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... are you sure?


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... are you sure?

I'm sure that you're just bumping this thread to try to get other people to ask me silly questions... :-P


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Two questions:

1. Out of all the characters you've played on the tabletop, who's your favorite?

2. Is the plural of Impus Impuses or Impi?


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Two questions:

1. Out of all the characters you've played on the tabletop, who's your favorite?

While I really did enjoy running Halek as a GMNPC, the three I most enjoyed playing were all also massive bruisers:

  • Yolskrieg, a full priest dragonewt Rune Lord/Priest of Humakt in Runequest 2. Rather an amazing dichotomy to play, since dragonewts are fundamentally a reincarnating race, and Humakt is the God of Death and refuses to allow his worshippers to be resurrected at all. So playing a dragonewt who had to be honorable, brave, unafraid of death... and able to die...
  • Quarry, an earth elemental in Champions. A tank who could survive a direct hit from a nuclear bomb. He was slow, and ludicrously vulnerable to mental attacks, but he certainly made a useful wall...
  • Cog, a dark troll in Runequest 2, eventually a Rune Lord of Kyger Litor. He had a dark sense of honor, a quirky sense of humor ("Me eat little man now?"), and rocked a mean maul...

  • And my favorite was...
    Garik, the diminutive human monkey-man (he accepted the Beast rune with some gusto) in a Runequest 2/Runequest 6 hybrid, who was utterly lost as an initiate of Orlanth the Wind Lord, but finally found himself quite at home as a worshipper of Eurmal the Trickster. From climbing the Unclimbable Mountain just to prove it could be done (he used magic to trick the spirit who prevented all comers into not seeing him, then clambered up easily), to wreaking havoc on a horde of zombies with nothing more than a bag of marbles and a flying carpet, he was an utter blast to play, because even *I* had no idea what he'd do next. I'd be sitting at the table, suddenly sit up, and say, "Soap! I need soap!"
    And Garik would rush off and desperately find some soap. And carry it in his bag for 2-3 sessions. And suddenly, much later on, he would always find a way to use it in an incredibly effective manner.
    He dropped a bag over Malia the Goddess of Disease's head. He tripped an entire zombie horde. He occasionally had things backfire (he ended up thinking he was a woman for a couple of weeks), but he took it all good-naturedly.

    My character sheet was a neverending list of random crap Garik would pick up, and every time we faced a problem I would look at the list, and Garik would figure out something to do with it.

    So a lifetime of playing brutish tanks, and my all-time favorite was a trickster. Go figure.

    ConstantlyComic wrote:
    2. Is the plural of Impus Impuses or Impi?

    I insist on "impii", just because spell checkers do marvelous things with it.

    EDIT: And in case you're wondering, *my* phone changes "impii" to "hoping", which I think is kind of sweet.


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    So, how did you get started in gaming?


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    Haladir wrote:
    So, how did you get started in gaming?

    Oh, that's an easy one I told elsewhere, but I'll tell it more elaborately here:

    My father was an avid Go player; he actually had a formal ranking and everything. He knew a woman who was also a very good Go player, and it just so happened that she had two boys the same age as my older brother and me. So from the earliest time I can remember, we had weekly overnights: One Saturday my brother and I would spend the night at their house, and the next Saturday the two kids would spend the night at our house. Saturday afternoon my father and the woman would play Go, and the rest of the time they enjoyed a remarkable amount of free time as the four boys ran amok.

    Great setup: You get every other weekend "off" from having kids! Of course, on the other weekends you have FOUR kids instead of two, but at least they're all about the same age...

    So, her husband was an avid gamer. Every Saturday morning he went to Games of Berkeley to find out what was "new" and "different". He had an original copy of Chainmail. We played a huge number of amazing games, from WW I dogfights to Feudal to Wooden Ships and Iron Men to...
    ...yadda yadda yadda.

    Of course when Dungeons and Dragons came out, he bought it immediately, and tested it out on us, running us through a dungeon or two. He quickly decided he didn't like the large and disruptive group, so he started running for just his kids.

    It took a few months, but the older kids decided they wanted to run their own game, but again there were just too many people who wanted to play, so it wasn't until my older brother started running in around 1976 that I started getting to play "full time", as in, "at least once a week".

    And I've preferred to keep my gaming going ever since then, though there have been multi-month lapses due to that strange thing called life.


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    NobodysHome wrote:

    It took a few months, but the older kids decided they wanted to run their own game, but again there were just too many people who wanted to play, so it wasn't until my older brother started running in around 1976 that I started getting to play "full time", as in, "at least once a week".

