Monday, August 01, 2016
Friday, April 29, 2016
New and Increased respect for carpenters
Now I know why the shot and a beer places have a lot of tradesmen in them after work. Oh, and Mike Rowe is right - I know I should have more regard for those doing "Dirty Jobs"!
Also, even more respect for Jesus of Nazareth...certainly, he saved me by redeeming my sin (#1) but being a carpenter (#2) AND turning water into wine (#3)....RESPECT for that!
Wednesday, December 30, 2015
WHAT IS LUDOPHILIA?
For any of you who have missed it until now, Ludophilia is the name we've given to our annual 4-day boardgaming (and craft beer sharing) extravaganza in the far northwest suburbs of Chicago! It's much too friendly and informal to be called a "convention". It's just an excuse for friends and friends-of-friends to get together in a large-ish hotel conference room with a few hundred board games and have the chance to strategize, socialize, and relax uninterrupted. I bring a select library of games (and other people bring their favorites, too, of course), and then it's open house at the hotel Thursday through Sunday! Set up your own lodging plans if you want to stay overnight, and everyone is mostly responsible for their own food and drink. (Although see below.)
SAVE THE DATE
The weekend for Ludophilia VI will be Thursday, May 12th through Sunday, May 15th, 2016. Please mark your calendars NOW! I'll be sending out a few reminders and additional information as the time draws nearer.
Once again, I'll be keeping the admission cost for everyone the same as it's been: $10 per person per day, with a "buy 3 days get the 4th day free" bonus for those who pay in advance. This is strictly to cover our costs. If we collect the same amount as we have the last 2 years, we should be able to cover the cost of the room within our buffer.
You can start registering now by sending check or cash to me at :
1517 Driftwood Lane
Crystal Lake, IL 60014
- Pizza night - the club may
buy pizza for the group on Saturday night
- Door prize raffle - get a raffle ticket for each paid day of admission and draw Saturday night for some prizes
- Opponent bingo prize - keep track of how many different unique opponents you play with during the weekend, highest count wins a prize
- Beer tasting prize - everyone who wants to participate brings a few bottles (or equivalent) of their favorite craft beer (store-bought, or better yet, home-brewed!), judges will be appointed, and top rated beer(s) wins a prize
Wednesday, November 11, 2015
Veteran's Day 2015
Monday, May 25, 2015
Memorial Day 2015
|Near An-Nasiryiah, Iraq|
In early 2008, SSG Juantrea Bradley, SPC Tenzin Samten and SPC Dustin Jackson were killed in a rocket attack on the base I was staying at the time.
Memorial Day is about those three, and all others that lost their lives while serving in the Armed Forces of this country.
Remember them and their families.
Saturday, February 28, 2015
Saturday, February 21, 2015
I are..uh, am, umm is(?) an ARe
So I can proudly proclaim "I are an ARe!" Well, sort of.
Saturday, January 31, 2015
Basil Fawlty had his Moose head, I had a light switch
For the past...while, I had a, er, faulty light switch I was trying to change. Oh, to be sure, removing it was fine....but getting the new one, installing it and having it work...well, let us just say I had a bit of John Cleese going on.
Today, I finally got a switch and set to installing it. Didn't work. After several retries, I gave up and had a master electrician we know call me...he figured my error in about 15 seconds. So unlike Basil Fawlty, I finally got my job done.
Saturday, December 20, 2014
You konw what makes you feel good?
Kids (in unison): "Yea!"
They literally cheered.
Yes, that makes you feel good.
Tuesday, November 11, 2014
Now it feels like Veteran's Day
It maybe feeling my age in my knees, the rainy and unpleasant day outside - but I sure feel more like a Veteran than a Soldier, today.
Friday, August 01, 2014
Hooked on Dutch Pop
Saturday, July 19, 2014
Dank u, Nederland!
Monday, June 30, 2014
I'll have a BLT, a mocha and a Time Lord, please
Monday, May 26, 2014
Sunday, May 25, 2014
As I am slow to make friends, but strong and fierce to do so, this comes as a great heartache to me.
Sometimes I feel like all I do is say good bye the past few years - whether to comrades in arms - as we go our separate ways, or to friends moving on to parts of the country not so benighted as Illinois.
In the end, I chastise myself, as these people are not dead, exiled or such - they are going to their homes, new beginnings and opportunities.
But it doesn't make it any easier on me, for now....