Friday! Video games! Let’s talk!
I just got in from a much needed two-week vacation across Maryland, New Jersey, New York, and Pennsylvania, where I’m confident I walked more in fourteen days than I have in 35 years. I’ll be dumping a plethora of pics over on Facebook if anyone is remotely interested.
Our vacation started off in Maryland where we stayed a few nights with my grandmother and uncle in Silver Spring. He was involved in a pretty gnarly car accident last November and she’s been taking care of him, but she’s 82 and can’t always take him to his appointments.
We helped out as best as we could, but took a day for ourselves and met up with one of my best friends in Baltimore to walk around Oriole Park, the inner harbor, and visit the modern art museum. The weather was shit, though, and we ended up drenched on our way back to the Light Rail.
We then spent a week in Belmar, NJ with some of my family, walking the grounds of the nearby Asbury Park, Ocean Grove (where we found a local book sale and stocked up on plenty of cheap R.A. Salvatore novels), and Point Pleasant. We made notes to visit Asbury again in the future since they’re opening up a cat cafe and a paranormal museum.
In Philly, we met up with my cousin for a tour of the city, ate delicious Indian food, and visited three different museums — the Mutter, which displays preserved human remains for scientific study; the Philadelphia Museum of Art, also known as “the Rocky steps museum” where everyone still flocks to blast the movie’s theme song from their phones while running up the steps; and the Magic Garden, which is essentially a building transformed into one giant mosaic piece.
My girlfriend and I visited New York twice, with the first being on the 4th of July for a Yankees game. My uncle works closely with them and managed to score us legacy suite tickets for their match-up against the Blue Jays. Growing up an Orioles fan I’ve never liked the Yankees, but their stadium is gorgeous and we all had a lot of fun. I ate my weight in lobster rolls and watched Aaron Judge knock a ball out of the park in their 4-1 loss to Toronto, so it was a good time all around.
We had plans to attend a Broadway show back in NYC on Sunday the 9th at 7:30 pm, but arrived in New York around 11 am to explore a bit first. It was sweltering outside, my feet were throbbing, but we walked around Central Park (stopping by John Lennon’s Strawberry Fields landmark) and Times Square, visiting the Nintendo store (I picked up a Splatoon shirt since they didn’t have any Metroid merch), and devouring the best bagels (Ess-a-Bagel) and gyros (Gyro II) I’ve tasted in my life.
Come From Away ended up being an incredible Broadway show about a small Canadian town that took care of thousands of passengers whose planes were redirected during the 9/11 attacks. It’s based on the book The Day the World Came to Town: 9/11 in Gander, Newfoundland by Jim DeFede, which is now at the top of my to-read list. I’d never heard of it until that day, but we were all blown away during the standing ovation.
I spent the better part of yesterday in Virginia’s atrocious traffic driving along I-95 and 495, coupled with a few ruthless North Carolina storms, and today is my self-allotted single day of vacation from my vacation. Driving for 10 hours straight certainly sucks and it definitely feels good to be back home.
I don’t really feel up to gaming right now, though, but last night before bed I rolled the credits on FightinCowboy’s Dark Souls II: Scholar of the First Sin LP I’ve been watching for the last month or so. I suppose this weekend isn’t about what to play next, but what to watch.
Once I get back into the swing of things, I’ll probably finish up the last three games in the Blackwell series and start Planescape: Torment, but who knows? My girlfriend subscribes to Humble Monthly, so Pillars of Eternity is always an option now. I’d also really like to pick up the Final Fantasy XII: The Zodiac Age remaster on PS4, but I’ll just wait for a price drop since I have enough on my plate.
What about you, folks? Have any big gaming plans this weekend?