Entry for October 21, 2008: Repairs and Redwall

Friends, I hope you had a good weekend. Thanks to MySpace.com and Facebook, I've recently been able to reconnect with high school friends such as Ray C. and Frank D. after many years.

In addition to my birthday festivities, my boss took our unit out to a tasty lunch at the British Beer Company pub last Thursday. We've still been busy with at least one member of our five-person team out on most weeks this month, and I've also had some writing assignments.

On Saturday, 18 October 2008, I had to spend most of the morning at Boch Honda in Norwood, Massachusetts. While the repairs to my gas cap, tail light, and hood weren't too costly, they still required a lot of time, and I've begun thinking about replacing my vehicle. We had brunch at the International House of Pancakes, and I stopped by the so-called auto mile's big new Newbury Comics (the chain is better known for CDs, DVDs, and tchotchkes than for comic books).

The next morning, I skipped my supergroup's usual City of Heroes online game to go with Janice to the Barnes & Noble Booksellers in Shopper's World. We ate burritos at the new Chipotle, then attended an entertaining book signing by author Brian Jacques, who is best known for his "Redwall" children's fantasy novels.

Speaking of fantasy and role-playing, while Dexter V.H. has missed several D&D3.5 "Vanished Lands: Holy Steel" teleconferencing sessions lately, Beruk A. may be joining him and Byron V.O. in that adventuring party. The face-to-face D&D4e "Vanished Lands: the Faith-Based Initiative" group misses John C.M., who moved to Maryland, but Greg D.C.'s friend Dave C. has just joined us.

Later on Sunday, Janice and I met Thomas K.Y. at the sprawling Natick Collection shopping mall for an early dinner. We ended up at the Met Burger Bar, which we liked. Thomas and I have organized nongaming activities for the Boston-area social groups, but I'm disappointed that relatively few of our acquaintances are interested in celebrating Halloween (my favorite holiday) this year.

Coming soon: Comic book and genre television roundups!