Reminiscing

It’s a sad thing in some ways when the first thing I post in a while is about Gary Gygax’s death. Gygax, for those of you who don’t know, was one of the co-creators of Dun­geons & Dragons. But if it weren’t for Gary Gygax, I’d be a very...

Ten toilet doors

I’ve been teaching Doug 500, which according to the site I was just reading, is Australia’s national card game. I was checking the site to see which cards were excluded from the deck, because I can never remember if it’s red 4s or black 4s. Appar­ently,...

Protected: High school meme

Stolen from sil­verblue   because Doug is out of town and I’m glum (not because he’s out of town). 1. Who was your best friend? When? I had an odd high school life. My first “best friend” was Naomi, the person who, on day one of high school, was the...

Protected: Voices from the past

Sorting things into boxes for storage while I’m in the US. Found an old log book from first-year uni that I think I might tran­scribe. The com­ment on the bottom from the lec­turer is hys­ter­ical: You have an active mind – not to say, hyper­active. Your...

Moments of history

My mother sent me a box of memen­toes from under her house (and yes, those of you who know my cup­boards well enough are going to say, “what!? *more* rub­bish?”). In it was a folded piece of A4 paper, made into a card, written on in pencil. “Dear...