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I live in Pasadena, TX, and the Texas Renaissance Festival is a couple of hours away.   We usually go once per year, although sometimes twice.

We like to make it into an event.  This year we stayed at La Torretta resort, which is close to the Faire.

We arrived on Friday night and I was impressed with the resort.

Here we are at the dinner place, which was ok but overpriced.  The weaked part of the resort.

Draco recorded a bunch of stuff, I wonder if we will ever see the footage.  Here he is threatening me with his camcorder.  I like this guy.

Gandalf inquired and we found out there is a fantastic room which we essentially hijacked for ourselves.  Boy it was perfect.

A fun game called Elixir.  We played games until past midnight on Friday, it was really wonderful.

The next day we actually went to the faire.  We’ve been so many times, nobody cares about actually seeing anything, it’s about hanging out.  Here we are about to throw some axes.

A shot of Patti and me.  It’s blurry, but the only one we got of us.

A toast to friendship with some hot mold wine.

Knife game.

A very good Gandalf the white!


A cool new dragon, I don’t remember seeing this before.  It was cool.

I was able to get my axe in a star!  Nice.

Saturday night was more games, I got to play Xwing with Alex, and it was very fun.  He beat me pretty bad.  Was fun, my IG-88s will be back.

Sunday morning we played some disc golf.  It was a perfect course.  So nice, it was cool and just was so much fun.

Overall it was one of those weekends that will be remembered forever.  It was so great.  I’m very lucky to have friends such as these.  We’ve traveled with them before with great success, and maybe a Star Wars Disney 2020 trip is a good thing to plan with them.


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Just a pic of Baggy, he’s a great cat.

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We are at Disney Florida.

It's day 2, and since I have been here so many times, I'm really not interested in getting it all done.

I just want to go at a more leisurely pace this time.

Just happy to have the family together for another family trip.

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Harry Potter

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I got a nice package of glow in the dark dice today.

Also a Goodman Games catalog 🙂

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I got some AirPods a couple of months ago and after a couple of months I have completed my evaluation.  I love these things.


  1.  charge super fast.
  2. charge lasts a pretty long time
  3. super convenient.  No wires, and not having to carry phone is amazing.
  4. stay in and feel just like the old EarPods.  Which some like, others don’t.  I do like them.
  5. the charging case holds a good charge.
  6. sound is the same as EarPods.


  1.  $150
  2. software / connecting inconsistent.   Feels a little ‘buggy.’
  3. I liked the volume control on the old wires.  Yes, you can tap the AirPod and Siri will let you tell her to turn it down but that’s a pain.  Or you can turn it down on the phone itself of course.

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I’ve become a horrible troll when playing this game. 

It’s fun though and today I made it to arena 9!

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My wife took this picture of me playing Destiny with my buddy and I really like the image.

First, the game is fun.  But like so many games, it is hard to get it to the table.  

So, second, I brought the table!  We had a game before having a round of disc golf.  It was really fun.  

Third, I love outside.  It was windy, but was worth enduring to have a nice game before getting some exercise.

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I have high hopes for 2017.  Some things I wish to do:

  1.  Connect with local game shop Montag’s in Pearland, TX.  I have been going for a while here and there, but I want to spend more time and money there and meet like-minded individuals.
  2. Control Kickstarter spending.  Only 6 for 2017 will be the goal.
  3. Buy less boardgames – I buy them and then shelve them….
  4. Play more of the games I want to play.  DCC for rpgs and Imperial Assault, xwing/Armada.
  5. continue to play DCC on Fridays with family; possibly branch out to another game OR start a second DCC campaign.
  6. pay less attention to Facebook.
  7. find an online game and return to Payday 2 type of play – that game was amazing and so damn fun and everyone played it.  Need a game everyone wants to play.  I’m not sure this is possible.
  8. Read a dozen more books.  One per month.
  9. Don’t play games I don’t want to play.
  10. Find my place in Scouts with a lesser role but enjoy my time with my son (who is now a Life scout.)  Being treasurer for 9 years now is starting to wear on me.
  11. Enjoy a family vacation in New York or Disneyland.   I’m actually leaning New York.  I want my family to visit this iconic place.
  12. Play 40 rounds of disc golf
  13. perfect my job performance.  worry and stress less.
  14. find creative endeavor……  (I don’t know what this means.  I try things and they go away.  but I must have an outlet and this blog isn’t it)
  15. continue to recognize further the negative aspects of social media while embracing the positive aspects.
  16. Get down to 195 lbs.  (currently at 202)

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