The Anoles Of History

…not to be confused with a karma chameleon

Well, aside from a 2 hour session of Attempted Suicide By Landscaping, today was a pretty mellow day for me. Got up, ate, yadda yadda yadda. Worked on some turns for the Kingdom Building Game…did a bit of reading…listened to some reggae. Then, about 2:00, I decided to go tackle the hillside in my seemingly neverending quest to get enough of it chopped away to build a fuckin’ retaining wall.

Two hours later, after a brutal steel cage match with the hardass clay soil, I decided to stop working so I could either have a major heart attack or just keel over dead. Fortunately, I was saved from having to choose by My Sweet Little Pad Thai of Passion, who helped me put the tools away and stagger into the house and the loving arms of my Lazy Boy. Still, despite everything, I reckon I removed another 1,500 pounds of soil.

And now, back to game turns and drinking a bit of green tea,

The Ten Blue Budgies Drop Acid

…windowpane, to be exact

Aah, my friends, there are dark times ahead for your old Uncle Doc. Well, actually, there are dark times ahead for much of the northern hemisphere, because fall is here and winter is fast on it’s heels. Outside right now it is rainy and cloudy and cold. I hate winter and I’m not a big fan of fall. My psoriasis flairs up due to the lack of bright sunlight and my S.A.D. will kick in every so often. I hate cold weather and, having a driving type job, I’m no fan of rain. Also, I can’t do my nightly walking in the fucking rain and cold, so I’ve gotta go to a mall after work and walk there. On top of everything else, it’s a shitty time to work in the garden. Still, it could be much worse…at least it doesn’t snow here and days with freezing level temperatures are pretty sparse. Anyway, I’ll be looking forward to springtime.

A Note To Players In My Kingdom Building Game If you haven’t got your second turn in, please do it. I’m gonna do a marathon turn answering session this weekend. Another handout will also be on it’s way soon.

In other gaming news, the mysterious game ideas I mentioned in an earlier post are slowly evolving. I will reveal this much: Rules will be a version of FUDGE, while setting will be a mixing of Pulp and Fantasy. But Doc, what KIND of Pulp and Fantasy, you ask. Ah, well, that would be telling:) More on this later…possibly in the next ish of A&E. The possibility of a playtest at DunDraCon is still alive.

And now off to work. More Thrilling Blog Tales later.

Mrs. Wangdoodle Plans A Jewel Heist

…with help from her budgie, Bertram

Just got back from seeing “Wallace & Grommit and the Curse of the Were-Rabbit” and I must say it was great fun. Not as funny as “The Wrong Trousers”. but quite funny and well worth the price of a ticket.

Next movie trip for Grace and I: “The Legend of Zorro”…in a week or so.

It’s been a fairly busy weekend so far, with much running around doing errands & chores. I’m still working on digging out the hillside so I can pour concrete for the retaining wall, but it’s hard diggin’ now that I’ve hit the heavy clay layer. Only solid rock would be harder to dig through…and yet, my stubborness will keep me digging until one of us makles the other it’s bitch. Right now, smart money is on the clay soil.

And now, I must finish my lunch and go fight the good fight against my clay nemesis.

Doc Tempest And The Ghost Of Merlin

…title of the March 1941 issue

Well, I finished “Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince” last night. My my, the shit certainly hit the fan near the end of that one, dinnit? And pity all the poor writers of romantic H.P. fanfic:) No wonder they all nutted up when the book came out. Personally, there were few surprises for me in this book. I mean, didn’t anybody else see the romances coming back around book 2?As for the much ballyhooed death, I had that figured out by about page 100. The big betrayal? I’m betting we’re in for a “Darth Vader/Emperor Palpatine in Return of the Jedi” moment in the next book. I will say that the “R.A.B.” curveball took me by surprise. Anyway, despite all the necessary background exposition and a lack of action scenes, a good read…but I thought “Order of the Phoenix” was better. Now we only have to wait a couple of years and it’s all over.

In other news, this Saturday looks to be a busy one for Grace and I. Much scurrying around doing various errands and then FINALLY seeing the Wallace & Grommit flick. And Sunday will see me doing massive yard & garden chores.

