Capsule of a time bygone
I have not been able to watch any anime after more than a month.
It’s not that I don’t want to; it’s just that there are more pressing matters to attend to. My life transited from a more sedentary existence to something far more active: despite sucking at different sports, I participate in them anyway (for our intramurals). It has served well as experience and as enjoyment: I haven’t been able to do much of that during my university days, primarily because my capacity for sports was miniscule compared to most of the people in the Ateneo. I have also been returning to playing DotA, and practicing for a competitive one at that: in a few days, I will be playing my first competitive game of DotA. To top all this off, there’s also medical school to deal with, something that is tiring and enervating but is ultimately rewarding. I’m still in first-year, and yet even I recognize my knowledge regarding the human body has dramatically increased.
I am also putting a little more effort in studying, primarily because last month was, at least for me, a walk in the park. I had intended to study, but the books my aunt sent to create a foundation for my knowledge of the musculoskeletal system arrived extremely late, so I had to wing it out with a 1901 facsimile of Gray’s Anatomy and a lot of resourcefulness. I can say that I unequivocally passed (I didn’t fail any major examinations), but I never want to experience such playing with fire ever again, so I’m trying to compensate.
Other than practicing for DotA, I really don’t have much of a pastime except that I shop on eBay. It’s somewhat expensive, especially because I’m still a student, but there are just a lot of collectible video games that I want to have. A bidding on a Philips In2it prototype just ended a few hours ago: it was a PDA designed for young girls, and the sole reason why I wanted to have it was due to its color, which was my favorite. It was encased in a cool shade of violet. It doesn’t really cater to gaming that well, and there are a lot of better alternatives around, but it was just cool to have. Sadly, there was a bidding war that occurred within the last minute of the auction, and I ended up needing to withdraw from the bidding because the item was getting to be a little too expensive. (If there was a little more time, I still would have kept on betting, however.) I don’t like my impulsiveness, but it does come out at pressing times.
Despite these failures, I am glad that I have somewhat moved on from lusting to obtain the Romtec Colorvision to accepting the fact that I would have to pay a significant amount of quid to play a 25-year old handheld console with interchangeable cartridges that play repetitive games with no progression whatsoever. Besides, I found another handheld console which is between the Colorvision and the Adventure Vision in terms of price, and is a unique one as well: the console is the Palmtex Super Micro, and the only one I have found on eBay is sold for a cool 500 US dollars (an amount I can save for only after a year at least, and by then the second year of medical school will do a choke-hold on the rest of my social life). The console also has interchangeable cartridges, but the cartridge packaged with the console on eBay isn’t the one I want. There’s only one game I want to play for the console, but it’s something I couldn’t find anywhere (React Attack). Even if I ultimately get over my current desire to obtain the handheld (eventually I will have the strength), I will nevertheless keep on trying to save, just because I may want other vintage games that I will discover in the future.
One of these days, I will have time to sit down, enjoy a cup of coffee, while I delight at the interchange and at the relationship between Horo and Lawrence. It won’t be long. I just know it.