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Spring Break Vacation

Wow. Two months. I made a draft a month ago being like “wow it’s been a whole month” and never posted it, but thought I had so I was like no big deal it’s been a month. Nope. Two of ’em. Oops.

Before Vacation

I don’t really remember what happened the last two months, so here’s an update on the Joe Front.

Work has been kind of crazy, lots of things happening, almost quit, didn’t.

The Friday before last I was playing Enigmatica 6 (modded Minecraft) with a streamer and accidentally spilled half my glass of wine on my very nice mechanical keyboard. Wiped most of it up, kept playing, everything was fine. Monday morning when I signed on to my work computer (share the nice keyboard between the work and personal ones), the keys were sticky and the lights wouldn’t turn on when I pressed keys. Even the Num/Caps/Scroll lights. Well that’s fine, I don’t really need lights. Let’s just clean off the sticky keys and we be good yeah?

No. Even after I popped off all the keys they’d still stick. Looks like the wine got into the switch itself, and it’s one of those that you can’t just replace the switch. So I bought a new one! This one has brown switches instead of blue (here’s how I learned the difference), so I still get the nice tactile feedback but it’s not annoyingly loud. Still a bit noisy, but I don’t want to stab myself while using it.

The boys and I downloaded Elder Scrolls Online and have been doing that for a couple weeks now. Yesterday I hit level 50 which is where you then level up with Champion Points and the game gets a lot less grind-y, and it was like a weight was lifted off my chest. Finally! I can run around and do stuff and actually feel like I’m making progress! Today I hit Champion level 100, only 60 left before the loot stops leveling up and then I really can just do what I want in the game without worrying about having the right gear for a fight.

Vacation

My friend’s girlfriend was going out of town to see her family, and they got a new dog that needs a lot of one-on-one attention so he was going to take time off work to play games and focus on the dog. I said I’d do it, too, so he’d have someone to play with. All my big projects at work are done, we’re in shoulder season, it’s a lot easier to take time off now and not feel bad about it. From Thursday to today we played ESO, Apex Legends, and Rocket League all day; stopping only for animal care and food. Didn’t realize it was Spring Break, so I do feel like a little bit of an ass but not too much. I rarely take PTO for fun. Treat yo’ self.

The goal of the Epic Gaming Weekend™ was to get us to level 50 in Elder Scrolls and also work on the grind to Predator rank in Apex. ESO was the only one that happened. Since we (the three of us) have played ESO almost exclusively for three weeks we all collectively have gotten worse at Apex. They’re going to read this and feign outrage, but it’s true: boys, we got worse. Apex is stressful, while ESO you can just vibe and do quests. I’m sure we’ll get back to it and find a nice balance between our favorite games, but for now we’re chillin’ in Tamriel.

On Saturday I got 7 Days To Die for PC and started a new world with the streamer from earlier and her husband. I played it before on PlayStation but it is so much different on PC! Not just the controls, I’ve played Minecraft for years on PC, but the experience overall. I’m either terrible gaming on the computer or I’m just not good at shooty games with a mouse. I’m having a great time playing with them (both 7DTD and Enigmatica), they’re helping me get better at games I don’t usually play on the computer, and it’s a pretty fun group of people to hang out with.

It’s been a nice few days to just unplug from work and just veg out. I have to get back to the real world in the morning, not looking forward to that. Good news is tomorrow is a work from home day so I don’t have to put pants on.

Reflections

Eh. I know I said I’d stop this section, and when I get to once- or twice-weekly posts I might, but this is a good catch-all for random things.

Why did this section get longer than the rest. Oi. Feel free to skip, it’s more stream-of-consciousness than normal. I’ll add memes to balance it out.

This is the first real thing I’ve done with the new keyboard besides play 7DTD, gotta say I like it a lot. Definitely quieter, but I’m making a lot of typos. Not sure if that’s just me being me or if I’m pressing buttons differently with the new switch types. Blame the user.

