It’s All Fun and Games Until You Have To Shoot The Place Up And Take Hostages

…and then negotiate for a case of beer

The Latest Hot (Again) Meme

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Create your own visited map of The United States or jurisdische veraling duits?

Doc Tempest And The Boy Wizard

…from the December, 2005 issue

Quick Doc Update

Eating: Cream of Wheat

Reading: “The Lies Of Locke Lamora”

Listening To: “Aqualung” by Jethro Tull

Watching: “John Adams”

Planting: Herbs, corn, beans, watermelon

Cooking: Docburgers

Petting: Lucy & Winker

Surfing: Old School Roleplaying Sites

Delaying: Our family trip to the coast

More stuff later.

Millipedes Took My Hotrod Away

…no, I don’t know why

Lucy Lou Update

Well, it turns out that this weekend is also when Lucy went into heat, as if the poor baby didn’t have enough stress.

She is pretty starved for love and wants to be with Grace and I constantly, but we are also leaving her and Winker alone in the house for an hour or two at a time. This will help her deal with us not being at home during the work week. Fortunately, she is not a “Go nuts and tear up the house” kind of dog when we leave.

She is still very standoffish with Winker, who really wants to play and roughhouse with her. Still, there is no open hostility, so I reckon Lucy will warm to Winker before too long…once she is sure that Winker isn’t going to hurt her.

She has a good appetite and will go for as many walks as we can take her on. Shortly, we’ll be taking both of The Girls up to a local park for a bit of the old Walk & Sniff.

More bloggage (including some dungeon delving) later.

Sister Lucy Sets Up Shop

20140427_36…well, sorta

Doc, Grace and Winker Sue Cross are happy as clams to announce the adoption today of…

Miss Lucy Louise Cross, a Basset Hound mix. Lucy is 6 years old, mostly colored black with some brown and white. She is much bigger than Miss Winker Sue Cross…taller and heavier, at around 50 pounds. She is a shy girl just yet, but seems to be warming up to our house pretty well.

A note on her name: Lucy is her name from puppyhood, but we here at Casa del Basset like to give our dogs a middle name, too. Louise was chosen in honor of our very dear friend, avylou, who this past year has proven herself to be both a great friend and a wonderful human being.

I will post pix of Lucy soon.

The Snake Man Builds A Boat

…that looks like a cobra

Delving In The Dungeon: Part 13 “…that’s when the shit hit the fan”

Ok…by character, this is what happens next:

Erasmus notices that not only is the tapestry done in a style that came about two full centuries after Bloody Bart died, the material making up the tapestry is…faintly moist…and has a squishy texture…and a funny, tho not unpleasant, smell. He is about to mention this to Knute when the tapestry picture changes. Now, it shows the Battle of Greenfields, which only took place 50 years ago. Stepping back to get a better look, Erasmus notices that, up near the top center of the tapestry, there are two eyes and a mouth. The eyes blink at him and then the mouth says “Hello there!” in a pleasant feminine voice.

Knute has seen something near the door. It looks as tho it could be a pressure plate, so he goes over to check it out. Hmmm, not a pressure plate, but a loose tile that has had all of the mortar chipped away from around it. Cautiously, he pries the tile up. Beneath it is a small depression in the floor and in that space is a small bottle of silvery fluid. He picks it up, then turns to tell Erasmus about it just as the tapestry mouth speaks. Knute drops the tile and stares in amazement at the tapestry.

Amalia leaves her place by the door and goes to the far side of the room, next to Periwinkle. She aims her arrow at the door. As the orcs outside force the door open (it had been partially blocked by some boxes Our Heroes had used as a barricade), she lets fly an arrow. It misses the lead orc, but hits the next one in the stomach. He lets out a high pitched squeal and doubles over. The rest of the orcs, unaware of what has happened to him, push him aside as they rush towards Amalia.

Duncan leaps forward and engages the first orc in battle. The orc is a big son of a bitch, but not as big as Duncan. Several blows are exchanged and parried before Duncan draws first blood by cutting off one of the orc’s ears.

Fergus gets in a first hit on the third orc through the door, slashing him across the chest. The orc howls in rage and manages to nick Fergus’ chin. A flurry of blows follow and finally Fergus gets lucky with a slash that nearly decapitates his foe.

