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25 September 2016 @ 06:37 pm
Ok so not everything has been work. On my way home today I saw the eagles on posts and I pulled over. I loved that my jeep has become part of my camera tools now. Just another photography tools to get me to my bird subjects. So I have this video I took that I'm happy. It's jumpy at first. Sorry but I fixed that later. You can see how nice my zoom lens is at 65x and I have taken some of the best eagle photos ever with this male eagle. The female was down the road but too far to have a good pic uploaded or video. I'm so behind on photo uploads. I can't wait for this mess to be over for me. I miss all of you so much. Anyway, It's things like this that keep me happy and thankful despite the stuff happening to me I still enjoy life, am thankful and live in a beautiful state. I press on and fight like these birds do and will rise above as always.

18 September 2016 @ 08:16 pm
Des' husband here. She wanted me to let you all know she temporally moved into the other house to keep working on it. If you all see Des on Deviant Art, it is me. Des does not have internet access at the other house.

17 September 2016 @ 08:16 am
Finally I had a very nice dream about Scary Fear. I don't know why I rarely have these but this is probably my best one yet. Chris and I are already talking about our next cruise. I've started looking around and found one we like but funny enough it goes to Key West. To us that's a waste of time and money as we're Floridians and we've been to Key West. We think it's a bit of a waste to do a cruise anywhere in the United States really (with the exception of Alaska and Hawaii) when you can drive there for less money and spend more time. But anyway, so I dreamt I was on that cruise with him and we were docking in Key West. Like we had talked about we were just going to stay on the ship when we got there. But I love seeing buildings go by when I enter a port and in this dream the buildings were higher than our room so I got to see the roofs and then they got taller til I couldn't see over them. I got excited and I told Chris, "You know I think I will disembark just to see the port. I'll be right back." At that point the dream showed me that I was Scary Fear and I just flew off our balcony. Like all my flying dreams I was thrilled the moment I took off. My raven wings were beautiful so big and broad. I had no trouble flying around and I got to see the ship from over head. It wasn't a Royal Caribbean but a Celebrity because it was smaller white and dark blue. It was so neat to see all the buildings and palm trees from over head. So beautiful and relaxing. I then landed on a dock and was watching other ships come in. Some girls were complaining about stuff and I was just listening. It bugged me because they were talking about stupid things. I should have scared them but didn't think about it. Then I got that worried feeling that I should head back because I had limited time. I took off and everyone was amazed I could fly. I smiled loving that reaction. Perhaps they thought I was wearing a costume. I flew high then got really worried because I couldn't see my ship. Where's my ship? It couldn't have left and even if it had there should be a wake. I can still catch up but there's no trace. Where is it? I landed by some of the dock workers and started asking around where it was. At first no one knew what I was talking about but finally someone told me I couldn't see it because it had gone into a hanger. Well then of course I would never see it from overhead. This was a cue this was a dream because cruise ships are too big for hangers unless they are being built.

So I started going to all the hangers and no luck at first. Finally I found the right one but still couldn't see my ship. Again I talked to some of the workers and told them I REALLY needed to get back on. One told me with a worried look that the ship had just been taken to a lower level. WHAT? Apparently there were some kind of bay doors and the boats could go even lower. Kind of like planes on a carrier. I wondered how does that work with the water. Anyway I needed to get to this next level. They told me I could not because it was a restricted area. All passengers were back on board. WHAT? No they weren't I NEED to get there. There was a big open bay door in this one and I realized something important. "Perhaps I can't get in but the ship can get out. It has to take off, right?" I asked.
"Yes it should be leaving port soon."
"Then I'll see it when it leaves and I can catch it then!" I said happily. The guy gave me a confused expression. "Thanks for the info." I said, spread my wings and flew off out of the bay doors. He was so surprised to see my fly away. So I circled the port and hovered whenever I got a good head wind. I saw other big ships leaving for the open ocean. At last I saw my ship leaving from a covered area. I was so excited. I did two powerful down strokes of my black wings and dove down after it. It was exciting and beautiful chasing down a huge moving ship heading towards the horizon. It was heading south and it was evening. I knew this because the sun was on my right and would set in a few hours. I thought about my landing. I'd never landed on a moving vehicle before so I would have to land at speed. That would be interesting. Also I couldn't be seen since they had no idea I had left in the first place. I decided to go for one of the open pool decks where I'd have room in case I crashed and funny enough I was able to turn invisible. I landed with no problems and then had to find a place where I could become visible again without anyone getting suspicious. I decided to go into the hallways of the rooms. There is rarely anyone there. So that's what I did and it worked out great. I passed by the casino. All the lights were very pretty and I regretted not having my camera. I was hungry. The dream ended with me finding a dessert bar and the person there came out with a huge like five stack of pancakes covered in strawberry, vanilla and mint ice cream. So it was pink, white and green. Oh my gosh I can't eat all this they always give you so much food on these boats but how pretty and what a treat after a long tiring flight. Ha.

So that was my awesome dream. One thing that surprised me was that no one was afraid of me or questioned that a purple and blue monster with black wings was just walking around. The last part of my dream was in first person but I wonder how freaky it would be to see Fear eat, even if he's eating pretty food like a dessert. I also like that my mind totally made up these new places because it is a boat I've never been on so I don't know what it's supposed to look like. I'm glad it didn't set me on the Allure. So yes very fun dream and it's about time I was Scary Fear again
10 September 2016 @ 02:06 pm
I'm so behind here again. Gosh let's see if I can remember what all happened on the last day of the cruise. Not much. I felt bad from all the exercise that I over did on the previous days hiking. I mostly stayed in the room. I ate too many chocolate covered strawberries. I'm not supposed to eat chocolate because it has caffeine but I figured it would be ok on the last day of the trip and perhaps I could get away with it. I think I ate 7 as they brought them to our room to replace the champain. We don't drink alcohol so the bottle was a waste on us. I did get chest pains but it was days later after I was home. Odd it was a delayed reaction and luckily it was a mild one. So that's my caffeine for the year. I really shouldn't do any of it. I have to be careful. Almost every morning on the ship I've had a yummy salmon bagel for breakfast. Wow I enjoyed those too much. I have it heated and it's awesome. I've never understood the appear of eating cold meat sandwiches. But enough about food. I really don't like talking about food it's boring. I may have to edit this and ask Chris what he remembers because I don't remember much about this day. Did bird watching from the balcony and went to our fave spot a few times on the stern of the ship to watch the waves. Oh I did boring luggages. I had to pack up. I am glad that this is the first trip I didn't get too sad at the end. I thin it's ok to get sad at the end of vacations but part of me was so tired I wanted to go home and get back to my life. I might have finished my sketch dump on this day. Chris and I talked a lot and just spent nice time together. We watched Puss In Boots as it was playing that night and our DVD's didn't work with stupid windows 10. I'm looking into buying windows 7 and see if I can downgrade his computer. We HATE it. How lame we can't watch DVD's. Listened to a lot of metal and this is when I became obsessed with the song Stormcrow though I had heard it many times before. I don't know why on this trip it got into my mind and while on the ship I knew I had to draw a pic of Scary Fear to that song. I'll post that later. I don't think I even took many photos this day. It was a recharge day spent at sea. Oh we did pass by a neat light house in Cuba. I did get a photo of that and have to upload it. It's a shame Cuba is enemies with the US and doesn't let American tourist go there. So many cool birds there I'd love to see and it must be beautiful but they've got one of the worst governments in the world.

