Entry for January 31, 2006

The past two weeks have been relatively quiet. While the unseasonably warm weather is coming to an end, my work hours have been long, and the local social/gaming groups have been dealing with some short-term scheduling changes.

Steve M.R.'s mother continues her battle against cancer, and most of my peers are coming to the painful realization of our parents' mortality. On a lighter note, Damon F.P. and Steve M., two friends of mine since high school, plan to visit Massachusetts in two weeks.

Janice and I attended the "Death by Chocolate" charity event at the Sheraton in Newton, Mass., this past Sunday. We were joined by Beruk A. and my boss Michele L.D'F. and her husband Paul D'F. On an unrelated note, Janice and I are taking tomorrow off from work for the second round of her periodontal surgery.

We've been watching some so-called reality television lately. No, not the "Lord of the Flies"-style competitions that reward backstabbing, but documentaries on the History Channel; home-design shows on HGTV; and "Good Eats," "Unwrapped," and "Iron Chef America" on the Food Network. We've also been enjoying A&E's "Hustle," and I'm glad that "Smallville" and "Veronica Mars" have resumed, despite the traumatic events for the young-adult characters on those shows. We'll see how the merger of the WB and UPN affects genre television…

While the D&D3.5 "Vanished Lands: Seekers of Lore" heroic fantasy group won't be meeting tonight due to bad weather and the unavailability of some role-players, the play by e-mail teams have continued to forge ahead, as Byron V.O./"Ibrahim" retrieved a large enchanted crystal, Carolyn M.P./"Grace" visited a Sea Elf artifact bearer at the Coral Temple, and Greg D.C./"Janus" travels to eastern mountains on his Satyr Druid's own quest. I'll also be running a one-shot for James B.'s young nephew this coming Saturday…