I figured out that weird throat thing. The other day at work I was taking a thing of cardboard out to the recycling, the wind picked up and kinda wrenched my body which tweaked my neck (also my old pillows weren’t helping). The next few days while it figured itself out I was coughing, constantly clearing my throat, and I also couldn’t look left or right. Now that my neck is feeling better I’m not coughing or clearing my throat as much. I also switched to a different pillow Megan gave me. Not sure if I’m back to pre-Montana throat feels or just pre-cardboard, all I know is my neck and throat feel better. After I get my shot I might just go see a chiropractor, make sure things are lined up correctly.

Speaking of the shot, turns out I’m considered a frontline worker because I’m in IT at a resort with restaurants. Covered by three categories. Yeah I can do a lot of my job remotely, but there’s a bunch of stuff you need to have hands on. Server won’t come back up after a reboot? Need to physically go poke it. Printer on a POS not working? There’s only so many things you can ask a busy F&B manager to do before you just need to get it in your hands. Cut fiber? Get your shovels, boys.

I’m in Oregon so the “frontline” group (phase 1b group 7, click the distribution plan link there) is only a couple weeks ahead of all 16+, but starting on Monday I have a chance to get an appointment! I’m beyond excited. Not sure which one I’ll be getting (all are good) but the possibility of not having to spend my birthday alone again is so freeing. My friends who don’t have the option to work remotely (front desk, housekeeping, F&B, etc.) y’all go ahead, I can wait my turn. IT is farther down the list and by all means you all deserve it before me.

I can’t wait to go do stuff again without worrying about getting myself or others sick. Browse in the store instead of getting in and out? You bet! Drink at the pub after a rough week? Hell yeah I’m buying this time (once all of us in IT have the jab I flat-out said I’d be buying shots for us). Movie and marg night? IT’S BACK THE HELL ON!!! Depending on when me and my friends get the jab I might either host a small gettogether on my porch with a fire (probably not, I need to buy a weed-eater still) for my birthday, but more likely we’ll head to the cigar bar since it’s outside, has fires, and a raspberry ale.

A’ight. Enough of the rambling. See you next time!

What a whirl

In this blog post, I talk about the last few months of my life. Also, according to WordPress statistics, it’s been over 5 months since my last post, and only 20% of you are subscribed. Click that subscribe button, it’s free, and you can unsubscribe at any time if you change your mind.

Enjoy the post!

Disclaimer

Seriously, dude. I’ve watched SO MUCH Dream and Technoblade the last few months. It may or may not have taken a toll on my psyche.

Send help.

I’m never going to be a famous YouTuber. Bruuuuuhhhhhh

Quick shoutout

Speaking of YouTube: I’ve barely used Netflix or Hulu the last couple months, instead watching YouTubers. So beyond Dream and Technoblade, I’ve started watching Markiplier (how have I sat so long on this, he’s great! AND EXISTS) and just tonight came across Kitboga.

I can’t believe it took me this long to watch Markiplier’s vids, I think he and his friends are great! I think Bob and I would get along great, maybe Wade, too.

But Kitboga, riding this train right now, doing God’s work scamming the scammers. I’m like 6 videos in right now, and I’m having the best time. I can’t really fault anyone for doing what they need to do to survive, but my god do the scammers deserve every bit of harassment. I did improv for a few years, I don’t think I could ever get to the same level as him.

Future Joe here: I’ve been writing this post off and on for the last couple days. FULLY on board the Kitboga-train. Choo choo.

Some Catch-up

Okay. My last update was August. What a whirl.

August and September, kind of a blur. We (my department) had adopted one-guy-at-a-time schedules, so I didn’t see anyone. I’ve had that weird lump in my throat since July (makes me clear my throat a lot, generally uncomfortable), which combined with rising risk sent us all home.

October: more IT work, some Traditions programming.

November: IT work, Traditions programming, and Traditions setup.

Early December: Spending nearly every night at Traditions. Big Boss came one night, saw the throng of unmasked people, immediately suspended the show. I got my life back.

