Here’s Lookin’ At You, Helen B. Narbon

…go read Narbonic

Miles Walked On Tuesday: 1 in 18 minutes
Miles Walked On Wednesday: 3.7 in 1 hour, 5 minutes

Not sure if I’m losing weight yet, but my leg muscles are getting steel hard, baby!

I hope those of you on my FL who are at Origins are having a great time.

And now, I must drink my tea and eat my brekky. More blogging later.

I Thought It Was Over, Until The Big Black Car Drove Up

…then things just went all to hell

World Building Game Announcements!

1: I have enough players. No new ones will be accepted.

2: The game will be switching from a Play By Email format to a Play By LJ Post format. Yep, that’s right, we’ll be playing both the Village Mayor and Adventure Party formats right here on this LJ, both for speed/ease of play and the amusement of all the non-players. Things should run smoother and quicker than they would in the PBEM format.

3: Mostly due to the fact that one of the players, my old friend Arn, is not a computer owner/user (and so gives me his turns face to faceevery other week before our regular gaming sessions), we will have only one or two turns per month. It will work like this: I post a turn or turn reply, you comment on it in character. It’s fun, it’s easy, you’ll laugh, you’ll cry, we’ll eat cake:)

4: The character creation turn will be coming up tonight or tomorrow.

And now, I’m off to save the human race from certain doom!

Ha Ha…just fuckin’ with ya. Like I’d waste my time saving the human race:)


…What Would Porky Pig Do?

Ok, I’ll post this one last time before I send out the Big Email Package and officially start the game.


I’m looking for 3 or 4 new players. You’ll be playing the mayor of a small village (this part is basically a Sim City type game) AND an adventurer/explorer in the above mentioned RPG. I’d love to say we’ll have 2 turns per month, but most likely it will be 1 turn per month. Right now, I’m thinking 1 turn = 1 month of game time, but that could change.

And yes, this IS a Play By Email Game. If you are interested in playing, let me know.

Now, I’m outta here to earn my daily wage…plus tips and gas reimbursment:)

Chasing Down The Worst Nightmares

…and killing them

Miles Walked Tonight: 1.7 miles in 25 minutes


Aaargh! I meant to have the first email for the World Building Game out today, but it’s not ready yet. Soon tho, very soon.

I know many people are really looking forward to Superman Returns, but I’m not one of them. I’ve seen the trailers and read stuff about it and it just does not seem to push my fanboy buttons.

On the other hand, Pirates of the Carribean: Dead Man’s Chest, is right at the top of my summer movie list.

Hearing my gaming industry/hobby friends talking about going to Origins is making me REEEEEEALLY want to go to a gaming con. Alas, this will not happen until next February and DunDraCon, mostly due to lack of $$ now and the Hawaiian Anniversary Vacation (which, I’ve been reminded, will actually be our 10 years delayed honeymoon) in October.

Damn…here it is, nearly 11:30 at night and I’m jonesing bad for enchiladas. Cheese enchiladas…altho chicken or pork would be fine, too. *SIGH* I guess I’ll just drink a glass of milk instead.

Time for milk drinking, then bed. More blogblog tomorrow.

Squid And Strawberry Pie

…that’s just wrong

Miles Walked On Saturday: 1.1 in 16 minutes
Miles Walked On Sunday: 1.3 in 21 minutes (I was a a bit tired from gardening)

We didn’t do much of an exciting nature this weekend, unless you call changing a flat tire exciting…and if you do, that’s just fuckin’ sad. Mostly, it was business as usual here at the House of Cross…garden, cook, shop a bit, eat, watch some tv, sweat like a pig whenever we went outside (which in my case was often and in Grace’s case was seldom) and generally be middle class suburbanites (or as close to that as we can ever come…which really isn’t all that close).

And now, I must leave early for work, due to having missions both mundane and fantastic before I hit the pizza mines.

The Adventures Of Sally Smithfield, Girl Inventor

…and her incredible flying car, Betsy

To My Dear Friend Avis Crane On Her Birthday

If we are lucky in our lives, we get to have at least one friend to whom we can reveal all about ourselves without fear of being judged. They will take you as you are, the Good the Bad and the Ugly and still be your friend.

That would be you and I am glad it is.

So, on your 52nd birthday, I just want to say that no matter how many realities we know each other in, you are still a hell of a dame.

Even if you are The Anti-Doc:)

Happy Birthday!

I’m Not Bad, I’m Just Drawn…No, Wait, I AM Bad

…bad to the bone

Miles Walked Last Night: None, because work kicked my ass and made me it’s bitch 

Doc Update #4,982, 351

I’m taking a break from my weekend garden chores due to Grace’s fanciful notion that working more than an hour in this triple digit heat might adversely affect my health and my ability to cook up curry for dinner tomorrow. Since I long ago learned that “Yes, Dear, of course you are right” is the best thing a married man can say in most situations, I’m now in the house. 

