“Tattoo”; Eric Lapointe
The theme from “Bon Cop, Bad Cop”
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I was watching bits and pieces of the Montreal Canadiens v. Toronto Maple Leafs game when I realized I haven’t used the PlayStation all week. I’m not sure if that sounds as important as I think it is so I’ll try again… I HAVEN’T USED THE PLAYSTATION ALL WEEK.
I don’t play a lot of video games. Despite owning thirty PS2 games for the past year I’ve only really played one, Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas. Since being released in 2004 it has probably been the most revolutionary video game since Pong.
I’ve finished the missions a few times, but once the game map has been opened it covers three cities — Las Vegas, San Francisco and Los Angeles — and all the spaces in between and I find just driving around to be almost soothing at times. Through your character, Carl Johnson, you can interact with the pedestrians, fly helicopters and planes… drive / steal about a hundred different types of cars, Carl gets hungry, he can gain weight, he can starve to death, he can BASE jump. Except for most of the buildings it’s a totally wide open environment.
Which is absolutely perfect if you’re searching for a method to stop thinking. Sometimes it helped me to focus my main brain on Other Stuff so my sub-brain could work stuff out… when I’d get lost in the game it would help work out writer’s blocks. But when I wasn’t concentrating on what I was doing I’d get blown up or arrested by a three-star cop or something stupid and I’d get pissed off and all that sub-brain thinking would get tossed out onto the freeway like Carl escaping a burning car.
So it has been a week since I last got Carl killed and since I took the game out of the PS2 and placed it back on the shelf… and I didn’t even notice.
It does seem weird to me as well to think this is a Big Deal. Except it also feels like I should be feeling even more like it’s a Big Deal. It wasn’t just the main brain / sub-brain thing, I used Carl mostly as a way to not think. To just shutdown for a couple of hours… and it was a couple of hours, I was usually on the PS2 for two hours a day.
And it’s not only the PS2… I’ve dropped Diet Pop as a staple of my diet. This past ten days I may have had a Litre of pop in total instead of the 2L per day I had been sucking. I’ve switched to Club Soda with lime or lemon or both. And the cookies are gone… roughly two weeks ago I stopped eating cookies as a dinner substitute.
I hate to describe things which happen over a period of weeks as a trend, trends happen over months and years. I once joked about this kind of thing with an American technology analyst… I was getting his opinion about a takeover back in 2000. I told him that in Canadian news one Event was a suspicious coincidence, the second time it’s a trend. He asked what happened the third time Something happened and I told him that in Canadian news that’s a Revolution.
What else… I changed my blog banner again. I really like this one so I might keep it for awhile.
There was the hockey game on Thursday, where I got to spend some time with my step-father. It’s fun to talk hockey with him because he actually knows the game. Back when he was a young dude he was a superstar in Junior Hockey (basically Triple A baseball), but someone turned his collarbone into powder.
I also spent the day in Ottawa with my mother, which was great. She was signing a contract for her new, full time job. She’s really excited about it… it’s her first full time job in fifteen years. She normally works on contract with the federal government.
I managed to get to a CD store to blow off some gift cards and picked up Pink Floyd’s “The Wall”, which I haven’t owned in years, I finally found a collection of Gordon Lightfoot’s greatest hits with both “Sundown” and “The Wreck Of The Edmund Fitzgerald” on it, and I grabbed Slayers classic Heavy Metal album “Reign In Blood”. Awesome.
Then on Friday I had a really good session with my psychiatrist, then my girlfriend came over for dinner and a movie. We watched “I Am Legend”, which was brilliant then not so much.
And today I rested and watched the Leafs win a meaningless game and celebrate like they were going to the Playoffs but… they’re not. Which, at the end of this week, was like looking at the cherry being lowered onto my sundae.
I didn’t think it would, but it turned into a pretty good week.