    And I've preferred to keep my gaming going ever since then, though there have been multi-month lapses due to that strange thing called life.

    Wow! I didn't start playing until '81!

    I know what you mean about taking breaks from gaming: I took a three-year gaming hiatus from '91 to '94 due to various life reasons, and I didn't return to GMing until 2010.

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    As my own Runelords game winds to a close (two more sessions!), I have to ask - what were the highlights from each book for you, from a GM's perspective?


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    Misroi wrote:
    As my own Runelords game winds to a close (two more sessions!), I have to ask - what were the highlights from each book for you, from a GM's perspective?

    Burnt Offerings: I'm afraid this book was all about the "extraneous content" -- Raesh's epic trip from Absalom to Sandpoint, meeting Shiro along the way; the introduction of the man-mountain Halek; the caravan with Nick and Nictiana and Hi's reaction to them; and the epic triple fumble by Tsuto that led to the Silver Tsuto Award forevermore.

    In terms of running things OOTB, I think the fight in the thistles with Gogmurt was the most exciting to run, as one wrong step could result in a TPK.

    The Skinsaw Murders: A couple of my own additions (the creature rolling in Raesh's sheets, the "Sihedron medallions swallow your soul") were the most memorable, but man, was the Misgivings fun. I have yet to run a haunted house what went as beautifully as that did. The party LOVED getting to piece together the story as the paladin ate up what haunts she could, and the fact that some haunts targeted vulnerable party members other than her made it all the creepier.

    The Hook Mountain Massacre: The Graul homestead, plain and simple. Hi used up every last one of his Fireballs to burn that place to the ground. I really managed to creep them out with it. I was proud.

    Fortress of the Stone Giants: Again, my own added content. The party supported Conna in her challenge to become the new chieftan of the stone giants once Mokmurian was dead. The resulting diplomacy, magnificently helpful dice (during her doomed-to-lose formal combat with another would-be chieftan, he fumbled TWICE and hit Raesh. After the second hit the other giants figured, "Meh, he wants you in there so bad. Go kick his a$$"), and, "Let's annihilate the bad ones" battle where Hi's player got to roll more d6's than ever before in his life (Enga's Necklace of Fireballs dropped on an army of hill giants and then triggered by Hi's own Fireball).
    Also Shiro's classic moving behind the Black Monk, dinking him with his rapier to do 0 points of damage, and saying, "Ha! You're flanked!"...
    ...just before Raesh's angry smiting evil drow self annihilated said monk...
    In terms of "book" stuff, probably the attack on Sandpoint.

    Sins of the Saviors: Delvahine. How evil! (The clones casting simultaneous Fireballs takes a distant second.)

    Spires of Xin Shalast: Surprisingly, I think the most memorable for me and the players was the Vekker cabin and Svevenka. Yeah, Raesh convincing an oni to lead the stone giants to freedom was pretty awesome, but in terms of what *I* remember the most, it was the Vekker cabin. And, "Oh, it explodes when it dies! Now we know!"

    Forwarding to Shiro and Raesh's players, because I think they'd have fun.

    And didn't I put this in my RotRL thread? Yes, yes I did! And all my players even posted there!

    Are you trolling for posts again, Mittean? :-P


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    Do you go to gaming cons? Will you be going to Paizocon this year?


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    Haladir wrote:
    Do you go to gaming cons? Will you be going to Paizocon this year?

    I go to the local Kublacon and (I think) Dundracon, but I don't particularly enjoy cons -- I have enough gaming (and other things) in my life that I don't feel the need to do more. I'm also not a "celebrity" person -- I really feel no need to meet or see people I see on screen in person. So other than the shopping (and the occasional really well-done cosplay outfit), cons hold no appeal to me.

    But my friends and family all love cons, so I go with them, we do some shopping, and then either Shiro's player runs an awesome Call of Cthulu game for us (he really is the best at CoC), or one of our other friends runs something at an open table.

    So traveling to a con doesn't particularly interest me, so I won't be appearing at Paizocon.

    On the other hand, the rest of my "crew" wants to have shirts made ("Halek", "Raesh", "Shiro", "Hi", and "Goblins") and do Paizcon one year, so I suspect I will eventually appear there.

    Just not this year.


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    Which came first, the PC or the backstory?


