Thanks for your support. Family drama stinks. Christmas was good. I'm so glad I took the high road and let go of the bitterness. Pre-program I would have held on to the hurt and made everyone miserable.
I bought myself Guitar Hero II to play on my nephew's PS2, but after playing DDR and finding out that PS2 is just $129, I bought my own. Never thought I'd own a gaming system. GH2 rocks. Wil Wheaton has been talking about it since the original and it intrigued me. I tried to convince my sis to buy it for BugBoy, but she didn't think he would play it for very long. So I bought my own.
I think sis was right. It is harder than I thought in Easy and Medium is v. hard. Good thing there is a practice mode. I don't think BugBoy would bother practicing a song. I think I'll have a similar problem with advanced settings on GH to what I had with real guitar in high school. The tip of my left pinky was torn off when I was two. It is about a cm shorter than the right pinky and has no nail. I don't use it much so it isn't as strong and flexible as my other fingers and has a shorter reach. At least I won't have the spine zinging experience of a string vibrating the tip on misplaced chords.
When people ask what I did on my vacation I may have to admit to staying up way too late trying to play Surrender in Medium mode so I could buy some thing at The Store with gig money. I bought a new skin for my Les Paul.