Staycation ’09 has Begun

My basement from when I moved in four years ago -- there are a LOT more boxes now
Staycation ’09 has begun.

Well, to be accurate, it began when I left work last night. I’m off for the next 10 days (including today) and I’m mostly just going to chill.

Why a staycation instead of an actual vacation (say, like my Chicago ’06 or Cleveland ’07 trips)? Well, after dropping $600 on Britney Spears tickets for two shows at Madison Square Garden in August, I was trying to save some money. I did price out a 3-day weekend in Vegas, but for the way I wanted to do it (big time) it would’ve cost about $2,000 -- and that’s before dropping a dime in the casinos, so that was out. Also, I did just spend 12 days on the road in Los Angeles and Orlando, so it’s not like I have an unfulfilled need to get away.

So last night I started the Staycation by playing some Playstation (check out that rhyme!)... specifically, “MLB ’09”, which I’ve let languish on my shelf for too long. I re-picked up my starting pitching career, which is frustrating the hell out of me.

Today, I spent most of the day doing my long-put-off re-org of my storage room. Basically, I’ve got tons of stuff in storage, but it was sprawling across my basement. Now it’s much more organized, though there’s still some work to do. Plus, I’m tossing my old futon (and when I say “old” I mean, like, pre-dating my college days). The frame partially broke the last time I moved, and while duct tape has done its job (duct tape solves everything!), I no longer use it, so it’s time to go. Actually, it was time to go for a lot of crap in the basement. I probably should have thrown out even more, but I just couldn’t bring myself to part with a bunch of my stuff.

I also do have a 30-inch CRT HDTV (old-school!) and tiny DVD player in the basement, so while I was cleaning, I also did a movie marathon. I started with “Dodgeball”, moved on to “Serenity” (one of my five favorite movies of all-time) and ended up with “I, Robot”, so it kind of turned into an Alan Tudyk marathon (he played Steve the Pirate in “Dodgeball”, Wash in “Serenity” and Sonny in “I, Robot”).

Right now, I’m watching “Independence Day” as part of my annual July 4th tradition. I know it’s only the 3rd, but I’m going to PooZ’s big 4th of July bash tomorrow, so I can’t guarantee I’ll have time to watch it. I still remember seeing the movie three times on July 2, 1996, and then going back to see it the next day. I’m watching it on Blu-ray now -- it doesn’t have the extended edition, which kind of sucks . Also, it’s funny how bad some of the special effects look -- they were state of the art in ’96, and now they look like something someone did with Photoshop and iMovie.

Speaking of iMovie, I’m considering doing another Buffy mash-up. I haven’t done one since the Season 2 recap I did during Project 310 and I’m not sure exactly what I’d do this time, but I feel like it’s time for another one. Maybe I’ll incorporate some Britney this time too.

As for the rest of the week, well, like I said, I’ve still got cleaning/boxing up to do in the basement, so that’ll be at least another day. Also, on Thursday, I’m making my first trip to Citifield to see the Mets take on Manny Ramirez and the Los Angeles Dodgers, so that should be interesting, especially since I’m going with Cash, who’s a Dodgers fan. I will also finally get around to taking updated pictures of my condo. The most recent set I have is about two years old, and looks nothing like the place as it is right now.

Aside from that, though, I’ve really got nothing planned, so if you’ve got any suggestions, or just want to hang, leave a comment.