As some of you may have noticed, I went on a tear and started stacking Minecraft
- just a little bit though. Nothing too crazy. I've only
completed six out of the possible nine variations.
Oh. What's ridiculous is once I decided to start stacking this series, I'm noticing a new achievement surface - that Haggler achievement. What were the odds? I tell you what though - if GS is your thing, Minecraft
is one heck of an investment. Can't go wrong with a seemingly endless amount of free achievements in our future.
Does make me wonder when the 360 version will be discontinued. As it stands, it's believed that anything on that platform is capped at 99 achievements, so I'll be curious on how mobile platforms will be affected. Those probably won't be, but still leaves me in anticipation.
Not sure what compelled me to stack all of those platforms. Perhaps I needed a reason to own another device or something. I like owning gadgets and gizmos. The Android tablet I managed to snag, for about 85% off from it's retail price, is a wonder piece of tech - the Ellipsis 10.
Lately, just wrapped up all of the Chaos Squad achievements in Sunset Overdrive
and been snagging online achievements in a variety of games as of late, such as Double Agent
, ExZeus 2
, and more. I do have to admit. I had a ton of fun in the Chaos Squad game mode and even though DOOM
was boosted, it was a hoot with the group that was involved. I'm hoping I feel like playing the MP later on because it seems like it's played at my type of speed: fast and frantic!
I've also been planning on blogging about all of my completions that helped me reach that 500 milestone with mini reviews of each. I've seen it done in a series of posts before from someone else and it might be something cool to do. Also seeking out to complete a game in every genre too since that whole debacle has been ironed out now. I actually have a majority of them already, but I'm missing about 10 of the rare sports ones, like Badminton and Skydiving.
Anyway, one of the main reasons for starting this blog is I thought I'd sit back down and put a bit more effort into getting part two of this post done. You know, just get it out of the way since quite some time has passed since the last one was posted. Plus, I felt like it was unfinished business to not complete it, so with that said - Here. We. Go.
Well, this is slightly embarrassing. Not quite sure where to expand from the last blog since life goes on and haven't really missed a beat. Ironically enough, things have been even more stress-free and much quieter. I do not miss Mundane Monday's obnoxious voice, that's for sure. That said, guess I'll just pick up from somewhere and run with it? If it wasn't for the extra content that I left out from the last blog and managed to set those notes to the side, I would've forgotten all of these other juicy details. That would've been a shame for all of you followers, huh? You all could have missed out on some funny material!
Let's start off with how Dawn had gotten concerned on what both Monday and Cracks Corn IDC might have said about us to their family and friends. Bah. Who am I kidding? I'm almost positive they already have since they've been quick to bash their other "friends" to us. Heck, Monday even talked junk about her own mom on how evil she was. Even talked about how manipulative and hypocritical she could be. Doesn't even speak to her anymore either. Guess the apple doesn't fall far from the tree. Regardless of what might have happened, I quickly reassured Dawn that she shouldn't worry because of two things: they don't have any "true friends" nor we will never see anybody they associate themselves with ever again.
Personally, I could give a dingle berry's worth of a crap on what they say about us - it wouldn't be the whole truth. They like to cherry pick certain things in an effort to sway people on their side. You know, playing the victim only like a SJW knows how. That whole friendship could be viewed metaphorically as layers of an onion. Unfortunately, after enough layers were taken off, a rotten core eventually showed itself. It's shame since we put forth so much effort to keep it afloat and moving forward, but alas - it's a tiny ripple in the scheme of things now.
I mean, we should've seen the red flags and warning signs. For instance, Cracks Corn and I have a mutual friend when it came to gaming and it was disturbing
how he'd bring up tasteless things about him. One thing that stood out was how he would say, "I think Xbox is the only thing he has going in his life." It's sort of ironic because Cracks Corn would often go to him for achievement help. I mean, don't take my word for it. There are game clips showing where he's essentially letting our friend lead the way for him and do all of the dirty work. I guess his idea of gaming for fun is holding onto his buddy's belt from behind. Sounds like a leech, yeah? The only thing that might be worst than that is having your brother come over to game for you in an effort to snag a bonus in some gaming contest. Too soon?
