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May. 27th, 2003

02:04 pm - 39

Another year, and...

...a few thoughts on getting older.Collapse )

Current Mood: listlesslistless
Current Music: Robin and Marian - Nickel Creek

May. 19th, 2003

07:30 am - My Roleplaying Purity Results

Interesting...


Your
Ultimate Roleplaying Purity Score
CategoryYour ScoreAverage
Hacklust31.13%
Has conversations in between massacres
52.3%
Sensitive Roleplaying50.63%
"But what's my motivation for this scene?"
48.8%
GM Experience34.78%
Closer to a novel than to a campaign
65.7%
Systems Knowledge75.14%
Local rules guru
88.4%
Livin' La Vida Dorka31.03%
Carries dice in pocket 'just in case'
58.3%
You are 46.77% pure
Average Score: 65.5%

Current Mood: cheerfulcheerful
Current Music: ...who can say where the river flows...

May. 10th, 2003

10:12 am - Some Thoughts

A few thoughts, while I have a few minutes...Collapse )

Current Mood: contemplativecontemplative
Current Music: ...will you remeber me, when the west-wind moves...

Mar. 4th, 2003

07:51 am - My Current State of Mind

I had an interchange with someone this morning that’s put me in the mood to express a bit of my philosophy. It went something like this…

I heard two co-workers talking about the weather. One we’ll call Bob, and the other we’ll call Harry. Bob cheerfully comments on the impending “warm-up” at the end of the week. Harry responds with a comment about how we have to go through a snow-filled Wednesday to get there. Bob deflates, and Harry continues out of the room.

I don’t let him leave unchallenged.

I say to Harry, (in a loud voice so that everyone in the office can hear) “ Harry, you have a pronounced talent for seeing every dark cloud inside the silver lining.”

He shoots me a look and continues out the door. I, of course, follow.

Harry says to me, “Well it’s going to be a mud-hole when every thing thaws through, and if you had a fence to put up, you wouldn’t be happy about it either.”

I reply, “I think it’s good to see bright side whenever you can.”

He grips his coffee cup tighter and accelerates.

I say, “You hate people like me, don’t you, Harry.”

He replies, “You’re just not a realist.”

I return to my desk glad in the fact that I don’t possess this “reality” addiction that Harry has.

I set the mental state of being cheerful and optimistic as a high priority. This mental state is usually observed to be something that happens to you, and not something that you can choose. I suppose it’s easier for some to assume that they’re not in control of these aspects of their personality. It’s an exercise in extreme self-indulgence to sit at your desk, glowering over the rim of your coffee cup, lamenting on the things in your life that are contrary to your desires. You have no control over some of these things that are negative, but you do control your reaction to them. I see it as an individual’s responsibility to contain the spread of their unhappiness by deciding to be otherwise.

There are folks that have real problems. God forbid it ever happens to me and mine. I like the definition given by a guy named Alton Brown …”All of life’s big problems include the words “indictment” or “inoperable.” Everything else is small stuff.” On the day that I have to deal with one of these, I know I will have a difficult time retaining my perspective.

But… I refuse to be a grump because I’ve got too much work to do, or because my boss keeps changing the parameters of the project I’m working on!

In spite of these “dark cloud” seers around me, I’m going to keep my eye on the silver-lining.

Current Mood: optimisticoptimistic

Feb. 27th, 2003

06:30 am - A Piece of Our Past, Gone

Fred Rogers died yesterday. It sucks to see your childhood getting farther and farther away.

Current Mood: sadsad

Jan. 24th, 2003

08:25 am - The Beast Within

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Current Mood: chipperchipper
Current Music: SRV - Susperstition

Jan. 7th, 2003

03:25 pm - Discovering Stevenson

I was looking around for some information on the origin of the poem, "Nobody Knows It But Me." It's the one read by James Garner in the Chevy Tahoe commercial. It struck a chord with me, and apparently is causing quite a stir on several online poetry boards. Anyway, several people said it sounded like Robert Louis Stevenson. A person had posted one of his works that shared a similar theme with the poem on the commercial. When I read it, I was dumbfounded.

This poem sums up the the feelings that I have when I create worlds to roleplay in. The things said in these verses are things that are with me every day, and at the core of my psyche. I can't stop reading it, over and over.

An excerpt from Robert Louis Stevenson's, A Child's Garden of VersesCollapse )

Current Mood: enthralled

Dec. 23rd, 2002

11:02 am - White Christmas!

It's Dec. 23rd...The prevailing meterological opinion is that 12 inches of snow is getting ready to dump on St. Francois county...Could it be any better?

Current Mood: giddygiddy
Current Music: "...Christmas is coming, the goose is getting fat...

Nov. 13th, 2002

11:34 am - Driving Towards a Game System

Just got whapped in the head with a story idea. I've got two weeks until the next session on the 30th. Now I just need the system...

Current Mood: determined

Nov. 12th, 2002

09:28 pm - Randomness...

It's been awhile since I posted anything, and I find myself in the mood...

I'm recovering from my "procedure" quite well. The worst part was the ribbing I got from just about everyone. I don't mind... three kids is enough, so say I and my bank account. Of course, my luck is kicking in ... I had the tubes cut Friday, and now Meri informs me she's a week late.

I can't wait to see how deramani works the Gateway Guardians into his Marvel campaign. Knowing him, it'll be something very cool.

I'm going to start a new campaign (hopefully) on the 30th. Only problem is that I'm squirming around trying to decide what type of story to tell. Currently in my head are Superheroes (Marvel, Champions), Fantasy (Runequest, Fantasy Hero, D&D), Horror (Chill - maybe a Victorian England setting). Maybe Pendragon. Maybe Ars Magica. Something will take shape soon.

We need players! I think we're a bit stale, a little complacent. We need an injection of some new ideas. Maybe I should run something that nobody in our group has seen. That might light a fire under us. Changeling or Skyrealms of Jorune, perhaps.

The Blues are up 2-1 over than the Canucks. It's shaping up to be a great year for St. Louis hockey. We're undefeated on the road. We've been to the post-season for 23 years straight, but never won the cup. That streak's gotta break soon.

Need to sleep...

Current Mood: relaxedrelaxed
Current Music: Blues vs. Canucks on TV

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