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“In nomine Patri, et Filii, et Spiritu Sancti…”

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"In nomine Patri, et Filii, et Spiritu Sancti..."

Sunday – 31 May 2009
Yesterday, SaraRules and I decided to visit the International Peace Gardens. We were concerned about the weather, it looked as though it might pour down rain before – or while – we were there. Fortunately, it didn’t. We were there for about an hour (give or take); I came away with over 200 pictures, but narrowed it down to roughly 160. Pictures of our excursion can be seen here.

Last night, we went to Arbavanel Hall to hear Bernstein’s MASS (1, 2, 3), which also served as Keith Lockhart’s final performance as Music Director and conductor of Utah Symphony. It was an amazing performance. There were roughly 200 performers on-stage – musicians, singers, dancers. It was an epic production; Mr. Lockhart chose well for his final work. The piece followed a Catholic Mass, over the course of which both the congregation and the celebrant come to question their faith. There are some themes that might prove disturbing to some, but as a whole, it is a great work of art.

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Saturday: Random Assortment

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Saturday: Random Assortment

Saturday – 30 May 2009
Yesterday was rather low-key. SaraRules and I headed up to Dr. Volt’s, so that I could get my four-color fix. From there, we headed over to Far West Comics – I wanted to say “Hello/Goodbye” to Matt and Emiliano before they close up the brick-and-mortar location; they are transitioning to an online-only presence: FarWestComics.com. Back home for a bit before heading to Clitorati and then home again, home again.  Jiggety-jig.

Four-Color Coverage
This week’s comics were, on the whole, good. Most of the books I got made it into today’s Coverage:

  • Dark Reign: The New Avengers #53 – Dr. Strange and the New Avengers follow the Eye of Agamotto to New Orleans… where the Eye chooses its new wielder. I have to admit that I’m a little surprised at the selection.
  • Green Lantern #41 – The build-up to Blackest Night continues. Readers finally discover why the Guardians did not allow Green Lanterns into the Vega Sector. Hal Jordan and Larfleeze (Agent Orange) have a heart-to-heart chat. Fatality puts in a timely appearance. Agent Orange gets a hand up in his quest for a blue ring.
  • Justice League of America #33 – Firestorm, Green Lantern (John Stewart) and Vixen and Zatanna search for Dr. Light, with a little assistance from Milestone’s Hardware. Anansi calls on Vixen. Dr. Light faces her fear of the dark. (Yes, I find that amusing, too.) This issue seems to serve to help… cement… more of the Milestone characters’ places in the DCU — we’ll see how that shapes up.
  • Justice Society of America #27 – Has Obsidian gone crazy… again? He kicks half of the JSA out of the brownstone while locking half the members in. Who or what is the “threat” he thinks he’s protecting them from? And when [SPOILER DELETED] shows up, you know that things are going poorly.
  • The Last Days of Animal Man #1 of 6 – I’ve been a fan of Animal Man since Grant Morrison’s run in the 90s. Buddy Baker. Working class guy, part-time superhero. Just a man trying to balance his family, his job, his “other” job, and the day-to-day happenings of life. This issue opens up with Buddy taking on a new villain, Bloodrage. Unfortunately, Buddy’s powers appear to take a powder on him in the middle of the fight.  That’s never a good thing.
  • Superman #688 – Mon-El’s powers are fading. A trip to S.T.A.R. Labs confirms that his powers are in conflict with the anti-lead poisoning serum that Superman gave him. What do you do when you’ve been handed a (second) death sentence… and the Phantom Zone – the only thing that’s kept you (nominally) alive for the past 20 years – has been destroyed?
  • Wonder Woman #32 – Diana takes on Genocide once more, and realizes that “…illusions are painfully shattered, right where discovery starts.” What will she have to give up or lose in order to win this fight? Gail Simone continues to push all the right buttons in her writing of this series.

