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February 10th, 2003
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Nice way to start the day
I stayed in bed longer than usual, but I got up in time to catch the right bus. I could have rushed to try to catch the 7:53 bus, but I decided to eat breakfast and check email and make the 8:01 bus. I ran to the bus stop, getting there at 8:02, but the bus showed up around 8:04, which is a helluva lot closer to on-time than it normally is. I get to Malden Center station, and the platform is crowded. Just as the train is approaching, I see theora down on the street. So I wait for the next train so that I can ride in with her, and we have a nice conversation. Just as I'm saying goodbye to her at Park Street, I hear "Good morning, Kevin." I turn, and it's E, magid's friend. I remember that he works just a block from where I work. E and I know each other well enough to have a pleasant conversation until we both get off at Arlington and head our separate ways.

So, it looks like the wesun_puzzle feed updated correctly, so I'm pretty excited about that. I actually did it right the first time! Sure, it's a pretty small thing, but it's a nice confidence builder. Time to start thinking about what project I want to tackle next. And I'm considering writing something to read on Sunday, but we'll see. I may end up reading something I've written in the past, but I don't know if I can face reading something meaningful to me, since I'm afraid of not getting any good response. I fear apathy. So, I may just end up reading some funny stuff I've written, some haiku or something.

I started Cyteen by C.J. Cherryh on Friday. Pretty good so far. And, it was originally a trilogy, but I have it all in one book, so I feel okay in counting that as my one fiction book. I haven't started thinking about which non-fiction book I'm going to read next.

Saw Amelie for the second time yesterday. I enjoyed it again. Then I played two games of Carcassonne Hunters and Gatherers (after enabling someone else's purchse of it) (really, I enjoy being a game enabler. First Big Boggle, now Hunters and Gatherers. I think I've gotten two people to buy it, and possibly a third), both of which I lost to theora, one mildly, and one horribly. It was very exciting, though, coming down to exciting conclusions both times. It's pretty cool playing this game a lot, since we get to know the tiles better, we know the tricks we can play on each other, we take risks, and we know that we're taking risks, and it's really cool. I like teaching the game to new people, but I think I really like playing with people who have played a lot.

Popovers were very good on Sunday. The flavor combination of the day (thanks to treacle_well for the suggestion) was Key lime curd and blueberry jam. Yum. magid did a wonderful job with the popovers, and I hope she got to eat enough of them herself. A nice idea for an event, and I think it went off well.

Gaming tonight at my place. I think I'll stop off at the butcher near my house on the way home and get some meat to make London broil. Other people might be getting sick of it, but I really like it, and it's so easy to make. Spekaing of shopping, I've been doing pretty well so far without a car. I have only needed to do shopping once since hrafn moved out, and she was nice enough to pick me up some stuff on her way over to pick up the computer this weekend. I think I'll probably have to make my first Stop & Shop run this week or this weekend. Probably this week, so we'll see how that goes on the bus. Unless I can con . . . vince someone to give me a ride. Really, I can get anywhere I need by bus and T, but I also have enough people willing to offer rides from social events and such that it's been pretty easy so far.

magid and I are going to see Animal Farm at Brandeis tomorrow. I've read the book twice (once when I was forced to, and once more recently), and I've seen the cartoon adaptation. I'm looking forward to seeing it adapted as a play. The rest of my week looks open so far, so let's see how I do with the other stuff I need/want to get done. I didn't do much homework this past weekend. I did research some magazines a bit, but I didn't find any that were a really good fit for my article ideas. And I even went to Barnes & Noble, but I couldn't find any of the magazines that looked most promising. I'm not officially two weeks behind on my homework for that class, and I don't know if I'm going to get to this week's assignment. Since I don't feel very motivated, it's a lot easier to ignore email than it would be to ignore a real class. Still, maybe the teacher is right. If I'm a better editor than writer, then maybe I really should focus on editing and not try to be a freelance writer. I mean, I really don't have the motivation to write things all of the time, and I'd really have to be doing that full-time to be successful. So, I dunno. We'll see if I manage to make it through the class. I would like to at least try to write an article or two about cystic fibrosis, but I don't know if I have the ability to sell it.

Okay, enough yammering. Time to work. Although, I'm very proud of myself that I managed to do some work before I even touched my email or LiveJournal this morning.

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From:curly_chick
Date:February 10th, 2003 07:47 am (UTC)
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I blame you completely for the fact that I am on an obssessive search for "Big Boggle".

However, I give you huge hugs for the fact that I am enjoying boggle so much (although in this case, I maintain bigger is better).

