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  1. Very rarely with minis. I have a good memory for what toys I have and lists of haves and wants for each army/warband. For household stuff tools and spare parts occasionally. Sometimes it's a matter of I need it now but can't find it but a lot of the time it is due to disorganisation.
  2. Rough plan is to spend one day working on the farm with my oldest son and one day at the house in town doing things with the family. Reality rarely agrees with my plans. So I am adept at switching gears and directions to do what I have to. This weekend was a perfect example. Friday was my birthday and the kids had a day off school. I wanted to relax but the wife wanted to work on the garden and yard at the farm. We decided to go out for a couple hours. I rent a small pasture to a neighbour and wanted to fix a bit of fence and check the water pump. Pump was clogged with rusty sludge and I spent 5 hours tearing it apart, cleaning and reassembling. Saturday wanted to fix the fence for the neighbours cows. Wife got me to do yard work in town and plan a vacation. Sunday some people wanted to play paintball but ended up not showing up. I spent an hour getting things ready for them which wasn't a total waste because now I'm that much more prepared for the next group. Needed to clean and move some equipment around and fix that fence. Son #1 dropped me off at the equipment and went cultivating. Equipment had minor breakdowns so it didn't get cleaned and 15-20 minis of moving took me almost 3 hours. Finally started fixing the fence. Thunderstorm rolled in. I don't like hanging onto long barb wire fences on a hilltop when there's lightning. I know of a few people who've been killed doing that. So gave up and went back to town. Monday didn't sleep well so slept in and am writing complaining about things when I should be getting that fence fixed. Cows are arriving shortly. The fence is up but still needs a bunch of posts replaced. I'm a 19 or 20. So many things go wrong around me that I've learned to deal with it. I don't get angry easily but when I do I stay mad for days or longer. I can forgive minor things and don't sweat it as long as I see a real effort to work out issues. What I absolutely can't stand is deliberate rudeness, deceitfulness and dishonesty. My basic theory of life is do what you want as long as you aren't hurting other people. If someone does manage to upset me my normal reaction is to take a step back until I am sure I won't explode and then get back into trying to settle things. If it doesn't seem like I can settle it quickly I cut my losses and never deal with that person or company again. I'm not vindictive but I can hold grudges. My wife nags me that I'm too easy going and need to broccoli more when things aren't right. Or maybe just scared. I reply that I worry more about what I'll do if I lose my temper than what the other person could do to me. I'm 6' 3" tall and weigh 220 pounds. It's rare anybody risks pissing me off while I'm standing in front of them. There have been a couple of cases where people have pushed me to the edge. One guy was a cattle buyer that I dealt with over the phone. He yelled and swore at me about a minor error in my paperwork when I shipped a load of cows to his company. I got in the vehicle and drove to his office. He took one look at me and we had a nice friendly conversation about how to correct the problem. The worst I've been upset lately was by my kids one hockey coach. My oldest isn't very athletic but he played hockey for years and was one of the poorer players on the team. We had to miss a game and a couple of practices do to real life interfering. Hockey in Canada with the wrong coach can be sort of like being in the military. It is supposed to be the one and only thing in your life. You drive hundreds of miles in dangerous weather, when you're sick and there are no excuses for being late or missing a game. We were 5 minutes late for a game because I had a flat tire. We walk into the dressing room and the coach starts yelling at my son who was 11 about how he should have been on time. I calmly told the coach it wasn't the kids fault and I had a bad day so back off. He starts telling me he's the coach and what he says goes and he doesn't have to listen to me. The kid has to learn responsibility. So arrogant and condescending. It was the last in a long series of rude and annoying comments from him. I almost drop him right there but don't want to throw the first punch in a locker room full 10-11 year old kids. Game was about to start so he leaves and I help my kid get ready. The kid's benched for the entire game for being late. After the first period my wife wants me to go talk to the second coach because I've known him all my life and he always seemed decent. I'm still shaking mad and don't go with her. The supposedly ok coach screams and swears at my wife about our responsibilities to the team. The whole rink hears it and I just go over and take her away. She's still mad at me 2 years later because I didn't beat the !@#$ out of the two of them right there. I said this isn't Russia (the wife is russian) where you can beat somebody up with no consequences. I'm not going to jail because my hockey coach is an broccoli. The almost ok coach sort of apologised a year later for being like that. I've only seen the other one a couple of times since that season and he avoids looking at me. I haven't had a public explosion in over 20 years but the heavy punching bag in my basement gets some good usage after things like this. I'm very much the bottle it and take it somewhere else and let it blow type of person. No screaming hissy fits in other people's faces.