SaraRules and I made it to the gym today.  We did a mixed upper body workout:

  • Bench Press: 3 sets/10 reps, 185 lbs
  • Lat Pull-downs: 3 sets/10 reps, 110 lbs
  • Dips: 3 sets/10 reps
  • Curls (dumbbell, with shoulder press): 3 sets/10 reps, 25 lbs
  • Bent-over Row: 3 sets/10 reps, 35 lbs
  • Decline Sit-ups: 3 sets/10 reps
  • Overhead Tricep Press (dumbbell): 3 sets/10 reps, 40 lbs

Post-workout weight: 187.5 lbs

Stray Toasters

  • Wedding cake: Check.
    (SaraRules took care of this one on Wednesday. She went to another tasting and tried the cake that I tasted back in March. She liked it. That’s what we’re going with. “Because you have good taste in cake,” she says.)
  • Thanks to for pointing out the new Toy Story 3 trailer.
  • Last night’s episode of Batman: The Brave and the Bold was… interesting. It featured Paul Reubens as Bat-Mite. They had references to many characters from the Batman mythos, including Ace the Bat-hound… and there was even a nod to the opening from Batman: The Animated Series that made me laugh.
  • Guide to some of the military’s rock bands
  • Classic Doom coming to the iPhone next month

Today: In the words of Will Smith: “We like a twig in the Nile – we just flowin’.”
Tonight: Bernstein’s Mass.


“All I need is a couple days off…”

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"All I need is a couple days off..."

Friday – 29 May 2009
Thank God and whomever came up with the 9/80 schedule. Last night, I was tired — so tired that I was in bed before midnight. I slept in this morning… until after 1000. Yep, I was that tired. And it was really nice to be able sleep in. SaraRules fixed pancakes and eggs for breakfast; we ate it while watching Dogfights – “The Flying Tigers” on The History Channel:

Two weeks after Pearl Harbor, a courageous, rag-tag band of American mercenaries dare to challenge the overwhelming might of the Japanese Air Force. The legendary “Flying Tigers” slash through the skies of China, and help vanquish the unstoppable Japanese. Follow leading Tiger aces Tex Hill and John Alison as their P-40 Tomahawks fight to the death against the agile Japanese I-97 Nate.

It was rather neat. They had historians, as well as a few of the Tigers, describing some of the missions. They also included some animated recreations of dogfights.

Last night, we went to the Main Library to hear a lecture by Jamie Bernstein, daughter of the late composer Leonard Bernstein. She was talking about Mass (1, 2), the piece being performed by Utah Symphony tomorrow night as Keith Lockhart’s final performance as Utah Symphony’s Music Director and conductor. The lecture and most of the questions were quite good. It was nice to hear Ms. Bernstein talk about the piece from a personal perspective. Mass should be something to see ; according to a rep from the symphony, a limited number of tickets are still available.

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Time to go out and find some trouble to get into.


“Living in the limelight approaches the unreal…”

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"Living in the limelight approaches the unreal..."

Thursday – 28 May 2009
Another NBN Thursday in the valley. So far this one has been quiet; let’s hope it stays that way.

Last night, SaraRules and I watched The Taking of Pelham One Two Three; I wanted to see it before the remake is released. For a movie that’s thirty-five years old, it was good. Very good, indeed. So good that I’m planning on finding a copy for our movie collection. For those unfamiliar with the story, it tells the tale of four men who stage a daring middle-of-the-day hijacking of a New York City subway and the NY Transit Authority police officer who has to deal with the situation. It was well-paced, well-thought out and (with a couple of minor exceptions) well-acted. It will be interesting to see how things in the new movie are changed to compensate for the changes in technology – computers, GPS, cell phones – in the past 35 years.

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Ready, set… go!


“Washington came first, and he was perfect…”

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"Washington came first, and he was perfect..."

I need to take a break.
That said, I shall take one… now.

So far, the day’s been rather good – that’s a pleasant change from yesterday’s tension. As an added bonus, I’ve been able to get some reading done. That, in turn, has given me a few ideas to adopt that should help improve some of our processes.

