So, here's the thing.
It's been awhile, I'll admit that. However, I recently attended PAX East and wandered into the RoosterTeeth panel... Seeing all the guys from the show (plus a bunch of new additions) together again was totally awesome. Furthermore, the new content they previewed looked really fantastic, and inspired me to hop on over and see if the site was anything even close to what I remembered.
'Lo and behold, the site still existed in more or less the same framework I remembered, and my account even still worked, WITH all of my previous contacts intact! Now, to be honest, I wouldn't be surprised if folks didn't much remember me - it's been a long while since the original Xbox, Halo 2 multiplayer, and the Blood Gulch Regulars. That being said, it was definitely nice to come back (after what could be considered an eternity by internet standards) and not have lost all of the connections I made years ago.
For what it's worth, I'm back and I'm glad to see that some of you are still around. I'd be happy to catch up with anyone willing to do so! Also, I'm still gaming (I have a PC, a PS3 and, as of a month or two ago, a 360), so maybe I could join in on whatever fun people are already having.
Also, I've got some important decisions coming up - like should I buy this or this to round out my DVD collection of the series?! Any suggestions folks?
8 years agoDachande
So, here's the thing.
13 years agoDachande
>Subject: Renting XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXxx
>Date: Tue, 01 Aug 2006 14:40:36 -0600
>Hi Brian, I am a student at the University of Ottawa, and I need to
>find somewhere to live between the beginning of September 2006 and the
>end of April 2007. I am interested in apartments that range in monthly
>rent between 300$ and 500$, that include furniture, and that provide
>telephone, internet, and laundry services. Traveling time to the
>university is also important to me.
>I have looked at the University of OttawaÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s Student Housing Billboard,
>and know that your apartment at XXXXXXXXXX meets my needs in
>principle. However, do you still have rooms for rent available that
>meet these criteria? What procedure do you go through with a possible
>tenant when renting an apartment? When can I come to Ottawa to look at
>the apartment and rent it?
>I will be in Ottawa on Saturday August 4th and Sunday August 5th to
>tour and rent an apartment. Please let me know if and at what time I
>can visit your apartment on either of these days.
>Bonjour Brian, je suis un ÃƒÂ©tudiant ÃƒÂ lÃ¢â‚¬â„¢UniversitÃƒÂ© dÃ¢â‚¬â„¢Ottawa, et je
>cherche prÃƒÂ©sentement de lÃ¢â‚¬â„¢hÃƒÂ©bergement pour lÃ¢â‚¬â„¢annÃƒÂ©e scolaire
>prochainÃ¢â‚¬'entre le commencement de septembre 2006 et la fin dÃ¢â‚¬â„¢avril
>2007. JÃ¢â‚¬â„¢aimerais louer un appartement ÃƒÂ un taux mensuel dÃ¢â‚¬â„¢environ 300$
>ÃƒÂ 500$. Il devrait aussi ÃƒÂªtre meublÃƒÂ©, et offrir des services de
>tÃƒÂ©lÃƒÂ©phone, dÃ¢â‚¬â„¢Internet, et de buanderie. Je serais aussi trÃƒÂ¨s content de
>trouver un appartement assez prÃƒÂ¨s de lÃ¢â‚¬â„¢UniversitÃƒÂ©.
>JÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ai frÃƒÂ©quentÃƒÂ© le babillard de logement hors campus offert par
>lÃ¢â‚¬â„¢UniversitÃƒÂ© dÃ¢â‚¬â„¢Ottawa, et ainsi je sais que votre appartement ÃƒÂ XXXXX
>XXXXXXXXX offre reprÃƒÂ©sente en principe ce dont je cherche.
>Cependant, jÃ¢â‚¬â„¢aimerais confirmer que vous avez encore une telle chambre
>libre. En surcroÃƒÂ®t, jÃ¢â‚¬â„¢aimerais connaÃƒÂ®tre le processus que vous
>poursuivez avec des tenants prospectifs, et quand je pourrais venir ÃƒÂ
>Ottawa pour visiter et louer un appartement.
>Je serais ÃƒÂ Ottawa le vendredi 4 aout et le samdi 5 aout pour visiter
>et louer un appartement. Communiquez-moi sÃ¢â‚¬â„¢il vous plait si, et ÃƒÂ quel
>heure soit le vendredi ou le samedi, je peux visiter votre appartement.
I can tell, by how generic your e-mail was (and how you neglected to spell
my name correctly), that you've been sending out a lot of e-mails, heh heh.
Good strategy - I should have done that when I started responding to rental
Just your luck! You fit our apartment needs! We're looking for an
individual who's willing to pay between $300 and $500 a month!... Let's
say... $378, as a rough figure. As a sitenote, nine-tenths of our room
still meets your criteria, as outlined in the below e-mail. Traveling time
was listed as simply 'important' - a term which is vague at best.
Transit time could possibly be described as "quick". However, depending on
your perspective, it could also be described as "sloth-like", "warp-speed",
or the every popular, "roughly equivalent to the airspeed velocity of an
un-laden swallow (European)"! The bus ride averages about 5-8 minutes to
the school. The bus stop is 30-60 seconds away from our apartment.
However, the time may vary depending if you decide to take an elevator
(which averages 2-5 minutes to arrive at our floor), or simply decide to
walk down 3 floors of stairs instead (which takes about 30 seconds). So,
from door to school you're looking at about 6-9.5 minutes if you take the
stairs, and 7.5-14 minutes if you take the elevator.
Our procedure for selecting a roommate is fairly straight forward. He or
she is asked to participate in tasks which increase gradually both
difficulty and absurdity. When the difficulty (and/or absurdity) of the
task reaches levels equal to or greater than the applicant's skill, we place
them alone in the room-for-rent, and flick the lights on-and-off repeatedly
until the room itself is awakened from its deep slumber and makes its own
judgement on the applicant. Should the stuccoed-consciousness of the room
accept the applicant, he or she is rewarded for their efforts with fudge!
