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Finally back home! The drive took longer than the previous two weeks because traffic was a lot heavier, even on the Eastern Shore (though of course that was nothing compared to Virginia Beach).

Now I just have to prepare for the shitload of work I'll probably have to do at my normal facility tomorrow. ๐Ÿ˜

Guess who was back when I stopped for my coffee this morning? ๐Ÿ˜

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I muted the TV in my hotel room so I could watch a YouTube video (which won't play in HD on the free wifi), and I immediately noticed the closed captions are completely broken.

That picture reflects my addition of more pepper to the meager amount that originally came on them (I also didn't take it until I was more than halfway through my meal). I always put absurd amounts of pepper on any potato or egg dishes, and I really don't have any idea why.

Bill's doesn't have French fries or steak fries. Instead, they have "potato flats".

They're just very thin fries. ๐Ÿ˜

My plan to spend more time in the bookstore in Chincoteague was foiled- they were closed today, and so was the Vietnamese restaurant. Not sure why anyone would close on Tuesday, but I guess it's a thing around here.

I wound up eating at a restaurant across the street called Bill's.

I stopped for coffee on my way into work this morning, and this is what I saw as I pulled into the parking lot. ๐Ÿ˜

It's my last week (or three days of it, at least) filling in at the facility on the Eastern Shore. They put me up in the same hotel in Chincoteague, and this time the Vietnamese restaurant was open. I got the curry chicken and wonton soup. ๐Ÿ˜

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It's still hard for me to accept that MacColl didn't write "A New England" (Billy Bragg did). I heard her version first, and it's always been her song to me and I can't really imagine anyone else singing it.

And YouTube's recommending Kirsty MacColl songs along with more Zevon, and that just makes me even sadder because I miss her too. ๐Ÿ˜ž

Listening to old Warren Zevon songs again, and damn it, I miss him so much.

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I've decided Major Domo from Isle of Dogs is the evil Black Lodge version of The Fireman. ๐Ÿ˜

Though I might need to take a break from this game just for my own mental health- it seriously gets mind-numbing and depressing with all the repeating textures and the single enemy type per level- and stream something else tomorrow. Maybe more adventures in Far Cry 5, or one of my other cheap sale purchases like Asemblance or Lichtspeer.

Anyway, I made a playlist of all my Crypt of the Serpent King streams to date if you care to check it out: youtube.com/playlist?list=PL4E

And this isn't the end, not by a long shot. I ended part 3 upon dying to the final boss (mostly because I was getting bored and playing sloppily), so I still have to finish off Normal mode and then beat Hardcore mode to get all the trophies. So that's something to look forward to in this dismal, soul-crushing world! ๐Ÿ˜

The weirdest part: my video of the demo has NO copyright claims on it. This suggests that the guy who made this game (and it's only one guy) used music from multiple sources, and that individual levels mash up multiple tracks- the copyright claims seem to entirely stem from music used in the final two levels.

Parts 2 and 3 each have four copyright claims on them (for the same tracks- part 3 is only separate because I lost my connection and had to restart the stream). So I've had a grand total of 11 copyright claims on my videos in one day, which has got to be some sort of record.

Who the fuck knew this would happen with fucking Crypt of the Serpent King?

This has only happened to my videos twice in the past: the first was with a demo for Star Wars: Battlefront (Sony Music never released that claim), and the second was for a Bastion stream (Warner Bros. gave up quickly and released their claims after a couple of weeks).

I know it's an automated system, but is it even worth bothering to copyright claim my videos? I usually don't get more than a dozen views max, with the occasional outlier like that one Bloodborne video with 4K+ views. ๐Ÿ˜