Like a Rolling Stone

My life is going through some big changes right now.

As many of you probably know Sarah and I are expecting our first baby in September. We found out it’s going to be a boy. Which has left us in the shit because the only names we’ve agreed on are girls names.. so we’re looking for a name. And it’s hard.

So with the baby on the way we realised that the house I bought 3 years ago and then ripped to bits and then rebuilt, isn’t going to be totally suitable for us. The main problem is that the main bedroom (our bedroom) consumes the entire top floor. And the other bedrooms are downstairs. So when the baby is old enough to be in its own room it’s gonna be a bit weird if we’re sleeping on different floors. Plus hopefully this won’t be the only baby we have – so we’re gonna have to move eventually anyway.

I have always wanted a farm. I hate having neighbours. I like the idea of having a house where the neighbours are a mile away. But this scares Sarah. Plus houses like that have terrible internet connection. So that’s out.

But we have been looking at a house. Much bigger than the one we’re in now. And a bit expensive. And needs quite a bit of work. It ticks a lot of boxes – but if we buy it I’d make sure that we move in AFTER ripping it to bits and rebuilding it. Plus it’s got a swimming pool(!)

My old house wouldn’t go to waste. It’s ideal for people without kids. Or with grown up kids. So my ideal plan is for my mom and dad to move into my old house, and live happily ever after from the sale of their old house. My dad complains and wants to leave his house to us kids.. but my opinions is that they worked every day of their lives to pay for that house, they’ve already given us every advantage they could have – so they should use that money to enjoy themselves.

And finally – Facepunch! The guys in the office have been experimenting with game ideas.. and we’re prototyping a game right now. It’s something that I don’t think has ever been done before.. but we haven’t finished prototyping yet so there’s probably a good reason for it.

I’m really happy with how the office is turning out. It’s something we should have had the balls to do earlier. It’s taking the company to a whole other level.. and the fate of the company no longer totally rests on my head.

This post is a massive wall of text. So here’s a drawing our awesome artist Meg made for the Steam Trading Cards stuff.


39 thoughts on “Like a Rolling Stone

  1. Congratulations!
    I highly recommend you raise your child in an at least semi-rural area. I’m not sure about England, but in Australia there’s a certain correlation between good personality traits and being raised in rural areas. The city scene is for those still finding what to make of their life (friends, career, girlfriend, religion)… but it seems like you and Sarah are pretty set for those. Plus with Skype, Git, etc these days you can contribute to Facepunch remotely. (Just make sure you pick a good team to run it day-to-day!)
    As for baby names, how about you make a poll on Facepunch? Hopefully there will be at least one sensible name voted up! :D
    (How’s “Declan Newman” sound? :P)

    Thanks for leaving me with a warm-fuzzy feeling… so many negative blog posts recently (end of financial year vibes, perhaps?)

    1. That correlation exists in America as well. Smaller towns usually have better school districts, too.

  2. There’s a couple of projects for rural area broadband, the local people put up low 5 figures and get the wiring done for >100mbps fibre to every building that wants it.

    Found the project that got some press, 1GBIT for £30/month:

  3. It’s amazing, I still remember the post from back when you first met Sarah (I think, could be remembering something else). Time flies.

  4. Newman, Newell…. Call him Gabriel, that way he will be Gabe Newman.
    Who knows, maybe in a few years time Gabe Newman will be under his bed drawing penises on the wall just like his father.

  5. Could I ask for a bit of news on the summer contest? I’m curious to know when it’ll happen.

  6. Major congrats, Garry! Starting a family can be scary, but you’re really innovative and can work out any problem in a cinch. Also, that’s really nice of you to give your old house to your parents. I’ve always wanted to pay back my folks when I get a little older.

    Name him something that rhymes with “-arry”.
    Larry, Jerry, Harry, or Hank. Hank is just a good name.

  7. Congratulations! I would pick a name that that you wouldn’t have to abbreviate.
    Andrew, Samuel, Thomas, etc.

  8. Congrats from a long time reader and occasional player since being recommended GMod at a New Year’s in 2004/2005 (I think it was version 4 at the time and you could mostly just rope things together). I’ve always enjoyed hearing about your ridiculous life on this blog, you have a very nice, simple style of writing. Good luck to you and Sarah with the kid and all your future endeavours, and keep blogging.


  9. Marge: Homer, I’ve been thinking, if the baby’s a boy, what do you think of the name “Larry”?
    Homer: Marge, we can’t do that! All the kids will call him “Larry Fairy”.
    Marge: Well, how about Louie?
    Homer: They’ll call him “Screwy Louie”.
    Marge: Bob?
    Homer: “Flob”.
    Marge: Luke?
    Homer: “Puke”.
    Marge: Marcus?
    Homer: “Mucus”.
    Marge: What about Bart?
    Homer: Let’s see… Bart, Cart, Dart, Ee-art… Nope, can’t see any
    problem with that!

  10. congrats onn the baby garry! i’ve followed you for 8 years now on the blog and i intend to follow your upbringing of your offspring as well!!

  11. Agh… was going back to play without the dev verison, stupidly of me I thought that reinstalling the whole thing would work. Anyone got any advise?

  12. That’s Great Garry! I appreciate the awesome game “Garrys Mod” you have created and millions will probably agree with me and overall you Just great guy. I’d Like to meet you one day!
    GO GARRY!!!

  13. By the way when is Garry’s Mod 14 coming out? And whats your Steam ID Garry?

  14. I grew up with my room on a different floor than my parents. It was never wierd. It was actually quite neat with that extra sense of privacy, so don’t be worried about it.

  15. Congratulations Garry !
    About the name of the child…
    How about Christopher or Chris?

    Christopher Newman.
    Chris Newman.

    Best Regards.
    Johannes :)

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