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Date:2009-01-14 22:47
Subject:R.I.P. Number Six and Khan
Mood: gloomy

Well today just sucked more than usual. Patrick "I AM NOT A NUMBER!" McGoohan and Ricardo "KHAN!!!" Montalban haved moved on to the next level.

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Date:2008-12-24 15:12
Subject:Merry Xmas to all
Mood: contemplative

The Snowpocalypse has managed to cancel Xmas plans for a LOT of people, myself included. This is the first time I can remember that my family will not be gathering together on Xmas Eve but I am taking it in stride. For one thing it means I won't be gaining any weight as my diet is secure from temptation. That and all the exercise I am getting trying to keep the sidewalk and path to the house shovelled as the weather permits. Another is watching the kids enjoy the surplus of snow in the backyard. I asked for a White Xmas and boy was someone listening. Should have asked for a bloody winning lottery ticket instead! :P

Anyways it is my dearest hope that you are all spending tonight and tomorrow with your family, friends, and loved ones and not stuck on the wrong side of a snow ditch. Stay safe and have a Merry Xmas. Love and HUGS to you all!

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Date:2008-09-26 10:33
Subject:Thanks for the schadenfreude, Jack!
Mood: amused


While I do agree that children should not be playing certain games, demonizing the entire gaming industry and all the other nutjob antics you've done does not make you the sane spokesperson you believe yourself to be. You could have done something good for the gaming industry but alas you behaved as you did. You reap what you sow so don't go away mad, Jack. Just go away...

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Date:2008-05-20 11:04
Subject:Week 3 Report
Mood: rejuvenated

Slow and steady is the key and it's definitely working for me. Down to 190 at the end of this week so looking at another 14 lbs to go to hit the objective set by the doctor. After that, any further loss is just extra gravy on the side. Not that I've had any of that lately! ;) However I will admit that I'm not as strict with myself as I was the first two weeks. While I am still avoiding certain things that make my blood sugar levels surge or raise my sodium or cholesterol, small amounts of food not on the doctor's list have made appearances on my plate. After enduring the blandness, I consider even these small amounts a reward and it makes sticking to the diet a hell of a lot easier.

Case in point, I've managed to eat out with my inlaws this weekend (Chinese food) and not gain any weight. In fact I was able to sample a little bit of everything and stop at the right time when I was full. I definitely know my stomach has shrunk and even looking at pictures in online menus makes me think that I can only finish half that plate now. I see a lot of doggie bags in my future when eating out. Also drinking a lot more water than I used to during and between meals.

The back was still a bit of a pain although I managed two sessions at the gym and will continue to do so. At least my back has healed to the point where I'm not worrying that something I do will set off some pain. The best part is I can actually sleep through the night rather than wake up every couple of hours to move to another position as my back has had enough of the previous one. I have an appointment with the physiotherapist on Thursday and hopefully he can give me a relatively clean bill of health.

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Date:2008-05-12 10:40
Subject:Week 2 Report
Mood: impressed

As expected, the weight loss has slowed to a crawl and am down only 2 more lbs to 192. Not surprised or disappointed, just being realistic. Heck if everyone could consistently lose weight like I did in the first week then no one would be overweight. Will attempt to go back to the gym tonight albeit with a LOT of caution. I really do want to start working out again but not at the cost of having to recover for two weeks for one session. :P The back is doing a lot better although I think I caused a spasm on Saturday afternoon by not sitting properly and so I had to pop a Robaxacet for that and it went away relatively quickly.

As the doctor predicted, the weight loss has improved my blood sugar control. Last couple of mornings before breakfast, my blood sugar measured betweeen 4.4 and 4.8 mmol/l. Normal range is between 4-6 and on average my blood sugar was anywhere from 5.2 to 6.5 so that's pretty good. Of course it could be the meds as well but I'm hoping to get off those and just go back to keeping it under control with diet and exercise.

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Date:2008-05-05 10:59
Subject:RIP Bob Bledsaw
Mood: morose

Obituary for Bob Bledsaw

To all the grognards who remember, he was one of the founders of Judges Guild. I recall all the times my friends and I spent wandering around the Wilderlands Campaign, the various City States therein, and consequently getting into all sorts of trouble. I find myself disappointed that his passing made barely a ripple as his work is known to most gamers of that time. Tegel Manor, City State of the Invincible Overlord, all those brown card stock maps, et al. In any case, another icon of the gaming hobby has moved on. It's going to be difficult getting a seat at that big gaming table in the sky. I can just imagine Bledsaw and Gygax trying to run a game together. Cya when we see ya Bob and thanks for all the fun times your work has provided gamers everywhere.

