THERE ARE 4 TOTAL DLCS IN NEW VEGAS AND THEY ARE ALL PRETTY EXPANSIVE AND UNQIUE. ALTHOUGH THIS IS TRUE, NOT ALL OF THEM ARE GREAT. ONE OF THEM IS DOWNRIGHT AWFUL.... SPOILERS
SIERRA MADRE: Dead Money
First off, you are wearing a bomb collar. Sound bad? How about there are sensors everywhere to track where the collar is. The collar beeps, tied to the sensor, counting down how many seconds you have before you head blows up.
Considering this is one of the longer DLCs it’s pretty obnoxious always dying… All the time. It takes a few hours to play.
In addition, don’t expect to bring any of your belongings. You are stripped of everything. Even the clothes on your back. You’re thrown in with nothing while these crazy breed on ghosts tear you down with their bear trap claws. (If you love the sound of the psychos in Borderlands 2 then you will love them). This is also the only DLC where you can't get a follower. You walk this lonely road all alone.
On the positive side the characters you find are pretty cool. There are callbacks to the characters around Fallout like Dean Domino. There is also God/Dog who is one of the most interesting characters in Fallout 4.
This leads me to the man behind it all. There is also a special vault at the end that might take you down as well. I’ll leave that be since it’s a super spoiler, but it does make it worth it in the end.
Lonesome Road: The Divide
The last DLC…
Full of Tunnelers, Death Claws and chaos.
You are walking a lonely road… But not without a special guest who if you found them in the normal game it’s even more special.
You get to keep all of your items which is very helpful. The story line is also pretty interesting. At the end you might just get to pick who lives or dies and I'm not talking about Hoover Dam.
It’s listed as the second best because it was exciting and fun but not as much as the top pick.
Honest Hearts: Zion National Park/Happy Trails Caravan
Although the visuals and landscape in this DLC is one of the best the storyline didn’t live up to it.
I did this DLC in one to two sittings. (Keep in mind my sessions are pretty long) but this one was the fastest. It almost didn’t feel worth playing… Hence this segment is the shortest. There isn't much to say about it which speaks for itself.
The best part of the DLC is you get to meet Joshua Graham the favorite New Vegas character on the internet. An estranged Legion member. There is something about the burned man that drives the internet wild.
Welcome to the big empty: Big Mountain
Big mountain is hard in the way that the characters are tough but everything else makes up for it. The weapons are the best out of any DLC (maybe even the whole game). Plus, it’s the only DLC with an easily accessible “safe house” for you where you can fix your gear up and buy things. The safe house also features some pretty funny characters which you have to unlock but it’s worth it (there is a particular small appliance near the bedroom that is my favorite). Plus, there is a safe and bed... Imagine that? In Fallout?!?!?!
The story line is fun as well. The doctors you meet and work with are pretty hilarious. This DLC is the most light hearted one. The ending isn’t as satisfying as I would have liked it but there is a big payoff in the end. A BIG ONE! So push through!
Finding an apartment right out of freshman year, college in general, or any reason can be frightening. There are so many options and it's going to be your home, so you want to make it great.
I have had my fair share of apartment drama and I have learned a lot. I have shared some of the things I have learned with examples. Now that my partner and I are planning our move for after we graduate I am having to look at thousands of apartments and have had these lessons reinforced.
Here are 5 things to look for when searching for an apartment, town home, or condo!
The full post is under the infographic!
One of the first things to think of is you have some fur babies at home is do they accept pets? A lot of places accept cats, but are particular about dogs and what size or breed they are. I didn't want to make this a whole tip since it doesn't apply to everyone.
1. Location, location, location. If you have to commute to a job that is a huge deciding factor for location. For example, my partner and I are planning our move to Oregon. We are deciding whether we want to pay more money to be closer to Portland, or pay less and get more space if we live farther away. Does the cost for gas outweigh living closer and not having to commute as far.
2. How many bedrooms and bathrooms are you going to need? If you are living by yourself, a studio apartment would most likely be the best bet. If you are living with roommates the more bedrooms the better! Personally, my partner and I are looking for a 2 bedroom with 2 bathrooms. One master bedroom and a room to turn into an office.
3. Parking... At first glance parking seems insignificant. Trust me my friends, it is very important.
How much does parking cost per month? Obviously, free parking, first come first serve, is ideal but sometimes that's not an option. I didn't really think about anything before getting my first apartment and it was a nightmare. They purposely built a small parking lot so that people would pay higher prices since they said it was in "high demand". There also weren't any guest parking spots. People were being towed left and right because there was no where to park.
If you're okay with uncovered parking it is the best way to go in my opinion. Unless you have an expensive car it's honestly not necessary to have covered parking for the amount of money it costs.
The cost of a car port and/or a garage adds up every month. If you have more than new car a town home is the way to go. Most apartment complexes don't allow than 2 cars on a lease.
4. The office staff/management. If they are incompetent, rude, and careless it will make a difference. At my first apartment the staff claimed they saved documentation but when they need it they said they don't document anything. The staff were constantly leaving, they didn't care and they rigged everything.
The manager and office staff at my current apartment bake cookies, and are generally friendly. It makes a difference especially when they know your personal info and can take advantage of that in a malicious way.
5. Now, for the actual physical rental.
- Do you want a place that is recently renovated or are you okay with it being slightly out of date?
I thought it didn't matter, until we moved into a place that was a million years old and was falling apart. When you are cooking every day, taking a shower, and doing general every day things it makes it easier and more enjoyable when things aren't falling apart.
- The layout makes a difference too, especially when you have roommates. Some apartments have shared bathrooms with only a sliding door separating the toilets.
-Sound proofing... This means what floor do you want to be on. For my current apartment since housing is in high demand and there aren't any options we were stuck on the ground floor. The floors and ceilings are paper thin. I can hear the person above me peeing, coughing, and he stomps when he walks. Not enjoyable.
-Is it a community laundry room or in unit? (preferably the washer and dryer is already in the unit so you can do laundry on your own schedule). If you have lived in a dorm you know how crazy that can get. Community laundry is a pain. It's gross. Period. If you don't have a choice though it's doable.
-Baseboard vs. central air. Utilities can sky rocket based on what kind of heating and a/c you have.
Baseboards are more expensive, plus they are all under windows. The heat goes right out the window.
You can use a temperature gage to control it, but even then if you change it a lot it costs more money since it has to start and stop more often.
Central air is better if the control panel works. Some apartment complexes (like my first) would rig it so it looked like you could control it. But really I couldn't. It got up to 100 degrees in my apartment and stayed around that range all year round.
It circulates better and you are able to have heating and a/c.
All in all, if you feel comfortable that is the most important thing. It depends on your lifestyle, if you don't find hearing others as much then the ground floor works. If you love to listen to movies and music loud a townhouse might work the best. If you have a dog a personal backyard might be the most important.
What do you look for when finding somewhere to live? What is the most important to you?
"History is all you left me" by Adam Silvera
This LGBTQ+ novel was a great story for grief, love, and lust.
The story follows Griffin and Theo who are two teenagers finding themselves and each other.
Without giving too much away I can say it was raw and was a story I would have love to read in high school. Every coming of age story (even about grief) is about a hetersexual couple. It was so refreshing to read something other than that.
I identify as queer and the dynamic of queer relationships in book is under represented in my opinion.
The writing style is also unique with one chapter being in the present and the next being in the past. It makes the story harder to get into but I appreciated the fact we were able to feel Griffin's pain and the dynamic of his relationships from both perspectives.
This book reminded me of a LGBTQ+ "Looking For Alaska" by John Green, so if you enjoyed that book I would recommend this one.
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