February 22nd, 2006

hiking - standing tall

BaxWalk: Where did this start?

As previously mentioned *, I am going to walk the Pacific Crest Trail this summer. It's a 2,650-mile trek -- some would say a 2,650-mile slog -- and not the sort of thing anyone would do on a whim.

After all, it involves several thousand dollars' worth of expenses and quitting my job; a physical commitment of several months of protracted physical exertion; and a social commitment of several months of isolation from virtually everyone I know. Given all that, what drove me to the idea? What will keep me going when the trail gets harsh?

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* And last month wasn't even my first mention! Extremely observant readers may recall that, in fact, I broke my silence on this in November 2004. Not that anyone noticed at the time, thankfully.
** Given the turns my life has been taking -- such as marriage -- #6 is going to end up being stricken from the list. It's the only casualty so far. If I'm feeling ambitious I may find something similar (but less dangerous and isolating) to replace it, but I'd be happy turning in a 5-star performance.
lapidary predacity (pic by Elynne)

I am such a geek.

Our friends auburnselkie and aubwriter got married this last weekend. (It seems to be a good year for it. I think kadyg and I started a trend.)

aubwriter is a longtime role-player, and the four of us at one point had gotten together in an attempt to start a campaign. (I got to run a "Son of Mars Needs Llamas" TOON one-shot game, but that's neither here nor there.) So when it came time to assemble a wedding card ...

My path was obvious. I created the

WEDDING RANDOM ENCOUNTER TABLE (2d6)
  1. Jukebox of Many Things
  2. Inebriated party guest. (Use stats for half-orc)
  3. Flower arrangement. (10% chance of a sentient rose bush posing as arrangement; 3 HD, THAC0 16, d6+1 dmg)
  4. Buffet table. Food heals as Cure Light Wounds. d6: 1-5 catered, 6 home-cooked.
  5. 1d4 in-laws. (Use stats for ogre)
  6. A level 1d8 cleric of PC's faith.
  7. Bridesmaid (4 HP, THAC0 20, d3 cute damage)
  8. Champagne bottle. One-shot ranged weapon, d4+1 dmg, x5 against chandeliers.
  9. Photographer. (Camera is +3 to hit, damage: blinds for 2 turns)
  10. Two rings. (roll randomly on Magic Item Table)
  11. A wandering dragon and princess stop by to pay their respects.