Late December / Early January: I’ve gotten my life back. I am free to play video games, sleep in, and just sort of hang out. It’s nice. With only being in the office two days a week, I only need to shower a couple times a week, otherwise jam-jams all day! The downside of having my life back is I switched back to my broken recliner and now I fall asleep in it a lot. Not ideal. The last two weeks I’ve fallen asleep in my chair, woken up around 5, and then either can’t go to sleep or can’t risk it so I end up staying awake forever. Not. Ideal.

Death and the Avoidance Thereof

In November, Megan said goodbye to Booboo Fish Brains. She deserves her own post, I’ve been feeling guilty for not doing the same as quickly as I put up Doodoo’s, but… Life. Joojoo Bean was my baby. At one point when we lived together we decided I’d take her with me when I moved. That didn’t happen, Megan moved first, but Bobo was my baby. Cranky ol’ bitch. This will all be its own post. See you later, Bijou.

For the “avoidance thereof” portion, I have a family member who has reached out several times to come visit. Another family member isn’t doing very well, they had a mini-stroke the other day, and are forgetting things and people. Were we not in the midst of a GLOBAL PANDEMIC, I’d be over there to say my seeyas, while they still remember me. I work with the public and live in a county 3x the population of that county, my family member is EXTREMELY high risk, and I refuse to be the reason for their death. I live alone and haven’t even seen my best friend at a distance in 4 months, but I am taking zero chances. Family member is a tough ol’ coot, they’ll last a couple more months until I can get vaccinated and reduce the risk.

I slept weird last night (another chair night) so today I’ve had this weird ear thing, and the throat thing came back. Like I have a cat hair stuck in my throat. I probably do. No fever, no loss of taste/smell, so I’m sure I’m fine.

Future Joe here again: Yep, I’m fine. I’m pretty sure that the ear and throat thing was a combination of sleeping in my recliner and a couple of my new masks are too tight and pulling my ears forward.

Regardless. It’s irresponsible for two people who work in the public to interact with an extremely high risk person.

Reflections

I wasn’t going to continue this section, it’s always felt like Too Much. Since it’s been a few months it’s probably not the worst thing to include.

Right now I’m in a weird sleep schedule. If I could stop falling asleep in my recliner I’d be able to get to bed on time. But I do, and then I don’t.

The last couple weeks I’ve played Cards Against Humanity and some Jackbox Party Packs. One round of Jackbox I fell dead asleep. Woke up 4 hours later, still in the Discord call, everybody gone, and only a couple hours until I needed to start work.

My day-to-day isn’t very exciting, even less than when I was furloughed. I either walk 20’ to my desk, or drive into the office. Either way, I’m alone. The two days a week I go in, if I have to go desk-side to fix a problem it’s the highlight of my week.

Started playing games with bestie and her friends over Discord. Among Us is hella fun, we’ve also been playing Cards Against Humanity and now some Jackbox. What a nice way to get some social interaction.

I took Turnip back to the vet in September (?) and his bladder stones are gone. Huzzah! He still needs to eat special food to keep everything balanced, but this food is much easier to obtain. Plus with the stones gone, if I don’t have enough food for him then I can give him normal kitty food for a little bit without having to worry too much about him getting sick again. He gets a little can of special wet food, and now half a cup of special dry food. That’s a lot of food. And yet he still yells at me at 6 for food. Homie. You’re eating a lot. Chill. The. Fuck. Out.

To kind of wrap this all up, I finally got my Bluetooth keyboard working again, been writing this on the iPad for a couple days now. Even worse than furlough the day-to-day has been pretty monotonous. Doom-scroll through Reddit/News/CovidActNow, watch some streamers, go to bed at some point. I can’t wait for things to go back to normal in the next few months. I miss nouns.