Monday wasn't apparently any better of a person. As I had mentioned, Monday often spoke ill of her friends (current and former) too, so the common denominator was clearly them. They'll never admit it, but perhaps the issues were within them all along and not with everyone else like they want other people to think. As another example of her poor character, a week or so prior from their meltdown with us, she even felt torn on going to her grandfather's funeral or not because she had already booked a trip to go out of town. Huh?! Pettiness on full display there. Needless to say, both Dawn and I didn't approve of that mindset. If we had to deal with something like that, it would be a no-brainer for us and there would be no second-guessing on what needed to be done. Family comes first. Always.
Anyway, what still baffles me was how they were trying to portray themselves as the perfect friends, but as soon as I dispute that, they get their panties in a wad. Both of them. I don't know what Monday was trying to accomplish by not referring to us as "good friends," but they certainly need some thicker skin if they're going to continue making accusations like that with other people. How's that saying go? They can dish it out, but can't take it. Huh. Just figured something out. They're narcissists!
I must say that I had always felt Cracks Corn had double standards and just as petty as his wife. For instance, he teased me about starting games that were just for score back in the day, but yet somehow it's acceptable for him to do so. It makes me shrug my shoulders at such narrow-mindedness. I even recall a time where he exclaimed on how he enjoyed EVERY game he plays. Riiight. He's clearly in denial by having a game like Vampire Rain
or Energy Cycle
on their tag. Oh, but wait - I bet a cousin started it or something.
He even told told me once that he "got scared" during one time I was aggravated with him a little and he didn't initially wanted to be friends anymore due to my choice set of words that I had for him then. Sigh.
On top of all that, according to his wife, he was trying to stay ahead of me in GS for whatever reason. He even resorted to that infamous Avatar
game when I happened to be closing the gap.
I mean, that is pretty impressive to hold out on starting a game like that - think he started it earlier this year. I personally wouldn't have the patience because it's so gratifying to unlock achievements right then and there. It's just lame since he obviously spent more time trying to desperately stay ahead on GS than interact with me. If he wasn't too busy trying to play the victim from our last spat, we could've patched things up, but nope. It's a bit funny how much money he's spent on trying to stay ahead of me too. If regret hasn't set in, it will soon. I mean, it's been back and forth, but I've already passed him - several times - so, don't understand his mindset; it's silly. It is what it is. He can continue to stress over it for all I care while I go at my own pace.
Oh. Something I didn't bring up in the last blog was that according to Dawn, they proceeded to remove us from social media and things like that, right away. I'm not joking - it was almost instantaneous It must've been done in record timing too, almost as if they had plenty of practice beforehand. Just think about that for a second. If they would've put forth that much urgency and effort towards our friendship, it might not have gotten to that breaking point. But, at the same time, Cracks Corn didn't give me an opportunity to say my two cents after the fact. Forgive my language once more, but he "pussied out" of the conversation because he knew they were in the wrong. How else is anyone supposed to look at it? It was just weird after our last communication especially when he said, "Don't bother replying back. We're removing your numbers." Such a little girl!
To quickly summarize what made this escalate was that they felt like my message to them was an attack, but declaring Dawn and I "not good friends" wasn't one? I only defended Dawn like a real man would and didn't consider what I sent an attack at all; more of a reality check and setting the record straight. Not my fault they wanted to act like a drama queen over it. A couple of other things that stood out from his last communication to me was when he said, "we had a good run." Who says that?!
I'm sorry, but there's no shred of normalcy with that sort of behavior. A true friend would sit down, hash things out, and then shake hands. It would've been different if something like this happened on a daily basis, but it didn't.
