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Aug. 25th, 2015 @ 11:54 pm 5 year plan
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I don't have one.
I will never have one.
There are things I would like to be true five years from now but I will never make an effort to get things together like I'd need to. Putting myself in a position of dealing with full time employment, earning money to set aside for later, etc. just isn't a priority.

On the issue of 5 year time frames I've also been thinking about the length of time my friendships tend to last. With a few exceptions it takes no more than five years between me meeting someone, developing a friendship with them, and then drifting away for whatever reason. Much of the time in recent years because they left Christchurch. I don't expect this to change, even people I see on a frequent basis don't occupy my thoughts when I 'm not seeing them for whatever reason.

The On This Day feature of Facebook reminded me yesterday that five years earlier I'd been unable to open a high chair for a baby. Which also reminded me of the upcoming anniversary of the quakes that began on the morning of September 4.

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Aug. 18th, 2015 @ 11:54 pm SAGA 2016
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Last week was the AGM for SAGA and contrary to the past four years I didn't stand for committee. Aside from the returning President it's an entirely new committee and the only regret I have about not being part of it is the fact that I'll have to pay to be a member next year. I'll probably not get the same member number I've been getting for a while now either.

Saturday I ended up getting up an hour earlier than I'd planned, and felt far more tired/lethargic than normal. Instead of heading out when I'd intended I was going to watch DVDs for the day (somewhat fittingly, that I had received for my 33rd birthday about the same time as the 33rd birthday of she that got them for me). By early afternoon the weather had cleared and I was feeling better so I went and caught a bus to gaming. I got given a lift home around 1am and had played a dozen games in the intervening time.
Last night was the first evening at the new location of the Monday night gaming I've been a part of for years. 23 people all up were playing games and while I don't expect the numbers to get that high again it could be that numbers are up with the bigger space. If there are the right people showing up I'm kind of expecting Werewolf to show some resurgence.

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Aug. 11th, 2015 @ 11:55 pm Why I don't role-play
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Having been a member of SAGA for 5+ years I have become reasonably well known by several of the other members. One of the things that is most known is that I won't play RPGs while I'm there (or at least almost certainly won't). By my memory I have on four occasions taken part in an RPG over that time frame. Danger Patrol one-off in my first year as there weren't Board Games happening that night. A Dungeons & Dragons 5th edition playtest during the 2012 Buckets of Dice. And the last two were both in 2013 during the Living Dungeon World campaign.

There are some particular reasons for me not playing RPGs even with the multitude of opportunities.

  1. I showed up to SAGA to play more Board Games, my entire reason to join precluded RPGs
  2. Initially showing up to SAGA a couple of months into their year meant that the campaigns were underway already and if I had wanted to join in it would have been (at least somewhat) awkward.
  3. The commitment involved in a campaign is far more significant than that of BoardGaming. Even though I am basically committed to showing up at SAGA every week, both Tuesday and Thursday nights, it doesn't matter if I don't show up on a particular night. I can also decide that I don't want to play a particular game again and avoid it, or avoid a particular individual if that is desired as well.
  4. Probably the biggest reason is the rules familiarity. I don't like learning Board Game rules from other people teaching me the game, much preferring to read the rules beforehand for myself. RPGs have a great deal more rules and I couldn't practically get all those read.
  5. (ish) - Something I heard many years ago, probably at my prior flat, was a comment in a podcast having a subtle jab at World of Warcraft players and how they aren't actually gamers. Because Games have win/end conditions and Toys do not, WoW is therefore a toy not a game. The same distinction seems to apply to most RPG campaigns, with the Living campaigns at SAGA being one exception even if I didn't realise it to start with.

The fourth issue extends to PC/Console games, if there is a tutorial I'll make use of it and I'll read (or at least glance) through the rules book / .pdf if I find one. Even after more than 300 hours of Skyrim I'm still looking at the wiki on occasion to find more info.
By the fifth metric Skyrim has for most of my time playing it been a toy not a game as I wasn't working towards the end goal at all while I got to high levels.

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Aug. 4th, 2015 @ 11:59 pm Last month wasn't good for me as far as being an adult is concerned
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I'm confident that my sleep was even less regular than normal, due to lack of work and wanting to play Skyrim. Especially by the end of the month my lack of work had led to less activity which always reduces my appetite and I think I'd lost at least a couple of kgs. I skipped cleaning more often than normal, letting dishes pile up longer than normal and skipping laundry one weekend. With the not-cooking that I was doing I also spent more money buying take out than normal, and ate more salty food than I have for a long time (especially percentage wise). I expect that the headache I started to experience on Thursday was largely due to that. A headache that was bad enough on Friday morning before work that I took a painkiller, for the first time in I don't know how long.

