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Yesterday: Weapons practise. Several things have been learnt:

Despite my claiming the contrary, ghostpaw is probably right, and I should respect her for this.
Despite my claiming the contrary, I can actually fight.
I am more mobile without armour than with (dur!).
Full armour is hot.
My armour does not fit over light clothes. (Too loose)
It's amazing how much better LARP combat is when a brass marching band is playing epic in the background
I really should have warmed up and down.
I ache
My boots need repair (before someone claims "again", these are different boots)
...Yet I can still wear them happily.
Polearms still beat virtually everything else one-on-one.
That was fun.
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For those that have been in our house, we use touch sensitive light switches across most of the house, and along with the track lighting in the bed rooms, this limits out options for energy saving light bulbs. With a track and a touch switch, I can't use compact fluorescent bulbs for instance. Whilst discussing this with my father last night, I was told that it took him 6 months to get hold of his last purchase of incandescent bulbs. With this in mind, I took but a single bulb from him when I finally blew the last one in my room, and went out shopping today for other options. Homebase yielded a single bulb at £2, which is energy saving and dimmable, but looks otherwise like it might work. I will admit to not having tried it as I type. Focus, however, still sells boxes of 3 old fashioned incandescent light bulbs for a pound. Exactly what I've been buying (and blowing) for years. So I bought 2 boxes, and now am back up to a full set of 3 bulbs in here. (Also why I've not tried the Homebase one)

I must say, I do wonder where my father went looking to take 6 months to find what I found in a little over 30 minutes.

I must not say "I told you so" to him later, it would be rude.

But I'm happy. I think there may be a shopping trip to stock up at some point. Especially as I blow bulbs at about one every two months. So these 6 will only last me a year at that rate. I probably want two or three years supply, especially at £2 a year.
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Today I started to appreciate just how isolated I am, in my own little world. Yet it is a world of wonder, of marvels, and if I can live here and now, what else might there be, right outside my door?

I'm a gamer. Most of you will know this, I have given up pretending otherwise. I'm a gentleman who enjoys games. There are many and varied types of games, from the MMORPG (Guild Wars), to the board games (Settlers of Catan), to the LARPs (Brighton Below, Maelstrom), to the console games (F-Zero GX on the Gamecube), to others I suspect even I'm not currently thinking of. Gaming covers a wide variety of things that are acceptable and normal, as well as a few that are less so. Yet while each part of who I am is accessible at some level, the whole requires a degree of dedication, not to mention money. Nothing on that above list is free, and when taken as a whole, gaming is expensive (From MMO game fees, to M:tG cards, to LARP costumes). Yet it is also something that can be a complete way of life, and one that I fill my free time with. I immensely enjoy gaming too, it's fun, and that's the point.

My world collides and passes through others, as everyone's does. I do do other things, I'm a juggler for one thing (although not any good at it), and through circus meetings get to know a variety of people who live in different worlds to me.

I was speaking to one such friend today. I've known for a fair while now that her world and mine are different places, but I didn't until today realise how drastically different they were. A while back I showed her my gaming world, and she looked in with interest and confusion. Yet she looked, and I admire that. Today, she gave me a glimpse into her world, and initially I wondered what I might see, so I glimpsed.

I have to wonder whether her look into my world was as scary and unsettling at the start as my glimpse into hers has been. For what I glimpsed both intrigued and scared me. This was not scared to find out more, but scared of getting involved in things I didn't even know I knew nothing about yesterday. I don't know if I want to know more, but I think I will take any opportunity I get to find out, for I can only learn from this. I will be a wiser man if I learn than if I bolt, and yet I am scared of where this can go. To be scared of the unknown is normal, and I can appreciate that, but it doesn't make me any less scared*.

This oh so short glimpse into a world that was not my own was a wonderful and inspiring exercise. It's shown me that there are worlds right outside my doorstep that are alien to me and mine, and this, whilst scary, has piqued my interest and explorers spirit.

I am also happy to report that I think this is the first time something like this has left me wanting to know more, rather than bolt. I consider this a good thing.

* I nearly wrote "But this doesn't make it any less scary" here, then realised there's a difference between something that is scary, and something which makes me scared. I can face up to this world and see that there is nothing there that is actually scary, and yet still be afraid to find out, and be scared. I think this distinction may be entirely in my head (if so, please leave it there, it's happy, and I'm feeding it well), hence I should probably clarify that I saw a difference.

ION, Brighton Below was great!

Also ION, Look, a real update!

Alone

Apr. 16th, 2009 09:50 pm
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Once again I realise I'm completely alone in my life and doing nothing about it. I can see why I'm not doing anything about it, it's because I'm scared. Scared of the unknown, scared of being active on my own. I need to get out and about more often.

Suggestions and invites welcome.

Snow day

Feb. 2nd, 2009 08:22 pm
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So, along with everyone else in the UK, it snowed here, and I awoke to a vista of white.

Unlike a fair proportion of my f-list, I got a phone call from work about the point I was going to leave anyway to ask me to come in as quick as I could, as they needed more staff. (Although, fair cop to my boss, he clarified this as please get in as quick by being slow and careful and just not delaying for other reasons). Work well knows I live within easy walking distance.

So I've spent an extra 15 minutes on the start of the day and another half hour on the end at work, because retail of batteries and cameras goes up on days like this. We've done a good day's trading, and will likely do so again tomorrow.

Personally, I only moderately like the snow. It's pretty (apparently Hove beach was covered in people this morning), but it's cold, slippery and dangerous.

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