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Texting Trouble

Posted in Random Rolls with tags , , on April 28, 2010 by Cassie

When did texting replace spoken word?

I’m playing ODST with my brother, working on the co-op campaign, and every two minutes or so he stops (not pauses) to read and answer a text.  This means that we spend most of our time apart (in game and in RL), which is dangerous territory.  Either I happen upon some enemies without the knowledge that I’m alone, or some enemies happen upon him and I’m halfway across the map.  One of us battles alone while the other makes a mad dash to help the other.  This is co-op, so why are we playing alone?

That’s the first thing.

We went to a local flea market to scout some new games and he started talking about Pure Pwnage (of www.purepwnage.com) and the latest episode to come on TV.  He mentioned his favourite part, which I responded to.  I began to elaborate and tell him about my favourite part, when I turned around to find him about 30 feet behind me.  Texting.

When he realized I was so far ahead he continued walking.  He tried to pass it off by saying he zoned out for a minute and that he was tired. 

I let it go, but it’s still bothering me.

He CHOSE his phone over me.  If he had said that he had to answer a text I would have understood.  I certainly could have avoided strolling through the flea market talking to myself.

I don’t own a cell phone, and for goodness’ sake this program doesn’t even recognize “texting” as a word yet!  Is it too much to ask for a little curtisy?

Am I being too sensitive?  Maybe I should start texting…maybe then I’ll be able to carry out a conversation.

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Posted in Random Rolls with tags , , , on April 22, 2010 by Cassie

Today, after a long night of getting things done, I got up early to run some errands.  When I got home, I walked in the door to find my Dad heading out.  I was unexpectedly invited to a lunch with some of my extended relatives at a local pizza place.

I hate pizza, but like my family.  I went.

This place had a pizza buffet, which surprised me, but the crowd loved it.  I ordered fettucini alfredo with chicken.  It was seriously the best I’ve ever had!  It wasn’t just something ordered frozen and tossed in the microwave, I think they actually cooked it!  Amazing!

I chatted with my aunts and uncles about various things, some usual, some usual for my family.  We talked about school, the weather, building houses, and surgeries where they cut your skin and flip it open to work inside and then staple everything back together.  Fun stuff.

My young cousin, only two years old, is just putting hilariously cute sentences together and was having fun with that.  He got a lot of attention, which is par for the course when you’re two.

I had fun.  I just got a new teacup and saucer, so my grandmother and I talked about that for a few minutes.  Sometimes I think I’m 80.

I spent the rest of my day playing Bioshock 2.  I saw some hookers (in-game, duh!) and killed some guys.  It was fun.  After that I played some Halo: ODST.  Good times all around.

Seeing family and playing video games all in one day is a usual thing for me, but the two never meet.  I don’t think most of my extended family even knows I play games.  It’s not that I hide it, but it’s not like there’s a reason to bring it up.  They’re not interested, and though they would show interest and ask questions and get into discussions if I brought it up, I don’t really go there.  But why not?

I think it’s because I like living that sort of double life.  I like being able to shift from tea chat to shotguns all in one day.  The more I think about it, the less I think it’s something to question.  I think it’s something to cherish, it means I’m at least a little bit interesting.  At least interesting enough for me.  I also wonder how many of these separate lives I lead…these lifestyle shifts are probably common, me thinks….