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Date:2008-05-05 10:13
Subject:Week 1 Report
Mood: contemplative

Figures. I try to be healthy and look what it gets me. You'll all get a laugh out of this one. After finishing 3 sets of dumbbell shoulder presses I was doing a pulley row in the gym on Monday and I must have used my back on one pull cause I swear I heard a *crick* (that or felt it) and had to slowly let the weight back down. That effectively killed the exercise part of my regimen for last week and possibly for the next two weeks until I'm sure things are sort of back to normal. No I wasn't trying to make a pun... :P On the other hand, it gives me enough time to look for a proper backbrace for when I do go back.

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Date:2008-04-28 12:09
Subject:And so it begins...
Mood: thoughtful

Today begins my descent into foodie hell which is 6 months worth of a rather bland diet ordered by the doctor. Weighed in at 204 this morning so we'll see how this works out. I believe I'll last the 6 months although I hope the routine becomes engrained enough that I don't go back to my old habits afterwards. Doesn't mean I won't relax a bit depending on how much weight I lose but I don't want to go hog wild either.

Bonus: I also go on 3 meds I have never taken before. They are for my blood sugar, blood pressure, and cholesterol. All of them have potential side effects. Whee. I'll let y'all know if anything happens.

Other than that I will be more active on the recumbent exercise bike at home and at the weight room at work. I'll probably do reports once a week unless "interesting" things happen. Hopefully not the "May you live in interesting times" kinda way... :)

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Date:2008-04-22 15:50
Mood: embarrassed

Well looks like all my good living has finally caught up with me. I'd like to say everything is on the up and up but unfortunately when it's your blood sugar, cholesterol, and blood pressure that's peaking then that's when the doctor puts the foot down.

I'm giving myself until the end of this weekend to clean out all the junk foods and snacks from the house before I begin my internal purge next week. I'm to embark on a low glycemic diet for the next six months in an attempt to lose 30 lbs. Beef and pork are cut right out with the only animal sources of protein coming from turkey, chicken, eggs, and fish. Otherwise I'm encouraged to eat as many veggies as I can WITHOUT all the cream sauces and dressings. Butter and mayonnaise are also outta there too and ditto for deep frying as a cooking method. Alcohol consumption is also gone for now. While most of you will cringe at that requirement, you'll be more surprised to discover that will be the easiest of the restrictions for me to swallow. I rarely drink at home and usually only when friends are visiting although I've made solitary toasts with the Scotch on rare occasions to honor some person or event. I save my liver for con parties so I guess I'm lucky the nearest one I may be attending is Rustycon.

I also get 3 new meds I've never taken before added to my daily regimen. Just can't wait to see what side effects come up. Otherwise the people who run the gym at work are happy to hear they are going to see a lot more of me in the very near future.

So that was my wakeup call. I guess I should be glad the bloodwork didn't find something more dangerous to my health and I've had a few coworkers interested in joining me on this low glycemic thing to provide support.

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Date:2008-04-21 21:10
Subject:Four words you don't want to hear from your significant other or your doctor...
Mood: pessimistic

I had some bloodwork done last Friday and I know my doctor received the results today cause she phoned the house while I was at work. While she talked to my wife, I'm pretty sure if I had answered the phone the doctor would have told me, "We need to talk." While it is not a "Get him to an ER! Stat!" event, you know it can't be that good either...

I'll keep you all updated after I have my chat tomorrow morning.