Periwinkle sees that the orc shaman is beginning to chant up a spell, so she throws a dagger at him. Rather amazingly, given the distance, it hits him in the head, giving him a nasty gash to the scalp. It also stops the chant and pisses the shaman off. With a screech of rage, he points his staff at Periwinkle and lets loose a ball of blue light.

So, what does your character do now?

Uncle Zombie Wants Your Brain

…for a light snack


1: On Saturday, we had a meeting with a couple who have a 6 year old female Basset Hound that they are trying to find a home for. The dog, Lucy, has spent the bulk of her life in a home with people who neglected her most of the time. She would spend hours on end locked in her crate. When I hear about people like that, I want to…well, let’s not get into that.

Anyway, the folks (who had rescued her from the neglectful assholes about 6 months ago) brought Lucy to a park so she could meet us and Winker. She was pretty shy towards Winker (who is herself a very submissive and non-threatening dog), but warmed up to Grace and even more so to me, probably because I got down on the ground to pet her and talk to her.

We agreed that we would pick Lucy up next Saturday for a weekend visit at our house. If all goes well, I expect that Lucy will just stay with us for the duration and Winker will have a new sister.

2: HEY! You Dungeon Delvers better get some comments coming my way on that entry from the 15th or else!

3: The veggie garden is growing nicely and the rest of the garden is Flower City.

4: Hey, here’s a meme I just thought up…

The Ring Tone Meme

Ok, so you’ve assigned individual ringtones to each of your friends/relatives. Who gets what and why?

My answers (if I did such a thing) would be…

My Wife: The X Files theme, cos I always say “Hey, Scully, it’s me” when I call her.

My Best Pal, avylou: The theme from The Avengers, cos she was a fan of the show and Emma Peel

My Buddy, smalley_smoot: The theme from The Man From U.N.C.L.E., a show that he is a big fan of.

My Brother, Kelly: “Working Man”, by Merle Haggard, cos he’s always working.

My Good Friends, Spike & Mary: “Incense & Peppermints” by the Strawberry Alarm Clock, cos they are about as hippie looking a couple as I know.

I could think of more, but I need to go to bed. More bloggage tomorrow.

Old Newts

…like in a newt’s paper

My review of “Star Trek

Ok, first thing you need to know is that I am one of the original Star Trek fans (that is fan with a small f, you’ll note. I lack the obssessive nature to be a Fan of anything except sex). I was right there in front of our bigass black & white television the night Star Trek premiered in 1966. I was 12 years old, a sci-fi reader, a year into the chaos that is puberty, an imaginative kid (and that is putting it mildly) and a devourer of anything even remotely like a sci-fi tv show. I watched “Lost In Space” (altho it often annoyed me that they didn’t just shoot Dr. Smith), “Voyage To The Bottom Of The Sea” (even when it turned into a corny “monster of the week” fest), “Time Tunnel”, “Land Of The Giants” (all series created by Irwin Allen) and “The Outer Limits” every week, sometimes only by virtue of winning a Steel Cage Deathmatch with my sister over who got to watch what. If Doctor Who had been on American tv at that time, I’d have become an instant Whovian.

So yeah, I was there at the very start of “Star Trek” and I loved it. I couldn’t get enough of the bold captain, the grumpy doctor, the Scottish engineer, the hot black chick, the Japanese helmsman…and that totally cool guy with the pointy ears.

So, tonight, Grace and I went to see the new reboot movie that is getting good reviews from critics and geeks alike (with the ever present exception of fans who think that it took their childhood, made it wear funny clothes, suck off the neighbors pitbull and then take an ungreased fist up the ass).


The plot? It was so thin it made Kleenex look like Kevlar.

The science? Cringeworthy, but still kind of a relief from all of the later series technobabble

The characters and how they meet/interact/develop? Gold, just fucking gold! I had a big ol’ geeky grin on my face most of the time.

The actors? They nailed it, plain and simple. McCoy and Spock were spot on, Kirk was all the beef of Shatner with the ham trimmed off and I actually liked the new Uhura, Scotty, Sulu and Chekov better than the originals. Made of fuckin’ WIN, I tell ya!

The changes to Trek canon? Bold, for sure, but probably a good idea.

So I give this movie 4 thumbs up and can hardly wait for the next one. With Klingons, please.