Tuesday, July 8, 2008

Exodus & Numbers

Great googly moogly. April? Time flies when you're busy, I guess.

With apologies to Leviticus, let me tell you what I've been so busy with (besides work) over the last few months.


We're moving! Well, it'd be more apt to say that we're fleeing. Back in mid-May our landlord provided the straw that broke the camel's back. She requested that we no longer use our nice fenced-in yard (one of the reasons that we chose to live here) as Zelda's bathroom because of the burn marks in the lawn from her and the downstairs dog's pee. Our dog could still play in the yard, just not go to the bathroom in it. If you've ever had a dog, you can likely recognize the fallacy in that request. It didn't help that at the time the wonderful lawn was disheveled, unkempt, and a foot tall in places.

I told her that this new request was unreasonable and after a quick Google search regarding lawn burns offered her a number of reasonable alternatives to banning us from the lawn outright. My alternatives were ignored, and she told me that if she was "so unreasonable then I'd like you to seriously reconsider your tenancy with me." We called her bluff, so we're moving. One block away. To another house with a fenced-in yard which we can actually use guilt free.

We later learned that our downstairs neighbor (we're in a duplex) moved out at the end of May for the exact same reason, so it's apparently not just us. Our landlord has been having difficulty renting out either half of the duplex since we announced our departure. I can't say I'm feeling all that sorry.

Speaking of the move, since it's just a block away we've been slowly moving our stuff over in multiple trips. However, we have 5 or 6 larger items that are too big for me and Meaghan to move on our own. If any of my regular readers (if I still have any) are available this Saturday or Sunday and are feeling burly enough, we could really use the help of 1 or 2 kind souls. I'll send an e-mail out tomorrow and hopefully we'll get a bite. We pay well in any kind of food you desire.


The 4th Edition of Dungeons & Dragons came out on June 6th. I've mentioned in passing before that we have a game group that meets pretty regularly. Up until about the beginning of April we'd been content to continue playing the 3rd Edition of the storied franchise, but then as more and more information leaked my friends and I became interested in switching over to the new version.

So what, you say? Well, as the "Dungeon Master" of our group I had to rapidly read and assimilate three large books (over 800 pages) of mostly new game rules as well as prepare the first adventure for play. Our first 4E game was on June 19th, so that gave me about 3 weeks (the books were leaked in PDF format a week early) to digest it all. That's a heck of a lot of reading.

It's all been worth it so far, though. We've played twice, and I think everyone is having much more fun with the new game. That may just be because it's new, but hopefully it'll last. Next game's this Thursday.

P.S. Congratulations to the denizens of HarrisWorld! Their number is now 3.

P.P.S. Thanks for all of the Disney planning, Ma. Between the move, work, and Meaghan's ongoing job search, we really couldn't have done it justice without you.