i did something i never do tonight. i eat ice cream every once in a while, but tonight i went over to trader joe’s and bought a pint of cherry garcia ice cream , and proceeded to scarf down the whole thing. in two giant servings. i blew off everquest and did some online racing with bret and alberto. i used to hate racing games. a lot. i love gotham racing. it is a fun, relaxing reflex game. and the xbox live voice chat is a big part of the appeal. bret and my mom and dad and i used to play cards and monopoly and snakes and ladders and chess and chinese checkers all the time. i think being able to play with bret online is basically an extension of that earlier ingrained family bonding. and a much healthier outlet for sibling rivalry than screaming “fuck you” at each other over our beers.