Sunday, June 10, 2012

goodly deeds

After reading about the suffering of my good friend over on his blog I’ve decided to share in his pain today.

Yeah, I’ll be heading over to his place to help him repair and stain his deck . . . in the blistering sun with humidity hovering somewhere around 600 percent . . .

Misery loves company . . . and suckers.

That’d be me.

Still, he has helped me numerous times in the past and it’s long overdue that I lend him a hand and repay his repeated kindnesses.

Now, as you may have read here many a time, I am not Mr. Handy. Still, I can stain boards and swing a hammer and wield a drill, when the need arises.

So, I’ll give it my best shot today and hope I don’t melt in the sun.

Because, on the morrow . . . I’m playing a tennis match for our club. And the silly thing is I’ve been put in Men’s 1 . . . which means nothing to you until I explain.

There are three tiers of men’s doubles in the league. Yup, 1, 2 and 3 where 1 is supposed to be the top players . . . guess our head pro thinks I’m up to being slotted in the top spot . . . um, okay.

So, with this said, I will likely be a hurting unit after helping with the deck reconstruction today and then tomorrow I really, really need to beat down the lawn with my chopping device . . . I should be in prime physical form Monday night for the match.

But hey, what kind of guy would I be if I refused both of these challenges, these fellow human beings crying out for assistance . . . okay, my friend did not ask for my help, but the tennis pro did . . . still.

Okay, on to the writing scene. Which, right now, seems to be a wasteland of darkness devoid of inspiration and content. Last night I had the sum total of nothing to read for our monthly reading night gathering . . . but next month I vow to have something to read . . . something new.

Like the start of this new novel I’m plotting out right now. Going to get moving on it within the next few weeks and start cranking out word count.

Well, at least that’s the plan.

As for reading - well, I’m still burning through books, and I think I just hit the 50 read this week.

As for games - I’ve soloed Defenders of the Realm a few times to nail down the rules, but I have yet to come close to winning. Man, that is a hostile game to beat. May need to figure out how to tone down the difficulty level a notch . . .

Don’t get me wrong, it’s a truly fun, fantastic co-op game, but I can see players growing tired of getting their collective butts handed to them on a copper platter every time they play it.

Ooooh - and as for role-playing, one of our gaming group is whipping together a Traveler style Sci-Fi game and I’m looking forward to playing it. I’ve been running our D&D sessions for the past year so this will be a welcome opportunity for me to play a character instead of trying to crush them all the time.

Well, I see by the words on the page that I’ve rambled on long enough. Off to find my work wear and sun block for the day’s labours still ahead.

Until next Sunday . . .

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