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Gaming Guillotine


Long-time readers may already be aware that the kids and I like board games. I start them young with Candyland, I taught QueenMarie Chess when she was five, you could say we’re a bit geeky. However, when Birdy moved her games in, they started to over run the place. The following is our solution to managing all the fun-makers…

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Eastern Oregon Celtic Festival

IMG_6891As I’m sitting down to write this post, I’m reflecting on the day. Once again, I found some neat event nearby and ditched all the things I could/should do in favor of an adventure with my son. After all, we’re only young once, and I have him less than 30% of the time, right! This weekend’s escape was to the city of La Grande, Oregon for the Celtic Festival, an official event for the Scottish Highland Games…

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Getting Lost… In Minecraft

imageOk, been sick for a few days. After catching up on dishes and groceries, I figured I’d let you in on some of my therapy. (Sans a pitcher of orange juice) I felt worse if I exerted myself, and my mind was incapable of higher-level thinking, so how does one find high-quality entertainment that doesn’t require either ability? Enter Minecraft….


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Sac Noir (Black Sack)

IMG_6452A few have asked, so I thought I’d explain this game called Sac Noir. There are many ways to play that keep it exciting, but the premise is that you’re trying to stack these impossible-looking blocks. It forces you to think creatively, and you end up surprising yourself and others as you try to stack the:

Christmas Tree, poo pile, ear plug, golf tee, egg, cup, ball, etc.

You have to pick pieces in order, ahead of time, but beware, others can steal your pieces, messing up even the most carefully-laid plans. Red objects are harder, so stacking them earns you a bean that you can use to use a piece out of order.

It’s hard to believe, but this is one of my favorite all-time games, hands-down. If you want to try it out, there’s a cheaper version is called Bausack, which runs about $50, whereas you can expect to pay $90 for the 100 piece gem that my friend owns…