- [Guide] [Games] [E-Books]
Team America: World Police :)
I hope when I say
"The puppet sex was awesome"
I don't offend you.
of Soft Drink Names
"During lunch, we dove right into the game--paying little
regard to the rules that were packaged with it, and immediately
fell in love with it. We must've played eighty or so games in
the span of nine hours. We even played it while watching the
movie we rented for the night. It was magical--and then we collapsed
and fell asleep. Fluxx was my gateway drug into the realm that
is known only as Looney Labs. My life was never the same again...." -- comments with an order from Pat F.
||A Report on Kristin's Week
returned from a week-long visit to Hamilton,
Ontario, the town we've
moving to. She had a great time, she made some more friends,
and she's learned a few more things about the process of moving
to Canada. She's also figured out what part of Hamilton we're
going to shoot for moving into: a neighborhood called Westdale!
is back at camp, on staff for Third Session; she's having more
adventures very much like those she described in detail in her
report on Second Session.
So with Kristin and Alison both out of town, I've had the
place to myself and I've been able to focus on packing. With
the help of my packing
I've now just about finished boxing up and storing our massive
collection of books. Yesterday I filled up Box
#200, and I've been focusing exclusively on books ever since
Box #126. That's 2094 books so far, and I'm still not quite done!
(After the books: Videotapes!)
Anyway, since my week has (obviously) been rather dull, I'm
gonna do like I did 2 weeks ago, and devote most of this page
to a report on the adventures of one of my traveling companions.
Unfortunately, Kristin's already gotten sucked back into work, so I wasn't able
to get her to write this report for me. Instead I'll be relating
to you what I remember from our conversations.
OK, to begin with, this is a picture of Jacy,
which Kristin took while hiking up the Bruce trail, which runs
along the Escarpment in Hamilton. Jacy has 4 kids (that's her
youngest, Talon) and it sounds like it was a pretty fun household
to be staying with for a week. We became fast friends with Jacy
when we first met (at the Aquarius
game day we held at the Cafe Aquarius in another really cool
Toronto satellite city, Guelph) and I started referring to Jacy
as "President of The Get The Looneys to Move to Hamilton
Campaign" after she got a bunch of kids in her homeschooling
group's group classroom to write us a bunch of thank you letters
that urged us to choose Hamilton when we move to Canada. Anyway,
it sounds like Kristin got on really well with them and their
friends and we're already starting to feel like we're getting
to know our new friends and neighbors even though we won't be
getting there still for many months.
Jacy is a full-time mommy so she was able to spend lots of
time showing Kristin around the different parts of town, and
Kristin had this folding plastic map with her, and made a point
of asking everyone she met specifically where they lived, and
what they thought of that part of town. Answers varied of course,
since there were lots of personal biases involved... Jacy for
example thinks we should buy the house right next door to her,
which happens to be on the market at this time.
But when you add up all the opinions, Kristin got a clear
and resounding WESTDALE as the answer to what neighborhood we
should choose. It's got lots of pluses for us: it feels a lot
like a quaint little college town -- which is exactly what it
is, being a village right next to McMaster University -- yet
it's in the city of Hamilton, with a population of 500,000 people.
It has a wonderful little town center area, and lots of cool
houses just off the edges of it where the gaming coffeeshop we
dream of building -- in the ground floor of our home -- would
fit in perfectly. Which brings up another really important factor:
most of the neighborhoods surrounding the Westdale downtown strip
are Zoned H, which is what we need in order to have both a residence
and a business in the same building. At least one other promising
neighborhood was ruled out, after a trip to City Hall and the
City Zoning commission lead to the discovery that the surrounding
streets just off the main drag are strictly residential and fiercely
protected as such by the local community. But Westdale is zoned
just the way we need it!
Westdale sounds perfect, and I couldn't wait to go see it
for myself. But hey, thanks to satellite imagery, I can look
at the town from above! I've set this
link to point directly at the Westdale
Village town center; scroll to the left to look at the university,
scroll up to see the surrounding parkland, and the lake beyond,
and zoom out and then back in to see this
really cool view of Niagara Falls, to the east.
Other things Kristin learned on this trip:
- We should have no trouble getting in. All 3 of us easily
qualify to immigrate as Skilled Workers, which will be MUCH easier
than coming in as business immigrants, which is what Kristin
had previously been thinking we would do. The paperwork is almost
ready to submit! We just need to track down addresses for every
place we have each lived since we turned 18...
- The people in Hamilton are so friendly! Kristin says it was
great meeting you (Steve, Bartek, Bob, Ines, Whitney, Karen,
Chris, Tina, Lunchbox, Jason and everyone else whose names she
has forgotten) and we look forward to moving to your city!
- If we decide (after 3 years) to become citizens of Canada,
we can do so without having to give up our US citizenship. We
had not been sure of this - but the answer is yes, we can in
fact be Dual Citizens! Yay!
- Kristin really can work from anywhere. Through email, SuperFRED
and AIM, Kristin was able to keep in touch with her new sales
department and the rest of the company, despite her being off
in another country!
- One of our Canadian distributors, Everest Wholesale, is just
down the street from Westdale in Ancaster, and Kristin had great
talks with them about a "flooring" deal which would
effectively give us our own local warehouse, instead of having
to set up a Canadian warehouse of our own. Cool!
a great week, and thanks for reading!
||I'm glad the shuttle mission was a success, but I totally
agree with those who say it is time to retire the fleet. Upgrades
and overhauls not withstanding, our current spaceships are obsolete.
They were designed a really long time ago, and according to some
critics, it's always been a flawed system. The new
designs I'm seeing make a lot more sense: put the cargo on
a big dumb booster and send astronauts up in a craft designed
to do only that.
||"One day, a bad bad day, when many soldiers lost lives
in that distant senseless war, my middle son stood with barefeet
on the cold tile floor of the kitchen, listening to NPR, and
clenched his fists in frustration. 'Why don't they stop fighting?
We're never going to join a Federation of Planets if this continues.
Don't they know that? Why don't they want to help end starvation
instead? I wish we lived in the future.'"
-- Birdie Jaworski, "A
Love Letter to Star Trek"
||"The majority of journalists in 1974 had a good excuse
for producing hysterical and hackneyed crap: Drugs were a thousand
leagues outside their comfort zone. Your average pressman had
never met a heroin user, had never smoked marijuana, and mistakenly
believed that some college kids on LSD had gone blind from looking
at the sun. But today's top editors are all young enough -- or
old enough, depending on how you look at it -- to have observed
illicit drug use firsthand, and I'd wager that most have partaken
of recreational drugs at some point in their lives. They know
that police officers exaggerate drug menaces, that not every
drug user turns into Charles Manson, and that not all drug use
constitutes drug abuse. Such personal familiarity with drug lore
and legend should have better prepared them to cover the subject.
What's their excuse?" -- Jack Shafer, "Why Does
Drug Reporting Suck? -- Still."