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    For me, it's an iterative process:

  • Step 1: What does the party need/what do I want to play?
    For example, for the Skull & Shackles game, I was given the role of divine caster. I'd been playing NPC clerics in both Jade Regent and Crimson Throne, so I decided I wanted to be an oracle. Having built a barboracle for one of the kids, I decided I was going to play a half-orc barboracle. Looking at the Player's Guide, I decided I would be playing a male half-orc waves oracle with the lame curse.
  • Step 2: Come up with the background story.
    For Blaarg, it was pretty easy -- he was just another unwanted child of the Shackles, with discipline issues so he moved from ship to ship, typically in command of meting out punishment because he enjoyed hurting people. This made it much easier for me to roleplay his laziness, laissez-faire attitude, and cruelty when it finally came time for him to do his job.
  • Step 3: Choose skills and traits that back up this background.
    For example, after Blaarg died, I came up with a tiefling life oracle who'd been enslaved her entire life. Her skills had nothing to do with anything useful in the AP: Perform: Dance, Profession: Courtesan, and so forth. Once she was immersed in the AP I started taking useful skills based on what she was doing day by day in the AP.
  • So for me it's, "Character concept, then background, then skills and traits based on the background."

    Feats are precious enough that I always choose them based on what I think we'll need for the AP, but again it's not an, "I've planned this out from level 1 to level 20", it's, "OK, what's been happening in the AP, and what do we need to deal with it?"


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    Do you even <insert something, here>, bro?


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    No.


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    Aw, maaaaaaaaaannnnnn~!

    So... why not?


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    Tacticslion wrote:

    Aw, maaaaaaaaaannnnnn~!

    So... why not?

    Because.


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    And yes, I had friends THAT irritating when I was a kid, so I can do this aaaaaaaalll daaaayyy....


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    Do you think you'll ever be able to use the phrase, 'I'll take your wenches and lie them on benches' in ordinary, day-to-day conversation?


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    Well, now it just has to be a goal of mine, doesn't it?


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    Okay, so you did say "Ask NH Anything".
    And this is a question that has quite frankly befuddled me.

    A page ago you mentioned alcoholism.
    I have seen you not drink.
    I have seen you drink. (Or sip from something you said was a drink.)

    Ever *other* self-avowed alcoholic I know has held to the "once an/always an" precept and doesn't ever touch the stuff again.
    Yet you cheerfully mix other people drinks and will have one yourself sometimes.

    I know you take being Lawful Good pretty damned seriously, and I'm assuming that has something to do with it, but, honestly, you're still something of a space alien to me and every time I think I understand you, well, then I decide that, on balance, I probably don't. (Not as much as I massively don't understand Shiro. Shiro is on another planet.)

    And if I misinterpreted "Ask NH Anything" and this is an inappropriate question, then I'm sorry. I wouldn't have asked if you hadn't posted about it on the thread already.


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    lisamarlene wrote:

    Okay, so you did say "Ask NH Anything".

    And this is a question that has quite frankly befuddled me.

    A page ago you mentioned alcoholism.
    I have seen you not drink.
    I have seen you drink. (Or sip from something you said was a drink.)

    Ever *other* self-avowed alcoholic I know has held to the "once an/always an" precept and doesn't ever touch the stuff again.
    Yet you cheerfully mix other people drinks and will have one yourself sometimes.

    I know you take being Lawful Good pretty damned seriously, and I'm assuming that has something to do with it, but, honestly, you're still something of a space alien to me and every time I think I understand you, well, then I decide that, on balance, I probably don't. (Not as much as I massively don't understand Shiro. Shiro is on another planet.)

    And if I misinterpreted "Ask NH Anything" and this is an inappropriate question, then I'm sorry. I wouldn't have asked if you hadn't posted about it on the thread already.

    It's a good question, and I mentioned it on FaWtL before, so here goes:

    (1) My original attempt at weight loss/living an alcohol-free life lasted 289 days until my stepfather-in-law's funeral, where my mother-in-law insisted that I have some wine, NobodysWife insisted that I had to drink it to avoid causing untold grief, and I foolishly had it. It utterly broke the cycle. The whole, "Once an alcoholic, always an alcoholic" is absolutely true. There is no safe amount to drink.

    (2) I had a second unsuccessful 89-day attempt last year, ending during my Christmas break when I was rebuilding the garage and there's nothing like a gin & tonic after a long hard day of labor.

    (3) For my 50th birthday, I have started attempt #3. I am now 8 days alcohol-free, and I'm feeling a heck of a lot better about it this time, because I can just think, "I'm not that man any more." The first two weeks are always the hardest, and spending 4 days in Ashland and 7 days in Hawaii will help immensely, since I don't drink outside of the house.

