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721  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Dracula Origin video..new adventure game! on: May 15, 2008, 09:41:01 PM
Oh man, that looks good.  Hmm, I may have to figure out how to slip that in the budget.
722  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Asking her parents' permission on: May 15, 2008, 09:14:11 PM

Quote from: Kevin Grey on May 15, 2008, 09:07:13 PM

Quote from: Boudreaux on May 15, 2008, 08:59:50 PM

Well, I'm too far removed to really be judgmental about her parents, but it seems odd that if they want her to be "financially stable" that they seem to be waiting for a would-be husband to come in and solve that problem for her.  Unless you're bringing a lot of financial baggage or debt into the marriage that she'll be saddled with, marriage only tends to help the financial situation (one residence, one set of bills, tax incentives, etc.)

I think some people are just bad for each other, at least in the respect that they can act as enablers for the worst vices of the other.  So if you take two financially irresponsible people and put them together that's not necessarilly a recipe for altering the habits of either.  Now, I'm not saying that's the case with Tokek at all but just as a hypothetical. 

As an extreme example, I know that if my financially irresponsible daughter wanted to marry a freeloading bum with no prospects, I wouldn't exactly want to give my blessing no matter how much they profess their love for each other.  I just don't think that's what most parents hope for their children.

The flipside is that if it was a nice, smart young guy with a good prospects but currently in a low paying job, while I may worry about their finances, I would still happily give my blessing. 

I'm not exactly the best money manager in the world, neither is she, but we've learned to curb and manage our finances throughout the year.  Granted, it will probably be a rough start for a few years but I'm damn sure that we can pull it through and come out ahead later on.  I stuck with her through the diagnosis of breast cancer, through months of chemo and radiation, so I think the finances thing will be a walk in the park.
723  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Asking her parents' permission on: May 15, 2008, 09:10:30 PM

Quote from: Blackadar on May 15, 2008, 09:02:45 PM

Quote from: Tokek on May 15, 2008, 08:42:56 PM

They didn't give a "no" but they didn't exactly give a "yes" either, so we may still go through with it after we make sure that her parents will be ok with it and won't cause awkwardness for her in family gatherings.

I don't disagree with your decision to ask them.  As I said before, if you wanted to do it and had the relationship, more power to you.  It's not required, however.

But here's where I disagree with you.  Both you and she are in your 30s - by FAR adult enough to decide who you'd like to spend the rest of your life with.  As such, it shouldn't make a damn bit of difference whether her parents are "ok with it" or whether it causes "awkwardness".  This decision is perhaps the most important one both you and she will make in your lives and it's your decision alone.  While you can ask for their advice or even their blessing, no one else can make this decision for you.  And if you can't start your lives together regardless of whether they want to give their approval, then there's little long-term hope for your relationship because they'll dominate your relationship for the rest of your days. 

After reading the above phrase, all I can say is that she needs to cut the strings and you need to grow a pair.  Either she is the love of your life or she's not.  Either propose or don't.  But waiting on someone else's approval on the most critical decision of YOUR life is absurd. 

Someone else at the office said pretty much the exact same thing to me today and I don't disagree.  However, I've been raised with the mindset that family is everything.  When no one else in the world will help, family will.  Granted that view is not exactly widespread anymore but I still believe it.  It's a little tough to let go of something so ingrained.  On the other hand though, my family are all excited about it when I told them that I was going to ask her to marry me and wholeheartedly supported me, so either way, we'll have at least 1 side of the family that'll invite us to their gatherings, lol!
724  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Asking her parents' permission on: May 15, 2008, 08:42:56 PM
Austin: I think we did meet in Long Beach, on 2nd street at a mexican restaurant a few years back.

The parents said that they would like for her to have a better financial start than they did when they first got married, plus they said that we're both in our 30's which, according to them, is even more important to have a more stable financial base.

Boudreaux: I asked them for their blessing just because it's the right thing to do and because their family is extremely close to each other.  It's also the way I've been raised and I hope, if I do have a daughter, that the man who wants to marry her will come over and ask for my blessing.  I'm a little old fashioned in that sense.  They didn't give a "no" but they didn't exactly give a "yes" either, so we may still go through with it after we make sure that her parents will be ok with it and won't cause awkwardness for her in family gatherings.

