John Henry (or The Brain is An Amazing Thing)
January 13, 2014
When John Henry was a little baby (baby), sittin’ on his daddy’s knee….
12 Games of Christmas: An Introduction
December 2, 2013
We are finished our Christmas shopping.
We own a lot of board games.
We’ve gotten rid of a lot of board games.
This year we are taking a page out of the the book of some dear friends of ours and using our time wisely. Since my wife and I have essentially 24 nights in December to not have to worry about shopping, we are going to be spending half of them in a friendly gaming competition that we are calling “The 12 Games of Christmas”.
I have a self-imposed rule for my board game collection. If I get a new game and I can’t make it fit on the shelf, something has to go to make room for it. When one owns more than 100 games, you’d think it would be easy to figure out what to get rid of. Not so much. I looked at the shelf one evening and knew that I had some games incoming with nowhere to put them.
So, I put my wife to the task of helping me figure out what to get rid of. I took index cards (well, old personal business cards of mine that have a dead email address on them…what good are they now, anyway?) and wrote each game on it’s own card. Then, I handed the bulging stack to my wife and asked her to sort them into four piles.
Absolutely keep, Unsure, Absolutely get rid of, and never played.
I know what you are thinking. How is the “never played” pile not the largest!? Rest assured, it was not. To my delight, the largest stack was “Absolutely keep”. And to boot, there were some games that were in that pile that I thought in a million years she’d never want to play again! There were a few games in the “Get Rid Of” pile that I had to convince her to keep (You owe me, Flash Point), but we came to an agreement on a fairly large stack of games that we were on the same page about.
What does this have to do with “The 12 Games of Christmas”, you ask?
Owning 100+ with new ones incoming means that in order for each of these games to be played once a year, we have to play at least one game every third or fourth night…which doesn’t happen. So I had an idea. Since we had this stack of cards that we KNEW we wanted to keep, either because we loved it, or we hadn’t played it together, let’s force ourselves to play some of these games in a friendly competition! Thus, “The 12 Games of Christmas” was born.
Taking the stack of cards, we randomly selected 12 games, and then randomized their play order. After scheduling our nights for the month, giving ourselves some nights to wrap and some nights to game, we had our first night of play tonight….the expansion to Martin Wallace’s Railways of the World, Railways Through Time.
August 4, 2013
“I’m an optimist, but I’m an optimist who carries a raincoat.” ~Harold Wilson
Giving It Another Go
August 2, 2013
I’ve got a lot to say, whether people want to read it or not.
Often, while I’m driving to and from work, I think about things that I’d love to actually sit down and elaborate upon in written form, rather than just rolling them around inside of my skull when I should be paying attention to traffic. By the time I get home, I’m distracted with husbandly and fatherly duties and the thoughts just disappear again into the ether (or at least the more fleshed out versions).
But I’m going to make a conscious effort to “put something down on paper”, metaphorically speaking.
If for no other reason than to cultivate my own ideas, discoveries and passions.