Tuesday, August 22, 2006

It's MY island.

I just got back from visiting the Chappy, the Heather, and the Tom out in Lexington, Kentucky. I strive to make an annual pilgrimage to see Chappy and hear him go boom. This year's festivities:

  • Introduced Frankentubby to the Lazarus Pit and witnessed the rise of Tubby al Ghul.
  • Introduced Lord Mordak (a.k.a. Noah Bear, a.k.a. The Bear) to Superman in big-boy underwear form. Let's just say that ol' Sups can now shoot something new from his eyes if little Lord Mordak forgets about his throne.
  • Acquired (1) copy of the Magna Carta Deluxe Box Set for Playstation 2 at the spiffy used price of $40 (originally it was $55 and was produced in such limited quantities that you could hardly find it new, let alone used). Score.
  • Introduced Chappy and Heather to the joys of Ask A Ninja and Ze Frank.
  • Played more Rise of Legends than advisable. At first I wasn't sure I liked the game (probably because Kruzen pwnd me in every match right out of the box. At that point I decided to quit while I was ahead to avoid universe implosion), but now i'm quite hooked on it. Gameplay tip: enable the "auto-place new districts" in the Options menu... it makes your life a lot easier when things heat up.
  • Read devoured House by Frank Peretti and Ted Dekker. Yes, it's good. No, I couldn't put it down. First time I've ever gotten a hangover from a book.
  • Acquired and read the Batman: Hush Returns trade paperback. Rather miffed that they omitted half a dozen parts of the series to keep it down to a single volume. Also rather miffed that Jim Lee wasn't involved... he ruled the roost int the first Hush.
  • Still can't find a decent statue of Harley Quinn anywhere... rather a bummer. She's my favorite DC character.
  • Started reading The Secret Message of Jesus: Uncovering the Truth that Could Change Everything by Brian McLaren. So far (about 1/3 through), it's challenging and compelling. I have a feeling this one is just might get a whole lot deeper.
  • We took a day to see the grandparents and eat lunch at O'Charley's. Pepperjack Cheese bites: A+. Caramel Pie: A-. Chicken Fingers: C+. Three-Cheese Burger: B.
  • We played Risk. I started in Asia, and I won. (They fell victim to one of the classic blunders!)
  • We played Munchkin. Halfling-Cleric-Bard ftw! Oh, and for the record, an Orc with a Doppleganger is still "fighting alone."

My thanks go out to the gracious hospitality of Castle Chapula for another fun-filled adventure week. I brought home many pieces of P.J. the wonder-tongue. And I'd like to give a shout out to my main man Steven Rodriguez (scroll down), without whom I would have had a long midnight walk home from SeaTac. ;-)

Ain't no party like a Clockwork party 'cause a Clockwork party don't stop!