He also brought up how they were happy for Dawn and me, but reiterated that they wouldn't be there to share it with us on our wedding day. Uh, not sure why he was making that last part out to be a bad thing. We're beyond thrilled that they won't be there any longer. Probably would've just complicated things since Dawn's other bridesmaids were having issues with Monday's pessimistic character from their prior interactions. I'm sure Cracks Corn would've gotten along with the rest of my groom, but can't say that with absolute certainty. With his apathetic nature, he could've brought us down in spirit or something. Bullets dodged, perhaps?
Before I forget, what do you all make of this? I brought up social media and Facebook earlier because that was something we were all friends on. Dawn had noticed that Monday blocked her on there, but then kept removing that setting (unblocking, if you will). She hasn't checked in awhile, but why was Monday doing that? I later found out that when you block someone on FB, it works both ways. You can't look the blocked person up either. I'm certain that she unblocked Dawn so she should keep tabs on her/us. Having second thoughts? Regret? Or, just being nosy and a weirdo?
When Dawn told me this, I just shook my head. It's rare that I post anything on FB so it really didn't affect me at all, but the most I looked at was to see if Cracks Corn IDC had already removed me from XBL and TA; sure enough - he did. Plus, my coworker is oddly passionate about where I'm at in comparison to Cracks Corn's score. It seems he brings it up at least once a week and then I feel obligated to look. Ha. And, as you all know, I've passed him before, so despite his best efforts to stay ahead by throwing money at games that were blatantly played for quick GS, it was all for nothing.
My scope of discovery is limited, but I can only imagine his spastic behavior and sleepless nights as he's padding his GS as much as he possibly can. It's sad on what he's resorting to, unfortunately. His playing habits have obviously consisted of spending money just to stay ahead of me. Such an unhealthy obsession. Sad. What I find interesting is that while he's pouring his life's savings into a questionable number that some of us are seemingly obsessed over, I'm not spending anything close to his totals. In fact, with the resources that's been shared to me, I'm not spending...well, anything, really. I'm probably actually enjoying the titles I've been starting more than him too. I can almost say that with absolute certainty.
Let's see if I can put this all into perspective and find out what those totals could be. Let's take a peek at his games list...
OK, I'm back. So, since we stopped being friends back in mid-February (don't remember the exact date), he's spent well over $300 in that time span. It's probably more than that since I can't tell what he hasn't started, but that was for games that was obviously for a quick score bump in GS. NEOGEO, anyone? God knows how much he'll spend during this Spring Sales event. And, at the risk of looking like a freeloader, I might have spent $50 and most of that was from the season pass for DOOM I got from someone else on this site. I knew his gaming habits and tendencies were an odd one, but he's never been this obsessed over GS before. I guess it's important for him to have this lone victory over me. Meh.
Speaking of odd, let's give you all an example of this. He once told me he didn't want to "start" Titanfall 2
because of one difficult achievement that he couldn't unlock. Uh, has he looked at all of the unobtainable, discontinued or glitched achievements he has? What's one more unattainable achievement gonna do?
He needs to worry about the 15 pages worth of online achievements he's got locked or they'll become discontinued. I point all this out because he obviously doesn't make a lick of sense, so it's no wonder he wanted to terminate the friendship so hastily. I suppose what takes the cake is those spending habits - they're just ridiculous now especially for such a petty reason. I just don't find that impressive. I could easily turn my $250 Wal-Mart gift card I won from my work's Christmas Party and convert that into MS digital money. From there, I could easily bump up my GS with that dough and just crush his totals, but I won't. I'm better than that.
He was a bit quirky with his gaming too - hid offline, always took their time getting back to me (not always, but enough to be irritating), and seemingly never instigated anything. Remember, he's apathetic. I mean, the dude only worked two hours a day and according to his wife, never worked a real job in his entire life. I've also noticed that he'd get his game on in the early morning time. I kind of suspect he did that because his wife was too controlling in the late afternoons and wouldn't let him. I have a hilarious story about the guidelines she set for him when he wanted to join the GTASC this year too. She made him repeat those guidelines to his teammates in a party chat over XBL and they even had to verbally repeat them back to her. I mean, you can't make this stuff up! I don't remember the details, but it was probably about how he couldn't play when she got home and things of that nature.
