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Sep. 27th, 2016 @ 11:58 pm I spent my weekend in a different manner than I expected to.
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Current Location: Riccarton, Christchurch, NZ
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And didn't walk as much as I'd thought I would be. A couple of friends had a weekend away and I got to go and feed their cat Jarvis, not that I saw him much. Considering the location I asked another friend a week prior if company on the Saturday would be welcome and with a yes arranged to go there instead of home between Saturday feedings. On the Friday night I was unable to see the cat and stuck around to make sure he did come in and eat. During contact with friends I got told it would be okay for me to spend the night on the spare bed and so I didn't head home. Over the course of that afternoon/evening I'd been keeping in contact with the other friend and found out other plans has been made; plans that ended up taking precedence over a visit from me. I didn't actually get all those details until the Saturday morning though, and after feeding the cat again headed back here, getting more exercise than is normal for a Saturday earlier than I'm normally up at the weekend.

I worked the last three days of last week, and was probably more tired at the weekend than I might have otherwise been. (Which likely led to me sleeping earlier and for longer than I otherwise would have on the spare bed.) That and the specific thing I was doing yesterday morning at work led to me turning down the offer of work I had for today. The listing on the board also made it seem I'd be getting an offer for tomorrow, that didn't happen. With it being school holidays this week and the next Mainly Music isn't happening tomorrow and I have nothing to do after I get up. Which means I'll probably end up spending a lot of time playing more Eclipse: New Dawn for the Galaxy. Since getting it about 10 days ago I've spent an average of more than 2 hours a day playing, and even considered taking my laptop to work so I could play during my lunch break. Still haven't managed to win with all six of the Alien races though.

Facebook has shown me a couple of posts over the past couple of days reminding me even more of someone being not around. I miss hugs, smiles, amusing talk. I regret letting things go so long without conversation again. And I regret other friendships fading as well.

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Sep. 20th, 2016 @ 11:18 pm What new beginning?
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It's a fairly common saying that with things ending there are new beginnings.

SAGA has recently had a bit of an upswing in attendance for boardgaming. And I've no interest in playing the games that the newer people are choosing to play.
The past 2 or 3 weeks have seen games like The Resistance getting played; secret roles, social deduction, and hidden teams. Even Codenames, which was played for a couple of hours tonight, isn't something I typically care to play (and I sat out hoping to be free to play something else when others finished whatever). There are a few others that are interested in Agricola, Colosseum, and other games with involved game play, but it seems that most of the group is now likely to be playing simple, social games. My general feeling about going along had been getting less enthused for a while, and only got lower when I found out I'd caused a couple of people to cease attending earlier in the year.
Gaming on Thursday has been more of interest compared to Tuesday for quite a while, due to someone specific that only games with us on Thursdays and she's been missing some weeks due to other plans for a while. With the comparatively lower attendance on Thursdays though it's almost always a single game, which limits (to some extent) what can get played.
Monday nights have also been a little lighter most weeks of late, although with a new flatmate there it seems I'll be able to play some heavier games there. Wednesday nights would likely be the best chance to play the level of game I want to play, apart from the distance issue and my general disinclination to learn new things.

What this all comes down to is that I seem likely to be leaving board gaming as a big thing by the end of the year, and don't seem likely to bother with SAGA next year at all. Having become so much older than most of the group is also part of that, the regulars I've played most things with are closer to my age (a couple of them are older) but nearly everyone new is going to be more than a decade younger than I am.
If I wasn't so damned lazy and unmotivated I'd clear the mess that exists in this flat (almost all mine at the moment) and try to get certain individuals to visit at some convenient point. Actually having people visit me in that way is so counter to my normal life that I don't see it happening though.

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Sep. 13th, 2016 @ 11:58 pm Almost busy again
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In only one of the next four weekends am I not already expecting to do something out of the ordinary for a weekend.
This coming weekend I'm gaming off Colombo street with a couple I haven't seen enough recently due to scheduling conflicts. Not sure what I'll end up playing but even the games I don't much care for are still fun with that group.
The following weekend I'll be going back to feed their cat while they do something somewhere else. Chances are good I'll spend a while reading at least one of their books while I'm letting the cat eat and such. I'm also heading further afield on the Saturday (unless plans change) to spend time with the friend I visited about three months ago. Time gets away from me far more than I'm okay with. The first time I was there I noticed a PS2 and had the thought she might like to play the Buffy the Vampire Slayer game I have.
The second weekend of October is Mini-con III, the first irregular SAGA event I'll have any part of for a nearly three month stretch. I am hoping that certain people show up and I get to play with them. Regardless, it could be a good opportunity to get games of Princes of Florence, Power Grid, and Rococo.

