Dude’s Chronicles 1-3-2019: Leaving Behind, Looking Forward

With 2018 over, we find ourselves resolute to make 2019 better. Well, better get started…


  • Springteen on Broadway – I grew up when Springteen was big, nay… huge. It’s interesting how he tells his story in such a Forest Gump-like manner. If you like his music more than him talking you may want to skip this. He talks a lot and I don’t know how much of what he says is true versus how much is storytelling.
  • Bird Box – Contrary to what many think, this is not a good movie. The pieces it lays out don’t fit together, it leaves things unresolved, and it jumps back-and-forth between timelines. I watched this with several members of my family and they all thought it was bad. I recognized that it sounds like we are in the minority.


  • Red Dead Redemption 2 – Finished it. Reviewed it. Still thinking about it.
  • Marvel’s Spider-Man DLC – I played all three of them and they were all bad.  Poor storytelling and pacing that lead to cliffhanger ending cobbled together with the monotony of senseless combat. As much as I loved the base game I would recommend to anybody not buying this DLC.


  • With the holidays it has been slow, so not much here.

Closing Arguments

The picture of the lamp in this post is what sums 2018 up for me. That room served as a command center for the hospital I work at as we went live on our new records systems. For weeks on end the phones rang non-stop with people needing help on the other end. Everyday I saw the same faces sitting there for twelve hour shifts but doing their jobs while holding their complaints. For a long time, it was chaos. People coming in and out of the room. Voices carrying up and down the hall behind it. All the time the phone kept ringing. After a while, the wave passed. The phones rang less.

It was time to tear down the command center that I had helped build. We built it in an empty office space and that is what it would return to. The lamp wasn’t even ours, it was already there but it was fitting that it outlasted all of us.

The year of 2018 was a year of places I had to be. Just like that lamp I was stuck being at places I had an obligation to be at and missing time at the places I wanted to be. This year I hope to be more present at the places and times with the people I want to be around.

And don’t forget…

Paul Novak

Owner, Proprietor, Typer of Words, Gamer, Jester

A self described Polish ninja toiling away as an IT professional but more into gaming and writing. Physically existing on the western side of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania yet existentially flowing with the ether of the Internet.



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