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Awesome Times August 15, 2013

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We went to COSI on Saturday, to see the Mythbusters exhibit and everything else. Mythbusters was a lot of fun, they had tons of their props from the show, with little plaques explaining the experiments. There were stations where you could try some of the experiments, like building a little block house to see if it would stand up to a windtunnel, or whether running or walking through rain got you wetter, or how fast your reaction time was to being shot at. The little live show took off from this latter bit and actually picked a few fast folk to compete for the chance to dodge a paintball. The guy in our demo was able to dodge fast enough to avoid a shot from 75ft away.  The rest of the museum was fun with lots of interactive exhibits. Gears and pulleys and body tests, and robots, and of course the laser harp, heartbeat drum and the Foucault’s pendulum in the lobby.

Sunday was the picnic/annual meeting. It was a smaller gathering than we’re used to, but the weather was nice, and the AC was running. The kids continued to amuse themselves with waterguns, when the weren’t just dumping the whole bucket on each other. Good food, good conversation and good times. And we voted to keep everything running smoothly the same way it did last year.

Last night was the topper for the week of awesome. I went to the Columbus Museum of Art to “The Sundering.” A discussion, Q&A, and book signing featuring R.A. Salvatore, Ed Greenwood and Erin Evans. They talked about the creative process, and how the collaboration of creating The Sundering series began and went along, as six authors pulled their characters and their craft into the newest revision of D&D and The Forgotten Realms.  It was awesome, as a writer, to listen to them all talk about how they create, how their outlines are just to please the marketing folks, and have very little resemblance to their final products, how they don’t know what’s on the next page. It was very cool, as a gamer, to listen to their excitement about the realms and playing D&D, and their specific characters.

I knew of Ed Greenwood before this event, but seeing him on stage, as giddy as a six-year-old, was incredible. I haven’t read much of his stuff, but now I want to read more. I didn’t know of Erin Evans prior to this event, but after her reading of a piece of her book, I want to read the others she’s written. R.A. Salvatore is why I went to the event, and I was not disappointed. Though, after years of reading Drizzt, I did not expect his Massachusetts accent. There were a lot of people there and most stayed for the signing, I was about halfway, if not more through the line, but all three authors were friendly and excited still when I got to the front of the line.  I only had The Companions with me, so I asked Erin and Ed to sign the Realms map where their stories took place, they were both happy to do so, and Bob signed the title page, of course. They gave us post-it notes, so the author could spell our names correctly, too. My first personalized signed book.

This weekend is family stuff. Happy Birthday to my two nieces!!! And visiting with family both there and here. 🙂

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Happy St. Patrick’s Day March 17, 2011

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I really do need to get back to Ireland some day. Preferably during one of the many gaming conventions, most preferably, during WARPCon. But not just for the fun and silliness of gaming and raising a glass with old friends. I really didn’t get to see much of the country last time because I was a student. We did do a bit of rambling, thank you Brian and Brian, but there is still more I want to see. England, too for that matter, I only saw a university campus when I was there last time. Some day. 🙂

On the idea of goals and dreams, I sent in my resume to WOTC for freelance editing, just in case they’re looking for any. They’re putting out a lot of material these days, I figured it was worth a shot. Especially as I now have experience in the field, unlike last time I applied, straight out of college.  I also put my name in the hat for a web design opportunity through a friend. We’ll see if anything comes of that. Excited about finding new opportunities, anyway.

Had a zag this past weekend celebrating with friends in Cleveland for the 25th anniversary of their ship. Trying to be good until April now. At least mostly good. Supplementing boredom with fruit, I’ve got bananas and cuties on the shelf now. Looking at a blender for smoothies, but I don’t have money for that right now.

One of the offices that my records show us owing money to, called us back and left a message to say they owed Us money instead and are sending us a check. I tried to call them back today, but after over an hour on hold I had to go to work. Maybe they’ll send a statement with the check. I don’t want to look a gift horse in the mouth, but I also don’t want to turn around and get bitten in the butt by it. Really want to get these debts taken care of, but must have a massive change in income to do that. We are working on that as best we can, though. Prayers, good thoughts and any contacts or leads would be appreciated. 😉