So Day 8 we're back in Ft. Lauderdale. There was a cool huge cut away ship next to us in the dock. I finished packing and we left early. Well I have learned something new. Leave early. I knew arriving late made getting on the ship easy. Ship sails at 5pm be there by 2:30-3pm and things are good. But before I'd been waiting til like 10 or 11 to disembark because we didn't want to leave the ship. That meant long lines at customs. We left early this time and I was amazed how fast we got out and how easy it was. Especially since we have no checked bags. We carry everything ourselves because we travel light. This was the best exit we've ever done. Now I know. Arrive late, leave early. Got it. The four hour drive home was pretty nice. Couldn't tell there had been a "hurricane". Was sunny and beautiful and everything was fine. I know it rained a lot while we were gone but timing worked out great as we were on the tail end of the storms both in the Caribbean and in Florida. We missed them so good.
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03 September 2016 @ 01:25 am
Ok almost caught up with posts now. But before I get to that I want to post last night's dream. I dreamt I was back in college and I was taking my very last class to graduate. I don't know why I keep having dreams about school when I graduated years ago. So my final class was English class. I had left it because it was easy or so I thought. I know my grammar and in highschool English was easy for me. So I go into the room and am deciding what desk to sit at. My friend JokerForever303 was in this dream. He was one of my classmates and I was happy to see him. I don't know what you looked like. My mind I think just make you look like an average guy I couldn't not describe what you looked like as it was literally blurry. But the class turned out to be a nightmare. The teacher was a real jerk. Some big scary black guy that was purposely failing everyone. He was one of those that says "no one gets better than a C" in his class. On one of my reports he took points off and gave me a C because I used birds as an example. I got so mad about that because the grammar part which is what mattered was all correct. The whole class was angry at him. They wanted to complain but he threatened to fail those that did and that they couldn't get rid of him because he'd been there or 30 years and no one had been able to defeat him. He also thought that since I had not complained I had no problems with him. Wrong. I was recording everything he said, keeping everyone's tests and was going to sue. I'd somehow been put in charge by all the classmates but nothing else became of the dream. I'm sure I could have defeated him and helped everyone else but how stupid to even dream about it. But some part of me liked it.

Ok so got up today and we were arriving in Labadee Haiti. I was super excited about this mostly for all the cool birds. I know this place is full of endemics (birds found nowhere else in the world) Last time I saw the palmchat. I hoped to see those again. I was more excited about that than the Dragon's Flight Zip Line. Look it up on youtube. It's an amazing drop off a mountain. So Chris and I got up and had breakfast at the Park Cafe again. Then we went to our orientation and to fill out the waivers. They took us out and got us suited up to do this. We did a little practice drop on a smaller zip line. No problem. I said that's the chance people have if they want to chicken out. If they don't like that it's a good time to quit as they won't like the big one. We were then driven to the top of the mountain which was very cool. The day was beautiful. I'm glad all three days ashore have had perfect weather. We could see the cruise ship from up there. Funny enough they let almost all of us down at the same time I came in last. Even the person after me caught up fast and passed me. I think it's because I was the lightest I just didn't have the speed. It's ok as I got more time to film everything that way. I didn't find it scary at all. I wasn't scared at all actually and the drop was fun and lovely.

Chris went back on the ship to drop off the gopro and get my other camera and our sun gear. I'm glad we didn't bring everything and use the lockers because the lockers cost money. It's hassle going all the way to the ship and going through customs but it's FREEEEE.

We then had lunch and so began my birding adventure. And wow I mostly saw endemics and some amazing ones.

Narrow Billed Tody. OMG I knew this was Toady but I wasn't sure which one. I love looking these up when I get "home". Endemic to Hispaniola. This was such a pretty colorful green bird. Green birds are so rare at least you don't see them in North America so I'm thrilled to see them on my travels.

Black Crowned Palm Tanager. At first I thought this was some kind of Jay. But when he wasn't in with the crows I had to search the whole book then found him in with the Tanagers. Another Endemic. Wow so lovely.

White Necked Crow. This is one of my faves. Looks like a normal crow but has red eyes. But the coolest thing about these is the voice. They don't' sound like crows at all. They sound like parrots. I thought I was looking for a parrot til I saw this guy. They also travel in pairs which is great. I never got a good recording of their voices but they sound so cool.

I also got to see the Palm Chat again and some kind of new warbler. I need to get a pic up later but it's also an endemic. The only other bird I saw that wasn't endemic was a Grey Kingbird and they are everywhere. Oh I saw a cut baby though, newly fledged with no tail. He was singing like he was an adult. He looked so funny but already singing. Amazing. I also saw some strange butterfly I need to ID. No giant caterpillars this time though. It's probably not the right time of year.

About that. We've always traveled in Oct for Halloween. This is a new at the end of Aug for us. We haven't seen as many other ships because of that as before. Also fewer seabirds and flying fish which has been a minor disappointment out at sea. And now no caterpillars. Well it is different but we do like Oct travel better.

We're both exhausted and sun burnt despite wearing lots of protective clothing. I'm tired and I'm ready to go home finally. I have had my fun. No ready to go back the all the stress of dealing with the other house but I do want to go back. I need to write Mike. I heard a hurricane went by. Only a category 1 and the media is probably making it sound worse than it is. But haven't heard from anyone back home so I'll do email after this. Hey Roller, if you see Gamma give her a poke for me. I'm surprised she hasn't popped in here to say something.
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03 September 2016 @ 12:55 am
I was not able to get on yesterday. The internet connection on this is terrible. So what I have had to do is upload the images from my laptop to DA then make my post here in the ship's lab since I'm sure this connection won't go out. I should complain about how bad the connection is because it's ridiculous to be on for 3 minutes or less at a time and get kicked.

Anyway so yesterday was a great day. Got up and watched the sunrise. We arrived in Puerto Rico, but it was only a half day. We had to be back on the ship by 1:30 pm which was not so great. So we got out at 7 and I am amazed we got to do everything I wanted to do. I'd been studying the map on google maps and knew everything was within walking distance. One thing they had mentioned was that it was a difficult up hill climb to the fort through the city. Well everyone's definition of difficult is different. I had found a passage way called Paseo del Morro that goes around the castle and is all flat so that avoids traffic, people and hill climbing.

Here is a view of El Casitllo San Felipe Del Morro. People call this either the castle or El Morro for short. I definitely wanted to go check this awesome fort out. You can see the walkway around it. And a lovely sunrise to go with it. Well we didn't have a real plan but we found ourselves going by Paseo de la Princesa. Or the Princess' Pass which leads to Paseo del Morro. So we walked around the outside of the castle. It didn't open til 9am and we had two hours to kill. Plus with morning light is was so lovely and hardly anyone was around.

This is part of the beautiful walk around the castle. There's a huge wall all around and Puerto Rico isn't called The Walled City for nothing. There's a cat rescue called Save A Gato and that's why you see that bin on the side. It's full of cat food. When you take this walk there are cats everywhere. Some are really messed up with bad injuries. Who knows what happened to them. The smell of the food is kind of gross. But there are other neat things to see besides cats, like iguanas and birds. The plant live is beautiful too so if you don't breath too much only a small section has the cat food bins out.

We were thrilled to find out this walk way loops around, you have to climb stairs and then it leads you right to the entrance of the castle. After getting some water as we were very tired and thirsty we went in once they opened up. I'd watched youtube videos of this fort so I knew what to expect but it was still very nice. I loved all the towers you could go into. My only regret was that the big pile of canon balls I'd seen in a video was not here. I asked what happened to them and they said they were being repaired. So I missed them. They are around just not in public anymore. It was like this huge cool pyramid. We actually bought some souvenirs. I had not expected that to happen. But we went into the gift shop as I really needed another drink. I bought a little plastic model of the fort and a DVD. More on the DVD later.

Once done with El Morro we walked back and cut through the big gate in the wall. I kind of knew my way to El Parque De Las Palomas or Pigeon Park. I'd also seen a youtube on this. It's a small park filled with pigeons. You can buy food for them and there is a wall with holes where they nest. It was lovely to see this in person. The walls here are pink which I really like and there are lovely flowering tropical trees. The added bonus was we could see our huge ship perfectly from this park too. I had a feeling this would be hard to get to as it was at a higher tier than the Princess Pass. In fact I was looking down on it so I'm glad we did this last or we would have had to back track. Everything about this trip worked perfectly. OH and I did see a new bird for my life list though I was not able to get a photo. Canary Winged Parakeet.

