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Friday, September 28, 2007


Boardgame surprise/You never know where you might find a gamer.

The local Fred Meyers store (think "Target") was having a sale on boardgames, so I loaded the kids and went to pick up some HeroScape expansions. As I was standing in the checkout line the most unlikely person in the world said, "HeroScape, that's a good game."

After overcoming my initial shock I said, "Oh. Do you play?"

"We play lots of games."

"Oh, like what?"

"Ever heard of Descent?"

Becoming interested I am, "Oh yeah. I've got Descent."

"I play Descent with my husband."

That's about the time my kids piped in, "My dad has lots of games," and proceeded to tell her about playing games at the Boys and Girls Club.

Well to keep a short story short, the lady also lives in North Pole, but she made it abundantly clear she and her husband wouldn't be interested in playing boardgames with a guy she just met in the checkout line.

Obviously not a real gamer.

Sadly I never did learn what she meant by, "we play lots of games." She probably meant Munchkin and Killer Bunnies, but in my fantasy I will keep alive the hope she meant Tigris and Euphrates, and Advanced Squad Leader.

Thursday, September 20, 2007


For those of you keeping score at home

This year's PFD (the money every Alaskan is eligible to receive from the State) will be $1650 and change.

That amount is up significantly over the last couple years but still below the record of nineteen hundred and some odd dollars.

Alas, we pre-spent ours on roof repairs.

Ever wonder how they arrive at that number?

Here's the formula from the official website:

The department's main page: http://www.pfd.state.ak.us/

Thursday, September 06, 2007



Dorcas Sphung

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