    (4) Surprisingly, being around alcohol isn't an issue. I can cheerfully mix drinks for others, and even take sips to make sure they're made "right" and it doesn't affect my temptation. My issues are stress or boredom: I drank at work because having a couple of drinks in the morning and a couple in the afternoon helped the day go by faster without significantly impairing my performance. I drank on gaming days because it let me be freer with the game flow, and days just seemed to go better. But 4 drinks a day is still alcoholism, so I needed to stop.


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    And the worst part of the whole thing really is the older generation.

    My friends don't care one whit whether or not I drink. There's no peer pressure or anything remotely akin to it.

    Yet even after I told my mother I no longer drank alcohol, every single time a "present-appropriate" date came long (Christmas, birthday, etc.) and I said, "I don't want anything," she'd buy me a $120 bottle of wine.

    Worse still is my mother-in-law. She's still cleaning out all the old junk from her garage, and she discovered that her husband had at some point been gifted 3 bottles of 1983 Lagavulin. The bottles are now worth $1200 each. That's not a typo. $1000+ scotch.

    So of course she gave me a bottle for my birthday, and she and NobodysWife expect me to drink it.

    And I have to just say, "No. I'm an alcoholic. Understand it. There are no 'special occasions'. There are no 'exceptions'. I cannot drink. Ever. Again."

    So my plan is to take it to Rivoli, pay the corkage, let my friends toast me with it, and make sure everyone on the staff and in the kitchen who wants a taste can get one.

    Should use up about half the bottle without my having to touch it, and I can safely taste NobodysWife's share.

    But the absolute prevalence of alcohol as a gift in the over-65 crowd is downright terrifying to a (permanently) recovering alcoholic.

    EDIT: And yes, lisamarlene, never fear! We will save you at least a couple of shots of $1200/bottle scotch. Because everybody has to try such substance at least once, if only to say, "What's the big deal?"


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    Addendum to the above post, since it makes NobodysWife sound like a terrible person. I told her I'm no longer drinking, and she wholeheartedly wants to support me. She just has a lot of trouble understanding how one drink can hurt. Last time I just had the drink. This time I told her, "I can't explain it. It just is what it is. I cannot have even one drink ever again," and she immediately said she'd inform her mother and support me throughout.

    So she's not some vile temptress of alcohol; alcohol has just always been very important in her family, and none of them have succumbed to alcoholism, so abandoning it is a very alien concept for them.


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    NobodysHome wrote:
    So she's not some vile temptress of ...

    But... But... Goth Bards get a bonus to vile temptations!


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    Okay, I get it.
    and, well, yeah, that's it, really. I don't fault Nobody's Wife. She's an excellent person in many ways that I am not.
    And, dear god, I would never judge you, because, well, that would be idiotic and wrong.
    Really appreciate you explaining. If support is ever needed, I'm here.


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    Thanks! Well, being out of the house a lot makes it MUCH easier (amusingly enough, I'm always the designated driver for all our trips to Forbidden Island and Trader Vic's because as I mentioned, I don't like to drink in public), then there's having the kids around all summer. Knowing that at any moment I might need to drop everything and drive them somewhere also helps immensely. And by the time they're off to camp, it will have been about a month alcohol-free, and once you hit that point it's basically, "Don't even think about trying again" rather than, "Wow, I really need a drink."

    So I'm hoping I'm good.

    Time will tell.


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    So here's a follow-up to help non-addicts understand what addiction is like, because it's not easy to comprehend why you just can't say, "No," move on with your life, and be done with it.

    Today's my first day at work in 5 days, so of course there's a pile of stuff waiting for me. I also have to finish off a handoff, so I'm already under stress. Then Impus Minor is sick, we don't have our plans for next week solidified yet, etc.

    Lots of normal, everyday stressors that everyone on the planet has to deal with. In fact, I'd strongly argue that I have fewer stressors than most.

    Yet because of my addiction, these stressors create a knot of adrenaline and tension in my chest, similar to the feeling you might have just before walking into a final exam that was going to determine whether or not you passed your class, or (if you're not me) before making a key public speech.

    Instead of "everyday" stress, it's "nigh overwhelming stress". That's the addiction talking at you.

    So I have two choices:
    (1) Deal with an overwhelming amount of stress at a level that most people (hopefully) only experience once every few years, or
    (2) Have a drink to relieve the stress.

    And there's the downward spiral. You have your first drink. It isn't enough. You have your second. It's enough. The stress is gone. You feel MUCH better. But your inhibitions are already compromised, so when those two drinks start wearing off, you need a third, because otherwise that ball of stress is coming back.

