on Xmas day...

Started out by waking up around 4am and then again every following hour until 8am where upon I said "fuck it" and got up. I didn't want to open presents until my mom got up, didn't seem right to open them by myself. Got some clothes, but the pants were a size too small. I'll have to take those back. I got the Madonna and Tori CDs I'd asked for. Got Zoo Tycoon from my sister. I had mentioned the game to her in passing a while back and she actually remembered it. Got some of my favorite gift as well: money!! Not too much, but enough. I immediately thought of nifty things to buy but then the adult hidden (deep) inside reminded me of some practical things I need to get, mostly clothing and some new shoes. Then again, I'd like to get Ages of Empire II so I might blow some of the money there.

My dad called to wish me a happy Xmas which was cool. My step-mom and I had a decent conversation without me feeling apprehensive for once. That is until she asked for my email address. One of my step-sisters has an old computer she didn't know what to do with so she thought my step-mom could use it. She'll most likely just use it for keeping financial data, but with a lot of her family out of town and in Illinois it'd be a good tool to keep in touch... just not with me much I hope. *G*

Called my sister and reprimanded her for sending so much considering she and my bro-in-law are trying to buy a house. I had told her not to send anything and spend what she would have on something she could use for a new house but did she listen to me? Nooooo. *sigh* Still, it was sweet of her.

Went down to my aunt & uncles for dinner. Typically, Xmas dinner is a recap of Thanksgiving which is fine by me but a certain few said they wanted something different this year. The thinking then went along the lines of Cornish game hens which was a total turn off for me. I'd rather have hamburgers or hot dogs, thank you very much. Luckily last minute the idea was switched to ham which is just fine by me.

My cousin L's daughter brought a friend with her and had volunteered to say grace. Usually for us it's just a sentence or two. This guy went on and on and on. I wanted to hit him upside the head to shut him up but I thought that might me frowned upon.

Five of us went for a brief walk after dinner out in the crisp night air. My cousin L's son was acting like a goofball and had me laughing for half of the walk.

L had bought a CD burner for her kids to use and I didn't think much about that other than that now the kids wouldn't be asking me to burn stuff for them. Somewhere in the back of my mind I knew something was wrong with that. Until it hit me: she doesn't know anything about computer hardware to install the puppy and I knew what that meant. Sure enough she hinted if I could install it for her. Now I've never installed one before but I figured I could handle it. I headed over to her house two blocks away and gave it a go. There were two things I had questioned. There was a metal shielding plate where the new drive was to go and I wasn't sure how best to get rid of it. A screwdriver sufficed. According to the instructions the audio cable should plug into the sound card but of course the sound chipset is built into the motherboard. I found a plug next to where the DVD drive was plugged into and hoped that would work. It did. The hardest and longest part of it was installing the software included.

Headed home and played some Zoo Tycoon. Built up a nice park and then deleted some of the fencing to let the animals loose upon the park. Ahhh, the sound of screaming park patrons everywhere! LOL
Zoo Tycoon
Zoo Tycoon is addictive for about 3 weeks I reckon ! :o)
Then there is the small issue of " terrain boredom"
plus do you know how to make an elephant enclosure with a suitability rating of above 90? i cant do it.. i so want to...

pleased to have found zoo tycoon in anyones journal :o)
P.s. Happy Xmas, Happy New year and all that festive fun :o)
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The boredom factor has already hit. heh heh I love to build and then destroy whether it's Zoo Tycoon, SimCity or Rollercoaster Tycoon. But at a certain point in a game you hit a limitation, in Zoo's case it's running out of land to build exhibits or running out of researchable things, leaving you with just park management details and I hate that! Wandering around keeping the population levels correct and fixing up trampled land. *massive yawn*

As for the elephants, I'm assuming you mean the African ones rather than the Asian ones (available for download at the offical site)? I've only done one game using them and I thought I achieved a perfect suitablity level though I can't be sure since I didn't save that game. I'll try them again and see.
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Yeppers, just normal 'phants! I cant get them to get an above 90 score.... which is irritating me, cos if you are playing at zoo management you want perfection?
Trampled Terrain sux :o/

I also am an Age of Empires freak.... feel free to discuss it whenever ya fancy :o)

Does Zoo Tycoon come with hamsters? And guinea pigs and rats and squirrels and rabbits and hares and tasmanian devils and koala bears and possums and pikas?
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Sorry love, but none of those are available. The smallest animals I'd say are the emperor penguins and giant anteaters. That being said the official website has some extra animals to download, so, maybe koala bears and tasmanian devils may come available in the future. As it stands I think there's only one animal from Austrailia, the red kangaroo.
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Red Kangaroos though are really easy to keep, take seconds to create a nice habitat for and give me and excuse to use the word
"Quandong "
Which has recently become one of my favourite words :o)

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What's a Quandong?

Hamster so wants Zoo Tycoon now, cos then hamster can start messing with all sorts of animals and possibly wait around till she can download cool rodenty ones. Amazing that a zoo doesn't have squirrels, bats and mice.

Do they have bats yet? Vampire bats would be lovely.
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A Quandong Tree is the prefered environmental enhancing feature of the red kangaroo...
According to Zoo tycoon that is :o)

The anteaters are quite cool in a long nose kinda way... and I am sure there was rumour of bush babies....

And the monkeys are sufficently small even on the best resolution to have a somewhat... small furry quality...

And the pandas do synchronised forward rolls...

Which is enuf to melt any cynical heart.......

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Hamster doesn't like monkeys, unfortunately. :o(

I don't know why I never liked monkeys, I just don't. Something about their monkeyness. But anteaters are sweet, and penguins are wobbly! And pandas are psyducky. I like roos. :o)

And Zoo Tycoon musta covered some of the bigger animals I'd go for, like wolves, polar bears, tigers, cheetahs, pumas, Atlas cats, peregrines, kites, foxes and boa constrictors. But especially the wolves and wild doggies.
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I'd find it amusing if they did put squirrels in the game considering where I'm from they're pests seen everywhere around and about the county. But then squirrels and other rodents are probably simply too small an animal for the game.

There are some exhibit houses like primate, reptile, aviary, and insect houses. They're big buildings the patrons can go inside.

There's only two birds in the game and both are huge: the pink flamingo and the ostrich. I usually never make an exhibit for them alone but rather stick them in a big community exhibit. I like to put the flamingos in with the hippopotamuses. The ostriches go in with the Thomson's gazelles and the plains zebras.
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Well, in Malaysia they have squirrels and hamsters in zoos. The petting area of our National Zoo has hamsters. 8o)

And we have local squirrels about. They aren't pests here. I think people sorta assume they're part and parcel of the natural environment. Most people I know like squirrels in their gardens. It's the birds that bother some folks, specially if they keep fruit trees. Local squirrels (like our flying squirrel) make it to the zoo.

One of our most interesting pests are mongeese. We used to have some living up on our roof. Mating season involved loud banging (no pun intended) noises above the ceiling and odd smells. And we have very tiny field mice called 'cerut' who have long pointy noses.

Personally, I liked the mongeese and ceruts. I never understood why my Mom had to poison the mice, leaving me to bury them.