April 30th, 2010

What a Big Difference

Right from the start, I'd have to give today a 4 out of 10. It was fine right up until the last block before the train station, then I got into a bit of an altercation. The most important part is already mentioned over on my Twitter page, but for reference here, I went down the wrong street, onto a dead end road instead of the underpass that would lead to York, where a whole bunch of people were standing around carrying on. I continued walking through though, until some random girl ran up to me and asked if she could have my ears. I obviously said no several times, as she kept getting more and more insistent, then she actually reached up for them, so I grabbed her arm to turn it away, and was accused by one of the guys standing nearby of hitting his sister. Oh yeah. Such fun stuff. I wouldn't be surprised if my face is puffy and bruised tomorrow, but on the good side they only got off with $45, easily replaced with my next couple shifts, instead of my PSP or DS. They didn't seem too bright to begin with, but there's a lesson in this: when walking around an unfamiliar city, make sure you know your route down to the very side streets and dead end alleys you'll be passing by. It will most likely save you alot of trouble.

Didn't really do everything I wanted to either though, which leads to part of the low rank. Didn't go to Food Basics, passed up the chance to make a detour to No Frills, and mostly only did what I was planning to back in January when I bought the ticket. Mind you, that much was fun, although I should say White Oaks Mall has an incredibly confusing layout. I saw Tim Hortons shortly after walking in, but kept following the signs around to Dollarama, as I wanted to check if they had the same pepperoni sticks the one here in Chatham does. After that I had to walk around for another ten minutes just to find the food court again, but then things went more smoothly, and one of a small group of teenage girls told me I was "their hero". Indeed. Glad to know I am such an inspiration. Or something... As for all the walking around on a whole, true to how my time is here when I walk out to Michener on the way home from work, I can make it from Via Rail to White Oaks Mall in roughly an hour in London. I still made it back to the train station with an hour to spare, but that passed by quickly enough thanks to playing games on my DS. Didn't go to Tim Hortons though, or Subway when we got back to Chatham, because I was still upset about the aforementioned altercation for the former, and wasn't anywhere near hungry enough to go to the latter.

Looking ahead to tomorrow, calling TekSavvy may end up being my first order of business. I assumed the modem would have been ready for pickup earlier this week, but they either still haven't called, or I missed it when they did. Kind of annoying when Bell will be disconnecting us on Saturday, but then again, this could be one of the "unforeseen complications" the first email I received spoke of. We have to wait until at least Monday either way though, so perhaps they'll call then, and I'll be left looking a little foolish. Whatever the case, I just want to hear back from them soon, as they already have my money. It is all up to them now.

But before that, I need to go put my laundry in the dryer, then find something funny to watch so I can be in a more typical mood before going to bed. Everything else is done and taken care of, so those two tasks are all that are left~

They Had it After All

I would've picked the hottest afternoon in recent history to call TekSavvy, then walk out there to pick up the modem. It turns out they did have it, but I wasn't notified for whatever reason, but the lady I spoke to on the phone confirmed that everything had already been paid for, so I could pick it up whenever I liked. Couldn't just go straight home after that either, so I ended up both at Charlie's Variety and Staples before finally arriving back at the house. At least I have the modem though, so now everything is up to them. Such is also the reason I'm writing this early tonight. There's no way to know when Bell will turn off our connection, so I might as well do the things having an internet connection requires while it's still the 30th. Although aside from this, there was only one more, being enabling Gmail's Vacation Responder. Just in case any of the people I'm commissioning right now try to contact me over the weekend. That's almost certainly exactly how it'll go too.

More immediately, I'm considering heading out to Subway to get some supper once I finish here, but only if I wake up some. Went to bed around 3 or 4 because there was nothing else I wanted to do and woke up at 12, which is just where I was after coming home from Brantford. My face doesn't look as bad as I thought it would, and really you wouldn't see anything to look at me, but my nose feels bruised, which I have to think is to be expected. That whole thing is kind of funny to look at objectively now (ultimately it was my fault for not stopping to double-check where I was going when I noticed the dead-end sign), but yeah. Dumb kids, leading to some thoughts that next time I go there, if and when, it'll be to the mall on the northern side of the city, so I can stay away from the downtown area a bit more. Oh, and on one last loosely-related note, as I noticed the first time I went there for the furmeet, there's a much longer delay between the street crossing signs changing from "Stop" to "Walk" than there is here. Almost a good minute, it seemed.

There isn't much to say otherwise though. Just thinking about what I can do later tonight, and two of my most likely options are either starting into a new Doom WAD (I downloaded a bunch of custom ones), or trying to figure out where to go in Ocarina of Time. I started playing it about a week ago, and my most recent accomplishment was clearing the Forest Temple, but now I can't figure out what to do, because all Navi says is to investigate Death Mountain, but if I go up there the only open path leads into the crater, where you have a ~60 second time limit if you're not wearing the Fire Tunic. I used to know literally everything about the game a long time ago, to the point where I'd beat the final boss every time I stayed the night at Josh's house, but now I'm a bit helpless, and am actually considering using the old tattered guide I have for it as help. Hopefully not, but we'll see.

Anyways, it's about 10:30 now, which is late enough, so I should be off. Would be nice to come home to at least one commission-related email so I have something new to look at until next week, but probably not, so I'll just have those things mentioned above to waste time with. Then when the internet does get connected, I'll go unhook Bell's modem and put the one I bought in its place, but that won't be for at least a couple hours yet. Have to go get supper first, at very least~