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Thursday, January 29th, 2009
8:52 am
A big HAPPY Birthday to Wil, my most favorite nephew :) Enjoy your threeness today. Have a good one and dont torment your mom too much. (But just enough to have fun. You are three after all. Its in your job description :)
Friday, November 21st, 2008
8:57 am
Wooohooo! Its snowing in Maryland :)
Friday, November 14th, 2008
9:43 am
The Guest -Game Room is Finished
Guest Room Renovation

Yes, I finally finished it to the point that I can host a game day. The room already has received the mom and dad seal of approval. The stayed in the guest room on their last visit.

Now off to the next room
Thursday, November 13th, 2008
8:11 am
Wooohooo! The World of Warcraft expansion (Return of the Lich King) went live at 12 midnight. If the gaming gods are in a good mood, I will have the collectors addition waiting for me at home when I get there this afternoon Happy Gnome!

In other news, I finaly finished my guest room game room. I even have pictures and will hopefully be posting those pic's to my flickr account on Friday

So stay tuned

Current Mood: anxious
Tuesday, September 16th, 2008
7:45 pm
MD Ren Fair
Made my annual trip to the Maryland Renaissance Fair on Sunday. Had a great time and the weather was fantastic

Here is a pic of me and a couple friends. We where waiting in front of the white Stag Tavern for some others who were on their way over.

Ren Fair
Wednesday, May 14th, 2008
8:09 am
Is it Friday Yet?
So far this week.

1. Our office was initiated into our new space by the locals this last weekend. Of the 10 vehicals in our fleet (A mix of Soil Conservation, Maryland Department of Ag and USDA vehicals) 6 of them where vandilized. It ranged from slashed tires to opinions painted on the vehicals. This is one of the few times I am glad I dont have a vehical of my own.

2. Im starting to work on another room in my house. One wall has quite a few cracks running through the hores hair plaster. To prep for this, I have to chisle out each crack, cleaning out all the crumbleing plaster. This will allow me to put a wire mesh in the crack (Yes, some of the cleaned out areas are as wide as 2 inches) before plastering. One of the cracks follows the corner between the wall and ceiling. As I was chilsing this out, I sorta lost balance and toppled off the ladder. (Not that my balence is all that good to begin with) Lessoned learned, limit time spent on that ladder :P
Hopefully I can get some picts up of work in progress on flicker soon.

3. Attacked by a cat that was trying to make a home in my upstairs open porch. I go up there once in a while this time of year to check for wasps nests. The little buggers seem to like the environs up there so I will get quite a few nests popping up this time of year. I walk up the steps and pop through the door and have a very scared hissing cat running at me. I stomped on the floor and yelled which caused the cat to change directions and shoot out the window. As cats do, it landed on all fores and bolted out of the back of my yard. I never did look to see if any wasp nests where forming. Looks like I need to get a screen door put up.

On a good note
Everything I planted in my garden has survived the late frosts we have had, and is actualy comming up. If everything survives that is comming up now, I will have lots of spinach to feeze this year :) (And this is only my spring planting)

Maybe I just need a vacation.
Friday, May 2nd, 2008
12:58 pm
And maybe a Dungeon Crawl
Looks like one of the board gaming groups I meet with (GCOM) has a small group that wants to spend a day playing D&D

They assumed I could make it (havent gotten the schedual yet) so im rolling up a gnome character just in case they schedual it so I can make it.

We have plenty of warriors, healers and casters. After talking to the DM about what he will accept, he suggested and so im going with a duel class rogue/ranger

Hopefully there is not a lot of difrence between the first 3.0 basic books and the ones out now cause that is what I will be working with to roll up my first version 3 toon :)

Now, where do I start and where are my dice ........!
Wednesday, April 23rd, 2008
3:13 pm
Considering im surrounded by many people with aristic talent and am pretty comfortable in knowing that you all have the talent and I .... ummm ..... play in the dirt for a living.

Then something like this happens

From: Emma J. Williams
Subject: Schmap: Texas Photo Inclusion
Hi Gnomedude,

I am delighted to let you know that one of your photos with a Creative Commons license has been selected for inclusion in the newly released second edition of our Schmap Texas Guide:

Police Officer's Memorial

If you like the guide and have a website, blog or personal page, then please also check out the customizable widgetized versions of our Schmap Texas Guide, complete with your published photo:


Please enjoy the guide!

Best regards,

Emma Williams,
Managing Editor, Schmap Guides

Is that cool or what! (Yea, yea .. I know ... probably just "what")

Ok, back to playing in the dirt :)

(A "Thank You" goes out to artslave for telling me about the Creative Commons licence)
Thursday, March 27th, 2008
3:10 pm
I did better then I would have thought

My GreenIQ is 81
Tuesday, March 4th, 2008
12:52 pm
For Those Dungeon and Dragons Fans
(Posted on Troll Lords games forums):
Ernest Gary Gygax has passed away in his home.
Wednesday, February 27th, 2008
1:07 pm
Since I enjoy hearing about others home improvment projects and its been a while since I have posted, I figure I would pop something up and show off my last room renovation.

