It is always nice to get back home. Not that London is all that bad, but there is something special about coming home again.
The lesion of the week was that you never, ever (and I was told repeatedly about the never ever part) have this fine scotch over ice. Oops.
I typically have various bourbons over ice, but I am not a scotch connoisseur, so I had no idea that I was going about it all wrong. I did try it again later in the week, without ice, and I think maybe (just maybe) it does taste better without ice. When I got home last night I had a Makers sans ice, so maybe I am onto the next phase of my life. Still, summers are hot in Columbus, so the ice habit may be hard to break. If I want a warming drink, I typically think brandy, not bourbon (or scotch), but I think I now see the point (and maybe the light).
I did not have a lot of time for gaming, but I did have a few minutes to check out the UK gaming scene at a music/gaming store in the airport. It was interesting to such a large selection of PSP games (I did not check out the other sections) including many sports titles that I have not seen in the US. There was a snookers games, Pro Evolution Soccer 5 (discounted to 19 UK pounds) and Pro Evolution Soccer 6. In addition to usual suspects such as Tiger Woods and FIFA, they had something called ProStroke Golf, which looked interesting because the game lets you design your own courses. I did not see Madden or MLB, but they did have several NBA titles and NASCAR. I was going to pick up Race Driver (was jonesing for a racing game), but did not see it on the shelf.
As far as gaming goes, on the return trip I spent several hours with Madden 2007; I will post more later, but for now it is enough to say that it is an excellent portable football game. I also spent some time with Lumines, Pinball Hall of Fame, and the NAMCO collection title. Lumines is a wonderful way to “get into a zone” and kill some time. The same can be said for Pinball Hall of Fame. I am at the point where I think I no longer have the patience for the poorly implement analog control in NAMCO, which makes the maze games and complete miss.
Good to be back, and happy birthday to me. Today is number 36, which makes me feel like an extremely old fart.