Britt5091 Origins: Being Sick Definitely Has Its Perks

Welcome to Britt5091: Origins, where I dig up old blog posts I used to write for IGN’s community under the username Britt5091. Some posts may make you giggle, some may make your eyes bleed, and some may make you stroke your beard in a pensive manner. All you need to know is that these posts, no matter how terrible some of them may be, ultimately lead to everything I do now.

Being Sick Definitely Has Its Perks

November 11th, 2009

Only two months after having teh swine, I found myself coughing, sneezing and hacking up throat goo (sexy, right?) last week. This, in turn, forced me to call in sick Wednesday and Thursday. Since I don’t work on Fridays or during the weekend, I had five days off of work. Though I felt like shit, I was able to make the most of it.



Ohhh yes. I haven’t been able to game-a-thon like that since middle school. It felt soooooo good. And I’ll proudly state that it was one hundred and ten percent worth my consequential aching lower back.

When I had the H1Nerd1 virus I caught from PAX, it took all I had to muster up the strength to sit up for fifteen minutes so I could eat. It was incredibly disappointing to be home for a week only to lie in bed the entire time. There was going to be none of that this time around. Give me a few boxes of Kleenex and some Sudafed and I’m in it for the long haul baby.

I started and finished Bioshock, played a hearty amount of Left 4 Dead (and the L4D2 demo), surfed IGN, rocked out in Guitar Hero 3 (only to quit with a broken ego and a sore wrist), blasted the covenant in ODST, read an issue of Game Informer, got my hands on Enchanted Arms —

— okay hold the phone for a sec. Who here has played Enchanted Arms? For those who have, is the script REALLY that corny throughout the entire game? Seriously, it wasn’t terrible or anything but it was oozing with cheese sauce. I was laughing in astonishment the entire time before turning it off a few hours in. I’m pretty sure I missed the story amidst all the Gorgonzola.

I spent a few hours playing Peggle (I love that game), played the Modern Warfare campaign again in preparation for Friday when I receive MW2 (So…long…to…go…) and started playing Lost Planet.

During this entire escapade, my 360 froze a few times. As much as I’m sure this is due to the fact that it was running for a ridiculous amount of time, it made me a liiiitttle nervous. Thankfully most of the time it would kick back and resume playing, but man was I holding my breath.

I’ll say it again…I haven’t had the opportunity to game like that in, what, 8 years? I tell you, getting older sucks. I almost forgot what it felt like to wake up, knowing you have nothing ahead of you except to hunker down with your favorite games.

But of course, it wouldn’t be MY life if something completely off the wall didn’t happen during my five days of utmost nirvana.

I had just gotten out of the shower on Saturday and immediately began suffering from the ‘ZOMG hot shower to cold air” syndrome. My hair was dripping wet and I was shivering, so I plugged in my hair dryer and got down to business.

A few minutes into drying my hair (aka no progress made) and:


The power to my apartment shut off.

All was quiet.

Yes, folks, my hair dyer completely cut power to my apartment.

It wouldn’t have been so bad if the UW football game wasn’t due to air in a few minutes. Or if I didn’t have tantalizing hot wings in the oven. Or if I wasn’t sick and wet hair you know, makes you feel worse. Or if the several game demos I had downloading on my PS3 weren’t almost completed. Or if my appliances didn’t go tits up and die on me after power was restored.

Did I mention this caused my neighbor to lose power as well?

My bad.


Update – October 22nd, 2012

I FORGOT ABOUT THAT FIVE DAY AWESOMENESS! Holy crap, those days were nothing but pure nirvana! But, yeah, causing a power outage because of my hair dryer sorta-kinda sucked. If I recall correctly, it happened a few more times, too.

And Enchanted Arms…my grandma really, REALLY liked that game but as I said above I remember it being SO incredibly cheesy. Maybe I should give it another shot. Because clearly I have time for another JRPG.


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