I’ve got a 2 for 1 coupon

I have finally found a game for XBox I want to purchase other than the one I pre-ordered last month. As we approach the end of the year, particularly that magical time when money must be spent to prove we like one another, the good games are finally being released and I am filled with anticipation, excitement, and joy. I’m going to get the Orange Box primarily because people I know on EVE will be playing it, but also because I really like the comic book style of animation used in Team Fortress 2. It’s built on Valve’s source engine, so I know the physics will be good, and I get to play it on console. The games are generally accepted to be better on PC, but I find that playing XBox, kicked back on my sofa with a controller in hand, is significantly more relaxing than sitting at my computer for even more hours than I already do each day.

As it turned out, I didn’t have anything more to say about Jonny’s impression of Ayn Rand, other than “Yes, that is indeed an apt description.” If you need clarification on the paladin reference, just ask and I’ll be happy to provide it. As a DM of the last 7+ years, I believe I am qualified.

Paid off my credit card yet again this morning. I keep putting a balance on it, but I pay it off every month, so that’s OK, right? Essentially, it is being used for honeymoon stuff, so I’m taking a portion of what I would be putting in the savings account (for the honeymoon) and applying it to the credit card.

In short, my finances look better than ever, and that kind of surprises me. My diligence and hard work at not spending hardly anything at all is paying off, no pun intended, and I’m quite excited about that… but I feel uncomfortable talking about how excited I am. It feels like a subject on which it is improper to brag, same as about ones relationship with God. If your relationship with God is great, that’s just swell, but you should be humble about it… right?

Paul seems to think there are times when it is appropriate to boast, though he recognized its necessary limitations. If I have financial prosperity and security, it is because God has provided for me, and I am faithful in my stewardship and tithing. Yet I feel uncomfortable talking about it…

For whatever reason, we humans tend to be innately jealous of one another, or desirous of striking our peers down. When in high school, I would be insulted or verbally attacked in some manner if I did well, was praised by another, or won an award. When graduation neared, I won a scholarship that allowed me to go to college–without it, I doubt I would have enrolled at all–and people were truly upset at me for winning it, even though they had the opportunity to do the same or (in some cases) had no financial hardships of their own.

Why are we so negative towards one another, do you think? I have my own theories, of course, but what are yours?

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