Uncle Hyena (unclehyena) wrote,
Uncle Hyena

Gaming, Imagine, Boating, Mowing, Pelham, Proposal

When last we visited our indolent and exhausted protagonist, he had several unscheduled days in front of him...

On Monday I went up to Lake Geneva and played board games with Ernie Gygax, his brother Luke, Tom Wham, and a couple of other people. We went through "Liar's Dice", a Tom Wham original (imagine "Puerto Rico" with feudal trappings, occasional die roles, and a bit of combat), "San Juan", "Can't Stop", and "Stone Age". I won the four player game of Liar's Dice by a shut out (a pretty neat trick) and proceeded to make my usual compulsive mistakes in everything but "Can't Stop" (someday I will learn that planning for a three hour game gets you nowhere when the game ends in 90 minutes...).

On Tuesday I went to the movies; I saw "Imagine That" and re-watched "The Hangover". "Imagine That" has a little too much Eddie Murphy, but not enough to kill the movie altogether (I can not think of a single comedian, offhand, whom I do not prefer as a straight actor to his trademark shtick...). "The Hangover" stands up quite well to subsequent viewings...

On Wednesday I tried to go sailing again, and again had no wind. I ended up rowing another three miles. But Brother Rat still spoke true...

On Thursday I mowed some of the lawn, ran some errands, and generally goofed off.

On Friday we had lunch and saw "The Taking of Pelham 123" and "The Proposal". "Pelham" is a decent thriller, a worthy successor to the original, and "Proposal" is a tolerable romantic comedy.

And then on the way home... There was a significant thunderstorm while we were watching "Proposal"; the thunder intruded on the movie, as did the RAIN; it was that heavy and loud. We got pretty well soaked on our way across the parking lot, and then the car stalled at an intersection on the way home. I pushed the car across the intersection while Dementia steered, then played with the engine and got it started, then did it AGAIN when it stalled again, and... I got back in the car and said to Dementia, "The next time you go on about how much you love rain, I want you to remember this afternoon." I have been drenched to the skin in rainstorms many times; she never has. It makes a difference...

Now, to go catch up on LiveJournal posts; I imagine I am at or near the maximum.

By the way, the second annual Texas 200 happened June 8 to 12; several of my friends participated, two of them (again) in eight foot Puddle Duck Racers. Here is Andrew Linn's version of things: http://www.waderweb.com/events/090608_tx200/index.htm

Uncle Hyena
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