Today was also Sushi and Comics Wednesday. Today’s fare was good – I chose a Seattle Roll and a Spicy Tuna Roll. No comics today, as the holiday pushed shipping dates back one day. So, I’ll probably wind up hitting Dr. Volt’s on Friday.

Stray Toasters

  • iTunes has been providing me with a good workday music selection.
  • Same Stuff, Different Day – an interesting look at how/why comics get rebooted/retconned
    After reading this article, I had an apostrophe epiphany: The whole “Who’s a better GL: Hal or Kyle (or John Stewart or Guy Gardner)” argument – and associated viewpoints – is the same as the “Who’s a better James Bond” question.
  • What do you get when you cross zombies and LEGO? Zombie Apocafest 2009
  • What do you get when you cross Dance Dance Revolution with Bach’s Toccatta and Fugue in D?

  • I say, nothin’ comes from dreamers but dreams
    I say, sittin’ idle in our boat
    While everyone else is down the stream
    Nothin’ comes from talkers but sound
    We can talk all we want to
    But the world still goes around and round
  • Comic Book Resources had a trailer for Surrogates, an upcoming Bruce Willis movie. It looks interesting…
  • Buffy minus Joss?

That’s good for now.

Back to the grindstone.

“I’ve built up so much character, I have an alter-ego…”

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"I've built up so much character, I have an alter-ego..."

Wednesday – 27 May 2009
Yesterday was a long day. A little before lunchtime, I had a meeting that should have lasted 10 to 15 minutes. Operative words: “Should have.” Instead it ran closer to thirty and wound up becoming one person’s “rage against the machine.” That led to a second meeting – which I didn’t have to attend – which, in turn, led to a third meeting (yep, I was in this one). Between meetings two and three, Wes and I went to the gym. I needed a good way to work off some of the frustration and irritation of Meeting #1. Yesterday’s workout included:

  • Bench Press: 3 sets/10 reps, 205 lbs
  • Rotary Chest: 3 sets/10 reps, 70 lbs
  • Compound Row: 3 sets/10 reps, 125 lbs
  • Dumbbell Curl (with Shoulder Press): 3 sets/10 reps, 30 lbs
  • Decline Sit-ups: 3 sets/10 reps
  • Push-ups: 2 sets/15 reps

Post-workout weight: 186.6 lbs.

It was a good workout – I was sufficiently tired (and a little sore) when we were done.

After work, I headed home for a bit and then headed over to Chris’ for a game of HeroClix with him, and an as-yet-undetermined fourth player. We decided to go with 600 points  I’d been itching to run a Legion team for a while, so I did:

  • Cosmic Boy
  • Karate Kid
  • Lightning Lad
  • Saturn Girl
  • Supergirl and
  • Young Superman Superboy

Supergirl brought the much-vaunted “Superman Ally” team ability – “Stealth? You have stealth?! WHAT stealth?! Did you not see the big red ‘S’ on my chest?!” The Legion, being a team of Wild Cards, could all copy that team ability.  (“Yes, Batman, all of us can see you over there. You, too Black Canary and Green Arrow.”) brought KC Shazam!, The Mighty Thor and Energizer – he wanted to see how the big guns (Shazam and Thor) played.

As we were without a fourth player, Chris brought his tournament team (OOTS Batman, Green Arrow and The Flash) along with KC Superman. When we noted that our fourth had bailed on us, we chose to let Chris play at 1200 points, because 3-way battles kind of suck. He decided to bring more Justice League members, giving him 1200 points of JLA hurt. When I saw Chris’ lineup, I probably should have changed my team, but I really wanted to play the LSH, so I stuck with them… and then the beatdown started.

