Here comes Johnny in again…


That Winnie the Pooh Photomosaic puzzle I picked up recently? Pain in the ass. I’ve got it maybe 10-15% assembled, and Laura has the pieces sorted into about five piles: red, green, blue, yellow and unsorted. The problem is that there are really no details to speak of. You’ve got a mostly blue piece with just a little bit of green on it that could connect with one of a hundred others, either blue or green or both. In working on the puzzle I find myself looking less at the composition of the piece and more at the shape of the piece when trying to match it with others. I spent about thirty minutes putting together a chunk of the puzzle before determining that I was building the section where Tigger’s eyebrow and paw meet the sky.

So, it’s going to take a while to complete.

We started on the puzzle at about 3:30 Saturday afternoon, following several hours of watching television or playing City of Heroes after my parents, sister and sister’s boyfriend left. They stayed with us Friday night on their way to Port Canaveral, Florida. They’re taking a Caribbean cruise together. That should be an interesting experience. It’s tough to imagine my father on a cruise ship, but he’s an incessantly social creature, so I suspect that he’ll do much of what my younger brother, Adam, did back in February of 2004. Perhaps not quite so much drinking, though.

Adam surprised us all on the cruise last year. He’s two years younger than me and turned out to be ridiculously outgoing. By the second day, we were running into people who would wave and call him by name. He attended an art auction and won a bottle of champagne playing bingo. He went to all the shopping lectures. Like my father, Adam will talk to pretty much anyone about pretty much anything, and that’s what makes me wonder if I didn’t see a preview of Dad on a cruise last February.

My mother recently retired (she worked as a cake decorator for many years) and received an Olympus digital camera as a retirement gift. She tends to be a little shy of technology (she rarely uses the computer), but has amassed hundreds upon thousands of photographs over the years. I wouldn’t be at all surprised to learn that she filled up the entire half-gigabyte XD card while cruising.

After everyone turned in Friday night, I stayed up until stupid thirty playing City of Heroes with Miscellaneous G™ and Slowhand (AKA Charm X). After a lot of heroics (and too many tactical lapses to count), I managed to get about an hour and a half of sleep before having to get up and run to the grocery store. We needed eggs, sausage, milk, orange juice and raisins. Raisins, by the way, are in the produce department. Not baking needs or canned fruit or even over near the peanut butter and jelly. In produce. Probably good to remember that for next time, so you don’t spend ten minutes running around the whole damn store looking for that chick with her basket. You know the one I mean.

Anyway, Saturday turned out to be one long day, so I went to bed early (which translates to 11:30) and got up pretty much right on time Sunday morning (which, again, translates to 11:30). After ripping a few CDs, cleaning the driveway, sidewalk and front stoop (It’s a stoop, right? A stoop?) I went down to Miscellaneous G™’s place for some gratuitous nerdity. Our Dungeons & Dragons session began around 4:00 and ended at about 11:30. That might seem like a hell of a lot of role-playing, but it probably amounts to about three hours of playing and a whole hell of a lot of nerdy tangents.

My dwarven rogue used his wrist harpoon to great effect on two occasions last night, which is a very good thing, as his first attempt at using the thing was something less than spectacular. If you imagine a burly, leather-clad dwarf being dragged down an alley thirty feet behind a shopkeeper carrying a large bell jar containing a tiny, winged snake lady… well, it was terribly embarrassing at the time.

I had some incredibly good luck when rolling up my character, so he’s very capable of kicking the booty (when I don’t blow a strength roll and wind up being dragged down an alley). If you’ve ever played the Dungeons & Dragons, this might be pretty impressive:

  • STR: 18 (originally 17, bumped to 18 upon reaching 4th level)
  • DEX: 18
  • INT: 16
  • WIS: 16
  • CON: 16
  • CHA: 10

He’s not the most socially adept fellow, but he’s got more than enough in the way of cajones to make up for his lack of savoir-faire. He is also, as has been noted on multiple occasions, swinging some serious dwarven pipe.

The Old Man is huffing and puffing today. The envy I feel for my parents and sister right now is palpable. Like a layer of guacamole surrounding my soul.



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