Archive for December, 2008

Live blogging my drunken Monopoly game

My best friend and his wife came over for New Year’s Eve. We’re playing Monopoly. I’ve forgotten how many beers and shots of Crown Royal Special Reserve I’ve had – I can’t believe I’m typing this well – and is that a nonsequitor, where was I? – wer’e playing Monopoly. Oh my God I haven’t been this drink in a long time. My lips are numb. I’ve rolled five six times and ain’t had a single chance to buy a single property. Either landing on community chest or chance or someone else’s propertyl I’m buzzed and doomed. This h as been a great night. My best friend’s wife and my 7 year old are one team. My wife is to my left. My best friend is across the table. I’m the race car as I’ve almost always been since I was a kid. My best friend just collected $50 from every player for the 2nd time already. I think someone put the last community chest card on top again instead of on bottom. Unfair!!!. Three exclamation points. I’m so drunk. My kids are having fun. This is a wonderful night.

UPdate: I just bought Boardwalk. Shit property but I finally had a chance to buy something.

Update 2: My 5 year old owns more prpties than I do. I just added personal tag. My dog is at my feet. Life doesn’t get better than this.

“Dad you look like this,” my 7 year old just said.

Update again: My 10 year old sold me vermont out of sympathy. I’m glad she’s choosing my retirement home.

My first father in law who was a raging alcoholic at one time in his life said he always hated new year’s eve because the amateur drunks came out. I’m glad I’m at home.

2nd time I’ve landed on income tax. I just own two properties. I’m putting the computer down before it falls off my lap. more later.

Update: Just traded Boardwalk to my best friend for Vermont, St. James, Penn, RR, $550 cash plus landing on Park Place and Boardwalk for free for two turns. Others are mad at me for the trade, but I was not only short on cash since I paid $150 school tax and was in jail twice on top of the two incoomme taxes previously. My wife just spilled her drink which gives me time to update. No one lands on PP and BW anyway….oops my 10 year old just did.

“OK, your daugther is payihg for your sin,” my wife just said.

Others are griping for my deaql.

This is our best New Year’s in years.

Rita (my best friend’s wife) to my 7 year old whispering in her ear: “No we can’t hire a hitman.”

Update another: shit where’d he get all that money for houses?!?

Update again. I just traded Oriental and Vermont to my wife for $10 and (whisper whisper) to be paid later. I’m screwed in the game, but, well…

Update yet again: the Nerf guns have come out as people landing on Park Place upset with exorberant. rents.
Update another: all kinds of trading going on. I have lots of cash but now no properties. However my 10 year old is happy.


Just sold St. James to my 10 year old for $200. Made her happy…

I shouldn’t drink and play monopoly.

Update: ack she just landed on PP with 3 houses.

Update: Now his wife just shot him

He’s declared the winner.

Now we’ve switched to wii…he’s getting schooled at bowling by my 7 year old.

UPdate last: added links I meant to add earlier. Going to bed. Happy New Year.

The Disloyal Vampire, Chapter 7

Chapter 7

The Disloyal Vampire, Chapter 6

Chapter 6

Majel Barrett-Roddenberry, 1932-2008 (RIP)

Majel Barrett-Roddenberry has boldly gone on.

Majel Barrett-Roddenberry, the wife of “Star Trek” creator Gene Roddenberry, has passed away, Access Hollywood has learned. She was 76.

The actress died of leukemia at 12:27 AM on Thursday with her son, Rod, by her side. She was diagnosed with the disease six months ago.

Majel, whose acting credits included “Bonanza” and “Leave It To Beaver,” had been a part of “Star Trek” in all of its forms since it first premiered on September 8, 1966.

As the sound of the Enterprise’s computer in its many variations, her voice has been a part of my life for longer than I care to remember.

‘Nice blog’

protected static put in a spam blocker long ago that I check out occassionally to make sure legitimate comments are not inadvertantly caught. It’s easy to tell the spam even without checking the url that it links back to:

Nice blog. really good quality.

Clearly that’s not a comment from anyone who reads this blog.

The Disloyal Vampire, Chapter 5

Chapter 5


Chapter 5 is go!

To avoid the problem of last week of Chapter 4 of The Disloyal Vampire not going up until Friday evening, I’ve posted it and it should go up automatically early Friday morning. For those who thought the last segment was too short, this segment is longer than average.

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The Disloyal Vampire, Chapter 4

Chapter 4


Driving home from Twilight with my daughter

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I took my 10-year-old daughter to see Twilight this evening at Berkeley Plaza, where matinees are $4, popcorn $1, soda $1, and candy $2. We enjoyed it, although my daughter and I cracked wise with each other throughout so that’s probably was a major reason why we enjoyed it. She’s a big Harry Potter fan and so there were numerous Cedric Diggory (the main actor played the Cedric role in the HP movies) jokes throughout (“Stay away from him, he’s a Hufflepuff!” “Too bad he survives this only to die at the hands of Voldemort” etc.)

On the drive home in my beat up truck, I asked her what she thought of the movie. She thought it was awesome, but she said it would have been so much cooler if the Twilight vampires did not “sparkle” when exposed to sunlight, but instead showed their true age or showed they had bat-like faces. I told her that would have been cooler. She said if she could have changed one thing about the movie it would have been that followed by all the “soap opera” elements.

“No offense,” I said. “But the movie was aimed at tweeners and teenagers so that’s why they had that in there.”

“I can see that,” she said. “But I would have liked it to be much scarier instead.”

She hasn’t read the book series and I asked her if she would now that she’s seen the movie. She said she didn’t think so.

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