Sarkus: Personally, I don't think it's being over protective, I think of it as being parents.  I mean, I brought up those exact concerns with my gf before when we were talking about it.  They just don't want her to have financial hardships like they went through.

Btw, thank you all for the kind words and the inputs and the debates.
725  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Indiana Jones Fedora Now Available on: May 15, 2008, 07:00:27 PM
Hmm, I see it all the time at Disneyland and they're way cheaper there, I think $30-$40.  Doesn't come with a hat box though and possibly not of the same quality as the $100 one on ThinkGeek, but looks just as cool (or dorky).

If anyone wants one, I can see how much it is next time I go to Disneyland and pick one up, just pay me cost + shipping.
726  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Asking her parents' permission on: May 15, 2008, 06:24:15 PM
We may go over there and have a talk with her parents or I'm pretty sure she will after she's calmed down a bit.

Her friends and my friends are all saying that the reasons her parents gave were not good enough and that we should just get married and prove them wrong.  We'll see.  I'll give it a few more days to think it over.
727  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Asking her parents' permission on: May 15, 2008, 04:49:57 PM
I'm 30 and she's 35.  I do have a stable job and so does she, we both just have not-so-good credits and that's what her parents mean by "not financially stable."  They're worried about where we will live, when we can afford a house, etc.  I understand where they are coming from though, as I have brought up the same concerns with her before.

Her family is extremely close with each other and I told her outright that I don't want to be the cause of a rift or awkwardness in her family and I will walk away if that's the case.  I told her that if we were to elope, I want to make sure that it will not cause her to be "unwelcomed" in family gatherings.  I know that sounds harsh but I told her that the reason for marriage is to expand families, not to tear them apart.

We may still go through with it since she's the kind of person who loves to prove people wrong when they said it can't be done, but I told her that she'd better make sure that at least her parents are ok with it and that it won't create any awkwardness with her family.

We'll see.
728  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Asking her parents' permission on: May 15, 2008, 07:04:12 AM
So...um...yeah...no dice.

It wasn't a total loss though, they said "whatever makes her happy, they'll go with it" but as far as blessing goes, they're not willing to give 100% because they don't think I'm financially stable enough.  They did gave me props for having the guts to show up and ask, all by myself.

I've had this talk with her before and it was pretty much the exact same concerns that her parents have so it wasn't much of a blow to me, but it was pretty devastating to her.  Now she feels guilty cause she feels that she made me do it.  My friends and her friends are saying we should elope, lol, we'll see.
729  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Asking her parents' permission on: May 15, 2008, 02:10:14 AM
Wish me luck, I'll be heading over to her parents' house in about 20 minutes.
730  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Marriage...is there a point? on: May 14, 2008, 09:47:38 PM
I figured it's something new I ought to try at least once

j/k  icon_lol
731  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Asking her parents' permission on: May 14, 2008, 08:16:10 PM
Well, I just called their home but no one was home so I left a message to call me back to set up the best time I can come over.

I'm pretty sure that's a big giveaway.
732  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Asking her parents' permission on: May 14, 2008, 07:13:25 PM
I've known her for almost 10 years and were good friends even before we dated.  Her family knows me as well as they always invited me over to their family gatherings.

I'll call her parents later today to try to schedule a time when I can come by when the both of them are home and ask.
733  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Asking her parents' permission on: May 14, 2008, 06:16:05 PM
So I'm gonna pop the question to my gf and I figured I'd ask here for some advice on how to ask her parents' permission.

How do I go about doing it?  What should I say?  What questions, if any, I should expect from the parents?

Any inputs are appreciated!

Thanks!
734  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Does Quicken work? on: May 13, 2008, 12:36:33 AM
Don't mean to derail but QuickBooks has a free version of their software called Simple Start

http://quickbooks.intuit.com/product/accounting-software/free-accounting-software.jhtml

If you're just looking to keep track of your personal expenses, this is a pretty decent tool to use, very limited if you're using it for business though.
735  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Is there realistically something I can do about this situation? (poss. ripof on: May 11, 2008, 06:53:20 PM
Maybe you can report it as mail fraud to the post office.

Lesson for next time though, never deal with money orders or checks as you have very limited recourse to getting your money back.
736  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Re: Audigy crackling really bad on: May 08, 2008, 12:15:45 AM
I already bought an X-FI extremegamer card and the problem disappeared.  I figured it's time to upgrade since the Audigy2 has gone through 2 computer upgrades.

