Chapter 53: In Which Our Hero Escapes Certain Death, Tickles A Camel And Gives A Cat A Fish

…a mackerel, it was

Uncle Doc’s Gardening Tips

1: PLANT A VEGGIE GARDEN! In these tough economic times, why the hell are you paying $3.00 for a tomato? All the cool kids are starting Victory Gardens and you should, too! Yes, you do have room! Many veggies grow very well in pots or hanging planters.

2: Herbs will grow in all but the most terrible of soils. You can plant several herbs in a relatively small space.

3: When planting snap beans, plant the purple podded varieties. You can see them much easier among the plants foliage and thus will not miss any come picking time.

4: Cantalopes, squash and the smaller pumpkins/watermelons will grow just fine on a trellis. This will save you many square yards of ground space.

5: Mulch, mulch, mulch! Yes, even when growing in pots.

6: Heirloom (non-hybrid) veggies generally taste WAY better than hybrid varieties, but may not have as good a resistance to disease. Heirlooms also generally produce less. In the case of heirloom tomatoes, they can look rather ugly, but I promise you, the taste will more than make up for it.

7: You only need 1 (ONE) zuchinni plant! Trust me on this.

8: Newspaper makes great mulch. Just make sure you layer it 6-8 sheets deep.

9: Straw makes a good mulch only if there are NO WEED SEEDS in it. If you can get rice straw, get it. No seeds and is lasts a long time.

10: DON’T OVER WATER OR OVER FERTILIZE! Let the soil almost dry out before watering. As for fertilizer, mix some chicken or steer manure (say, 4 cups) with 5 gallons of water and let it sit for a day, stirring a few times. After that, use this manure tea to water your plants once every week.

My garden this year is a “modified square foot garden” that uses 12 X 12 X 12 inch plastic milk crates lined with a good plastic trash bag (with holes in the bottom for drainage) and filled with potting soil mixed 50/50 with good compost. I’ll be growing…

Tomatoes: 6-8 plants of 5-6 varieties

Spinach: Until the hot weather hits

Zuchinni: 1 plant

Cucumbers: 1 plant

Snap Beans, bush type: 14-18 plants

Italian Snap Beans, bush type: 6-8 plants

Pole Beans: 4 plants (these vines are going to provide green beans just for Winker, who loves ’em)

Cantalopes: 2 vines, 1 variety (Ambrosia)

Watermelons: 2 vines, 1 variety (Moon & Stars)

Chile Peppers: 8-10 plants, 6-8 varieties (Bells, Jalapenos, Anchos, New Mexicos,
Habaneros, Cayennes)

Winter Squash: 4 vines, 2 varieties (Butternut, Acorn)

Herbs (including the ones I have now): Sage, Cilantro/Coriander, Thai Basil, Genovese Basil, Lemon Basil, Chives, Garlic, French Tarragon, Rosemary, Lemon Thyme, Common Thyme, Dill, Fennel, Summer Savory, Marjoram, Chocolate Mint, Spearmint, Common Oregano, Greek Oregano, Lemon Grass, Lemon Verbena, Stevia, Bay Laurel (a 15 foot tall tree) and Italian Flat Leaf Parsley

Potatoes (grown in a mound, not a box): 2-3 plants, 1 variety (Yukon Gold)

Corn: 32 plants, 2 varieties (Gold Queen, Silver Queen) (all 32 plants will grow in 2 square feet)

I’m sure I’m forgetting something, but you get the idea.

I’ll Kick The Troll While You Pimpslap The Ogre

…not a good plan

Quick RPG Session Report #1:

My home group, after a bit of final character creation work, started the first episode of the new “Magic Returns” series. As I mentioned before, they are a thief, a fighter and a mage working as agents for their governments version of the Secret Service. Their cover is that of traveling merchants dealing in tools and fabrics.

The first mission started with a briefing, during which they were told about tax evading smugglers working out of the frontier town of Jaffa. Their orders are to go to Jaffa, find out as much as they can…up to and including buying merchandise from the smugglers…then go back to HQ and report. No killing, no joining the smugglers for more info…just identify and report.

Along the way to Jaffa, they spent the night in two villages and even sold a fair bit of stuff in the first one. Of course, that same night they also struck out at darts (the thief), a billiardslike game (the mage) and at a chance to boink a barmaid (the fighter).

When the session ended, they had just gotten to Jaffa. Unfortunately, it looks like our next gaming session is a month away.

