4th Jan 2020, 12:36 AM
Get cleaned up and make a quick video

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Get cleaned up and make a quick video
You take a moment to think.

It's about 3:00 pm now; the concert's at 9:00 pm.

You think you can squeeze in a short video, mostly to gather ideas for games to play later, and still have time to get cleaned up for the concert. You make mental notes to ask around town more about the mayor, and to maybe look into better cybersecurity; if there's really someone out there trying to cover up the truth, they might come after you for looking into it.

You mostly make your video out of old and unused clips from previous videos, but you record new audio over it--basically talking about the variety and sheer power of characters in different video games, and asking people to comment on their favorite powers from various franchises. Aside from encouraging people to interact with your videos (and thus drumming up their numbers for the bizarre algorithms online videos are sorted by), this could also give you some ideas for what abilities to try and bring into the dungeon. While the video uploads, you take a shower.

While in the shower, you mull over your clothing situation. You do have a few other sets of clean clothes--which is fortunate, because this house doesn't have a washer or dryer. It was listed as having one, but you uh

might not have physically inspected the house in person prior to paying for it, and didn't realize you'd been shorted on the laundry equipment until--

well, until just now.

But you've been all over the house, and assuming the washer and dryer aren't buried with the bodies in a hidden basement or some other haunted house bullshit, you have been slightly deceived about the properties of your home. When it does come time to do laundry, you'll have to hunt down a laundromat.

You heave a sigh.

You can't be mad. Even if the previous owner had been honest about the washer and dryer, it's not like you had other options; this was literally THE cheapest house to buy online, anywhere in the States, by a significant margin. You're in no way confident that you could consistently pay to rent every month; even apartments are pretty expensive these days, and often require you to have "real" employment to qualify for anything but the worst options. At least this way you only have to pay bills.

You have had jobs in the past, but never full time. Hardly anyone gives out full time anymore, instead relying on every employee to work an hour or two just shy of full time. It's cheaper for tax reasons, and legally keeps them from having to give employees benefits. You worked (briefly) at a Burgermeister, unfreezing burger meat and getting yelled at by customers--and two of your co-workers, working the exact same shifts as you, making about what you made in pay, had college degrees.

They'd both been unfreezing burgers and getting yelled at by customers for over a decade each. One still lived with her family well into her 30s, the other lived with three roommates.

That's when you started to piece the whole thing together. ...The whole fucking system is a sham. It's just a meat grinder, with people in important hats lying to you the entire way through it. Nobody "climbs the ladder," there is no grabbing a magical brass ring at the top. People who work hard for the system just get grounded up by it, gears to be replaced at a moment's notice, and how well you did your job or how smart or how talented you are doesn't mean shit in the face of that. You get promoted if someone likes you. You get to run a company if your parents own one. There's people with incredible drive and heart out there cleaning toilets. There's bona fide geniuses stuck at desk jobs. There's artists and free spirits in the ranks of those that pick up trash every week. None of it matters, only money matters, and only those with money get the money that matters.

. . .

You talk a big game in your head, but you can't hold a job anyway and you know it. The rinky dink private school you went to poorly prepared you for adulthood, to put it mildly. Then there's the anxiety. The depression. You might have ADHD, you're not even sure. Your parents refused to get you tested for brain problems and you sure as hell can't afford a therapist now. They wouldn't even let you get your stupid eyes fixed, and you offered to pay for that yourself.

All these nightmares could just be the by-product of a brain tumor or something, you'd never fucking know.

You don't know what's wrong with you.



...You have been a lot bolder since moving here, though.

Maybe your brain's too busy being rationally afraid to have random panic attacks, or maybe you really do feel better now that Addersfield isn't strangling you to death one day at a time. Maybe the stupid dungeon's eating all your sad brain juice.

You place your forehead against the wall.


You wonder how she's doing.





You wonder why she didn't come with you.




You get dressed, collecting the things from your pockets before tossing your dirty clothes into the official Laundry Box. You make a quick microwavable dinner, eat, and brush your teeth. You get a little ambitious with some old eyeliner you still have sitting around.


It's about 8:00 pm. You think you could probably squeeze in some game time, or other small activity, until it's time to leave for the concert.



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4th Jan 2020, 12:52 AM
Xylas_Incarnum
Nah, best get going to the gig. Plaire's forgetting about transit time and you never really stop with "only a couple minutes" of videogame time before an event, always makes you miss 'em or be late... or the odd "make it with barely any time left" moments but better to be early. Time enough to search up a landromat though... or just ask The Bus AI about one.
4th Jan 2020, 12:55 AM
On top of all that, there's the possibility of an unexpected last-minute complication that delays you even if you DO leave "on time." So, may as well head there early. Maybe Cici got there early too, and you can chat a little before the show starts.
4th Jan 2020, 4:10 AM
+1 to all. Also nice shirt!