Well when we got back to the ship we tried to watch the DVD documentary we bought. It didn't work on media player. We tried another of our movies we brought and nothing either. I was rather pissed about this. We brought Chris's laptop and he has crappy windows 10 on it and its media player doesn't run DVD's at all. So all the movies we brought we can't watch. I really regret not bringing my laptop but not that I could have. I need to get a new battery for it as it's breaking down. So we listened to metal instead. That was nice. I've been missing my metal and hadn't listened to any of my own awesome music in five days. So that was very nice at least. I think that was all that happened yesterday. Now to write about today.
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31 August 2016 @ 09:32 pm
Today has been an amazing. But before that. AudeS, JokerForever, RollerTroller ACTipton I saw all your replies even for previous days. Nice to see you guys here.
Joker yes all the days have been very nice. Yes exploring a huge ship like this is part of the fun for sure. It's so peaceful to sit on that deck and watch the ocean roll by.
AudeS. The storms aren't bad. It rains for a few minutes then gets sunny then rains again. Typical here. But today was a perfect day on the island. This is a HUGE ship and you'll see that soon enough in the next photos. Walkie Talkies have been a lot of fun for nerds like us. Once we got a private channel they've been great. Yes it's great being lazy for sure. We get enough exercise on the excursions on the islands.

RollerTroller thanks for the info. I LOVE those kinds of stats and info. I did not know it was the deepest trench in the Atlantic. Then I'm happy we went over it.

Actiption, funny I am the same way. I agree with the reason. When I travel it's new and I want to see everything so I do lots more running around.

OK so sunrise was super early this morning. 6:05am so I got up around 5:45am and amazingly I wasn't tired. Tomorrow sunrise is at 5:57am. I hope I wake up before that. I don't know why it's rising earlier and earlier each day. So got up to watch the sun rise and we could see land in the distance. We were surrounded by brown boobies. My gosh it was great. I got so many photos and videos of them. I got some crappy photos of them catching flying fish too. Here's one of my nicer photos.

I wish I could pet their white tummies. We docked in St. Maarten and our tour guide met us as we were walking out of the dock to the main road. She took us first to a salt lake and it was great. We saw lovely green iguanas and many shore birds. The frigates were my faves and I finally got some nice photos of some males.

Such shinny black feathers and his bright red pouch.

We stopped at a neat observation area. It was a like a blinds and this lake was full mostly White Cheeked Pintails. We stopped by a neighborhood and some random road sides and I got a pearly eyed thrasher. The bright eye makes them look mean. I like these birds a lot. We stopped by another little lake and I picked up a new lifer for me. A shore bird called Whimbrel. Not that exciting looking but new bird I've never ever seen so that's always a great thing. We stopped and had a snake of banana break and herbal tea. Then we headed to the entrance of the butterfly garden where I picked up another lifer. This one was cool. A Green THroated Carib. It's a neat metallic hummingbird. They had a feeder and he landed in the tree. Also so lots more bananaquits, Lesser Antillean Bull Finch and Black Faced grassquit. I saw some neat new lizards too. I can't remember what they are called but will have to email my guide for the info.
So all in all it was a great day. Here are a few more photos. I uploaded six today but took tons more. It's very hard sometimes picking just a few photos for these quick entries I make as so many good ones were taken.

Male black faced grassquit.

Green throated carib.

Canon at Ft. Louis St. Maarten. This fort was very nice. We enjoyed climbing up it though it was a bit of a tricky climb. I'm so glad we got those hiking boots. They came in super handy.

Our massive ship docked. We took this from the other side of the pay in St. Maarten. So lovely. It's crazy the shp is nearly as long as that mountian. It is a floating city.
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30 August 2016 @ 08:49 pm
Today was a very good day. Got up to watch the sunrise but not much happened as there was a big thunderstrom raining like a curtain right where the sun rose. I got to see a bit of it through a tiny hole so nothing amazing like yesterday. Well plenty more sunrises to come. I forgot to mention that yesterday we bought a pair of walkie talkies. This is a huge ship so we have really needed to use them. Since today was another full day at sea we decided to go our own separate ways to explore. Funny enough though this is a floating city we still ran into each other at a store. I was picking up post cards and a few things one of my members from my DA cruise group wanted. Speaking of postcards. I won't be able to mail them out until I get back to Florida. I'm so annoyed by that. I was hoping to mail them out tomorrow in St. Maarten but I forgot this was Chris's laptop not mine. So my text document with all the addresses is not on here. It's at home. So I'm a bit annoyed I didn't think of that and you guys won't get a cool stamp from a foreign country. The one good thing is at least out of Florida it will be faster but not as cool. I was hoping to send some to ACTiption80, Gamma-Wings, AudeS, Peregrinefalconlady and Karyl-Delta.

We're currently crossing over a trench on our way to St. Maarten. The deepest we've seen listed is 27,320ft. That's amazing! Around 5 miles deep I think. I just looked it up. It's called the Puerto Rico Trench. I don't have time to look up much on it as I have limited internet but if you guys can give me some facts on that I'd love it. It looks amazing on the map. So anyway we both went our own ways. I went to Central Park to take photos. Chris sat at his fave spot on deck 5. Hum, I guess nothing too exciting has happened to talk about. We just mostly explored the ship and relaxed. Took it easy. That's what a vacation is about. Being lazy. At least until the shore excursions. I may draw on this trip soon. I have been thinking about Scary Fear and Pyranx.

Oh one of the neat things we did with the walkie talkies is we knew there is a camera that films on the promenade and shows up on the stats channel we like. So Chris went down there and I filmed him and with the walkie talkies told him where to stand. That will be a fun one to share on youtube when we get back.

Tomorrow is bird watching in St. Maarten. I got an email out and told our guide we might be late since the whole turn around thing in Ft Lauderdale.

Well I think that's everything for this post. Just three photos to share. I'm posting the best ones I take and when I get back will try to post everything.

I'm loving breakfast at this place

This is Chris's fave spot on deck 5 aft end by the running track. Oh man this was early morning. Sun had just risen and the water was gorgeous. I named this one Endless Ocean because it was. In all directions there was ocean. No land in sight and it was lovely. We sat here for hours. I took pics and some videos.

I LOVE the view of the wak of the engines from deck 5. The water has been indigo but when churned up it turns a lovely turquoise.
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30 August 2016 @ 07:38 am
So this is Day two. I hate the internet on this ship or it's our laptop. I don't know but it is terrible and keeps disconnecting. I may have to type everything offline first. So today was our first day out at sea. I had an amazing dream last night. I dreamt I was Pyranax and I was with hundreds of other imps. We were supposed to be attacking some enemie. I was climbing up a wall and it was so fun and amazing for me to be sticking to it. I was wondering how I was doing it as I went up this cylindrical stone column. I got to the top of it and just perched in a crouch. I watched the other imps storm over into this area. I then thought "Why am I attacking this guy? I don't know him. I don't have a grudge against him. I'm not doing this." So I climbed down then landed on this flat stone that was really large. I lost my balance and felt the ground shake like crazy. Bologoth the Hell Knight had landed next to me.
"What are you doing? Where do you think you're going?" He yelled at me. I ran. That's all I remember of the dream. It was amazing how big and ugly he was and I was disobeying orders but I didn't care. I wasn't going to listen to him.
So on day 2 we had breakfast at the Central Park Cafe. This was our first day all at Sea.

But first a gorgeous sun rise. I love getting up early to catch the sunrise at sea. There's nothing like it. There have been scattered thunderstorms all over the sea though and this one was just coming through the clouds as it rose. So amazing.

Here we are at breakfast at the park cafe. They have those wonderful teas again. I don't know why the batch I ordered was so terrible. I wonder if they send the best to the ships and the commercial ones they sell to everyone else. Was disapointing to buy a pac of 100 and they are bland and gross instead of wonderfully minty. Anyway I'm happy to have these teas again. This is such a colorful and nice Cafe. I had an egg sandwich and a salmon bagel. It was delicious.

