I Suck As A Blogger & Prep For Next Game

Yeah. I’m pretty terrible about actually commenting on this puppy. I’ve had blogs in the past and invariably forgot about them for entirely too long.

Anyway, looks like the GURPS: Monster Hunters game is temporarily delayed as the Friday night GM (currently running Aces & Eights which is an … interesting system if a little flawed and half-baked in some places), and it currently looks like The Verge is back on deck. Because of course it is. So I’m back to doing what I can to get into that mindset, albeit with an intent to (ideally) be a bit more sandbox. The first adventure will be a little more railroady than I’d like, but there’s some setup required and I’m likely going to warn everyone beforehand. Beyond that, though, I’m going to be making a conscious effort to not be my usual GM self as I’ve got that storyteller approach which, sadly, trends toward railroad plots.

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Off Camping Again!

Yeah. I’m taking next week off, starting on Sunday. Not going as far this time – still here in Oklahoma this time – but its for an entire week. Totally need to get my head cleared.

Back From Camping

And after Colorado, Oklahoma is so very flat and boring and dull.  The area I was in (Blue Mountain near Lake George) was so beautiful that I wanted to move there, despite knowing that one day of a proper winter would lead to me noping right out. That said, I drove through at least one town that felt like it was bleeding Hipster which was just too much.

Now, I just need to win the lottery so I can buy or build a summer home there … but that would require me to actually play to lottery so …

Mini Camping Trip Set

Went ahead and pulled the trigger on doing a mini-camping trip around Memorial Day this month. The auto-deploy tent that I’d ordered early last month completely vanished in-transit – tracking has it leave a facility in Colorado and POOF! It’s gone! So the sellers ended up refunding my money and I ordered a slightly different one from someone else. I figure I can use this to at least confirm that my new tent (which ideally, I should have by Monday) will work.

Amusingly (or perhaps irritatingly?), locally we’re doing our “Meat Meet” (wherein a bunch of dead animals are grilled) on that Saturday, but the campsite I’m heading to for that trip is only about 2 and a half hours away and I can’t check in until later in the day, so I’m likely going to at least show up for said Meat Meet.

Also in the process of actively trying to get back into the weight loss mindset. I’ve screwed around waaaaaay too much and I’m a crapton heavier than I want to be – at least 80 pounds heavier – so trying to get back to watching what I eat and cutting out unnecessary sugar. Walked into the office this a.m. which only further highlighted how out of shape I am.

And also trying to get my head right about running Traveller again in the foreseeable future but my brain is just super vapor locked which is yet another reason I need to go out into the woods and just reset my headspace…

Camping Trip Scheduled

Went ahead and scheduled some time off around the Independence Day weekend. I’m planning on driving up to Colorado – 9 hour drive; blech – and camping for a couple of nights out in the middle of nowhere. Sometimes, being completely alone for a couple of days is great for me; sometimes, I get lost in my own head and it isn’t that great. I’m kind of hoping this is the former because I really need to sort of “reset” some things. Very much looking forward to getting away from absolutely everything for a while…

Idling in Neutral Again

So, I’m not GMing at the moment, so I’m in that awkward ‘Now what?’ mindset. I’ve got two different Traveller games in the queue – one for Friday with the Verge game using the Mongoose Traveller 2nd edition rules but not the campaign setting, one for the Saturday group using GURPS but in the Traveller universe that’ll be Deepnight Revelation – but neither of them are going to happen for two months or more, so I’m trying to make myself focus on something. Honestly, I kind of need to get myself back into actual writing so …

Rah.

No Game, Plus Dentist Crap

Down a couple of players tonight, so we decided to have a bye week. One of the players pulled an 18-hour work day yesterday and another really needed the night off to prep for his game tomorrow, so I was fine with punting for the day. Plus, I’ve been fighting what I’m about 98% certain isn’t Covid-19 this week, so …

Anyway, the day before yesterday, I went to the dentist to begin dealing with one of my FUBARed teeth. As expected, this is going to be a root canal and I got antibiotics for a week instead … and then, they sent me the treatment plan. Covering all four “quadrants” is going to cost me almost $8300. Ugh. I don’t have that kind of money right now.

Story of my life, I suppose.

Reflections on a Life

As I stated previously, my mom passed away on Monday and I’m currently here in Florida with the rest of the family in the aftermath of the ‘memorial’ service. My mom had already prepaid for the arrangements – which is a great idea and something I need to look into doing since I’m unmarried without children and, sadly, unlikely to have either – and she intentionally did not want a big ‘dog and pony show’ for a funeral – which is, again, something that we share; when I’m dead, I don’t give a crap what happens to my body since, you know, I’m dead and all. So we’re at Florida sister’s house with her, her husband, her three daughters, the other sister, her husband and their daughter, my mom’s two sisters, and the husband of of those two … and my mom’s boyfriend. Which made me realize that my mother had more game in the dating area than I do … which isn’t depressing at all.

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Insert Witty Remark Here

So, my mom passed away last night. I’ve booked the flight to Florida – ugh. $700 – and will be leaving work early today so I can go home & pack (which, luckily, consists of throwing some stuff in a bag) before heading to the airport. I have an hour plus layover in Atlanta.

A lot of conflicting thoughts and emotions at the moment. I’m not as emotionally wrecked as I expected to be, which makes me wonder once again if there’s something wrong with me. It also served as a reminder that, if I dropped dead right now, there’s no significant other to care. Dealing with my body and all that would probably fall to one of my sisters. My mom apparently pre-arranged all of the funeral stuff so none of her kids have to deal with it … which is honestly something that I need to do since I have no SO or kids.

Huzzah.