2019 Update

Posted in My Life
2019 update

We’re only seven days in to 2019 and I’ve already been making significant headway on my last three posts!

Persona 5: It probably won’t make much sense if you haven’t watched me play P5, but revelations and shocking plot points have been coming fast and furious. I can’t say how many more palaces I have left, but I hear the game speeds up dramatically now.

Working Out: I’ve been the gym every other day for over a week now and have been trying out all the various activities it has to offer. I even managed to get back in the pool to see how my back would react. So far, everything I’ve tried has been going well in terms of recovery. I’m not pushing myself too hard just yet, but I think I’m doing enough to affect my body.

Pacers Game: I bought tickets! My dad and I are going to a game in February. I’m super excited. I can’t wait to go back to Indy. I’ve always liked that city.

Additional things I’d like to focus on in 2019:

Read More: I sadly lost my motivation to read a few years ago. I’d like to try to read at least three books to completion this year.

Paint More: I’m actually kind of surprised by how little I painted last year. I had high expectations for a productive year, especially painting outside. My hope is 2019 will see my output increase significantly.

Play More Board Games: Like painting, my board game plays last year were much lower than I expected or planned. I’d like to dig out more games this year, especially those that have been collecting major dust in the collection.

With all that said, this year will really be unlike any other in my 43 years, as M and I are expecting our first child. So while personal aspirations are well and good, my ultimate goal for 2019 is to be the best father I can be. It’s going to be an exciting year, whatever I manage to get done!

January 7, 2019
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2019: Finish Persona 5

Posted in Video Games

For someone who loves the Persona series so much, it’s unfathomable that I still haven’t beaten Persona 5. Really, it took the P3 and P5 dancing games to come out earlier this month to reignite my interest in picking P5 back up.

So right now, I’m about halfway through my year at school (and thus, the game itself). I’ve just completed the final team member’s palace, so I believe I’m about to enter the next act of the game. Given the reliance of these palaces to date, I’m interested to see how they use them when it’s not for a team member. With any luck, I’ll be finished by the end of January.

December 27, 2018
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2019: Get in Shape

Posted in Fitness, My Life

Enough is enough. If I’m going to be able to keep up with the growth of a child, I’m going to need to get in shape. I’ve created enough excuses over the years to not work out. Now I have a concrete reason to focus on my health so I can be an effective father in any situation.

Tomorrow I’m checking out the community center over in Maryland Heights. I’m hoping it has what I need at a price point I’m willing to pay. With any luck, January 1 will see that start of a new transformation.

December 27, 2018
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2019: Pacers Game

Posted in Basketball

One of the things I’d like to accomplish in 2019 is attend a Pacers game in Indianapolis. I’m trying to finalize which weekend I’d like to go at the moment. The opponent doesn’t matter so much. They weather is more of a concern than that. Hopefully I will have solid plans in place by January 1.

Yes, I’m still very much into basketball. I know, it surprised me too.

December 27, 2018
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Records that Shaped Me

Posted in Music, My Life

...And Justice For All
Metallica …And Justice for All, 1988

Probably the most influential record in my life, Metallica’s …And Justice for All leads off this (hopefully) recurring new segment on Retrotigo.

I don’t remember much about how my love and interest in Metallica initially began, but I can remember an intense desire to want to hear them. The Eye Of The Beholder cassette single was my first introduction to the band.

Growing up, we would always go to a mall near Christmas as a family to do shopping for each other. I always looked forward to it. In 1988, my sister and I went off together and wound up in a record store. The cassette singles were close to the door and I remember seeing the iconic Metallica logo on the wall. I ponied up for it without reservation.

Eye of the Beholder
Metallica Eye Of The Beholder – Cassette Single, 1988

My thoughts after first listen? I didn’t like it very much. Eye Of The Beholder didn’t sound like what I thought Metallica would sound like in my head. The B-side, Breadfan, was a cover, which I didn’t realize until many years later.

Though it didn’t initially grab me, I kept listening to that single until I could get a copy of the full record on cassette. This is where things gets blurry, as my cousin was feeding me their other releases around the same time. …And Justice for All ruled them all, however.

So how did …And Justice for All shape my life? Well, it was the gateway to my metal life, which would consume me throughout middle and high school. It has a production quality to it that remains unique to this day, which helps take me back to those days every time I hear a song from it. It was the record I air drummed to every night, and was the initial inspiration for my desire to play drums.

I don’t listen to …And Justice for All much these days, but I don’t really need to. I’m pretty sure it’s ingrained in every fiber of my being at this point. It’s a record I can recite almost by heart at any time. It’s helped me through high school angst, and has been a way of release when I just need to hammer out some beats.

November 22, 2018
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