I did strip out the drivers, didn't do the DirectX though.
737  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: Dell Inspiron Quad Core for $499 ... is it worth it? on: April 30, 2008, 05:27:15 PM
Dells are pretty solid machines and that's not a bad price.
738  Non-Gaming / Trading Forum / Re: The Official GT Trader Feedback List (updated 4/08) on: April 29, 2008, 06:42:10 PM
+1 for ROTC1983 for the HTC Touch
739  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: Pirates of the Burning Sea open stress test on: April 29, 2008, 01:26:55 AM
Diego Guapo huh?  Mine is Georges Guynemer and my society is Nouvelle-France
740  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Assassin's Creed Pc Version on: April 28, 2008, 06:48:07 PM
Started playing it Friday night and then more on Saturday.  So far, I'm liking it.  I passed Damascus and am just entering Acre.

I love throwing archers off their watch towers, lol.
741  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Re: Audigy crackling really bad on: April 25, 2008, 09:35:31 PM
Yeah, looks like I may go that route and switch to the on-board.  I'll miss the EAX support though.

I was looking into the Azuntech and Asus Xonar cards but they're way pricey.
742  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Re: Audigy crackling really bad on: April 25, 2008, 08:38:24 PM
I'm using headphones, always have. I've also read up on some fixes that I will try as well, like moving the card to the last PCI slot.

If all else fails, I'm going to try to use the on-board audio later tonight and maybe picking up an X-Fi XtremeGamer later on.

What other sound cards are comparable to the Audigy / X-Fi for gaming?
743  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Audigy crackling really bad on: April 25, 2008, 05:52:35 PM
I just got Assassin's Creed Director's Cut from GoGamer 48 hour madness sale and installed it last night but as soon as the game starts, my Audigy 2 would crackle so bad that I can barely hear anything from the game itself.

So far, I've tried moving the card to a different PCI slot, installing new drivers and adjusting the PCI latency but to no avail.  It actually got worse since now the crackling would start as soon as windows starts.

Anyone got any ideas on a fix?  Maybe it's time to replace the sound card with an X-Fi?
744  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Re: Anti-virus program needed on: April 25, 2008, 05:45:40 PM
I used to use Nod32 on my home pc but it failed to catch and clean up a trojan, so I switched to Panda instead.

I moved the Nod32 on the laptop though since I have the subscription for it til the end of this year.
745  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Frontlines Fuel of War (PC) - $24.90 on: April 23, 2008, 11:31:41 PM
Just in case anyone's looking for this game, it's currently on sale at GoGamer.com for $24.90 as part of their 48 hour madness sale.

Other games in the sale:

Orange Box - $32.90
The Movies - $4.90
Battlestations: Midway - $4.90
SimCity Societies - $14.90
and a couple of other games.
746  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Amaozon Kindle on: April 21, 2008, 05:06:08 AM
Someone at OO bought one and posted impressions there.  IIRC, he loves it.

I'm planning to get one myself once I found a spare $400, lol.
747  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: OO off line for a short time on: April 19, 2008, 12:15:48 AM

Quote from: Soulchilde on April 18, 2008, 06:39:05 PM

Quote from: Eightball on April 18, 2008, 12:50:17 PM

Quote from: Rip on April 18, 2008, 11:43:24 AM

Quote from: Arnir on April 18, 2008, 11:19:39 AM

Good luck and thanks, Rip.  I think for a lot of people it was surprising just how fragile the internet can be - at least it was for me.  Don't think that many of us don't appreciate your efforts, but keep in mind that it is hard to do so if there is little communication about what is happening.  Get some rest.

True and I appreciate that. I am just tired and relieved. Probably a little grumpy. Haven't had anything good to pass along in a few days and too tired to formulate any effectual communication. No time for rest yet, have a day full of hectic work ahead. Maybe tonight.

Rip, a lot of folks are very grateful to you for voluntarily hosting OO over the years.  You should never feel unappreciated.
+10000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000
+1 to the end of the zeroes above.
748  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: Pirates of the Burning Sea open stress test on: April 17, 2008, 07:53:11 PM
I'm still playing this game.  I joined a French society on Rackham and it's been pretty cool so far.  I moved my Pirate from Morgan over to Roberts but I haven't played him in a long time though.
749  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Cell Phone Encyclopedia on: April 17, 2008, 05:44:25 PM
Quote
Next Question: Anyone recommend a good set of bluetooth headphones?

