Recent Holidays Posts

December 31, 2008

Christmas Haul 2008

I hope you all had a good Christmas. I made out pretty well, in the giving and getting part. New boots were in order, and they sure are comfortable. It is really hard finding size 14 4E. The boots I like are never ever available for purchase years later when I need another pair.

I got a nice pair of New Balance boots that are Gor-Tex but don't necessarily look like shit kickers. They feel pretty good too, great ankle support which is what I need. Thanks to Dad and Melodye for the boots.

Another gift from mom and pop was a new watch. Same as the old watch, just black, and not 4 yrs. old.

My brother got me a gift card for probably my favorite store in the world, Cabelas.

But my aunt got me the gift that I will remember for a very long time. In our Secret Santa exchange she got me the worlds best gag gift: a beer stein with a bell on it. Yes, exactly.

December 24, 2008

Merry Christmas!

Happy Holidays and last minute shopping! on

July 7, 2008

Blaze guts South Toledo apartment buildings

I forgot to mention this the other day, but a bunch of really smart people decided it would be a good idea to light fireworks off. One landed on the roof of a central building, and left nine buildings destroyed and three damages, not to mention about 200 displaced residents.

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July 5, 2008

BG Fireworks Fizzle on the Forth

If I were a headline writer for a newspaper, which I am not, I would have to call yesterday's fireworks show a complete flop in BG. The fireworks started earlier than they should, and the main show was fine. Then they stopped with no grand finale, at all. About 20 minutes go by and all of a sudden the grand finale begins.

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January 3, 2008

Happy New Year, 2008 Edition

Hello everyone, and Happy New Year from Breaking Windows! This might be the sign of the apocalypse but Matt just got a Blu-ray player, and I just started using mine (after having it for a year). It should be noted that we also got Xbox 360 Elites at the same time, too. Elites and now Blu-ray at the same time? Scary, I know.

Do you have any New Years resolutions? I resolve to open and play all the games I buy. I still have games I purchased in 2007 that are in shrink wrap. Sad, I know - but it is the truth. I resolve to lose weight; hey, I did lose weight last year, just not enough for many to notice. I resolve to not freak out about turning 30 in April. And finally, I resolve to make better use of my time, both at work and at play.

As a side note about Blogcritics, I hope that by this time next year Ubisoft will be sending us review material, as nearly every other publisher, big and small, has been doing for two years now. I also hope that by this time next year Microsoft goes back to the good "old" days of sending us review material. I hope that we get more BC writers who want to write for the Gaming section. I would like to see more news, interviews, and features in the Gaming section.

It would really be nice if GameRankings, MetaCritic, and GameStats would list not only the reviews from BC Gaming, but in the case of MetaCritic, the other reviews on Blogcritics as well.

I hope our Multiplayer Chat radio show gets better in this new year. Last week really sucked. I won't even listen to your comments about it, it stunk.

Okay so that wasn't really a side note but it was fitting for this post.

Happy New Year everyone.

December 23, 2007

Christmas Card from Reverb

I get a lot of Christmas cards from publishers, most of them are digital. Reverb, who does an amazing job, recently handling Rock Band PR, sent a funny card.

"All your Merry Christmas are belong to us."

Yes, that is priceless.

For those who are scratching your heads right now, you are obviously not a gamer. But not to worry, Wikipedia is here for you.

The inside of the card has some more broken English:

"Super happy fun Christmas you make this year!!!"

"Get big presents from chubby reindeer man!!!"

January 3, 2007

The Worst Christmas Ever

If VHI had such a TV show, my story would be featured.

Before Christmas my one-year-old (maybe) Dell Inspiron 700m died. I have to call tech. support about that.

I drove home on Christmas Eve, and as I am pulling into my grandmother's driveway, one of the warning lights turned on in my car.

To make a long story short, I had to throw a lot of money away to get my car back on the road to drive home to find a new car.

I ended up spending a lot of time with the family (a good thing) when I had a lot of freelance work to do back in BG (not a good thing).

Today I got a new car, it is a 2007 Scion tC, Flint Mica in color. So why was this The Worst Christmas Ever?

Because I didn't want to spend all that money on a car. Am I happy I got a new car? Well hell yea I am!

But those are the breaks. A car dependable car is rather important. I will post pictures when I get it.

Now I just need to get my Dell laptop fixed, and I will be in good shape.

January 1, 2007

Happy New Year 2007

Yes, a new year! Oh man, the possibilities, or something.

2006 was a great year for gaming. We will soon have our GOTY Nominees and GOTY 2006 posts up at BC Gaming.

Did the Wii win the console war? I don't know, but I am pretty sure it won the 2006 holiday season. The Wii had a much stronger launch than the GameCube - which really had a pathetic showing for Day One.

The Wii had better software at launch than the PS3, by a land slide. The Wii also had a better launch than the Xbox 360, with almost double the exclusive games.

Here is to a prosperous New Year!

January 1, 2006

Happy New Year!

