Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Origins 2017: Day 5

This is Saturday, the biggest day at the Origins Gaming Convention. The dealer show should be elbow to elbow, with no room to move and little room to turn around. As you can see, that's not the case.

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Latest News as of June 20, 2017

My Internet connection has been down for the last two days.  It turned out to be the modem that I lease from my ISP, Time Warner Cable (TWC), which is now officially known as Spectrum.  So now I have a nice, new modem which is finally working the way it's supposed to.

In other news, my brother Dave suffered a heart attack Monday morning.  He's in Flower Hospital and still on the sunny side of the lawn, but a heart attack is serious business.

Sunday, June 18, 2017

Origins 2017: Day 3

Today is Arkham Horror, as hosted by Rogue Judges.  To understand the game, you should have some kind of background reading H.P. Lovecraft, as quoted below.

Origins 2017: Day 2

We started the day off right with a game of Tunnels and Trolls  (T&T). The game master was the designer of T&T, Ken St. Andre.  For those of you who have never played an FRP game before, skip this part.  You won't understand, and I'm not up to writing a 5000 word essay on the definition of FRP gaming and why people do it.

Thursday, June 15, 2017

Origins 2017: Day 1

I'm attending the Origins Game Fair this year with Mike and Dave. Unfortunately Dave has called in sick with an upper respiratory malady, and as I write this is being nursed back to health by his dear old Mother in Toledo.  We're having to make do without him.

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Wake Up Call

I was startled to find my living room fireplace on Filthie's Thunderbox. You can read all about here, in House Sitting.  My liquor cabinet has suffered some shrinkage, but that can be repaired.  How one person could actually drink so much is not beyond me at all; I just didn't know Glen was a professional.

Saturday, June 10, 2017

My Fireplace Decoration Efforts

Having designed (if we can call it that) several arrangements of my father's antique horse bit collection and a few other items, I took a few pictures and put the designs on a facebook poll.  I asked, you may have answered, and I ignored the entire business.

Saturday Blues

Today was supposed to be a work day, but it's turning into half a work day.  For some unaccountable reason, I'm feeling quite depressed.

Zeus in His Customary Place
While it's all very well to be depressed to one degree or another, I'm reminded of the realities of life by one of my favorite writers: Thomas Stearns Eliot OM (26 September 1888 – 4 January 1965), who mentioned practicalities through his character Ape Neck Sweeney in the play Sweeney Agonistes.

Apeneck Sweeney is best described in the poem Sweeney Erect:
The lengthened shadow of a man
Is history, said Emerson
Who had not seen the silhouette
Of Sweeney straddled in the sun. 

In Sweeney Agonistes, three men and two women are sitting around a kitchen table together, having a drink and listening to music.  At the prompting of Doris, Sweeney decides to wax philosophic.

I gotta use words when I talk to you
But if you understand or if you don't
that's nothing to me and nothing to you
We all gotta do what we gotta do
we're gona sit here and drink this booze
we're gona sit here and have a tune
We're gona stay and we're gona go
And somebody gotta pay the rent
When it's all said and done with, someone has to pay the rent.  That would be me, as the cats have no money this month.  Next month isn't looking too good either.

Saturday, June 3, 2017

Before and After

I've been in Columbus most of the time, and the lawn back in Sylvania is beginning to look a bit unkempt.  Sort of like a place that hasn't been occupied over the past, say, six months.  I called Frank and explained my predicament, and he immediately told me he'd handle it.  And well, I guess he sure did.

Night Out with Music

Feeling a bit restless last night, I wasn't sorry when Mike called around 6:00 PM and suggested we go and get some coal fired pizza at Natalie's, then maybe stay for the music and maybe not.  I was up for that, and in short order had donned a clean shirt and put my car under me.

Natalie's Coal Fired Pizza and Live Music
5601 N High St, Worthington, OH 43085
(614) 436-2625

I've been to Natalie's before to see the California Guitar Treo.  The bar provides an excellent music venue.  Mike and I sat at the bar, decided that we'd have a drink, a pizza, and maybe an appetizer later on.  The music was a maybe, maybe not.  Mike had no trouble with an early evening, but having driven out to Natalie's I was inclined to stay and hear the band - the Whirlybirds.

We're sitting at the bar, and the very first problem we have is service.  There are two bartenders.  One looks like he's under the influence of some weird new anti-psychotic drug, and the other is flat out ignoring us.  By holding an empty glass up for about five minutes I manage to get one bartender's attention, and we get our first round.  So far, so good.  The trouble was that the quality of the service never picked up, and we had to yell for everything - including a cheese plate that we ordered, and that the bartenders were literally looking everywhere except at our waving hands.  We both yelled and made ourselves heard over the band and got the plate, but it was a struggle.

So last night's service gets one start out of five.

The food, by the way, is excellent.  Now if the manager could just come up with a way to deliver the food to the hungry customer, they might really have something.

We decided to stay for the band.  Actually, I wanted to stay.  Whirlybirds bills itself as a swing band, and I like swing music.  Here's a link to their site: Whirlybirds on Facebook
Whirlybirds, featuring Joe Gilliland (vocals/guitar), Brenny Brenneman (clarinet/saxes/vocals), Trent Sampson (double bass/vocals), Nick Simko (trumpet), Jacob Campbell (keys), and Max Marsillo (drums).
The music selection was a little odd, but that's okay.  They played their own arrangements of swing songs, most of which I know, but few of which I recognized.  The high point of the show was Just a Gigalo / I Ain't Got Nobody, which has been recorded by just about everybody.  Whirlybirds did a good job with this one, but the other songs - not so much.

Whirlybirds on Stage


Drummer and Keyboard

Band Leader and Guitar

The Doghouse
I'll give the Whirlybirds two and a half stars out of five, with the promise of watching them again.  I think what they really need is time.  Practice time.  Also it wouldn't hurt the keyboard player to trade the keyboard for an actual piano.

Taken individually, all these men are good musicians.  Taken as a whole, they're disjointed, and they don't have to be.  That's my own opinion, and like everything else, your mileage may vary and the sleeves will ride up with wear.