Quick RPG Session Report #2:

The first session of the new D&D 4E game that I’mplaying in also began with character creation, but it was vastly sped up by using a software character generator. Once that was done, the PCs (who had all known each other ten years earlier) met up in the same small town they had grown up in. After a round or three of getting re-acquainted and trying to figure out what was up with ravens returning to a seemingly impregnable wizards tower on the edge of town, we were off to help a young elven lass who had gotten trapped in the local catacombs.

We battled a bigass rat, two giant fire beetles and three yard long centipedes, but had to end the session before we could rescue the elf babe. Not sure when we’ll play again.

I must admit, the D&D 4E combat rules flowed pretty smoothly and we did pretty well for ourselves…when we weren’t rolling too low (as in, a shitload of 1’s) and missing the targets. I still don’t think I’ll be buying any of the books, but I’ll keep playing the game.

Pudding On The Ritz

…yes, you are right to groan

So, in the D&D 4th Edition game, I’ll be playing a Human Fighter. Why? Well, for one thing, I enjoy playing fighters (and thieves). For another, since I do not own, or am ever likely to own, any D&D 4E material, I have no fucking idea what a Dragonborn or an Eladrin or any of those other things are. Human Fighter…that I know. Nice and simple. See enemy…hit with weapon…check to see if it lives…if living, hit again…if dead, take all of it’s stuff. Repeat as necessary.

Now, this does not mean I don’t want to roleplay…quite the opposite…but I have never been into the aspects of combat that 4E seems to offer. I prefer combats to go as quickly as possible so I can get on to the more fun stuff.

Fortunately, our GM, Pat, is very good at presenting lots of non-combat situations and has already given is background info that looks very meaty for roleplaying.

The Great Beer Battle And How It Brought Cousin Ollie To Religion

…fortunately for Ollie, he got better about 10 years later

Jeez, ya get sick and a little crazy in the head for a couple of weeks and your LJ content goes to shit. I’ll be trying to do better Real Soon Now, folks.

In other news, My Sweet Little Red Factor Canary Of Love and I will be going to see “Monsters VS Aliens” this weekend…after I go into work at 8 fucking AM on Saturday to take a TSA mandated test along with half of my co-workers.

On Sunday, it’s gaming and more gaming for me. Mostly, for both groups it’ll be character creation time, but still heaps o’ fun.

Now, I’m off to read some webcomics and then hit the hay. More (and hopefully better) bloggage tomorrow.

Miss Winker Takes A Bath

…actually, she was given a bath, which she enjoyed

The 15 Books Meme

Simple premise here…list 15 books (fiction or non-fiction) that have stuck with you over the years.

I list no authors here. Google titles for more info.

1: Green Eggs & Ham
2: A Princess of Mars
3: At The Earth’s Core
4: The Frugal Gourmet
5: The Hobbit
6: The Lord of the Rings
7: The Hound of the Baskervilles
8: Doc Savage, The Man Of Bronze
9: 1st Edition AD&D Players Handbook
10: My Family and Other Animals
11: IT
12: My Life And Hard Times
13: Lucifers Hammer
14: A Fine and Pleasant Misery
15: Square Foot Gardening

Doc Tempest VS The Nova Mob

…from the July, 1969 issue

Well, I was actually able to run my arena battle game at ConQuest Sac on Saturday. There were only 4 players…and two of them were Sam and Paul from my regular gaming group…but it still went well.

Even better, on Saturday night I finally got a really good nights sleep, so I’m feeling pretty good.

Alas, unless I fall into a pit of money, I won’t be going to any more cons this year.

Gotta go now. More blogging later.

The Island Of The Mad Doctor Who Made People Into Animal Monsters That Eat You

…movie title from a six year old

Conquest Sac: Friday night

Got there at 9:00 PM…got badge…went to RPG room…1 RPG being played…2 boardgames being played…waited to see if anyone would show up for my game…nobody did, altho one fellow, who showed up for the other scheduled RPG (for which not even the GM showed up), said he’d play in mine if other plasyers showed…as in past years, nobody showed up…looked around the con…very small, but the wargames/minis games were all full up and going like gangbusters…came home at 10:30 PM.

I’ll be going back today, with hopes of running an RPG/Minis arena battle game. I expect it will be a bust, too. ConquestSac is not an RPG oriented con.

Starting Up Your First Dugong Ranch

…step 1: Get some dugongs

Doc Health Update: I am feeling much better, despite the odd bit of coughing and the regular hacking up of alien lifefroms.

