Buck's Blog

The Stream-of-Consciousness Journal of a Wargamer

Spring Break Vacation

| April 3, 2017

Both Tom’s and Sam’s Spring breaks were the same week this year, so we took a family vacation to southern Florida to see the Everglades and the Keys.  We began our trip with half a day in the “Little Havana” portion of Miami, where we indulged in some terrific food.  We also purchased some Cuban [...]

No War Toys or War Movies?

| June 22, 2016

A few months ago, I saw a post on one of the on-line blogs in which the author had taken a dollar store armored vehicle, applied a few bits, and made it a science fiction armored vehicle.  The genius is that many of the armored vehicles that came in packs of plastic army men were [...]

Costa Rica, 13-14 June, 2016

| June 15, 2016

On Monday morning (13th) we woke, packed, and had our final breakfast at Cabinas Capulin, in Monte Verde.  Then Orlando picked us up and took us to the Curi Cancha nature preserve.  This is one of many privately owned preserves in Costa Rica.  We went looking for wildlife — and found some. We took this [...]

Costa Rica, 12 June 2016

| June 13, 2016

On this day, we were on our own in Monte Verde without our guide, Orlando.  We began with another terrific breakfast, provided in the reception area of Cabinas Capulin before setting out for the Don Juan coffee and cacao tour.  The Don Juan tour was billed as “three tours in one:” coffee, sugar cane, and [...]

Costa Rica, 11 June

| June 12, 2016

After a terrific breakfast at our cabins, Orlando met us and took us to the Selvatura Cloud Forest park, where we began a zip line tour over the cloud forest.  Where we were in Monte Verde, Costa Rica, looks a little like a tropical rain forest, but in fact a cloud forest is different.  Where [...]

Costa Rica, 8-11 June 2016

| June 11, 2016

Over the past 6 Summers we worked to get the kids to all 50 states in the US before Tommy went off to college.  We managed to complete that goal about a week before he reported into West Point for Beast Barracks.  We had thought about trying to go to England this Summer, but the [...]

Business Trip to London

| May 24, 2016

I recently travelled to London to attend a conference for work.  To save a large bag of cash on the flight, it was cheaper for us to go over a couple days early, so I had a chance to see a few fights the day before the conference started. The first thing we did was [...]

An Inspirational Story

| February 19, 2016

Here is an inspirational story.  It’s been around for a couple of years, but someone just sent it to me again, so I thought I would post it here:  The Krissoff Family We’ve all see the “I support our troops” bumper stickers.  I often wonder “how?”  Putting a bumper sticker on your car does nothing [...]

No Wargaming this Thanksgiving

| December 1, 2015

My son was home this weekend from school, and we filled the weekend with holiday activities.  These included running in the Archbishop Spalding annual “turkey trot” fund raiser.  This year all four of us walked or ran the course.  My knees protested the last mile, but I completed the run. The weather was perfect.  Not [...]

Acceptance Day

| August 20, 2015

Last Saturday Tom (and the class of 2019) was formally accepted into the United States Corps of Cadets at West Point.  This gave us a chance to spend a few hours with him before the academic year started.  We had a VERY nice visit.