Far Too Long

*sigh* It seems I go through extended periods where time seems to be against me. Unlike that money tree planted in my backyard, I cannot buy an extra hour or two during the day. There are only 24 hours in a day and I seem to have none…well, very little left for myself. It also means I have too many of those hobbies that continue to draw zero attention. Of course my wife and son are the two most important things in my life, so I guess everything else ends up being secondary, right?

So the resolutions were on the final day of 2006 and this is actually my first post of the new year. As you can tell it has taken me nearly 3 weeks to finally get a few minutes to sit down and dust this place off and drop a few thoughts.

First, the job at BART. I love the company, although it’s rather hilarious over at BARTrage.com to read the complaints from an ill informed traveling public who use the transportation system daily. I’ll admit it, I had never used public transportation until I moved to NoCal and my only complaint when I used BART was the high fare to get me to and from work, which was about $15.45 a day!

As for training, and I think I speak for the three of us, Train Controllers that we cannot wait until February 9 until we are done with the first phase of our training. We have gained an extensive knowledge, but as our instructor said, “once you leave, you will forget everything you learned.” You know what, she is right. We have so much more information to learn and absorb that phase of training is like a warm up. Not to sound negative, because I am not, I am so thrilled to be one of the few who were selected to be a Train Controller, but we have A LOT of training to get through and this is just the beginning.

After numerous complaints (I love you wife!) from Hottlipz, we finally got a new SUV. We traded in 2002 Mazda Tribute ES for a new 2007 Mazda CX-7. Now I hate, just hate dealing with car salesmen. They are snakes. ALL of them. But I will consider myself lucky this go around. A buddy of mine who works at Mazda in Walnut Creek recommended a salesman to me, so I ended up buying from him. Good guy, gave us a great deal on a Chystal White Pearl Mica CX-7 off the showroom floor. It was my intention to get a more fuel efficient vehicle, but I do believe I failed in that attempt. This is a 244-hp turbocharged engine, which require 91 octane fuel, so I loose out there. Also, the estimated MPG was 18 city, 24 highway, I fear we will never see anything close to 24 on the highway. But, the wife is happy. Isn’t that all that matters?

The gaming scene continue to roll on in the life of Urban Terror. I know very few community goers actually visit my site any longer since I changed the format, but there are still a dedicated few. The new version is awesome, we feel it is our best work (okay, so I didn’t actually work on it) to date. The improvements on a very aged engine are amazing and there is actually more we could do. But overall the team is feeling very confident about announcing an upcoming release date.

We continue to support a QA Team…quick aside, its amazing some just want to bitch and complain when on the QA Team, thinking they are a gaming gods, guess they don’t understand some things, like you don’t make the game, we do. Anyways, big props to many of the testers who have put in a lot of time and effort, providing their time, input and expertise when it comes to a game they enjoy.

We are still a few levels short of a release, I can think of two, well now one level that is outstanding that RabidCow is still working on. Great looking level too. INVIS just dropped a near final version of Crenshaw on the FTP for the testers, you can see the new shots at the Urban Terror website. And yes, I am still working on getting an Urban Radio Show together for a pre-release and one on release day.

That’s all for now, my son is crying, need to check into that…

Time, Lack Thereof

Time. Where does it go? And why can’t I get some extra? This is obviously most notable when my days off from work roll around each week. But even during the week, there does not seem to be enough time to get things done. Like that proverbial “money tree” time is something we cannot buy. There are 24 hours each day and we must be able to live accordingly.

While the birth of our son, which is one of the best things that has happened in my life is a wonderful thing, it does take a lot of your time. They always say enough the younger years because they go fast. Hmm, who knows, but I am sure I will be saying that in 10-15 years. I don’t spend nearly as much time as my wife does with “Zoom” but the past few weeks I have spent more and more, in an attempt to give her a small break.

Needless to say many projects and extracurricular activities have sort of taken a back seat to seeing to his well being. The Cougar for example, well I have not put but maybe 4 hours into it the past 2 months. Thankfully I have spent time working on our yard, the landscape and more preparation work. But many of those activities I took for granted are no longer possible because I have a greater responsibility to my wife and son. Shoutcasting of online gaming, nearly dead. I have held one episode of Urban Radio some weeks ago. Again, a lack of time or better yet a bigger responsibility does not allow for this, at least now.

So, my ‘STD List’ (that’s shit to do list’ will continue to grow and hopefully little by little I will accomplish some of the tasks, while adding to the list. As for the Cougar…hahah…I have no idea when I will get it running, let alone off the jack stands. I was hoping December, but as I look at it, I don’t think I will make it.