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Friday, 26 January 2007


Moksha Gren

What a wonderful treat, Simon. I'm sure you'll miss Amy and the kids and be ready for them to return after nearly a week away. But to have so many options spread before you must have you feeling gleefull.

However...avoid the Diablo. That thing is like herion to we poor dweebs. I'd like to have some interesting stories for you to blog about when this experience is over. I'll take tales of chipped dog crap. I'll smile over stories of Cheetofied Star Wars. I'll nod my head happily for any time you spend with your long-neglected books. However, if all you have to report after this week is a list of magical items aquired...I'll feel a bit gyped.


I agree with Moksha. Avoid Diablo. Go for all those other things that'll make for some good stories at the other end of the exercise. Two wrongs may not make a right but they do make a good excuse, and four or five wrongs taken all together make a good tale.

After a week's magnificent solitude in which to indulge your noblest and meanest sides you should be able to say (like Barry Back after a NY Ranger's loss), "We only have one person to blame, and that's each other."

the Mater

You are always so much fun to read and I wish I could get over here more frequently. LOL about the Alberta connection ... that's where David hails from but Calgary itself although there is a cattle ranch in his ancestry.

Enjoy the blessed solitude; drop the guilt on the way to the refrigerator to pull out a cold beer and have fun with your books, computer games, male bonding ... everything except that dancing chick.

You write so well, Simon. When do we introduce your fine lads to my two granddaughters, eh?!


Fire me an email if you plan on rolling up some Diablo2... I'm in.


Enjoy your week. I honestly do not know what I would do with myself for an entire week withough my wee ones. Well..I'd eat out a lot, that's for sure.

Hey..did you get your haggis yesterday?


Hi, I'm Shitty Crapchipper. No, that's no good. Crappy Shitchipperstien? Nevermind.

Burns Night was Jan 25, yes? That's what my calendar says. So, I'm with TerriTorial -- did you get haggis? What else did you do?

Please don't sit and play a video game all week. As others have said before me, that would be a shameful waste of a good bloggers' time.

My wife left for a week in 2004, and I repainted the kitchen and the entryway as a surprise. Trust me, my points for that one have not run out yet (I made a "while you were out" video while working -- I'll have to post it sometime).

It still comes up in conversations. Not saying that should be your motivation for completing a home project, of course, but she'll love you for it.

Plus, have a lot of fun, too.

Moksha Gren

Mark and Territorial - Allow me to field your question to Simon since I have already been corrected on this issue. Despite Simon's insistance that Burn's Night was exactly one month after Christmas. What the Simian really meant was that it was on the weekend closest to exactly one month after Christmas. So, in truth, he is wearing his kilt and eating his haggis tonight (Friday) and not last night as we diligent Simon-watchers understood.


Sheesh, man. You've certainly given this a lot of thought!
I'm picturing you (at least as mad as Lady MacBeth) acting out in your underwear with a Cheetos moustache in the livingroom and the dogs acting the parts of the audience, wide-eyed on the couch.
I don't know if this will save you any cash or not but I'll do the "Destiny" gig for mere airfare... I'll make good on your fortune cookie, Friend. Now. ;-)
You did tell Amy your plans for her on her return, right? Gotta give a girl good reason to return...


Amy walks in from her trip, Tavish on her hip, Dex scrambling between her and the door jamb to get to his daddy.

"What the hell did you do?" she asks, looking at the busts of both dogs juxtaposed on the living room wall.

"Oh, not much, Aim. But the Korean restaurant is running a special on khal bi right now."

Simon doesn't look up as he fiddles with a setting on his new Sony Alpha DSLR-A100. "The dogs of war don't capitulate," he says.


"Just kidding, Aim. I started chipping the dog shit, and then something snapped inside my brain. Oh, and the Korean restaurant is running a special on khal bi right now."

"I got some long, self-timer exposures of myself chipping the dog shit from the back patio. The slight blurring of my arms conveys a sense of motion."

Amy stares at Simon, mouth agape.

Dex rubs his eyes and then climbs onto the couch to rest his head on Simon's lap. "Hi, Daddy."

"Hi, son. You seem somnolent."

Amy sees a 20x30 poster of a barenaked woman on the wall. She points. "Si, what the hell is that?"

"That's Destiny Juggernauts. This new camera produces amazingly crisp images, all the way up to poster size."

"I'm gonna juggle your naughts in a minute."

"Please, Aim, not in front of the spawn. We can get to that later." He starts humming the chorus to "Rumpshaker."

Amy walks over, Tavish still on one hip, and deftly lifts Dex with her other arm. "We're going to Tim Horton's, and when I get back, I expect that camera to be boxed up, the dogs' heads and that poster off the wall, and you out there with your chisel or whatever it takes to get that dog shit off the porch."

She steps outside, stops, and reaches back with her right foot to pull the door shut.

Simon yells, "I'll have a caramel butter hot smoothee and an apple fritter! Thanks!"

The car peels out of the driveway.

Simon ponders the moment. Just enough time to fire up Diablo II and cast a spell on that pesky Paladin.


Yeah, so, I didn't quite go back and remove Simon's first mention of the Korean restaurant. That should be gone. Use the preview button much?


Linda: I don't think you have the proper sized girls to play someone named "Destiny Juggernauts"...

Si: For all that is good in the world...scrape that shit off the deck. Maybe make a game of it while you're drunk!

Alec Lynch

Mark said: "Just enough time to fire up Diable II and cast a spell on that pesky Paladin."

Oh sure, everyone always disses the paladins until someone needs thorns or an aura protection. ;)

To echo what some have said: stay away from the Diable; you'll regret it in the end.

And to echo what others have said: If you ignore all such good advice...I'm in!



Mark, stand up and take a bow. That was your best "post" ever!!! I'm totally impressed. But according to JuJu, not "impressive". Dammit child, must you always be keeping your mother in line? And it's a full time job, isn't it??? lol
And Mark, I like both restaurant references, leave it be.


Alec - I have to admit, I only knew of paladins because I looked up the game's characters while writing this. So, nothing personal against them. (but I've heard they're pesky) ;)

Linda - It was fun.


Wow, I'm thinking that in this little window of time here, unsupervised, with Simon all haggissed-up and Amy packing up the troops, we can have a hella good time here at the Fraser expense, whatd'ya say, commrades? Who's joining me? Let's say we start a betting pool, laying odds on how the Simian spends his week? Just for fun of course. ;-)


Well, you guys are no fun and I'm going to get in trouble for being the lone instigator here, thank you very much. And I suppose you see that its after 10pm EST; Amy has been gone all day, Simon is Home Alone and we've not heard a thing from him. Now don't you wish you would have laid a hefty bet on Diablo???
*crossing fingers and hoping it's NOT Destiny who's stolen our Simian...*

Moksha Gren

Maybe the dog shit is taking longer than we expected...


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