I got to spend much of my recent Saturday with friends. Even skipping some of the games that got played I still spent several hours playing and much of the rest of my time was playing with the kitten. Saturday was a good day, topped off with a couple of movies when I got home. It was also probably the start of me eating better again, I've cooked every day since then.

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Jul. 28th, 2015 @ 11:43 pm Things change
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In about a month or so I'm going to start being home on Monday nights a lot more than I have been for the past four and a half years. The guys that have been hosting games nights since the start of 2011 are moving even further away (after shifting at the start of last year). This time they're going to be more than 3km away and while that won't be a problem every week, I'm not going to want to walk that far in the middle of winter, or when the rain is falling, or if I have work in the morning. And while taking the bus would be an option it would also end up costing me $5 a week that I'm currently not spending and I don't see that happening. With the Wednesday group being only every three weeks or so for me now because of distance and Friday gaming all being a lot further away than I like going in an evening I'm going to be down to SAGA and maybe once a month on Wednesday for board games. I hope to maybe get one Saturday a month with other friends but I'm not sure how consistent that will be and it already feels weird to know that my game count is going to drop so much.

According to the "On This Day" feature of Facebook, I had spent my evening seven years ago entertaining a baby by shaking my head. Unless I'm mistaken the same activity failed to entertain either of her sisters when they reached the same age, although I'm fairly confident the youngest of them wasn't in a position that I tried it.
On the other hand, two years ago my second relationship had ended (possibly the day before) and my mood today is closer to that day than the one further back. Partly because today was my third day of work this month (after missing out on a single shift due to flat phone battery) and while tomorrow I have another shift that won't help enough. I don't miss the work, I do miss knowing I have money coming in. Which is why I will be sending a message tomorrow after I get home asking for a few more details about the job offer from a friend that I received recently. Consistent hours would be far better for me than continuing to not know how to drive a forklift. (A skill I will apparently have no difficulty learning according to one of those where I work.)

I miss being in a relationship, the cuddling, kissing, and chatting online in the evenings. I miss knowing that when I show up certain places I'll be greeted as more than a friend. I don't see that feeling changing anytime soon though, I'm not doing anything to meet women I might develop such a relationship with and don't really want to go out doing new things.



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Jul. 21st, 2015 @ 11:56 pm More downtime.
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I spent most of my Saturday afternoon with my parents, spending most of the time going around a mall while my father tried to find out about the best replacement for their faulty DVD player. I also spent a little while looking at tablets and more modern phones, both of which I'm getting more inclined to buy.
Buying anything would of course be easier if I'd been working more. I've been reminded of another opportunity for work, that I'm still very hesitant about due to the need for driving. Even if that driving would only be a forklift and not a car.

Gaming last night had a lot of new people show up, and I didn't end up playing with most of them. Instead, I spent most of my evening playing games with the couple that have just returned from a trip overseas. Apart from the first of those games I won everything, although three of the six were team games of some sort. Tonight at SAGA I won both games, including one I've been quite disinclined to play since my first game where I didn't seem to get the strategy at all. I also played Roborally and did as well as (or even better than) I normally do.

Skyrim has well and truly dropped off of late as far as time spent playing. Having decided to catch up on the mass of YouTube subscriptions and PodCasts that had built up. I've mostly caught up although having a smart phone with mp3 playback would help with such.



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Jul. 14th, 2015 @ 11:57 pm Need more work.
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I did a single day of work last week, Handwork on the Saturday after not getting asked about any other shifts. As is normal for handwork stuff it was incredibly simple and ended earlier than a normal shift would have. So far I've not received any offers of work for this week which seems wrong even considering the time of the year.

Gaming is continuing as it seems likely to for a while. Regular Monday, Tuesday and Thursday nights, many Saturday afternoons, and one Wednesday a month. I have started playing a few more of the light, simple things, than I'd prefer but there seems to be a lot of new people in those I'm gaming with of late. Having the 48 charity event so recently is going to impact on that perception, by the end most people were disinclined to play long or complicated things.

On Friday I purchased the last season of Smallville and then watched seasons 9 and 10 through until this afternoon. With that and the just over two weeks that I took to watch Enterprise last month I've fallen further behind on YouTube subscriptions and PodCast files so I have plenty of media to consume for a while yet. How much time I want to spend playing Skyrim is going to impact on that as well as my computer doesn't really handle outputting YouTube to the TV while gaming. I did find that DVDs were okay as I never really pay a great deal of attention to such and could easily pause them if something important came up in game.