Work hours/offers seem to be keeping at the level they "should" have been earlier in the year, I did get offered Friday last week but felt I'd not really slept enough on top of the extra working, so didn't think it was wise to do the fourth day. Today was simple enough, especially with the shifting between machines as small jobs were finished quickly leading to down time throughout the day. We also finished all the different jobs earlier than expected, before the last thing was ready so many of us left early. I'm taking tomorrow off because it seems likely that I'll get either Thursday or Friday again (or both?) and would rather spend tomorrow morning sleeping in and then surrounded by little children.

Over the past couple of years at least I've not been getting to church much if any before it was halfway done, and normally later than that. This weekend I arrived no more than 15 minutes after the start of the service, and was there well past end time. For about half of that time I was holding a nine month old, or had let someone else hold him briefly.

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Sep. 6th, 2016 @ 11:38 pm End of an era
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Just over 12.5 years ago I did my first day of work at PMP Print. In that span of time I've worked for a temp agency, been hired by PMP itself, been forced back on a (different) temp agencies books. I've seen one particular process have the machine replaced by a seemingly much never machine, then that was replaced by another version of the first machine (and there was at least five relocations over the time frame). Things change and I adjust. The woman that ran my induction on that first day had her last day last week, which I had all of a single days notice of due to not being there so much recently and not socialising. This means that there is one permanent staff member on the morning shift that isn't an operator of some sort according to the White Board of jobs, I'm sure that would have been half a dozen when I started.
Better news I received this afternoon; the woman that has been responsible for organising shifts for the past 18+ months is leaving the temp agency. I'm cautiously hopeful that the newcomer will listen to the shift supervisor when he asks for me specifically. I have had a big improvement in what I'm getting offered just recently though, four days last week (although I perhaps should have also been offered Monday) and I'm not working tomorrow because it seems likely that I'll get Thursday and Friday shifts offered to me.

While at church on Sunday I was informed that a woman had come back to Mainly Music that week after about six years, with a new child, and asked about (or at least mentioned) me. It's odd to think I was helping out that far back, even when I realise that I didn't really help for most of the past two years. I also had someone else arrive at church for the first time I'd seen her for months at least, while I was holding a friends eight month old, and ask if I was the father. Something that happens reasonably often with strangers, especially if I'm playing with one of the daughters of a particular couple, but I don't think someone I've known has asked if I was a father before.

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Aug. 30th, 2016 @ 11:40 pm (no subject)
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The new favourite of the temp agency liaison has been getting to work 10 hours days for some reason. I'm not wanting to work that long so I'd turn down such shifts, but I wasn't asked at any point. With her being scheduled to stay into the afternoon shift today she got to stay for the entire morning shift even though the rest of us casuals got sent home early due to something having not got processed as soon as expected. (I'm getting paid for a little longer than what I actually worked and was home at what would have been lunchtime.) I'm working tomorrow as well which will almost guarantee what I see as minimum income for the week, but it means I don't get to go spend time at Mainly Music again; something I've started doing a little more often than I was for a couple of years.

Over the weekend SAGA held it's annual LARP con and while I wasn't interested I did hear about the surprise return (from the UK) of a couple that's been away for over a year. They signed up under false names and walked in, to the surprise of many of those in attendance. The Uni group KAOS also had an event at the weekend, their annual 48 hour party, and while most of that wasn't of interest to me, the end was board games. I played Castles of Mad King Ludwig and DC Comics DBG twice each, winning all four games which has to be significantly due to having new players in each game, and most (if not all) of the others being tired from their weekend. The one negative is that I seem to have lost my hat.

I still haven't sat down and watched Tron: Legacy but I did watch the original last week, and then let it run through again immediately after with commentary. Considering I'll want to go out and game tomorrow night but also hope to be offered work for Thursday I'm kind of expecting to watch the sequel tomorrow.

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Aug. 23rd, 2016 @ 11:49 pm Parental visit
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Shortly after noon yesterday I got a phone call from my father checking to see if I was at work. (Unsurprisingly I wasn't.) My parents had come up to the city, I've already forgotten what for, and shortly after ending the call they were in my flat and we were talking. I was also given a copy of TRON, the original movie from the year after I was born, which I had expected to watch that afternoon. Getting distracted by even more Rimworld play through videos (which I'm watching again now) means I didn't do so, and may watch both TRON and TRON: Legacy tomorrow afternoon.

I have chocolate at the moment, after seeing the K-Bar Whittakers blocks advertised I got one of the Pineapple blocks on Sunday. While I've shown more restraint than normal the block is still half gone already and won't last 'til tomorrow night.

