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    • Nights are long...my buddy

      12 years ago

      Elnea

      Last night, in an unusual move, I got online by myself. I was flying solo. And I get on matchmaking, and within 2 seconds I am getting pretty badly verbally abused by some misogynist...and I actually got scared to play!

      OK, and for you boys out there. When you verbally assault a woman, it is scary. OK? Are you happy now? Online, I guess it is stupid, since this guy probably lives in Alaska or in prison or both. But, after living 40 years in a society where pretty much any guy over the age of 18 could easily kill me with his bare hands, it is sort of a learned response.

      So, yeah, being pushed up against the warthog. That was yucky, and disturbing, but it was tempered by the fact that the perpetrator was wearing a 8 foot purple alien skin.

      On the other hand, getting into matchmaking and being threatened isn't as easy to dismiss. So I signed off. And I reported him. Which I am sure I will regret, as these people tend to come back at you 10 times worse. On the other hand, the guy had picked a gamertag so disgusting that it pretty much damned him automatically.

      So then I am faced with the question, should I just stop playing? I can go over to pogo.com and do crossword puzzles and no one calls me a b*tch over there or tries to find out about my anatomy. Playing Halo makes me kind of nauseated anyway. But then I thought, no, I already paid for a year subscription. So, I went to the friends list. Luckily there was someone from RvB forum online I could use as a buddy. For some reason I just felt better with a guy to play alongside. Now how stupid is it that I am using an online virtual male bodyguard just to log on? I was going to change my armor to blue and switch off my headset but my buddy talked me out of it. Sigh.

      Why does there always have to be trolls ruining it for everyone else. Argh!

      In the words of a famous philosopher..."We hateses themsesesss!"

    • You like me...you really like me

      12 years ago

      Elnea

      OK, I am sorry, I just can't stand this Oscar stuff. For weeks and weeks it has all been about who will get the Oscar and oh gee whiz who will wear what and what will be in the goody bag yadda yadda yadda.

      Ya know, the whole world of entertainment is a subculture unto itself, and although through my long years of life I have made friends who are part of that subculture, I still don't get why I have to care.

      That's not true. I mean, yes, I get the concept. Entertainment is all about pleasing the masses. So of course, their orgy of self-congratulation has to be crowd-pleasing too.

      I guess what really makes me grossed out by the whole Hollywood-Oscar Spectacle is that the same people who are donning $30,000 gowns and wearing million-dollar earrings are the same people who, a month ago, were condemning Pres. Bush for throwing an equally repulsive self-congratulatory over-the-top shindig.

      "But, Linnea," you might be saying at this point, "both the inauguration and the Oscar parties are paid for by private industry. Why are you raining on their parade?"

      Maybe I am just getting too old and cynical, but the pure, unashamed hypocrisy of Hollywood makes me physically ill.

      OK, that and the fact that all those headaches yesterday turned out to be the prodrome of the flu and I feel like doody (to put it in medical terms). So yeah, I am a little grumpy today. So get off my lawn, ya rotten kids! And take your Oscar Party Fruit Punch and Chex Party Mix with you ya punks!

      ;-)

    • My headaches 'tis of thee

      12 years ago

      Elnea

      So today I've been having these most incredible migraines... sort of beyond my usuals. I think spending 2 hours at my kid's "School Bonanza" in the company of hundreds of shrieking children didn't help. One of those, it-hurts-too-much-to-go-to-sleep-to-make-it-better headaches, you know? So, I closed myself up in my room with a sketchpad and sketched a girly version of Master Chief. I guess...Mistress Chief. ;-) Why? Well, I already drew like a zillion pictures of my cat and my other hand and the plant in my room. So I got out my kid's M. Chief Action Figure and made a girl version. So, when I was feeling better, I scanned it in, colorized it on Adobe Photoshop and there she is in my images. I like the idea she's hiding a grenade in her other hand. "That'll teach you boys to underestimate me." LOL.