Opening moves were good, but the overwhelming force of Chris’ JLA team wore down Shazam… and Thor… and 2/3 of the Legion, before we called it quits. On the plus side, we took out… wait… we didn’t take out ANY of his pieces. No plus side. FAIL. (We did damage a couple of them, though! Pyrric moral victory? Silver lining?) After the game, Chris looked at his team – and the feats that he had on them – and realized two things:

  1. We pretty much didn’t stand a chance against that strong of a single-themed team
  2. He used too many feats on his figures

There’s a “10% Rule” in HeroClix that says that 10% of your points can be assigned to feats. He was “a little” (about 40 points) over that total. I don’t think that it was a total game-breaker, but it might have affected a couple of things.

This morning, I woke up stiff and sore. As I said, yesterday’s workout was a good one. I also realized that I woke up a few times during the night due to workout-induced achiness in my back and shoulders. But, it’s good training and it builds character… I guess. All-in-all, so far, it’s been a good and relatively quiet day. I like that.

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Attack the day…


“In a sky full of people, only some want to fly…”

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"In a sky full of people, only some want to fly..."

Tuesday – 26 May 2009
Back in the saddle again…

Another work week kicks off, but fortunately… it’s an abbreviated week. Three-day work weeks should be standard. This morning, I wasn’t prepared for the alarm to go off. I was in the middle of a dream and, once my brain wrapped itself around the concept of “alarm going off,” I bolted awake and scrambled for the clock’s off button. *GAH*

Yesterday, SaraRules and I rearranged the bedroom, assembled the bookcases and moved them into the bedroom. The new arrangement looks nice, but will take a bit of getting used to. After that, we headed out for a while. As we slept in and worked through lunch, we decided to have a late lunch/early dinner at Pawit’s. Unfortunately, they were closed when we got there. Instead, we went to Jasmine. I had the House Lo Mein (beef, chicken and shrimp), along with Wonton Soup and an Alaskan Roll (sushi). The food was good, as usual. Then came meandering about town.

Chris called and asked if I was available for and interested in playing HeroClix. That was unexpected, as we are supposed to be playing tonight (which we’re still doing). I told him that I was and invited him over. We decided to go with a 600 point, themed game. We settled on Teen Titans vs. X-Men (pictures here); I hadn’t used them before and thought that they sounded like a fun team to test out. We traded bad dice rolls – Chris’ came early in the game, mine around the middle of the game.  I managed to take out Wolverine and Nightcrawler before the Titans got wiped out. I can’t blame dice rolls for all the problems – I made a few tactical errors a few moves into the game that wound up getting me into a bind later. But, I find that I liked the Titans – I’ll have to play them again and see how they fare.

After Chris left, SaraRules and I watched The Terminator. Some of the special effects don’t hold up – and the cheesy 80’s synth music was cringe-worthy – but it was fun. And it continued the “Robots Blowing Stuff Up” weekend. I discovered a few interesting bits of trivia, after the movie, but among the most noteworthy/laughable:

O.J. Simpson was considered for the role of the Terminator, but the producers feared he was “too nice” to be taken seriously as a cold-blooded killer.

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“No, they’re not just names. We must remember that.”

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"No, they're not just names. We must remember that."

Monday – 25 May 2009
Today is Memorial Day. Thank you to the men and women of the U.S. Armed Forces who sacrificed their lives – or portions thereof – to ensure our safety and security.

After we got back from IKEA, I went to hang out with Perry for a bit. I came back home and hung out while SaraRules started dinner: Barbecue chicken, green beans and cornbread. Logan came over for dinner and we watched Transformers, as kind of a refresher before the new movie comes out. After Logan left, SaraRules and I watched a few epsidoes of Justice League before she called it a night.

Human of the Day
Today’s HotD citation goes out to the servicemen and women – past and present – of the Armed Forces, with a special nod to friends and family.