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Date:2008-03-19 01:09
Subject:Just my luck...
Mood: pissed off

To all my friends going to Norwescon this weekend, I'm sorry to say that I won't be attending. I have a bad case of gout in my right foot which started over last weekend. Even if I manage to bring the swelling down in time for Thursday, anything we normally do at con will probably bring a relapse (i.e. copious amounts of alcohol, food, and walking around). What really sucks is that I've been good about my diet since the last time I had it over 2 years ago. Doctor ordered a blood test to see if anything else caused it. Anyways you all have fun and take lots of pics so I can see what I missed. And with all the foot traffic happening between the Doubletree and the LaQuinta due to the former's "new" party rules, please don't be one of the people playing Drunken Frogger ok? ;)

Good luck to both Cajun and Errhead during the Concoction Tournament. It's going to be a good one with those two amongst the competitors. Sorry Errhead but the stuff you requested will have to wait a few months until Dragonflight in August which is the next time I will be down there. I can pass it to Tanis and Gibbett to give to you.

That is all...

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Date:2008-03-04 11:33
Subject:R.I.P. Gary Gygax
Mood: sad

Aw fuck...

Tis a dark day indeed. I hope you realize how much fun you've brought into people's lives.

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Date:2007-12-24 14:53
Mood: energetic

Love and hugs to all of you. May you all stay safe and be surrounded by your family and friends.

Ahem, at least the ones you can stand... >=)

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Date:2007-12-19 11:12

I Am A: True Neutral Human Bard/Sorcerer (3rd/2nd Level)

Ability Scores:







True Neutral A true neutral character does what seems to be a good idea. He doesn't feel strongly one way or the other when it comes to good vs. evil or law vs. chaos. Most true neutral characters exhibit a lack of conviction or bias rather than a commitment to neutrality. Such a character thinks of good as better than evil after all, he would rather have good neighbors and rulers than evil ones. Still, he's not personally committed to upholding good in any abstract or universal way. Some true neutral characters, on the other hand, commit themselves philosophically to neutrality. They see good, evil, law, and chaos as prejudices and dangerous extremes. They advocate the middle way of neutrality as the best, most balanced road in the long run. True neutral is the best alignment you can be because it means you act naturally, without prejudice or compulsion. However, true neutral can be a dangerous alignment because it represents apathy, indifference, and a lack of conviction.

Humans are the most adaptable of the common races. Short generations and a penchant for migration and conquest have made them physically diverse as well. Humans are often unorthodox in their dress, sporting unusual hairstyles, fanciful clothes, tattoos, and the like.

Primary Class:
Bards often serve as negotiators, messengers, scouts, and spies. They love to accompany heroes (and villains) to witness heroic (or villainous) deeds firsthand, since a bard who can tell a story from personal experience earns renown among his fellows. A bard casts arcane spells without any advance preparation, much like a sorcerer. Bards also share some specialized skills with rogues, and their knowledge of item lore is nearly unmatched. A high Charisma score allows a bard to cast high-level spells.

Secondary Class:
Sorcerers are arcane spellcasters who manipulate magic energy with imagination and talent rather than studious discipline. They have no books, no mentors, no theories just raw power that they direct at will. Sorcerers know fewer spells than wizards do and acquire them more slowly, but they can cast individual spells more often and have no need to prepare their incantations ahead of time. Also unlike wizards, sorcerers cannot specialize in a school of magic. Since sorcerers gain their powers without undergoing the years of rigorous study that wizards go through, they have more time to learn fighting skills and are proficient with simple weapons. Charisma is very important for sorcerers; the higher their value in this ability, the higher the spell level they can cast.

Find out What Kind of Dungeons and Dragons Character Would You Be?, courtesy of Easydamus</a></b> (e-mail)

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Date:2007-12-03 08:21
Subject:SPICE GIRLS!!!
Mood: pleased

Thanks to my friend Cheryl, I got to see the Spice Girls kick off their World Tour here in Vancouver last night. Was slightly worried at first about the snow falling most of this weekend but it was raining by Sun afternoon so that washed most of the stuff away. Took Cheryl to dinner at one of my favorite restaurants, Candia Taverna. A cozy Greek place I've only been going to for about 21 yrs and is very special to me. It better be cause it's the first place I took my wife to be for our first dinner (sans friends trying to set us up) and it's also the place where I proposed to her with lots of help from the restaurant staff. :)

During dinner, Cheryl managed to get a hold of a friend who lived a few blocks from GM Place where the concert was at and she told us to just park at her place. Thanks Sonia!!! Cause trying to find parking in that area would have just put me in the wrong mood.