      Once I packed the kid off to sleep I watched "Sense and Sensibility". That is one of my sister's favorite movies, which I find really funny, because the women in that movie were all such doormats. And the sister in question is the Buffy-the-Vampire-Slayer sister I've mentioned before. Maybe she has a secret desire to wear Empire-style dresses and sip tea. Oh, no, wait, don't make me laugh. I think the headache is coming back. Ouch. ;-)

    • Of X Men and X Box..

      12 years ago

      Elnea

      So I finally turned the xbox over to look, and sure enough, I have an XBox of Doom. Ah well. I suppose it is safe to use until I get the replacement cord, since it hasn't engulfed us in flames yet. Oh great, now I jinxed myself. Well, anyway, I am really enjoying the Joss Whedon-written "Astonishing X-Men" Series. It is fun to see someone actually do something original with the stories. I mean, the X-Men Mythology is terrific - that is why it is so successful - but sheesh, already enough with the same story over and over. Also, although I suppose as a purist I should be mad they've brought Jean Grey back AGAIN in the "Phoenix Endsong" Series, it is beautifully drawn, and I would like to see that jerk Scott Summers get some come-uppance for screwing the White Queen. And no, there is no overlap into my own personal experience. I am just annoyed they took his "so-straight-laced-it-was-comical" character and made him into a boring roving-eyed-stereotype. And how about "Gambit"? Finally it looks like there will be some good story to go along with Georges Jeanty's terrific art! I love the way Georges draws women. They are still ultracurvy like in all graphic novels but they have just a little bit more meat on their bones than many of the other renditions. I just find it difficult to believe that some of those ultra skinny girls could lift a volkswagon on their own, ya know? My little sister is incredibly strong and fit (and has a gorgeous figure, darn her!) but she is anything but spindly. If she was she wouldn't be able to move furniture around in her heels. (Seriously, the girl is like Buffy the Vampire Slayer.) And yeah, I admit, I have a crush on Gambit's character. I know it is the accent and duster, but I am putty in Marvel's hands. ;-)

    • Face the Warthog and Bend Over

      12 years ago

      Elnea

      I finally figured out why I never see any other girls on XBox live. Granted, I'd say on average, most of the players are reasonably well-behaved, and it is sort of funny when I get asked, "Are you really a girl?", which is just a weird thing to be asked, boys, trust me on this.

      So today I was online playing Halo 2 with my son and I ended up one-on-one with some random person who'd joined the game who was in an Elite skin (I was wearing my signature Pink Spartan Armor with Pink Yin-Yang Symbol). I went over to bludgeon him to death and he said, "Hey wait!"

      "Yes?" I answered warily, wanting to get on with the bloodshed.

      "Hey, here's a trick, turn around and face the Warthog."

      Fearing where this was going I said, "How about we just fight?"

      "No seriously, turn around."

      Taking a huge mental sigh and praying that this moron wasn't going where I thought he was going, I turned around. Then I hear, "OK, now crouch down."

      So... I had to kill him. I mean, my kid is sitting right there. Actually, I would have killed him anyway, but that's beside the point.

      Seriously, ew.

      The thing is, I've been married. I'm a mom. I've been around the block. So, whatever.

      On the other hand, I know there are at least several hundred young ladies on RedVsBlue.com alone, presumably many play Halo on their XBox as well. There must be thousands more girls out there in the world who have XBox. And I would guess, that an experience like the one above might drive off some of the younger ladies permanently. Heck, it kind of gives *me* the willies.

      So, boys, if you really want to meet some real life "Tex" (or those Gamer Girls you always see in the magazines), try to rein in some of your more base instincts, or at least boot the guys that can't control theirs.

      Otherwise, how am I going to get other ladies to play with!?!?

      ;-)

    • Face the Warthog and Bend Over

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      Elnea

      I finally figured out why I never see any other girls on XBox live. Granted, I'd say on average, most of the players are reasonably well-behaved, and it is sort of funny when I get asked, "Are you really a girl?", which is just a weird thing to be asked, boys, trust me on this.

