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Lol! Woot! :)

<Enthusiasm meter climbing rapidly> :) (J/K!) ;P

Thx Pat! :)

Ed Reppert wrote:
Ragadolf wrote:
Celestial Healer wrote:
Work continues to kick my ass. I've been told to delegate. I tried, and now I have a massive f#@*-up to clean up on top of everything else. Yay.


Yeah, I feel you. Seems every time I ask/trust/delegate someone else to do something, I end up having to fix that before I can get on with the pile of work I left for me. ;P

One way to deal with these is to talk to the person who screwed up, and ask him how he would fix it. If he doesn't know, or gives a wrong answer (there may be several wrong answers and several right answers) give him explicit instructions how to fix it, and then tell him to go do it. If he screws that up, give him something else off your plate, something simpler, to do while you fix the screw-up. If he can't do anything you might give him, why is he still working there? :-)

Excellent question!

Close -to-good-answer? "University" & "Student Workers" ;P

Guy Humual wrote:
For me it's more like there's a lot of other characters but it feels like Magnus and Kesel do most of the talk. I'm really trying not to step on other people's shoes as I'm new to the game. It doesn't feel right joining someone else game and then taking over. A lot of time I'm holding back because I want to hear what the original cast want to do first.


Your a lot nicer than me! ;)
Seriously, Magnus is also a newer PC. He just talks a lot because
1- That's his personality, and,
2- It's me! ;)

Honestly, most of the time even Magnus doesn't know what he's talking about. He's just talking because that's what he does! :)
It's all part of the charm! yeah, that's it,... ;P

I'm in. I'm good. I'm here.
Sort of. Mostly. ;P

I am sorry for my seeming lack of enthusiastic posting lately, just been too busy to craft my usual novel-length monologues. I've been keeping up with (almost) everything, but it has been tough. (Work, bills, you know,) ;)

I suspect it has a little to do with the down time, it does seem to be a bit rough getting the old engine started again.

Speaking for myself, I'm glad I stuck around! :)

I confess a little bit of dragginess on my part, sorry, I'm sure I'll get back in the swing of the Swashbuckling-magus once we get going again!

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Celestial Healer wrote:
Work continues to kick my ass. I've been told to delegate. I tried, and now I have a massive f#@*-up to clean up on top of everything else. Yay.


Yeah, I feel you. Seems every time I ask/trust/delegate someone else to do something, I end up having to fix that before I can get on with the pile of work I left for me. ;P

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I love Family Friday Night Pizza & Movie Night!

BTW, that's today! :)

Patrick Curtin wrote:
In another parking lot. This time in the rather ironically named town of Fairhaven

Ok, now THAT sounds like a location for a new TV show or RPG game.

Sad when it works for either,... ;P

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Drejk wrote:

You removed funny stuff from your head?!

Are you sure that was a good idea? How do you want to deal with the sadness of the world outside without funny thing inside your head?


No no no,... I KEPT the funny things in my head, I have too!

I removed them from the post because I wasn't sure it was as funny to others as it was IN my head! ;P

And at this point, I don't deal with the sadness of the world. I Just let it go on by and blissfully ignore it like i do the evening news.

My family and I live in our own little word.
(OK, mainly just me, but they visit frequently)

They like me there. :)

Many, many times. :/

As quickly as a litter box can fill up, I still think the cat would give me less S#!% than my kids tend to. ;P

<Edit-removed stuff that was funnier in my head) ;P

Yes indeed, bonuses only stack if they have different NAMES (UNnamed bonuses stack with anything, but they are far and few between)

So, (Making up a cheesy example here) IF you had magic armor +1, (Enhancement bonus +1)
ANd you cast 3 spells, each of which gave you a +1 bonus, but were all enhancement bonuses, they would NOT stack,
But if each spell gave you a different bonus, (+1 Natural armor, +1 SHield, +1 Dodge) then they would stack.

Note- Even if a spells BONUSES do not stack with your current gear, any OTHER effect they have other than the actual +# bonus still take effect.

A Shield spell will not stack its numerical bonus on top of your actual shield you are using, BUT it's 'negates magic missiles' power still works fine. Etc.

