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A Day Trip to Rochester

Kelly and I took a short trip to Rochester today. I really wanted to see Matt before he moved to Seattle in January, so my main purpose for the trip was to attend Game Night at the comic store. Kelly and I ate a late lunch at Magnolia’s, and then we went to Wegman’s in Pittsford (or, Mega Weg’s, as some like to call it). I had a request from Adrienne for Cocopop, which I’ve only ever seen at Wegman’s, and Daniel wanted a particular cereal. I do miss Wegman’s.

We also went to Eastview Mall for some holiday shopping. I’m visiting my brother tomorrow, so I wanted to get everything for him, his kids, and my sister-in-law wrapped and ready to go.

Finally, it was time for Game Night. I got to see Matt’s wife and kids briefly, then Kelly dominated us in Settlers of Catan. And then I lost miserably in poker, too. But it was great to see them, and a trip to the store means that Matt gives me and Daniel all of the stuff that they haven’t been able to sell. This includes random, terrible comics and bizarre action figures that probably shouldn’t exist.

I had a good afternoon in Rochester. It was nice to visit, but I don’t think I could ever live there again.



Daniel skipped work today so he could sleep late and spend the day with me.  He slept until almost noon, then we went out to lunch at Sinbad’s.  We haven’t been there since the beginning of the summer, when his mom and sister visited.  I finally decided to get the dolma pita.  It changed my life.  Usually we get the dolmas as appetizers and they are my favorite thing on the menu.  I just assumed that I would then be disappointed with the dolma pita.  How wrong I was.  They just took the same dolmas from the appetizer and wrapped them in a toasted pita with some other delicious veggies and sauces.  So it was like the appetizer but on steroids.  I’m getting hungry thinking about it.

After lunch we went to campus so I could mail a package to my sister and pick up some movies to watch from the Multimedia Center.  Daniel chose Meet the Parents, and we both agreed upon The Phantom of the Opera.  We watched Meet the Parents this afternoon, which Daniel had never seen before.  It’s another movie whose comedy is based on an awkward character (Ben Stiller’s Greg Focker) and uncomfortable moments (that time that he spray-painted a cat’s tail or set the yard on fire) that result from just trying to impress a girl’s father.  I don’t know if Daniel found it very funny.

Game Night at the comic store was kind of a bust tonight.  Matt decided to play HeroClix, which neither Daniel nor I play.  We decided to play Killer Bunnies.  I destroyed him.  It wasn’t really fun for either one of us.  I felt bad about killing all of his bunnies while I had 10 of my own, one of which was essentially immortal.  I don’t think we will play that one again for a little while.

Then we took a very long walk around the neighborhood and discussed what we want to get out of life.  Just another Wednesday night.

One of our many epic walks. Picture courtesy of my sister Kelly.

The Countdown is Over!

Tomorrow Daniel and I leave for Durham!  I’m so giddy that I didn’t even care about losing in poker during Game Night at the comic store tonight.  And I don’t mean I just lost, I mean I was consistently out of chips.  Over and over again.  It was sad, really.

We have a bit of packing left to do, but we are definitely ready to leave.  We’ve packed the Sour Apple Schnapps and the bathing suits.  That’s all you need for a week at the beach, right?

It actually looks like she's blowing this bubble from her mouth.

Exciting Things

One week from tomorrow, Daniel and I will leave for Durham and then onto the beach.  We have many things to keep us busy until then.  Tonight we visited Matt at the comic store for Game Night.  Nobody really came in, and we played Killer Bunnies and poker.  I’m absolutely addicted to poker right now.  While we were playing Killer Bunnies, I dealt 2 cards to each of us, as you would in Texas Hold ‘Em, paused and thought “That doesn’t look right.”  And it wasn’t because you start with 7 cards in Killer Bunnies.  Brain fart?  I think so.

Tomorrow we are going shopping.  We will need food, booze, and a costume for Daniel to wear to Park Ave Fest.

Kelly and Dillon are coming on Friday.  Saturday is the first day of the festival, and then we plan to go to Matt’s house for more poker and drinks.  Kelly doesn’t know how to play, so I’m very excited to teach her.  I’ve heard Dillon is familiar with the game, but I know I will end up schooling him.  I hope all of these plans actually work out, since Dillon has work on Sunday.  I will do my best to convince my sister to leave Sunday morning instead of Saturday night.  That would ruin all of the fun.

Finally, we just have to get through three days next week, and then we leave on Thursday.  I’m so excited.  Everybody needs something good to look forward to.  I’m lucky because I have lots of things in the coming weeks.

In honor of Park Ave Fest 2010. I hope this guy shows up again!

Bananas Foster, Beer, and Catan

My mom is in town, which is great.  She arrived this afternoon and we decided to grab some lunch at Magnolia’s.  We shared a tuna sandwich (which was so much more than a tuna sandwich) and then a dessert of bananas foster cheesecake.  It was phenomenal.  I’ve never had anything that was less than delicious at that restaurant.

