Monday, June 28, 2010

Mega Weekend Plans

I've been busy. Working late. Out of the house for more consecutive weekends than I can remember. Packing up the house and moving to a new place. Unpacking the house. Attending to all the little things that go along with moving, such as changing my address with the Post Office. Things are finally beginning to settle down, though, and every day this week will bring me one day closer to The Day.

My day off. My honest-to-goodness I-don't-have-to-go-anywhere-or-do-anything day off. No more ferrying straggling boxes from the old place to the new one; no road trips; no excursions to Wal-Mart to buy home essentials that I've suddenly discovered I don't have. With the potential for leaving work early on Friday and the prospect of a three-day weekend ahead of me, I have high hopes of finally having a day off. A true day off. Zero plans.

Well, not Zero plans, but that's close...Mega Man plans.

Some time ago, I ran a few marathons with my friends--all three Lord of the Rings movies, extended editions, in one day; Star Wars, episodes I-VI, back-to-back in a single day; etc.--and I found that I rather enjoy marathons. I'm not as keen on TV show marathons, unless it's an anime series that can be wrapped up nicely in 26 episodes or less. More importantly, however, I am keen on the Mega Man games.

This weekend, I'm going to go for broke on one of the most insane plans I've hatched in a while: I intend to play Mega Man 1-10, one after the other, breaking only briefly for whatever out-of-a-can lunch and dinner I have on hand. Better yet, I might start the can opener as the end credits commence for one game and continue eating until the opening cutscene finishes for the next game. Either way, I'm going to need to plan this out carefully.

I figure it'll have to work out this way: Go to bed at a reasonable hour on Friday night. Get up around 7-8 AM on Saturday, and kick off with MM1 no later than 9 AM. Depending on how much the inevitable fatigue affects my gameplay, and depending on how long of a break I take between games, I'm estimating this Mega Man Marathon will require 13-16 hours. That means I'll finish somewhere between 10 PM and 1 AM.

That's a lot of Mega Man.

I will be exhausted.

I'll miss the morning church service on Sunday, but there's one at 5:30 PM I can attend, which works out perfectly with my Marathon Sleeping Session I have planned for the day. Because it's a holiday weekend and I'll have off work on Monday, I'll still have more of a do-nothing weekend than I've had since one of those months that ends with "arch."

Of course, now that I've formally made these plans, they're all going to fall apart. I've learned this about my life: nothing ever goes according to plan. I've been watching too much Firefly; Captain Reynolds' bad luck must have rubbed off a bit.

I'll be sure to turn the marathon into a mini blogging event, relaying to you a scientific study of the long-term effects of sustained Mega Man on a human being.

Because clearly, I am insane.


zharth said...

I support this plan.

But are you sure you marathoned the extended editions of all three Lord of the Rings movies back in high school? I wouldn't have thought they'd have been released early enough. Maybe you're younger than I thought you were. :p

Flashman85 said...

Y'know, now that you mention it, I think it was college. I'll have to fix that. See, I watched the movies with friends from high school, hence my thinking I was in high school.

zharth said...

I see. Time paradox averted. Whew.

Smeave said...

Yes, you were in college, because it was definitely after 2003, which is when the last film was released. ;-)