-A Socal dance game acquaintance of ours named Jun Chai, who we'd met at a Super Arcade tournament several years back, came to visit Vegas semi-recently. He sent me a message to see if Sean and I wanted to hang out. We didn't know him all that well and had barely spoken to him, perhaps only a word or two at that tournament, but we were definitely down to make friends out of acquaintances and maybe use the occasion as an excuse to switch on a dance game or two. So we invited Jun over and he showed up ready to dance game with us. None of us had been actively playing in forever but we figured we'd try. Well, Sean hopped on the PIU machine while Jun and I tried to play some ITG. Jun and I got a bit too distracted by chatting, catching up, getting better acquainted, and drinking though and only ended up playing a few songs. That's okay though! It wound up being a fun night and eventually we ended up joining Sean in the garage where I watched the two of them goof off on some mission thing on the PIU machine. Not sure whether it was the next night or the one after but Jun wound up having more free time again and coming back by our house to hang out once again. This time, he brought a fancy, $70 bottle of Japanese whiskey. We again attempted a few dance game songs but mostly chatted and hung out while Sean played. When we finally gave up on playing, we switched on some Netflix and tried to watch a horror movie while doing whiskey shots. I think we must've been too distracted by the convo or just too drunk from about a billion shots though because halfway thru the movie I realized I didn't even know what it was about. Lol That's okay, I made a new friend! And when I REALLY got too drunk he followed me out to the pool to keep me company while I hopped in, perhaps thinking it would sober me up a bit, before puking all over the place. Haha Needless to say, I had a teensy hangover the next day and didn't entirely remember everything but I think what I mentioned pretty much covers the gist of it. It was a pretty good time anyway!
-On August 2nd, Sean and I used a LivingSocial deal we'd bought and joined Costco. We got tons of great perks for doing so and wound up applying for their credit card too. We'll probably cancel it all in a year so we can take advantage of the new member deals at Sam's Club or something - just keep alternating - but for now we've got a good thing. We paid $60 for the membership and got cash back for buying thru Ebates using my Ebates credit card. We got $40 in Costco cash cards (like gift cards), a pizza, a big pack of paper towel, a 24 pack of Kirkland vitamin water, and some other cool coupons as sign up promotions for the membership and credit card. Now, we'll get 4% cash back whenever we buy already cheap Costco gas or other qualifying gas elsewhere, 3% cash back whenever we buy anything else at Costco, 2% cash back on travel purchases, and 1% cash back on everything else (though I'd actually use a card that offers a higher percent of cash back for that last one). On top of that, lots of tasty free samples for the next year. Probably gonna spend all $40 of those cash cards in the cafe there too. Lol
-Also on August 2nd, I joined EOS Fitness. Sean didn't join but he didn't need to. I got a pretty epic deal and can bring him with me for free. So here's the deal I got: I pay $9.95 now and get to use any EOS gym (locations all over Socal, Vegas, and Phoenix areas currently) for free until their newest location, 2 miles from our house, opens this November. Sean can't come with me until that new location opens, at which point my membership officially starts. The $9.95 covers that first month because of their new club opening promotion which also allows me to use the gym for free up til then. Once the gym opens, I'll officially be a member and can bring Sean with me anytime. (In the meantime, he's happy playing PIU while I hit up the gym.) After that first month, I pay a $39.95 annual fee and $22.95 monthly for Gold Plus (their highest) membership, which is what allows me to bring Sean, participate in classes, visit any EOS locations (including Platinum), use the cinema (workout in a big theater room) and all other amenities, etc. Fancy. :p Its month-to-month too so, though their rates are guaranteed for a year at a time (rates are "locked in" annually once the annual fee is paid), I can cancel with 30 days notice. Not shabby for what it is! They've got pools, saunas, and lots of other nice things too and they're open 24 hours! It's not my favorite gym ever but I really can't beat the deal with all the perks for the price right now.
-Sean and I still have Pogo Pass attractions we need to check out before our passes expire on Sept 8th. We knocked out a good one on August 12th though: we went to Cowabunga Bay with Jesse, Afro, and a bunch of their friends. They had Groupons, we used our Pogo Passes, and we all spent a good few hours going on water slides together.
-August 12th was also the peak of the Perseids Meteor Shower. Of course, we couldn't see any meteors during the day while the sun was out but that night Sean and I drove out to the El Dorado Dry Lake Bed area (recommended by our friend East) with our dogs, a baton, and a little booze. It was dark and quiet there with only the faint glow of Vegas lights northwest of us and the occasional passing vehicle to disrupt us. We got cozy by the car, twirling my baton to give us something to do while we sipped a little booze, played with our pups, and stared up at the sky at the meteors that sped by. We were probably there a good couple of hours, the last hour of which was spent meandering with the dogs before crazy dancing any remaining alcohol out of our systems while listening to the most random, old dance music as well as other random crap. We danced with each other and the doggies, climbed all over each other, and laughed til our faces ached before finally heading home to continue the party with food, Netflix, and each other. ^.^
-Not too long ago, LivingSocial had a promotion where they offered $10 off any deal of $15 or more. I tried to use it but couldn't get the code to work properly. I contacted customer support and they issued me a $10 credit. I didn't end up using the credit til they had a sale day though, making the deal I was trying to use it on $2 cheaper. (The deal was originally $16 for $30 worth of Indian food.) In the end, I wound up paying $4 for the deal BEFORE all my Ebates and credit card cash back. A couple of weeks later, Sean and I drove down to the restaurant to claim our meal. The place: Pure Indian Cuisine. It was 4.7 miles/10 minutes from our house on Sunset Rd, right next to the airport. It was upstairs and had big windows with great views of the Las Vegas strip and the planes taking off and landing. The place was nice, atmosphere was decent (possibly almost romantic with the right company), the service was fantastic, and the food was great. We ended up ordering more like $35 or $40 worth of food there because it was so good. We got 2 entrees and 1 side and ended up with tons of leftovers, getting like 2 or 3 meals for 2 people out of it and only paying like $15 to $20 at most out of pocket INCLUDING the LivingSocial deal and tip! You can't beat that!
-An annoying thing happened the other day: I got really upset about something and slammed a piece of an empty, broken, wooden picture frame I'd been meaning to fix up down on the floor. I apparently didn't notice a hard metal object nearby and ended up sandwiching the pointer finger on my right hand between the piece of wood and the metal thing. Owwww!! My finger got all bruised and weirdly crunchy and horrible. I mean, it was just a little fracture on the inside side of the finger above the middle joint. It could've been much worse but still annoying! I kept bumping it on things and making it worse in the days that followed. It wasn't really worth the hassle of seeing a doctor imo thought so I just cut and hollowed out a small cylinder of packaging foam and shoved my finger in there for now. Hopefully that'll do the trick and let it heal. *shrugs*
-Awhile back, I posted about a pigeon we'd rescued. When we found him, he was motionless, lying on his back in a Burger King parking lot. After under 2 weeks, he was good as new, flying around and trying to escape! After under 2 weeks, he was good as new, flying around and trying to escape! We decided to set him free again at Sunset Park down the road from us. As soon as we let him out, he flew straight off, landing on the nearest tall object, glancing at us from a distance for a few last moments before we'd never see him again. Almost bittersweet! :']