Posted by: Mark | January 21, 2018

Betrayal at Baldur’s Gate

I actually did something today. I played Betrayal at Baldur’s Gate for the first time.

The game is a spin-off of Betrayal at House on the Hill which is a horror-based narrative set in modern times.

Betrayal at Baldur’s Gate is in a Dungeons and Dragons setting but plays along the same way as the older game. Players build a monster-filled city until one is randomly turned into a traitor.

I was excited to play the game and it did provide many different possible endings but with six players, it was slow. Slow pacing works much better with horror than adventure and everyone was losing interest towards the end.

It was a let-down but I’d like to play it with three or four characters before writing it off.

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Posted by: Mark | January 21, 2018

No Bettas, No Resolutions

I had the night off from work so there’s no betta report. Besides bettas, I haven’t much to post about other than resolutions, and until I get healthier, I will probably be weak with those as well. I’m thinking of coming up with a third subject or shutting things down.

Posted by: Mark | January 18, 2018

One Less Opal

Because I can’t wait until the next betta report, I must post the sad news that one of the two remaining male white opals was found dead in his tub this morning. Foul play is not suspected.

Posted by: Mark | January 16, 2018

Betta Report

Medical news keeps getting worse but that can’t stop the Betta report. There was another shipment of bettas that screwed up my records:

10 male veiltail (9 from December 28)
6 male crowntail
6 male deltatail
5 male doubletail
4 male halfmoon
3 baby boys
3 male bumblebee
3 male butterfly
3 male halfmoon doubletail
3 male halfmoon plakat (2 from the December 28)
3 male halfmoon doubletail plakat
2 female elephant ear
2 male elephant ear
2 male paradise (1 from the December 28)
2 male white opal (all from December 28)
2 male koi
2 male king
2 male dragonscale
2 male rose petal
1 baby girl
1 female veiltail (sold while I was cleaning them)

66 tubs with no deaths.

Posted by: Mark | January 15, 2018

Resolution Update 2

I should have made a resolution to spend all my money on medical bills. That’s pretty much all I did this week:

1.   Run 730 miles: no change, still 11.3 miles.

2.  5,000 push ups and 8,000 leg lifts: again, no change: 214 push ups and 250 leg lifts.

3.  Lose 26 pounds: I went to two different hospitals but nobody weighed me.

4.  Send out 100 resumes: nothing.

5. Send out 50 manuscripts: nothing.

6. Write 60,000 words and five new stories: about as bad as last week, 336 words.

7. Visit five new libraries: nothing.

8. Read ten new H.P. Lovecraft stories: sitting around gave me time to read a lot. I’ve read seven new stories, “The Other Gods,” “The Moon-Bog,””The Street,””The Doom That Came to Sarnath,” “Polaris,” “The Alchemist,” and “The Music of Erich Zann.”

9.  Read 12 works: reading James Joyce’s A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man.

10. 301 blog posts: this is nine.

Posted by: Mark | January 13, 2018

Scan but no Surgery

In Weird Al’s “Word Crimes,” Al admonishes people who misuse the word “literally” as in “I literally couldn’t get out of bed.”

With apologies to Al, today I literally couldn’t get out of bed. My back was so bad I couldn’t even sit up. I had to call off work and go to the ER. The scan seemed to indicate it was muscular, not in the bones, so it probably isn’t related to the prostate.

Steroids, muscle relaxants, and pain killers have helped. I haven’t got the results of the biopsy but this news makes me more hopeful.

No Betta report this week. No money either.

Posted by: Mark | January 11, 2018

Second Surgery

I have been lucky enough to have had only one surgery before today. The first time, having my wisdom teeth removed, was much more painful. This wasn’t good but I was expecting worse.

Posted by: Mark | January 8, 2018

Resolution Update Week 1

More medical drama this week but I’m not down by much:

1.   Run 730 miles: 11.3 miles on the elliptical machine. A little down.

2.  5,000 push ups and 8,000 leg lifts: 214 push ups and 250 leg lifts.

3.  Lose 26 pounds: according to the doctor’s scale, I gained 3.5 pounds from January 1 to 5. His scale reads higher than mine so next week should be better.

4.  Send out 100 resumes: nothing.

5. Send out 50 manuscripts: nothing.

6. Write 60,000 words and five new stories: 178 words. Basically nothing.

7. Visit five new libraries: nothing.

8. Read ten new H.P. Lovecraft stories: read two!

9.  Read 12 works: reading James Joyce’s A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man.

10. 301 blog posts: this is six.

Posted by: Mark | January 6, 2018

Betta Report

Not much changed:

11 male veiltail (10 from December 28)
3 baby girls
3 female elephant ear
3 male butterfly
3 male halfmoon doubletail
3 male halfmoon plakat (2 from the December 28)
3 male paradise (2 from the December 28)
2 male white opal (all from December 28)
2 male doubletail
2 male halfmoon doubletail plakat
2 male koi
2 male king
2 male dragonscale
2 male rose petal
1 baby boy
1 female veiltail
1 male bumblebee
1 male deltatail (0 from the second to last shipment)
1 female koi

48 tubs with no deaths.

Posted by: Mark | January 5, 2018

Gerbil Pics

For goofy reasons, here are a bunch of our gerbils:

 

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