Now that I have a keyboard again for the iPad and I don’t need to move my keyboard and mouse from the work computer to the home computer (shares the same monitor), maybe I’ll be a little bit better getting posts out. And maybe I’ll find a topic I can talk about that isn’t a blog post. Gotta get that AdSense revenue, bb!!!

Peace.

Day 2 of 56: The Hangover: Part 1

Okay, first of all, don’t come for me. I didn’t drink enough water yesterday so it’s all my fault that I have a hangover. I’m usually pretty good about staying hydrated, but that’s usually during the week when I’m in the office. The last couple weeks I’ve been home and therefore lax on water.

Yesterday after I got the site up and the first blog posted I took a shower and then started playing some Apex Legends. Total trash player, but I have fun so that’s all that matters. 0.37 KD/R. Don’t come for me. Played a few rounds, had my first glass of wine around 6. Me and the friends played until 7/7:30, broke for dinner, wasn’t feeling up to cooking a full meal so I threw some buffalo chicken stripes in the oven and made mashed potatoes. Few more rounds of Apex, another glass or two of wine because hey it’s a really long weekend!

Finally logged off the PlayStation, poked around Amazon and Honey for stuff to maybe do a livestream or to start the podcast, realized I need to save money so put a stop to that. Let’s be honest, though, I’m probably going to find a screamin’ deal and go in. Hit me up in the comments if you have good and cheap audio gear recommendations.

Anyway, long story short, somehow I ended up watching our cast recording of Avenue Q and I was singing along really loudly at midnight, and there was wine. Don’t drink your feelings, folks. Because you’re gonna be hung over in the morning. You’re also going to forget to plug in all your things when you go to bed so it’s just an all-around bad time.

That’s been my morning so far. Today I’ve been chilling, drinking water, playing some Apex, and just listening to Jenna and Julien videos. I’m out of soda, snacks, and ramen, but I have enough food for lunch and dinner for a few days so it’s really hard to justify leaving just for snacks. I’m also somehow for some reason low on wine, no idea how that could have happened. I know I say this every time I wake up with a hangover but maybe I won’t drink for a few days. Give the body a chance to recover. Probably not going to happen, but it’s nice to dream.

The video I’ve been listening to while tapping this out is one of Julien’s, the one where he makes tamales. Now that’s literally all I can think about. I’m a terrible cook, so I hope the store has tamales. Or maybe the Mexican restaurant will still be open.

Since all I can think about is food I’m going to go ahead and just end this here. While I don’t have tamales, I do have stuff for sandwiches. Nowhere even remotely close, but it’s something.

Day 1 of 56: The Beginning

Okay, take 2 on this now that I got permalinks working…

I’ve forgotten what the wind feels like, the sun on my face, the smell of juniper and petrichor, even what my friends and family look like.

Just kidding, it’s just been a long and cold winter. Good news is the cheeseburger birds are back!

So to start, the topic on everyone’s mind right now is the coronavirus, COVID-19. It’s been a weird last few weeks, and it’s only going to get weirder. My county has 8 confirmed cases as of this writing, and three deaths in the state. The governor has ordered restaurants to be take-out only. As a result, my work decided to suspend operations for 8 weeks (56 days) since we’re a resort. Not only was it a good business decision (rapidly declining tourist levels, no sense paying a lot of people when there will be little to no business) but it was a good social decision to help limit the spread of this virus. I’m an IT guy, not a doctor. I won’t make any claims about this virus, just urge everyone to listen to the professionals and stay home. So while closing the resort is good to slow down the spread, it does suck for the employees. In the end it’ll all work out, we just have to keep a stiff upper lip.

I started working from home about a week ago, and yesterday (Thursday) was my last day of employment. I’m already going stir-crazy because I’ve been limiting my outings for some time now. I figured the best thing to do would be to try and blog every day during this. I’ll be staying home so this seems like the most constructive use of my time. I’ll share thoughts, things I’ve done, pictures, and whatever else pops into my brain!

It’s going to be a bumpy ride, so strap in. We’ll get through this together!

Until next time,
JoDrRe

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