On the gaming front (since most of you who read this are gamers), there is reason to feel equal mixes of terror and joy: Doc is tinkering with both a homebrew rules set AND a spiffy new setting. It is possible that playtesting of this Infernal Device may take place at DunDraCon.

And now I must go. More Thrilling Blog Stories later.

Every Time I Smell Her Hair, The World Goes Away

…and that’s a good thing

Doc Update #69

Quick update, as I’m trying to speed thru “Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince” so My Sweet Little Chile Relleno Of Love can read it.

Had a good, tho not nearly productive enough weekend. We were foiled in our attempt to see the Wallace & Grommit flick due to problems beyond our control.

Still walking many a mile each evening, and now I’ve added working out with 8 pound dumbells before every walk. Weight loss should be at or beyond 20 pounds by now. I’ll do a weigh in on Friday.

Bought even more little plastic dudes (snakes & pirates this time) on Sunday at the Dollar Tree store. This brings my L.P.D. collection up to exactly 3 kazillion.

Note to my Kingdom Building Game players: You can send in your next turn any time.

Gotta go read more H.P., then head for work. More blogathon later.

Walking Out Of The Sun

…and walking into the night

Uncle Doc’s Day

Well, so far Grace and I got shoes for my humongous feet…ate french ground steakburgers, french fries, onion rings and a banana milkshake at Nationwide Freezer Meats (the BEST damned hamburgers in the whole Sacramento area)…got a free pie at Baker’s Square (which I can only have a teensy slice of, since I’m on a diet)…bought several used CDs at Dimple Records…and now are at home to catch our breath.

Soon, I’ll be going out to but some other stuff while My Sweet Little Marsh Rabbit Of Sweetness catches her usual midday nap. Later tonight, there will be recorded episodes of Lost and other shows to watch, as well as things to do on the computers. No doubt some smooching and sundry naughtiness will sneak in there somewhere, too.

And now, I go to read a few websites before resuming my consumerist ways.

Walking Out Of The Sun

…and walking into the night

Uncle Doc’s Day

Well, so far Grace and I got shoes for my humongous feet…ate french ground steakburgers, french fries, onion rings and a banana milkshake at Nationwide Freezer Meats (the BEST damned hamburgers in the whole Sacramento area)…got a free pie at Baker’s Square (which I can only have a teensy slice of, since I’m on a diet)…bought several used CDs at Dimple Records…and now are at home to catch our breath.

Soon, I’ll be going out to but some other stuff while My Sweet Little Marsh Rabbit Of Sweetness catches her usual midday nap. Later tonight, there will be recorded episodes of Lost and other shows to watch, as well as things to do on the computers. No doubt some smooching and sundry naughtiness will sneak in there somewhere, too.

And now, I go to read a few websites before resuming my consumerist ways.

Chocolate Covered Orgasm Cookies

…so good, they might kill you.

Doc Update #1,000,000,000,003

Grace found me a place that might be able to special order walking shoes in my extra-wideass size, so I’ll be going in tomorrow to check them out. Naturally, the crime of having big feet will cost me extra…like maybe $100.00 for a fuckin’ pair of shoes.

Stopped at a thrift store on my way home from work yesterday and bought 4 bandanas in patterns/colors I didn’t already have. That raises my total collection to..oh, 8 zillion bandanas.

Besides buying overpriced shoes this weekend, I’ll be heading out with My Sweet Little Spinosaurus Egypticus Of Love to buy some winter clothing and a few other things. On Sunday, we’ll be going to see the new “Wallace & Grommit” movie. Oh, this life of whirlwind adventures we lead:)

After several months of not drinking soda pop, I tried to drink some of my once beloved Diet Pepsi/Diet Coke mixture yesterday. The results? After about a cups worth, I got sick to my stomach and remained woozily almost all day. This means that, like my once passionate affair with wine, it’s over for cola and I. *SIGH* After over 30 years…PFFT!…gone, just like that. Here’s lookin’ at you, kid.

And now to work. More blog-o-rama later.

I Call Her “Tuffy”, Cos She’s So Rough And Tough

…NOT!

Well, my little woodland pals, unless Uncle Doc & Aunt Grace win the lottery or strike gold while digging in the garden, we will definitely NOT be going to GenCon SoCal. This sucks, but there ya are.