    And so on, and so forth, forever.

    Is it any wonder it's so hard to quit?


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    You're an awesome dude, my man, and I'm proud to call you my friend (however distant and internet-y said friendship is). Thank you.


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    Tacticslion wrote:
    You're an awesome dude, my man, and I'm proud to call you my friend (however distant and internet-y said friendship is). Thank you.

    So I had all kinds of responses to this, and now I have to curse lisamarlene forevermore.

    "Oh, I'm just a guy who likes to bring joy to others by sharing my good fortune with those I feel have earned my friendship through their excellent behavior."

    In other words, I AM friggin' Santa Claus!

    Curse you, lisamarlene!

    EDIT: And both of you remember to get your Paizo wish lists updated by December -- you're both on the "nice list"...


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    NobodysHome wrote:
    Tacticslion wrote:
    You're an awesome dude, my man, and I'm proud to call you my friend (however distant and internet-y said friendship is). Thank you.

    So I had all kinds of responses to this, and now I have to curse lisamarlene forevermore.

    "Oh, I'm just a guy who likes to bring joy to others by sharing my good fortune with those I feel have earned my friendship through their excellent behavior."

    In other words, I AM friggin' Santa Claus!

    Curse you, lisamarlene!

    EDIT: And both of you remember to get your Paizo wish lists updated by December -- you're both on the "nice list"...

    Why, when I can just borrow from your bookshelf?

    Is this where I out you for using "Mall Santa" soap?


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    lisamarlene wrote:

    Is this where I out you for using "Mall Santa" soap?

    Best... soap... EVER!!!


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    Okay, can we all just call you "Santa's Home" from now on?

    I'm going to have to work on a new Elan caricature, with a red cape, a bad fake beard and reindeer antlers for Banjo.


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    Might 'Nobody's Santa' be an alternative ?

    To my mind, 'Santa's Home' sounds like a sort of sanctuary for retired Father Christmases, or something that the lead character in a North Pole based sitcom says when he comes through the front door and throws his floppy red cap onto the hatstand.

    Finally, what is 'mall santa soap' ?


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    From the Villainess soap company, who make (mostly) delightful perfumed soaps and assorted bath products. Nobody's Wife and I are both fans, but we have very different favorites.

    "Mall Santa is the pervasive scent of cinnamon buns and cream cheese frosting, underscored with cheap whiskey, tobacco stains, toffee candies and delicious filthy lucre."


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    I like "Nobody's Santa". As in, "I ain't nobody's Santa and I ain't gonna wear the hat!"


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    My... my thread!

    It has run off without me!


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    Okay then, here's a question:
    Have you seen today's xkcd yet?


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    Yes.


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    Ah. I hadn't clicked on that because I assumed it was NSFW.


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    lisamarlene wrote:
    Ah. I hadn't clicked on that because I assumed it was NSFW.

    Well, it can incite a bout of Freehold rage... I don't think it would be safe to open it where FHDM works.


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    I've mentioned how hard it is to avoid alcohol when you're a recovering alcoholic.

    But seriously... et tu, Disney?

    Over my vehement protestations, NobodysWife scheduled us for what I expected to be a ludicrously over-the-top Disney-esque luau hosted by the Aulani. It was pretty much everything you'd expect: Homogenized, cleansed, polite, etc., etc., with two notable exceptions:

    (1) They actually had a real pig's head to go with the roast pork. Cleaned up as much as possible, of course, but still, score one for Disney.

    (2) On entering the area, adults got a free rum punch, and kids got a free (blue) fruit punch.

    So we walked up.
    "Here you are, sir! Your free rum punch!"
    "I can't drink that."
    "What?" Big doe eyes. Confused look. Hesitantly trying to both put the cup down and hand it to me. My refusal had overwhelmed her meager programming. "But. It's free!"
    "I'll take one of the kids' drinks instead."
    "What?" Wheels buzzed. There must be some way out of this. Finally, a teensy bell dinged within her head. "Oh, OK!"

    She handed me the kids' drink and we were on our way, but it really was amazing that my refusal of the rum had visibly disconcerted her. All snide insults and comments aside, she really hadn't been expecting it, and it took her several seconds to recover from the shock of an adult not drinking.

    It was... really weird.

    And I am now 20 days sober.


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    You're doing awesome, my man! Keep it up!

    As a non-drinking adult, I can totally confirm the difficulty with getting the point across to others that, no matter how good their intentions, alcohol is not for me.