EDIT- Sorry, was ninja'ed by Philo almost an hour ago, but hadn't hit update my web page before answering! :)

OI, The bleeding money bit I get yo! ;P

I have a plan (It's contrived and convoluted, and involves signature loans to pay off credit card debt, but it IS a plan!) ;P to pay off our debt, but unexpected expenses keep popping up and causing me to use the credit card I JUST took the loan to pay off! :(

(Stupid car and needing brake job and FOUR new rotors!) :/

Oh, and the teenager daughter (Jr in HS) learning to drive (THAT'LL test your insanity limits!) and needing all the HS stuff that goes with being involved in 3-4 different activities,... and her Jr high lil' brother soon to be on the same 'need this' list,...

I can't afford pets (Whole family wants a dog, but I literally cannot afford to take care of one) I have KIDS! ;P

Yeah, your in good company Sharoth! :)

Ambrosia Slaad wrote:
Freehold DM wrote:
you married Aberzombie?!
No, why would I punish him like that? ;)

Cuuuuuuuz,.... He's a zombie?!? ;P

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I like hanging out in the treehouse.
It makes me smile. :)

Congrats on writing "A Whole Thing" Pat! ;)

Maybe I should take a hint,... ;P

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I love this thread. It makes me smile.

Thank you! :)

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Karrin's stealing Justin's schtick! ;P

(OK, only in my mind is Justin witty and clever. It's not MY fault that Guy is a better writer than me!) ;)

<sigh> I love this group. :)

I like the radio dramas.
I still have my cassette collections of the Star Wars Radio Dramas. (Episodes IV, V & VI, Written by Brian Daley)

Sorry to all for my slow posting my own self.

Been busy, barely keeping up with PbP's, but not my usual novel-length posts. AND I still need to get back to updating the Wizard's Sigil-game journal.

SOmetimes I wish I didn't have QUITE so much job security, especially when I don't get paid nearly enough. :P

Ah well, it could be worse,, it could still be Monday! ;P

Sadly, I haven't watched SNL since it's now-classic/glory days of old. ;)

That sounds like an interesting skit though. I may have to look that one up. :)

That was,.... very disturbing. :P

Sadly (or happily) that is one of the movies I do NOT remember even seeing an add for during the 80's! :)

New plan guys, NO JELLO! ;)

Happy Monday indeed!

(There's something the old wizard never thought he would say!) ;P

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B5 was a big deal,
and still is, far as I know, among the Nerds & Convention-goers.

I missed alot of it, but enjoyed all that I saw.
Need to go back and binge-watch them all, but will need a lot of willpower or alcohol to endure that much binging. Some pretty serious stuff in there among the fun bits. :)

My favorite Quote?


Ivanova: "And just one more thing. On your way back, I'd like you to take the time to learn the Babylon 5 mantra: 'Ivanova is always right. I will listen to Ivanova. I will not ignore Ivanova's recommendations. Ivanova is God. And, if this ever happens again, Ivanova will personally rip your lungs out! Babylon control out. … Civilians." [Looks at ceiling.] "Just kidding about that God part. No offence."

Patrick Curtin wrote:
Ragadolf wrote:
I hope your dad recovers quick Pat!

Thanks Rags. It's hard realizing he's in his high Seventies now. He's always been very active and vital. Time is a muthaforker

Ragadolf wrote:

I also am feeling the 'not well'.

Not bad enough to stay home sick (Can't, no one else to do my job anyway) :P
But bad enough to make it very difficult to put on my happy face and pretend like I can stand the usual stupidity that happens around me. :P

I had 100+ kids backstage ALL week last week (Hairspray, the musical) so I'm guessing one of them shared a cold. :/

To the witty and witless people everywhere! CHEERS! (Heck, it's 5pm SOMEwhere!) ;)

I hope you get over the drama crud! My only suggestion is zinc. 50 mg daily. I work around kids and sick people daily and so far I've only had one cold in the last three years

MOst Welcome my interweb friend. :)

Lost my dad a few years ago, and my mother is in her 70's and still working, (She learned Computer programing on typewriters that punched holes into index cards, and she's STILL doing it!) ;P I try not to worry about her too much, she is doing very well considering she has defeated breast cancer. Twice. :/

Thanks for the Zinc reminder! I think I have some Zinc lozenges in the med cabinet. I HAVE been drinking 2 'Immuni-C's a day since I realized I have something. WHatever it is, it is not terrible, just terribly persistent.