After Daniel came home, we went to The Magpie for some beer.  Daniel was ecstatic, because being 21 is still novel to him.  We all had Bass, which was the special of the day.  Daniel and I have never been to The Magpie, and I think we were pleasantly surprised at the atmosphere.  Despite the lower prices, I would still take The Old Toad over The Magpie any day.  You can’t beat the atmosphere of The Old Toad.

Then we head over to Game Night at Park Avenue Comics & Games.  We convinced my mom to play one game of Settlers of Catan with me, Daniel, and Dennis.  She almost won, but Dennis beat her.  Daniel and I weren’t even close.  I think she had a good time.  Then we headed home to eat dinner.

It was a good day.  I’m glad she’s in town.  I also found out from Daniel that I would be working my first shift at the comic store this Friday, from 12pm until 6pm.  So come visit me!!


Godzilla Stomp!

For Daniel’s birthday, Matt decided to gift him a game that the comic store carries called Godzilla Stomp!.  Each player selects a set of monster cards:  Destoroyah, Mothra, Battra, Mechagodzilla, and the titular Godzilla himself.  Each type of monster has 6 cards; 5 of them are numbered 1-5 and one says “Rampage!”.  There are also 42 building cards.  Most buildings are worth 3, 5, 7, or 9 points, but the power plant cards each have numbers that read 2/4/6/8.  If at the end of the game a player holds one power plant, it is worth 2 points.  If they hold 2 power plants, each is worth 4 points, and so on until 4 power plants are each worth 8 points.

The players have to designate an object to be the Tie Smasher.  It can be any object.  Daniel and I have used the game box, a stuffed Domo toy, and a stuffed Godzilla.  In the event of a tie, the person holding the tie smasher gets to go first.

During one round, x + 2 building cards are laid out on a table, where x equals the number of players, up to 5 (since there are only 5 monsters).  So if there are 5 players, 7 building cards are laid out on the table.  Each player then selects a monster card from their hand, and lays it face down on the table.  All of these monster cards must be revealed simultaneously by all of the players.  The person with the highest number will select a building card first, then the person with the next highest number will select second, and so on.  If two people lay out monster cards that have the same number, there are two ways to resolve this.  First, the person with the tie smasher will automatically get to choose first.  Hence the term “tie smasher”.  Second, if two people lay down monster cards with the same number, but neither have the tie smasher, then the person who is sitting closest to the player holding the tie smasher (in the clockwise direction) will choose first, and the person farthest away from the tie smasher in the clockwise direction will choose their building card last.

After each round, the tie smasher will move to the player who selected their building card last.  If a person plays a Rampage! card, then they will go last.  Each player will select their building card except for the player rampaging.  This player will receive whatever cards are left over.  If two players play a Rampage! card during the same round, the tie is broken with the tie smasher, using the same rules for any other tie.  The person who wins the tie must leave one card for the other person to take.  It is in a player’s best interest not to use a Rampage! card when another player will also be rampaging.  Of course, this is all part of the strategy.

Once all 6 rounds are completed, each player counts all of the points on the building cards and the player with the largest number of points wins.

It’s a pretty fun game, and it moves very quickly.  That is certainly one of my favorite features.  We’ve acquired a number of games that can take a ridiculously long time to play through.  If that’s what you want in a game, it’s a good thing, but if you are looking for something quick and easy to play then this is the type of game for you.  I enjoy this one a lot, and I sure do love rampaging.  Tonight we brought it along for Game Night at the comic store.  Our friends seemed to enjoy it as well, since we played at least 5 games.

Destoroyah or Christine in an elephant costume?

GRE Prep

Yes, I’ve been planning on taking the GRE for a while.  But now it’s actually happening, on Friday morning.

I took a GRE practice test this evening, rather than going to Game Night.  This is kind of a bummer, but it was important that I actually get through a full test before going on Friday.

I took the Princeton Review’s GRE CAT practice test.  It simulates the real conditions of the GRE on the computer.  As you can imagine, this is very helpful.  I will not be going in on Friday having no idea how it actually looks.  I took it pretty quickly, to be honest.  I’m most uncomfortable with the essays, but that’s only because there is no way to receive feedback on them until you take the exam.

My verbal score ended up being 650.  This is pretty good actually.  My math score was only 550.  Why?  I made a lot of silly mistakes at the very beginning of the exam, and the way a Computer Adaptive Test works is that it adjusts your score after each question, and the level of difficulty of the next question is always determined on whether you got the previous question right or wrong.  Also, as you get further into the questions, they will count less and less towards the end, so it’s in my best interesting to get the questions correct at the beginning of each section.  It’s pretty unheard of to get a math score that much lower than a verbal score.

If nothing else, I’m much less anxious to go take the exam now.  Wish me luck!

Must remain calm.