On Vacation 2012

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Family on Vacation

I am on vacation this week with my family.  My internet connection in the coming week will range from intermittent to non-existent.  I will have posts for each day I am away on the blog, but if something momentous occurs, for example:  Elvis is discovered working at a Big Boy’s in Tulsa, the Pope issues a Bull against blogging as a complete waste of time, or Obama dumps Biden and picks his teleprompter as his running mate, I trust that this post will explain why I am not discussing it.

Among other activities we will be attending the Gen Con Convention in Indianapolis, a pilgrimage the McClarey clan makes each year to renew our uber-Geek creds.  If any of you are close to Indianapolis and you have never attended, it is worth a drive to see tens of thousands of role players, board gamers and computer gamers in Congress assembled.  If nothing else you will go home reassured as to how comparatively normal you are.  Last year’s attendance was in excess of 36,000 and there are multitudes of gaming related events.  A good symbol of the holy grail of nerdiness that is Gen Con is here.  Below is a Gen Con video from 2011 which gives a nice feel of the convention.

My wife and daughter participate in the live action dungeon at Gen Con.  I do not participate due to my great personal dignity, and because I doubtless would cry in anguish as my character was slain two seconds into the dungeon!

I have been threatened with being tossed in the Klingon jail, a fixture at Gen Con, before but it hasn’t happened yet.  ( I say that every year, and I realize I am tempting fate when I do!)  As long as I mind my manners at the convention, I will be back on-line next Sunday.  If not, I hope I will not be sent to Rura Penthe.

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  1. Welcome (back) to Indy! I’m in an outlying area too inefficiently located to fight my way downtown, else I’d shake your hand personally. Nonetheless, I think you’ll like the stuff left over from the Super Bowl hooplah.

  2. I hope you and yours have a wonderful time.
    I have something to ask you – maybe you will think it over on your journey home. Wouldn’t it be nice if we could have some sort of a response button to push after reading a fellow American Catholic’s comments? Lots of times I would like to say Amen to a post without writing a response– I don’t mean a “like” that will get posted anywhere else- just something on our own board, if I may call it that- sort of an intramural “like”. It would be interesting too because some of our friends who just read and don’t comment may participate in this way and kind of give us a “poll” of where we stand
    And if I haven’t told you, and all of the members before- I really appreciate this place. Thanks

  3. I dunno Don

    I guess there is salvation for you, but you must be treading on egg shells, brother. 😉

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