Tuesday, November 29, 2011

For the Record...

Toledo has been hit by alot of rain lately - so much so that there is a whole lot of flooding in the area and especially in my flood/back-up prone neighborhood.

Now - we do have the 'Storm Sewer Back-up Preventer' doo-hickie that stops water from the sewers backing up into the basement. The problem is, it truly only goes one way.

By experience, we get one flush - that lets us know something is wrong as the drain in the basement begins to back-up. That lets me know that the water in the street/sewer is full. When the drain is blocked, this also means that if the sump-pump fails, the water has nowhere to go but in the basement. So if say the power goes out and the sewers are flooded, water all over the place. Well - I noticed this a 6AM.

Where am I going with this?

The storm sewers have finally went down - try going 16 hours in your home without flushing or using anymore than a few drops of water here or there...it sucks!

Friday, November 18, 2011

Weekly Rant, 11/18/2011


...do you have any idea how low our expectations are?

...you are a factory of sadness!


Sad news from the NBA...a bunch of thugs are not going to be getting their paychecks because they figure being millionaires while playing a game is just not good enough. I will be the first to confess that I hate basketball...so I would personally enjoy a world where I could avoid even seeing a pro basketball game by accident while flipping through the channels.

I just feel bad for the out of work cheerleaders...


What is the purpose of this 'news' story? It should be OK to break the law if you are elderly or pregnant?



Tom Waits has new album. It was funny hearing one of his songs pop up on 'Dancing with the Stars'...I was not watching, of course. I was helping the boy with his homework when I heard the TV. The song was 'A Little Drop of Poison', which also happened to be in one of the Shrek movies.


Bowling, 'Jerry's Kids' won the First Third with a dominating record of '30-14'...average after the first 11 weeks is a stable 182...but was killed by the oily lanes this week, and now down to a 181.


What kind of Wood does not float?



Monday, November 14, 2011

BASH Con XXVII, February 17-19, 2012

The one convention that I have attended for the longest amount of time is coming up in February - Bash Con 27. It is so nice having a solid convention in your backyard. I also do not get a chance to get to the University of Toledo all the much anymore except for the occasional sporting event, so it is also a nostalgic weekend where I can revisit some of the sites from my undergrad days.

BASH Con has some definite advantages compared to some other conventions, the first being its location on the grounds of UT. Parking is FREE, and the convention is relatively cheap ($15 for a weekend pass) since the BASH is a student organization and can use the facilities in the Student Union for next to nothing. I believe their biggest expense is paying for the security/off duty UT Police. And the guy that usually does it is a gamer, so he is always present for the Games Bazaar (auction).

The one thing to be wary of is the organization of the convention, which can be spotty at times with the students that are in charge. Registration has seemed to have gotten worse year after year - the concept of 'Pre-Registration' seems to be a difficult one to understand. They do not take the opportunity to print anything out in advance, so the Pre-Reg line takes longer than the regular line because they actually have to find the information in the computer before they copy it by hand onto the badges and the tickets. So if you do plan on attending, give yourself plenty of time on your arrival date - because the line will be long. Maybe, just maybe, they will figure it out this year, but I won't be holding my breath.

Despite that, the one thing the Con does have is a die hard group of people that show up and run games year after year. There is a large Mayfair Games presence along with a usually large number of board game events, along with plenty of everything else including some video games and LARP zombie game with NERF guns that seemed to be popular last year.

Event Registration should be up soon...

Sunday, November 13, 2011

Stroh Con 2011

Where: At the beautiful Stroh residence on Choctaw Lake in London, Ohio
When: November 12, 2011

I immediately realized I messed up at home by leaving the Halloween Candy bowl on the stove within reach of the dogs. They have been increasingly annoying in their old age lately - getting into any food they can reach in the kitchen. This is oddly a very new behavior in my increasingly senile dogs.

Got to Ed's a bit past 9am. We stopped at McDonalds to get some greasy sammiches for the road, but some stupid woman in the double drive-thru line almost crashed into us in her hurry to get in front of us in the line after placing her order. The staff confused the order; we got her 2 inedible Egg McMuffins while she got our food. We drove back and got our orders correct, but I hope this ruined the McMuffin lady's day.

Ed had directions, but we were not paying attention and soon passed up the exit we were supposed to get off at. We ended up taking a bit longer to get there, and stopped off in Urbana, Ohio to get lunch (thinking that John would only have finger food at his house). We stopped at KFC, and I unfortunately ordered the Popcorn Chicken that was not very good and way too expensive for what it was...lesson learned.

We got lost again trying to find John's house - luckily Ed called and got directions , otherwise we might still be driving around central Ohio. Ed said he had been here before - I don't know if I should believe that.