Try to remember how expensive eye-fixing was on the way out, just for reference.
4th Jan 2020, 9:56 AM
Heroshima
+1. i wonder if MondolGroup runs a laundromat.
4th Jan 2020, 12:55 AM
Portal In Time
Play something nice and not too intensive. Captdemon, maybe? After a while of playing, try to psyche ourselves up for the concert, and set sails. Though we should be leaving a while before 9, it won't be the end of the world if we're fashionably late by 5-10 minutes.
4th Jan 2020, 1:41 AM
AhZalea
In the event that the urge to dance strikes us, we should probably practice, just, taking our glasses off first in case we faceplant.
4th Jan 2020, 2:26 AM
YetAnother
No. No, you can't. It is highly improbable to stop playing after half an hour without any external help. Get moving before you start thinking it doesn't apply to you. Now.
4th Jan 2020, 3:26 AM
Frission
Agreed—I've done it, but it was damn hard to break that 'a few more minutes' line of thought, and it still made me end up being a couple minutes late to where I was going.

I do however agree with AhZalea's sentiment. Let us finally do a silly wiggly dance to shake off some of the bad vibes and get ourselves into a better mood! :3
4th Jan 2020, 5:15 AM
Experiment time! Play a game for only a few minutes. Literally one, single round of Beach Volleyball or one battle/dating sim dialog sequence of Captemon and no more. See if that bare minimum counts or if we'll need more than that to gain abilities in the nightmare dungeon.

Also ya, try to be early rather than "on time".
4th Jan 2020, 5:49 AM
Hari_Seldon
+1 one round of volleyball
4th Jan 2020, 11:24 AM
Not a bad plan. Volleyball seems easiest to do just one round of. +1
4th Jan 2020, 8:59 AM
Hari_Seldon
"The whole fucking system is a sham ..."

This is my view:

Corporations are evil they do what they can get away with. They also can be VERY incompetent. My father worked for IBM and over the decades NONE of his projects became products. Because IBM's high level managers used to come from salesmen who actually care about selling products but now the top managers are accountants and they just mess with the stock price and fire people to "trim the fat" instead of getting things done. If you want to know what happens when CEOs actually know about and care about the business and make good decisions based on technical knowledge just look at Elon Musk.

Getting a bachelors is not enough (e.g. you get a Biochemistry BS and you get to be a lab technician and wash bottles) and should not cost so much. We can afford to send kids to K-12 we can afford to send people through college for free.

Getting a Masters or PhD is HARD and proves you can be independent and work under great adversity, which is why employers like Masters and PhDs. Masters and PhD also involve doing a real project (your Thesis), proving you can get things done in real life not just school.

PhDs can be FREE if you become a teaching assistant (that doesn't slow down your degree much and can get your foot in the door to do research) or do research and get part of the grant money (and you need to do research for your thesis anyway).

The top 1% own more money than they will ever spend. Maybe a few of them "deserve" that much money (e.g. they made smart investments or started companies), but that actually hurts the economy. The faster money changes hands the faster the economy goes. It's called the velocity of money. Oligarchs sitting on piles of money don't put that money to use as fast as people who need the money. So the rich need to pay more of the share of taxes. Republicans stop giving them tax breaks, trickle down economics does not work because it does not increase the velocity of money. Also because we've tried it and tax breaks to the rich haven't helped the economy before ...
6th Jan 2020, 7:27 PM
4th Jan 2020, 9:25 AM
pkrankow
No gaming. Might (probably) make us late. Defeats the purpose of the video as an experiment. We may game after the concert.

Did we have dinner? We should. Soup with box broth instead of the packet?
4th Jan 2020, 11:09 AM
Macheman7
Maybe... Clean up a bit? Just looking at your game station, I see soda cans/bottles and your pants and just... Come on Plaire, you can be better than thjs. It would only take a minute to grab a trash can and clear the desk.
As for the dirty clothes, fold them and put them someplace if you don't have a dirty clothes hamper- which I think you do? Anyway, keep them someplace where you can keep track of which clothes are clean and dirty without strewing clothes all over the house.
4th Jan 2020, 12:26 PM
+1
I was just thinking that and was scrolling through to see if anyone else thought it.
4th Jan 2020, 12:35 PM
Hari_Seldon
+1 clean up the desk now or later. It's a good habit.
4th Jan 2020, 8:36 PM
6th Jan 2020, 10:04 PM
5th Jan 2020, 1:36 AM
Out of Addlersfield and away from the cesspit of the situation there and a fresh start Means a fresh start. Less radiation, less blargh, less Past, more possibilities, more successful social interactions, and apart from the dreamscape and funds a real chance at feeling genuinely Happy.
Clean up and head out as better too early than too late.