Lou Steigerwald, Ed. S.

  • School Superintendent in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula
  • Plant Wrangler/Gardener
  • Middling Gamer

Charlie!

Charlie joined our family this weekend. He is 9 weeks old and learning new skills quickly. Potty training is definitely hit and mess at this point, but I’m sure he’ll get the hang of it. Charlie is very friendly and loves freeze dried liver treats.

Superintendent Gamers!

When I tell most folks my age that the PS5 in our home is mine and not my kids’ I am most often met with a little grin and “really?” When I tell them, yup, it’s mine and if my kids are lucky I will let them game on it, I usually elicit a brief laugh and then we move on to another topic. I don’t think some folks entirely believe me!

That’s why my conversation at dinner after a day full of superintendent meetings in Grand Rapids was so fun. When hobbies came up with a new group of superintendents and I mentioned my PS5, I was surprised when the other folks at the table started talking about their interest in games. Fellow supts who know about gaming?! Yay!

1st Workout Music List of 2022

Helped during resistance workout today!

Nino-The Linda Lindas
Oh Well-Deep Purple
Good Ones-Charlie XCX
Spike the Punch-Alex Lahey
Skinny Dipping—Stand Atlantic
Knead-Illumanati Hotties
Pool Hopping-Illumanati Hotties
When I’m Gone-Alesso & Katie Perry
Could Have Been Me-Halsey
Raspberry Beret-Prince
Monsters-All Time Low
Sugar, Were’ Goin’ Down-Fall Out Boy
Song 2-Blur
Are You Gonna Go My Way-Lenny Kravitz
Good Times Bad Times-Led Zepplin
Bring Me to Life-Evanescence
Oblivion-Royal Blood
Take My Breath-The Weeknd
Enemy-Imagine Dragons
Dirty Little Animals-Bones UK
Don’t Be so Hard on Yourself-Alex Lahey
You Will Never Work in Television Again-The Smile
Champagne Problems-Inna
Cola Song-Inna
Got You-Potty Mouth
Not Going Anywhere-Potty Mouth
Contessa Barefoot-Potty Mouth

Ratchet and Clank Rift Apart

Great game for the PS5. I started this game at the beginning of December 2021 and finished it over this year’s holiday break. As the middling gamer that I am, I did not have a lot of trouble with the skill elements in the game. The best thing about this game is its sense of fun and humor. The weapons you get to dispense baddies with and the baddies themselves are hilarious. Comments from your enemies are cartoon funny and they respond differently to different types of attacks. My favorite was the response to being electrocuted.

The controls are easy to learn and you can change the level of difficulty at any time in case you are having trouble with a particular boss or challenge. The game does require a player to be quick with jumps and speed elements at times, but if you’ve played any of the platformers like Mario, Sonic, etc. the stunts you need to perform will be pretty easy to learn.

I’m not into overly long reviews of games and if you want to view how to do certain things in the game you can easily find those on YouTube. There isn’t anything really objectionable in the game for parents to worry about. Sophomoric, cartoon humor is prevalent throughout, but not obscene. Lots of blowing baddies to bits in a variety of ways, so if that’s not your thing for your kids, ok. If you are wondering whether you should throw your dollars at this game and you enjoy colorful, intuitive, and entertaining gameplay, this one is worth your money and time.

Middle Aged Gamer

First off, I am not a gamer of any note at all.  Discord, Twitch?  Those are disagreements with others and what my right eye begins to do when a staff member enters my office and says, “So you think we’ve seen everything?  Wait’ll you hear this…”

I am a longtime, mediocre at best, game player of many decades.  When Pong came out I spent many hours bouncing that square “ball” between stick “players” at a neighbor’s house.  I’ve watched game play change while owning Atari, Sega, Nintendo, and PlayStation consoles.  In order to snag a PlayStation 5 I signed up for Tweets whenever the system was dropped somewhere and eventually scored one through a Best Buy in Green Bay (an hour and a half drive south from our home in da Yoop—worth it!).

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