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Jul. 7th, 2015 @ 11:56 pm A very long weekend
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I had set an alarm for 0800 Friday morning and was intending to spend the 90 minutes following that having breakfast, washing dishes, having a shower and then making sure I was okay to leave my flat. I ended up spending nearly 30 minutes longer than that before leaving but managed most of what I intended. After the nearly 30 minute walk to halfway along Homestead Lane I joined the group that had started this years' SAGA 48 hours of gaming for Charity.
Because I was late I ended up not playing anything for about an hour, but then spent most of the rest of the day involved in some sort of gaming. As I'd not made any attempt to get sponsorship this year (I'd not really known if I'd be there long enough to try staying awake for the full thing) I felt no particular need to be playing at all times. When I'd left home and for most of the early part of the day there I'd been expecting to leave, probably not long after midnight. When it got that late I'd just finished a game of Die Macher and was feeling up to more games so I stayed longer, and then found myself the only other person there to play boardgames besides one of those that had got sponsorship for the entire weekend. If I'd left then she'd have been on her own and basically unable to do what people had sponsored her for, so I stayed. When the sun came up and others were again there to play boardgames I didn't feel like leaving anymore so I stayed longer. It wasn't until about noon that I stopped playing games, and chose to nap on a couch for a while. I managed to time that nap (possibly with assistance) so that when someone had to leave I was able to take over for the last couple of turns. By the time dinner came around on Saturday I'd played another couple of games, winning one of the only four games I won total, two of which I'd been teaching all the others. By that stage it had become obvious that I wasn't going to be heading home and I played a bunch more games through until late Sunday morning. With the expected drop off in mental ability of those that had been awake all (or even most of) the time I wasn't inclined to ask about particular games that I might have been more inclined to play so mostly it was short, simple games for the last several hours.

After I got home on the Sunday there was a few minutes sorting myself out before I headed to church for the first time in more than a month. It seems I've committed myself to heading back more often, which I don't regret, it was good to see a number of the people there, including the children that asked about where I'd been. About midway through that afternoon I fell asleep while I'd been watching YouTube videos and ended up heading to bed before 1800. I woke again about 2300 and decided to get up again for another couple of hours, going back to bed about 0200, leading to another eleven hours of sleep. I think I'm about back to my normal already, although the big test is going to be going back to work, whenever that happens to be.



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Jun. 30th, 2015 @ 11:46 pm I am getting old.
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Over the past couple of days I've been catching up with YouTube videos and twice saw people that I thought were teens, only to have them comment about being married. (Which I realise isn't mutually exclusive.)

On Thursday morning I got called a number of times by a number not stored in my phone. After declining the call four times I turned my phone off so I could try and get some more uninterrupted sleep. Because my phone was off I missed the offer of work for Friday, which I'm mildly annoyed about but can't fault anyone other than myself. The other issue is the fact the person calling me completely failed to pay attention to the message I have stored for those calling me. In which I mention my name and how calling for anyone else is pointless. That person still left two separate messages for a "Linda" and I'm fairly certain I've had other calls in the past also trying to contact a Linda. How a person could hear my name, in my voice, and think they've got the phone of someone named Linda is beyond me.

This coming weekend I will be spending most of my time at the Uni taking part in the second annual SAGA 48-hour charity fund-raiser. Unlike last year I will not be attempting to stay awake all that time, but should probably manage, with a few hours sleep at some point Saturday, to stay playing for most of the weekend.

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Jun. 23rd, 2015 @ 11:58 pm On an upswing
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As I posted last week I was sick at work on the Tuesday, that started nearly a week of me feeling lower than I have in recent memory. After I got home I sat on my recliner and apart from getting some sleep each night didn't really do much else besides use my laptop until I went to buy food on Friday night, mostly to play more Skyrim. That's not a big issue for me apart from the obvious fact it indicates I didn't go out gaming, to either night of SAGA or the Wednesday night session that was at the house close enough I'd normally go. I also felt that going back to work would be a bad idea so last week I managed a total of 1 hour of work.
On Saturday I went out to visit friends that were going to play games with some of their friends. I was still not entirely back to normal but felt close enough to head out, only to find myself feeling off while out again. I did get to play a game of Lords of Waterdeep while I was there but didn't feel up to staying for more. Only to head home and start feeling much better.
Last night I went out to the regular Monday game night and didn't have any of those issues. I also won both the games I played and had a good time while playing them. More important to me though was the time I spent talking with and hugging a friend as others played a couple of games I didn't feel inclined to join and she was too tired to join.

Today I went back to work, and had a reasonably simple day, with only an hour or so that was in anyway difficult. I felt a little off colour for maybe an hour around the middle of the morning, but my biggest issue was feeling the cold.
SAGA tonight was also good, I got to play Chicken Caesar again, with much lower scores than have been normal, and more Lords of Waterdeep where I got quite lucky early on and couldn't be attacked.



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