In other news, I hope to do some blogging tonight, after putting the finish touches on the Over The Edge pulp game I’m supposed to run at ConquestSac tomorrow night,

Speaking of which…HEY, SACRAMENTO/NORCAL GAMING BUDDIES! Are any of you going to be at ConquestSac this weekend? I’ll be there Friday night and at least Saturday morning/afternoon.

Now, I must go buy tea. Will blog later.

Ronald Reagan Was A Miserable Son Of a Bitch

…that’ll get the emails flowing

Ya know how sometimes, when you have a sore throat and cough, you try all sorts of sleep positions but none of them help keep you from coughing? Well, I’ve been going through that for days. Even with the help of the Lorazepam, I’d still get the coughing fits.

And then I tried sleeping on a blanket on the living room floor. Bingo! I slept there last night for about 4.5 hours, with only a couple of minor semi-awakenings due to curious Winkerdogs wondering why the Dad Unit was on her turf.

Later, I crawled into the bed for 3 more hours sleep. At present, I feel pretty good and can almost pass for human.

More Blogging later.

Doctor Silkmelon Goes Into The Deepest Jungle

…but only for a week.

Doc Update

Still not feeling well AND had to go to both ER and Ugent Care today before I got the right antianxiety drugs whic then let me sleep a few few (3) hours of fitful sleep. Missed a day of work, which suck ass. Will soon dose up on the meds and then hit the sack until morning. Feel rather like shit just now. more bloggage when I’m outta my coma.

The Cupcake Elves Battle The Chowder Gnomes

…with help from the Meatloaf Pixies

Doc Health Update

Sore throat is merely annoying, but neck glands are tender…sinuses and nose are at a steady, tho not fully operational, snot production rate…headache is still trying hard to make me its bitch…body only slightly achey…slept last night from 10:30 until 7:30 this morning, in solid 2 hour chunks that were punctuated briefly by coughing, blowing my nose or getting up to pee.

Hopefully, I’ll be able to sleep in 3-4 hour chunks tonight. Tomorrow is a busy mystery shopping day for Grace and I.

Sorry about no P, P & P update. Maybe tomorrow night.

Pickle Pancakes

…gross

Well, today looks to be a challenging day, given that yesterday I had a sore throat that triggered panic attacks all night and kept me from falling asleep until 6 AM. Then, it was sleep for an hour or so, get up to pee, sleep for an hour or so, get up to pee, etc.

So, I’m running on just shy of 5 hours of sleep and a hefty dose of my beloved extra strong tea.

Despite having a headache that would make a lesser man cry, I’m feeling ok. Throat feels better, sinuses were a bit tender this morning (because I used a Breathe Right strip in a cold bedroom) but are feeling ok now.

I’ll do my 8 hours at work, come home, eat, take some Kava Kava to help me sleep, then hopefully get about 10 hours of mentally and physically healing sleep.

Oh, and I’ll try to post a short P, P & P tonight, too.

Rat Monsters Attack A Circus

…film at 11

Secret Cities: San Francisco

Ok, as promised, I’m going to mostly (but not totally) open this up for your discussion and suggestions. Don’t be shy.

The basic concept behind this is that every large city has a second, secret city existing inside it…sort of underlying it or existing in a dimension that overlaps ours. This secret city does not register on most peoples consciousness. To them, that bakery on the corner is just a bakery like any other.

But for a select group of folks, that bakery looks different. The name is different…the products it sells are decidedly more upscale…the interior is laid out differently…and they also sell handguns that you won’t find in your average gun store.

The people who can interact with the secret city come in several flavors: Noobs, who have only just become aware of the different city. Tourists, who know about it and use it as a sort of playground/vacation spot. Splitters, who can and do interact in the secret city just as easily as they can with the city everyone knows. Steppers, who are native to the secret city, but spend some of their time in the public city. Finally, there are Citizens, the people who are native to the secret city and for whom the “real” San Francisco doesn’t exist.

I have previously said that this setting is like Over The Edge and it’s great setting, Al Amarja. Well, it is and it isn’t. It is, in that the other San Francisco has some decidely strange shit going on that the original doesn’t (and that’s saying something:), like people who aren’t 100% homo sapiens any more or weird science or the occult or, possibly, people with low level superpowers. On the other hand, unlike OTE, the really big power groups aren’t there. Neither is the big brother government with it’s Peace Force. Secret San Francisco doesn’t need them, because it has The Mayor.

