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Thorn's Status Thread

Postby Thorn » Fri Apr 27, 2007 7:53 am

Last round of exams and projects. Will post when possible, but don't expect me until mid-week next week at the earliest.

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Postby Thorn » Thu May 17, 2007 12:34 pm

Hey all, am currently taking a two-week intensive surveying class. I had underestimated just how worn-out I'd be after spending eight hours a day in central Texas in May surveying open fields. In case anyone's interested, I look like somebody took your stereotypical IT nerd and boiled him like a lobster at the moment. I'll try to get game posts done tomorrow; this is just a note in a break between class segments (we're moving back into the computer labs, yay us).

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Postby Azazel » Thu May 17, 2007 1:13 pm

Hmmm... lobster! ^^

Good thing you're done with the open-field surveying and going back into the labs. I, for one, have never liked direct exposure to sunlight.

On a more personal note, I've never been able to navigate open spaces. Hence why I never stray too far away whenever I'm at the family ranch. XD

Looking forward to your next round of posts. ^^

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Postby Thorn » Fri Aug 03, 2007 10:28 am

So I went a bit off the deep end for the last couple months. If anyone's still interested in JTF Greenjacket, let me know. I apologize to all parties affected by my distraction - mostly, I didn't post for a couple weeks, then never got back in the habit after surveying class wrapped up.

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Postby Thorn » Sun Aug 19, 2007 12:02 pm

Hooray hooray hooray. I'm back from the Vacation from Hell, and quite frankly, I need a few days to recover. Since you're probably wondering what makes it the Vacation from Hell...

1 - Bike quit firing on its right cylinder halfway to Bandera. Normally that's a six-hour trip, we made it in... oh... twelve.

2 - My dad's bike decided it didn't need a clutch. Of our week-long trip, we spent three days working on motorcycles.

3 - On Day 4, Tropical Storm Erin rolled in. Sure, it was Tropical Depression Erin by the time it hit San Antonio, but Tropical Depression Erin dropped ten and a half inches of rain on us in six hours. We were, at the time, about 50 miles from the condo, out riding. And missed our turn. So we wound up completing three legs of a fifty-mile square.

4 - Got back to the condo and saw that where there had been grass the day before, there was now a waterfall. Not a drainage channel, an honest-to-goodness roaring waterfall around the corner of the building. Decided to go into town for an emergency grocery run. Here's where it gets REALLY good.

5 - On the way back from the grocery store in the truck, we came to the only way in or out of the condo, a low-water crossing. Well, we thought, we're in a truck, and the water doesn't LOOK deep. Time stands still, everything moves in slow motion, and next thing we're trying to get the door open... 200 yards down-river. Door gets open and we swim (mostly) for shore. The truck swims (sort of) for San Antonio, 75 miles downriver. We find out the next day that it made it just a little around the next riverbend and grounded on some rocks.

6 - Next day was enforced happy time, since it was my son's birthday. So no adventures Friday. Saturday, however... Saturday, when we finally dared to cross the low-water crossing, we got a U-Haul to pack the bikes out. Nobody was enthusiastic about crossing the low-water crossing with motorcycles. Everything goes okay, save that six ratchet straps cost $80 in Bandera, Texas, after a major flood. So we come back to the condo and start loading bikes... and my dad's bike drops on top of him as he tries to drive into the U-Haul. Wheel height's about four feet; his head's four feet above that, so there's a total eight-foot diameter head-to-ground as the bike pivots.

7 - We drove back to College Station, got in around 10:30 last night. Went to sleep around 1:00. Got up and went to work at 7:00. About halfway home, incidentally, we discovered that my brother's bike had fallen over inside the truck.

Summary - In the past week, I've dragged my dad out of a river because he was the (mostly) in we swam (mostly), lifted his 800-pound upside-down bike off of him, lifted my mom's 800-pound bike off of HER when she went down, picked up my bike and spent a day or so laying in gravel, and spent an hour or so in a gasoline-soaked U-Haul van trying to get my brother's bike straight. I need a vacation, so I'm going to hold off posting.

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Postby Kai » Mon Aug 20, 2007 7:51 pm

Ouch.....take your time!

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Postby Thorn » Tue Sep 04, 2007 6:48 pm

Well, folks, it's down to two semesters before I have to get a real job. Unfortunately, these two semesters could be construed as trial by ordeal. I'm working 40 hours a week and taking 15 hours of senior engineering courses; this is the first chance I've had to get on the MRC and post something. So the long and short of it is I'm going to be leaving for a while. If I come back, great, but I cannot give you a timeline - which, ironically, sounds a lot like my deployment in '03. It's been fun, when I remembered to post.

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Postby Thorn » Mon Nov 07, 2011 3:46 pm

I haven't forgotten any of my game commitments; I'm just trying to prod the Department of the Army into getting PCS orders so I can verify that I make more than starvation wages for a new lease, and break my old lease without any sort of bad blood, plus packing, plus work, plus trying to wrap up two months' worth of architecture classes in the next two weeks, plus (on top of, and probably caused by, all that) I've come down with shingles.

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Postby Frange1 » Mon Nov 07, 2011 3:53 pm

Shingles are bad news - been there, done that. I wish you quick recovery and hope things lighten up for you.
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Postby Cobalt » Mon Nov 07, 2011 4:47 pm

Damn, man. You take care and get better.
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Postby Kai » Mon Nov 07, 2011 7:15 pm

Holy thread necromancy!