If rejected, the applicant is instead rewarded with a bowl of considerably
less appetizing (but substantially healthier!) All-BranÃ‚Â®.
If you're still reading right now, you've probably realized I'm just being
humourous. The apartment fits your description, is still available, and is
very close to the school. Our application process is nothing more than a
simple conversation with the applicant when they come to see the room.
We will be making our decision on Sunday, August 5th. All visits and room
viewings will be finished by Saturday, August 4th. So, if you have time to
tour on the 4th, let me know!
If you have any questions, don't hesitate to drop me a line at XXX-XXX-XXXX. This is also the number to call to set up a meeting for Saturday.
Hope this answered your questions (and possibly amused you?)!
PS - I'd translate this to French, but I'm not sure what the French words
are for "slumber", or "warp". Heh heh. I sure hope you like a sense of
PPS - For future reference, it's "Bryan", not "Brian". If you promise to
spell my name right, I promise to do likewise... "Aron". :)
13 years agoDachande
Well, I'm officially renting out a room in my apartment now. My overly-cleanliness-crazed roommate (who, herself, is a slob, but won't admit it to herself or us... or her mom) is saying we're too disgusting to live with. She's moving out at the end of August.
Let me get something straight here. Disgusting, to her, is far from the recognized 'norm' of disgusting. It is not flies buzzing around. It is not clothes, books, papers and other shit lying around. It is not dishes rotting in the sink.
No, "disgusting", to her, is a book and two videogames being left on the coffee table. Disgusting to her is a dinner plate left for more than an hour, that will undoubtable gather some bacteria of some kind, that will proceed to jump onto her 'immaculate' dishes. No, I emphasis 'immaculate', because a day after exploding at us all, she left her pot out for like three days, which was absolutely dumbfounding and ridiculous...
Not at ridiculous as, say, having her mother call my girlfriend's mother. Oh yes, did I neglect to mention? My girlfriend and this roommate are childhood friends (yay!). Which means that our roommate complains to her mother (who is equal to or greater than her daughter in the neurotic bat-fuck-crazy department). Her mother then takes it upon herself to contact my girlfriend's mother about the 'disgusting' state of affairs. Then, my girlfriend's mother calls in a huff wondering why we're subjecting 'precious' Marie-Helene (the roommmate) to a pig-stye!.. After much anger on my girlfriend's part, it was revealed that "pig-stye" meant quite literally two games and a plate... At which point girlfriend's mother withdrew... But still... WTF?!
Anyway! The whole point of this was to post a fairly humourous exchange I had with someone who applied for the new room. Now, I've already pretty much found someone for sure, but we're leaving the posting up for good measure and incase our Plan A falls through. Nevertheless, we're getting on average 3 eager applications a day. Our apartment is cheap, located near school, and looks NOTHING like a student apartment. We've got nice furniture, a deep-freeze, huge kitchen... etc...
So, needless to say, we're rolling in applicants. So, me being me, I'm starting to have a little fun with people. Nothing too serious, you know? But, for example, when the ad reads, "The room is carpeted, 10X16 feet, has a closet, and a window"... There's really not much else to say about the room. So, when I get e-mails saying:
Im liek, kind of intorested in ur place!!1 Can u tell me more about the room?
K thx bye,
I'm not taking that shit too seriously. In all seriousness (okay, usually the grammer's more presentable), these are the kind of e-mails I'm getting en-masse (in mass amounts)! Honestly, my replies have devolved from full, friendly explanations to,
I would appreciate it if you would please more carefully review the posted ad. If you need more specifics, please contact me.
Honestly, you can't put much faith in people.
I also sent a GREAT letter to someone today, because I was bored. I'll post that tomorrow to space out the 'awesome' material I've got for journal entries.
13 years agoDachande
What would be a good night to set for a weekly get-together?
I've heard and seen increased demand for some more XBL clan action. And, as Overlord, I aim to please! Recently, I promoted BGR's Big Goalie Dan (who recently secured our place as Bungie Humpday competitors.... Good job team!) to Overlord, to help coordinate the clan's flagged efforts and attendence.
The next step is to set up some sort of semi-regular meet. Now, I know we've tried this in the past... But, I think once a week would be a good effort nonetheless.
Friday and the weekend in general are good candidates. We can have one date solid day/time (ex: always Friday @ 9:00), or rotate days/times by week (Friday @ 9:00 one week, Saturday @ 10:00 the next).
So, what do you guys think?
Update: Just to try and get the word out, anyone who can please post a link to here and/or a link to the BGR forums, to try and get people involved/interested/aware again.
13 years agoDachande
So, good ole' reliable Texan Gorbash ended up being my contact in the US. I purchased the headphones yesterday, and they're en-route to his Texan residence, even as we speak.
All that's left now is to send him a money-order for shipping to Canada. I figure $20 USD will be enough for decent speed of delivery.
Anyway, I hope this all works out.
13 years agoDachande
I am in need of your assistance! Possibly a few of your Earth-dollars!
Here's my situation:
I want to buy a pair of Audio Technica headphones. They're awesome quality, but the best priced vendor I've found only ships to the US.
So, what I need is someone who lives in the US, that I trust (preferably a member of our clan) that I can ship these headphones to. From there, I'll need them to ship it to me in Canada. Normally, I'd just goto another vendor. But these guys are selling it for $110 (with free shipping!!)... everywhere else is $200+...
I'll find some way to pay whoever helps me for the troubles/shipping costs. Be it wiring/mailing them the money, or simply buying a subscription or two for Roosterteeth (or maybe some swag?)... Anyway, volunteer slots are open.
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