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Friday Filler – EA Confidential – From a Corporate Perspective

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Well…I’m back home. It’s been three weeks of full Jake immersion…three glorious weeks of living the life of a 2-year-old with endless energy and endless appetites for “new.”  It feels like 3 months. We were actually that busy from morning til night.  We did the things that you can still do safely in public…which isn’t much…but, every day was filled with smiles, giggles, “wrasslin’,” more viewings of “Dinosaur Train,” “How to Train Your Dragon,” and about a gazillion different audio and video versions of “Baby Shark.”  Every minute a treasure.

But more on that later…

Time to dive back into getting more answers about TSTO…this time continuing in “Bob’s Own Words,” but also using some of the EA’s own “Corporate Input,” regarding the nature of their decisions.  It’s dicey stuff, folks…but we do get closer to the truth.  Closer
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Friday Filler – EA Confidential – I Find Bob


Thank Grog It’s Firday…

This has been a week to remember. In between dealing with getting my wife’s Dad hospice care, shuffling flight tickets for our trip back East, forgetting my computer, which forced me to do the Filler on my phone, and finding Bob, it has been one of those weeks I’ll likely remember for some time.

The “forgetting my computer” explains why I had to recycle an old graphic from one of my old posts about another mystery…Chester Dupree.  But like I said, it has been one of those weeks. You make due…with what you have…and roll with the punches. Mysteries solved, often require adaptation.

As I prepare for another week of total unknowns, I know that adapting and altering plans is simply going to be the “new normal.” Right now, nothing is normal. In these times you just have to roll with the punches. Like Bob. He rolls with the punches. But, of course, I didn’t know that…until I found him.  Which I did.

As it turns out, things with Bob are the kind of “weird” that makes a word like “weird” seem normal.  And, what’s with that word anyway?? It’s supposed to be “I before E, except after C” in the English language.  Except, apparently, when it isn’t…like with weird.   Which is weird. But, I digress…

On to Bob.
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Friday Filler – When is Enough of This…Really, Really, Enough?


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I know. It’s been nuts. I don’t care where you fall in the spectrum of being a good citizen, to the full opposite, by becoming a scofflaw (look up last week’s Filler).  But, I know you are feeling it.  How long are we going to have to keep this up? When is enough, really, really enough?

Well…for me it was seeing Homer dressed up, after I “won” his “Pride Homer” skin. Yay?

Enough. Really.
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Friday Filler – Routines In Chaos to Conform or Rebel

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I don’t know about you, but the biggest enemy for me during this pandemic panic isn’t the pandemic, but trying to find a way to adhere to staying home, when “home” is still in a state of perpetual chaos.

There is something weirdly comforting to being forced to play TSTO while the world breaks down around us.  I admit to not caring much for this mini-update…and yet, I am playing it, mostly out of habit and duty.  I am addicted enough, even at this level of “meh,” to log on and “do the stuff.” But, I also feel some “sense of duty and gratitude” that EA is still acting as if nothing is happening out there. TSTO is there. And, playing it isn’t that hard to do…and ignoring it would make me feel like a scofflaw.

I love that word. It’s an old word, but not as old as it sounds.  Unlike TSTO…which in game terms, is way older than you would think it is. The game is showing its age, just as this new state of normal is revealing cracks in our systems and personal abilities to do the right thing.

But, what is doing the right thing in this situation?  Do you conform? Or do you rebel, and simply not do the things that you are asked to do?  When do you become a TSTO or social human scofflaw?
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Friday Filler – Getting Back to Normal…Mostly

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So, today, in Oregon (the State of the REAL SPRINGFIELD) we began Phase One of the “Covid Re-Opening” plan.  We were able to do so, because in Lane County (which is also the home county to the REAL SPRINGFIELD), our numbers have been so low, as to be almost negligible.  But, this isn’t about that particular “Getting Back to Normal…Mostly.

No. Believe it or not, this is actually about “Getting Back to Normal” in TSTO…mostly.

Because, the fact is, during all of this recent Covid Craziness (and the most recent “TSTO Event”), the game just kept being the game.  Same routines. Same results. Same minor distractions. Same kinds of SNAFUs (which stands for Situation Normal All F’d Up), and is an old military term.  If you don’t believe in military SNAFU’s…then just wait until the military is in charge of doing the vaccines.  But, I digress…

The fact is…when you look at our Springfields, almost NOTHING has changed, except for a little more (a lot more?) clutter added to the landscape.