In lieu of going to the con, I expect that we’ll do a few other fun things with the money we DO have. Still, we could win that lottery…

In other news, Grace and I discussed getting another dog around the time of my birthday in late January. It’s been nearly 5 months since we lost Roscoe and we both miss having a dog around the house, so once we have made the house “dog ready”, we’ll go to a Basset Hound Rescue and get a nice young female. Well, actually, we’ll be getting two, since we don’t want one dog to be lonely while we are at work every day.

More bloggage later…

Sleeping Outside In Coyoteville

…and it was actually quite fun.

Right now I’m cursing the Fates, the Gods, Lady Luck and anything else I can think of. Ya see, despite getting a nice check for my recent Pro Writing Job, it would appear that going to GenCon SoCal may not be the sure thing I thought it was a couple of weeks ago. I’ve run the numbers (hotel, con badges, gas, food, spending money) and it’s beginning to look like Grace and I just won’t have the $$$ to go. Can’t use credit cards, since they are off limits while we pay them off. I suppose I could have Grace pimp me out to horny local housewives, but then I’d be too tired to go to the con.

Shit! Maybe we’d be better off just staying home and spending the money we do have on a new TV or something we need. *SIGH*

More on this as it develops.

Never Bitchslap A Sasquatch

…unless you are one badass mofo

Iron Chef Aslin Way

Yesterday, Grace asked me what she should buy for dinner tonight. I said “Let’s do an Iron Chef night. You buy some mystery ingredients and I’ll use all my culinary skills to win the people’s acclaim forever.” And thus, a new tradition was born here at Castle Cross.

The mystery ingredients are: fresh green beans…red snapper…bay scallops…tilapia…polenta.

I’ll steam the beans with spices, cook the fishand scallops in a tomato/herb sauce and serve it over rice and fry up the polenta in some seasoned butter/oil mix. Grace will make the rice and possibly shout “Allez Cuisine!”…or not.

And then I’ll walk many a mile to make up for the extra caloric intake.

In other, non food news, I busted my ass and mixed up a concrete/soil mix to fill the first 10 large cans that I’ll be using as a foundation for my retaining wall. I’m thinking I’ll need about 50 cans for the first section of wall.

I STILL have two turns left to reply to in the Kingdom Building Game. Obviously, the whole “two turns a month thing was a mad fantasy of mine. I’m thinking one a month will be more like it.

And now…off to Kitchen Stadium!

Don’t Make Love On The Beach

…sand gets EVERYWHERE and you might get shit on by a seagull

This just in: Second D&D movie sucks way less than the first!

I was pleasantly surprised by the new D&D flick on the Sci Fi Channel. Even tho it was a lower budget looking film, it actually captured the spirit of an old school D&D adventure pretty well, unlike the steaming pile of crap that was the first D&D movie. There were plenty of monsters, references to just about every D&D module ever written, a totally traditional adventuring party (fighter, barbarian, mage, thief, cleric) and the acting wasn’t too bad. I gotta say, if make a third one, I’ll watch it.

And now it’s time to eat brekky and then commence building the concrete retaining wall.

The Dancing Mice Destroy Tokyo

…those are some BIG fuckin’ mice!

Ok, kiddies, let’s review Uncle Doc’s day so far.

Several errands to run and many chores to do.

Done, altho My Sweet Little Bacon Cheeseburger Of Cuteness did about half of them.

Must start working on the retaining wall for my hillside garden

Well, I bought the cement and gathered up all the other necessary stuff. Actual work will start tomorrow.

5 mile walk this afternoon

Only managed 3.5 miles…but it was almost all non-stop at a good brisk pace.

Masochistic viewing of the second Dungeons & Dragons movie on Sci Fi Channel tonight

This is just over an hour away. I really wish I had lost enough weight so far to have a couple of pints of Guinness. You know, to ease the pain.

Kinda want Mexican food for dinner

Nope…having Sicilian style deep dish pizza from Papa Murphy’s instead. Then, later, I’ll walk it off, no doubt whilst bemoaning the suckitude of the D&D movie.

New Harry Potter book is finally in at the library

Alas, I was mistaken. It is in transit to our local library branch, but not there yet.

The Dancing Mice Destroy Tokyo

…those are some BIG fuckin’ mice!

Ok, kiddies, let’s review Uncle Doc’s day so far.

