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The Stream-of-Consciousness Journal of a Wargamer

Dropped Tommy off to Begin “Beast Barracks” at West Point

| June 29, 2015

This morning we dropped off my son at West Point to begin Cadet Basic Training, a.k.a. “Beast Barracks.”  This is a picture of him standing in line to get into Eisenhower Hall to begin his adventure.   It was a bittersweet moment for all of us.

The “Final” Cross-State Romp (Days 13 through 16)

| June 26, 2015

The drive from Mammoth Cave National Park to Charleston was very, very long, so Candy planned for to interesting stops along the way to break up the drive.  The first was in Corbin, KY, where Colonel Sanders started his motor park.  Eventually it became both Kentucky Fried Chicken and Days Inn. They had some very […]

The “Final” Cross-State Romp (Days 9 through 12)

| June 23, 2015

We left New Orleans and headed to Columbus, GA, to visit Candy’s mom.  The kids always enjoy visiting there, because they relax there, play games, and generally enjoy some “down” time. The next day Candy and her mom had some errands to run, so I took Tom and Sam to a new attraction in downtown […]

The “Final” Cross-State Romp (Days 6, 7, and 8)

| June 18, 2015

Tom and I began the morning of day 6 with a short run through Petit Jean state park.  When we returned, Sam was preparing breakfast in our cabin — pancakes and spam. This was a leisurely morning, since this was just a travel day — from Arkansas to Vicksburg, MS. After breakfast, we packed the […]

The “Final” Cross-State Romp (Days 4 and 5)

| June 15, 2015

We began Day 4 with a visit to the Overholtzer Mansion in Oklahoma City.  It was built in the early 1800s and remained in the same family until it was turned into a museum in the 1950s.  Interestingly, through three generations, almost nothing in the house had been changed (other than the kitchen) since it […]

The “Final” Cross-State Romp (Days 1, 2, and 3)

| June 13, 2015

Those who follow these blog postings know that we have had a goal to visit all fifty states as a family before Tom goes off to college.  These next few blog posts will document this summer’s vacation and our last seven (or so) states toward that goal.  We will complete this quest three days before […]


| June 7, 2015

A few weeks back Rebel Miniatures (http://www.rebelminis.com/28mmboxsets.html) released these duck men.  Since they reminded me of the guards in my Tunnels and Trolls dungeon from many years ago, I couldn’t resist picking them up.  (The mechanical scorpion is a pewter figure I picked up at a booth at the Pennsylvania Renaissance Festival last year.) The […]

Mechanical Monkeys

| June 6, 2015

I invested in the small Kickstarter project by Westfalia Miniatures (http://westfaliaminiatures.com) to make mechanical monkeys for pulp or VSF games.  This was the fastest Kickstarter redemption I have experienced.  The figures are very clean, with almost no flash. There are two sets of five figures each, one with pistols and one with swords.  These will […]