But for me…one of the most important characters in my game, is back to “normal.”
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Friday Filler – Things That Have Gotten Weird(er)


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I have to admit that this has been a pretty great week, if you want to ignore the fact that it’s still weird out there.  I mean, yes…it’s still very weird out there. And depending on who you talk to (from a safe distance), it is even weirder than usual.

People are losing it.  Not just about the game not working right, but other stuff too.  I think it has to do with realistic expectations.  I mean…come on…did you really thing that TSTO would work great during an international pandemic, when it hardly worked well before???   Bob can only do so much…even though working at home has been great for him!  He doesn’t have to wear pants, and his cat “Frederick-Von-Cattinburgh” loves having him around.

But, if you start to look at some of the other hints, it’s obvious to me that the writers were losing it, BEFORE the rest of us were losing it.  Bearing in mind (not baring…that’s different…ask Bob), that a lot of this had to be planned, and most likely written and programmed way before the Pandemic Panic hit.

So there are some weird twists…even for TSTO.
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TGIF- Of Cheaters, Lockdowns and Mask

Thank Grog It’s Firday!

Although…Firday doesn’t feel a whole lot different than Mernday. So much for retirement.  All of my “casual clients” in my “semi-retirement” mode, have all been in a state of crazy PIVOT mode…along with all of my volunteer work, and more Zoom hours than any human should have to endure.  I have a zillion balls in the air…and they are all on fire.

I found the last bit of this update, horribly ironic.  There is nothing like a dialogue about cheating in baseball, when we are being cheated OUT of baseball!  One of the things I loved the most about Baseball, was the lack of overt cheating (spitballs and corked bats don’t count).  But, like so many other things…technology has sullied the game I once loved.

Of course the bit about the Isotopes was a thinly veiled reference to the horrendous Astros scandal.  It was funny…mostly… But, it made me think of so many other cheaters in the world. 
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Friday Filler- Dear EA- Please Make Some New Resolutions!

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I am writing this early, knowing that by the time you read this, I will either be, (1) At the Amazing WWII Museum in New Orleans (2) on a plane after a week in NOLA, another year older, but likely not much wiser (3) recovering at home after a night of flying, then driving after a week in NOLA, (4) writing this posthumously, as a week in NOLA killed me.

All of the above may be true.

The one very obvious thing is that I hardly tapped…because I hardly HAD to tap.

You can look at this event as the “Last BIG EVENT of the year!” or the FIRST BIG EVENT of the New Year!.” And the fact is, it is the exact format of the first event of last year…and that is not a good thing.

It’s that time of year…when we all make resolutions to make changes, and become the best “we” that we can be. (or as Melania says…”Be Best”).

DEAR EA…PLEASE RESOLVE TO…

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Happy Birthday Patric!

Hey Howdy Hey Tappers!

Today is a very special day here at Addicts HQ!  Today’s the birthday of our resident Cranky Old Guy….the one, the only Patric! Another year older, another year wiser & another year of providing us with his cranky insights!
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Seriously though I’m extremely grateful to have Patric back in “the family” and helping out around here!

So Happy Birthday Patric! Here’s to enjoying the rest of your NOLA trip, and to a Duck’s Rose Bowl win!

Lots of Love,

Alissa, Wook, and Safi

301225Now it’s YOUR turn!  We know Patric would love to hear from all of you so be sure to send him some birthday wishes!  If you get a chance today leave your birthday wishes for everyone’s favorite Cranky Pants in the comments below, kind of like a big giant Birthday Card from everyone here at Addicts!  We know Patric will love hearing from you! (and love even more that I said that…)

Friday Filler – Ah…Come On. Santa is a Nazi?

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I’m not going to say why…but man, do I need a break from this week.  No…it has nothing to do with Peach Mint Korn (inside family/friends joke) but more to do with trying to get everything done I need to get done, before heading out to New Orleans on the 27th. I know…I know...poor, poor me!

But, what I really want to write about, is that I think the writers have really lost it this year. I get it. Grandpa’s memory is more than a little hazy. But, come on. Did they really have to go there?

Pagans are one thing…but making Santa a Nazi, is really over the top. However,  Heir Santa is only a small portion of the “less than Christmas” vibe of this event.  Let’s take a look and see what else the writers are cooking up…
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