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Cruise Trip

We made it back from our vacation trip to Mexico. Note that, since the kids were along, it was a trip (not a vacation). Hehehe...

As you can see, on the cruise project page, all of the rooms are not paid for. I'm still believing that money will come in to complete that and pay off the trip.

Unfortunately, the Cozumel stop was rained out. Some got off the ship and mulled around the shops, but I stayed on the ship. I, kind of, regret doing that. One of the main things, that I wanted to do, was buy some Oakley knock-offs. Mexico is known for their wannabe sunglasses.

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You Say It's Your Birthday...

Quoth the song, You say it's your birthday. It's my birthday, too.

Quoth Rob Schneider, And I know best, after all, I'm 37.

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Joshua Jackson
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Azure Account

I just created a Microsoft Azure account. I get some nifty little features, for free, so I figured it would be worth playing with. I also created a test website, that I'll be playing around with.

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Joshua Jackson
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Been Playing Grim Dawn

As I've mentioned, before, I've been playing Grim Dawn. I played through Act 1, many months ago, although I don't remember which class I used. A new version was released, that opened up Act 2, so I wanted to start a new game. Well, I ended up starting four new games (a game for each class). As of today, I've completed Act 1 with the Soldier (classic melee), Demolitionist (ranged weapons and fire), Nightblade (dual-swords and piercing), and Occultist (summon and magic).

In a surprising twist of events, my soldier was the first character to die. Since that death, though, things have been fine. I'm kind of at odds, though. I kind of feel that this class should be a blunt weapon wielder, although I've never been a fan of blunt weapons (too slow). If I want a sword-based character, though, I should play as a Nightblade.

The occultist is, probably, my least favorite character. I've just never been a big pet person. Add four deaths to the equation and it just isn't my cup of tea (I'm sure there are a lot of people that would refute me). Ironically enough, I've always used magic-based characters in RPGs. That really changed with Titan Quest. I played, mostly, with the Defense, Hunting, and Warfare classes (combining Hunting and Defense, Warden, might have been my favorite).

I've really been enjoying the Demolitionist class. It feels the most like Titan Quest's Hunting class. I'm using a pistol, instead of a bow, and I have plenty of tricks up my sleeve (mob clearing). I do enjoy dual-wielding swords (although dual-wielding spears is something I always wanted to do, in Titan Quest), but being able to take a couple shots and clear a whole group is really fun (this one time, in Titan Quest, I killed 5ish dragons with one arrow).

That brings us to the Nightblade. I'm really not sure what to think about this class. As mentioned, I enjoy dual-wielding swords and super-fast attacking. To be honest, though, it's kind of a boring play (and it was a real struggle for health, in the beginning). It could, of course, just be the way I'm playing it. At the end of the day, though, I'd rather play with the Demolitionist or Soldier.

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Joshua Jackson
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Cruise Project

At Faith Life Church, we have a projects page. That page details the progress of various things that we, as a church, are believing to be financed. Well, Mr. Moore keeps saying that we are supposed to do the same thing (as individuals). As mentioned, we'll be going on a cruise. I have set up a project to pay for the cruise. Hopefully, I'll set up a page to show the progress of said project.

As it stands, there are 1379 staterooms on the Triumph. At $2.50, per stateroom, the whole trip will be paid for (not just for our family, but for my parents and Bambi's nephew, as well). As of this writing, we're over 5% of the project being completed!!!

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Joshua Jackson
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Next Cruise

Saturday, I purchased the tickets for our next cruise. We'll be on the Carnival Triumph, sailing to Mexico.

The big game changer, this time around, is that it's a family vacation. It's not just Bambi and me. We're taking all the kids, but it can still be like a vacation (I think the kids disable the vacation part). Carnival has Camp Carnival, for ages 2-11, and Circle C, for ages 12-14 (Club O2 is also available, but none of my kids are old enough). So, we can drop the kids off, in the morning, and pick them up, in the evening. It's the best of both worlds (of course, we still have to pay for them).

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Joshua Jackson
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FIFA 14

I've started playing FIFA 14 on my Dell Venue 8 Pro. I'm not a soccer guy (I'm not a sports guy, in general), but I've been enjoying this game. The touch controls are decent (I still forget what does what, at times, and things do something other than what I expect, at times). I've played some other soccer games and I just didn't get into them. Of course, the fact that it's free and comes with XBOX achievements doesn't hurt.

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Joshua Jackson
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About Me

This is the personal website of Joshua Jackson (not Pacey from Dawson's Creek, Lucas from The Skulls, Blaine from Cruel Intentions, Damon from Urban Legend, or Charlie from The Mighty Ducks). I was born on . I work for , in Branson, MO. My wife's name is Bambi Jackson. I have 1 child 2 children 3 children 4 children 5 children (Jasmine Aurora Jackson, Joel Alexander Jackson, Jonathan Andrew Jackson, Jaley Ann Jackson, and Joseph Aaron Jackson).