An Armada Of Armadillos

Interesting weekend here at Chez Cross. Grace and I spent Saturday down in the Bay Area at Kubla Con. I ran two TOON games as part of Dorkstock West (the John Kovalic/Dork Tower celebratory minicon within a con) and both went very well. I also played in a session of the Dork Tower board game with John & Judith Kovalic and Brian & Lori Ann Curley. Grace bought several things and I picked up 4 GURPS sourcebooks for only 20 bucks at the flea market. We got home about 2:00 AM Sunday and crashed.

Sunday morning, our new clothes dryer was delivered and SURPRISE, it would run but not heat up (which is why we GOT a new dryer, cos the old one stopped heating up). Turns out that our 220 volt outlet is not putting out the full 220. What does that mean? It means we now have to have an electrician come out and fix the problem this week…no doubt with a fee of a few hundred bucks. Once again, the simple solution to a problem is denied me.

Sunday afternoon was Gaming Day for us. The kingdom sim game is still going well as they expand into new lands and discover new things. I’m going to expand the number of players to include play by email players, so if any of you are interested, let me know.

Today, it’s work for me, but My Sweet Little Rainbow Bunting Of Passion has the day off, as does Roscoe the Wonder Dog. Lucky them.

Before I go, let me just say (as a veteran who is married to a veteran) THANK YOU to all of our servicemen and women who are serving now and have served in the past. And take a moment today to give thanks to all of those brave souls who died to keep us free.

I Said I Wouldn’t Break Your Heart. I Never Said I Wouldn’t Steamroller It Flat.

The weekend approacheth and I need to put the finishing touches on my KublaCon Dork TOON games tonight after work. For those of you that attend said con, Grace and I will arrive about 8:00-9:00 AM on Saturday and depart about midnight Saturday. Please feel free to stop by the games and say hello.

I’m thinking of starting an email version of my “Build/Expand A Kingdom” game. It would run right along with and be part of the home version that I run twice a month. It’s NOT a roleplaying game, but much more like a kingdom sim/RTS. You start out with a smallish area that has a burgeoning population and then it’s exploration/expansion time…until you meet another civilization, in which case it becomes trade/diplomacy time. Or wage bloody war time, as the case may be. Anyway, I’d probably take 4-6 email players and turns would be due twice a month. Email me at if you are interested.

Powered By Love And Caffiene

Saw “Shrek 2” tonight with My Sweet Little Curried Shrimp of Love. Very funny flick and Puss in Boots pretty much steals the show.

Stole this from iamnikchick…

LAST LONG CAR RIDE: Understanding that “long car ride” means “more than 3 hours long” to a Californian, I’d say the trip to GenCon SoCal in December
LAST KISS: Grace, the Queen of my heart
LAST GOOD CRY: I have no idea
LAST MOVIE SEEN: Shrek 2, not even an hour ago
LAST LIBRARY BOOK CHECKED OUT: Last time I checked out a library book was 1995. I think it was a book on dinosaurs
LAST CRUSH: The last crush I’ll EVER have, my sweet angel Grace
LAST SHOES WORN: Same as always, red Converse high top sneakers
LAST CD PLAYED: Full Moon Fever by Tom Petty
LAST ITEM BOUGHT: Birthday card for my mom
LAST ANNOYANCE: Turned on Fox News Channel by accident
LAST TIME WANTING TO DIE: Never. Now, last time I wanted some other motherfucker to die…:)
LAST TIME SCOLDED: Last night…by Grace…for staying up way too late

Put The Blame On VTR

As usual, alot less got done this weekend than we planned. On the other hand, we still managed to do a bunch of stuff. I even cooked up a few finger sized baby zuchinnis for dinner. Didn’t do as much in the garden as I would have liked, but did get things fertilized and tied beans and tomatos and cucumbers to their respective poles.

Cooked up a bunch of meals for us to heat and eat this week and next. Most nights, both Grace and I don’t feel up to cooking, so this will streamline things.

Printed up a bunch of labels for my new CDs, but I still have about 40 to go. I also did some work using Microsoft Streets & Trips to beging planning the routes that we’ll use going to and returning from GenCon in Indy this summer. The plan is to drive partway there via Interstate 50 across Nevada and Utah, then cut up to cross northern Colorado and then cut up to I-80 to Indy. Coming home it’s Route 66, baby! Well, as much of Route 66 as still can be found. THAT leg of the trip should take about 6 days or so.

Time for a snack before going off to read in bed with My Sweet Little Peach Faced Lovebird Of Cuteness. More blogging in the near future.

Roscoe T. Cross And The Case Of The Tasty Hamburger

…but then, they are all tasty to him

Ahhhhh, Saturday! My Sweet Little Grilled Shrimp Taco Of Love and I have pretty good sized lists of things to do today and tomorrow. Her list consists mostly of variations on “study for algebra final”, while mine has such exciting events as “pull up more poppies from garden”, “plant potatoes and peas” and the ever popular “make and print labels for the 50 new music CDs that my friend Sally burned for me”. Woohoo!

Our clothes dryer crapped out a few days ago, so we need to buy a new one. And this just about a week and a half after we got a new washer.

I’ll be cooking up lots of stuff to eat this weekend so that we can freeze dinner sized portions of stuff. Once we do that, getting dinner ready every night will be easier for the next week or two.

Off to do stuff…more bloggage later.

Slapped Hard By True Love

Oh yeah, time once more for this…

READING: The Dying Earth Roleplaying Game

WATCHING: Animal Face Off (Anaconda VS Jaguar)


EATING: Cream of Wheat

LISTENING: Acid Eaters by The Ramones

PLAYING: Runescape

CONTEMPLATING: Buying a digital camcorder