One of Chris's favorite spots. This is the aften of Deck 5 on the running track. We both enjoy sitting here just watching the water and the wake the ship leaves. Its been raining on and off like this which is typical of the Gulf of Mexico and Mid Atlantic at this time.

Scary Fear also enjoys the view. I'm so glad I brought him. What fun.
I tried two of the rock climbing walls again. I didn't even make it half way. The first one I tried was very hard. I was hoping it would be easier. The second one was the one I did last time. I was tired from the first attempt though. They now have a bell at the half way point and at the top. I'll be happy to make it to the half way bell but not even that. My arms are wimpy and I was on the "easiest" track. I will try again tomorrow as it's another day at sea. I can't wait for Day 4 and go birding on St. Maarten. I emailed our tour guide and she had told me we were still the only ones booked. I hoped no one else would join but I know she needs to make money. She offered me a discounted private tour for an extra $130. I thought that was very reasonable and took the offer. I was thinking of booking all six spots anyway and since it was so late she gave me a huge discount. I'm thrilled about this. Just us birding with her and we'll have time to go to Fort Louis. That's going to be awesome. I am so excited. I hope the weather is beautiful on all the islands.
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29 August 2016 @ 07:15 pm
Ok so I think I have internet now. I bought a very good package for the whole week for one device. If it is unlimited wifi for 6 days then this is the best deal yet from what I have had to pay in previous years. Anyway despite that I still won't be on very much. Probably just once at night to make a post and read comments. I'll check my email once in a while.

Ok so crazy first day. We checked out of our hotel room around noon. I finally got to see some cute millipedes and love the curly tailed lizards as always. We had lunch at Red Lobster which was very nice. I enjoyed my fish meal but especially the potato soup was the best. We had some time to kill and found a Sound Advice. Man long time since we've seen a store for electronics only. So nice they had show rooms for home theaters and car stereos. It was like being back in the 90s. As nerds we really enjoyed that. Stopped for a while at a book store but then headed out. Getting on the ship at the terminal was pretty hassle free.

We got our room and were very happy. Our room is one of the fave things about cruising. With a balcony we get our one private view of the ocean and that is so worth it. All cruises have a mandatory safety meeting where they show you where your exits are to lifeboats and how to use life vests. And this is where the craziness began. At the end out captain dismissed us and said we would be arriving the next morning in Nassau, staying only a few hours then heading out to St. Thomas. Our cruise is supposed to go to St. Maarten, San Juan and Labadee so the panic that ensued among our group was great. A total WTF moment. "Nassau?" "Is this the right ship." "We're not going to Nassau." I can only imagine the chaos at the customer help desk so the captain came back on the intercom and said he messed up he meant two days at sea and we were going to St. Maarten. He must have read last week's schedule. That's the itinerary we took back in 2014. Great safety meeting panicking the 5000 passengers haha. Imagine if that had happened though what a major screw up that would be. Everyone's probably prepaid all the shore excursions and that would sure mess everything up.

They don't make a lot of intercom calls after that first meeting so I was glad and hoped it was over. I went to my balcony and was looking out when I noticed the sun was coming in our room. WHY was the sun coming into the room? We're on the port side supposedly heading east so the setting sun should have been behind us. As soon as I told Chris about the sun the captain comes on the intercom and says there's been a medical emergency and we are heading back to Ft. Lauderdale and have to dock for a short time. The next thing I thought of was why not use the helicopter pad? It's much faster, costs less and we'd lose less time. Well no problem for us. We're easy going but I know a few other passengers were annoyed by all this. I figured I'd get pics perhaps I'd get to see them wheel the person off the ship and onto the ambulance.

Here's what it looked like on the radar. This is our fave channel to watch, only channel we watch, as it shows where the ship is, the wind, our speed, and one of our faves the ocean depth.

The emergency vehicles were waiting. I wasn't able to film them doing anything else because they drove under the ship out of sight of where I was standing. I heard some really old lady passed out. She looked sick when she was on board and really bad. That's what I heard some people talking about. So then after that we finally headed out again. No fan fare from beach goers this time as now it was dark.

Got this huge rainbow coming down right on the largest building as we leave Ft. Lauderdale.

And leaving again. This time we actually made it out to sea though we were 3 hours late. It's been very good since then. I think the captain will get made fun of about the Nassau thing from here out by the guests.

Ok got to post day two later tonight.
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27 August 2016 @ 09:03 pm
So Chris and I are now officially on vacation and having a good time. It's been an adventure and we've made a few mistakes that thankfully we found out about while still in the United States. I'll get to that in a bit.

So I've been packing our things in our suitcases since Monday. Like Santa I have a list and been checking it twice. More than that really. I did forgot the extra battery and charger for my Gopro. Luckily I can charge it on the laptop but I have to make sure to use it wisely when out as it's just one battery. So yesterday we left the Jeep at my other house. Ironically my plate came in the mail after that. So I won't put it on our truck til we get back from our trip. Chris's mom has been wonderful helping us with the other house. She's going to go over there while we are gone and help us package things and sort trash. We are amazed how she has done way more than the two of us put together. I kept telling Chris we need an S type to help us. Well there we go. She's amazing. We N's just aren't built for this kind of thing. We suck at it. We're very thankful. Also major props to Mike taking care of our birds. I'm so glad he was able to this time. We have to do something awesome for him in return. Perhaps I can take him to the park on the dirt roads.

Ok so all the stuff at home is taken care of now. We went to the dump this morning and we had everything already packed. We gassed up the truck and headed out. We decided to go down why 27. The scenic route. It's just easier than driving down the interstate. We like we can pull over and we get to drive through some small towns that are pretty cool. It runs right down the middle of the state too. But there was one section that was pretty annoying. All these barn swallows and green tree swallows were flying so low and fast in huge numbers. I was so worried we'd hit them. We almost hit some. But out of all those we only saw two dead ones in the road. I don't understand why they do this. They must be stupid thrill seeker birds. I was telling Chris the point of wings is to fly OVER danger not THROUGH it. Stupid birds. I don't want them killed but it's their own stupid fault they do fly in front of cars on purpose and veer off at the last second. WTF?

We did have to get on the main highway once in Ft. Lauderdale and that was crazy. People were just as stupid as those birds. We finally got to our hotel. We had lunch at Olive Gardens. I'm not a fan of that place but Chris likes it. I had a salmon which was ok. We came back to the hotel then went to go look at the Ferarri dealership right across the street from here. Wow such lovely cars, especially the Lamborghini's.

I've been annoyed that I've had to do chores on my vacation though. I had washed all my shirts or so I thought. But for some reason I thought they smelled bad. They did and so I had to wash them in the sink. I had to use one of my travel Tide detergents early. Not happy about that. And then the drying has been hard. I've been ironing them and using the hair dryer. I hadn't expected to do that, but I need everything nice and clean. I know stuff will get dirty and I expect to do this on the ship but hadn't expected to do this so soon and for all my shirts at that. I have to get them dry because they need to be packed for tomorrow.

Ok photo time.

Chris and I drive towards Ft. Lauderdale and pass through Lake Placid. We were joking about giant alligators. Unlike in the movie we do have giant alligators down here.

This is an old orange stand on hwy 27 that is shut down. I found this place two years ago when also going on a cruise. We had to drive by. One of my faves. The osprey nest is still on the pineapple and this time Scary Fear poses with it. I love traveling with Scary Fear. I can't wait to take him to famous places.

