2021 TGIOKDI Year In Review
Looking back at my 2020 post, wow I seemed so absolutely optimistic about the future, though in my defense, I posted that only 7 days before the assault on the US Capitol that somehow only resulted in a single death, not one of the politicians that were targeted, thank god, but one of the insurrectionists that had broken through a window, made it to the secure area where the USVP was being secured, then broke through one of the interior security windows, was warned several times by an on duty police officer that had a gun on her, but she continued to advance. Her death should have served as a public warning, but instead, she’s somehow inevitably turned into some martyr, but I need to be clear, she was told she was going to be shot and continued to advance, so she got what she deserved.
Whew. that was just in the first week! We’ve been struggling to recover from that ever since, with investigations, arrests, convictions, and all sorts of otherwise news worthy things related to it, the most recent of which was news that Trump took nearly an hour to make a comment on the situation because 1 – he was really hoping that Pence would leave the Capitol, and 2 – he kept screwing up his video.
We got a couple more checks from the feds, which helped out a ton, then in April I got my first of three covid-19 vaccine shots and boosters. That first shot was just in time for me to go to my first jury duty, in which a guy was being charged with possession of half a fingernail’s worth of crack and two possible meth pills that were found at his girlfriend’s house, in her closet, in a purse, at the bottom of her closet underneath a ton of other random bullshit that eventually gets thrown into everyone’s closet. I think we deliberated for about 20 minutes, and it was only that long because we had one juror that wanted to believe the cops over her own damn logic, and it took us a minute to convince her that we could only convict if there were evidence, which there wasn’t.
Some time after this I finished Halo 5’s multiplayer collectables, which was fantastic. Happy to be done with the game, but there’s are a few story related achievements to get, I may try to get those sometime in 2030. Around this same time, we got yet another foster cat, who in turn had 6 kittens, which we raised with the intentions of adopting out all but one, at the end of the day, we kept two of the kittens. We now have 3 more cats than my house and realistically support, and I’d love to move to a house 3x larger, but with my pay being so low and the housing market being what it is, that plan is going to be a long time coming.
My parent company was purchased by a much larger publicly trade company, they then fired a ton of people saying they were redundant, which makes it obvious they just didn’t care one fucking bit about their employees, either current or future. It hurts to see that happen, and it hurts to now work for a parent company that feels that soulless.
I started a Twitch channel! I’ve made absolutely nothing off of it in the 3 months it’s been running, and I haven’t even played any games on it since thanksgiving due to an absolutely horribly respiratory infection, a general depression of the Twitch situation, and the 100+ hours I spent playing Horizon Zero Dawn in November / December. That’s a game that I started back in November of 2020, started streaming it on Twitch, yelled at one of the cats, became horribly embarrassed by the situation and just gave up on the whole thing. That is until I was gaming with a buddy and said “wouldn’t it be a laugh if I was streaming a game to Twitch, but instead of me, you saw my gold fish.” I looked around my home office and noticed that I had nearly all the equipment I needed to start it up, so it’s been nearly 24/7 streaming since early October 2021, with a couple brief downtimes because Windows Update does not behave the way I feel it should.
With my continued blessing of Working From Home, I’ve gotten a ton of work done around my house, due to me being here to see it during the day, as well as having a ton more energy to get it done in the time I have to do it in. I raked my front yard for the first time in the entire time that I’ve owned the house, and now I want to seed it with actual grass instead of the patches of grass in well fertilized soil that used to be just a bed of tree leaves. I have an exterior projects list now, so maybe one day I’ll have a couple new walkways, one in my front yard and one in my back yard.
Back in August I got a CPAP machine to help with my snoring, but it had a side effect of helping me sleep all the way through the night. About 10 years ago I started having to get up to pee every night about 4 hours after I went to bed, but I haven’t had to do that since I started using the mask regularly. Other than these two fantastic things (no snoring, full nights sleep) I hate everything about it, from needing to put it on, to being woken up by it every morning, but it’s helping my wife sleep better, so that was the goal and it’s doing it’s job at that. Now I do wonder why I don’t feel as rested as I’m assuming I should.
I got my third covid shot in December. Is this the last one? Doubtful. But maybe.
By The Numbers:
- 48 Books, half of what I read in 2020
- 12 video games, again half of the previous year
- 346 movies, way up from 2020’s 232
- 35 seasons of television shows,