The Curse of Pinball FX!

Spring cleaning will have to wait!
Spring cleaning will have to wait!

I had to take an impromptu day off today, good old NIR were having a strike!

I had high hopes for how the day was going to go. As usual that took a turn up a different path that I intended.

I got pretty much everything done, except my mini spring clean. I find that as things change I need to prioritize my time a little better. I have to change things up a little to fit in the chores and the tea making. So between doing the dishes, washing, the VAT and preparing the tea I had this little two hour window left in my day before I actually had to start to cook. My intention was to organise my working space a little better. What actually happened was I sat down with a coffee for a quick game of X-Men on Pinball FX 2. My quick game lasted two hours and my working space is still organised chaos!

Way back when at the start of the Alien Leg saga, just after surgery, Pinball FX was all I played. I didn’t have to think too hard and it was fun figuring out the mechanics of the tables. You meet some weird people on the multi-player though, right Jelly!! He says I stalked him, I certainly did not, well maybe a little, I was starved of company. It was through him I met Shady, almost a year ago! How have they stuck me that long :)

For a long long time I was the leader in Pinball, my name was up in lights and I wore the goofy crown, with an equally goofy grin on my face!

Juls imagined she was jumping up and down on Jelly's head!
Juls imagined she was jumping up and down on Jelly’s head!

Guys are weird though. They HATE being beaten by a girl. Unbeknown to me while I was addicted to Trails Evolution the crafty buggers all crept past me. One day out of the blue I started getting these automated messages telling me my score had been beaten, with little add on’s like “Who’s the king of the pinball tables now b$tch”, even Shady’s cousin’s at it. It’s not even like they beat me by a couple of thousand points, we’re talking millions ffs!

So hence my two hour foray onto X Men today. If I can get back on top of that table, I’ll manage to kill two birds with one stone, metaphorically speaking of course!

I got irritatingly close to my own best score, however nowhere near theirs.

I had to turn it off before I did damage to the TV with the controller! Me…game rage….never!!

I WILL NOT be beaten though. I will once again reign supreme, it’s just going to take a little longer than I had hoped.

I have to get my title back, the feckers have beaten me at everything else!


Life is a Lottery!

Fingers crossed for the Geek!
Fingers crossed for the Geek!

A while ago I started playing the lottery online. It was so much easier, deposit £10 and get your tickers for the next 4 weeks, no temptation to purchase a sneaky scratch card.

I don’t even really like playing the lottery. I used to buy lucky dips every now and again and that was about it. About 6 months ago Shady and I picked 6 numbers and I’ve been playing them ever since. It’s almost got to the stage I am scared not to play in case the dam numbers come up, with a lucky dip you would never have that worry.

What would you do if you won the lottery?

I wouldn’t want to win millions and millions of pounds. I don’t believe that money can buy happiness, it’s brought me nothing but misery, my own fault of course.

First things first I’d have to buy his nibs a ticket from the USA to Dublin cos that’s  the cheapest direct flight, I might be a millionaire, but I’m still going to be sensible. We’d bum around Dublin for a while checking out the sights and supping pints of Guinness before we headed North.

I’d pay all my bills so I did not owe anyone in the whole wide world a single penny.

I’d give money to my family for them to spend as they pleased. If I won enough I’d pay off a few mortgages to make life a little sweeter.

I’d give Lee £10,000 to spend on gadgets and technology. I’d also give him a box of tissues, he tends to drool over shiny electronic items! He uses tissues for other things too but you really do NOT want to know!

I’d buy Paul a TV licence so he didn’t have to watch programs 7 days behind the rest of us. I’d have to be creative about how I helped him out. Were I just to hand him a wad of cash he’d head to the pub darts in hand! Worse still, he might buy a pub!!

Photograph by Matt Mechtley

I’d buy a medium sized house, that would have a games room. Shady and I have had so much fun talking about how we’d kit it out. We never usually get much farther than pinball tables, lots of lovely pinball tables. There’d be a wall of TV’s with one of every kind of console attached. A full sized,  sit in Sega Rally and OutRun, a huge jukebox, a pool table and an air hockey table. Shelves all around the room would house my recently purchased collection of game character models, my Final Fantasy collection being the first to reach completion.

There would be a secret panel in the wall to conceal my little fetish room. Wall to wall stationary. Paper, pens, notebooks, journals, memo blocks, post it notes……I might need a tissue myself soon! What can I say, I’m a freak! I LOVE stationary, it makes me all google eyed!

Whats the reality?

I’d probably win a tenner and lose the ticket on the way to cash it in!

But a girl can dream!

If money was no object, what would you buy?