It’s a pretty mellow weekend here…not enough money to get into trouble and My Sweet Angel is nowhere as heat tolerant as I am. Our biggest adventure so far today was going to buy herbs, spices and tea at the Farmers Market in Roseville. I got gunpowder tea and some yerba mate, plus coriander, dill seed and garlic granules.

I’ve done a bit of writing on the two upcoming games and there will be emails going out to players soon. I’ve also been messing with some potential Pro Writing, but I’m not ready to discuss it yet.

Gotta go water Garden Plot Y63-A. More bloggerel later.

Face Eating Zombie Goats

…run away!

Miles Walked Last Night: 1.8 miles (didn’t time it)
Miles Walked Tonight: 2.5 miles in 45 minutes (that last half mile uphill was a motherfucker)

Movie Stuff

Watched another 6 episodes of The Slayers last night and it was more good fun with that wacky Lena Inverse and her pals. I have 2 more discs to go in the series, then I believe I have some Doctor Who coming up.

Tonight, we watched Mr. & Mrs. Smith, which is not only pretty funny and full of gunplay, but will absolutely put any arguments you’ve ever had with your spouse into a whole new light. And yes, there IS make up sex…but after what they go thru, I don’t see how they could manage it.

And now I’m off to bed.

Here…Hold This Anvil

…while I grease up the bowling balls

Miles Walked Tonight: 1.9 miles in 32 minutes

One of the good things about Netflix is that we can catch up on movies we never went to see in the theatres (like Madagascar, which we saw tonight) or anime we never got to see all of at cons (like tomorrow nights viewing of The Slayers) or old movies that we haven’t seen in ages (in my case, that will be an upcoming viewing of the Joe Cocker rockumentary Mad Dogs & Englishmen). Still, I only have about 32 titles on my queue, while Grace has almost 350 on hers. I reckon I’ll have to try harder.

By the way, Madagascar was not bad. Not great, but not shitty.

And now, Gentle Reader, I am off to bed. To sleep, perchance to dream…

Bucky & Squint Buy A Duck

…but he doesn’t say “AFLACK”

Miles Walked Last Night: 1 mile in 15 minutes (cos I stopped to watch a skunk eat cat food on a porch)

Total Miles Walked Last Week: 7.8 miles over 5 days

So, as you can see, the walking goes well. Hopefully, once I get some new walking shoes, I can get back up to 3-5 miles per day (well, night, actually).

In other news, the prep for the World Building Game is about 75% done and I have 4 players now. I can still use a couple more players. The game will start in mid-July.

Prep for my face to face game, The Adventures of Zora, are about 50% completed. I need to connect with my players and find out what kind of characters they want to play. This is gonna be a slambang swashbuckling pulp fantasy adventure with a breakneck pace and…every session will end with a cliffhanger! Bot Howdy, this one is gonna be fun.

And yes, I’ll be writing reports on the face to face game here in my little LJ:)

In health news, Grace and I are doing well. She has been losing some weight and her mineral/diet/herbal treatment of her diabetes seems to be working. (Note: Grace is a Type 2, non-insulin dependent diabetic) As foe me,  I’m almost done with my yearly course of UVB treatment for my psoriasis. Other than that and the odd allergic reaction to various stuff in the air, I’m pretty fuckin’ healthy.

As for the weather hereabouts, it’ll hit about 98 today and then go triple digits tomorrow, getting up in the 104-105 area by Friday. Summer is here, baby!

And now, I’m off to work.

You Were Only Worth My Time When You Were Naked, Baby

…she was that kind of dame

Things My Wife Won’t Let Me Do

Own/ride a motorcycle
2: Shave off my moustach
3: Cut my long hair
4: Get a tattoo
5: Make “danger noises”, especially when driving

Gee, I really can’t think of anything else she won’t let me do. She’s a damned fine wife!

More bloggage after dinner and walkies.

The Rare And Beautiful Potawango Island Singing Crab

…mostly, they sing Sinatra tunes

Walked Today: 1.4 miles in 24 minutes

My plans to get up early and work in the garden didn’t exactly go off properly. I got up at 6 am, but didn’t get out to the garden until 8:30. After spraying some nastyass herbicide on the hated Bermuda Grass, the rest of the day turned into tv watching, reading, cooking French Toast Alton Brown style, making a giant lasagna for dinner and generally goofing off.

And now I’m too tired to write any more.

