Yes, I am alive…at least I think I am, which counts for something I guess…
Apologies for not being as active – or more precisely not being a contributor at all – on the blogosphere since March. I HAVE been reading the blogs I follow but have not commented or hit “like” or anything of the sort. Why you may ask, have I been seemingly dormant?
The truth is I have been busier than a 1-legged man in an ass-kicking contest!
One would think that retirement would have slowed me down. It has had exactly the opposite effect.
I have – since my last post in March:
- Ran two Mass Pikemen Gaming Club gaming sessions (one What a Tanker and one Feudal Patrol™ with my Spanish Conquest rules supplement Civilizations Collide).
- Prepared for and ran 4 four-hour tabletop Feudal Patrol™ games at a three day gaming convention (HAVOC) in Massachusetts.
- Drove 1200 miles to Florida and 1200 back over two weeks for another gaming convention (HMGS South’s RECON where I gamed for three days), two days of golf school, and a lot of leisure activities and travel with my wife.
- Built a completely new MASSIVE naval game for Feudal Patrol™ – Aztecs vs. Conquistadores on Lake Texcoco – which required me to build 5 brigantines and 5 guns and 5 three-man crews – let alone the game rules, markers, dashboards, etc. I just finished it in time and debuted it at HUZZAH convention in Maine in April (150 miles away).
- Went to the aforementioned HUZZAH and ran 6 four-hour games in 4 days!
- Continued on the garage never-ending but close to ending now project…now the driveway is completely paved, and the final pieces and landscaping are happening as I write.
- Started golf season – started off really frigging cold but warming up now. Hey, I’m in Massachusetts after all.
- Ran for reelection for Board of Health in my town. I was unopposed but got 82/99 votes (only a 6% turnout for a municipal election).
- Played in 8 golf events and two weekly golf leagues as well as participating on a committee for three other tournaments. Plus trying to groove a new swing.
- Also in March we had a funeral for my brother in law – he had been sick for a while so not a surprise.
- Been driving my granddaughter to and from school 3 days a week.
- I guess I had a blog birthday (my 7th) back in March – missed that too!
Yeah, I’ve been idle and lazy…
So where do I go from here?
- Basically I am going to restart and regularly read more of the blogs I follow.
- I am also going to post about all of the above-mentioned conventions. I have run a dozen convention or club games this year as a GM so far, and played in nearly as many others too. I’ll share some info and pics about epic games I ran (IMO – hint – some of my games I ran were award-winning) or played in. These were at RECON, HAVOC, HUZZAH, and the Mass Pikemen that I think you will enjoy.
- I’ll post about the building of my Conquistador brigantine fleet and their falconet & lombard crews.
- Going to throw in some vacation and golf stuff as well – after all this blog IS titled “Life, Golf, Miniatures, & Other Distractions“.
Again, glad to be back and hopefully I won’t overwhelm you with new posts – and to those of you who inquired about me, thanks for caring and checking in. Thanks for missing me!
Let the blogging begin!