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15 minutes ago, Chaoswolf said:

My wife went to Reapercon with me this year. One day, she noticed someone working on their Bones pirate ship, and commented 'That's a pretty big ship'. I replied 'Yeah, it's pretty big.'

Then she stopped, looked at me, and asked 'What would you do with it?' to which I replied 'I dunno. Paint it? Run a pirate campaign?'

'Where would you even put it? It's not like we have a mantle or anything.'

'I dunno'

 

She looked at me again and said 'You got one, didn't you?'

'Yes'

 

She shook her head and laughed.

 

 

That's a good sign, right?

 

Obviously you have space for it, otherwise how would you have hidden from her for this long? ::P:

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40 minutes ago, Chaoswolf said:

She looked at me again and said 'You got one, didn't you?'

'Yes'

 

She shook her head and laughed.

 

 

That's a good sign, right?

 

 

In my experience, it's the tone in which those two words have been said. If it was a curiosity inflection, then yes, good sign. If it was with more of an accusing emphasis... eh, then that head shake and laugh might be the ideas of her revenge forming.

 

Sleep with one eye open...

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11 minutes ago, Dilvish the Deliverer said:

 

Still are.

When I was on active duty there were still a significant number of diesel boats in the fleet.

I've never personally experienced it but I understand when the hatch was first cracked coming into port the "fragrance" was quite similar to that from a sewer backing up during the height of summer.

GEM

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A book bundle on Humble Bundle - 33 noir books from Hard Case.

 

Rather fond of Hard Case publishing, they have a very old school mystery feel.

 

And equally old school covers.

 

Sadly, most aren't things Megan will find useful for Eberron inspiration - I think that I need to dig up some Dashiell Hammett. I am thinking The Continental Op.

 

The Auld Grump

4 hours ago, Pezler the Polychromatic said:

 

I can see it going like:

 

"It's Grump season."

"It's Megan season."

"It's Grump season."

"It's Megan season."

"It's Megan season."

"It's Grump season."

 

BOOM!

You're dithpicable.

 

The Auld Grump

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1 hour ago, TheAuldGrump said:

A book bundle on Humble Bundle - 33 noir books from Hard Case.

 

Rather fond of Hard Case publishing, they have a very old school mystery feel.

 

And equally old school covers.

 

Sadly, most aren't things Megan will find useful for Eberron inspiration - I think that I need to dig up some Dashiell Hammett. I am thinking The Continental Op.

 

The Auld Grump

You're dithpicable.

 

The Auld Grump

If you are going to point her in the direction of Dashiell Hammett, post a road sign for Damon Runyon along the way.   If nothing else, good for inspiration on NPC Naming.

GEM

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6 minutes ago, Green Eyed Monsty said:

If you are going to point her in the direction of Dashiell Hammett, post a road sign for Damon Runyon along the way.   If nothing else, good for inspiration on NPC Naming.

GEM

 

11 minutes ago, Green Eyed Monsty said:

If you are going to point her in the direction of Dashiell Hammett, post a road sign for Damon Runyon along the way.   If nothing else, good for inspiration on NPC Naming.

GEM

Damon Runyon Theater.

 

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10 hours ago, PaganMegan said:

The former owners of the pagan retreat Grump and I attend tried to become a mini Maine Burning Man one year, and almost went bankrupt.

 

They lost more than half the attendees. It went from a family event to Adults Only, without replacing the families.

 

That was the year I started the Great Grump Hunt. ::P:

It also led to my being on the board for the retreat.

 

The couple had mingled their finances with those of the retreat....

 

Which didn't matter, until they weren't sure they had enough for the IRS..

 

Going from 'Guy That Runs the D&D Game' to being CFO was... odd.

 

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20 minutes ago, TheAuldGrump said:

It also led to my being on the board for the retreat.

 

The couple had mingled their finances with those of the retreat....

 

Which didn't matter, until they weren't sure they had enough for the IRS..

 

Going from 'Guy That Runs the D&D Game' to being CFO was... odd.

 

The Auld Grump

Sounds like the kind of twist I expect from a Grump Story. "so in between saving the charming prince with narcolepsy with a smack on the kisser, and saving the dragons horde from tax collectors, I got hired to run the finances of the place, all with a naked pixie on my lap for some reason" 

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1 hour ago, ShadowRaven said:

Sounds like the kind of twist I expect from a Grump Story. "so in between saving the charming prince with narcolepsy with a smack on the kisser, and saving the dragons horde from tax collectors, I got hired to run the finances of the place, all with a naked pixie on my lap for some reason" 

There were times I really wanted the evil dragon IRS to eat the pair of them.

 

Sadly, the IRS was actually incredibly reasonable, and even recommended an accountant to get their finances... simplified.

 

It helped that the retreat went to a nonprofit status - and the IRS didn't really give a choice on having an accountant, more of a requirement. (We actually kept them for a couple of years longer than required - they did solid work.) Going nonprofit meant standardized finances, with rules and regulations to keep Dave and Lilly in check.

 

Dave and Lilly really managed to bork their finances - if they hadn't thrown themselves on the mercy of the IRS BEFORE tax time rolled around, it is possible that they would have been facing jail time. Seriously, they shared a checking account with their business. No excuse for Dave - he had an MBA, and should really have known better. (I am assuming incompetence, not malice.)

 

It also helped that I brought the Unitarians into the picture - my U/U minister also has an MBA. The A2U2 congregation has been working with Pagans for a long time. (Pagans marrying Unitarians is pretty much a meme.)

 

A few years ago the A2U2 congregation brought Pagan Unity on board as well - but the person behind Pagan Unity (now Earthtides) died of complications from diabetes last year. We didn't even know about it for over six months. ::(:

 

Its not so much that I saved the retreat, it's that I knew people that could. I also managed to wangle the owner of the campsite onto the board. (Facilities Management - giving him skin in the game.)

 

Dave and Lilly broke up a few years ago - she wanted kids, and Dave didn't tell her that he had had a vasectomy - he really didn't want kids, but told her otherwise.

 

Hoping that Covid-19 didn't manage to kill the retreat - it is in the black, but two years is a long time to not have an event. Losing Richard, on top of that... he was what kept Pagan Unity/Earthtide together. They helped organize things for 2018-2019, but 2020 would have been their first official year in charge of things.

 

*EDIT* The short version is that the retreat needed a board, not a couple of managers. I was just the guy that told them that.

 

The Auld Grump

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Found out a little bit ago that a good friend of mine probably had a heart attack. He's had some health issues going on and finally got referred to a cardiologist. He's going in for an angioplasty and have a stent placed tomorrow. All of this also lead to him having to close his business down. He owned a European car mechanic shop and did most of the work himself. He is married to a friend of mine from high school. I know this has to be hard for them on all fronts.

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