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As always I will not be able to reply to you guys directly in comments here I don't think but will reply in the next post I make. For those of you on DA I won't reply there either. I'm only uploading the best of the best each day to post here. I don't know if I'll have internet on the ship. It's so darn expensive and they changed how the timing works. I don't want to be disconnected so I'll see. I am willing to pay the rip off prices to stay connected. So yes very excited about tomorrow.
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20 August 2016 @ 05:03 pm
Today was a nice full day. Chris drove us out to our eye doctor to get new glasses. My trail pair of contacts hasn't come in yet. We both got bi focal lenses. My first time with them. They are called progressive because there's no line so you can't tell the difference. They look like normal glasses. I got a new frame for Chris too because his old frame was to flimsy and frail. We're both much happier now though I have to get used to the new prescription. I hope the bifocal contacts will work. If not I have to do contacts with reading glasses which I'm not too happy about especially when I do photography. It makes it hard that I have to fiddle with glasses for both near and far and I can't really tell if the screen is in focus on the camera. We'll just have to see if they work for me or not.

After that we went to look at a storage unit and I rented one. I need to finish work on my other house and right now I think it's best if I just get basically everything out and sort it later at the storage. That way I can get this darn house on the market and get rid of it. I really don't want to pay another month on it.

Our vacation is one week away. I have to get ready for that. I think I will start packing our luggage tonight or tomorrow. Last time I said I need to pack two days ahead of time so I'm not killing my back the night before. Well I think I will get a head start on it. I got a nice new galaxy swimsuit for this trip though I probably won't use it much. Probably just for the spa. As for our shore excursions not much swimming it's all land tours which I'm excited about.

And like the subject says I'm actually still sick. I forgot Fibro is this way. You feel really really bad then you feel normal and think you're well then you crash. Yesterday was rather scary. My blood pressure was very low which explains why I was so weak and winded. Eating helps a little and fibro complicates my hypoglycemia too. I noticed after eating a key lime pie it helped. I was able to clean the patio which is not an easy chore. And I did laundry this morning but then I got really weak again. But after some lunch I felt almost normal. I feel good now but I know I can't trust it. I know this can last 3 months. That's been my worst but I hope I get over it before our trip. I've booked high endurance activities like hiking to go bird watching and walking up a hill to a castle. I can't be having this now. I'm trying to do small amounts of exercise too as that's supposed to help even if you're feeling weak. It's annoying when I'm mentally and emotionally fine but physically can't do anything. And there's so much to be done.

I have been getting a lot of movie time and game time because of it. I have been playing the space exploration game No Man's Sky and I've found some really cool animals and plants.
Oh and I've been having good dreams again. Seems my subconsious mind knows about my trip as I have not thought about it much consciously. But I have been having dreams about booking cruises, being on the ocean and going through corridors on the ship.
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18 August 2016 @ 03:42 pm
Ok I need to post about this before I forget all the details. Aug 3rd was a day off for us and we were working at the other house. Mid day we decided to go to Ferman to look at the Jeeps as I really needed a vehicle. The salesman named Juan was very nice and I had done my research so I already knew what I wanted. I told him I was interested in a 2 door Sahara and I wanted to test drive one to see what I thought. They didn't have any Saharas in 2 doors but they had two 75th Anniversary Saharas. I test drove the army green one. I loved the leather seats. But I can't really tell from one drive around the block. And I didn't have the seat right. It was too close to the steering wheel so I couldn't tell if I liked it or not. I was rather sure I did. BUT I did not like the 75th anniversary one as it had ridges on the hood and the whole point is for me to paint this like a Jurassic Park Jeep with my number on the hood. So I can't have any thing like that. So we went inside and I told him what I liked and that I did not care about the color as I would be painting it anyway. So long as the interior was black. Luckily most come with black interiors so that's good. He found two in Tampa to ship over to them. They were the same except one was $1000 more because of the leather seats. I went with the cheaper one and later realized that was a mistake. More on that later. Anyway it went very well and we were financed through the dealership. We spent a long time there but I was quite happy. Poor Chris had a headache. Luckily they had snacks and drinks and I got him some advil for his headache.

The new Jeep arrived on Friday the 5th. It was black so it looks lovely. I gave the down payment and I was given the keys. I have since found the perfect placement for the seat. I love my Jeep but I wish I had chosen the other one now. I don't like the cloth seats. They are hot, hard and rough. I'm going to have to upgrade them later on and pay the thousand dollars anyway. Probably more because I didn't do it outright. The only custom stuff is I have my JP hang tag in the mirror. I'm not going to do any major changes to it until it's paid off. And I'm hoping it will be paid very soon once I can get this house on the market. Once the house sells I can pay the Jeep off and all will be good. I've been very stressed dealing with the house and the business issues still. I wish I could take my Jeep out for fun. I'd love to go to the park or the beach with it. So far it's just been a work vehicle going back and forth between properties.

About three days ago my Fibromyalgia acted up pretty bad that I had to be in bed. I was so weak and achy I couldn't walk. I still haven't recovered and today is the best I have felt in three days. I need to get over this and be fully physically well as my cruise is coming up in just over a week. I want to forget about all the house stuff for a week and enjoy seven days in the tropics celebrating our 20th anniversary. A late celebration but still we've earned it.
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25 July 2016 @ 08:42 pm
Ok so I'm back from my trip. I need to write about that here before I forget everything. But first I need to write these dreams before I forget them. The Owen dream I had the day before yesterday. I have no idea why I dreamt about him. I haven't thought about him much. It's probably because someone called me a narcissist recently on DA. To me that's not an insult. Owen is my narcissist character and possibly also psychopath.

So this was a strange dream because I played both myself and Owen. Not at the same time necessarily. I kept morphing into him and it felt very different when I was him. It was like split personality. I felt even smarter and more confident than I normally do when I was him. That makes sense as he is way smarter and more confident than I am. I guess the extroversion plays a huge role in that and makes a big difference. I was him without his fire though. I was with this group and we were going into this cave. He was over dressed like usual in his nice tux. Sometimes I was me and then I'd turn into him. But when I was him I was pretending to be stupid or a clumsy nerd which is not like him at all. But it was all a trick and he'd get behind people, grab them from behind, pull them into the shadows and quickly kill them with a knife. Since he's a doctor he knew exactly how to kill in the most efficient way. Then there was this one trick where he put on different shoes though a sandy area but when he got out he switched to his normal ones so then when they asked if he'd been in there he easily denied it saying his foot prints weren't left behind. Or he walked or rocks to not make any tracks. I thought that was awesome. I find it fascinating that when Owen is in my dreams and I'm with him he's usually on my side as a protector and he was kind of watching out for me which I liked.

Last night I had a short Doom related dream. I was going down the stairs to this cave. What's with all these caves lately? So Pyranax appeared and was coming up them. I gotta say that seeing him for real was actually scary. He is a creepy monster that looks like he's been skinned. So his whole anatomy looks painful. But I quickly got over that. I started to admire his glowing eyes. And I even talked to him. I don't remember what we said I wish I could now and I wish I could remember what he sounded like. Darn I wonder if I missed an idea from my subconscious because I forgot it. But then he started shrinking until he was the size of an action figure. I put my hand down and he stepped into the palm of my hand. And then he turned into a figure of SpaceGodzilla. WTF?

Then the scene changed and I saw the cyberdemon in a stone chamber. He had his energy sword extended and was simply practicing his moves with it. He wasn't after me or anyone in particular. I could tell he really was just practicing his deadly moves. I just loved looking at him a he's so powerful and beautiful. And that was the end of the dream. I get a lot of monster dreams like this that are short and just feel good dreams.
12 July 2016 @ 04:16 pm
So things are a bit crazy here right now with so much stuff going on. Bullet, Randy, Sandwhich and nameless greywing budgie are going to the inlaws' house in two cages. Bullet is in a cage to herself. Chickens are going to Chris's cousin who's two hours from us. We're taking the chickens there tomorrow. And extra budgies and cockatiels are going to a pet sitter. If he forgot back up plan is the inlaws can watch all the birds. Hope we don't have to use the back up plan. Mike will be back when we go on our next trip and already offered to take care of birds in August so thank goodness for that. Mike has been a God send through all of this as he did the whole funeral arrangements for my other as he owns a funeral home. I booked a hotel at for the day before our cruise in August so we can be rested from the cross state drive and get ready to go to the ship by then.

