When we were 7 or 8, my best friend got a Philips Videopac G7000, otherwise known across the pond as the Magnavox Odyssey 2, although I didn’t make that mental connection until fairly recently. At the time it was the awesomest thing on the planet, with so many games all in decorative, oddly sequentially numbered boxes. Compared to the only-recently-colour TV games we’d survived on before, supplemented of course with expensive bouts of Space Invaders, Asteroids and Pac Man in the arcades (this was pre-Gorf for goodness sakes!
Ok, one final rant on the stupidity of Neversoft here. Have they never played Guitar Hero co-operatively? Do they have no friends? Because this is the only conclusion I can reach for the absolutely ridiculous exclusion of a Quickplay co-op mode. Sure, the co-op career mode is kinda fun, but they decided that you have to complete the career mode for a given difficulty setting before you’re allowed to play almost half the songs at that difficulty level in co-op, because the game deems that you can only play at the level of the worst player.
It’s no secret that I’m a sucker for good food. The thought of eating anything from a fast food establishment utterly repulses me, and although I did go through the usual period of bachelorhood that most of us males do, when plastic knives and forks, take-away food and Pot Noodle were de rigeur, I quickly came to the conclusion that I was going to have to learn how to cook. Luckily Marie feels the same way and while we don’t claim to be experts, at least the majority of the meals in our house are prepared with fresh ingredients rather than from packets and we have quite a varied menu.
The first stop on our Thailand trip was to spend a few days in the capital, Bangkok. When you fly into Thailand you have to pass through it anyway, so it makes sense to stop off there for a while, and particularly at the start of the holiday rather than the end, especially since one of our main aims was to relax. Having done quite a few multi-stop holidays in the past, I’ve learned that doing a city at the end is a mistake if you want to get any lasting benefit from the unwinding you do elsewhere, particularly a city like Bangkok which is one of the more chaotic.
I’m sorry to say we just got back from a great 2 week holiday in Thailand - sorry because I could have easily stayed there a few more days at least. I’d been before, about 13 years ago, but this was the first trip for my wife, and she thoroughly enjoyed it too. We’ve relaxed, eaten some fantastic (and of course, at times extremely hot, if you head for where the locals eat, which we try to) local food, and generally had a good time.
You’ll be relieved to hear that the Interweb will be spared my usual rambling nonsense for a while, as we’re off on holiday. It’s been a bit of a rush to get up to date after being rather ill with the ‘flu just over a week ago, so sorry for the rather quick postings in the forum these past few days. I’m literally only just shaking the last vestiges of the ‘flu now in fact, which is way longer than I’m used to being under the weather for.
I don’t generally like posting negative, self-indulgent stuff on this blog, particularly multiple times in succession (hence the light sprinkling of comedy to lighten the mood), but I’m also aware that people will want to know why I’m not fielding their questions in the forum just at the moment. So, here’s the excuses. I’ve had what turned out to be one of the nastier bouts of ‘flu I’ve had in a pretty long while; the last time I can remember feeling this crappy was when I developed flu on the way back from Canada in 2004 which led to an apalling 10-hour flight.
I’m still sick as a dog, merely the form of my illness has changed - I’m now onto the ‘coughing until you’re sure you ejected a major organ’ stage. In my semi-vegetative state I’ve made my way through one and a half books and way too much TV, owing to the fact that my clogged brain can’t cope with anything more demanding. However, it’s not all bad since it led me by pure chance to be watching ‘Dave’ (a TV channel over here - don’t ask why) when something exquisite appeared:
I’ve definitely got the ‘flu rather than just a cold, judging by the uncontrollable shaking and alternating between shivering under 7 layers of blankets and sweating like it’s a hundred degrees. I’ve also had the worst headaches I can remember for a long time, for about 12 hours yesterday, which sucked. At least my throat is better this morning, and I think my fever has broken now (I have vague recollections of thought processes that I know seemed completely reasonable last night but now seem downright nonsense), but I’m definitely in no state to be doing anything today.
I started to get a bit of a sore throat yesterday afternoon - no problem I thought, sucking a throat lozenge while I got on with things. By the evening though, it felt like I’d been eating nothing but sherbert and vinegar all day and had developed a really nasty full-on cold. Sleeping was really hard and I still feel seriously rough today, so despite having plenty of work to do I think I’ll have to accept I’m not going to be very productive today.