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2004-12-15 RussCon Report
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18 of us played 13 games!
We did the first White Elephant gift exchange of this holiday season. (The second will occur in 3 weeks, on Wednesday 2005-01-05, so people will be able to jettison a lame Christmas gift they receive over the holidays.) There were some popular gifts that got stolen several times in the process: christmas music CDs, boxed trilogy of The Onion books, The Da Vinci Code, complete Monty Python scripts, etc. Perhaps the least desired gift was the plastic fishbowl with a few dozen plastic cockroaches in it. And then there was the indescribably odd Spanky the bondage penis plush doll (complete with unzipping head action), brought by Jeffles, won by JP... (I really regret that my camera batteries were dead!) At the request of several people, we let the first player take a final turn after everyone else; JP was that player, but he chose to keep Spanky!
There will be RussCon As Usual during the holidays, including 2004-12-22 and 2004-12-29.
Rob Corell and Wendy White are new parents of Sydney Valentine Corell. Congratulations!
|UndTschuess||5||Jeffles 4 JP 2 MarkH 0 Ben -2 Jerrie -4|
|ZirkusFlohcati||3||SarahM 2 Pauline 0 RussD -2|
|Transamerica||5||ToddG 4 Whendy -1 Jerrie -1 MarkH -1 Omar -1|
|Elfenland||4||Marty 3 Ben 1 Jeffles -1 JP -3|
|Attika||4||Tim 3 RussW -1 KevinU -1 Clayton -1|
|Can'tStop||4||RussD 3 Whendy -1 Pauline -1 MarkH -1|
|RicochetRobot||4||RussW 2 KevinU 2 Ben -1 Omar -3|
|Traumfabrik||3||Jeffles 2 Marty 0 Tim -2|
|Tichu||2||( Ben KevinU ) 1 ( JP Omar ) -1|
|EinfachGenial||4||RussW 3 William 1 Chad -1 SarahM -3|
|SaintPetersburg||4||Clayton 3 ToddG 1 SarahM -1 William -3|
|TooManyCooks||3||Jeffles 2 William 0 SarahM -2|
|Tayu||2||RussW 1 Whendy -1|
A very suspenseful close game of Attika, hurray! 3 out of the 4 of us all came close to connecting shrines (I was the odd man out), and after various successful blockages, it came down to getting all the buildings out before the others. Tim got his last one out on the hex I would have gotten my last one out onto if I'd had another turn...
Kevin had just driven back from a climbing trip in Colorado and said he was rather sleep-deprived and tired, but apparently such a mental state helps him become as one with the ricochet robots...
I was pleased to play Tayu again, 2 weeks in a row now. It is truly one of the long-lost classics of RussCon. For those not familiar with Tayu at RussCon, we tend to avoid building "the cube" (stack) of tiles (since you can inadvertantly see too much information, i.e. the connections are visible on the sides of the tiles), plus it's a hassle. We just draw from the bag, and we keep one public visible tile (so you can use it, or take a random one).
Sinéad O'Connor, I do not want what I haven't got
Iggy Pop, Brick by Brick
Bobby Horton, Homespun Songs of the Union Army volume 1
Wild at Heart, Original Motion Picture Soundtrack
In November I started teaching English as a Second Language for Literacy Austin, and thus far I've taken in 5 songs with printed lyrics for my students to listen to and read along. I chose songs which seemed to have reasonable clear vocabulary, pronunciation, speed, and interesting understandable theme or story. They came from these 5 CDs, and the songs are:
The students hadn't heard of any of the songs before (I thought they might have known "Nothing Compares 2 U" or "Candy"), except for "Love Me Tender", which they all knew and were humming along enthusiastically...
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