Friday, March 1, 2024

State Of The Blog - March 2024

Hello, folks.

Appreciate the kind words regarding Sacha and I also appreciate your patience while I (eventually) get through the grieving process. While I'm still not quite out of the woods in that regard, I can at least move forward and dedicate this stuff in her memory. I'm hoping to finish up the tribute video and post it some time this weekend. And every once in a while going forward, I'll post a little piece of Sacha to remember the good times - whether it'd be unseen videos or the occasional photos with some stories to share. This is my way of paying tribute to a dear friend who has always been there when I needed her most. And hopefully, wherever she is, she found some peace... or at least, a good fluffy cloud to hump.

In any event, it'll be business as usual with videos starting next Monday, with reviews resuming and continuing where we left off. Obviously, I'm winging it at this point... whatever comes up comes up, but I do have some stuff planned going forward that I'm hoping will get off the ground. Things are going to go slowly for the next month or so, but I'm hoping that things will eventually pick up by then. There's a lot of stuff in the back burner that I want to give that final polish and hopefully, we'll get there sooner than later.

As far as the Ramblemania Rewinds are concerned? I'll be posting five entries every Tuesday and Thursday for the next couple weeks until we hit 30, at which point it'll switch to a week-daily Monday To Friday one-per-day upload that will eventually lead us to Wrestlemania 40. As to when that will get a fresh new Ramblemania posting? Well, that depends on the show, I suppose.

Obviously, there was no DTM-Cast last month, but there will be a new one next week and another at the end of the month. Next week's episode will touch on a whole bunch of things and could very clock in at two hours, while the end of the month episode will be a shorter Q&A episode. I'm also considering revising the end game for the program by adding a few more episodes to the run. That way, we can end the show in December and that will indeed mean that the Winners And Losers Of 2024 will be covered on the final episode of the show, which I plan on making extra special.

It's been a bit of a trying period, no doubt, but we eventually gotta move forward. I appreciate your patience and support during this time and I hope to get back to doing some fun stuff here soon.

Later,
Dave

Thursday, February 29, 2024

Remembering Sacha

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It was supposed to be a simple little tribute... it ended up being one of the most difficult projects that I've ever assembled. It's difficult to say goodbye to a friend. It's torturous to come to terms with the reality that she's gone. But in the end, it had to be done and I'm glad that it is. Sacha deserves that much.

This is different from the usual stuff. This is personal. This is more raw and emotional. This is me opening up. This is honoring a loyal and beloved friend. And in my mind, no matter how many views this gets or how many people watch this, this is for an audience of one. And I know she's watching.

This is for you, Sacha.

Sacha Home Movies 2012-08-12 - Doggy Reviews China Syndrome


From 2012, here's a video of Sacha "reviewing" an old Atari game called China Syndrome. I had a bunch of these short videos filmed that were of a similar ilk and even uploaded a couple years ago... but I figured the joke would run dry sooner or later.

The tribute video should be up sometime this weekend and then it's business as usual starting next week.

Tuesday, February 27, 2024

Two Weeks Gone By...

Two weeks have passed since our dear Sacha left us...
The void she left behind as present as ever...
The wound still fresh...

I'm still hurting...
I'm still grieving...
I'm still crying...

I still miss my friend...

Friday, February 23, 2024

On A Happier Note... Star Wars Battlefront Classic Collection Coming Soon!

Source: https://www.starwars.com/news/star-wars-battlefront-classic-collection

For those who missed out on the original Star Wars Battlefront games... you can get them on Steam or GOG for relatively cheap. And you're going to want to do it soon because these versions will undoubtably be replaced by the upcoming Star Wars Battlefront Classic Collection, which will include both games, all the bonus content, online multiplayer functionality, and an enhanced Hero Assault mode that lets you fight on all the maps in Battlefront II rather than just the Mos Eisley map.

Though, to be fair, GOG still has the original Tomb Raider trilogy on sale despite also featuring the recently released remastered versions.

Hey, you know what? I'm happy to see these Battlefront games get the spotlight once more. They're great games, I wish the company that developed them were still around so they could make more of them, and hopefully, there'll be enough success with this collection that they might consider doing the PSP titles next, even if they are... not quite as good.

There you go... some happy news for a change. Not sure if I'm going Switch version with these or if I'm double-dipping on another PC version. We'll have to see about that.

Thursday, February 22, 2024

...

Oh, Sacha...
Where are you at?
I want to join you there...
I don't want to be here...
I don't want to live in a world...
Without you in it...

I don't want to wait...
I want out...
Right now...
Just so I can have you by my side...

Wednesday, February 21, 2024

DTM House Show - Live Update (2024-02-20)


Just a quick update on stuff. Nothing special.

It Still Hurts...

