Genius, I Say!

He sat on the toilet, his phone in his hands. He was bored between pushing one out and waiting for the next one. Should he play a game on his phone? Nah. Phone games became repetitive quickly. It wouldn’t hold his interest.

What about Facebook? He could always scroll through his news feed. Nope. That, too, is usually the same things over and over.

So, what then? What should he do?

It came to him in a flash. He’d write a blog post while on the toilet about writing a blog post while on the toilet. It was genius!

Make Them Pay

“Who killed my men?”

He was Andarious Trat. People didn’t do this kind of thing to his gang. They’d operated in the area with impunity for years. Those few who chose to fight back against him during that time had never come close to seriously hurting one of his people, never posed much of a threat. Now, a handful of his men lay dead on the side of the road.

“I don’t know, Andarious.”

“Find out. Not only did they kill my men, but they stole my chargers.”

“Are you sure that’s wise?”

“I will make them pay.”

They’re Everywhere

They clung to him. No matter what he did, he couldn’t get them off his legs, arms, and back. Frantically, he brushed them away with his hands, but they didn’t budge. None of them seemed to be affected by his attempt.

He slapped at them this time. They moved a little, but they remained on him. Now, instead of frantic, he was angry. He was mad that they had the audacity to assault him so. They would pay for their transgression.

“What’s the matter?”

He gave her a look. “I need a lint roller. Your hair is everywhere.”

Out of Words

He could do nothing except hold her. Nothing he could say would make anything better. In situations like these, words do very little. She was hurting. She was devastated. Her heart being broken broke his heart.

He pulled her closer as she cried on his shoulder. Tears began forming in his eyes too, but he did his best to push them away. He wanted to be strong for her. He wanted to be there for whatever she needed.

He squeezed her tighter as he opened his mouth. Nothing came out. He was completely out of words.

The Wind Howled

She lowered her head against the heavy breeze. Her hair was flying in every direction. Of course, this had to be the day she was running late. She didn’t have a hair tie or a brush with her. The wind howled, sending her hair flying again.

It was a relief when she stepped inside the restaurant. Looking around, she saw that he was seated already. “I’m sorry,” she said as she sat down. “My hair is a mess.”

He took her face in his hands and brought her in for a passionate kiss. “I think you’ve never looked better.”

Older Games

Lately, I’ve been getting my hands on some older games and have been playing them. Most of them are games that I used to play at one point in time. Not all of them, but most. Maybe I’m nostalgic, or maybe I’m just old, but I’ve been enjoying these older games more than most of the newer games coming out.

The first thing I got was a NES Classic. My wife and I both grew up playing the NES. We, of course, play the Mario games, but there are a few others that I’ve played on it: ExciteBike, Tecmo Bowl, the original Final Fantasy. The first two I used to play all the time and are still not bad to play. I never played the original Final Fantasy until we bought this… I’m not a fan. Also, I remember Zelda being a lot better.

But, that’s not the only system I have older games on. If you look on my Xbox One, you’ll find KOTOR 1, KOTOR 2, and Star Wars Battlefront 2 (the original Xbox version, not the one that came out last year). All of them are from the first Xbox and all of them are games that I absolutely love.

The first KOTOR is still my favorite single player game of all time. I’ve probably beaten it a dozen times and I still love playing it. The second KOTOR isn’t as good as the first, but it’s still fun to play.

Battlefront is still a lot of fun to play. I forgot how much fun it actually was. Granted, it was more fun way back when, but that was because I was almost always playing either with, or against, my brother. But, it’s still a lot more fun to play than the new Battlefront games.

What about you? Are there any older video games that you still play?

Hoopla

Hoopla is an app I have for my phone that works with my local library. With it, I’m able to borrow digital versions of things just like I’d be able to borrow the physical copies from the library. It has ebooks, audio books, music, movies, and TV shows. Mostly, I use it for ebooks and music.

The ebooks that I borrow are almost all of the same kind: comic books. While there are some single issue stuff, most of the comics available to borrow are collections, anywhere between 4-6 issues of a given title. I really haven’t used it on many Marvel titles, because I have Marvel Unlimited, but anything DC that I’ve read since their Rebirth event has been on Hoopla.

It’s also allowed me to read things I’ve never known about before, like Valiant Comics. Before Hoopla, the only Valiant character I’d ever heard of was X-O Manowar, and that’s only because he once had a Game Boy game where he teamed up with Iron Man. Now, I’ve read a number of their books.

There’s Bloodshot (which started off strong, but got weaker around 15-20 issues in when they put him with a team). There was ShadowMan (a mystic/voodoo story set in New Orleans). And, of course, X-O Manowar (which was probably the best of the bunch).

Hoopla also gave me access to comics from Dragon Age, Firefly/Serenity, and Dark Matter (although I think they lost the rights to the Firefly ones because I don’t see them anymore).

Out of the other things Hoopla offers, the only one that I really use is music. I don’t do audio books. The one time I tried one, it pretty much made me fall asleep. And, if I want to watch a movie or TV show, Netflix has a much better selection.

As far as their music goes, they have a decent selection. And, a lot of the time, you can get things fairly quickly after they’re released. I was able to borrow Disturbed’s newest CD the same day it was released.

While there are a couple of things that I don’t like about it (there are a limited number of titles you can borrow (12 a month) and that each episode of a TV show is considered one borrow), I really like this app. And, the best thing about it, it’s completely free with my library card. If you want to give it a shot, check out your local library and see if they offer it.