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Marathon Interview

Yesterday I drove to Harrison for a job interview. I had to stop at Wal*Mart to buy a shirt with a collar, as the only one I own, a hemp shirt I bought in Australia, doesn't look the least bit business like.

The job is for an in-store sales position selling cell phone and Dish Network services. The interview started at 10:30 and let out a little before 15:00. Very little of that time was spent on traditional interview topics such as job experience, skills, and such. I talked to Jason (he's the interviewer and person who will make the hiring decission)about religion and Star Trek for at least a couple of hours. I think I connected with him pretty well. He said he had one other person to interview but that he'd let me know today or tomorrow about the position. While I'd rather not work for somebody else, this job would be close to home (the interview was a 40 minute drive from here, but the job would be here in Berryville) and fairly well paying for this area. I'd probably be starting immediately.

We bought the Sega Genesis system for Logan's entertainment, but he'd rather watch someone else play than play the game himself, so I spend far more time that I would otherwise choose playing Sonic the Hedgehog, Sonic 2, and Sonic Spinball. Today he insisted on Spinball. I will never play that game again in my life. I absolutely hate it. I played a single game for over an hour and a half. There are just so many places in that game where a player can get stuck in an area that presents little danger but offers no clue as to how to advance the action. That is the mark of a bad game in my book, and I eventually, over Logan's vociferous objections, just put the controller down and walked away before I had exhuasted all of my Hedgehog avatar's lives.

The Lion has been bugging me the last few days. I wrote down some dialog for comic strips, but the elves who normally complete the artwork for the strips spent last night watching the end of Monster as well as Love Acutally in its entirety along with all the deleted scenes. The elves reported enjoying both films, particularly Love Actually.


( 7 comments — Leave a comment )
Jun. 17th, 2004 01:54 pm (UTC)
There's something that just doesn't seem quite right when the father can beat the son at video games.
Jun. 17th, 2004 01:59 pm (UTC)
father beats the son
He's only three and a half. I'm sure he'll be whoopin' my butt by the time he's five.
Jun. 17th, 2004 04:08 pm (UTC)
Re: father beats the son
True, true. He'll probably be all set to leave you in the dust by the time this comes out.
Jun. 17th, 2004 06:22 pm (UTC)
Ah, the frustrations of Spinball. I put it away years ago, only to persue it again when it came out as part of the Sonic Mega Collection for the Gamecube. Frustration can be nostalgia.
Jun. 18th, 2004 12:54 pm (UTC)
Frustration can be nostalgia.
When I lived in Japan in '93-'94 my next-door neighbor had a Sega Genesis, and he and I idled away many hours on it, so playing the Sonic games again has provided me with a small nostagic buzz, but I never played Spinball back then, so it doesn't even have that small consolation for me, and how many clauses dare I string together into a sentence using only "and" and "so?"
Jun. 18th, 2004 08:41 am (UTC)
Sonic Spinball
Yeah, I agree there. Sonic Spinball does seem pointlessly hard in some places with area needed to cover versus cumulative risk.

I have quite a collection of Sega titles, most of them bought recently for $3 apiece. (I'm also collected NES, SNES and have about completed my Dreamcast collection)

Some games out there are "Hard as F---" but are still well worth playing. On the system we are talking about I like "Shadow of the Beast" the best. Hard game, but the incredible for the platform art and fantasy blend in with it perfectly. Its sequel is nice, too.

Others are Chakan, Risky Woods and Fatal Rewind. On the not so hard, but still nice in art and play I like "El viento" and "Alyssa Dragoon". Even recently found "Space Harrier II" which is kind of fun, nostalgia from seeing that game on a huge projection screen in the late 80's or early 90's, I forget.
Jun. 18th, 2004 12:58 pm (UTC)
Re: Sonic Spinball
Thanks for the game recomendations. I'll poke around and see if I can find any cheap copies.
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