After having stashed the car, Cheryl and I proceeded to walk to the concert. The considerable presence of thousands of lovely young women heading the same direction as we were quickly put me in my happy place. Cheryl laughed and wished me a Merry Xmas. Merry Xmas indeed. It was even better inside GM Place when the women took off their winter/rain coats. Everything from fans dressed as their favorite Spice Girl to some rather slinky numbers showing either considerable leg or decolletage or both! Yes it was a great night and the concert hadn't even started yet.

Well the Girls did not disappoint. Love em or hate em, they are great entertainers and the show was fantastic. Victoria seemed a bit stiff but the two Mels were all over the place and did well in their solo numbers. Geri is looking really ripped but she could put on a bit of weight. When she was being carried horizontally by her dancers above their heads I found myself counting her ribs as they showed while she was trying to keep her head up straight from that position. Emma looked pretty svelte for someone who had just given birth in August.

Thanks again Cheryl. Mwah!

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Date:2007-06-13 10:06
Mood: amused

Your Score: The Great Leader

You scored 72 Strength, 73 Guile, 47 Morality, and 81 Survival Rate!

Look around at the burnt out husk of our once great civilization. It's all yours baby! Your empire of dirt. You got high scores in all the places that matter. The world is yours. You can do with it what you will. Hail to the king baby.

Link: The Post-Apocalyptic Survival Test written by Blair-bot on OkCupid, home of the The Dating Persona Test

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Date:2007-05-15 10:55
Subject:Good riddance
Mood: amused

Jerry Falwell dead

I am usually respectful when people pass away but given the amount of vitriol that came from this hatemonger, I'll make an exception.

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Date:2007-04-04 08:27
Mood: relieved

I SO can't wait for work to be over today. I finish at 10:30pm and then drive over to my friend Greg's place as he wants to take his car down to Norwescon. No lineups at the border and more importantly no traffic along the I-5 as we drive down to Cory's house and stay overnight. Thursday morning get some groceries, drive a few miles to the Doubletree before noon and avoid parking problems, and we're set for the weekend!

At least that's how it should go. Still don't know how it will be at work today and I certainly hope it's not going to be like yesterday. Some one got his whiny wife to handle his course outline requests and she called me anywhere from 6-8 times in 3 hrs giving me bits of information to work with. She actually wanted to read her husband's transcript over the phone instead of sending a copy by fax or email. For one thing, their phone wasn't particularly clear so even just talking to her was difficult and you want to give me detailed information that you'd have to repeat once or twice each time for me to get everything right? Sorry I don't have half an hour (at the least) to stay on the phone when you can spend the same amount of time getting everything together in a neat package and send it off to me instead of calling me every 10-20 mins for me to write notes about. And they wanted their request the next day as they were passing by. Well next time try calling a few days in advance instead of thinking you're the only one I'm dealing with that day. Only satisfaction I get out of this is that I get to charge them for this service.

I hope to have everything off my IN box today and enjoy this LONG weekend.

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Date:2007-02-06 12:26
Subject:Upcoming laptop purchase
Mood: geeky

The main contender so far is the Toshiba Satellite A100-TA9. Anyone care to share their opinions on this choice? Yea or Nay?!

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Date:2007-01-17 10:42
Subject:How times change...
Mood: thoughtful

The Gentleman
Deliberate Gentle Love Master (DGLMm)

Steady & mature. You are The Gentleman.

For anyone looking for an even-keeled, considerate lover, you're their man. You're sophisticated. You know what you want both in a relationship and outside of it. You have a substantial romantic side, and you're experienced enough sexually to handle yourself in that arena, too. Your future relationships will be long-lasting; you're classic "marrying material," a prize in the eyes of many.

It's possible that behind it all, you're a bit of a male slut. Your best friends know that in relationships you're fundamentally sex-driven. You're a safe, reliable guy, who does get laid. In a lot of ways, you're like a well-worn, comfortable pair of socks. Did you ever jack off into one of those? All the time.

Your exact opposite:
The Last Man on Earth

Random Brutal Sex Dreamer
Your ideal mate is NOT a nut-job. She is giving and loving, like you, but also experienced. Avoid the The Battleaxe at all fucking costs.

CONSIDER: The Maid of Honor, someone just like you.

Link: The 32-Type Dating Test by OkCupid - Free Online Dating.

I originally started out as The Pool Boy and turned into The Boy Next Door. I guess change is good... :)

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