...In a small restaurant:
"You're in a good mood today."
"Got laid this morning."
"It's more than that. You have money, again. You're such a mercenary..."
Yeah, I do love me tax time. Refund came in yesterday, and I'm no longer broke.
(At least for a little while)
Now if I can just force myself to spend it responsibly instead of buying some toys.
Of course, that's easier this year than others. No, I'm not getting more mature and responsible (HA!)... it's just that the local shop already sold the Supernova and Guide Gun a few days before I got money. Bastards. And of course, no one has a Gunsite Scout anyway; what with them being the hot new toy in town after SHOT and all.
Should I happen to walk upon one of these or these, however, all bets are off.
I will say though, in the non-shooty world, that it's amazing how cheap computer monitors have gotten. I grazed through Best Buy last night and looked them over. Saw a 23" LEDHDLMNOP something or other widescreen for $239. Hard to gauge picture quality, because the staff had split the same signal to all fifty demo monitors, so the quality of the feed was terrible. From what I could discern, though, it looked fairly nice. Don't think I actually own an HDMI cable, though; so that's something else I'd have to buy. If it's like everything else HD, the cable will be fifty-friggin-bucks on its own.
And then of course there are even less exciting prospects for spending money. I'm about due for a new pair of black boots, my entire collection of jeans are worn through in various places and need replacement, and I really need a couple new long-sleeved overshirts. A spare pair of cheapo glasses probably wouldn't be a bad investment, either.
At some point, I'd still like to have a general purpose pair made. Something on an Aviator frame (remember, aesthetics aside - my prescription won't let me wear proper eyeshields no matter how much I might want to; I simply can't see out of the lens except in the exact center). I've tried "transitions" in the past, and they're a damned joke. They don't transition, most of the time; and cost 2x as much to boot. So, I've been thinking something with about a five percent tint; neutral gray, 100% UV-A/B/C blocking, with a wide lens to provide as much protection and visibility as possible. Since most of my sunglasses wearing is to block UV (which I'm very sensitive to), rather than because of the sheer brightness of the sunlight, I figure five percent would knock enough off to use outdoors without getting a headache, be clear enough to use indoors, and hopefully the aviators lenses are large enough to actually provide some ballistic protection.
Yeah yeah, say what you want about overkill for a civilian; but you work awhile around machine and power tools, and glasses that can shrug off a shotgun blast start sounding like a damned good idea. Ever been hit in the face with debris from using an angle grinder over your head? I have.
Ugh. I hate being an adult. Time was, I got money? Magic: The Gathering cards, AD&D minis, maybe a computer game or six...
Now I've got to stop and think about whether I really need a new monitor (I don't. My 17" non-HD LCD works perfectly); whether it would actually be worth the extra cost to have a digitally designed lens made for my old CQC eyeshields (since Revision says their RX carrier won't work with prescriptions outside +/- 11 - and my stupid right eye is -13) versus just going to my local Lenscrafters and having a set of Aviators made this afternoon. On that note, Lenscrafters warranty for the fucking win, as they say. Those guys are great to deal with. Just talk to an optician, and not one of the sales monkeys. Ask me how I learned that.
I've already boringly decided I don't need the guns. Want, but not need. Damned responsibility. Don't need a new computer either, at least until TESV hits. Yeah, I bitch; but we're all going to keep buying shit from Bethsoft, because there's no one else making heavily-moddable-sandbox-first-person-RPGs. Unless someone puts a combat system into the Sims, it's pretty much Bethsoft or nada for our companion fix.
Gods, I'm depressed now. Someone find me another pomegranate Rockstar...