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I tried, I really tried

Under the posted encouragement of Wil Wheaton, I tried watching The Guild. I first watched the end of Season 2 (figuring that if there was nothing of value, I could ignore the suggestion) and found it moderately amusing. It was, after all, the episode that autoloaded when I brought up the site.

So, I went back to the start and tried watching Season 1 Episode 1. I don't play WoW (I don't have the time, even if some of you do, so I knew I wouldn't get all the references. But then I saw the fat blonde chick neglecting her kids while she played. Sorry, I don't know the name of the characters yet, so to me she's just "the fat blonde chick". It was the child neglect and waste that bothered me, and I turned it off.

For those of you who play WoW and have kids, I'm not castigating you. I know that it's important for you to have downtime and not have to be a parent 100% of the time. If my kids are playing together, I don't have to interrupt them...but if they're screaming for attention, I can't leave them be. That's just not in me.

I'm currently rereading Thud!, by Terry Pratchett. Terry has the character of Sam Vimes talk about the feeling of fatherhood...for me, it hits the nail on the head. I'd love to excerpt it so you know what I'm talking about, because he accurately describes how I feel. I can't...I don't have the skill to do so. You'll just have to read it yourself, if you have the time.

I know this post won't be read by many. Some of you are at Pennsic, and by the time you return, you'll be too far behind to catch up. I hope, however, that someone reads this and decides that it might be a good time to spend some more time with your kids.


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Aug. 4th, 2009 11:17 am (UTC)
I don't think I've read Thud! yet.

I'll have to check it out... because obviously your recommendations are worth more than Wil Wheaton's.
Aug. 4th, 2009 11:35 am (UTC)
I know you have an in at the local library, but if you want to borrow my copy, I can drop it off.
Aug. 4th, 2009 12:18 pm (UTC)
I've seen it at Q's library, so I know they have it; unless someone else has taken it out. But then, I can just have Q look up in the computer who has it and hunt them down like dogs and pull the book from their cold dead hands...

Ahem. 'Scuse me. Yeah, I'll check on that, check on the Niven's I'm supposed to check on, and maybe we can swap some books and videos at TCEP.

Edited at 2009-08-04 12:18 pm (UTC)
Aug. 4th, 2009 05:33 pm (UTC)
Thank you, milord Blackadder
A plan so cunning it could lead to not wasting valuable leisure time, sir!
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Aug. 4th, 2009 05:34 pm (UTC)
I do. I didn't want it so badly then, but I'm wanting it pretty badly now. Where's my cow???
Aug. 11th, 2009 01:46 am (UTC)
Q's library had Thud! (but not Where's My Cow?), so I read it over the weekend. Very good story, and I as soon as I hit the scene where Vimes is talking about fatherhood, I read it aloud to Q.
Aug. 4th, 2009 02:02 pm (UTC)
I found The Guild pretty repellent myself. Thud was very nice, though.
Aug. 4th, 2009 05:37 pm (UTC)
So noted. See you soon!
Aug. 4th, 2009 02:46 pm (UTC)
I didn't like that aspect of "The Guild," though others were funny to me. The child neglect lady was not funny at all. It was disturbing.

I've always figured that when we have kids, our WoW time will be diminished or nonexistent. And that's how it should be, because (duh) kids are more important. :-)

Aren't you coming up here soon? It would be great to see you!

Aug. 4th, 2009 05:36 pm (UTC)
Yeah...if the first episode puts me off, why should I watch others? It's not like my time is cheap.

I fly in Sunday. What are y'all up to?
Aug. 4th, 2009 05:56 pm (UTC)
We are fairly free. Ralph may or may not have gaming, I am free once our visitors leave. They're having brunch w/ relatives and leaving from there, so afternoon forward I'm free.

I believe there are even Kosher restaurants in Squirrel Hill, not far from us at all :-)
Aug. 5th, 2009 01:42 am (UTC)
Trip details
I fly in to Pittsburgh at 2:05pm. McKesson is picking me up at the airport & taking me to my hotel, the Pittsburgh Marriott North. Sunday's schedule is light - there's one session I can't go to (I'm getting in too late) and then a Customer Welcome Dinner at 5pm, at the hotel. I don't know how late it runs, but if y'all want to see me either before, during, or after, that's cool by me. I do not know if I will be missed, but I know that I can still unregister from events if I desire.

Monday is packed straight through until the Networking Dinner finishes at 8:30pm. I plan to go to everything I've signed up for, both because it's useful and interesting as well as it's why work is sending me there. So, I'm free after the dinner is over.

Tuesday has sessions until 4pm; I fly out at 6:05pm, and I currently have McKesson taking me to the airport from my hotel. I don't know that the sessions in the afternoon have serious value, but I also don't know if y'all are free in the middle of the day on a working day.

McKesson has promised me kosher food. This has the potential to be awesome, but considering the conferences I've been to, "potential" is running about one in six. I wish I could remember who managed "awesome", so I'd know if I was looking to gain or lose weight while I was there. 8^) We'll see if they can raise the ratio of awesome to two in seven, or if y'all can help me make up the difference between subsistence and excellence.
Aug. 4th, 2009 10:26 pm (UTC)
What are your available dates?
Aug. 5th, 2009 01:46 am (UTC)
I just replied to Lori, but it boils down to that I'm capable of being free after I get to my hotel on Sunday (Southwest has me arriving at 2:05pm, and I have McKesson taking me from the airport to my hotel) all Sunday night if you and/or others have time. Monday is busy all day through - it's the only whole day of the conference. There's a dinner schedule to end at 8:30pm. Tuesday the conference ends at 4pm and I fly out at 6:05pm, but the afternoon sessions don't look all that promising. You, last I heard, had a job, so that may be moot for me seeing you on Tuesday.

I scheduled my flights around maximizing my ability to attend the conference events and to minimize the time Karen & the family would be without me. So, I have to fit Pittsburghers in around the convention. C'est la vie.
Aug. 4th, 2009 04:51 pm (UTC)
I'm not a WoW player either -- never was, and while I too found the blond chick's character repugnant and disturbing, the other characters and some of the story lines were pretty funny to me.

But yeah, spend time with the kids -- check. :-)
Aug. 4th, 2009 05:37 pm (UTC)
I see your posts. I know you're spending time with the kids.

I don't recall seeing Hillel recently. Any pix of him in your collection?
Aug. 4th, 2009 05:17 pm (UTC)
I haven't seen/heard of the guild, but I did read Thud!. I even got "Who Moved my cow" which I highly recommend also.
Aug. 4th, 2009 05:38 pm (UTC)
Well, then. I shall have to have a cow.
Aug. 11th, 2009 01:48 am (UTC)
I've recited the sheep/horse/hippo verses to Richard, and made up more as I went along.

"No! That is Godzilla! That is not my cow."
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