Wednesday, September 21, 2005

Fun, fun, fun

So, some of you that know me may know that I love playing the online game 'Kingdom of Loathing . It's become somewhat of an obsession. Especially since the creator implemented 'ascension' (in other words, he finally finished the game. Although changes and additions are constantly being made, finally something happens when you 'get to the end' and you can sort of start over. Well, my main account has ascended 11 times now. Something I'm very proud of. My runs are getting quicker and more efficient and I'm acquiring useful skills left and right. Right now I'm working on a trophy whereby if you acquire all the skills from this one area (5) you get to show it off with a trophy in your 'display case'. This is a bunch of gobbledeegook to those of you that don't play, but hey, it makes me happy. Check out the game, it's humorous.

Wednesday, September 07, 2005


Let's play word association. Before last week, if you'd have said "Katrina" I would have thought of my friend in grade school who was missing her pinky finger. She said she lost it shucking corn. Well, as a 6 year old you believe those kind of stories. Now, you say "Katrina" and I think of a storm that single handedly shut down one of our nations most well-known cities. Sure it was a shit hole and probably the slate being wiped clean will end up being better for the city. But when you see all those poor souls being evacuated to a destination unknown, having to leave behind their pets, you think - why? I've said, naively I'm sure, that if it were me, I would walk with my cats until I found a save haven or a good samaritan to take me and my cats away to a safe place. I still feel that way. But I can't believe more isn't being done to make sure these people can leave their pet with a shelter of some sort, tagged and identified, so that when they can, they can be reunited with their pet. It makes me so sad to think of having to part with Morris or Ripple under even the most extreme circumstances. What would you do?

The Historian

Wow - finally finished this book last night. I'd been reading a chapter or two at a time before bed, then the gas crunch hit and I spent the weekend reading on the patio. Besides, I think the choice of reading it before bedtime probably isn't the way to go. At least not once you get further into it. I have to say, for a first time novel, this really gets high marks. It's well written and intriguing. Girl did her homework. The Dracula legend is one that I think everyone, in some way, has heard and been either creeped out by or fascinated by. This gives something to each camp. I look forward to the next novel by this author. Next on the list - "Eldest" by Christopher Paolini, child prodigy who wrote "Eragon." I hope to finish it by the time my Nephew does. I'm not sure if he's even started it yet, but hey, if we finish at the same time, it's that much more of an actual conversation on the phone. You try and talk to an 11 year old.