The Horticultural Whore Is Flame Broiled

…to a delicious medium rare

Miles Walked Today: 1 mile in 15 minutes

Miles Walked Yesterday: None, cos I was just to fuckin’ tired after an asskicking workday

Got a late start on the gardening today…about 11 am…by which time it was around 90 degrees outside. After about 3 hours of doing various chores (which did not include planting the dwarf pomegranite I bought yesterday), I came inside and relaxed for a few hours. About 5, I went out and did a couple more hours, most of which involved cutting down weeds and dead flowers and then raking them up into piles that will eventually be used to cushion my watermelons and cantalopes from the hard surface of the driveway.

And then, I walked a mile. Now, it is Beer Time.

More bloggage later.

Tales Of Martian Science

…now with full color photographs

Walked Tonight: 1.9 miles in 22 minutes

So, two little boys are sitting dining room table one morning and their mother asks them what they want for breakfast.

Little Boy #1 says, “Just gimme some of those fucking corn flakes”

Wham! His mother slaps him across the face, knocking him out of the chair. She turns to the other boy and says, “What do YOU want for breakfast?”

Little Boy #2 says, “I dunno, but it sure as shit ain’t them fucking cornflakes”

Badum Boom!

More bloggage, less jokes, later.

Butterfly Knife Ballet

…with bright red highlights

Walked Last Night: 1.7 miles in 21 minutes

Some More Info On The World Building Game

I’ve finally decided that each player, in addition to running a village, will also create and run an explorer character who is part of a multinational team. In actual fact, I’ll be running the actual adventures the team goes on as sort of a solo adventure…BUT, my choices (and some random events) will be very heavily influenced by both the choices the players make when designing their characters and the input they give me each turn. It should be fun for all of us…or at least an interesting experiment in roleplaying.

And since I’m on the subject…


I’m looking for 3 or 4 new players. You’ll be playing the mayor of a small village (this part is basically a Sim City type game) AND an adventurer/explorer in the above mentioned RPG. I’d love to say we’ll have 2 turns per month, but most likely it will be 1 turn per month. Right now, I’m thinking 1 turn = 1 month of game time, but that could change.

And yes, this IS a Play By Email Game. If you are interested in playing, let me know.

More bloggishness later.

Sweet Hot Squinky Love

…it’s what’s for dinner:)


1: My main cooking man, Alton Brown, broke his clavicle (collar bone) somewhere in the Nevada desert while filming his new Food Network limited series “Feasting On Asphalt“. Not sure when it happened, but I read about it on his website last night. Having had a broken collarbone myself, I’d like to welcome Alton to the “Big Knot On Your Collarbone Club”.

2: I bought a used copy of the first book in the Dresden Files series, “Storm Front“. It was recommended to me by at least 4 people that I know aren’t gooby fanboy/girl types, so I’ll give it a read.

3: I’m thinking that my Sweet Angel and I could use a day outside the Sacramento metroplex, so I’m setting up a daytrip to The City. (that’s San Francisco for all you improperly Californicated folks) I forsee much eating of tasty foods, browsing thru book/record/game stores and general absorbtion of the San Fran ambience. This will most likely happen weekend after next.

4: Last night, besides watching movies, I did bits of work on several projects. The World Building Game and The Adventures of Zora are very close to being ready for launch. I’ve also added a few more ideas to my ShadowCon list, which I plan on sending to several of my friends just before GenCon in August, so they might give it some thought and send me some feedback. Finally, I’m plotting out possible routes for The Great 2007 Cross Family “Triumphant Return To GenCon” North American Tour. All of these routes are across the uppermost portion of the USA, but some are optimized for speed and some for towing a trailer and some for just cruising in a car full of gamers and Basset Hounds.

5: I’m thinking that I’ll expand my Netflix list to include TV shows that I’ve either not seen or really liked. This would include 24 and Deadwood  among the former and Buffy the Vampire Slayer among the latter. I’ve also added a few Tom Baker Doctor Who episodes to my list, since I love ’em and Grace has never seen anything Whovian except the new series.

6: There is no number 6, cos I’ve gotta go to work now.

The Effects Of Naked Women On The Criminal Mind

…distracting, to say the least

Walked Today: 1.6 miles in 35 minutes (including 15 minutes getting chow at Subway)

We got our Netflix discs today. Just got done watching “The Triplets of Bellville” (which I highly recommend) and now Grace is watching (and I’m half watching) “Aeon Flux”. At least Charlize Theron looks hot in skintight catsuits:) Tomorrow, Grace will watch “Earthsea”, but since I saw it on Sci Fi Channel, I’ll pass.

More blogstuff in the near future.

