I really struggled mightily about what I wanted to talk about here. There is a distinct part of me that wants to talk about how I’m “another day older, another day closer to death” after yesterday’s birthday. There is a part of me that desires to discuss at length the sort of sting I felt when no one in my Family acknowledged that beyond my Brother. There is part of me who wants to talk about how cool it was to have so many Friends come out of the woodwork to give their well wishes. And there is a part of me who wants to talk about how nothing really changed; I’m still me, tomorrow is still tomorrow, and the only thing that passed was another rotation of the Earth.
Instead I’m going to forgo all those things. I don’t think it really means anything to anyone, and my heart just isn’t in it to pour out my thoughts and emotions today. Instead I think I’ll just fulfill my self-imposed challenge to Blog once a week with some…
- It was a good Birthday, thanks for asking.
- I really need to start painting this week again.
- 1st Group D&D met last Friday night. It wasn’t one of my best sessions. I think I misjudged the ‘room’ in a lot of ways. I came in really tired as last week was a slog, and it ended with a late Friday at work in a mad rush to finish a class before they turned the lights off. We then rushed home, where I had to finish my prep, and BOOM(!) we got started. The ‘BOOM’ was more about the fact that everyone was sort of in a ‘hey how good to see you’ euphoric, loud state to start the night. I was no exception. It was as if we were all sort of trying to let the weight of the week finally slide off our backs. It may not have helped that I chose that night to give 1st Group their Christmas gifts either, but that’s on me not them. By the time we finally sort of got going my head was stuck in neutral. I tried to give the PC’s some role playing opportunities early on which they took advantage of, but I think they sort of grew bored with them as well.
- For those that know, ‘Ditto Forever!’
- Sometimes no one understands you, not even yourself.
- Sunday I sat down and binge watched the 1st Season of True Detective (Infinite *’s out of 5).
- The DMG comes this week!
- Thank you to Diamond Dave Wheeler for the sweet magnets! You rule sir.
- CHIKARA Season 14 finale, ‘Tomorrow Never Dies’, was Saturday night, and despite there not being a Heel Turn Radio Podcast L.E.W.G.I. did indeed assemble to watch the festivities.
Kid Cyclone, whose actual name is currently escaping me, gave a wonderfully poignant explanation of this, which leads to his motivation for his current actions and those to come. He is your new ‘Grey Area’, as many of the fans actively are siding with him and for good reasons. Kingston, in his overwhelming desire to regain the Grand Championship, sided with the Flood and helped to wipe out the Green Horn Militia, which Kid Cyclone led. Many fans are STILL upset about Kingston’s hand in this, and although he ‘Turned Face’ and attacked the Flood it really only came when realized that if we was to ‘TAKE’ the Grand Championship with their help then it would mean nothing. While a lot of L.E.W.G.I. members and other wrestling fans don’t care for Eddie Kingston’s performances in other places like Ring Of Honor, I can honestly say his work in Chikara is nuanced, character driven, and utterly fantastic. Without his fall from grace, without his inner turmoil and decent into madness, without his betrayal of Chikara and attempt to right his wrongs none of what is coming now would work. On Kid Cyclone’s way out of the ring I found it VERY interesting that he did not take revenge on Jimi Jacobs, but only instead demanded his cape back, and then freed the traitorous Snow Troll. He had said in his speech that others would follow him, and he proved it. This also was a bit of foreshadowing to the fallout of the main event, but I digress. The Compeonatos de Parejas match between the champion Throwbacks and the unstoppable Devastation Corporation was simply amazing. The ring work was solid, the story they were telling was impeccable, and the ending glorious. It has been a long time coming for Chikara’s true ‘Monster Heel’ team to get some gold, but it was worth the wait. To me this was the match of the night.
- I still really want Beer Cheese Soup.
- D&D 4th Group is Sunday! Who’s afraid of some ghosts?
- After immersing ourselves in True Detective, Cassandra and I sat down and digested X-Men: Days Future Past (*** out of 5). I think I’m not out of line in saying both of us enjoyed the first two X-Men movies, universally reviled the third one, and thought X-Men: First Class was VERY good.
- Cassandra got me some amazing swag for my birthday!
- I really do need to build a map to my Campaign world.
- The Hero Forge website finally went live. I didn’t contribute to the Kickstarter, for whatever reason I can’t recall. However I played around with the miniature builder last night for an hour and was blown away. Granted I don’t want to spend $25.00 on a miniature unless I have NO other options, but the ability to customize the design down to facial expression is amazing.
- Is it time to make people open their Christmas presents yet?
- Thank you to my brother, Sean, for the phone call on my birthday. It really meant a lot.