The Kitty Cats Hold Up a Liquor Store

…those rascally kitties!

FREEEEEEEEEEEEDOM!!! I didn’t mention it before now, lest I jinx the whole affair, but the halfwitted cunt who has managed the place I work at for the last 3 years is GONE!!! When the store transferred from corporate to franchise, she decided not to stay. Friday was her last day and you could feel the great weight of her catfish faced stupidity being lifted from the shoulders of everyone who worked for her. Yesterday was, despite being very busy, like a holiday. There is calm and happiness in my heart:)

Saw most of the trailer for the new “King Kong” and it looked fuckin’ great. Once again, Peter Jackson scores big. I can hardly wait to see the movie this December.

More blog-o-rama later.

Ducks And Stuff On My Mind Again

…and I can’t even explain the title until after things get published:)

Today was Summer Curryfest 2005 here at the House of Cross. I (with the help of my able assistants Grace and Sharon) made about 14 quarts of Smoked Pork Curry. It was fuckin’ delish, with the smoked pork (which I smoked this morning on the good old Weber kettle barbecue) adding a really great flavor note to the whole thing. Besides the pork, there was tofu…3 kinds of mushrooms…zucchini…baby corn…bamboo shoots…red and green bell peppers…garlic…pineapple…green beans and onion. Even after Sharon took home her portion of it, Grace and I still have enough to freeze for 6-8 future meals.

On the writing front, I’m 25% of the way thru my paid writing gig. I expect to add another couple of thosand words tomorrow after I do my gardening thing in the morning.

Speaking of writing, I’m partway into a zine for the 30th anniversary issue of Alarums & Excursions. Hopefully enough former A&Eers will return so that it will be a nice fat issue.

Time to get back to writing…more bloggage soon.

Don’t Pee On The Electric Fence

…the way you tricked those other kids into it:)

16 Year Old Meme
Six things I would tell my sixteen year-old self:

1: Do NOT join the Navy after High School

2: Work like hell from now until you graduate. Use the money to travel around for a year or so.

3: Even if you have to beat him up to do it, get Dad in for a cancer screening every 6 months for the next 20 years.

4: Mom and Dad aren’t assholes, YOU are.

5: Here’s a game called Dungeons & Dragons. Rewrite it and then publish it in 1973.

6: In about 9 years, find Grace, sweep her off her feet and marry her. You’ll be glad you did.

This meme concept was taken from ross_winn. Good idea, Ross.

Here Come The Screaming Wombats

…we’re screwed now.

Just got home from seeing “Batman Begins” and lat me say…IT ROCKS!!! Oh fuck yes! This movie is not only the best Batman movie by far, it’s one of the best superhero movies ever. If you haven’t seen it, do. BTW, I had Ducard figured out very early on:)

And now to bed.

Making Love In The Treehouse Of Doom

…it’s a long story:)


1: My nephew Christopher is home and no longer a part of the U.S. Army. This is a very good thing. He’s spending some time relaxing at his parent’s house, then will go look for a job. He told my that I was right, that he should have stayed far away from the military. I told him “welcome to the club”.

2: The garden is looking BEEEEEYOOOOOTEEEFULL! Pink dwarf cannas, 7-8 kinds of coreopsis, zinnias, daylilies…Big Daddy gots ’em all, baby! My tomatos are off to a slow start, mostly due to the off and on warm weather. Ditto the green beans, tho they are picking up steam and should soon be inundating us with their gardeny goodness. And the cantalopes…sweet Jesus on a plate, there are maybe 20 of then in the very early stages of development. Don’t even ask about the zucchini.

3: The writing project is humming along. I’m slightly less than 25% thru it and it is looking pretty good.

4: Money is very tight just now, but Grace and I hope to be seeing “Batman Begins” in a couple of days.

5: I’m doing some preliminary work on my “Kingdom Building Sim/RPG version 2.0”, which my gaming group will start playing in September. It will be mostly run online, since one of our group is moving 90 miles away. I may even expand the group to include a couple of my out of state friends.

In this version, the game is played “one player = one kingdom” and anything goes. Since the whole thing is set amidst the “100 Islands of the Lost Sea”, one assumes that shipbuilding will be important:) Since the 100 Islands span an area from the sub arctic to the tropics, resources and cultures will be diverse. Better yet, as GM I’ll get to play a few cultures that the PC’s won’t know about until they discover them:) The whole thing should be great fun. Still not sure if I’ll make magic part of the deal.

6: I NEED A VACATION!!! However, due to the current fiscal state of Doc & Grace Inc., our next vacation will be our trip to GenCon SoCal in November. *SIGH*

Th-th-th-that’s all for now, folks!

Paradox Lost


So, recently California has had a few reasonably strong earthquakes and now the various media are wondering what it all means. They also keep saying “Californians are concerned about this new flurry of quakes”. Ok, I’m gonna clue everyone in on something: First, these recent quakes don’t mean shit because California has HUNDREDS of earthquakes a day, most too small to feel. Secondly, no REAL Californian is “concerned” about these quakes. We take earthquakes in stride the way my friends in New England take snowy winters in stride. It’s just how things go. The only people who are worrying about a few 6.9 shakes are motherfuckers who moved here from somewhere else.

Still, better to read about earthquakes than Michael “Short Eyes” Jackson or that goofy fucking bitch who ran away from her wedding.

There Was An Old Hermit Named Dave…

Nope, I’m not gonna finish it:)

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