Four-Color Coverage
I finished reading Locke and Key: Welcome to Lovecraft, a hardcover graphic novel I picked up a couple of weeks ago, on Saturday. It’s a horror/suspense story about the Locke family, who moves to Lovecraft, Massachussetts, following the death of the father and move into the house where he grew up. A house full of secrets – some fun and good, but others dark and almost palpably evil. The story primarily follows the Locke children and their attempts to not only reconcile their father’s death, but to also cope with the new changes in their lives.

This volume collected the first six issues of Locke and Key and was a solid read. I didn’t find the story wholly predictable and enjoyed the twists that the author, Joe Hill, threw at the reader. If you’re looking for a comic that’s not your usual “cape-and-tights slugfest,” I recommend giving this book a once-over.

Stray Toasters

That’s a good stopping point.


Pilgrimage to the Garden of Sweden

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Pilgrimage to the Garden of Sweden

Sunday – 24 May 2009
For reasons that I have yet to fathom, I slept semi-poorly last night. It took me a while to nod off, despite feeling tired when I decided to call it a night. *shrug* By my best count, I woke up at least four (4) times between 0100 and 0900.

After the alarm went off, SaraRules and I got up, started coffee and set about preparing for a morning outing to the Garden of Sweden with . It seems as though they have changed their Sunday opening time… again – the last time we went for an early Sunday trip, we thought they opened at 1000. Nope. They didn’t open until 1100, with the restaurant opening at 1030. Today, we discovered that they opened at 1000. *grblsnrkx* We were there in search of two 2×4-cube EXPEDIT bookcases. We found them… all lined up, with a few already on large carts. We paid for them and then headed up to the restaurant for breakfast. Unfortunately, they stopped serving breakfast at 1100 and it was 1120 when we got around to eating. BAH. Nevertheless, I enjoyed my plate of meatballs. brought us home and helped me unload the bookcases from his Jeep. I then headed over to his place to return the favor.

Now, we’re just enjoying a lazy and rainy Sunday afternoon. I’m headed out to meet Perry for coffee in a bit, but the rest of the day/evening looks pretty wide open.

All-in-all, not a bad Sunday.


“Come with me, if you want to live…”

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"Come with me, if you want to live..."

Saturday – 23 May 2009
Last night, Jess’ family joined us at Clitorati. In fact, it was one of the largest turn-outs we’ve had in a very long time. It was quite a bit of fun; hopefully, Jenny and Julie will be at least semi-regulars. After coffee, many of us headed to get a bite to eat.

I had something of an epiphany yesterday, also. SaraRules’ family includes some “extended family” from when her father was previously married. This family includes the aunt and uncle we visited when we went to California in March. My epiphany: I realized that my extended family, in a similar manner, includes Jess’ family. That made me smile.

This morning has been lazy. Just the way (uh-huh, uh-huh) I like it (uh-huh, uh-huh). SaraRules fixed blueberry muffins. We watched last night’s episode of Batman: The Brave and the Bold… featuring Robin and the tail end of an episode of NCIS that we recorded. There’s a rumor that we might head to the gym in a bit. And we’re heading to see Terminator: Salvation in a couple of hours. Robots. Blowin’ stuff up. Win-Win.

Four-Color Coverage
This week’s haul was particularly good. So good, in fact that every book I picked up this week has earned at least a nod in this week’s Four-Color Coverage. With that in mind, let’s get it started:

  • Booster Gold: 52 Pick-Up (TPB) – I’ve been a Booster Gold fan since the 80s, when the character was introduced. He was pretty much a mirror of the greed-hungry times: A flawed man with no future who came back to the past for the two-fold purpose of becoming famous and becoming rich. In the 90s, the character became more of a joke — still good-intentioned, but a little more… well… buffoonish, too. With DC’s 52 Countdown to Infinite Crisis, Booster looked like he was taking things more seriously again. After all, when you’re a hero from the future, you kind of have a lead on when some of the more serious disasters and tragedies will occur. Of course, this is still Booster Gold, so why not pick up a few accolades along the way.