So for this vacation. I'm excited. Got the train booked and got the car booked. I'm looking forward to the train ride and it's Chris's first time on a train. I know he'll enjoy it. I'm looking forward to spending time with my awesome friend ACTipton80. I repoted some plants today and got the plants ready to be on the patio while we are gone. They'll lose less water being in the shade for a week then out in the garden where I have to water every other day. I've been watering everyday this week so they'll be really moist while we are away. I think I'm in an art block with all the stupidity going on in real life and on DA with jerks messing with me. Well they always LOSE. My friend Colonel Motivation has the same birthday I do and I want to draw something for him. I know it won't be on time. And even before that I noticed I was slipping into an art block. After I drew the 4th of July pic I didn't feel like drawing ANYTHING though I have tons of ideas I'd like to see become reality. My drive is gone though. It's annoying.

The whole get a Jeep thing has been stressful too. I think I have finally chose between the Ram and the Jeep. Jeep wins. BUT now I'm hearing that for 2017 they are going to totally change the Wrangler and it will be worse. OH NO!!! That means if I get one it needs to be a new one this year. Oh man. So I have before the end of the year to find a 2016 Sahara. I hope they don't sell out. They probably will. I wonder if I can order one to my specs now that the year is half over. Well if all that paperwork stuff works it would be of great help. Oh and I have to go to the post office and tell them to hold my mail that week.
08 July 2016 @ 10:14 am
So if money was no option and I can only pick one I'm having a hard time deciding between a Ram truck and a Jeep Wrangler. So I'm going to do what I always do when I can't make a decision. I'll lay out pros and cons and try to decide based on the numbers.

Dodge Ram
Can Carry a lot of stuff in the back
Been wanting one since forever
Big and can be turned into a monster truck
Safe and long distance road worthy

Big. Will be hard to park.
Diesel fuel
Use a lot of Fuel
Probably high maintenance

Total: Pros: 5 Cons: 4

Jeep Wrangler

Dream Jurassic Park vehicle. Been wanting probably as long as the Ram
Some towing power
Regular gas lower maintenance
Off Road

No room in back but I only want a two door.
Can't carry as much cargo as a truck.
Soft top rips can be stolen. Hard top too heavy for 1 person hard to store

Total: Pros: 4 cons: 3

Gosh this is hard and still a close call. Jeep has fewer cons. I think cons are more important. I've decided to go with the hard top though the JP ones are soft top because Chris mentioned we can store the hard top hanging from the garage. Soft top can be added. The gas might be the biggest factor. Jeep uses less gas and cheaper gas. But I'm giving up a big bed and pulling powers. I have been wanting both about the same time so it's not about which I have wanted longer so that's out the window. Cost to buy is about the same. Ram is around 5k more just depends on what deals I find. This is not easy. Though I seem to be leaning more towards the Jeep. The good thing is both are at the same dealership. I do need to go and test drive some as the way it feels may be the deciding factor. I may get a total kick out of the truck...or the Jeep. I have no idea. I hear Jeeps don't drive like any other vehicle. I'll have to see that for myself.

And a possible 3 factor into the equation but just a fantasy is maybe another sports car again. Mustang or Camaro. Well problem is kind of the same. I LOVE the exterior of the new Mustang. Interior not so great. I LOVE the interior of the new Camaro, hate the exterior. But I already have a sports car. If I can get my Camaro fixed I shouldn't care about new sports cars. I wish I could combine them though. Mustang exterior Camaro interior. So far this hasn't helped. I'm still indecisive. I hate that. I'm usually good at making a decision but this will probably be my vehicle for life if I take good care of it.
05 July 2016 @ 08:17 am
I've been terrible about keeping this journal current. I must do better. Still dealing with real life issues I'll talk about in a later post. Other than that things are actually going well. Yesterday was the 4th of July. Chris and I stayed home and had a nice time. I worked on art and got this new drawing done for the holiday.

Leagrinn is the red female Cacodemon and Pyranax is the little imp. They're using their powers to make fireworks. Leagrinn was so amused by his fire she started laughing and her plasma energy escaped into the air.

I have been making a lot of awesome art that I'm very behind on posting here as well. So I'm working on a Doom story that's mostly art with these characters and my Fear stories still. But today I hope to start inks on the next page of Renegade. I promised I'd finish it before the end of the year. That doesn't seem like it will happen now but I will try. I can at least get one more page out. I haven't forgotten about George. I hope I can still draw him.

Here's one of the most awesome drawings I have ever made.

Scary Fear was with his friends in a fight. They won but he was hurt after being punched in the face a few times and fell down what they thought was a well. Turned out it was old technology on the planet they were exploring. Some kind of portal that made him fall into this room in some other part of the galaxy filled with shallow water. It's quite. He holds himself up just breathing a moment as he tries to get his energy back. Scary Fear's powers are insanely strong but he himself is not and can't take a lot of punishment like the others. The others will find him soon enough. For now he just needs to rest.

I've got almost everything taken care of for the trip. All birds have a bird sitter now. I just have to find a way to get them all there. So annoying not having a vehicle. We can't afford to even rent one right now. So that's taken care of. We have to find a way to get to and from the train station. Perhaps a taxi if we can't get anyone but we'd rather not as that's more money too. My only concern is no AC in our house while we are gone. Everything is all taken care of and paid. So I'm happy about that.
10 June 2016 @ 08:37 am
Long time no update. Things have been going good for the most part. The only bad thing that's got me upset is a very good friend just vanished out of nowhere with no warning. I'm very angry even though it's only been two days and so are many of my friends that feel betrayed and abandoned. But that will get its own post later on.

So yes I just did a review of the new Doom game. I love it and have art and a story going inspired by that, though I'm fighting an art block that I can feel wants to set in. It is that time of year when I tend to stop drawing. I hope I can resist.

So I'm getting ready for my visit to my friend ACTipton80 in July. Nearly everything is squared away. Found a place to watch our birds but not the chickens. I'm still searching for someone that can take care of them as I'd rather not leave them on automatic feeders and water. Though Mike is out of town that week perhaps we can put the chickens in his place if he has an extra cage. Second option is perhaps leaving them at Chris's cousin's though he lives 2 hours away from us. I'd gladly drive the chickens there if I had a working vehicle.

Plants are all doing well. That one that was so bad last year has totally bounced back with a fury. It's gotten huge and is making lovely little orange flowers everywhere. The amorphs have all come up and are doing great. No flower this year but I do have a giant tree in the house that's very cool. Some of my nepenthes are pitchering beautifully so that's good.

We went kayaking last week at a new spot and it was nice. We've been thinking about new kayaks. Chris isn't happy with his. I love mine but they are cheap beginner kayaks. I'd like to get the Tetra model by Ocean Kayak as that's mostly what we do. Kayak on the ocean. I love my little boat but don't trust it for an open water crossing and one of my dreams is to go out to Anclote key which is 3 miles away in the Gulf. You can see it from land but yeah I'd still rather have a more sea worthy craft for that. It's a bit scary to think about but I really want to do it one day. I'd be giving up my super light weight boat though so that is one thing I would regret. A new one would not be one I could move by myself.

EDIT: Potential Kayaks to look into
Ocean Kayak Tetra http://www.oceankayak.com/kayaks/single_kayaks/Tetra_12/
Perception Pescador 12 http://www.perceptionkayaks.com/us/products/pescador-120
Perception Trumph 13 http://www.perceptionkayaks.com/us/products/triumph-130
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07 June 2016 @ 04:21 pm
Another DA block head.

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06 June 2016 @ 09:27 pm
Alright. I just beat the game and can finally review it. I know a lot of people have been waiting on this review so here we go at last.