  3. Instead of going to farm and doing some work I ended up spending 4 hours planning a family trip with the wife. Getting late enough there's no point starting work now. We plan on driving straight west of home to Waterton National park and while there take a day to go south to Glacier National Park. On the way home we'll hit Writing-on-stone Provincial park. Anybody ever been in that area and have any must see tips? Now comes the hard decision, do something with my minis, take a nap or play with my kids. Nap wants to win but that usually messes up my night's sleep.
  4. Happy birthday! My kids were very good about wishing me a happy birthday. Mainly because their mom was standing behind them going, come on do it, say it already.
  5. It's a good day for birthdays. Happy Birthday!
  6. Got my notification. Only 11 pounds. I feel somehow inadequate after seeing how big other people's are.
  7. I've often wondered if the pronunciation of naval terms was because of the quantity and quality of the rum the sailors used to have. I know I start slurring and mumbling after enough alcohol. I live about as far from the sea as possible so sailing isn't one of my specialties.
  8. A man after my own heart. Not so many unassembled minis here but hundreds with no paint or just a primer job. I've been waiting for Rothfuss' book for so long I forget about it often. I'm also waiting for continuations of the Dresden Files and Destroyermen series. I'm waiting for Xcom 2 to get cheaper so I feel less guilty when I buy it.
  9. Thanks everybody. Planned on having a lazy day because this time of year means my birthday is usually working hard. Isn't going to work out quite like I wanted but I slept in for an hour. I just finished seeding which means an end to 12-14 hour days in the field. Need to do a few hours of work on fences and a bunch of phone calls. But supper is already planned. Shashlik (russian shishkabob), fried calamari, black forest cake and some other good stuff.
  10. Ah, to be new to it all and think that 35 minis is a lot. I've been collecting for 30 years and the unpainted numbers have slowly grown in proportion to painted every year. The speed I paint I have at least 10 years of minis ahead of me even if I don't buy more. But looking at and buying minis seems to be the biggest part of my hobby.
  11. Thanks. I'd looked at that before but didn't pay attention to the dates. It says Completed on: 05-18-16. Wow, exactly 1 year to the day.
  12. This X2. I absolutely loathe UPS and refuse to deal with them anymore. Fedex isn't much better. I'm Wave 2 but haven't had any notices yet. I have no idea when I locked in. Have enough trouble remembering what I did yesterday let alone almost a year ago.
  13. One. I call it THE HOBBY tm R and any other letters I care to add. Seriously, I tend to have several projects running in parallel. That way if I'm waiting for things to dry or materials to arrive, etc I can work on one of the others. Also I tend to paint things in small groups and if I get tired of one thing repeatedly I can switch to something else. I am notoriously bad for never completely finishing projects. Mine drag on for months and usually years. I try to focus and finish things but rarely do. Individual minis or terrain pieces I can finishnrelatively quickly but it doesn't help that my projects tend to be large scale like 100+ mini armies, multiple hills a large river system. Even on the smaller side I have only one Frostgrave Warband 100% complete. It's 20+ minis for a game where you need 10 but I had to have all the options. I have dozens of grandiose plans and a handful of mediocre almost completes. My #1 goal for the year is to finish at least one of my armies to 100% painted and based. Trouble is I can't decide which one it should be so I've been painting and assembling things for four.
  14. I haven't picked a house because they all sound about right. Tabletop, procrastinus and figmentius. Unless there's a house that's all about finishing projects in a quick and timely manner. I definitely don't belong there.
  15. Watched X-men Days of Future Past and Logan this week. Both left me kind of meh. I have kind of an ingrained dislike of time travel stories and nothing really grabbed my attention in Days of Future past. I was really looking forward to seeing Logan because I liked the previous 2 movies about Wolverine. It was dull and depressing and did nothing for me. I've got nothing against depressing films. I watch russian war movies and like them. But again there just wasn't any kind of emotional connection for me. Watching a violent little girl version of Wolverine scream and grunt and kill things just wasn't enough to make me like it. Really want to see GOTG 2. Don't feel like driving 2 hours to see it in the city so am waiting for a bit until it hits the local theater.
  16. Does that mean you drag them out of the water first?
  17. I can't remember if we still had the party line when I was real little or not. I know my parents had it with the rotary phone. Dad used to laugh about how a bunch of neighbour's favourite entertainment was listening to other people's business. Sometimes they couldn't help but comment on what they heard or somebody would come in and start talking not realising what was going on. Then the one's that were being spied on would get all upset and try to figure out who was listening. Back before internet and cable TV you had to do something to amuse yourself I guess. Loaned a friend my garden tiller and a piece jammed on it. Ruined a pulley and a belt. Thought no big deal those are common parts and shouldn't cost much. Can't find them in any canadian stores. From the US they cost $50 plus $30+ shipping. Found the belt on ebay for $17 shipping included but the stinkin pulley will cost as much or more to ship than the pulley itself. Add in exchange and duty and it's awful expensive for a quarter pound chunk of nylon. Supposedly there's some small stores not too far away that repair them so tomorrow I need to make some calls. Annoys me when shipping is the same cost as what I'm ordering.
