March 2009 Archives

The hardest goodbye

It's been a while since I updated this, and to be honest I probably wouldn't be updating now if it weren't for a certain life-changing event that took place last week.  Wednesday night after my weekly Lost watch party, I got a phone call from my dad that went something like this:

Dad:  I've got some bad news
Dad:  They found Christy dead
Me:  ...What?
I would come to learn that my cousin Christy's body was found early Wednesday morning on fire along the side of a secluded road.  Christy was my cousin and practically my sister.  She was the same age as one of my sisters and she spent a lot of time with me and my sisters growing up.  I used to babysit her and my sisters in the summers when we were out of school.

The entire time I was hearing the news, I was in a state of shock and disbelief.  All I kept thinking was it had to be someone else.  I was in such disbelief that I went to work the next day.  It wasn't until that night when we went to see my aunt and grandparents that the grim reality set in.  The days following that would be the saddest days of my life.  This past Saturday we had the funeral for her and although most of the sadness has passed since then, things will never be the same and I still can't believe something like this could ever happen to someone in my family.  As you can imagine, my aunt is taking it the hardest, but the support has been amazing.  At the very least, we can take comfort that she's in a better place now.

As for the circumstances surrounding her murder, the police are still investigating.  All that's known that I can talk about is that she was last seen on 6th street on Mardi Gras and at some point around 1am she disappeared.  The next time she would be seen was around 5am when her body was discovered on fire along the side of a secluded road.  Fortunately the detective assured us that he has some leads he is pursuing and currently there is a woman wanted for questioning, although the detective wouldn't say why this particular woman is of interest.  All we can hope for now is that the monster that did this is caught and taken off the street.

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On a much lighter note, earlier this week my coworkers were bugging me to join Twitter, and after some resistance, I eventually gave in.  I thought it was pretty dumb at first, but already I can feel myself getting addicted.

Today I was in a particularly creative mood, so I spent some time earlier tonight creating a cool little background for my Twitter page, which then inspired me to spruce up this blog a little as well.  I added a Twitter widget and an Xbox Gamercard widget to the sidebar of this page and cleaned up some of the CSS.  I still need to create a custom theme like the old blargg! had, but for now this gray default theme will suffice.

In game news, today I preordered a DSi and Rhythm Heaven (as if I didn't already have enough games to play between my 360, PS3, Wii, and PSP).  I also plan on buying Ninja Gaiden Dragon Sword, Retro Game Challenge, Mario Kart DS, New Super Mario Bros., Korg DS-10, and, if I can find it, Electroplankton.  If anyone can suggest any other games I should get, leave me a comment.

That's all for now.