Lightning Paths

Last night I introduced myself to grappa, an Italian spirit that is made from a distillation of pomace. I was drawn to the drink because of the bottle this style was in, honestly, but I quite impressed by the drink’s flavour. Brandewijn! Oh fire wine, you’ve enchanted me. How do my local friends feel about a Friday night Grappa and gaming session here?

Kissing is something I can’t get enough of. I’m sure I’m not alone. I was happy to learn that kissing also has positive impact on our health, especially when it comes to allergies.

Thirty minutes of good uninterrupted face sucking, spit swapping or kissing if you prefer, is equivalent to a thirty-minute workout in the gym. Kissing not only has a calming effect and increases blood circulation; it also reduces histamines, the body’s natural response to allergens and pollen.

So, any of you beautiful women who are suffering from runny noses, burning eyes, or other symptoms of not making out enough allergies, give me a call and I’ll offer a 30-minute cure. Yes, you can fake it too. I don’t mind, really.

Thunder is crashing and lightning burning through the sky outside my window. It’s a beautiful and calming chaos that I haven’t experienced in some time. I’ll have to walk through it before long, but for now it’s pleasant to be warm here with Mithra curled up beside me.

I’m more excited about video gaming than I have been since I was a kid thinks to Nintendo’s recent innovations. The DS portable system and their Wii (pronounced “we”) console are bringing fun, innovation and accessability back to gaming and I’ll finally be won back into owning a console for the first time since the first Nintendo system.

Wii will break down that wall that separates video game players from everybody else.
Wii will put people more in touch with their games … and each other. But you’re probably asking: What does the name mean?
Wii sounds like “we,” which emphasizes this console is for everyone.

These new games and technology are making gaming a more entertaining passtime and certainly making it more of a social event. I imagine my friends and I will all be clamouring to use the wiimote. And it will be good for kids to get a bit more active when playing video games. All in all, Nintendo has raised the stakes and made gaming cutting edge again.

Nintendo may be infusing the new console race with tremendous promise, but I’ve also been playing a new game on my computer the past two days. Guild Wars Factions is an MMORPG with beautiful visuals and gameplay I’ve been very impressed with. I’ve only been playing a short while, so I can’t say anything in regard to the community, but otherwise it seems like a great game, especially because it cuts out annoying time-played limitations and subscription fees that a casual gamer like myself is easily turned off by. If you play the game and see Nest of the Spiral out to save the world, say hello.

Sometimes I find the need to track down songs I loved while growing up, even though they’d be off my radar now. I’ll admit to busting out Montell Jordan’s “This Is How We Do It” and Skee-Lo‘s “I Wish” today after talking about the two tracks with a co-worker on Sunday. Skee-Lo is actually quite great, my favourite of the mid-90’s hip-hop wave. His sense of humour is refreshing and the sincerity was a welcome change from much of what was coming out at that time.

Flash, crash, fucking boom! This is a grand night! I stopped typing up this entry to head to work and had a lovely walk in the pouring rain, deafening thunder and lines of lightning. It was awesome in the purest sense of the word. I was drenched by the time I arrived, but luckily the suit I put on was warm.

P.S. “A ‘Militarization’ of the Southern Border?” is a fine piece from WoodMoor Village that addresses some misconceptions involved in the American government’s movement toward restricting and militarily patrolling borders. As this tension escalates, I think we all need to look more closely at how we can open our nations to immigration in healthy ways and reduce needless tension, especailly that created through military actions.

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