Throw Another Wimp On The Barbee, Mate

…them’s good eatin’

Walked Today: 1.7 miles in 21 minutes

I’ll be keeping track of my walking program here, so get used to it:)

In other news, Grace and I signed up for Netflix and should get our first flix any time now. She has about 200 movies in her queue…I have 9. Most of mine are animated movies, both western style and anime. No doubt I’ll add a few more to my list, but looking thru their “hot 100”, I saw no reason to choose anything I didn’t want to go see in the theater. Hmmm…maybe I’ll see what’s in their martial arts section.

More stuff later.

Bouncy Blue Bonobos

…boing boing boing

Grace and I went to the SPCA Doggie Dash yesterday. It was jam packed with people and their dogs, most of whom ran or walked in the 5K race. There were booths set up by everyone from dog rescue organizations to pet day care places to a guy who brews & sells non-alcoholic non-carbonated “dog beer”. We say a humongous Great Dane and a Yorkie that was so small he probably weighed less than the Great Danes tongue. Of course, we kept our eye out for Basset Hounds and we saw about 7 of them, including one fine young fellow that had just recently been rescued from near starvation. He was still pretty skinny, but very friendly and healthy looking.

After we left there, we had a bit of lunch, a bit of shopping and then came home. I gardened, Grace puttered around the house and all was right with the world. 

And speaking of gardening, we harvested our first green beans…except that they are purple. We haven’t eaten them yet, but it looks like the bushes will be cranking out plenty of them for our cooking and/or freezing pleasure. Yum yum!

And now, I must go plant my zuchinnis, gourds and zinnias. More blog-o-rama later.

Three Hours Spent Sitting In A Cedar Tree

…well, at least it smelled nice

Doc Update

No really big plans for the upcoming weekend (aside from the ongoing gardening), altho Grace and I might go to SPCA Doggy Dash on Saturday. It will be nice to hang out with some pooches for awhile.

I’m getting towards the midpoint on setting up the next section of the World Building Game. I’ll do a posting all about it soon, as well as put out a call for a few more players. I’m thinking I can go as high as 6 players, so that will mean I need to find three new players.

The garden is truckin’ right along. Man, are we gonna have some veggies to eat this summer/fall/winter. We may even decide to buy a small chest freezer to hold frozen veggies and meat bought in bulk. I also need to get busy building a drying unit and a smoker (cos I loves me some smoked chiles and smoked sun dried tomatoes). My flowers are doing very well this year, with color all over the place and more coming in the form of zinnias, cosmos and sunflowers.

Healthwise, we are doing ok. Grace is swimming every day, but I’m having a bitch of a time getting back on my walking routine. I’m thinking I’ll get jumpstarted by having Grace drive me a couple of miles from home each night and dump me off to walk back. After a week of that, I should be back into the routine.

Gotta go to work. More bloggage later.

Silent Duck Assault Unit

…holy crap, it’s killer ducks!

Gaming Stuff

The new face to face game is going to be titled The Adventures of Zora and will, as I said in a previous post, be a limited series of 12 episodes. Once character will be Princess Zora, a dashing swashbuckler who long ago said “fuck this shit” where her responsability to her kingdom was concerned. However, after 15 years of adventuring, she has chosen to come home and (massive cliche alert) go on a quest to save her homeland from certain doom at the hands of the barbaric Lion Men. Naturally, she will be joined by trusted friends on this epic journey. (end massive cliche alert)

I’ve chosen to go with this “put GM brain in neutral” style of game because 1: I know my players and this is the kind of stuff they love,  2: It’s old school FRPG fun  and 3: I’m a lazy old fart. Basically, I’ve used Campaign Cartographer to make a pretty simple map of a continent, labelled a few spots that the PCs will need to visit (everything from ancient ruins to a quasi-Arabian Nights land to a floating castle in the sky), made a list of a few NPCs and monsters and then I’ll leave it up to them to decide in what order they do the quest. All of this leads up to the bigass finale in session 12 and then I’ll need to figure out what to run for them next.

Ack! Time for work. More blogging later.

The Flame Women Come Home

…but never to stay

Not A Real Timeline Of My Life: Part 8

September, 1971 to May, 1972: Doc’s seventh and final term at Hobarts (held in Ciudad Norton, Baja Territory, BFE) goes well…considering that (with the ever helpful Avis)  he helps expose USA President Reagan as a traitor, stops a brainwashed 4th year student from shooting the Headmaster, passes every single Standard Graduation Test (some just barely) and, on graduation day, asks Grace to marry him (which she agrees to do, but only after she finishes going to university and getting her degree in Botany).

And so, young Doc gets ready to enter the world of adulthood…

…after he and his three closest friends take a year long, 46 country, 5 continent adventure filled trip around the world before heading off to college (or, in Doc’s case, something else).

But that’s another story.