The Mayor is the heart and soul of San Francisco made flesh. Well, at least partly flesh. Originally, The Mayor took the form of Emperor Norton, but later incorporated aspects of everyone from Mark Twain to a Chinese shopkeeper to a socialite to Herb Caen to a hippie and more. He (or sometimes she) is everything that is good and decent and fun and goofy about the City By The Bay.

If you want everything bad, nasty, serious and disgusting about The City, that would be The Boss. Never quite as strong or as focused as The Mayor, The Boss is still a power to be reckoned with. You could call him (never her) a Criminal Mastermind, but that would be rather limiting. The Boss has too many interests to be just a mere criminal.

As far as size goes, the secret city is maybe 25% the size, both populationwise and areawise, of the public city. There is a whole lot more parkland and undeveloped land there, altho only Citizens, Splitters and Steppers will ever see them. Curiously, or maybe not so curiously, animals can see both cities, which goes a long way towards explaining those times when your dog or cat seems to be looking intently at something you can’t see.

Ok, that’s it so far. I await your comments.

Oh, by the way, the word count on all this (not counting notes) is a measly 612 words, so far. But more are coming tonight.

Harry Potter And The Flatulent Dragon

…actually MORE dangerous from behind

The Doclopedia #2

People, Places & Things: Xerilka

Xerilka is the female proprietor of “The Last Saloon”, a rough and tough roadhouse on the edge of the Terran Territory of Mars. It is, in fact, the last saloon you’ll encounter unless you travel all the way around the planet to the other side of the Terran Territories, at which point you’ll encounter “Bradbury’s”.

Tall, statuesque and totally beautiful, Xerilka looks as out of place in her saloon as a whore in church. She appears not to notice this incongruity and strolls among her clientele as tho she is just “one of the gang”. She is very well liked by all of them.

Xerilka’s past, or part of it, is a mystery. From birth to age 15, it is a matter of record that Xerilka Kastonikis lived on a farm in Greece with her parents and several siblings. By all accounts, her life was quite normal.

However, 5 months after her 15th birthday, Xerilka appears to have dropped off the face of the Earth (and Luna, Mars, Mercury, the various L-Colonies and the Outer Colonies, too) and did not reappear until exactly 20 years later, to the day. She never speaks about her “Lost Years” and will politely deflect any questions in that area.

As far as the Terran authorities can tell, Xerilka is not involved in any illegal endeavors, although the same cannot be said of all her regular customers. There is some question about her having regular contact with both the Martians and the DeHaJo, but nobody has caught her at it yet.

Xerilka is not married, has no lover that anyone knows about and has no close friends apart from her bartenders, Max, YingYing and Darcy, and her Barsoomian Terrier, Edgar.

Exploding Sweet Taters

…with butter

Well, I blew the “daily posting” gig right outta the box, eh? I meant to do a post yesterday, but got all busy and shit with game day. I shall try to restart things today or tonight.

So, as mentioned above, yesterday was game day here at Casa Cross. It has been over a month since we last roleplayed, plus we have lost two of our players, so I decided to end the first series of “The Magic Returns”. We had left off on a great climactic cliffhanger, so it really only took about half an hour to wrap things up, then give the players a quick review of what happened in the characters lives after they saved the kobold nation from the goblins and orcs. Short form: Over the next 50 years they became powerful and famous, but all ended up behind a desk doing high level government shit. After retiring at age 75 or so, they gathered up a band of explorers and rode into the unexplored east…and into legend.

The next series will start in about a month. The PCs will be anthropomorphic otters who work for the Royal Secret Service in their homeland. Each player is a spy, but they are also: a Mage (Paul), a Thief (Sam) and a Fighter (Arn)…and then they are also travelling salespeople/entertainers, selling textiles and tools, because that is their cover. Their homelands culture is a mix of Arabian Nights, Pirates, typical pseudo European FRPG world and Wind In The Willows. The nearest other cultures is made up of anthropomorphic badgers, whose culture is a mix of cinematic Vikings and the Wild West.

The rules system is OSRIC, a very close replication of 1st Edition AD&D. Since the thrust of this campaign is low on monsters & dungeons and high on intrigue and covert ops, the Experience Points will come from roleplaying and successful mission completion. And selling lots of textiles & tools:)

And now, I’m off to a doctor appointment. More stuff later.

Who Watches The Watchers Watching The Watchmen?