      So today I was online playing Halo 2 with my son and I ended up one-on-one with some random person who'd joined the game who was in an Elite skin (I was wearing my signature Pink Spartan Armor with Pink Yin-Yang Symbol). I went over to bludgeon him to death and he said, "Hey wait!"

      "Yes?" I answered warily, wanting to get on with the bloodshed.

      "Hey, here's a trick, turn around and face the Warthog."

      Fearing where this was going I said, "How about we just fight?"

      "No seriously, turn around."

      Taking a huge mental sigh and praying that this moron wasn't going where I thought he was going, I turned around. Then I hear, "OK, now crouch down."

      So... I had to kill him. I mean, my kid is sitting right there. Actually, I would have killed him anyway, but that's beside the point.

      Seriously, ew.

      The thing is, I've been married. I'm a mom. I've been around the block. So, whatever.

      On the other hand, I know there are at least several hundred young ladies on RedVsBlue.com alone, presumably many play Halo on their XBox as well. There must be thousands more girls out there in the world who have XBox. And I would guess, that an experience like the one above might drive off some of the younger ladies permanently. Heck, it kind of gives *me* the willies.

      So, boys, if you really want to meet some real life "Tex" (or those Gamer Girls you always see in the magazines), try to rein in some of your more base instincts, or at least boot the guys that can't control theirs.

      Otherwise, how am I going to get other ladies to play with!?!?

      ;-)

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    • Generic President Day

      12 years ago

      Elnea

      Happy President Whosit Day! The official holiday where you aren't required to actually remember any name from American History class but you still get the day off! I love America. Thank goodness for our founding fathers and good old President Whosit. He/She was a great first president. I think. Well, for President Whosit Day today, I've already been online and been hopelessly slaughtered by Halo-gamers. Also, I changed the cat box and did dishes. Also, the cat tried to get in the dishwasher. That would actually have solved two problems at once, but would have been difficult to explain to the vet. Sigh. Ah well, off to vaccuum. And who said my life wasn't glamourous!?!?!

    • Too many donuts

      12 years ago

      Elnea

      So I've been at a job-related conference all weekend, and all they serve are these really gross danishes with this weird cream cheese stuff in them. And I am eating some this morning, along with a Diet Coke because I really needed the caffeine and I think, "Why am I eating a gross danish with cream cheese with a Diet Coke?" I mean, is this the epitome of anti-nutrition? Would Master (or Mistress) Chief eat a gross danish? Well, obviously the Chief would probably eat a live chicken because of the Chief's intrinsic toughness, but seriously, why do we subject ourselves to this? I paid $500 bucks to attend this thing and I am eating this weird processed pseudofood. And here I'm trying to lose my holiday weight. A well, a few more sit-ups I guess. I could do ten times as much as usual. Hrmmm.... ten times zero is still nothing. Now where did I put those twinkies....?

    • Fuschia Armor

      12 years ago

      Elnea

      OK, I admit it. I used a paint program to make my avatar. And yes, that is Moya flying overhead. I also wear the "Baby Pink" armor in the game, but isn't Barbie Pink armor just so over-the-top? ;-)

    • So anyway

      12 years ago

      Elnea

      OK, so anyway, a few weeks ago in response to a really funny article in EGM about how Halo was better than having a girlfriend, I posted a list of why Halo was better than having a boyfriend. Obviously, I meant it is a lighthearted joke, but a few folks got mad. On the other hand, a few folks messaged me to say, don't pay attention to the flamers, and I made some onling gamer friends to boot! So, cool. Anyway, I sent the list to EGM because they have some ladies on staff and I thought they'd get a kick out of it. So then a few days ago, I get an e-mail from them saying I won letter of the week! Cool!

      So I figure, okay, so where did I post that list anyway? But now I can't find it. (Why don't they have a "search" function here anyway?!).

      So if anyone ever reads that post, and happens to read EGM at the same time, and clicks on my handle, yes, that person is also me.

      Which is kind of cool. because I learned about RedvsBlue.com from reading EGM.

      The circle of life. Or whatever.

      ;-)

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