Back to the old life…

Move from Nor Cal back to the greater Seattle area to a “temporary”, cramped 1 bedroom apartment for what was supposed to be just a couple of months turned into an 8 month ordeal navigating narrow passages around brown cardboard boxes stacked from floor to ceiling. Boxes overflowed from the only bedroom into the kitchen, dining room passage ways and living room. Finally moved out of that one into a bigger place  with an additional bedroom. Time to unpack. 🙂

And with the move, also comes the end to the hiatus from gaming. I’ve finished playing “Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic 2 – The Sith Lords” and “Star Wars: The Force Unleashed”. The former is definitely a fabulous game, especially with the community patches, fixes and additions. The latter is a game with great ambition, but falls short of even being good, primarily due to very poor camera programming. I managed to slog through it and finished the game in about 19 hours.

Right now I’m about 3/4ths of the way at normal difficulty through Toki Tori, a puzzle game that looks like a platformer. This game would be an excellent introduction to anyone that wants to get into gaming or wants to try out casual games. Visuals are clean and the difficulty curve is very gentle. The background music need to be turned down or even off – a bit annoying. Looks like there’s some replay value at the higher difficulty levels.

I’ll have to attend to processing photos from my shoots from April through June. There are about 1200 or so photos I have to filter. I’ll expect to end up with 5% or 60 of them to post-process. The B&W film I shot turned out to be ok, not bad at all. Costco scans of the negatives wasn’t all that great, photos seemed overexposed in the scanned versions, though the prints looked significantly better.

I have about 20 book boxes to go through and I expect to eliminate about 10 of them in the process of unpacking. There are about 15 boxes of media and I have absolutely no intention of disposing of any of it. 😀 On a consolation note, I do plan to get rid about 7 of the 10 boxes with paper crap, which I don’t need to keep. Goal is to be rid of about a third of my possessions (mostly junk) as part of the unpacking process. Not sure when I’m going to get rid of all my gardening and yard work tools. I’ll have to clean them and put them up for sale. Should I get rid of the barbecue or hang on to it? Decisions, decisions.

I”m hanging on to the Hitachi rear projection TV. No, I don’t need 2 TVs. But having paid to move it a couple of times, I might as well reap the benefits of having spent the money. I’ll definitely get rid of it when I move out of this place to the next one. That would also be the time to get rid of my floor standing speakers that take up an inordinate amount of space. They produce great sound, but the sheer bulk is overwhelming.

Onwards and upwards. Time to get back to work. That’s how the bills get paid.

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