I got an email notification about a topic I was watching on a board I haven't visited in years and was like...what the heck? Figures it was you, I thought you'd just make like...a new topic :P

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Postby Thorn » Mon Nov 07, 2011 7:58 pm

Ironically, it WAS the new thread that I E-mailed you about.

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Postby Thorn » Mon Nov 14, 2011 3:51 pm

Update:

Shingles 0, Colin 1.
Army-Colin still tied.
Packing 1, Colin 0.

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Postby Thorn » Mon Nov 21, 2011 6:44 am

Greenville, SC. About 2/3 of the way through the move. Still no real posting opportunity or time to plan posts, so just an update. Good news is that I at least have the beginning for "Death Makes A Kingdom" mapped out.

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Postby Thorn » Wed Nov 23, 2011 9:49 am

In Virginia; piggybacking off neighbor's wireless until own is up and running (Friday) off borrowed computer until own is set up (ETA unknown, probably Friday). In other words, still alive, posting is within sight, but not quite there yet.

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Postby Thorn » Sat Dec 03, 2011 11:52 am

Just so we're all clear (lokei, Cobalt, Frange, inix, mostly), I have NOT abandoned the MRC. I'm having ISP issues; Verizon cannot seem to understand my frustration that "Monday morning" does not mean "afternoon of next Tuesday." As such, I'm piggybacking both off whatever wireless I can find, and off whatever wireless computers for posting I can. That's about to drop down to just a Wii unless they pull their thumbs out.

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Postby inix88 » Sat Dec 03, 2011 11:18 pm

No worries, man. I had a near-confrontation with Xfinity myself earlier today.

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Postby Thorn » Mon Mar 19, 2012 2:52 pm

I'll be traveling on business for the next three weeks. I will try to post during that time, but no guarantees.

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Postby Thorn » Sat Apr 28, 2012 7:31 am

Another weeklong trip starting tomorrow. I'll try to bring all my threads to current before I leave, in case I have posting issues while I'm gone. Good news is that Araruin's Flat Stanley request doesn't get an SR-71 out of it... they get an A-12. And if you know the difference between the two, shame on you, why aren't you working for NASA?

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Postby Thorn » Thu May 31, 2012 4:37 pm

Traveling for next three weeks. I'll have the Transformer with me, but that's no guarantee of post quality.

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Postby Thorn » Wed Jun 13, 2012 5:06 pm

Because of time commitments elsewhere and the difficulty of maintaining a posting schedule in the face of regular travel, I am once more going on hiatus. I do not know how long this will last, or if I will in fact be back.

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Postby Cobalt » Wed Jun 13, 2012 5:39 pm

Good luck in all your future endeavors, Thorn.
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Postby Frange1 » Wed Jun 13, 2012 5:44 pm

Yes, good luck. I wish you the best.
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Postby Thorn » Wed Aug 15, 2012 4:05 pm

The (LOVELY) thing about this job is that my work schedule alternates between spending three weeks a month traveling for classes, and being a wreck (see my last post), and spending a month at home, twiddling my thumbs at work doing nothing and stressing because of the amount of nothing I am doing. This is exacerbated by the Army's desire not to have its employees do anything that might be even remotely un-productive, which means that the MRC is blocked as a game - which means that I spend large blocks of work time, say, browsing Wikipedia entries for German seaplanes of the '30s and reading lists of stuff on Cracked.

One result of all of this is that my writing time is not where I want it - when I get home at the end of the day, I don't really feel like writing anything, and when I'm on the road and have the ideas to write, I don't have the energy. Personal problems have been complicating that recently, but they're either ironed out, or ironing out. My MRC hiatus continues until the travel schedule is in a similar situation, but in the meantime, I need a place to use as a notepad for game ideas, and this is as good as any, and better than most.

I'm currently at the US Army Corps of Engineers Engineering Research and Development Center at Vicksburg, Mississippi, and I was thinking that it would be a great setting for a Rifts game. For my own reasons, I prefer to play Coalition games; you trade halfassed Naziism (and I really think that Palladium has a bad habit of half-assing their bad guys - "ooh we're anti-magic Nazis but we don't kill magic users out of hand!") for much tighter control of Rifts power creep. Combining these two leads me to think of a sort of techno-archaeological organization with a strong military presence. The thing about Vicksburg is that, in addition to ERDC (which is where USACE has consolidated the overwhelming majority of its large, space-intensive research projects), it sits on a commanding point on the Mississippi. This means that, if a dig site yields results, you'll have the fort-town effect given long enough. First comes the archaeological site and fortified camp, then a riverine patrol, then colonists.

It's a good setting for a campaign, but I'm not really in a position to start a character, let alone a game. I'm putting this all here as sort of a down-payment. If I can ever get to where I feel like I can reach a stable posting state, and I'm not being flogged by airlines or drained by work, I hope to do something with it, but first I figure I'll need to establish that I can play reliably. I don't think I'm there yet, either.

Anyway, I'm alive, and sort-of watching here, but not where I can do much more yet.

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Postby Cobalt » Wed Aug 15, 2012 5:46 pm

Glad to see you're still around and kicking, bud. We'll always be here when you are able to come back.

Though, to be honest, I felt the same way about Rifts. I thought they passed up on making the Coalition a serious threat by watering them down.
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