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Aug. 23rd, 2016 @ 11:49 pm Parental visit
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Current Location: Riccarton, Christchurch, NZ
Current Mood: weirdweird
Current Music: RimWorld
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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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Current Location: Riccarton, Christchurch, NZ
Current Mood: sleepysleepy
Current Music: What's My Line?
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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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Current Location: Riccarton, Christchurch, NZ
Current Mood: sleepysleepy
Current Music: Felicia Day playing Tomb Raider
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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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Current Location: Riccarton, Christchurch, NZ
Current Mood: coldcold
Current Music: YouTube
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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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Current Location: Riccarton, Christchurch, NZ
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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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Jul. 19th, 2016 @ 11:34 pm Huh
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Current Location: Riccarton, Christchurch, NZ
Current Mood: confusedconfused
Current Music: Critical Role 47
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I am apparently the reason for at least one person ceasing to attend SAGA this year.
I knew there were issues with one individual, that I've been attempting to avoid in all contexts since the first Mini-Con where I gave the situation one last attempt. I have probably been too open about how I feel about that individual with relative strangers.
I had however been unaware until this evening that I've been seen as rude, although one example from the weekend came to mind immediately. In my defence I was being asked about stuff that was Committee business, even after mentioning I wasn't committee and telling him who was. I've asked for clarification of the issues so once I get that I'll have a better idea of what I need to do.

On the topic of Mini-Con, attendance was down on what I expected, with only two simultaneous games at any point. I'm sure prior events have managed four at once multiple times through the day. Yet again the club had managed to schedule an even conflicting with a Magic: The Gathering event which kept at least one person away. I doubt that would been enough to account for more than a couple of people though. I nearly won a couple of the games I played, losing Colosseum only on tie-breaker, but was well behind in most of them.

I've worked three days over the past week, and it looked like I might get to work Thursday when I looked at the board today. Not difficult work at any point, and I was sort of left in charge of something at the end of yesterdays shift so the temp agency issues continue to seem like bad management.

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Jul. 12th, 2016 @ 11:56 pm (no subject)
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Current Location: Riccarton, Christchurch, NZ
Current Mood: blahblah
Current Music: Rise of the Tomb Raider - Felicia Day
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I got to game with someone tonight that hasn't been making it to SAGA much for a couple of years now (other people have lives away from gaming after all) and also won each of the three games I played. My good mood because of those two things dropped somewhat, pretty much as soon as gaming finished though.
I took an early lead in Castles of Mad King Ludwig, and held it for the rest of the game. Normally I've ended up with low scoring rooms and lagged behind because of it, not sure why I did better tonight. The Agricola game went well for me, although I was of course feeling like I missed opportunities to get things done as well as I might have. My start hand of cards was synergistic to a degree that doesn't normally happen, and with more effort to get my house expanded earlier I'd probably have done better getting them played. DC Comics DBG played with a couple of Superheroes each leads to a quicker game, unsurprising with the dual bonus abilities.

In addition to watching lots more Critical Role recently I have spent a fair while playing Civ III again, getting quite a way through a map before attacking unwisely and getting much of my civilisation taken over in retribution. I need to ensure I have defensive forces, but not go attacking with them. Tropico also got played for a while, long enough after I last played that I'd forgotten some of what was going on and how it worked.

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Jul. 5th, 2016 @ 11:44 pm Change in gaming
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Current Location: Riccarton, Christchurch, NZ
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Played Tzolk'in tonight at SAGA, and did well enough I feel okay with my score. Had at least a couple of occasions where the move I chose to make was obviously worse than another I might have taken, but only realised after the next player took his action. The entire game played out oddly though; a bit before the halfway point I realised that almost no buildings had been built, very little of the wood/corn had been taken, and more of the Skull Track was full than normal.
I'm wondering if I'll be playing other games I'm not overly keen on, due to inexperience, in the upcoming weeks. I played Terra Mystica last week and did only a little worse than I'd have hoped at game start. Not sure what else might qualify, although Ankh-Morpork on Thursday probably would.

Appetite quickly dropped back to where I'm used to after my last post, having not worked will have had that impact. Having little in the way of junk-food also has an impact in how much I eat, if I have to make a sandwich or cook or whatever, I'm going to eat less.

I need to find a better job, problem is what's available and my near complete lack of job skills. I'm not going to interview at all well either so even if I could get a CV that seemed to indicate I'm worth hiring going further will be difficult.

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Jun. 28th, 2016 @ 11:59 pm (no subject)
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If I was 20 years younger I might be thinking I was about to experience a growth spurt. My appetite seems to have increased over the past couple of weeks and I'm not sure what would have caused it. It's not like I've really been working a great deal more than I had been, or walking much further to games etc. I have been eating more fruit, with apples left over after Buckets of Dice, and me buying more last weekend, but I spend more time feeling hungry now.

My catching up with Critical Role goes in fits and spurts, I watched about half a dozen episodes over the past week, after not seeing any for the prior two (or more) weeks. Where I'm up to now is about what was new when I first remember hearing friends talk about it, I might soon be seeing things I heard mentioned specifically.

Games at the weekend went well for me, very narrow wins in a couple of the games. More important was getting to spend time with the hosts, after they've been unable to attend the gaming sessions I'm used to seeing them at. I was also informed that it could be possible for me to spend the night there if I do want to go visit someone else the following day. Not something that I'll likely take them up on, but the offer was nice. Didn't get to spend time with the cat though. :(

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Jun. 21st, 2016 @ 11:52 pm Shortest day, longest night.
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Current Location: Riccarton, Christchurch, NZ
Current Mood: sleepysleepy
Current Music: Mike Fitzgerald and Geoff Engelstein - GameTek Classic 130 - Mental Models
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Shortest span of sleep I've had for a while as well, not getting to sleep until about 0130 this morning before waking up at 0500 for work. And my intention to sleep during the lunch break didn't pan out, I spent much of it talking with one of the forklift drivers.

The solstice has arrived and for most of the rest of the year the days will be getting longer again, which I hope means that I'm going to see more sun. I've been aware for a while now that I barely ever leave the house during daylight hours, with work early in the morning and sundown well before gaming starts.

I ended up spending longer at church on Sunday than I have for quite some time, even after arriving an hour late. The children's church leaders and helpers had some sort of meeting and I ended up with some of their children watching videos as a responsible adult. The youngest of those that was present spent much of the time sitting on me, and on a few occasions offered me food from the plate that was present. It sometimes seems that even children realise I could probably do with eating more.

I'm going to spend a large portion of this coming Saturday afternoon gaming, unless problems develop, and if it was going to be evening as well I'd probably be considering asking to spend the night again, so I could again go visit the friend I saw two weekends ago. It was good to just spend a few hours sitting together, watching TV and talking.

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