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Posted on December 1, 2002 by under Games.    

It’s hard to believe it’s already 10:30 PM. Brian has been playing Sim City for the past five hours now. I have to admit, he’s got me playing it now too. He burned a copy of the game for me so we can both play at the same time. But I draw the line at three hours. I stopped playing a couple of hours ago.

My town (which I’ve aptly named Ching City) was at 1.2 million, the population was around 50 to 60 thousand (it constantly fluctuates) and the residential, commercial and industrial taxes were at 0% — and still the town continued to make money. The yearly revenue was about 5 thousand or so. It helps to have a casino that generates income, plus parking fines! Ha! Who needs to make deals with the neighboring cities? Anyway, I’m not a pro or anything but you’ve got to admit that’s pretty good asset management! If only life was that easy. Everything was pretty much status quo with Ching City so I just decided to save the game for another day.

Brian on the other hand started over because his town ended up losing a bunch of money. I think he was down to his last 50 thousand when he canned it and built a whole new city altogether. He’s still playing the game behind me on his computer. It’s days like these when I’m thankful that I’ve got my own computer to play on, otherwise we’d be arguing over whose turn it was to use the computer right about now. He’s totally hooked on the game! He’s almost forgotten about Vice City (his other addiction). I say almost because he’ll be playing it later in the bedroom when I beg him to come to bed with me. He’s always playing some form of computer game at any given point. It’s very, very sick. I don’t really mind, though. At least he’s not surfing for porn on the internet!

The last four days have been so wonderful. Even though Brian had to work (except on Friday and Sunday, his days off) we still got to spend a lot of quality time together. Plus, I got some much needed rest from work. Although I really wanted to work on Thursday and Friday (both paid holidays, at 2 3/4 pay, that’s mucho bucks), I’m glad now that I didn’t get scheduled to work. Sometimes we don’t realize when we need a break until we have a nervous breakdown. Thankfully, it hasn’t reached that point but I am relieved for the time off. I’ve enjoyed it so much in fact, that I’m reluctant to return. Oh why, oh why can’t we just be independently wealthy? I could really use more days like today: Brian and I slept in until noon, he didn’t shower with me today though which was a bit of a disappointment (but we showered together yesterday, so it’s okay), checked out Patrick Duegaw’s art exhibit at Fisch Haus, played some Galaga and Hot Shot (a basketball game) at the arcade, watched Treasure Planet, pretended to be mayor of Ching City for three hours and now, blogging leisurely about my day. The next five days will be really crappy in comparison.. Except for Saturday, which is our employee holiday party at the Broadview. Brian, Jen, Mom and I are all attending and I’m hoping that it’ll be loads of fun!

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