Several errands to run and many chores to do.

Done, altho My Sweet Little Bacon Cheeseburger Of Cuteness did about half of them.

Must start working on the retaining wall for my hillside garden

Well, I bought the cement and gathered up all the other necessary stuff. Actual work will start tomorrow.

5 mile walk this afternoon

Only managed 3.5 miles…but it was almost all non-stop at a good brisk pace.

Masochistic viewing of the second Dungeons & Dragons movie on Sci Fi Channel tonight

This is just over an hour away. I really wish I had lost enough weight so far to have a couple of pints of Guinness. You know, to ease the pain.

Kinda want Mexican food for dinner

Nope…having Sicilian style deep dish pizza from Papa Murphy’s instead. Then, later, I’ll walk it off, no doubt whilst bemoaning the suckitude of the D&D movie.

New Harry Potter book is finally in at the library

Alas, I was mistaken. It is in transit to our local library branch, but not there yet.

Doc Tempest And The Creeping Horror

…title of the January 1999 issue

Just woke up (well, about 80% awake) a few minutes ago.

Grace is still sleeping.

Several errands to run and many chores to do.

Must start working on the retaining wall for my hillside garden.

5 mile walk this afternoon.

Masochistic viewing of the second Dungeons & Dragons movie on Sci Fi Channel tonight.

Kinda want Mexican food for dinner.

New Harry Potter book is finally in at the library.

Need tea…need food…more blog later.

The Kitty Cats Hijack An Armored Car

…using a zeppelin!

So far, this week has been a bit blah and ordinary (and I’m talking normal human ordinary, not Doc ordinary), so I haven’t really had anything to blog about. However, recent viewing of the telly has me wanting to rant a bit. By the way, just for the record, I think Jack had it right. It’s just a mindfuck experiment.

Lost: Last night’s episode explained a bit, but it also showed that both Locke and Jack are a couple of spineless pussies. Fucking Christ! Locke should have pushed the button, not Jack!

Surface: Committed a serious crime, as far as I’m concerned. The crime? Bad Science! Look, if you are going to ground your show in the “real world”, stick with real world science. Up until the most recent episode, Surface was doing this pretty well. Then they up and pissed all over science and started assfucking the laws of physics AND biology. I’ll give them another episode or two, but this might be a deal breaker for me.

Ok…that’s it for the rants.

In other news, my plans for two turns a month in the Kingdom Building Game might be a bit of wishful thinking. Still, I’m giving it the old college try. So far I’ve got about half the turn replies sent out.

Speaking of the Kingdom Building Game, I’m thinking of doing a seminar at ConQuest Sac on how to use a KBG to cooperatively create a world you can use in traditional RPGing. I’d do it at DunDraCon, but I want to let both the game and the seminar idea cook a bit longer.

Time to head to work. More bloggage soon.

I’ll Drive, You Shoot …And Let’s Not Get Each Other Killed

…another blast from the past

My Sweet Little Sea Bass In Coconut Milk With Jasmine Rice Of Love and I went to see “Corpse Bride” today. Not a bad flick, but it seemed a bit thin and could have been a few minutes longer. On the other hand, the trailers for “Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire” and “Wallace & Grommit: Curse of the Were-Rabbit” have both of us all fired up to see them.

Went to my mom’s house today and she gave me a bunch of plants in exchange for a bunch of seeds from my garden. It was nice seeing her and Charlie the Rascally Poodle.

And now it’s time for a brisk 2.5 mile walk. More bloggo later.

I’ll Drive, You Shoot …And Let’s Not Get Each Other Killed

…another blast from the past

My Sweet Little Sea Bass In Coconut Milk With Jasmine Rice Of Love and I went to see “Corpse Bride” today. Not a bad flick, but it seemed a bit thin and could have been a few minutes longer. On the other hand, the trailers for “Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire” and “Wallace & Grommit: Curse of the Were-Rabbit” have both of us all fired up to see them.

Went to my mom’s house today and she gave me a bunch of plants in exchange for a bunch of seeds from my garden. It was nice seeing her and Charlie the Rascally Poodle.

And now it’s time for a brisk 2.5 mile walk. More bloggo later.

