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My Friend Gave Me Crack for Xmas

My Friend Gave Me Crack for Xmas - Last night, I headed over to J's, where, with him and M and G and D, we went out for dinner in the name of Xmas. We went to a Japanese/Jazz place, which was quite nice, actually, though for the life of me, I cannot remember the name of it. It's a block up from the Gaelic Club, if you're in Sydney. I've always been bad with the names of restaurants: they inevitably become That-Japanese-Place-Near-the-Gaelic-Club and That-Indian-Place-Near-the-Pizza-Place (which is That-Pizza-Place-is-Near-the-Train-Station) and so forth. At any rate, the restaurant was very white, tables and chairs and floors, and very sparse, with old jazz records in glass cases along the walls. I must say, I liked it. The food was nice, as well, so as all things good, it was a nice night. But before this, before we left J and M's place, before we got into D's car, before all of that, gifts were exchanged while J played that awful fucking CD of old crooner Christmas Songs he bought for a couple of bucks years ago and drags out, despite (or perhaps because of) our protests every year.

And there, there, with Frank Sinatra in the background and J with a smile on his face that said, finally, finally you have finished your PhD and have no excuses--

There he gave me a copy of The World of Warcraft.



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Dec. 20th, 2006 06:50 am (UTC)
Bye Ben. It was nice knowing you.
Dec. 20th, 2006 06:56 am (UTC)
yes, i've enjoyed my time with you all. just as i have enjoyed my 'career' as a writer. it's all been fun.

but, y'know, over now.
Dec. 20th, 2006 07:06 am (UTC)
This is why you shouldn't associate with addicts, they always want to include you in their nefarious activities.
Dec. 20th, 2006 08:01 am (UTC)
i know, i know. you should see the things i make him read.
Dec. 20th, 2006 07:08 am (UTC)
Just don't play it. Problem solved.

(If you're having trouble not playing it, think harder about the aesthetics - such an ugly game)
Dec. 20th, 2006 08:01 am (UTC)
...but that would be impolite.
Dec. 20th, 2006 08:36 am (UTC)
Ah, so your apparent brazen rudeness IS all just an act. I was wondering.

Dec. 20th, 2006 09:44 am (UTC)
i want only to be everyones friend, truly.
Dec. 20th, 2006 07:58 am (UTC)
1) that japanese+jazz sushi place is funnily/originally called "jazzushi". you wouldn't have thunk that, would ya?

2) i did my shoulder in from the amount of time i played WoW. i think it locked into place because of lack of movement. when i quit, there were at least 65 prompts asking "are you sure", "are you really sure", "are you REALLY FREAKIN' sure??!!"

but as someone said, it's nice knowing you
Dec. 20th, 2006 08:03 am (UTC)
1) that japanese+jazz sushi place is funnily/originally called "jazzushi". you wouldn't have thunk that, would ya?

yeah, that's the place.

anyhow, like, if you don't hear from me after a while, send a search party. you'll know where i am.
Dec. 20th, 2006 10:25 am (UTC)
The effects of this game are well known to me, having spent two years working in t'industry. So I'd like to inform you that, contrary to expectations, you *will* be okay. In about a year's time you'll emerge into the sunlight once more, blinking like the wastened morlock you will have become. But you'll know so much about raids, and where to sell shit weapons to n00bs.

Have fun!
Dec. 20th, 2006 11:37 am (UTC)
a year, you say? that's not too much time at all. heh.
Dec. 20th, 2006 11:15 am (UTC)
Dec. 20th, 2006 11:35 am (UTC)
laugh it up fuzzball :P
Dec. 20th, 2006 01:08 pm (UTC)
Dude, I am, I am.

Actually, I'm fucking jealous. Having a full time job turfed WoW out of my life. >:(
Dec. 20th, 2006 01:12 pm (UTC)
return to it, tess, return. can't you feel it's sticky fingers in your head, offering you hours of...

Dec. 20th, 2006 01:16 pm (UTC)
The auto-run toggle is your friend.

(The whole fucked-up-mouse-wrist thing was kinda a turn off too.)
Dec. 20th, 2006 01:17 pm (UTC)
what was with the mouse thing?
Dec. 20th, 2006 01:23 pm (UTC)
My normal computer usage doesn't really involve that much mouse usage. WoW on the other hand, does. And if your wrists are already sensitive little flowers, chances are, you'll feel it after a short while too. And I mean -feel- it.

Just don't play for a whole day straight.
Dec. 20th, 2006 02:01 pm (UTC)
*spews coffee onto laptop*

Brilliant - you got broadband now, Ben?
Dec. 21st, 2006 02:27 am (UTC)
nah, but apparently it runs off dialup fine, or so they say. next year i'll probably get a wireless thing set up.
Dec. 20th, 2006 03:20 pm (UTC)
A note from your publisher...
Set the box on the floor...that's it...gently...gently...now, kick it toward me...easy...don't look! don't look! Trust me...this is for your own good...now, step back toward your desk...Let me just slip these on your...what? OH, these are new titanium wrist braces....great for preventing repetitive stress injuries...yeah, they keep you in the chair at your computer so you can write more, too. Win win....right? What's that? Well, yeah, we can get a couple of pots in here, one coffee, one chamber, no problem.

It's for your own good, Ben.

Dec. 21st, 2006 02:34 am (UTC)
Re: A note from your publisher...
Dec. 21st, 2006 04:10 am (UTC)
Re: A note from your publisher...

Oh, I mean, er...I'm just trying to help your productivity...so to speak.

Dec. 21st, 2006 04:20 am (UTC)
Re: A note from your publisher...
well, so far you've nothing to worry about. all i've succeeded in doing is getting told i have to download a huge fucking file.
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