Doc and Grace On The Road: Update

Quick update before I collapse into bed.

1: The trip TO GenCon had about a 85% suck rate

2: GenCon itself, all 7 hours total I got to spend at it, was ok. Still, my boredom with things gaming has infected GenCon and I have decided not to return for at least 3 years. Next year, I’ll give Origins a try.

3: I was utterly unimpressed with Indianapolis. Also, both the water and much of the air stank.

4: The trip home on Route 66 (or the spiritual replacements thereof) has so far been tons of fun. The driving can get tiring, but the stops along the way make up for it.

5: I’m posting this from Gallup, New Mexico.

6: We will, barring a return of our bad luck, be home by Sunday evening.

7: Tomorrow, we are off across Arizona with a stop planned for Meteor Crater.


NOTES FROM THE FUTURE:You will note that days worth of blogging do not appear here. Blame that 85% suck rate, an infected leg and my rapidly decreasing interest in GenCon and many other aspects of gaming at that time. On the other hand, Meteor Crater is hella cool and you should all travel Route 66 at least once.

Doc and Grace On The Road: Part Four (Saturday, August 14th)

In which Your Humble Narrator posts a brief note about the NEXT posting.

Well, my friends, today started out well…but then the Gods of Vacation decided to piss merrily upon us. Not like they did on John Kovalic on his recent Air Canada Fun Day, but a healthy whiz nonetheless.

I’ll post the whole sad story on Sunday night. For now, I’m off to bed.

Fun Trip Fact: Well, we ain’t dead!


NOTES FROM THE FUTURE: Actually, the Vacation Gods only pissed on us to get us ready for the 6 day shit they were about to drop on us. Second Worst Vacation Ever. Have only been back to GenCon once since then (2007) and have not done a long driving trip since then.

And So I Nicknamed Her “Squinky”

Well, after an afternoon of running hither and thither and comparing prices, I bought a Canon ZR85 digital camcorder. And then I bought a better battery for it…and a case…and a Mini DV to record on…and a firewire card for the laptop…and a cable to connect the camcorder to the firewire card. Thus departeth over 700 simoleons from my pocket. Ahh, the price of cool stuff.

I’ll be playing with my cool new toy later, so as to improve my mad video skillz in time for the GenCon trip, but first I’m going to take a nap with my sweetie.

More videocam related bloggo later.

The Great And Powerful Turtle Live At Fillmore West

I just added it up and the Doc & Grace Meander Across America/Go To GenCon 2004 Tour will total about 5875 miles. Whole lotta travellin’ going on, baby!

In other news, after conferring with my players, we’ve deciced that we are going to completely redo the “kingdom building” game when starts back up after GenCon. This time, they’ll start off by actually landing their ships on the shores of the new land and building the kingdom from scratch. Should be fun and they are all looking forward to it.

She Was Sexy, But The Thing With The Squid Turned Me Off

Yowza! Over a week with no bloggage, but I’m back now.

Much of the past 3-4 days has been taken up with either working or trying to figure out the most fun route to take to GenCon. We have pretty much decided on this one…

Sacramento to … Ely, Nevada … Nephi, Utah … Dinosaur National Monument, Colorado … Rocky Mountain Nationa Park, Colorado … Cheyenne, Wyoming … Mount Rushmore, South Dakota … Minneapolis, Minnesota … Madison, Wisconsin … Indianaplolis, Indiana

Including, of course, All Points In Between:)

All done in five and one half days of driving and touristy fun. Oh yeah, we’ll be packing a camcorder and we aren’t afraid to use it:)

The route has actually mutated significantly from what we originally had in mind, mostly to avoid the mindnumbing boredom of driving along Interstate 80 thru Nebraska and Iowa. Unfortunately, altho we will be passing thru towns where some gaming friends live, we most likely won’t be stopping long enough for a proper visit.

The route HOME from GenCon was set months ago. It is…

Indy to St. Louis, then Historic Route 66 (or what has replaced it) all the way to Southern California and then home. We are allotting 7 days for that part of the trip.

Time to heat up curry for dinner. More blogstuff later.