Thursday, May 24, 2018

level 99 Fishing in RuneScape

I just got level 99 Fishing in RuneScape a few moments ago. This is definitely a skill I didn't except to get level 99 in so soon. All those daily challenges and the Giant Oyster definitely helped. At any rate, here is a screenshot of my current stats. It doesn't show the level-up fireworks because my PrtSc key was having problems. Oh well, close enough.

In other news...

On a related note, Jagex has announced that RuneScape Classic will be shutting down in August. I had a feeling this would eventually happen, but it still sucks to see that a part of my childhood will be gone. :-(

Currently listening to: "Break Free" by Ariana Grande

Saturday, April 7, 2018

level 99 Runecrafting in RuneScape

Today was a good day as I finally got level 99 Runecrafting in RuneScape. Here is a screenshot of me leveling up!

Because I'm pretty busy in real life these days, I don't play RuneScape that much anymore except double XP weekends. This is actually my first 99 in almost four years. On the other hand, I should get a few more 99's in the not-too-distant future as I already have 98 Fishing as well as 97 Crafting and Prayer. :-)

Currently listening to: "Sky" by DJ Manian

Monday, February 26, 2018

2,500 skill total in RuneScape and more!

This past weekend was pretty nice. For starters, I passed 2,500 skill total in RuneScape on Saturday thanks to the double XP weekend. Here is the screenshot for those curious. These double XP weekends are always really fun. :-)

The other highlight of the day is that we invited the Hsuehs over for lunch. It's only fair to return the favor as they had us over a few weeks ago. Because their son was with friends and didn't come, I spent the afternoon playing RuneScape and reading The Sparrow for my book club. On the whole, the gathering was pretty enjoyable.

Later in the afternoon, my mother noticed that our thermostat was dead. The heater was stuck on until we turned off the emergency switch. To make matters worse, the replacement thermostat we bought at Home Depot wouldn't work either. Our neighbor Bob came over a few times to take a look but was equally stumped.

After we spent most of Sunday trying to fix the issue, my parents concluded that it might be the heater that was broken. Mom asked PG&E to come over, but until that happens, then it looks like we'll be without heat for the next few days. This should be fun. :\

In other news...

Dad recently got a new Roku TV. It's pretty nice, although it's not as easy to use as the Fire TV. But then again, I'm probably a bit biased, considering that I used to work at Amazon. :P

Monday update: It turned out the problem with the heater was due to a switch being burnt out. The good news is that we didn't have to pay too much to get it repaired!

Currently listening to: "Dixie"

Monday, February 12, 2018

new iPad Pro!

So my father recently got a new iPad Pro. Because my mother felt that the display on our iPad 2 was too small, Dad decided this would be an excellent time for an upgrade. The 12.9" screen and the 256 GB of storage are really nice. The tablet is like a new laptop, only lighter!

Monday, February 5, 2018

Super Bowl weekend report

I had a pretty good weekend.

The first half of Saturday was uneventful as I was busy studying work-related things. However, our family friend Lily invited us over to dinner on Saturday. She prepared a nice hot pot with all the fixings. The Hsuehs had recently come back from a trip to Turkey, so we enjoyed hearing about the things she did there. The only downside is that Alan didn't come as he was very tired following a trip to Japan, but I'm sure there are opportunities for our families together again. Because there was nobody my age, I spent most of the time reading The Sparrow for my book club. It's a pretty interesting book so far.

Yesterday was Super Bowl II. I don't really follow American football but have always enjoyed watching the big game. I didn't root for any specific team this year, although I'm pretty impressed that the New England Patriots made it to the Super Bowl twice in succession. It was overall a great game.

Another nice thing is that we're planning a trip to Alaska with the Changs this summer. Therefore, my parents went to Henry's house after dinner to discuss trip plans. So far, the trip is definitely happening. I'm pretty excited!

Currently reading: The Sparrow by Mary Doria Russell

Wednesday, January 17, 2018

I met Andy Weir!

You may recall that I joined a book club for people in their 20s and 30s a few months ago. Our club just met at an event featuring Pierce Brown and Andy Weir. It was really cool to meet the author of one of my favorite books!

The downer is that I didn't get my copy of The Martian autographed because Andy had to leave early for some errand. I understand that Andy doesn't owe us anything and isn't obligated to sign our books, although I'd be lying if I said I wasn't disappointed. On the bright side, at least I got to shake hands with him. Perhaps next time!

Also worth mentioning is that I ran into my old classmate Jessica from Egan and LAHS. It's always nice to see a familiar face even though we never really talked in school. Small world indeed.

Currently reading: The Fifth Season by N. K. Jemisin

Monday, January 1, 2018

an eventful New Year

I hope everyone had a great New Year. Though our New Year's Eve dinner sucked, the past two days went pretty well.

Linda's holiday party

The nice thing is that our family friend Linda invited us and several other friends over on the 30th. Our group met at the Oakland California Temple for pictures as the view from the church was quite nice. Everyone then headed over to Linda's house for tea and snacks. The gathering was to be on New Year's Eve, but Linda accepted my mother's suggestion to move it forward a day so that it would be convenient for others. This was pretty fun even though it was all old people.

New Year's Eve report

The day had a good start as my father and I watched The Sting together. Dad wanted to see that movie again, so we went to get it at the library. The three of us then headed to Black Angus Steakhouse for dinner. Having enjoyed my birthday dinner so much, my parents figured this would be the perfect place to celebrate New Year's Eve.

However, this experience wasn't exactly stellar. For one, the service was slow and terrible. Dad had ordered a steak soup but got a loaded baked potato soup instead. In addition, the waiter forgot about our request for more bread. He also didn't bring us any hot waiter until we asked three times.

The waiter also got my father's order wrong three times. He wanted a steak soup but got a loaded baked potato soup instead. Dad likes his steak cooked to medium but got a well-done one instead. They made him a new one, but it was still overcooked. He begrudging accepted it because we had already wasted enough time. Last but not least, the check didn't come for 20 minutes due to "computer problems." I ended up missing the Times Square ball drop due to all the delays. Fuck them.

Though the restaurant had the decency to comp my father's meal, it's unlikely we'll ever return there. Back at home, the three of us finished watching The Sting before my parents went to bed. As midnight approached, I did a countdown with some people in RuneScape before calling it a day.

New Year's Day run

2018 had a great start as there was a Star Wars-themed New Year run in downtown Los Altos. Though we skipped the last one because it was too cold outside, the weather was just right today. This was definitely a great way to start the year!

2017 in review

The past year definitely had its ups and downs. Getting my new job was certainly the best thing that happened to me. Speaking of which, the company holiday cruise was one of the highlights of the year. The same could be said for our recent trip to Bakersfield.

But there were some not-so-glorious moments. The worst part was when our family friend Eileen passed away in the fall. She was one of the few people that really cared about us. Another thing was that I lost my job at Amazon Lab126 in the fall. Though I managed to get a new job just a few weeks later, being let go out of the blue certainly sucks.

All that having been said, one must look to the future. Speaking of which, my resolutions for 2018 are read more books and get a promotion at my new job. Challenge accepted!

Currently listening to: "Come a Little Bit Closer" by Jay and the Americans