Best wishes to all near/affected by the hurricane, hope you all get high and dry (and non-tree-falling) soon! :)

Aberzombie wrote:

Methinks a visit to Half-Priced Books may be forthcoming. Mayhap not this week, but definitely by next week. I've got stuff to sell.

Some of it is even mine.

Some of it may or may not be children's books that are really f!~&ing annoying.

You might be amazed at how many of those are out there.

Um,... All of them?!? ;P

(Speaking as husband of a teacher who also likes to happen to collect childrens books. Our kids are 17 & 13, and she still won't get rid of them!) :P

Aberzombie wrote:
Just got finished watching The Legend of Tarzan, with Alexander Skarsgard. Pretty f$#%ing cool movie. Lots of action. Great special effects. Good story. Great acting. A worthy successor to the Tarzan movies I remember from my youth.

100% agreed.

Actually one of the few movies I got to go and see in the theater with the wife. (Monkey isn't the ONLY poor late-middle-aged person still here!) ;P

It was a good flick, lots of action and adventure as befits a Tarzan movie, lots of interesting character development too.

And as the Zombie said, it made me feel like I was watching an old Tarzan flick as a kid again.

Wizard highly recommends, if you like that sort of thing. :)

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I hope your dad recovers quick Pat!

I also am feeling the 'not well'.
Not bad enough to stay home sick (Can't, no one else to do my job anyway) :P
But bad enough to make it very difficult to put on my happy face and pretend like I can stand the usual stupidity that happens around me. :P

I had 100+ kids backstage ALL week last week (Hairspray, the musical) so I'm guessing one of them shared a cold. :/

To the witty and witless people everywhere! CHEERS! (Heck, it's 5pm SOMEwhere!) ;)

lucky7 wrote:

I keep telling my Canadian friend happy Thanksgiving.

He keeps saying he's not Canadian.

I don't believe him.

Do you blame him?

I mean, would YOU admit to being Canadian? O_o

<_< >_>

;P (J/K)

Patrick Curtin wrote:
I'd call that a resounding thump, lol

LOL +1

I find that many of the larger dragon sculpts are just the right size for holding PC figures in it's mouth.

(I don't own but a couple, But I like staging them in my office) ;P

My Karma ran over my Dogma.

I think my next day off is Thanksgiving? :/

Maybe Halloween,...

The good news is that with you working so much, you shouldn't NEED to go to places to exercise! :)

(That's MY story, and I'm stickin' to it!) ;P

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Sorry, been so busy, that what little free time I have gotten Has been either family time or video game time. (I was on a no-video-game-playing busy schedule for almost 3 years, I was having withdrawals.) :)

Thanks for the reminder. IF this weekend allows, I should be able to get back to it (Another CYT musical, Hairspray, this weekend) If I recall I was almost done with the next chapter.

I actually needed the break, I needed to remember that while our adventures are awesome, it is from the point of view of one person, therefore not requiring a literal copy/paste of every entry we ever made. Allows me to stretch my 'artistic creativity' muscles a little more. ;)

No fear, the journal WILL continue! ;)
(Hopefully soon!) ;P

Patrick Curtin wrote:
Sadly I had to cancel my Krav Maga. I enjoyed it, but my schedule was making it impossible to go. Plus, I'm still hurting cash-wise and it is an expensive class

Ah, sorry to hear that, but understandable, I am on semi-permanent hiatus from my martial arts class for the exact same reasons. :)

Patrick Curtin wrote:
Feels more like National Shoot a Clown Day...

I would celebrate this holiday,... :)

EDIT- for those who have not heard, locally there have been some idiots dressing up as clowns, and then robbing and assaulting people. Seriously, what is WRONG with people? :/

Patrick Curtin wrote:
My dad is having surgery tomorrow. Hopefully it will not be serious, but anything with cancer is worry some. Especially at his age

Oi vay yes.

It was worrisome enough at my age, and the doc assured me we caught it way early! (3+ years now, knock on wood) :)

Best wishes/positive waves/prayers Pat.