    And, you know, it's rough: people want to be nice, and helpful, and they want to do something "cool" for you, or whatever. But... that's... just the wrong thing.

    Also can confirm the family difficulty in understanding: my in-laws are friggin' awesome in every way, but it caused a major issue when both my wife and I wanted a "dry" a terrible name, but whatever wedding (and I received vaguely unpleasant looks, at the time, as if I were personally hurting and/or rejecting them, because they knew I was a teetotaler, despite the fact that it was my wife who was - by far - the strongest voice of the two of us).

    For the record, as noted, they are some of the most awesome people I know. This is not a knock against them in any capacity. It's simply noting that people - even really good and awesome people - do not understand that alcohol isn't an option everyone wants, or everyone can have. Again, it's worth noting, I'm totally a distant weird guy on the internet somewhere - but for what it's worth, I totally have your back, my dude. Solidly. I'm proud of you!


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    So, other than the puddles of fever-vomit and people pressing you with booze, what was the best part of the trip?


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    (And, like Tac said. Proud of you.)


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    lisamarlene wrote:
    So, other than the puddles of fever-vomit and people pressing you with booze, what was the best part of the trip?

    Absolutely, positively, without a doubt, the ziplining.

    The three instructors were just wonderful people, sharing their joy of their hobby with us. They told fun stories. Then they hooked us to steel cables and sent us whizzing on our way. The views of northern Oahu were incredible. The ziplining itself was fun (especially the final upside-down run). But just hanging out with a bunch of fun people, looking at incredible views, and then stepping off 50' towers having absolute faith in a single steel cable to keep you safe? Priceless! The pictures should be forthcoming later today.

    The second-most-fun for me was dining at Ama Ama. I've already posted pictures of the open-air dining area with a view of the beach. But it was top-notch food for breakfast and lunch (for some reason their dinners were significantly sub-par), and the staff was utterly amazing; they all treated you like long-lost family who needed to EAT!

    Yes. The Jewish Grandmother on the Beach restaurant. It was awesome.


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    So, since I can't post about politics in FaWtL, and I just want to share some funny things the family said rather than start an open discussion flame war, I'll take advantage of my own personal thread to say random things:

  • I sent NobodysWife this article on the intelligence of ravens. Her response? "Newsflash… Ravens show greater ability to plan for future events than the Trump administration. They are joined in this by other great apes, most chordates, and a few members of the plant kingdom."
  • My conversation with the kids just now:
    "OK, guys. We're going to get your passports renewed in 20 minutes. You MUST be dressed!"
    "Why do we have to go?"
    "Because you need to be there in person to renew your passports."
    "Why do we need passports?"
    "Because Trump is your president."
    "Oh, OK."

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    Well, are you satisfied with yourself?

    It's our first gaming night at home in a month.
    I make the pizza and put it in the oven.
    I carry my stuff downstairs.
    I unroll my brand new battle mat, the one that cost a third of my year-end-bonus. And I feel so damned proud and smug and legit.
    Hermione Crusher looks at me, wrinkles her nose, and says, "That's IT?!? I thought you were going to, you know, project it out of the ceiling like Uncle Nobody."


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    Tacticslion wrote:
    Also can confirm the family difficulty in understanding: my in-laws are friggin' awesome in every way, but it caused a major issue when both my wife and I wanted a "dry" a terrible name, but whatever wedding (and I received vaguely unpleasant looks, at the time, as if I were personally hurting and/or rejecting them, because they knew I was a teetotaler, despite the fact that it was my wife who was - by far - the strongest voice of the two of us).

    In Poland, among more traditional folks "dry wedding" could trigger a family feud or disowning...


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    NobodysHome wrote:

    So we walked up.

    "Here you are, sir! Your free rum punch!"
    "I can't drink that."
    "What?" Big doe eyes. Confused look. Hesitantly trying to both put the cup down and hand it to me. My refusal had overwhelmed her meager programming. "But. It's free!"
    "I'll take one of the kids' drinks instead."
    "What?" Wheels buzzed. There must be some way out of this. Finally, a teensy bell dinged within her head. "Oh, OK!"

    She handed me the kids' drink and we were on our way, but it really was amazing that my refusal of the rum had visibly disconcerted her. All snide insults and comments aside, she really hadn't been expecting it, and it took her several seconds to recover from the shock of an adult not drinking.

    Recovering alcoholics and teetotalers aside, there are folks that won't drink due to medication/other health reasons. Staff training should at least cover that.

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