Jarrett (jarrett) wrote,

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Hello again.

My family sent me lots of presents. I got a big box from mom, dad and Tom. But I didn't get to open them on Christmas morning.

The stuff that mom and Tom sent me actually arrived on the Monday before Christmas, but they were delivered to the rental office. I didn't go home after work that day, though. I had to go out and do some shopping. When I got home there was a message on my machine, but the office had already closed. I suppose I could have knocked on the manager's apartment and gotten my stuff, but what I didn't realize then was that the office wouldn't be open again until yesterday.

So before work yesterday I finally opened up my gifts. Would you believe my mom sent me an Xbox? Tom sent me Unreal Championship, an extra controller and some extension cables. It would have been nice to have gotten the High Definition AV Pack, which lets you use component video and optical digital audio. I decided to go and get one last night so I could hook the new machine up properly. I scoff at your composite video jacks. Scoff, scoff.

Anyway, Danielle tagged along and I ended up dragging her all over town trying to find the stupid cables. It was quite frustrating. I didn't realize that so many people out there had fancy TVs and knew how to use them. We went to Best Buy, Good Guys, Fry's, and finally Circuit City. But I managed to find most of what I was looking for.

Now that I have all three game consoles (worship me), I need to figure out some clever way to keep them all hooked up without making my living room floor look like a heap of electronic crap. My tentative plan is to buy a very small TV stand and put it in front of the big screen, then run power, video and sound into switches cleverly placed inside the stand. I don't want to swap cables around every time I want to play on a different platform. Life is just too short for that kind of hassle.

So, at last, I have a Playstation 2, a Gamecube and an Xbox all hooked to my 55" high definition television. I told Danielle jokingly that I finally felt complete as a human being, and she said that was very, very sad.

Girls just don't understand this sort of thing.

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