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To prove I'm not WoW-mad, if nothing else :)

dcltdw's party Saturday night was really good. Lots of folks there, got to see the out-of-town visiting people like animal2nd, jcatelli, and Ingrid. I even played a game of Settlers of Catan in which I was somewhat in the running for most of the game (until I disobeyed mjperson's instructions to roll an 11, choosing instead to roll a 7. I should have listened, Mike!) Followed by Dim Sum with most of the same people Sunday morning. Yum.

Sunday afternoon, a bike ride with Lisa and baronet. Had to borrow ringrose's bike since my tire is dead (I should deal with that soon!) and found it much more comfortable. I now think my current bike is too small for me, and I should replace it, rather than getting the tire fixed. Yes, I have tried getting a longer bike seat stem and stuff, but nothing I tried last year made it not hurt to ride for long. I have high hopes that an actual investment in a new bike will make a big difference in how much I get out this year.

Also: starting with many shorter rides, and working my way up to longer rides, will be a more sound strategy for the summer. I was winded by Arlington Center, so I clearly need to get back in shape before I can really ride.

Monday night, new tabletop game in which, once again, I screwed up in my capacity as a security professional (well, bodyguard, anyway). Oh well. If I didn't screw that up, he would have had to find some other way to hit us.

Last night, I got to go to surrealestate's Seder, where a bit of wine was drunk (of both the "glorified grape juice" variety and the "real" variety) and food was eaten. For the dinner I brought a sauteed zucchini dish that looked a lot better when it was hot off the stove, than after sitting through the first two official Glasses of Wine™. Oh well :) It was still tasty, and the other dishes there were amazing. warlord_mit had a blackberry pie that was pure awesome.

So there it is.


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Apr. 4th, 2007 04:18 pm (UTC)
Bodyguard/security in games
Don't take failing to bodyguard someone too badly. Generally, you are doomed to failure.

1. Success leads to a lack of action scenes.
2. Success means the medic doesn't have something to do.
3. Success often means "nothing happens", so it is invisible and therefore skipped.
4. Most games lack a good "bodyguard" mechanic.
5. Your opponent has lots of time to look over your security precautions and find holes.
6. You are not actually trained by the Secret Service, so you'll miss something.
7. In a tabletop game, the person you are bodyguarding is not helpless.

Been there, done that. Stop worrying about success and enjoy the character.
Apr. 4th, 2007 06:08 pm (UTC)
Bodyguard, Bicycle
What ringrose said. There's a reason that the most significant non-failure bodyguard trope is the traitor -- it's really good for no one if you succeed. :-)

About the bicycle, where are you feeling pain (not soreness)? Arms and back are both signs that you may be riding the wrong size bike. If you can't find a knowledgeable friend free when you'd like to size your bike, there's an Ace Wheelworks very nearby that often has helpful staff; take your existing bike in and tell them what's happening, and see if they can recommend adjustments and test rides of something in a different size.
Apr. 4th, 2007 06:42 pm (UTC)
I still miss you...
Biking sounds like a good plan. I concur wholeheartedly about investing in a good bike and starting out with shorter rides. I would like to do that myself since the other two of the three of us like to bike around.

I played Settlers of Cataan many moons ago. We should do that sometime when you are *here* visiting.
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