…now my brain hurts

My Sweet Little Pallid Bat Of Love (Grace) and I went to see “Watchmen” today. Here are the short reviews of it from someone who has read the graphic novel 3-4 times (Me) and someone who did not know it even existed (Grace).

Me: Very well done adaptation of the graphic novel. Any changes or deletions were for the best. Solid acting and great SFX. Lots of violence and sex, including one pretty hot sex scene towards the end. Great soundtrack. You won’t regret seeing this movie.

Grace: Very good movie. Had no difficulty following the story, despite not knowing the source material. Too much graphic violence. Sex scenes well done. SFX well done. Great soundtrack. Go see it.

Fig Beer

…sounds pretty nasty

People, Places & Things: X’on X’in

X’on X’in is a lost city located deep in the jungles of Ecuador. It was here that Doc Tempest and his crew (with the help of the primitive and dwarven natives)tracked down the villainous Dr. Bogenbroom and stopped him from using the Nightmare Seeds to conquer the world.

The surface city measures exactly one square mile, but the underground portion is easily three times that size. The exterior city is heavily overgrown by the mutant vine that produced the Nightmare Seeds, but the undercity is remarkably well preserved due to the natives who live there. Surrounded by thick jungle and deadly swamps, the only way into the city is by airship.

According to Doc and Professor Eric Jefferson, who deciphered some of the writings found in the city, it was established 2,500 years ago by about 300 Chinese who were mysteriously transported here from their native land. Doc strongly suspected that this was due to the Ecuadorean natives eating the Nightmare Seeds, which unlock powerful psychic abilities in some humans.

It seems that the new Chinese arrivals interbred with the natives while building the city and their descendents ruled for several centuries. Then, in a single night, the majority of the cities populace died horribly. The remaining survivors fled to the undercity, where they spent much of the next 1,800 years.

Today, the city remains unknown to most of the world, but the natives can now live on the surface, since the mutant vine mutated out of it’s dangerous form.

Bucky & Squint Build A Meatloaf Golem

…with the help of their pal, Rabbi Bob

The D&D Character Meme

Not as close as it could have been, but not too far off the mark.

I Am A: Neutral Good Human Druid (7th Level)

Ability Scores:
Strength-13
Dexterity-15
Constitution-14
Intelligence-15
Wisdom-15
Charisma-16

Alignment:
Neutral Good A neutral good character does the best that a good person can do. He is devoted to helping others. He works with kings and magistrates but does not feel beholden to them. Neutral good is the best alignment you can be because it means doing what is good without bias for or against order. However, neutral good can be a dangerous alignment because it advances mediocrity by limiting the actions of the truly capable.

Race:
Humans are the most adaptable of the common races. Short generations and a penchant for migration and conquest have made them physically diverse as well. Humans are often unorthodox in their dress, sporting unusual hairstyles, fanciful clothes, tattoos, and the like.

Class:
Druids gain power not by ruling nature but by being at one with it. They hate the unnatural, including aberrations or undead, and destroy them where possible. Druids receive divine spells from nature, not the gods, and can gain an array of powers as they gain experience, including the ability to take the shapes of animals. The weapons and armor of a druid are restricted by their traditional oaths, not simply training. A druid’s Wisdom score should be high, as this determines the maximum spell level that they can cast.

Find out What Kind of Dungeons and Dragons Character Would You Be?, courtesy of Easydamus (e-mail)

Don’t Touch That!

…you touched it anyway, didn’t you?

The “Firsts” Meme

1. Who was your FIRST prom date? A young lady named Stephanie.

2. Do you still talk to your FIRST love? No. Haven’t seen her since graduation, 1972.

3. What was your 1st alcoholic drink? Beer…Hamm’s, I think.

4. What was your FIRST job? Washing cars for the California Highway Patrol at their substation in Yuba City, CA.

5. What was your FIRST car? Metallic blue 1957 Chevy pickup.

6. Who was the FIRST person to text you today? I don’t text.

7. Who is the FIRST person you thought of this morning? My wife, hoping that she feels better at work today.

8. Who was your FIRST grade teacher? Mrs. Landerman

9. Where did you go on your FIRST ride on an airplane? Richmond, Virginia, 1972, a week after I graduated from high school

10. Who was your FIRST best friend & do you still talk? Danny. Haven’t talked to him since about 1991.

11. Where was your FIRST sleep over? Hell if I know. First grade?

12. Who was the FIRST person you talked to today? My dog, Winker.

13. Whose wedding were you in the FIRST time? My own, to my first wife, back in 1975.

14. What was the FIRST thing you did this morning? Same thing I do first thing every morning…went to the bathroom and took a leak.