    This trade paperback covers the first six issues of the new on-going Booster Gold series. It opens nobly enough: Booster trying to make amends… and earn his way back into the Justice League, many of whom still only see him as a glory-seeker. Unfortunately, it wasn’t meant to be — Rip Hunter and the multiverse have plans for him. BIG plans. It turns out that Booster – because the world at large views him as a relatively incompetent clown – is perfectly suited to become a time-traveling guardian of the multiverse, correcting flaws in history, much akin to Dr. Sam Beckett in Quantum Leap. And you know what?  It’s a fun ride.

  • The Brave and the Bold #23 – This issue features a… non-team-up of Booster Gold and Magog, heroes with very different methods and ideologies. And they are both attempting to difuse a hostage situation.
  • Captain America #50 – Bucky is in a fight. Nothing new there. The difference is: It’s his birthday… and he’s feeling a bit nostalgic and introspective: About his time in WWII-era army. His time as The Winter Soldier. His time as the new Captain America. Now, only if these guys would stop shooting at him…
  • Dark Reign: Fantastic Four #3 (of 5) – Reed Richards continues to search the Marvel Multiverse for answers as to why the Civil War failed to bring peace to Earth 616 as Norman Osborne and H.A.M.M.E.R. lay seige to the Baxter Building.
  • Fantastic Four # 566 – A dead Watcher washes up on the shore of Thailand. Ben Grimm gets an unexpected comeuppance on TV. Dr. Doom is feted by the masses of Latveria as his master puts in an appearance. Many things are going on and it looks as though the FF is going to be heading down a bumpy road before things start getting better.
  • Supergirl #26 – Cat Grant smells a story. The identity of Superwoman is finally revealed… and it only opens up more questions.
  • Superman/Batman #60 – Superman and Batman are shunted into a world where things are a little “off” from norm. No one and no place is quite the same: Gothamopolis. The Justice Titans. Commissioner Perry White. Who’s behind it all? Stay tuned.
  • Tiny Titans #16 – The Tiny Titans, under orders from Coach Lobo, race around the world. The winner is… [SPOILER DELETED].
  • Uncanny X-Men #510 – Madelyn Pryor, The Red Queen… and Cyclops’ supposedly dead ex-wife, and her Sisterhood continue their attack on Greymalkin. Emma Frost gets a visit from [SPOILER DELETED]. The younger X-Men prove their mettle. And what was in the little silver box?

Stray Toasters

And… no gym.

But, we’re heading to see Terminator in a few.


“Boom boom acka-lacka-lacka boom… Boom boom acka-lacka boom boom”

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"Boom boom acka-lacka-lacka boom... Boom boom acka-lacka boom boom"

Friday – 22 May 2009
It’s almost the weekend, and it’s a long weekend, at that. Win-Win. I’m Ivory Soap sure that there will be even fewer people than usual in the office today. I should have brought in my Xbox…

Last night, SaraRules and I had over for dinner. Ms. ‘Rules fixed spaghetti, with homemade sauce and garlic bread… and chocolate chip cookies! We also had a rather good Chardonnay from Sebeka Wines. We watched Planet Earth: Fresh Water and Food Network Challenge: Bartenders Battle as we ate. After each episode of Planet Earth, there is a feature called “Planet Earth Diaries,” in which they detail some of the methods used in filming that particular episode. In “Fresh Water,” there was a segment about The Amazon, in which they filmed pirahna during a feeding frenzy. The cameraman was in the water, just a few feet away from the frenzy… “shooing” away pirahna that roamed away from the underwater buffet with his bare hands. I made a comment to the effect of “I hope that they paid their camera crews really well for this.”

Stray Toasters

And so it goes…


“This here’s a story about Billy Joe and Bobbie Sue…”

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"This here's a story about Billy Joe and Bobbie Sue..."