If you're reading this a few minutes after I posted it, you probably need more of a life than I do. If you're reading it with a hangover, that means you likely didn't spend the first morning of 2006 playing your N-Gage. That's a good thing.

Happy New Year!

January 9, 2005

Happy New Year 2005

I know it is a little late, but better late then never. I have had much fun the last few weeks not using my computer much over my holiday break. I know, I know, this does not sound possible. But it is true, for three weeks, well more actually, I did not use my computer every minute of every day. I also did not give support to other people's computers. It was amazing, and a well needed break.

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December 24, 2004

Merry Christmas 2004

I am right now sitting at my grandma's house using the 56k modem in my PowerBook. This is brutal to say the least.

I have a number of reviews to post from Matt, maybe he should learn how to post his own stuff (hint, hint). I might get to it before the 1st, I do not know.

Right now I cannot even send email, it times out. That is no fun. And of course the amount of SPAM accumulated in the 4 days since I have checked my email makes reading email all that more fun.

I want to wish everyone a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. Best wishes for a prosperous new year!

If you do not celebrate Christmas, have a happy holiday season.

Matt and I have a year-end best-of video games column that I will get online before the new year, but as for the other reviews, those might be a late Christmas gift from us to you.

November 25, 2004

Live from Dad's House

To appease my father, who is sitting across me with his own PowerBook, I will update my blog.

What a game for Peyton Manning, with six touch downs!

I had the healthiest Thanksgiving dinner ever. Both Dad and Mel are on the South Beach Diet. All the low carb food went well, all until we got to the low carb crust of the pumpkin pie. As Max said, there was a lot of crust left on the plates. So as a warning, low carb crust is not a good thing, it is rubbery, almost taking a knife to cut it.

Turkey dinner this year was great, as always. To Mel's credit the new recipe stuffing was great.

Now its time to drink my coffee and fall asleep after having that great turkey dinner.

November 24, 2004

Putting the world on notice

I am driving home for a long Thanksgiving weekend. There is a good possibility there will be no updates until Monday the 28th.

Have a Happy Thanksgiving everyone!

April 21, 2004

Adbusters Subscription

You can't tell if I have been busy can you? Its the end of April and I have not posted about all the great loot I got for Christmas! Last week I got my first issue of Adbusters, and today I got my second (dont know why so soon together) that my cousin Seth got me for Christmas. This magazine rules! Thanks Seth. (I finally got the subscription)

January 12, 2004

Its gotta be the Boots

Dad & Melody (my step mom) got me my favorite boots for Christmas this year. I have worn these same boots for about 6 years now. Every 2 years I have to get new ones, because the tread wears down to almost nothing. And considering I don't wear any other shoe, I would say 2 yrs. is great. I now have 2 old pair to wear as a back up, to paint in, etc. It is great to have the backup pair when these boots get soaked! People make fun of my blue boots, but I don't care, they are the most comfortable boot I have ever worn. L. L. Bean's Speed Guide Hikers are really an all season boot if their ever was one. I wear these in everything, even in summer, and they are not hot to wear. I wore these on a camping trip to Baxter State Park in Maine, including hiking up the 3 peaks of Mt. Katahdin, and these boots performed wonderfully. Since then I will not use any other boot. Since my knee surgeries about 10 yrs. my ankles are soft as mud, so I need ankle support. These boots provide that in spades.
From Backpacker Magazine, February, 2002: "After nine months of hiking on rocky trails in areas from Pennsylvania to New Hampshire, during which the Speed Guides repeatedly bashed up against rocks, sticks, and thorns, the boots still look like I just pulled them from the box...That's why I like L.L. Bean's Speed Guide Hikers. If something breaks on your trips, it won't be these boots."
Thanks dad & Mel for the best boots ever. And you know what I will be asking for in 2 yrs. :-P

January 10, 2004

The Gift I Forgot

One of the Christmas gifts I got for my dad this year was the CyberHome DVD CH-300, the same DVD player I have, and have recommended to so many of my friends. Well guess what? I forgot it at home, and I even remembered I had left it sitting on my bed, next to the box of other gifts that I packed in my car. I came to this conclusion durring dinner on the 24th, when I got to grandma's house. And I was not about to make the 3 to 4 hr. drive back to BG to get it.
I have never forgotten a present at home like that, ever. I felt so bad. I almost printed a picture of it but did not have time Christmas morning. (For some reason the CyberHome site has been down for a while). I tried to find the DVD player, or one similar but found nothing. If I could have, I would have taken the one sitting at home back. Radio Shack, which is where I bought it, has been out since Thanksgiving, I heard the same from other people I recommended the DVD player to, as well) Oh well. So dad, the DVD player is in the mail, Merry (belated) Christmas!

December 25, 2003

Happy Holidays 2003!

If you have not noticed, I have not been here. I like not touching the computer once in a while. I had a great Christmas, and I hope you have too! Just to show Jake how much of a Spoiled Little Bitch I am, I will be sure to post about all the cool toys and such I scored on Christmas. But not right now, right now it is time to relax.

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