I played on PS4 and I played it on the easiest difficulty. I'm not ashamed of that. This is my first time playing a first person shooter so it's my first time playing any Doom game. I actually don't like first person shooters. I can't stand that I can't see my character. Where are my feet? So the fact this game got me to play it tells you a lot. I am familiar with the first Doom because I remember when it came out on PC and how my university dedicated a room in the arcade to it. The Doom Room. Yes it was really called that. Back then having two computers hooked together was an amazing breakthrough. I used to go in there and watch others play. Then Chris got the game on PS2 and I used to watch him play that quite often. So though I never played myself I know of it and have a respect and appreciation. Hey you guys know what a special year 1993 was for me anyway. I am only reviewing the story mode or Campain. I don't play online or multiplayer games so I won't go into if that's good or bad. To me all that multiplayer stuff is bad and I don't want to deal with other real people in my fantasy escapism games.

Graphics: The graphics in this game are just amazing! It's because of the graphics that I wanted to play this game. I saw a trailer for it and was floored by the beautiful Hell backgrounds and monsters. I also love how much glowy blue stuff was in this game. You start with a pistol and it's got glowing turquoise parts. So does the Gaus Cannon with it's lovely turquoise turbine. The whole game is just eye candy. It's very hard to mix fantasy with sci-fi but this game pulled it off masterfully. The monsters look great. I love the new looks of all of them and this is a vast improvement over the original game for sure. The most iconic and well known creature is the Cacodemon and I love the new looks. Extra teeth on the sides is nice and I love they now have vestigial arms and legs hinting that at one point in their evolution they were terrestrial. My fave demons in this game funny enough are the imps. Smallest and weakest true demons I just love their design. They're kind of raptorial being small, agile, fast and pesky. Plus wall climbing is a neat ability. I never paid attention to them in the original where they just looked like over grown messed up gingerbread men. This is a major improvement. Same for the cyberdemon. What an awesome half way point boss he was. His face was very nice and reminiscent of the good looking kaiju from the 90s Godzilla and Gamera movies. So no cons here only pros. Ok actually I do have one Con to gripe about but it doesn't take points away from the final score. What is up with the lazy white Doom logo with a few holes in it. For a game that is so graphically good did they run out of funding to pay an artist to make the font? Things are supposed to improve with time not get worse. The original game had this lovely colored, graident purple to tan and brick embossed logo. It was lovely. So why does the logo of the 2016 game look like someone cut it out of printer paper? Come on people.

Control: The control is good. Took me a while to get used to it as it's not set up like most open world games that I usually play. But I quickly got used to how to jump, run, dodge and change my weapons out. Weapon wheel could have been better I suppose. I had the trouble that I would chose a gun like the rocket launcher and then my pistol would come out at the worse time. I could have sworn I picked the right gun but the Hell Knight was laughing at me for that one. I think I died more falling off of cliffs than I did because the monsters got me though. This is because I am not used to nor will I ever like first person shooters. I would rather have been able to have seen Doom Guy running around. If I could see him I would have known there was a cliff behind me when I'm backing up and not fallen from the same spot 5 times in a row. Yes that's not an exaggeration. It happened I have a witness to that. I then died because I was laughing so hard I couldn't breath or hold the controller anymore. Then there was the jumping onto small ledges or short ledges. If I could have seen where my feet were I wouldn't have over shot them or gotten too close to the edge and fallen off. Nothing worse than finding an argent cell and getting all your guns filled with ammo including the chainsaw and BFG only to turn around and happily walk off the mountain and lose all that ammo. But this is not the fault of the game but mine. I'm just not into legless first person shooters, and this did hinder me though the WHOLE game.

Loading: The loading! Ok first con of the review. Points off for bad loading screens. It seemed like there were load screens for the load screen. You start the game and you wait for the load while staring at a creepy Revanant. Then you're in the red menu that has to load. Then you load a new game. Then the map loads. Are we gaming yet? Load load load. There was one good feature they added. At first I didn't like it but soon saw the advantage of it. ONCE the game loads it doesn't just start. You have to select start. I think it's so that you can wake up out of your trance from all the loading so you aren't surprised by monsters suddenly attack you after all that down time. Really you might be doing something else like sipping a soda so though I thought it was annoying to wait more for me to realize the game is ready it's actually good you decide when to start so you aren't taken by surprise. But over all this category fails.

Saving: The saving is another con and perhaps even worse than the loading. You get ONE save slot. If something happens and your game gets corrupted forget going back to an earlier time. You've lost your game. Start all over. Replaying levels you've beaten is not the same because you don't advance after you beat that level. It takes you back to the menu for more loading. This game should give you the option to have multiple save slots. And manual saves please. I have check point saves. I want to save where ever I feel like so long as you're not in a battler. Why only one save per game? That's not cool. In fact it can be game breaking. If you walk into a boss battle and you didn't have enough ammo sorry you're screwed and stuck there forever. This almost happened to me when I had to fight the three rock brothers as I call them. The energy weapons are my faves in the game and naturally I was out when I got to that level but the checkpoint save went off so I can't reload from anywhere else but at this giant gate now. Even though I didn't go through the gate. And no you can't go to an older mission and get ammo. I tired. Doesn't work because it doesn't advance. So I just went in with very little ammo. Luckily I was able to beat them with just my rocket launcher. Woo that was too close. I could have been stuck there forever. So that's a very bad game breaking things.

Music: The music in this game is pretty good. Nothing super awesome that you're happy to have stuck in your head but also nothing repetitive. The battle music is pretty good. Not quite metal but still good hard rock that gets you excited. A true metal sound track would have been perfect for this or even have the orginal them made heavier. The entire place looks like it's a Gamma Ray album cover anyway so some instrumental power metal during traveling and fighting would have been great. Still the music was good. The ambient sounds were good too. Sometimes you'd hear demons breathing and growling which adds to the creepiness.

Fun: This category is probably the most important for any game. I'd rather play a game with crappy sound and graphics so long as it is fun and enjoyable. Luckily Doom looks good, sounds good and IS good. This game is fun. You just want to keep shooting more monsters and advancing through the levels. I love that this game also does a nod to the original with Easter Eggs. The way that Jurassic World had nods to Jurassic Park (another gem of 1993) Doom 2016 had nods to the original. You can find Classic Rooms by pulling a lever. It's neat to see these classic levels with the modern enemies. The ammo and health is still in the old pixel style which is rather funny. You can find and collect different colored dolls of yourself. Doom Guy in multicolors. The nice thing is in the menu you can then click each doll and rotate the weapon or monster they represent. I was happy to find the Cacodemon and Gaus Cannon ones. But never found the imp one. I am not so good at finding hidden packages in games. But these dolls are very helpful to me as an artist so I can rotate and get clear refs of the weapons and monsters. One of the best Easter Eggs is falling in the llava. Yes remember I fall a lot because I can't see my character and this happened to me more than once. I got to see the Terminator 2 death where he thumbs up as he sinks into the llava. Made dying not so maddening. There are so many neat little hidden things in this game that it does encourage you to explore. I'm definitely playing again and that's very rare that I replay any game even when I like it.

Other: Story. Well Doom doesn't have much of a story. You're a nameless marine with lots of guns. Monsters come out and you shoot them. But it's not about story. This is one of those games that's about the violence and fun. It comes at you kill it in your favorite way. Here is another con that is also very minor. The first monsters I killed I was not happy that the bodies disappear. WHY do they disappear? I loved in the original doom they never disappeared. That was very helpful so you know where you've been. Just follow the trail of corpses. Plus as an artist and a biologist I like looking at the creatures for details. Do let my monsters disappear. And then they make a wierd crackling noise when they vanish which freaks me out as I think something else is coming after. No! Leave them where they lie. I really did not like that. Points off for that. The ending was weird again with bad story writing it left so many things unanswered. Like who is Samuel Hayden? Why is he a robot that cares about bettering mankind? Why does he sound like Optimus Prime? And why does the head demon (whom you never see) sound like Dr. Claw? Both sound cool. Prime and Claw awesome characters from the 80's. But WHY? Why does Doom Guy hate "optimus Prime?" And then at the end of the game "Prime" takes your giant key you worked so hard and leaves you in a room. All that work for that darn thing and he steals it from me. I was used. Doom Guy should have listened to his instincts but well he was frozen and couldn't fight. If the demons had stolen that technology they could have won.