Thursday – 21 May 2009
Last night, SaraRules and I went with her father and brother on an expedition to Utah County.  They were heading to Cabela’s and we tagged along. That’s right, another journey to Outdoorsmen ‘R’ Us — Logan wanted to pick up a new fly fishing rod; Steve needed some ammo. So, off we went. There was a Black couple that walked into the store just ahead of us; my first thought: “What are they thinking?!  They’re going in there without a protective shield of White people! They must be lost…” It made me laugh. The rest of the evening was less eventful, but relaxing.

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Moving right along…


“Games people play…”

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"Games people play..."

Wednesday – 20 May 2009
Last night, Chris came over to play HeroClix. We decided to just play a 1000-point free-for-all brawl. (Pictures here.)  Chris brought a five-man team, with a bunch of heavy-hitters; I fielded a ten-figure team, with a decent assortment of abilities. My entire game plan (can’t really call it a “strategy,” as it was based on accomplishing one goal) was based on something I’ve been wanting to try for a few weeks: Using two figures to telekinetically move a third figure into position to beat someone down. Badly. That’s exactly what I did:

  • Turn 1: Green Lantern TK’ed Marvel Girl ahead of the main group.
    A few other figures advanced across the map.
  • Turn 2: Green Lantern TK’ed KC Superman next to Marvel Girl.
    Superman picked up a heavy object.
    Marvel Girl TK’ed Superman further across the board.
    Superman picked up a second object and charged Proteus.
    Superman used Flurry (make 2 attacks) – missed the first one, hit the second one.

The look on Chris’ face when he realized what I was about to do was priceless… and, it was pretty much exactly the reaction I expected. I went on to have a few more really good dice rolls – while Chris’ dice were cold – before the tables turned. I wound up losing on points (by about 300 points), but percentage-wise, we did about the same damage to each others’ teams. We’ll be playing again on next Tuesday; I should start considering team options.

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“We’ll get higher and higher, straight up we’ll climb…”

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"We'll get higher and higher, straight up we'll climb..."

Tuesday – 19 May 2009
Yesterday was a lazy day. And, after the past few days, a day to just… relax and hang out… was just what the doctor ordered. The highlights of the day included: a visit to see , a trip to Far West Comics, a trip to Lollicup (SaraRules wanted boba tea) and going to look at bad dresses at a local store. Oddly enough, we actually liked most of the dresses in their window displays; I don’t think that’s happened before. We came home and watched a couple of episodes of NCIS as well as another episode of Planet Earth, “Mountains.” By the way, if you haven’t watched Planet Earth, I heartily recommend it.

Later this morning, SaraRules and I are heading down to Camp Williams for Jess’ interment. She’s being buried with full military honors.

This afternoon, the IT team is going to lunch at Tucano’s. This is our reward for finishing the server room upgrade before the end of the month… and making sure that it all works the way it’s supposed to.

Tonight, Chris is coming over to play ‘Clix. I should probably finalize the team that I want to use. Details, details…

Stray Toasters

As it’s my first day back since Thursday, I should probably take a look around and see what’s what.


Monday? Yeah, what of it…?

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Monday? Yeah, what of it...?

Monday – 18 May 2009
Today is apparently International Museum Day.

It’s also a day that I’ve taken off from work. I’m not sure what we’ll be doing today… possibly a museum visit will be added to the non-existant agenda.

We didn’t wind up watching a movie last night, but we did manage to catch up on episodes of NCIS, CSI:, and Batman: The Brave and the Bold that we’d missed. While watching B:TBTB, I picked out Michael Dorn‘s voice as the main antagonist. (SaraRules looked at me a little askance, I told her that I watched a lot of Star Trek: TNG and DS9 and that Michael Dorn had done a lot of voiceover work.) I checked when the credits came on; I was right. Something that I wasn’t as sure of was the voices for Booster Gold and Skeets – they sounded like the actors who filled the roles on Justice League Unlimited. A couple of IMDb searches later and I had the answer. The roles were done by the same actors, Tom Everett Scott and Billy West, respectively.

Stray Toasters

Time to find some trouble to get into…