Random Thursday Ramblings: 20 April 2017

Well, the post I was writing yesterday will have to wait! The unexpected interruption of a power outage yesterday made it impossible to finish my editing and revising. That post will have to wait until tomorrow, which is good; I’ll have more than one post to publish, this way! I can tell that people are unenthused with my own posts, but that’s fine – my blog isn’t just a hub for spitting out other people’s blogs, especially when they’re disinclined to return the favour. Funny how there’s so much talk about driving traffic to blogs, but one can easily use all of the tricks in the book and still not attain the massive levels that others accumulate. I guess I just don’t have the collector / hoarder mentality, which isn’t a bad thing!

Anyway: back to yesterday’s power outage. It happened at around 1152, according to the time / date stamp on the document I was working on. No warning, just *FOOMP* out go the lights and everything else! I went around the house and unplugged some of the surge-protectors (force of habit), turned off any lights that were on, then opened the sliding-glass door to the front deck and stepped outside to listen.

A few minutes later, the sound of emergency-vehicle sirens were rising, seemingly from all directions. It was as if every one of them on the peninsula had been activated and mobilized, and were all converging in one location. After 20 minutes passed, the beating noise of a helicopter could be heard at a great distance. It slowly got closer, and finally the machine itself hove into view. It moved over the treetops, descending at a low rate of speed, and finally dropped out of sight. About 15 minutes later, the helicopter took to the air again and sped off. Conclusion? An accident of horrific proportions had taken place, resulting in a power pole being taken out. Nothing for me to do but make a quick brunch out of my leftover breakfast and finish my coffee before it got cold.

After eating, I got dressed and walked outside to take a stroll around the property. The hubster has branches stacked by the fire-pit to burn later in the week, and I made note of the shrubs near the house and garage that need to be cut back and cleared. The lawn needs to be tilled; I’m hoping that one of the neighbours will lend us their roto-tiller so we can shred some soil – it’s overdue for some earth-turning!
The sun even came out for a while, just as it’s doing right now. It was nice to walk around and enjoy the silence; the only noise was from a few cars passing on a side-street, but other than that, birds and squirrels were my companions.

After about an hour, I went back inside and checked my phone. At least there was a cellular signal, so I was able to send a few texts and keep updated on the Seattle Mariners game. They beat the Miami Marlins 10 – 5 and won that series after being trounced on Tuesday. Almost a dreaded “no-no” game, there! Since there was nothing else that could really be done, I popped open a bottle of ale, sat down in my rocking-chair, and picked up a Stephen King book which I hadn’t finished: a collection of short stories titled The Bazaar of Bad Dreams. I haven’t quite finished it; I marked some of the stories to save for later so that I have some reading to look forward to, and having a nice stack of crossword puzzles helped me not totally devour the book. My mother-in-law sends me some from time to time, and they’re always a nice form of relaxing brain exercise. Still, I need to order some more books soon! See if Kellerman, Coben, King and Koontz have any new offerings out.

The power finally came back on at 2030, but the cable and internet didn’t return until after 2200 or so. It came on fairly late, as the Conan show was on my DVR this morning, recorded as scheduled – I was in bed by then, since I’d woken up early when the hubster headed out for his own truck-hauling adventure. So, that’s what my Wednesday was: a day without power, but it was perfectly enjoyable!

Tuesday Tidbits…13 December 2016

It’s a particularly awesome day, today! It’s a special one – why, you may ask? Because it is, that’s why! That should be good enough, I’d wager. I’ll give a little hint, though: it’s a day celebrated annually by some, and involves the giving of gifts and toasting good fortune, and the gift that I have is one that I’ve needed and wanted for some time! Anything that keeps me in fighting trim is necessary, and the garbage advertised on television leaves much to be desired – I’ve yet to see my machine advertised anywhere, personally; and it is a brand that has been around for 20 years or more. Yes, I’m now the proud owner of a circuit-training home gym and couldn’t be happier! Free-weights, kettle-bells, and ellipticals are fine and dandy, but my ideal workout has always included a “universal” machine – and, best of all, I don’t have to go to a stinky, sweaty, germ-filled “fitness center!” How anyone can stand those places is beyond me…seriously, every single time I tried to have a membership in any sort of health club, I would get sick within a week no matter how much I cleaned the machines before and after I used them. I didn’t pay to get sick, I paid to work-out, but muscle-heads and cheese-cakes were too busy primping and posing on the machines instead of using them, so they were a waste of my time and money, LOL! Exercising in the peace, quiet, and comfort of my own home is best for me.

It’s cold out there, but I don’t mind because I was able to see the beautiful moon last night, and should be able to see it again tonight when it reaches complete fullness. Clear skies means colder weather, but the sunshine is very refreshing after what seems like a straight month and a half of clouds, rain, hail, snow, and nearly every other type of precipitation you can imagine, except for sleet! Gotta bundle up before walking on the beach…

Time for some music, and I have to do some cooking! Beef stew for lunch, game hens for dinner…the only thing that sucks about cooking is the cleaning and prepping, but it’s still worth it. Talk to ya later, gators!

Funny Monday Memes

After the topsy-turvy week we’ve had here in the States, I think that it’s time for a bit of levity! There’s a beautiful full moon tonight, so enjoy these funny memes and a bit of music. They make me smile, and I hope that they do the same for you.