Aliph Jawbone is a good one, you can get them for $70-ish now.

Also, I've heard good reviews about BlueAnt's Z9, which is what I'm leaning towards purchasing.
750  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Call of Duty 4 - Late to the Party on: April 16, 2008, 01:41:41 AM
I haven't played this game in ages, I may have to fire it back up and brush up my rusted to dust skills again with some OO/GT folks.

I loved hardcore mode better than the regular, sadly I can't remember my favorite weapon loadouts.  I think I liked the G3 for hardcore mode but not regular mode since the single shot can be a real disadvantage there (or maybe I just sucked).
751  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: Target clearance watch - 3/21 on: April 15, 2008, 04:57:53 AM
Saw a bunch of copies of LOTRO for $4.95 at my local Target today.
752  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Lost A Good Friend Today on: April 12, 2008, 10:59:40 PM
My condolences YK.  As a motorcycle rider myself, it's hard to hear of a fellow rider's passing but he did die doing what he loved to do.
753  Non-Gaming / Trading Forum / Re: Games + HTC Touch + Hardware on: April 08, 2008, 08:01:18 AM
PM on the HTC Touch
754  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: OO off line for a short time on: April 08, 2008, 07:52:13 AM
So this is where everyone went.  icon_biggrin
755  Non-Gaming / Trading Forum / The Official GT Trader Feedback List (updated 7/30) on: April 27, 2005, 09:55:17 PM
A long belated +1 for Rage for mercenaries a while back.

Apologies for the long delay.
756  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Suzuki Katana '89 Anyone know a little about bikes? on: March 20, 2005, 08:01:35 AM
I don't claim I know much about motorcycles but I do own and ride one, just a little ninja 250.

Just curious, how long have you been riding?

Here're a few good websites to ask questions in:
http://www.beginnerandbeyond.com
http://www.beginnerbikers.org/

I'm a beginner so those are the forums I visit but they have seasoned riders there too to answer your questions.
757  Non-Gaming / Trading Forum / BIA and Mercenaries (XBOX) FS/FT on: March 16, 2005, 07:52:11 PM
YGM
758  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / So any one else languishing at work today? on: November 26, 2004, 05:47:38 PM
I'm working both (yep, you read it right, both) jobs today, 9am-4pm at one and 6:30pm-12:30am at Disneyland.  Same schedule for tomorrow.

Oh yeah, I was also working an 8 hour shift yesterday on Triptophan day.
759  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Sid Meier's Pirates Impressions? on: November 24, 2004, 08:26:38 PM
Quote from: "Demosthenes"
Quote from: "Tokek"
I wish I can zoom out of the sailing map more.


The mouse scroll wheel does control zoom, despite the mouse not being the preferred interface.  I haven't figured out what the keyboard shortcut it is, but the mouse wheel lets you pull pretty far back.


Cool, thanks!  Kinda gotten used to not using the mouse for ship sailing at all, so didn't play with the wheel at all.   I should re-read the manual again and see what else I'm missing.
760  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Sid Meier's Pirates Impressions? on: November 24, 2004, 08:11:02 PM
Quote from: "Roguetad"
-   I think there are a few quest bugs.  Nothing I’ve encountered that’s a game breaker, but I’ve hunted and defeated the same baron who supposedly knows where my family is 4 times now.  Each time I defeat him I get a new piece of the find my sister map.  It’s weird though because the folks giving me the tips on his whereabouts act like I’ve never heard of him, even though I’ve sent him to the ocean floor 4 times.


That happened to me too, I was told of a guy who knows the whereabouts of my sister and hunted him down, but before I ran into him, a barmaid told me that the same ship carries a lot of gold with in its hull, so I figured, cool, 2 birds with 1 stone.  Found the ship, captured it, got the gold but never got the guy.  Now everytime I go to a tavern, they keep saying that that guy's going to Havana and been on the ocean for 900+ days, lol.

The game is awesome tho, loved it, was up till 4 am playing it and I had to be up for work by 6:30am.  I wish I can zoom out of the sailing map more.
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