  18. Funded

    Been wiffle-waffling about whether or not to buy in. Saw 2 $180 spots pop up and decided to do it. Something went wrong with my Kickstarter password and while I got it settled they were gone. Then before I could pledge the wife called me off to do some stuff. I told myself if I don't get back to the computer on time it was no big deal. Just came back and pledged for the 3 boxes. Not as excited about this as most of my purchases but there's a ton on interesting bits in there.
  19. I have. I do 99% of the repairs on my farm and houses. The house pump out at the farm sometimes needs to be primed if I've done any work where the water drained out of it.
  20. I've been there a few times. I get to Calgary about once a year and even though Drumheller's a bit off the direct route home it's worth the extra time. The town itself isn't anything special but I like the badlands and the Royal Tyrell Museum is cool. We have some badlands within a half hour drive of here and every so often we go for a wander through them.
  21. It's been 20+ years since I played a real RPG. Can't remember what it might have been because we played a handful of different ones back then. Last videogame was Skyrim a couple of weeks ago. This might be a record for me for time not playing something on the computer. It was fun but I haven't been getting into as much as some games. Last boardgame was the original Axis and Allies about 2 months ago. Fun was had but not as much as I was hoping.
  22. I pledged on all of them and will most likely pledge on IV. Storage is not a huge problem when they are mostly packed in tightly to smaller boxes and left unpainted on the shelf. I'm sure there's a theoretical maximum of bones and minis but I've never attempted to think about it. I try not to think about nasty things like not buying more toys. I was allowed to build a bit of a hobby area in our new house in town this winter. It consists of a small table for painting plus shelves 8' wide x 7.5' tall x 16" deep. I've only filled it half way so far by focusing on painted minis and the unpainted minis and games that we use regularly. My old house is on my farm 20 miles away and has about twice the storage area where I'm keeping the minis and games I'm not using and the bulk of the crap I've collected over the years in the "I could use this sometime" category.
  23. I have pretty strong willpower. I tend to have wishlists that go on for years before I buy the things on them. Since I took over the farm a few years ago I haven't had a lot of money in the bank and most of it gets spent on necessities and things the rest of the family wants. When I do break down it is at extremes either on very small items like buying old video games for $5 or Bones or other minis for $400. Like Red ambrosia my weakness is minis. I have enough of a backlog of minis that I can usually stop from buying even though I love to look. But I have serious issues with what I call the "snowball effect". Any of the Bones kickstarters or Frostgrave Nickstarters are a good example. If I decide to buy then I start out with a reasonable amount and then think, I'm already paying shipping, this is likely cheaper than I'll be able to get them at another time and I can sell the extras to get some of my money back. With mailorder, which is 90+% of how I buy things it's better to go for one large order than multiple small ones. Nickstarters are bad not because of the deal itself but because Northstar carries so many minis I like. I always want to add a box of something else. Another problem is the sell the extras part. I've sold exactly 0 of the Bones and Frostgrave minis that I didn't want although I did give away a bunch. When assembling my GW collections it was easy to buy big lots cheap per mini and sell off the unwanted bits. Haven't had much luck with other stuff.
  24. Sympathy from me. There's a comic con near me that I had to skip this weekend. Never been to one and I learned that Bill Shatner and Bruce Boxleitner will be there. I'm not one for caring a lot about celebrities but it would have been cool to meet them. But I've had a couple rough days working and really need to get some things done so no weekends off for me until I finish. Dragging my butt this morning or I wouldn't be on the puter. Colonoscopede sounds scary. Especially if you know about the psychotropic effects of their attack. Seriously I don't know what the drugs are they use but I've been a driver for a couple of people after being scoped and heard other stories. Saw a Bill Engvall show about his experience with it and laughed my broccoli off because it was almost exactly what I saw except from the patient's POV. He, he, Broccoli!
  25. Work, work and more work. The joys of farm life. Hoping to get the field work done as quickly as possible and then it's on to cattle and fences. If I get any spare time I'm hoping to do some paintball. Run a small paintball field on the farm but it has to take second place to the other stuff. Other than that hoping to have a few big barbeque parties with some friends. The wife will want to have a family trip somewhere when the kids are out of school but we haven't really discussed what direction we'll go this year. My picks are either Nova Scotia or Vancouver and Victoria but it's rare when I win out.