Walking Along The Edge Of Time

…which edge? That would be telling:)

More Meme Madness

Cadged from agrumer

1.Name someone with the same birthday as you:

Tom Selleck, Oprah Winfrey (same exact birthdate), w.C. Fields

2.Where was your first kiss?

First innocent kiss? Can’t recall. Second grade? First passionate french kiss? Valentines Day, 1967, Loma Rica, California, in the hayloft of a barn. I was barely 13, she was almost 18. It was very good:)

3.Have you ever seriously vandalized someone else’s property?

Oh yes:)

4.Have you ever hit someone of the opposite sex?

Yes, but only after they hit me first.

5.Have you ever sung in front of a large number of people?

Yes

6.What’s the first thing you notice about the preferred sex?
Walking towards me? Face. Walking away? Ass

7.What really turns you on?

Women

8.What do you order at Starbucks?

Fuck Starbucks! I hate coffee and their tea sucks. I piss upon Starbucks.

9.What is your biggest mistake?

Not saving money when I was younger.

10.Have you ever hurt yourself on purpose?

Are you fucking nuts? Hell no.

11.Say something totally random about yourself.

You’d be amazed at some of my skills.

12. Has anyone ever said you looked like a celebrity?

Nope

13.Do you still watch kiddy movies or tv shows?

Yep

14.Did you have braces?

Nope

15.Are you comfortable with your height?

Yes, because like penis size, your stuck with what you get and I did ok:)

16.What is the most romantic thing someone of the opposite sex has done for you?

Marry me.

17.When do you know it’s love?

When you care for them more than you care for you.

18.Do you speak any other languages?

Some Spanish.

19.Have you ever been to a tanning salon?

Nope. I use the sun.

20.What magazines do you read?

Mother Earth News, Sunset, PC Gamer, Alarums & Excursions, Organic Gardening, Bird Talk, Playboy, Birds & Blooms, This Old House, Premiere, Reader’s Digest, Wired

21.Have you ever ridden in a limo?

Yes, a few times.

22.Has anyone you were really close to passed away?

My father, my dog, my uncle.

23.Do you watch mtv?

Hell no.

24.What’s something that really annoys you?

Politics, religion, stupid people

25.What’s something you really like?

Sex

26.Do you like Michael Jackson?

Only if he was being drawn and quartered

27.Can you dance?

No

28.What’s the latest you have ever stayed up?

Unenhanced? 30 hours or so. Enhanced? About 72 hours.

29.Have you ever been rushed by an ambulance into the emergency room?

Three times

30.Do you actually read these when other people fill them out?

Yep

King Of The Creature Features

…every Saturday night

Doc Rates The New TV Season

Ok gang, here are my thoughts on the new televisions shows that Grace and I have been watching.

Threshold still has the most interesting characters of the three “alien invasion” series. The storyline is improving, especially after last night’s epsiode. I’ll keep watching this one.

Invasion has just about lost me. None of the characters appeal to me, the whole “small town closed off after a hurricane” thing is annoying and the aliens aren’t cool enough. I’ll be watching something else when this is on.

Surface this week had a giant sea creature SWALLOW AN ENTIRE PARTY BOAT IN ONE GULP! It was what Grace and I call a “Holy Shit!” moment. The storyline is perking right along, the aliens (if they ARE aliens) look interesting/different and the characters are getting more fleshed out. Oh yeah, I’ll keep watching this one.

Supernatural is fun, the characters are interesting and it has some really scary moments. Good monster of the week fun here, so I’ll keep watching.

Night Stalker has had one episode, so I’ll give it a chance, but the premiere story was nothing to write home about. The high point was when they digitally inserted Darrin McGavin (AKA the REAL Carl Kolchak) into a shot in the newsroom. The new Kolchak is not winning me over with his lack of humor and coolness in the face of supernatural creatures. I’ll give this show my uisual three episode chance, but it had better develop some heart to keep me.

Bones is not terrible, but it’s nothing special either. Grace likes it, but I think I’ll give it a pass.

Criminal Minds is growing on me after two episodes. It has pretty good characters and criminal nutcases doing strange naughty things. I still like CSI better, but I’ll keep watching.

So there ya go. I don’t watch sitcoms and we don’t get Showtime or HBO, so my viewing choices are not as broad as the could be. Still, not too bad of a new season of genre tv so far.