Sorry about your class too. Rough waves seem to travel together. :/

Sounds like you need to go blow off some stress in Krav Maga class, then eat a pint of Ben & Jerry's.
(I'm not supposed to have sugar, but I just don't enjoy fried foods myself much anymore. And I'm fairly certain McD's is iffy as far as actually being considered 'food' anyway,...) ;P

May your weekend be better and full of good news my friend! :)

I'm workin' on it! I'm workin' on it! ;P

<I'm taking the hint! I swear!> ;P

Patrick Curtin wrote:
Arnav Longarm wrote:

Actually, you don't want an alchemist, you want an investigator.

Investigators get alchemical extracts like alchemists, but are more focused on cerebral activities in general. They don't get bombs or mutagens, but they get great skill bonuses.

Possible archetypes include empiricist, forensic physician, gravedigger,

You should use your first investigator talent to get the infusion alchemist discovery. That way, he can hand out his extracts.

That is an excellent suggestion, and much more fitting of the role I had envisioned for Memnon as a Swiss-army skill monkey for the party

That IS a good suggestion, as the only archetypes I can find that replace Bombs are to make the PC more focused on damage dealing. ;P

Coolio, Glad I get to help someone else for a change! :)

I'll go review all of the available archetypes again, (I really wanted to be the whole enchilada, so went with general Alchemist. There are a lot of good archetypes out there, but I didn't want to give up any of the base abilities) :)

Besides the damage-dealing archetypes, (There are several) Seems I recall a couple of more bookish-types, gave up bombs for more potions and such? I'll look.

DSXMachina wrote:
Treppa wrote:

** spoiler omitted **

This summer can f%!* itself.

More Hugs + complete agreement.

Well THAT'S good then!

MY friend in Florida is probably getting wet, but from Skype chat he doesn't sound worried.

Comes from being raised in Tornado Alley, storms don't scare us as much as they should. ;P

Patrick Curtin wrote:
Sounds good. It would give him a reason for knowing stuff. I'll likely give him a lot of Knowledge skills too. Now I just have to figure out how to actually make an alchemist. Never done one before.

I'll be happy to try and help. In my copious spare time.

BWAHAHAHAHAHA! Sorry, I ALMOST said that one with a straight face! ;P

Seriously, I did recently make an alchemist for the first time, so I have a clue. I'm no powergamer, but I may be able to answer a few questions and help. :)

Firstly, you probably want to find an Archetype(s) that trade in some of the more common Alchemist ability (Bombs) for something that doesn't require HANDS. :)

Unless he can mix Alchemist brews inside that crystal skull of his? That would be different! ;)

I'll try to take a look and review the Archetypes (I went straight basic Alchemist) and offer ideas for your perusal. If you'd like?

Night all,...

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Treppa wrote:
Ragadolf wrote:

Yes. Dad took a spoonful of peas. Smaller than my mom served me, and ate them, glaring at Mom instead of me. I dutifully ate my spoonful as well.

Mom and I still laugh about that one today. :)

Your mom sounds pretty cool. :)

LOL, yeah, she is. NOW. ;/

Everytime she does something 'cool' now, (or they tell stories of her doing nice/cool things when they were in school) I tell my younger siblings 'Your welcome'

My reason? I explain/remind them that our mom wasn't ALWAYS that cool. I had to work HARD to get her to be the cool parental unit that she is today. So basically they reaped the benefits of all of my hard work. ;P

They SO owe me! ;P

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I was also a victim of the usual 'There are starving kids in Africa' Speal, and 'You can't leave the table til you eat everything on your plate' (I told my mother recently that I blamed her for my current non-skinniness) ;P

There were a couple of LOOOOOOONG nights spent sitting at the table, refusing to eat the now-cold limas.
(Seriously Treppa?!? THOSE things are just gross!) ;P

One day my Father (it was usually my mother doing the table-enforcing) 'Laid Down The Law' and told me that we eat some of everything at the table, or punishment yadda-yadda, knowing full well that what was on the table I couldn't stand.

So the NEXT night, my mother fixes one of his favorite meals, plus a side of peas. Which Father detested. Mother dutifully served me a portion of everything. Dad took a large helping of everything. Except the peas. My mother sweetly pointed this out to him. He said "I don't like peas, you know that."
My mother replied, (In what I NOW know is her sarcasm-saccharine-sweet voice) 'But honey, we eat some of EVERYTHING at the table!'

<Cue Wide eyed expectant stare from the grade schooler>

Yes. Dad took a spoonful of peas. Smaller than my mom served me, and ate them, glaring at Mom instead of me. I dutifully ate my spoonful as well.