15. What was the FIRST concert you ever went to? Jimi Hendrix, a few months before he died.

16. FIRST tattoo? No tatoos here.

17. First piercing? Left earlobe, 1979

18. First foreign country you’ve been to? Canada…Vancouver, BC…1971

19. FIRST movie you remember seeing? In a theatre? Snow White…1958, Stockton, California.

20. When was your FIRST detention? First week of freshman year. The teacher, a stern old bitch, gave about half the class detention each week.

21. What was the first state you lived in? California

22. Who was your FIRST roommate(s)? My first wife.

23. If you had one wish: I’d come home and find our bedroom chest deep in 100 dollar bills, neatly bundled in $10,000 bundles.

24. What is something you would learn if you had the chance? To play the piano.

25. Who do you think will be be next person to post this? I have no idea.

Waldo, King Of The Snow Monkeys

…and a kindly king he is

Stuff

The polls are kaput, my little tenrecs, and the winners both won by a large margin.

So, starting tonight or tomorrow, I’ll be doing the daily People, Places & Things bit here, starting with the letter X. Yes, that’s 7 days of X stuff before we move on to the even more exotic Y. Nothing like starting Uncle Doc with the easy letters, eh?

As for the writing assignment, which I can now reveal is titled Secret Cities: San Francisco, I’ll be starting it within the next 48 hours…and I’m going to be opening up what I write to your criticisms and discussion right here on this blog. Yep, once or twice a week, I’ll update y’all on how things are going and share with you what I have been writing about. I look forward to your keen insights on how I’m either fucking up or amazing you with my mad game setting design skillz.

In other gaming news, despite the fact that our gaming group lost 2 out of 5 players back in February, we are finally getting together on Sunday to put the wraps to Part 1 of our “Return of Magic” series. Once that is over, we’ll be taking about a month long break and then starting Part 2, which will be set on the same world, but a different continent, 150 years later. Magic will be considerably more formalized, monsters will be much more common, kingdoms will be larger and the Age of Exploration is just barely getting started. The player characters will be secret agents of a non-human race who go outside their home kingdom on various assignments. I’m aiming for a fast paced pulpy sort of fantasy game here, folks.

On one last gaming note, I’ve still not heard from the folks at Conquest Sac about rescheduling my 7:00 game on opening night, so I guess I’ll have to poke them with a stick. Assuming they do reschedule it to 9:00, it will be a Pulp Era game using bothe the Over The Edge rules and a variation of the Al Amarja setting.

I’m outta here for now. More blog-o-rama soon.

Desmond Never Quite Knew What To Do With The Bodies

…until he learned about wood chippers

Poll Results: In the Writing Poll, the clear winner is the modern day OTE style setting. I shall begin writing it tonight and I will keep a running diary/designers notes bit going here. I look forward to your comments, suggestions and criticisms.

So far, on the Alphabet Poll, X is the letter to beats. However, that’s based on less than 10 votes, so y’all have plenty of time left to vote for your favorite letter as my jumping off point for my new daily feature, People, Places & Things

In non-LJ related news, my Sweet Angel, Grace, is sick with a head cold. She stayed home from work yesterday and today to rest and medicate. Hopefully, she will be feeling better by tonight.

I’m in good health, aside from the pain of breaking in a new pair of shoes, which with my bigass extra wide feet is always a chore.

Winker is in excellent health and spoiled quite rotten. We have been supplementing her dry dog food with a delicious lentils, squash and beans mixture, but tonight, we switch over to an even more delicious Dog Rice made with rice, chicken, sweet potatoes and a touch of curry powder.

Now, I must run to my appointment with Dr. Yen’s UVB Light Booth Of Doom.

More bloggage later.

Purple Cheese Whiz

…the product, not discolored cheese urine

Once Again, I Leap Headlong Into Potential Disaster

Ok, so a time or two in the past, I’ve attempted to do a post a day on some topic…most notably, my noble 2006 effort to post a different character every day. Well, my little barbecued pork buns, I’m going to give it another try. This time, I’ll do People, Places & Things…and I’ll do them alpabetically, one letter per week. When I use up the alphabet, I’ll start over again.

Now here’s where you come in, Gentle Reader…I want you to choose the letter I start with! So take this poll and I’ll start the posts in about 48 hours.