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I have been MIA lately due to some major life changes.  My wife and I are separating after 15 years and I just recently moved on my own.  This all came as a shock to me. I also took on a promotion at work in late August.

Between everything going on I've taken a break from gaming to reflect and heal. I'm in a studio loft downtown, so I'm a bit space challenged and will probably not have a rig for awhile. The new TV doesn't have inputs for legacy connections so I'll be getting a Retrotink for composite and S Video. Will post my rig when it's setup.

The one thing I'm really pumped on is the loft (space aside).  I can now walk to work and I have some pretty amazing views.  I didn't ask for a midlife crises but I'm trying to make the most of it. Wanted to share this sunrise photo from this morning. 

Happy holidays to the Atari.io community!  I'll see you in 2019! 

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Been there, done that, don't want to do it again, wouldn't wish that on anyone.  We are here for you, bro!  If you need to vent I'm sure we will listen.  The plus side is you got an awesome view!  When my ex and I split I only had my car and a few clothes.  My car was my home for a while.  I had no job at the time because where I worked decided to kill off third shift completely and thinned out first and second shift crews.  All without much warning.

So, you are blessed even if you don't think so at the moment.  You have your health, a job, an awesome pad , and friends with ears.  Hang in there.  It might take a while but it can get better from where you're at now.  Merry Christmas to you!!

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 Sorry to hear of your troubles and glad to read things are looking on the up and up for you. Do not hesitate to speak up if ya need anything, even if its just an open ear. You are in company that understands the struggles and their trials. Glad to see ya back and here is to a happy and amazing 2019. 

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I appreciate all of the support.  I know things could be a lot worse and there are a lot of positives.  I'm just throwing myself into my work, getting back in shape (20 down, 15 lbs to goal!), playing guitar and reconnecting with friends.  Oddly, my twenty year-old daughter and I haven't been this close since she was a pre-teen.  It's been cool to spend time together. I went back to my hometown of Columbus, OH over the holidays and it was just the recharge that I needed.  It can only get better from here. 

A quick retro gaming story from my trip. My buddy of 28 years took me to a barcade in north Columbus for some pinball and games.  We went to a Ms. Pac-man and about 8 minutes in to my play, he was like "I mean, I know you are into this stuff but I didn't know you were this good.  Do you think that you'd die before I can grab us another round?"  LOL!  Even with the blue "Tron" concoctions I was drinking I left with the high score.  It wasn't terribly high; I think they must turn off the machines.  I'll take it anyway. 😂

@RickR has it right; its sunrise in Long Beach, CA. Also known as "The LBC."  As in, "atariLBC."  I moved here in my early twenties and it's truly home now.  

Again, thanks everyone and I hope each of you had a merry Christmas and Happy New Year.  

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Finally getting my place together. I actually have some furniture now! I got my first peice of art for the place today and I'm stoked on that. I am starting from scratch so I have no one to blame for my horrible taste but myself!

Still on track to my weight loss goal. I hit a number I haven't seen since 2011. 

Oh, and I went on my first date in 15 years.  It's a brave new world in that regard.  

Gaming-wise, my Retrotink came last week, as did my TV stand, so tonight I hooked up an S-video modded 7800, Saturn and Jag to my 49" 4K Samung (NU8000). It is incredible.  The picture is fantastic; much better than I expected with no perceptible lag. I played Darius Gaiden (SAT), Zero 5 (JAG) and b*nQ (7800). For $100, you couldn't ask for more. I'll do some kinda write-up on a dedicated thread when I really have time to dig in. 

The pic is from the ridiculous lionhead knocker on the door of my unit. I'm growing to like it. 

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