January 9th, 2002



I got taken to a weekly gaming event for the first time, and I had a lot of fun. The people there were pleasant, and I had a good time playing some new games. I played Klunkers, Zero, and Tichu (which I had played once before). Klunkers is a nice, quick game with a lot of luck. Definitely worth considering adding to my collection, especially for only $10. Zero is a nice little card game, similar in some ways to Target. It also goes pretty quickly. Tichu is a bit more complex than either of those games. It's more like a traditional trick-taking game, and it can actually be polayed with a regular 52-card deck plus 4 special cards. A full game of it to 1000 points lasted quite a while last night, so I was able to pick up some of the strategies again; the last time I played it was something like 6-8 months ago, and I played one full game and part of another. People said that I played well, even though I was a beginner. Of course, there is much card-playing in my genes, so I think I can pick those kind of games up relatively easily. Tichu is more complicated than Euchre, which I played way too much of in high school (and was very good at). It gives me hope that I might be good at Bridge, if I can ever find a group to learn with.


Pretty tired. I may try to take a nap when I get home before going out for the evening. Of course, I'll want to check my email, and that will eat up some time, and just sitting around relaxing will take up some time, and then I won't have all that much time, so I'll probably want to get in some recorder practice before heading out, so no nap. Good thing I'm planning on getting to bed by 10 tonight. We'll see if that actually happens. I guess it depends on how long game things take tonight.

One of the nice features of work is that there are occasionally things that other people send out that get distributed for review. So, since I need a break from my own work right now (going to let some problems stew away in my subconscious), I can review a chapter that someone else released. So I can just sit in my chair, feet up on another chair, pencil in hand, read and make comments. There may be some extra-long blinks in there, depending on how comfortable I get.