It is funny to find people who enjoy words much the way I do.
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From:queue
Date:February 10th, 2003 07:54 am (UTC)
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I just checked Funagain Games, and they apparently sold out in December (there was apparently a recent printing). I've had good luck in the past with KB Toy stores. You might try calling around and see if any of them have any left.
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From:curly_chick
Date:February 10th, 2003 08:08 am (UTC)
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I checked on line and found one for fifty dollars (plus seven dollars for shipping). This seems like a lot of money, however, I would pay it if I needed to (see what you started!!!!---love how I assign blame). Any thoughts on that price?
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From:theora
Date:February 10th, 2003 08:12 am (UTC)
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Wayyy unreasonable. I found one for $15.99 at a KB Toys less than six months ago. You should be able to find something much cheaper than fifty.
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From:treacle_well
Date:February 10th, 2003 08:24 am (UTC)
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Are you looking specifically for "Big Boggle" or is Boggle Deluxe (which also has the 5x5 grid) acceptable. I think I've seen those still being sold for $10-$15 at KayBee stores.
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From:curly_chick
Date:February 10th, 2003 08:56 am (UTC)
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What's the difference between Big Boggle and Boggle Deluxe? Mostly I am interested in the 5x5 grille and the bigger tiles.

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From:queue
Date:February 10th, 2003 08:59 am (UTC)
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5x5 Boggle comes in 3 varieties: Big Boggle, Boggle Master, and Boggle Deluxe (published in (I'm doing this from memory, so don't quote me) 1972, 1983, and 1997, respectively). Boggle Deluxe should be the easiest to find, and it will be the only one you will be able to find in K(ay) B(ee). It also looks much cooler, with the pearlescent cubes.
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From:treacle_well
Date:February 10th, 2003 09:34 am (UTC)
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To add to what queue wrote, I believe there is also a difference in the letter distribution in the different 5x5 editions. But basically, Boggle Deluxe seems to be the one that is easiest to acquire for a reasonable price. If I'm out malling and see a copy I'll pick one or two up.



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From:majes
Date:February 10th, 2003 08:10 am (UTC)

They get you hooked and then they jack up the price

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Yes, you'll be pleased to know that I'm already thinking about buying Carcassonne Hunters and Gatherers. It is a very interesting game, easy to play yet with a subtle strategy that allows for one to advance to a higher level of play with experience.
The down side to all this game playing though has been that it is tweaking the board game designer in me. Lately I've found myself thinking about games I've made in the past, about digging them out and working on them more. Urg. I don't have the time for that now though. Must focus on one major project at a time.
From:missdimple
Date:February 11th, 2003 05:06 pm (UTC)

Teacher's Opinions

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So, I don't know if this story will be useful, but I thought I might throw it out there.

When I was in high school, I really liked to draw. I did it in pencil mostly, because I didn't feel good enough to create in a permanent medium (media? I've never quite figured out what word is correct. Anywaaaay.) I felt comfortable in the ability to erase my mistakes, so that I got a creation that I liked instead of ruining one. It also allowed me to learn from my mistakes and work on a piece until I got it right. (Sometimes that lead and leads to obsessing over a line, but that's not relevent to our story today. *grin*)

I decided to take an art class, so I could get some official direction and tutelage. Unfortunately, I think the woman majored in "How One Can Discourage One's Students" instead of "Artistic Expression". She explained to me that pencil was not a valid medium (media) and that I should be working in pen instead. I got so discouraged that I almost quit drawing. Well, the Gods saw fit to provide me with a guardian angel in this case (and I am hoping cursed that teacher forever), my mother. She not only encouraged me not to stop, but she took me to an art show in a real live professional gallery that featured works by a gentleman who only drew in PENCIL! I was convinced that my teacher was a moron and I didn't stop drawing. I don't produce as much as I would like and I have never been paid for my work. I really love to do it, though, and it gives me great satisfaction when I make something that adds beauty to the world.

So, knowing all of that, my suggestion about your desire to do creative writing is to just start. You may not do very many pieces and you may never sell anything. On the other hand, you won't know until you try. Many stupid people have been known to tell creative geniuses that they won't amount to anything. I don't know if you are a writing genius, but I would think at this point you don't either. Write about what you know or you find interesting. Think about finding an environment that encourages your work, not discourages. (Could be why you are behind on your assignments.) She's not God or a soothsayer. And life is too short not to pursue things that could make you happy.

Good luck!
From:missdimple
Date:February 11th, 2003 05:10 pm (UTC)

PS

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Okay, so I left out something. I now do web site designing. I might not have attempted this, if I didn't feel like I had an artistic side since I am not a computer geek. I recently got an offer, which I took, for a paid gig to build a site. So, I guess I have gotten work being creative. I guess my point is, you never know where something is going to lead.
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