Remus Arthur Potter, you were named after two men who looked out for my safety and cared about my well-being out of altruism and decency rather than because I was a tool for them to use or because I was someone’s son.
Our normal evening custodian guy is on a two week vacation. His temporary replacement is terrified of the job and/or me specifically. If I walk by her in the hall, she gets visibly startled. And if she comes by my office to empty the garbage cans, she gets really nervous like she thinks I’ll get mad at her if she comes into the room while I’m working. I’ve tried to be friendly and welcoming to her, but she is somehow getting even more nervous around me. Just now she came by to do the garbage, heard that I was in my office, and just skipped my room altogether. Like, does she actually think I’d prefer to let old garbage fester in here all day tomorrow than allow her to enter the office for five seconds to get rid of it? I’m not even mad, I just feel bad that something about my presence makes her so uncomfortable that she doesn’t even feel safe to do her job.
Okay, that sounds much closer to my experience actually. I actually used up my pine resin on the Taurus Demon the first time and had to fight the Bell Gargoyles without it. I died so many times.
woof yeah. those dudes kicked my ass. did you summon solaire (or anyone) to fight him? i did but that was also the first time i used the pine resin so i dont know how much good it actually did to have him around
No, I just kept fighting them by myself over and over again until I killed them. It was a nightmare, but it ended up giving me a lot of really good hands on experience with my shield. Before that fight, I had a tendency to just hold up my shield at all times and let enemies chip away at my stamina until they broke my guard. After that fight, I was a much better defensive player and I became really good at knowing when to back off and lower my guard to let my stamina fill back up. If you’re good at that and you’re good at parrying, the game becomes a lot easier.
Solaire is almost always helpful if you can summon him, though. I didn’t summon him that time because I was getting owned so hard and I didn’t want to spend a humanity point to turn human only to get killed and revert back to hollow on my way to the boss.
On my first playthrough of Dark Souls I struggled a lot. Pretty much any time I fought a boss for the first time or entered a new area for the first time, I would get killed a lot. On my second playthrough, I found that everything that had given me trouble on the first playthrough was now easy to me, and everything I had breezed through the first time was now giving me trouble. For example, on my first playthrough the only two bosses I managed to beat without ever dying were the Ceaseless Discharge and the Four Kings. I’m almost done with my second playthrough, and so far those are the only two bosses I haven’t been able to beat on my first try.
Anyway, Carl is posting about Dark Souls so it got me thinking about Dark Souls.
Someone just reblogged one of my “Top 15 Breaking Bad Cold Opens” posts and it made me remember that I never finished that. I put it on a week -long hiatus and then just completely forgot about it. That was like a year ago.
So I just ordered a burger at this place, and they apparently got my name wrong and called for “Chad” when my burger was ready. Some dude who’s name isn’t even Chad immediately claimed the burger even though he had placed his order less than 30 seconds ago and the burger was way different from the one he ordered. Apparently “they said a name that wasn’t mine and gave me a burger I didn’t order” didn’t raise any alarms in this dude’s head, because he ate the whole thing. So basically I had to sit there waiting until the burger he actually ordered was ready before we all realized the mistake. Meanwhile, this kid got to eat my burger for free and he got to take the burger he actually ordered home with him.
Also, of all of the ways they could’ve fucked up my name, they went with “Chad”? I have to now assume that the people who work there think I look like an asshole.
I never thought I’d find myself saying this, but the new U2 album is actually not bad. Danger Mouse’s production suits them pretty well, and several of the songs sound like War which is the only U2 album I kind of like. It’s not gonna be one of my favorites of the year or anything, but I don’t hate it.
Though I do have to agree with Eric and Scott Aukerman that the opening to “California” is unbelievably cheesy and awful even by U2 standards.
The CTA is almost always bad at night, but oddly enough the late night drivers on the Irving Park buses are all super nice chill people. Two separate dudes have let me ride for free when I accidentally got on with negative money on my Ventra card. They weren’t even annoyed about it or anything, they were real friendly and didn’t give a shit.
One time I had a lady bus driver who was extremely outgoing and pleasant and I ended up having like a 10 minute conversation with her. We weren’t even talking about anything interesting, but she was so engaging and personable, I honestly couldn’t believe she was a bus driver and not a TV personality or a motivational speaker or something.
This one episode has tons of b-roll shots of old antique cars, and the production crew didn’t give us a list of the cars they shot or anything helpful like that that I could use to identify them. With my minimal car knowledge (and some research) I was able to identify and label almost everything.