At the end of the day, my score is high enough. I sometimes watch videos on GameSprout and I imagine they're having more fun than the rest of us who are valuing our numbers as something to brag about. It's not quite as meaningful to me as it once was and I hope one day I can pry myself from feeling the need to unlock achievements completely. Well, maybe not completely. You all know what I'm trying to get at.
Going back to all of their money being spent, his wife would only complain to Dawn about anything and everything - that's what she seemingly did whenever they would talk. When she needed minor outpatient surgery, she made it out to be like it was going to be open heart surgery. She would whine, like, "Poor me. I'm in so much pain." The question the pops up is me wondering where is the husband in all of this, to support her and console her? Anyway, the main topic was usually about their "financial situations." I just remember her unnecessarily talking REALLY loudly over the phone and I wasn't even the recipient; I would be sitting from the other side of the room and still hear her. I mean, all of that whining would get annoying after awhile, right? I can just see Dawn rolling her eyes now. We all tolerate that one friend, don't we? We still love them, but man, they can make it tough to like them sometimes.
Anyway, she just seemed to be oozing with pessimism, hypocrisy, pettiness, double standards - the whole nine yards - especially when finances were the topic of their conversations. Needless to say, I was never a big fan of her poor attitude and overly critical mindset. Mundane Monday would not only continuously bring up money problems, but yet they would constantly go out to the movies and travel out of town (even out of the country in some cases) to go to these comic conventions; they would even partake in the whole dressing up bit - that stuff gets expensive quick. I mean, all of those action-packed events tally up quickly, but at the same time, didn't make any logical sense on why finances were ever brought up to begin with. We suspect she said this to garner artificial sympathy from us or simply wanted attention because Cracks Corn parents were living comfortably (they had money) as far as we could tell. Could be wrong with that speculation, but there's a real possibility we could be right with those suspicions.
And, since I'm a video games aficionado, I'm fully aware of how much Cracks Corn IDC probably spends on his collection, so there's that too. Spoiler: as we just discussed, he spent a lot. In his basement [cliche alert!], he's got shelves among shelves of collector's items. Don't get me wrong, I thought the collection was pretty cool despite me not being that into collecting things; that's what museums are for, right?
Plus, I don't warrant enough company at the house to show off any collection I would ever want to invest in. But, here's the point I'm trying to make: if you're having money issues, shouldn't you save up and not continuously purchase stuff that's not really practical in the scheme of things? It's just common sense.
Dawn and I always suspected money was never an issue unless their money dilemma was them not getting as much pity money from the parents. Regardless, I understand there's two sides to every story, but you really can't expect to take their word for it. They like to only pluck a few facts and leave out the rest of the truth to make themselves look like the victim. I have no reason to shuffle up the facts. If you really know, I don't need to use any misdirection. Of course, this post isn't about who was right or wrong. I'm aware I've been a little hateful, but that's just my personality when it comes to blogging. I'm a little too grandiose for my own good, but I think most find it amusing, so I roll with it. If these blogs was a true reflection of myself, then it might turn out being bland, so I got to add a little spice to them. Ha.
Oh, and get this. Friends, family, and coworkers all said that their actions were shocking while a few even shared their suspicions and claimed they were trying to find a way out. Of what exactly? Beats me. Was it just the trip, the friendship? Meh. We don't care, just pissed off about their lack of decency more than anything else. After all, Dawn actually planned around Monday's schedule for Disneyland and the Bridal Shower. But, what does Monday do when one thing doesn't go her way? She canceled that trip hastily, dropped out of wedding, solidified her bitch status all because of a discussion that revolved around finding a middle ground and compensating (which is what Dawn and I end up doing most of the time). God forbid we act like the wedding was for us or something.