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Musical Monday…7 November 2016!

I just updated my daily NaNoWriMo word count…life is good! I can actually look at the second award that I was nominated for, and give it some deep thought. In the meantime, enjoy these five songs for this Musical Monday!

Musical Monday…19 September 2016

Here’s a bit of music for Monday – and no, they aren’t pirate-related songs, LOL! Just three, random songs that I enjoy…hopefully, you enjoy them too.

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Sunday Screen-Shots!!!


Standing proud

Ah…it’s another nice, serene, relaxing Sunday! I’m doing a little bit of gaming; moderately annoyed and frustrated by the inability to broadcast, or even record, some of the best AvA action during the weekend, but oh well…that’s what happens when utilizing that useless OS known as Windows 10! Whoever thought that Windows 7 needed to be “improved” needs a light tap on the cranium with a 25# sledgehammer, IMHO.

Anyway, enjoy some of these recent screen-shots – I love the way ESO has been evolving in the relatively short time that I’ve played it, and I look forward to the launching of One Tamriel!


Drawn bow


Brandishing a sword


Vigilant on destriers


Kali & Shiva


Waiting at a wayshrine


Avoiding a zerg-swarm


Happy smile


Surly snarl


Pouring a little drinky


*HIC*


Strumming a lute

Midweek Music – 14 September 2016

It’s a nice, quiet day…perfect for relaxing! Enjoy this triad of tuneage – some random, midweek music to ease everyone into the latter side of the week.
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Scenes From PAX West 2016!

I finally “cracked the code” that allowed me to download my pictures from cell-phone to computer…success, in spite of Mercury Retrograde!
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Please enjoy these select scenes from PAX West 2016, held at the Washington State Convention Center in Seattle, Washington from Friday, 2 September – Monday, 5 September. It was crowded as hell, and the Friday traffic was the worst – we had to drive through three different parking garages until we found one that had spaces left! $27 – $30 (USD) per day, all four days…parking cost the most, I think!

The game “Magic: The Gathering” had something going on at the Paramount Theatre, just up the block. This moving sculpture was leading a parade up the street:

I could only get the backside of this nice costume:

Inside, these two struck a pose:

…and this guy was trying out a Virtual Reality (VR) game:

Took a break for lunch at the Daily Grill, an excellent restaurant to stop in at for breakfast, lunch, or dinner! This appetizer was divine: lightly seared ahi tuna crusted with sesame seeds; pickled cucumber, pickled ginger, and deep-fried spinach…it was fantastic!

Back inside, I saw some cool sculptures that commanded attention:

…and, I met a fellow ESO gamer who was more than happy to join my tiny guild – meet Morgueblade!

Here are some random shots of the Bethesda room, where all of the ESO stuff was going on:

…and finally, a few pictures of the team that puts this awesome game together! It was neat to meet them face-to-face and talk with them…they’re a decent bunch of people!

That’s all for now…I hope that you liked the pictures!

I Survived PAX West 2016!!!

Holy shit on toast, Batman…I survived my first convention! Damn, was it crowded…but it was hellaciously fun!!! Meeting the Bethesda ESO team was a kick in the pants; I got some free game codes to hand out to my niece and nephews, there were some awesome costumes and displays to take pictures of, and I got a few nice T-shirts: one was free; two were not…but the free stuff wasn’t bad at all, LOL!

All four days went by very quickly – which means that I had a great time. Time flies when you’re having fun, after all! The crowds bothered me far less than I thought that they would, and I was happy to see hand sanitizer stations everywhere: outside of the restrooms, near the elevators and escalators, and right outside of the “Arena” – the place in the convention center where consoles and PCs were set up for anyone and everyone to jump on and play whichever game they wanted.

There were even four consoles and four PCs set up in the Bethesda room, all loaded up with the ESO North American (NA) client and the Public Test Server (PTS) – the newest update (12), which introduces One Tamriel and the dueling system, was a ton of fun to test out while they streamed LIVE ON TWITCH, all four days! I got completely rekt by one of the gaming designers, and my smiling face can be seen…it was all too awesome!

Time for me to catch up on some blog reading and writing; test out different in-game settings and recording settings, and check out the options that OSB and Xplit provide if the setting changes don’t work. My new webcam also arrived, so I plan on hooking it up to see how it performs – but only after I get the pictures downloaded from my phone, LOL! I took quite a few that I’m looking forward to posting…I hope that they turn out!

It’s Friday and I’m in a fantastic mood…enjoy this bit of random silliness to get your weekend started! I’ll be making the rounds through your blogs tonight and over the next few days – it’s nice to be back home.

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Sunday Songs: Stalker Edition!

For some reason, the song “Hard Habit to Break” by Chicago was running through my mind when I woke up this morning. It made me think of people who simply can’t let go of other people when a relationship, of any sort, ends – which made me think of stalkers, psychos, and people who have the “if I can’t have you, then NOBODY CAN” creepazoid mentality. It could be due to watching the grand movie Ladyhawke yesterday, before watching the Seattle Mariners crush the Milwaukie Brewers 8 – 2! Hoping for a sweet sweep today…anyway, enjoy my top three “Songs for Stalkers!”

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