Why does it still hurt?
Why won't this pain go away?
Why can't I move on?
Why can't I think straight?
Why am I still sad?

Oh, Sacha...
Why did you have to be gone...?

Tuesday, February 20, 2024

A Week Later...

It's been a week since you left us...
The slowest week there ever was...
My heart still aches...
Your absence still hurts...

Oh, Sacha...
How I miss you gravely...

Monday, February 19, 2024

Sacha Home Movies 2013-07-25 - I Just Want To Sleep In Peace



Taken back in July 2013, Sacha was trying to sleep in peace while I was trying to get her to pay attention to the camera. Sacha was a bit camera shy at times, but there were days when she'd be bouncing all over the place. And humping stuff. And peeing anywhere she could. Good times.

I'll be posting these home movies every so often - stuff that may have been posted in the past, but there's also some stuff that I've not seen in years. It's not much, but I just wanted to show how much of a special dog Sacha was... and how much we miss her.

Sunday, February 18, 2024

Dear Sacha...

Hey, Sacha.

How're you doing today?

It's been a few days since I last saw you...
A few days since you've left us...
Are you doing well?

Did you pee on the pearly gates?
Did you hump any clouds?
Did you find one cloud that is comfortable to lay in?

Most of all... are you feeling any better?

I want to believe that you are...
I want to believe that you're in a better place...
I want to believe that your days of suffering has ended...

I want to believe that...
I want to believe that so that I sleep well at night...

But every day I wake up on this world...
Is another day knowing that you're not around...

And that makes me sad...

Oh, Sacha...
How I miss you dearly.

Saturday, February 17, 2024

Resistant

Family thought about getting another dog...
I'm not too keen on the idea...
Not because I don't like having a dog around...
It's been a little quiet around these parts...

But here's the thing...
I don't want another dog...
I want my dog back...
I want my friend back...

I miss her so much...

And to just replace her with another one?
So soon?
It wouldn't be fair to the new kid...
Especially if I'm still missing the old one.

The pain is still there...
The grief is still there...
I can't just set it aside...
I need a little more time...

A little more time...

More time...

Oh, Sacha...

How I miss you...

Friday, February 16, 2024

Dwelling...

It's been 72 hours since my friend left this world...
And yet the hole in my heart still remains...
Others have seemingly gotten over the pain...
Seemingly moved on with their lives...
Seemingly putting up a front to hide their feelings...
So why can't I do these thing?

Why does my heart still ache for my lost friend?
Why do tears still flow from my eyes days later?
Why do happy memories not ease my pain?
Why do I still cry over my missing friend?

I woke up this morning and saw the sun shine bright...
I step outside to feel the cool yet gentle breeze...
I go on with my day, making a note to take the dog for a walk...
Only to realize that there is no longer a dog to walk...
And then I am overwhelmed with grief...

Oh, Sacha...
Why did you have to go?
Why did you have to leave us so soon?
Why couldn't you have stayed a little while longer?
Your gentle warmth and love is sorely missed...
And the world is all the worse without it...

I want to move on...
I really do...
But I don't know how...
And I don't know...
If I ever could...

Got The Day Off... But Do I Really Want It?

Was given Friday off...
Figured it was a way to grieve...
Question is...
Do I really want that time off?
Will it really help?

The more time I have to myself...
The more time I have to dwell...
And the more time I have to dwell...
The more I realize...
That my friend is no longer here.
And that's when it hurts the most.

Thursday, February 15, 2024

Going Forward... And Failing Miserably


First off, I want to say thank you for all the kind words on Tuesday's post on the Youtube channel's community post as well as some of the e-mail messages that I've received. They're all greatly appreciated and for what it's worth, I've read each and every one of them to Sacha before she had gone. Poor thing could barely see, but she heard every word said. And she went out knowing that people cared about her. Not just the immediate family and friends, but complete strangers who only knew her from the first five seconds that open almost every video I've posted in the past decade or so.

Every day is a struggle for the rest of us. Every day that passes without her is a burden... but knowing she's in a better place - probably pissing on the pearly gates or humping a couple clouds along the way - brings a slight smile on my face... before it dissolves into tears once more. Every passing thought of the times we shared together brightens my day... before every passing moment under the realization that those days are long gone... and so is she.

I miss her very much... in ways that can never be properly put to words.

So what happens now? Well, obviously, I'm going to be laying low for a little bit... I'm not exactly in the mood to be doing much of anything at the moment. I have been gathering up whatever videos and photos that I've collected on Sacha over the years and am planning on putting together a little tribute video of sorts to celebrate her life. Folks who frequent this blog or the Youtube channel know her as sort of a mascot for my little corner of the web and she will continue to have a presence around these parts. But I want to share with folks the kind of friend that Sacha truly is and what she really means to those who loved and cared for her.

Sacha might have gone elsewhere, but she will always be around.