(He was the only Saturday Night Live “Weekend Update” anchor I could ever stand. Well, of the ones I got to see, anyway. I’m not that old, y’see, to have seen Dan Akyroyd.)
While Jodi was out for the weekend at a belly-dancing conference thing, I got to packing my basement. I’ve packed ten boxes of books, media, computer bits, etc., so far, and there’s no end in sight to what still needs to be packed. Boy do I hate packing. With the intensity of a thousand suns. This’d better be the last time I have to do it.
The mortgage officially came through, so all our ducks are lining up in a neat little row. On Tuesday we have an inspector going to check things out, and though I doubt there’s going to be anything wrong with the place, enough people have nagged at me that I’m getting a family friend who’s qualified to go inspect the place. Honestly, I would have been inclined not to bother despite all the nagging, save for the seller’s repeated and somewhat suspicious insistence that it’s absolutely unnecessary. One of those cases where the more protest you make, the more likely I am to want to follow through.
I also tried out Sins of a Solar Empire. As real-time sims go, excellent. Probably better as a multiplayer game, though. There wasn’t a single player campaign so I’m not really drawn to continue playing it. That’s okay, because in packing my basement I rediscovered my “40 Years of Spider-Man” boxed set of CDs — PDF scans of the first 40 years of The Amazing Spider-Man — which will keep me occupied for a while. I’d read it up til 1983 before I got distracted by other stuff my first time through, so I’m picking it up from there. Of course, reading it sequentially leaves out a few story arcs, given that the Spider-Man series actually had more than one title running concurrently — Amazing, Spectacular, Web Of… and probably a few others. I dunno. If I had to multitask, juggle, that many ongoing villain clashes all at once, I would get out of the hero business in a hurry and do something more productive with my life, personally. There’s a hell of a lot you could accomplish with super-strength, agility, and the ability to stick to walls. You could build a house, for instance. Or lift one. Or climb onto the roof and do a little tap-dance. Okay, so they wouldn’t all be productive, I guess. But they’d be a hell of a lot less stressful than having to fight the Kingpin, Sandman, Electro, Kraven, and the Hobgoblin all simultaneously.
Anyway, yeah. Productive weekend. I didn’t get a hell of a lot of sleep though. I haven’t been sleeping well lately, and I know it’s not because of the heat. Stress, most likely.
Did I mention I got a raise on Friday? No, I didn’t. Mention it I mean, because I actually did get a raise, and it wasn’t just a cost-of-living increase like it’s been in the past. Don’t look at me like that — I know exactly how unlikely what I just said is the truth. But hey, there’s a first time for everything.
Also, Dr. Horrible was everything I hoped it would be. My favorite song was the last one in Act 2 — “You’re Gonna Die.” The Evil League of Evil is awesome, as well. I was fully expecting Bad Horse to be a real horse, and of course of course, he was. Too bad you only get to see them all (including Fake Thomas Jefferson, Dead Bowie, Snake Bite, Fury Leika, and Professor Normal — hopefully they get an actual role if there’s ever a sequel) for a full five seconds in the denouement of Act 3, when Dr. Horrible ascends to his rightful lot in life. I will definitely be getting the DVD when it’s out. For those of you who didn’t get to see it, you can get the three acts on iTunes (for a nominal fee), or of course they are available through less savoury channels, but I’d prefer that Joss Whedon et al get their just deserts for their sheer awesomeitude.
So yeah, that was my weekend. How was yours?