Just wanted to give readers a heads up and say that the 4th quarter of '06 was a crazy one for me…
i'm usually pretty busy cranking out reviews and playing games, but a ton of things happened in the last few months, and my play/production has dropped down to near-zero.
for those who care, i moved back up to Seattle (my hometown) to resume my old job. after an extended stay in Portland, i decided it wasn't for me and was quite happy to get back up north– the good news? i went down single and brought a wife back with me. ^_^
i figured the move and transition would be minimal, but that was foolish thinking. once back, there were a bunch of unexpected costs (aren't there always?) and i got put to work immediately, which is a good thing. the down side was that without a few "downtime" days to get things in order, the house was left in an extended state of chaos that we're just now pulling out of.
at the same time, my son came for his first christmas with me in three years (the US judicial system is horribly slanted towards mothers, if you ask me) so that was another thing going on during the already-hectic holidays. not that i'm complaining, though… it was awesome to get to spend time with my son, and although we did a lot of stuff not games-related, he did have quite the fondness for Feeding Frenzy and Marble Blast Ultra. ; )
throw in a few other things like family obligations and the transition of the website into its current state (kudos to everybody who made it happen… special thanks to Chi for his monster amount of work, and also to Hias, Dan, and especially Tera for pulling my load with converting the old content… you guys are saints!) and there was no time at all left for any entertainment of the electronic variety.
now that we're in '07. i'm hoping that things will settle down and i can get back into my old groove. it feels a little weird to have just stopped writing reviews and playing games cold, but sometimes life happens away from the controller and although i love games dearly, there are definitely things more important– family, responsibility, and trying to lay the groundwork for a future. but, now that those things have been settled (at least for the moment, anyway) i do admit that i'm excited at the thought that i'll have an hour or two to just sit down and get back to business. ; )
Currently, he's got about 42 minutes a night to play because adulting is a timesuck, but despite that, he's a happily married guy with two kids who both have better K/D ratios than he does.
Brad still loves Transformers, he's on Marvel Puzzle Quest when nobody at the office is looking, and his favorite game of all time is the first Mass Effect -- and he thought the trilogy's ending was Just Fine, Thanks.
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