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21st-Jul-2005 04:12 pm
Halloween 2008- Captain Hammer
My parents came to town this past weekend to visit me and see the new apartment. They haven't been up to the Twin Cities in about four years or so. I think it was cooler during their last visit, except that I discovered as we were leaving CONvergence 2001 to meet them at the airport that I had a flat tire and had to change it and put on a spare. Once monstersocks and I finally got to the airport we split up, she went to baggage claim and I headed into the terminal (this was back when you could do that) but got hung up in security dealing with metal in my pockets. I got out of security when monstersocks called me to let me know she'd found them. Anyway, none of that happened this time, it went much more smoothly.

Instead of meeting them at the airport my parents picked up their rental car (a PT Cruiser, the rental place ran out of cars of the type they'd reserved) and came directly over to the apartment. We went out to a number of good meals. Midori's worked better with the weather than Moscow On The Hill and Glockenspiel did. Poor planning on my part, but they were all well enjoyed. On Sunday we went out to see Batman Begins. Very good, even though we couldn't see it at the Zoo since they're down to one evening showing a night now and it's after the time my parents usually go to bed.

My parents have gotten into listening to podcasts lately, something I haven't really explored much. My mother has three iPods now, two of which are fully functional. (The one that my brother and I gave her a while back finally gave up the ghost, she now has a mini and a shuffle.)

We played a few video games while my parents were here. I got out the PS2 Atari compilation so we played a little Combat, Pong and Yar's Revenge. We also played some Lego Star Wars and Donkey Konga. I think my father enjoyed Donkey Konga the most (the Donkey Konga theme music gave monstersocks Vice City flashbacks). He'd played DDR with some of his students before so he had a basic idea of how rhythm games work. I don't play enough video games. On a completely different note, I buy too many video games. It's almost like I'm stocking up for some mythic time when I'll have too much free time and will need to entertain myself for hours on end with lots of unplayed games and unwatched movies. One problem is that I'm a sucker for bargains. I find it very hard to resist games at $15 and under.

I'll see my parents again soon when we hike up LeConte this summer. My brother, sister-in-law and niece won't be there this year, hopefully they'll be able to make it next year. I'm working on another trip out to Acton, maybe in September. In theory I'll also be heading down to San Diego in October but I haven't gotten any significant details on that trip yet other than a single Save The Date card. To continue the rambling travel thoughts, I may go down to Kentucky for Thanksgiving and North Carolina for christmas. This would be the first christmas I've ever spent in North Carolina. (My family has previously always traveled to my grandmothers' houses for christmas but Durham may work out better for my brother's family than Tennessee would this year.)
21st-Jul-2005 10:01 pm (UTC)
your parents have ipods and play video games? its as if the technology was inherited.

i too stock up on things for the mythical time when i have all the time in the world. at my current rate, i will need to have mono for a year straight, take a sabbatical on a deserted island, and then go straight into a rather isolated retirement in order to read all the books i have stocked up.
22nd-Jul-2005 09:30 pm (UTC)
Both of my parents have iPods. I doubt my father would have one though if my mother didn't set it up for him. He tends to be somewhat resistant to new technology and easily frustrated by it, but he can appreciate it eventually.

The video games are more of an attempt to understand me and my world, I don't think they tend to play them on their own (although my mother does enjoy some of the more puzzle oriented games like Tetris and Bejeweled).
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