Entry for July 09, 2008: Independence Day report

On Friday, 4 July 2008, Janice's parents Marvin and Linda, her youngest sister Melinda, and Melinda's children Amanda and Joshua joined us from Upstate New York. We ate at a pancake breakfast, then sat through the rain for the local Independence Day parade in Needham Heights, Massachusetts.

After that, we walked through a craft fair and flea market before getting lunch at Dunkin Donuts. We sat and watched a model sailboat regatta as the clouds cleared before heading home. While Janice, Melinda, and their parents caught up on reading and cooked spaghetti and meatballs, I played a simplified version of the HeroClix miniatures game with Amanda and Josh. They've had some exposure to this in videogames such as Marvel Ultimate Alliance.

As a longtime role-player, I was pleased to see how much they enjoyed playing the DC and Marvel superheroes. Josh's action figure collection is almost as impressive as mine, and Amanda did especially well with the villains. As I've noted before, with the many movies and television shows inspired by comic books lately, it's no surprise that some of my friends have been enjoying City of Heroes online and others are eager to return to my "S.J.I.: Drake's Port" scenarios using the D20 Mutants & Masterminds 2nd Ed. game.

The next day, we visited the animal shelter where Janice usually volunteers on Sunday mornings, mainly to see a new foal. We had lunch at Friendly's in Needham. That afternoon, Janice took her folks to a music store in Brookline, Mass., and presented her refurbished childhood violin to Amanda. The next day, we caught up on yard work. Coming soon: More movies and Dungeons & Dragons Fourth Edition sessions!