January 5th, 2005

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Source party

I swapped my nights off this week so that I'd be able to attend the annual party The Source Comics and Games throws for employees and friends. I fall into the latter category and it was very nice of Bob to invite me. I've been disconnected from that group of friends for nearly three years now. The third shift schedule plays hell with my social activities.

It was good to see many of my friends and gratifying to have so many of them be glad to see me. Heard much good news, including that our one friend who is very kind-hearted (Ericka calls him "that nice Mr. Violence") and also border-line autistic and his wife are expecting; we hardly believe he found someone to marry and now he's reproducing! Amazing. Got a copy of Gloom, a new game from Atlas Games. It looks intriguing and has a nifty mechanic of being printed on clear plastic cards. As the cards stack, the modifiers shown on them affect play. Haven't read through it yet but am intrigued. Also amazed that it sells for $20 retail. They had it printed in India and just received it when it was expected to be here in time for Halloween. So cheap and good but not fast, following the rule.

A good time was had and it left me longing to connect with these folks again. I feel so out of some discussions that I used to be such a part of. All my gaming stories are growing cobwebs. I'm starting to sound like that guy that used to do stuff. It's one thing to tell the old stories when you're actively making new ones, but it feels hollow to tell them when no new ones are in the offing.

I came home and slept deeply. Now I'm awake and relaxed, watching the cat cavort around the house and planning my day. I will be working tonight so I should get some more sleep this afternoon, but have the morning to accomplish some things. Laundry is on that list, as is showering, shaving and getting passport photos. Also is depositing a check of Christmas money from the parents and picking up prescriptions for Ericka.

I also would like to get out to Ikea to pick up Ericka's Christmas present and to National Camera to look at digital cameras and camcorders.

I also need a haircut.

For now, however, I'll toss in a load of laundry and grab a shower. Stores don't open for another few hours.
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    We Know The Night--The Replacements--Nothing For All (Disc 2)
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Out and about

Getting good sleep after the party last night, I did actually get some things done during the day today. I got two loads of laundry washed, at least one of them dried (the other may have made it to the drier without my intervention, if not, it'll get there in the morning), though neither folded and put away. Small steps.

I also got out and got pictures taken for both my passport renewal and the visa application for my trip to India. I'll fill out the renewal form and get that in the mail by the end of the week. Paying for expedited processing should get it back in time to send off with the visa application (crosses fingers).

It being about the right time, I swung by Har Mar mall to catch the first showing of The Incredibles. I was early, however, so I did a bit of poking around. I am in need of a new winter coat, the leather jacket I'd been using for several years reaching its last legs and being, really, too small for me anymore. So I hit the Lands' End Not Quite Perfect store. They were having, as it happened, a sale which included winter outerwear. I found a jacket, very much like this one. It was a return for some reason and had the monogrammed words, in a nice script on the right breast, "Sahib Story." Near as I can tell, that's meant to be something like "Mr. Story," which I kind of like and it means that this jacket that cost about $70 when new, I picked up for $26.

Flush from my deal-finding ways, I drifted by the Barnes and Noble, to see that Alton Brown (our hero from Good Eats) will be having a signing and discussion of his new book on January 22 at 7:00 p.m. at that location. Fun! I wandered in and grabbed a sandwich and some apple juice from their in-store cafe, browsed a magazine while eating and then headed back down to the theater.

Got there about five minutes before the movie was supposed to start. Forked over my $6 (on a Wednesday? at 1:30 p.m.? No wonder the theater was empty but for me.) and wandered into theater #8. The typical "before the show" advertising and movie trivia stuff was showing and "Movie Tunes" played over the sound system. I watched for a while and then checked my cell phone to make sure it was off and saw the time was about five minutes after the movie was supposed to start. I wandered back to the lobby and asked about it, only to find I was in the wrong theater! A quick walk over to theater #6 and I sat down just as the final preview was playing. (And Son of the Mask looks horrible.)

The Incredibles was quite good. I kind of saw the plot coming but I enjoyed the realization of the story none the less. I was particularly impressed at the intelligent ways that Elastigirl used her abilities in a variety of situations. Showed some good thinking about the super hero genre by the writers. I empathized with Mr. Incredible and his desire to do good deeds in a world that didn't seem to want him to. I was struck by similarities to the darker themes of Watchmen and Wild Cards, but the whole of the film was much more light-hearted. The animation looked dead-on for the genre and I thought the end credits, which used a much more polygon-y style of animation were a perfect way to show a different style while maintaining the overall feel of the film.
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