Well, instead of playing and writing about something big, exciting and groundbreaking, all plans got thrown out the window thanks to real life. Not in a bad way, though, but just in a way I didn't really see coming. But in a way I am, and would never, complain about.
You see, my two boys came over and stayed for the night. It's always nice to see your kids and spend time with them, especially after all that has happened. In my life right now, strengthening those bonds - albeit from a distance - is very important to me, but I can only do what I can. Still, I'm trying.
So they came over, just the two of them, to spend some quality time with their old man away from their little sister. Just some good old fashion guy time. When I got home from work, they were already hanging out in the apartment with my cousin who I live with, playing video games. Clear sign that yes, I did have some part in raising them. We went and hung out at the pool for a while before heading back to the pad to get our BBQ on. We had tri-tip on the grill, and if you are from California, you know all about good tri-tip. If not, you may have heard about tri-tip, but you don't really know what it's all about. Anyway, BBQing good meat and video games is basically a right of passage for manhood, which is exactly what went down.
For some reason, when I told them to bring over whatever video games they wanted, one of them was WWE SmackDown vs. Raw 2009. And for an ever more bizarre reason, this is the game they chose to play all evening. Literally, all evening. And of course, being a sucker for wrestling, video games and male bonding, I jumped in with them. There was us three, my cousin and then a buddy from work, all kicking back in the living room, playing and watching match after match, entrance after entrance, pinfall after pinfall.
We played iron man matches, Hell in a Cell matches, Inferno matches, Royal Rumble matches ... everything. We watched the epic entrance videos, booed and cheered as if we were watching a PPV event, got excited with every finisher connected and held our breaths with every pinfall attempt. Overall, it was a great few hours spent, before we had to call it quits, so we could top off the epic evening with, what else, Pacific Rim!
Sometimes, this blog isn't about the game I played, but the experience I had while playing it. This was one of those games played that went far, far beyond the actual game. And I couldn't be happier to be writing about it for the 200th posting.