July 28, 2005

Community Spirit

Doing the play has really opened my eyes to just how much free time we have in the course of our everyday lives. With our/my free time roughly halved, all of a sudden I haven’t wanted to play Grand Theft Auto all that much, and a strange new wave of Wanting To Do Something Constructive has befallen.

I know this feeling very well. While Karen was away I did a pretty good job of suppressing it, and just getting on with beating up those whores, but this was an isolated fortnight in a sea of otherwise.

I live in a bit of a bubble at the moment: get up, get in the car, go to work, drive home, potter about the house. The real world is being squeezed down a telephone line for my consumption. And though it is a fat pipe, it’s not representative. It doesn’t tell me much about what’s going on in my town, and what I can do to be a part of it.

So I guess that’s my challenge.

Heh, a fat woman on a bicycle just rode past the window. She was huge, and clearly struggling.


19 thoughts on “Community Spirit

  1. There’s your first opportunity: go and give her a push!

  2. Er, just to clarify… that’s a push forward to help her on her way. Not sideways, which would be evil and definitely non-community-participative.

  3. I could have, you know? She was certainly moving slowly enough for me to catch up with her.

    Pete on July 28, 2005
  4. I find that during the week I lament the lack of free time to do anything constructive (like tidy the flat into something that looks far less like a single bloke is living there and slightly more respectable). Then I get to the weekend where I have more free time, and tend to do nothing constructive whatsoever.

  5. Hey, what happened to our pretty comments boxes? Stop fiddling with the damn template, man! You have way too much free time…

    Karen on July 28, 2005
  6. What? I didn’t like it. The look was all inconsistent with the rest of the page. So stick it up your nose.

    Pete on July 28, 2005
  7. How was it inconsistent? It was green. It was the same as the comments box. What are you being so ridiculous about? Put it back at ONCE.

    Karen on July 28, 2005
  8. It’s our retro-blogger-template-stylee thing. You don’t like it?

    Karen on July 28, 2005
  9. How come EVERYTHING’s suddenly green? Is this Pete’s active way of displaying what he does with his free time? 😉

  10. I don’t like or dislike it. I just wasn’t sure if it was intention initially.

  11. Sorry to disappoint but last night I went home, cleaned the sink (for approximately 2 minutes), took out two bags of rubbish (taking approximately 4 minutes) and then it was Grand Theft Auto all night, with a short break to order Chinese (about 1 minute).

  12. Y’see, Karen wouldn’t let me get away with that. She’d be buzzing around me, asking questions and looking for attention and attempting to seduce me.
    Incidentally, how are you getting on with the game? I’m looking forward to moving beyond San Fierro, just because I want to see that dam. I’m finding the actual missions to be more time-consuming than challenging though.

    Pete on July 28, 2005
  13. Yeah, true, can’t be denied – but the seduction attempt would be intended as reward for the sink cleaning, taking out of rubbish, and ordering of Chinese. And you’re complaining about this?

    Karen on July 28, 2005
  14. is this the grand theft auto that has the sex scene easter egg that censorship boards are up in arms about?
    ‘please! won’t someone think of the children!’

  15. It’s not an easter egg, technically, because easter eggs are secrets that can be activated by certain button presses etc. It’s actually non-executable code that can be converted to executable code by use of third-party accessories or patches.

    Pete on July 28, 2005
  16. so i have the right game, but not the right term for the…hidden..thing.
    non-executable code. got it.

  17. Ah. I was playing this evening, but threw the controller down in disgust after attempting the same mission four times. It was one of those “drive a long way, drive a bit further, shoot some really weak guys, then try to escape a bunch of psycho cops in a really slow car while they are completely hellbent on your destruction.”
    Once you’ve done the long, easy bit four times, it starts to lose its fun value.

    Pete on July 28, 2005

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