So over all I have way more pros than cons for this game. And the few cons I have are pretty minor: load screens, saving problems, and bodies that vanish. I do highly recommend this game then. Go buy it. It's loads of fun. My score is a 9 out 10. It gets an A.
12 May 2016 @ 08:45 am
OK I have been terrible about not posting here. This needs to change. Though I only have two active commenters here I need to make daily posts regardless to log neat events. I am behind on posting my art as I have been cranking it out. Lots of neat things have happened. Plans mostly.

Still have car problems. My car is totally dead. It's either the starter or the battery has died on it. Battery is new so that means something must be draining it. Perhaps there is a light on somewhere I missed or there's a bad connection who knows. I'm rather sick of how much this car has been in the shop. Like I mentioned on DA, I really still want my dream vehicle which is the Dodge Ram. But we can't afford one at the moment. Even a used 2013 is as much as a new one. It's so stupid how they don't devalue and they are expensive all the way down to 2008. I don't want one older than 2010 though and I'd like a 2013 because I think that's when USB's became standard. I know I can change the stereo for cheap and probably get an older one and it would be ok. But it's still expensive for an older car.

My second choice is a Jeep and I have REALLY been obsessing over getting one to paint it like a Jurassic Park Jeep. I really want one. But those are the same age as my car and I am worried now as I might have gotten had on the 1993 Camaro. Anyway a JP Jeep can be made from models from 1992-1995. I don't know about 1996 or if they made any that year but they had the square headlights and the changed to round ones in 1997. I don't like the round lights but that's how they are up to modern ones. I went to look at the new ones. They are expensive too. Not as much as rams but in the 30k range. Sigh. And though it would be neat to have modern features and paint one like the ones in the movie we can't do that right now. We're still paying Chris's car. It's been very frustrating. I found one in the Miami area for as much as I paid for my Camaro and seems like a dealership so we wouldn't have to pay right away. We could finance for very low monthly payments. The only prob with this one and I guess it's minor is it's a 4 cylinder when I'd rather a 6. But it seems to be in perfect shape for a 20+ year old truck. The colors are perfect too being tan for the look of the movie. I want to rant about other fans but I'll do that on DA later. Anyway,it looks great but then so did my Camaro. The most important thing in a vehicle is that it starts and always runs. Everything else doesn't matter really, not AC, not color, not interior colors, etc. And yes I have thought about the option to sell my lovely Camaro and probably get all my money back if not more. But then I might lose my custom plate on it and well though I didn't drive it much I'm already attached to it which is bad. I'm like that. I fall in love with vehicles and want to keep them forever. It's my loyalty trait I guess. I am loyal not just to people but to things. I have always said Camaros are aggressive cars and not for everyone. They are jerks and I can handle most of them but this one's been a jerk from the start. I don't think he likes me. I don't know why. Worked great when I bought him but then you know the rest of the story after I got him home. It's the first car I have ever bought that's in my name. I'm proud to have paid it off in one shot but it does me no good if he doesn't start or drive. So there is the option I don't like of selling him and getting the Jeep. Which is also scary because the Jeep could turn out to be the same darn mistake with less resale value than the camaro. The other option is sell the camaro and keep saving. I'd have no car that way but I kind of have that problem right now anyway. This whole mess has me extremely frustrated.

So funny story. Yesterday we went to a new park. We were following a red tailed hawk in the woods. Amazing huge bird with an awesome sound. We lost it and headed back to the trail when we hears loud animal foot steps through the leaves. My mind didn't know what this was at first. I thought it was a giant deer because I wasn't expecting a domesticated animal in the middle of nowhere. I finally realized it was a donkey. I waved at him and talked to him. He almost made a U turn to come back but then kept going. Gosh he was huge. I wonder if he belonged to someone and was escaped. There were no horse trailers in the parking area. He headed towards a developed area. It's funny because I had just been talking with Chris about the funny escaped llamas in Arizona that caused DA to raise the level cap for llamas here then this happens. Would be great if he ran into the city and caused trouble. It was rather thrilling to see a huge mammal in the woods run right past us. We just stopped and photographed and this was the highlight and most thrilling part of the day.

I hope this photo works because DA has been crashing the last two days. It's doing it again today.

I finally got a response from that guy on my flickr. He said something is wrong with his ebay and he can't reply to messages and he only has a phone and a crappy tablet. Well if you're doing business you should have a real computer. I hate everyone's using phones as their computer. It's stupid. They aren't as good and can't do everything real PC/laptop can do. He also said he sent the package along with some extra stuff but yes it's been way too long when our towns are only 2 hours apart. It should have arrived at most in 48 hours. Letters take 1 day. Hard to believe it got lost within the state. So I'm still not happy. Perhaps it will show up still but I also don't know if he just made up that story. If it's true I wonder what bonus seeds he sent and sucks if they are lost.

I got my amorphs yesterday. They are so different from my others. Much harder and darker. And different shape too. Well I hope the sprout soon. For not I merely placed them on a pot with other amorphs. I can't wait for these to start to grow as they looks so cool when they have the black stems. This is the first amorph I'm more excited about the tree version than the flower. So we'll see what happens.

So still having a fiasco about finding the perfect chair for me so I can move back into my computer room. Chris bought me a very nice reclining chair but somethings are still wrong. I found out I need the mouse at my leg level and though the chair is good for my back I can't do that with the mouse next to my lap. The arm rests are nice but prevent that. If I keep my arms down it's fine as a normal sitting chair but when I use the mouse for some reason my right shoulder goes up no matter what causing tension and my hand starts to hurt and my how arm and neck get very bad. Sigh. So I think I will still keep the chair as a gaming chair and we're going to move the small couch into my room in front of the computer. That's going to be hard to get in and out of. So many dumb adjustments need to be done for these annoying problems I have. But I have been in pretty good health until I started using my main computer again. I'm typing this on the laptop.
I just realized today is Earth day. Ha, I'll have to give out little Earth balls to my friends on DA then. Anyway, I haven't posted in forever. I'm behind on sharing my art here. I've been very busy. Been making art, raising birds and plants and making plans. I've been watching Star Trek Voyager and Mysterious Cities of Gold. Gosh it will forever be my favorite show.

I ordered some Amorphophallus konjac blubs. They are a special kind called Nightstick. The trunk is black and looks super awesome. So I can't wait to get those. I've been amazed by the polar contrast of customer service from two different plant sellers. One was the guy that originally got me into Amorphophallus. I think we met years ago on flickr. I don't know why he won't respond to me. He ignores me no matter where I contact him on email, flicr or ebay. He has a passiflora I was looking for and saw he had seeds. I asked him if he'd sell them. No response. Then I see them on ebay and I missed the auction because I wasn't home and again I contacted him everywhere about a direct sale. Nothing. But it was listed again and this time I won. Days went by and I emailed him asking him when he would ship. No response but finally it said it shipped but not tracking. I still haven't gotten them and he's in Sarrasota so what is taking so long? If I don't get them by tomorrow I will write again. I'm angry with his crap. I know he is getting my messages. Why won't he reply? He used to have good communication. If I don't get these seeds in the mail or if they come late I will give him neutral feed back for horrible communication. I'd love to give him negative but if I get them I guess I can't do that. But I will be happy to give him negative if I don't get it and it will be my first negative feedback ever on Ebay. Just what is his problem?

The amorphophallus guy though. I forgot about the auction and logged on 6 minutes late. I told him about that and asked if he had any bulbs left. He instantly put up a private buy it now for me. It was great! I got them. He emailed me when he shipped them. He didn't have to. Ebay tells you. Has a tracking like it should. He told me he has a facebook with info. I don't use facebook but that's very cool of him and I know I can ask questions if I have any. My gosh what a difference. This guy is excellent and I can't wait to give him a perfect rating once my bulb arrive. I'm just amazed at the difference in customer service. This guy should learn from him.