Finally arriving, there were a few groups already playing some games, so Ed and I played a quick game of 'Carcassonne' (Ed won).
We then played 'Airlines Europe' (Ed, John, John's brother, and some other dude). John started the run on Abacus Spiele stock first and was able to get the majority payout in the 2nd and 3rd dividends...he finished with 89 points, I had 75...I believe I was second, followed by Ed and the others.

Next we played 3 great games of 'Are you a Werewolf'...10 players in the first two games, and then 13 in the last game as more Stroh family members arrived from Chicago. I was lucky and was on the winning side for all 3 games. The first, I was the Seer; we luckily rooted out the first werewolf by blind luck...I was able to eliminate a few suspects with my Seer ability and eventually we took out the other werewolf. Myself and Ed were the werewolves in the 2nd game - I was almost sussed out by John's brother Chuck, and it came down to me helping convince the other dude that I was NOT in fact the werewolf...which of course I was.

The third game, Ed and I were both again the werewolves and a Stroh family member was the third. I was almost lynched right away, but somehow convinced the group I was not a werewolf. I was never suspected again, and Ed escaped an accusation himself. We did lose the 3rd werewolf, but Ed and I prevailed - more than likely due to the fact that no one thought we would be the werewolves again I imagine...I am actually a horrible liar...or am I?

We finished with 3 hands of 'Saboteur' (won as miner, won as saboteur, lost as miner) and then it was back on the road to Toledo...we did not get lost this time.


Friday, November 11, 2011

Weekly Rant, 11/11/2011 - Veteran's Day Edition

Just for Tom...

And now every April I sit on my porch
And I watch the parade pass before me
And I watch my old comrades, how proudly they march
Reliving old dreams of past glory
And the old men march slowly, all bent, stiff and sore
The forgotten heroes from a forgotten war
And the young people ask, "What are they marching for?"
And I ask myself the same question


So, gonna take well needed departure from political stupidity this week...just not much else going on right now, other than eagerly awaiting the UPS dude to deliver my 'Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim'...


Parks and Recreation is still the best show on TV...

... and watch the webisodes...


Where does SyFy get money to produce a potential stinkbomb like 'Rage of the Yeti'?


Be sure to thank a veteran today and everyday. I have donated to both the Fisher House and Honor Flight over the years.


...and woot! Just arrived...


Going with Easy Ed to 'Stroh Con' this weekend...not really a con, but a friend named Stroh having some people over to play some board games. Will have to have a Jerry-Con sometime soon.


Sunday, November 6, 2011

Weekly Rant, 11/6/2011

It has been a busy week for trying to let people know about the 7% of the working population that are affected by Issue 2 here in Ohio. Since opponents cannot stand up to the facts, they are relying on jargon and bullshit to get past those facts. It is amazing to me when I hear a democrat claim that this is something that would only add more government and while he likes a lot of the bill, putting more things in the hands of politicians is not what he is for. I guess Obamacare, the bailouts, and all the other things the Democrats are known for is not considered 'more government' because...shite, I don't think like a Democrat, so I cannot even come up with a good excuse.

Bottom line - collective bargaining is not taken away, working conditions and staffing levels are not off the table - if anything, layoffs will occur when this does go down, because cities with millions of dollars in debt will need to cut...and the cuts will come from the least paid, last ones in. Then who will these zombies blame for not having a job...ah, George Bush - it still works for President Zero and the liberal media.

Anyone who thinks that legislation that will save them money, help reward workers that are performing at a high level (merit pay - like the rest of us), eliminate automatic 'step' increases, remove tenure based systems for laying off workers, and prevent direct payment to the unions for union dues is a bad thing...well, you deserve what we will be getting. The sad thing is - the rest of us do not.

And if I hear one more thing about firemen, policemen, teachers, or any other public service person not showing up to save my life or teach my children...last I checked they were not forced into these positions. Get another job if you think things are so bad. When you are paid off tax dollars, you are subject to the realities of the system - which is less and less people actually working and contributing to income and property taxes while more and more people are using those services.

And teachers...what a bunch there...preaching to their classes about following rules, yet they get away with wearing political buttons at the school (against the law) and brainwashing their students into thinking their parents should be voting against this Issue. The Low Paid Teacher Myth is just that - a myth. I would gladly take my salary and only work 9 months out of the year...would not hear me complaining.


And I hate animals too because I am voting against the Zoo levy...


What else happened this week, hmmm? I had a scheduled day off and then had to go into work anyway because I had so much to do...I guess other professions do have to work overtime and from home without extra pay...wow...I thought teachers were the only ones that did that.