On Vacation 2017

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I am on vacation with my family until August 21.  My internet connection in the coming week will range from intermittent to non-existent. That is now by choice.  In the past it was not, but now with ubiquitous wi-fi, portable ipads and kindles, that is no longer the case, and truth to tell, it hasn’t been for the last several years.  I will have posts for each day I am away on the blog, but if something momentous occurs, for example:  Elvis is discovered working at a Big Boy’s in Tulsa, the Pope issues a Bull against blogging as a complete waste of time, Trump admits that some orange furred critter has died on his head or Robert Mueller admitting that he is a Russian spy, I trust that this post will explain why I am not discussing it.

We will begin  at the library school that my daughter will be attending, the baby of the family having decided to follow my bride’s footsteps.  She was too bright to follow in mine!

Then on to Kenosha, Wisconsin with a visit to my bride’s mother.  We have been doing this since the birth of the twins and it has always been a fun family gathering.  I heartily recommend both the Kenosha Civil War Museum and the Milwaukee Zoo  Then it is back home for some Illinois activities including next Wednesday hosting the local Rotary District Governor, since, for my sins no doubt, I am serving as President of the local Rotary Club in Dwight for the eighth occasion.

Then on to GenCon 50 over in Indianapolis.

 

 

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Back Again

The family and I are back safe from Gen Con.  It was fun as always.  As usual, Dad was the spendthrift of the family, spending too much on books and games.  Surprisingly, two of my best game purchases I made not at the convention but at one of the two Half Price Books in Indy that we visited.  I picked up Friedrich, a game on the Seven Years War, and its companion game Maria, on the War of the Austrian Succession.  These games will be keepers in my collection.  Both games are in mint condition, and I am fascinated by the period and the game mechanics used by the game designer.  Friedrich I got for ten bucks off the Amazon price and Maria for a stunning seventy-five off the Amazon price.

Some of the games I purchase I do so intending to resell them on eBay, my bride being in charge of the monthly eBay sales we have been doing since 2002.  The star in this category this year was one of the American Heritage Command Series games put out by Milton Bradley in the early sixties.  For $16.00 I purchased a copy of Hit the Beach, a game on the island hopping campaigns in the Pacific during World War II.   These were very much games rather than historical simulations, although usually some rudimentary strategy lessons were taught.  Most veteran war gaming grognards of today started their love affair with war games as a boy with one of these mass market games.   These are fairly rare in good condition and I think it will probably do well once put up on e-bay.

 

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My daughter, the baby of our family, had fun as a bard in True Dungeon:

 

 

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On Vacation 2016

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I am on vacation with my family until July 26.  My internet connection in the coming week will range from intermittent to non-existent. That is now by choice.  In the past it was not, but now with ubiquitous wi-fi, and my wife’s phone that can serve as a mobile hot spot, that is no longer the case, and truth to tell, it hasn’t been for the last several years.  I will have posts for each day I am away on the blog, but if something momentous occurs, for example:  Elvis is discovered working at a Big Boy’s in Tulsa, the Pope issues a Bull against blogging as a complete waste of time, Trump admits that some orange furred critter has died on his head or Hillary files suit against Satan for the recovery of her soul, I trust that this post will explain why I am not discussing it.

We will begin up in Kenosha, Wisconsin with a visit to my bride’s mother.  We have been doing this since the birth of the twins and it has always been a fun family gathering.  Then it is back home for some Illinois activities.  GenCon will come later during the first week in August.  Unfortunately I have a case that will eat up Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday up to noon of that week.  It will not interfere with GenCon, but it does mean that we had to separate that from our annual trip to Wisconsin.  So, On Wisconsin!

 

 

 

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