Well, technically I was back yesterday, but after driving for 2 and a half hours I wasn't too keen on writing something. All I wanted to do was sit down and unwind.
The week wasn't so bad, actually. Almost everyone had gone somewhere else for the holiday, so it was just me, mom, and my brother. I feel really bad about not getting them gifts, because they both got gifts to give out, and I was too broke to afford anything of value. Mom got me this really badass cane. The handle is a dragon head with a spiked neck and a large marble in its mouth. The spikes are really solid, so if I ever got attacked, I could probably bust some skulls Negan-style. But it gets better. The whole thing comes apart and becomes a 12 inch steel blade. It needs a little sharpening, but it's so cool. (Kinda cheap, from China, it's already breaking, but it's still badass.)
I have to find a way to fix the head. The head is made of some kind of cheap alloy that's super brittle. There's no flex to it at all. The neck is fine. It's made out of something else entirely, and it's very hard and quite dense. The blade is steel or something similar, and flexes just fine. Over all, it's a really nice cane, all except the head... And it was molded like crap. It's knock-off quality. Thankfully, one of my many dormant talents happens to be clay sculpting. I should be more than able to make a new head and cast it from hard resin. I might even try replacing the glass marble in its mouth with a dragon's breath opal.
Now that's a sexy stone.
Unfortunately, they're fairly rare and thus fairly expensive, but damn... I mean, you've got eyes, look at that thing! Amber, orange, pink, red, blue and purple. It's a rainbow of awesome. The cool part about dragon's breath opals is that no two opals are exactly alike. Some have more blue, some have more red, some have more orange. Some look like the eye of Sauron, some look like a sparkling galaxy, some look like blue magma. And each one reacts differently to the light hitting it.
Keep your diamonds, keep your emeralds, your sapphires, your rubies... they're all boring and I don't want 'em. Dragon's breath opals are where it's at in terms of bling!
Anyway, before I keep going on and on with my jewel-gasm, I should get back to the point of this post. I don't think I'm going to be getting back into the swing of game development for a while. The mattress I got to use while I was over there was so good compared to my pile of crap. It's a one-sided (means only the top has quilted padding, the bottom is useless) mattress, so after only three weeks, it was sagging like a 5 year old mattress. It cost me $1700 and was brand new. I've been sleeping terribly on this thing for months now. In fact, worse than ever before. I would have been better off keeping my last mattress. Sadly I allowed the deliverers of my new one to take my old one. But at least it was two-sided and had more life. It's why my waking hours always tend to shift about half an hour every day until I'm waking up at 12AM and going to sleep some time mid day. I don't sleep restfully, and in order to get enough sleep, I have to make up for poor, interrupted sleep by sleeping longer. And in order to be tired enough to sleep, I need a full day. I'm not like a bird. I can't just be fooled into going to sleep just by laying down.
When I sleep longer, a full day runs later than the previous night, so it ends up gradually pushing my waking hours along, around and around.
I don't really mind being nocturnal, but I really, really do mind having no energy, having health that fluctuates into being sickly constantly, having an inconsistent and weak memory, having no drive to do anything, etc.
However, the mattress I got to sleep on at my mom's was amazing. I hadn't had a bed that good in years. (Since 2009, I want to say.) And on top of that, she even said she got it used! So it wasn't even a new mattress! I didn't get great sleep, because I didn't bring my own blanket (it's nasty because my apartment's coin op washers don't clean worth a fraction of what they cost), nor my pillows, because they're also shit. Memory foam doesn't make a good pillow.... So on top of having an unfamiliar bed, blanket, and pillow, they also liked to keep it warm and I sleep better when its cold and I'm under a warm blanket. I'm going to try to get my hands on that brand of mattress, though.
Post note: I'm being serious about the washing machine. I put a light load in there so I'd have clothes for the week (two pairs of clothes and a towel). I washed them the night before, kept them in a clean bag, and when I went to get dressed that morning, the clothes were just as dirty as when they went in.
"But what if it's your detergent?"
Being the skeptic that I am, I thought of that and was planning on getting a new kind of soap, but then I realized that before the renovation, they had older washing machines out there that worked perfectly. And I've discovered that I'm not the only one having this problem. Once they replaced the older machines with these new super energy efficient ones with the highest green energy marks, people started complaining to management about how they aren't cleaning clothes. (They literally said that... "There can't be anything wrong with them. When we were looking at washing machines, we went with the ones with the best energy efficiency marks.") And I haven't changed detergent, either. I'm using the same exact bag now as I was then.
How did management respond? "We gave out instruction manuals telling you exactly how to operate the machines!" Of course I threw mine away without reading it. It's a coin operated washing machine with 4 buttons. 3 of them are temperature settings and one is the start button, that's it. Call me crazy, but I have a hard time believing it's any more complicated than pressing a setting and hitting start. What else could it be? Up up, down, down, left, right, left, right, B, A, Start? Doubtable...
The lid won't open on these damn new ones until it's done, so there's no way to make sure the clothing is getting properly spun, agitated, or even all the way wet. All three of which I have to doubt, based on soap deposits and drip-marks found on the clothing. There isn't even an option to pause the wash to open the lid and check. And yes, I've tried all three temp settings, and there is no way to combine them or set the dirt load. I've even tried performing two washes in a row, and even tried the other machines in there. They aren't able to wash my clothes.
Yes, I do have a public laundromat, but it's the "drop off your clothes here and we'll wash it for you" type, and I don't want a stranger going through my clothes. I could probably just tell them I'm ok doing it myself, but I don't feel like hauling my clothes across town, on foot, like a hobo. I'm going to try some different, stronger detergent types in these machines, and see if I get anywhere. I know a few tricks... If I find something that works, I'll report back and share my findings to help readers with limp-wristed washing machines of their own.