Their behavior was quite disrespectful. Monday didn't give Dawn the common decency that they weren't being friends anymore either. I had to relay that information to her. They'll never know this, but we were good sports during the times they stepped over the line. We just let it go like good friends do. For example, Monday constantly nagged Dawn about me making payments towards that Disney trip because she was worried about us dipping out and they would be stuck with the reservation. Oh, how ironic that statement came out to be. And, she had the nerve to state Dawn didn't trust her with that whole dress debacle (Part One of this blog states the particulars on that subject). Um, not sure if she ever realized that it actually wasn't her wedding. I'll be blunt here: just because Monday didn't have the wedding she dreamed of doesn't mean she had the right to take over Dawn's and try to live vicariously through it. Not my fault she felt like her own wedding didn't live up to expectations - I say that because Monday harped on on how her bridesmaids weren't there for her. Big surprise there, but she also complained about the lack of communication about Dawn's Bridal Shower among the bridesmaids, but apparently there's some things you can't reserve that far out in advance, so there was no need to communicate that. And, as an insult to injury, Dawn's bridesmaids had already reserved a room for her, from the little they could reserve.
Did I mention how delusional they are? Get this: all of us had taken turns to visit each other over holidays and what not, but this one time was so ridiculous on what they constituted as "their turn." When they decided to go on one of their numerous trips, this particular one was to to Florida. Since they were passing through GA, they asked if they could stay for a night at our place. We didn't have an issue with that because we like to be there people in need, especially friends. We had to tweak our work schedules to make sure we were home, but that wasn't a big deal. What makes this story comical is the fact that Monday had the audacity to say, "OK. It's your turn to visit us now!" How is that even remotely fair? I told you they were delusional and if I hadn't, now you know.
I admit. They truly did us a huge favor by canceling that trip. While Dawn has gotten over the fact she's not going anymore, I feel she's realized Disney was hyped up and we need to save up for our eventual trip to Paris, a place that is going to be much more meaningful to us. Plus, I think Jim Gaffigan describes adults who go to Disney without kids perfectly (hint: they're weirdos):
I somewhat mentioned this in a status update of mine, but with the extra money we now have, we opted to use part of the trip money to spruce up our landscaping, make some vegetable gardens and I tell you what: that money was well spent. I feel more at peace and relaxed when I pull up in the driveway; the yard just looks fantastic now. It's quite therapeutic to me to look at everything and soak in all in. Well, that's until my allergies hit me and I start sneezing uncontrollably. Ha.
All in all, I do want to say this. They were good friends, just not for us, especially if there were going to be hidden agendas, cry-bullying going on, and pointed fingers directed towards us. Remember this folks: if you point a finger at somebody, there's going to be three more pointed back towards you. Think about that for a second. I'll still be here.
And, before I wrap things up, I just made a recent discovery. I would have never thought I had the capability to dictate what and how someone games or even what they end up purchasing. Neat, huh? Then again, I'm sure if I stalked someone's profile long enough, I would develop their tendencies, boost what they play after the fact and - well, you all know what I'm getting at.
Now, how do I know if someone has been keeping tabs on me or not, you might be asking to yourself. I have my ways, but I'm not going to sit here with a God complex and pretend to know everything, but at the same time, a copycat only functions one way. However, it could just be a crazy coincidence, but after awhile, coincidences no longer seem like it. Catch my drift?
As I always say, it is what it is. It's flattering that someone I'm no longer friends with still checks up on me, only like an ex knows how. It makes me feel all warm and fuzzy inside. It actually amuses me more than anything else, but let's be done with this chapter of my life. I've vented enough, if you could call it that. There probably won't be a Part Three and while the gloves didn't come off per se, it's when the socks come off you have to worry about. Things get real then.
Anyway, looking forward to blogging about completions and this genre project I have going on. I think all of you will find that interesting going forward. However, more importantly, future blogs will feature stuff that will be more focused with my gaming rather than real-life drama. I can imagine that there can only be so much drama that can be created within my vicinity, right? Bah. Who am I kidding?
Take care everyone and have a great weekend. Later!
[UPDATED: April 13, 2017]
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