Mom and I still laugh about that one today. :)

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Patrick Curtin wrote:
Treppa wrote:
David M Mallon wrote:
David M Mallon wrote:
Patrick Curtin wrote:
David M Mallon wrote:
Patrick Curtin wrote:
I'll definitely be travelling in January, lol
Enjoy the torrential rain...
I'd take rain over baking southern heat and humidity
Savannah + winter = cold and wet. And god help us all if they get a dusting of snow. Total pandemonium.
Everybody get in their car and go 5 mph!

I'll never forget snow in El Paso. Literally less than a quarter inch. It didn't even top the sole of my boot. They shut THE ENTIRE CITY DOWN.


Of course, they also shut the entire city down if it rained, so I can kinda see it ...

Ohmygosh, THIS yes!

20 years ago, when I was fresh re-married, ALL of the New Orleans Weathermen said that there was NO WAY we could miss snow. We were going to get snow. Prepare for snow! And of course Panic ensued. Stores were raided like they were prepping for a hurricane, hardware stores were stripped of anything that might be used as insulation for pipes, and the then-mayor crawled out from under his rock and "Declared a state of emergency. All non-essential personnel must stay home!"

Next morning I got up, my wife asked where I was going. I told her I had to get to work. After explaining to her that I KNEW how to drive on ice and snow (Thank you being raised in Oklahoma) I exited the shotgun house.

It was 83 degrees. There was NO one else on the roads. City looked deserted as a ghost town. I was laughing so hard I almost caused myself to wreck on the way to work.

Yes, Come see New Orleans! They shut down on THREAT of a snowflake! ;P

Patrick Curtin wrote:
This one's for Ragadolf. A little Big Easy/White Stripes admixture..

Nice! :)

Although I am particularly fond of Taylor Davis, don't know why.


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Patrick Curtin wrote:


Back at the oceanographic institute. I picked up an extra shift for the overnight at the hospital. I just couldn't let it go past, it is the highest differential pay grade of the week. Surprisingly, not many people want to work midnight on the Saturday-Sunday border.

Extra shift = Money = good

Extra Sleep also = good

<balances one hand higher, then the other>

Meh. Scrub it. You can sleep when your dead. Too much to do.

Have fun saving up for your NEXT trip! :)

Hope you get some sleep soon Monkey!

I have the Friday novel, It's pretty good as I recall.

Well,... My new stage floor is finished as it's gonna get.
It's beautiful, although FAR darker than I wanted, but the boss won out.
Unfortunately, that means it shows up EVERY speck of dust and dusty footprint on it.
My boss doesn't have to clean it. :/

I love my job, all of the responsibility, none of the authority. ;P

This also means that my 'quiet' time is over, and I am back to full-blown busy stage schedule. Starting with University stuff today, and loading in a big theater (Youth theater group) for a week sunday.

This show? Hairspray! The Musical! :)

See you all at the end of the week. ;P

Ambrosia Slaad wrote:
Patrick Curtin wrote:
I first learned about the interesting properties of squash miscegenation when I planted several varieties too close to one another. You end up with some freaky-looking squash.
I have seen similar things happen with different strains of heirloom tomatoes presumably cross-pollinating. At least until the voracious tomato bug hoards arrive.

Ah, THAT'S what those bugs are!

Around here that's one of the bugs kids call stink bugs.

Darn you Treehouse! I'm learning stuff! Stop it! My brain is full! ;P

I have seen some freaky squashes before, NOW I know why!

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I must say, THAT was the most interesting, and possibly the most number of posts, about vegetables in general, and squash in particular, that i have ever perused.

Only here in the treehouse folks! ;)

Heh, 'Shazam',.... ;)

Justin is such a dork. :D

That would work,
Int, skills, and an actual class for reasons of being so good at mixing things up & creation of potions etc?
And crazy good support as mentioned.
Makes sense,

No complaints from the Wiz! :)

(Had to edit myself, went off on a geek tangent there,... very cool things, but over the books, not the game.) :)

Sorry about the passing of beloved animals guys and gals.

Monkey, get some sleep dude! :P

I'm not getting to even check in on the site due to ridiculous amount of,... stuff, going on. I seriously sympathize for all everyone is going through.

Hope everyones week gets better! Happy Hump day! :)

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