Ken's Voyages Around the Sun

Weekend Mundania
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Oh what an exciting weekend! Or maybe not, but that's okay too -- sometimes it's nice to stay home!

It's been a while since I worked on my online game, and high time for some bug fixes. That took up a bunch of Friday evening and Saturday morning. It's good to have it done though because it's most annoying to have players' email about bugs festering the In mailbox for too long. One bug let clever cheating players land huge bombers on tiny aircraft carriers. Ooops.

Jenn and Kenny came back from Korea and gave us the scoop on their recent adventures while we gamed away the evening. Asia's still on my must-get-to list of continents. One of these days that'll be taken care of. Happy Birthday to Jenn! We got her Ticket to Ride, a thoroughly enjoyable fast-moving train game. Of course she kicked our butts in it even on her first play!

The big mat cutter came out of the box on Sunday and I made some good practice mats, then a for-real one. I also made a frame to hold a really big poster I bought in York. The miter saw cut the frame perfectly. I had one leftover end of the framing wood that was too long to fit in the fireplace so I chopped it in half. Then I realized I hadn't chopped the leftover piece, but a good side of the frame! What a doofus!! Back to the store to buy more framing wood after that. Sigh.

And I read a book. A real, paper-based book. It's been ages since I've done that. In this case it was Last Stand of the Tin Can Sailors, which details part of the Battle of Leyte Gulf in WWII, where a few tiny destroyers and destroyer escorts (protecting a half-dozen small carriers) charged the full battle line of Imperial Japanese Navy battleships, heavy cruisers, and destroyers.

How suicidal was that? Totally. Just ONE of the Japanese battleships weighed more than all the American ships put together!

Why did the little American ships charge? Because the IJN caught the US Navy with its pants down around its ankles and there was nothing else to do. The little destroyers bought enough time for the defenseless carriers to escape and fought with such fury that the Japanese mistook them for much larger cruises.

It's a very well-written stirring historical account taken from first-hand reports and survivor stories.

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