Hey there, hi there, ho there. It's been a while since I posted anything on this blog. Heck it's been a while since I posted anything on DM itself. But JordanCon is getting closer and I've found myself thinking more and more about the ol' Dragonmount. So, lemme catch you up on what I've been doing since I logged on last. (I think sometime in August?)
I went abroad for the first time, got some foreign dirt under my nails. Good times. Israel is a fun place, I recommend a trip to those who can. And before you ask me if I had any kind of religious experience, or took the trip for any kind of spiritual reason, the answer is a resounding no. As cool as it would have been to experience some kind of mystical vision, or get bonked on the head with some kind a spiritual apple in a bizarre twist on the Newtonian legend, I remain a card-carrying Atheist. Well. I was card carrying. I might have misplaced it.
The reason for my trip was, in fact, to visit another friend of mine, who shall remain nameless unless they decide to name themself. I vacationed two weeks in the Holy Land, though I would have rather spent three, just because I spent a good deal of time in the beginning with a rather upset stomach. The rest of the time, however, was well spent.
I went to Metzada, the ruins of an old Roman fort on top of a mountain. It was occupied for a time by Jewish Zealots (Sicarii, I believe) sometime in the first century A.D. (Take that, C.E.!)
We took a rather long flight of stairs up to the top of the mountain, which would have been bad enough if I hadn't still been fighting off the remnants of the aforementioned stomach bug. Those few of you who have met me know that I'm a bit on the round side. Still, I guess it was good for me to get some excersize, and the view was worth it. Unfortunately, due to an unfortunate recent beer mishap, I've managed to kill my laptop, which of course is where my pictures were located. Fortunately, I managed to throw the majority of them on my Facebook, which is the only place they exist for the moment.
Yes, I know most of you don't know me, but if you want to look at them, just PM me, and I'll send you the pertinant information when I have a chance to get back on and check my box.
I ate new and interesting foods, (Never had shwarma before, delicious!) and went to an Old Testament-themed amusement park. I also dipped a toe in the Dead Sea, which was nasty, and enjoyed the clear blue waters of the Red Sea, which was significantly less nasty. We even went to an Aquariam, followed by an underwater observetory. I was worried for a moment when I heard something scraping on metal while we were under the water, and then I looked out of a porthole and saw that it was only a Parrot Fish gnawing on a small outcropping of coral on the side of the structure.
Aside from my computer issue, not much has happened to me. I got to 119 pages on my book, but then my computer died, erasing the around forty pages worth of stuff I had yet to back up. I was less than pleased. Hopefully I'll be able to scrape the money together soon to take it to a shop. I'm really hoping it's just the battery. Failing that, I hope it's just the motherboard. I really am hoping my hard drive wasn't affected.
So yeah, other than those two major events I haven't really been doing much, just working my crappy convenience store job and staring sullenly at the laptop that fails to even turn on or charge.
Oh wait, I also put in for time off to go to JordanCon. So...I should be able to get off my rotund rump and trundle on down there in a roadtrip with a friend I've managed to introduce to the Wheel of Time.
I miss spell check. I'm sure there are errors in this post, but I'm not that big manually checking the spelling on most of the things I do. Yeah, I'm that lazy.
So yes, I'm still alive, to those of you who were worried. To those of you who weren't, what's wrong with you? I mean, really, I'm obviously the most important person, place, or thing in the universe. Why wouldn't you care about the existence of an overweight twenty-five year old living with his mother and working at a convience store?
Don't worry. I probably wouldn't have either.