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Aug. 16th, 2016 @ 11:59 pm Empty week
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SAGA had the AGM tonight, we've got a partly new committee that seems likely to be at least a little more inclined to Board Games than this years' and those of prior. It's going to be a couple of months before I have any reason to be attending any SAGA events (aside from the Tuesday/Thursday nights), with the only things coming up being very much RPG.
I'm missing out on gaming of late with me not feeling as inclined to head out on Monday nights as I was, even with a standing ride offer. Last Thursday had only a couple of us show up to SAGA as well with most of the regulars having other things on. I had gone out the night prior, for the first Wednesday in a while, and was soundly beaten in a game of Colosseum.

With me not getting much work recently I've found my sleep schedule has gone back to the point of me basically sleeping during the hours I work if I have work. Not really a problem until I do get work again, or want to go to Mainly Music or Church. With all that time I've probably spent more than 30 hours watching old episodes of What's My Line? and idly wondering whether or not it could ever be done now.

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Aug. 9th, 2016 @ 11:57 pm 13 years
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The weekend just been marked 13 years since I shifted to this part of Christchurch and went flatting for the first time. I spent nearly 3.5 years at that flat, with one constant flatmate and others changing each year, before spending a month in Shirley while looking for another place. Which ended up being this flat, where I've been a little over 9.5 years now.
The fact I suddenly had access to the internet where I lived led to a few things changing, the amount of books I read being the most obvious change. I'd read more than 240 books in 2002, in 2004 it was only 50 and (especially if you discount what I managed to read at work) the more recent years have been pitiful in comparison. If my computer was more up to date at the time I might have been more inclined to play online, even with me being generally poor at RTS games. The connection issues I've had in the past was part of the reason I didn't play as much Settlers of Catan online as I might have, I didn't want to waste the time of opponents.

Before I really woke up last Wednesday someone was in the house fixing the heat pump. By the time I left my room it had been working long enough to make a massive difference in how warm the lounge felt. I've spent much of this week sitting on my recliner again, using the TV to play YouTube videos. If I had more cash reserves I'd probably have purchased a copy of RimWorld after the amount of YouTube Let's Play and the like I've been watching. Then again, I might have purchased a copy of Factorio a couple of months ago with bigger cash reserves.

I played Kingsburg tonight for the first time in a long time, after not feeling at all interested when it's been played by others all this year. I got resources easily early and was never lacking the ability to build something I wanted, aside from the second last season where I chose to not build so I could be assured of getting the last building I wanted. Even without me rolling high I didn't have many "bad" rolls and probably won on the back of that luck.
During the evening I also had the realisation that I've now been using the pseudonym Avron for very nearly half of my life. It was a few months into my time at Polytech that I first started using it and unless it's unavailable I don't use any other account name.

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Aug. 2nd, 2016 @ 11:58 pm Too much Civ III
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I spent many hours at the weekend playing Civilization III instead of sleeping or dealing with other things I might have been better doing. I also failed to do well at Civilization III for most of that time frame. I am, by nature, more inclined to build than fight during the game and so even after seeing that other countries were going to run away with the I didn't make an early enough attempt to build up forces or form alliances against them. I have no idea how many more times I'm going to start over before I stop playing again but I'm going to see about doing things quicker, after realising that by changing some of the settings opponent turns were done a lot quicker.

I got my heater out last night with the intention of letting it heat my room for a while, only to have it trip the power strip overload so I won't be trying to use it again. That does mean I'm more put out by the heat pump issues. And I'm staying in bed longer than I otherwise would because it's actually warm when I wake up.

After SAGA tonight I spent a while talking with someone that's intending to run for President next year. Going over some of the things I see as issues, talking about various games and reaffirming that I made the right choice to not stand for committee last time and shouldn't this year.

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Jul. 26th, 2016 @ 11:59 pm Avoiding issues
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I worked four days last week, only the second time this year I believe (and there may have only been three last year). I still wasn't asked about all the work that was available though as I didn't get asked about Wednesday and at least one, much newer, casual was in that day. According to something I heard at work today there might cease to be an issue with my employment there. Auckland management is wanting to cut back on labour costs, which would mean ceasing to use the temp agency and going back to their own casual pool. Not having to deal with the temp agency anymore would be great in my opinion, but even if that is happening it won't be anytime soon.

With the amount of work I got last week and the change in my activity levels due to it I chose to not go gaming on Monday last week, and also missed the Wednesday night session that I'd have otherwise gone to. Yesterday I had a similar feeling after work bu managed to get a lift so I got to play a couple of games, and see a couple of friends that haven't been making it along due to other plans.
I'm thinking I might head to Mainly Music in the morning, for at least the end of the session, I'm no longer as comfortable there as I was when I first started helping. Knowing almost none of the mothers is a big part of that.

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