Been working on fixing up a upstairs room in my house and turning it into a bedroom. It is quieter and warmer there for a better room then where I was.

Here is the link


I must say im glad it is done with the exception of putting stuff up on the walls and replaceing the ceiling fan. It was a little more work then I was expecting due to some unknown crumbling plaster and a door frame that needed to be rebuilt. There are before and after photos.
As soon as I find a home for a metal wardrobe in the old room that I dont need anymore, I will start on that one. It is plaster on brick so shouldnt (knock on wood) take as much work to get to the painting stage
Tuesday, January 29th, 2008
8:31 am
Happy Birthday Will
A big Happy Birthday to William A. Snyder. May your 2nd birthday be a good good day full of fun and play :)

Big hugs to ya from your Uncle Bryan
Wednesday, November 21st, 2007
7:54 am
Have a happy Thanksgiving
For those who enjoy this day, dont eat too much :)

Have a good relaxing day.
Thursday, November 15th, 2007
2:11 pm
Writer's Block: Top Five Video Games
What's on your Top 5 video games list?

World of Warcraft
City of Heroes
Alpha Centari
Empire Earth
Sim City
Tuesday, October 23rd, 2007
9:23 am
I had the pleasure of seeing the Doctor a while back for a much needed physical. Nothing major, just the normal type where they make sure my heart is still pumping and check to make sure no red lights are flashing their warning signs due to bad diet or lack of exercise.
This is also a time when the doc wants me to point out anything I’m concerned with.
I had a couple bumps that had gotten bigger so brought them to his attention.
His response "Humph, no problem" He looked at my back, he looked at my neck and ears, looked at my face (2 eyes ... check, 2 ears .... check, 1 nose ... check)
We where just about finishing up and he was scheduling me for some blood work since I hadn’t had any done in a while, and he glanced at my right arm.

[doc]"What’s that?" he asked.
[me]"Ummm ..... a spot"
[doc]"How long have you had that?"
[me]"Hmmm ... probably ever since I remember figuring out I had these two arms that where great for pulling toys out of the kitchen cabinets"
[doc]"I don’t like the look of it" (He gets closer with a magnifier and takes a closer look)
[me]"Ummm ... ok, so what are we gonna do"
[doc]"Come back in 5 days and I will remove it and send it to the lab"

Needless to say, it has been removed and it was just a mole or "nevus" As I was morning the loss of the nevus that has been with me ever since birth, this bit of creativity popped into my head

>I had on my arm a nevus<
>The doc thought “Something’s amiss”<
>So he cut and he slashed and he stitched up my arm<
>And now I must go on nevusless<

Don’t worry, I wont give up my day job.

Current Mood: awake
Tuesday, September 18th, 2007
8:54 am
Time to move again
Not me, but my office

After many discussion's with the landlord, dealing with failed upgrades to our current building, cleaning services that literally go through our desks and ..... ummm .... clean us out, busted up parking lots, leaking roofs, out of code structures and general gnashing of teeth, the 3 government agencies in my building that together call ourselves "Soil Conservation" have decided to move to a new building.
We have been in this building for 20 years and we probably have 40 years of stuff packed in here. It is time to clean out the old and move to a new place.
Now, this was no minor feat. Yes, we are the government so we are flush with money and can move whenever we want, right? Wrong.
We have 3 agencies in our part of the building and we are tied closely with a 2 more, so everybody goes or nobody goes. We have 5 different budget processes to go through and 5 different approvals to get. We finally got our final approval last week.
This whole process can still be derailed, but the farther into this move we go, the harder it will be to derail it.

Now that we have the different agencies working together (In my immediate office space I have the USDA Natural Resource Conservation Service, Maryland Department of Agriculture Office of Resource Conservation, and the Carroll Soil Conservation District. Outside our office we have the USDA Farm Service Agency and the Carroll County Commissioners)

Now that we have our approvals, the real excitement starts. I say excitement because this is where those that think they are important, start demanding their wants over everybody else's needs. I need new furniture because my current stuff is "icky" isn't a good argument. I need a new file cabinet because the 2 bottom draws of my old file cabinet do not open is a good argument. (Yes, we have stuff that is that broken down)

I'm lucky. I can just shut my door when the wheeling and dealing and demanding gets too bad. I'm very much looking forward to the move because I truly think our current building is sick and the landlord is more excitement in selling it then making repairers or bringing certain items up to code. I also know all the "I'm better then you" attitudes will go away after the move. Not everybody will get what they want but that's the way of life as I see it.

The next 5 months will be interesting ones

Current Mood: moody
Thursday, September 6th, 2007
7:46 am
Luciano Pavarotti
Even though im a listener, not a preformer. I had a short spat in High School when I was a preformer.
This was one whom I looked up to.

He will be missed
Wednesday, July 11th, 2007
7:48 am
Happy, Happy
Happy Birthday pafuts

Hope you have a good one
Sunday, June 17th, 2007
10:57 am
Happy Fathers Day
To my dear ol dad and all fathers out there. This is your day. Have a good one!
12:31 am
Happy Birthday
To my brother, bardiclug. Have a most wonderful day. Relax and Enjoy
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