managed to snag myself a nice entry level Netbook.  Thanks to Best Buy for having one on sale just in time for me to get one!  :)

I spent xmas morning/afternoon with my side of the family and did a nice lunch.  Spent some time with my son, his gf and her son (my grandson - still really hard to say that!!!) and it was a lot of fun.  Opened gifts, ate great food and contrary to a previous Blog post, the day was not as uncomfortable as I expected.  LOL

We then made the trip up to Grande Prairie to spend some time with my wife's parents.  The roads were pretty decent on the trip up and with next to no traffic out on xmas day we made good time.  We spent the next 5 days in GP before coming home on the 30th.  It was nice to get away for a bit, had a good time, but it was also nice to come home again.  The drive home was a little different.  The roads were pretty slick and we saw a bunch of cars in the ditch, and even a big semi trailer/truck.  I drove slower to avoid any problems and made it in one piece.

New Years Eve was relatively quiet.  I watched hockey until about 9:30, went to my friends house (wife had to work) and rang in the new year nice and quiet like.  Home just after 1am and the best part of a quiet new years - no hangover the next day!  LOL

Throughout the holidays I have been watching a TON of hockey.  From the Oilers games, to the Spengler Cup (Canada didn't win this year) and best of all, the World Juniors.  My wife is getting tired of all the hockey, but's only once a year right?  (except with the Olympics this year...and I think there is the World Cup of hockey in the spring...)

So here I am after 10 days off and I am back to work.  It was REALLY hard to get up this morning, but I managed to make it into work.  With all the B.S. that has been going on at work with the re-org and the outsourcing I only have 1 new years resolution - stay employed this year.  Wish me luck!