Happy Birthday Whyaylooh!

Yes, it is that time of year when my best friend and buddy, Whyaylooh, comes out of his hiding place and looks around and we all pause to see if he sees his shad… wait, wrong creature! No, really its just so cool to be able to wish this fine gentleman a most happy birthday. There’s few in the world that can claim a Friday the 13th as their birthday with quite so much style. You see, he was BORN on a Friday the 13th.

And this is a fine day to have a birthday on. It is also the birthday of:

  • Pope Innocent XII
  • Joseph Priestley, a noted English theologian and scientist
  • Joseph II, Holy Roman Emperor
  • Earl Grey, Prime Minister of the United Kingdom
  • Percival Lowell, known for his work studying ‘the canals of Mars’
  • Author L. Ron Hubbard
  • Pop singer Neil Sedaka
  • Actor William H. Macy
  • Adam Clayton, the base player for U2
  • Baseball player and Olympian (1984) Will Clark
  • and Marco Andretti, race car driver (grandson of Mario Andretti)

And this day had some interesting events happen on it in history (according to Wikipedia), such as:

  • The planet Uranus was discovered by William Herschel in 1781
  • The Rights of Man by Thomas Paine, was printed in 1791
  • The workday for Women and children in France was limited by law to 11 hours in 1900
  • The film Metropolis was released in 1927
  • The film The Love Bug was released in 1969
  • Apollo 9 returned safely to earth in 1969 after testing the Lunar Module
  • A little company called Microsoft had it IPO in 1986
  • And just last year, in 2008, the price of Gold hit $1,000 an ounce for the first time on the New York Mercantile Exchange

And so, I wish my buddy, Whyaylooh, a very, very Happy Birthday and a happy Friday the Thirteenth!

As to Mhari and I, we’re doing well. I’m not sleeping too well, but that I go through cycles like that and I failed to get to bed as early as I should have, so I didn’t get started well this morning. But I’m doing okay as of this writing. Mhari had a very minor fall last Sunday (thanks to a feral cat in the neighborhood that startled her as she was coming home from the library) that had her left arm a little out of whack. Dr James corrected the minor dislocations of her elbow on Monday and other than being a little sore and weak, it’s a lot better.

Work continues to be stressful and contains extra hours that don’t really contain any extra pay for myself, thanks to the wonders of the current ‘bad economic times’ here in the USA. I just keep thanking the powers that be that I am employed and count my blessings rather than complaining… at least not too much.
MMO activities on City of Heroes continue as they have for the past few weeks. Flying Fox’s team (Monday Nights on Guardian Server, hero side) continue to work their way towards 50, with many of the characters hitting level 45. Flying Fox should manage to do so this next session. If we can just get an 8th player (we’ve got 7 consistently) to join us on Monday nights (starting at 7pm PT and going to 10pm) we’d try to take on the Quartermain Taskforce… it requires 8 players to just start it.

Wednesday’s Wolf Pack (Wed Nights, Protector Server, villain side) finished the first villain strikeforce this week, and started the Silver Mantis one. We missed seeing Packhandler at all this week… we guess that he knew we would be finishing the Strike Force and figured he’d not be able to join us. If he shows up Wed, we might break the Silver Mantis Strike Force and start it over with him along. We’d have 8 then for that.
Tonight and every Friday night now, is Thrilling Adventures (Friday nights, Guardian Server, hero side). We’re going to start doing Ouroboros missions. There’s a whole slew of missions there that we can do that is stuff most of us have not done past certain points because it just can’t be done properly solo. So, why not. And then we might move to doing the Rikti War Zone missions. In general I feel that this team, despite not having a True Tanker, can take on nearly anything. And who knows, if Whyaylooh comes and joins us for his birthday… we WILL have a tanker, his Avenging Flame! That would be cool!

In other things, Mhari and I are still trying to put in time on that NDA covered project. Once of these days the NDA will be lifted and I might get to talk about it.

Well, that’s all for me, today. I might get some moments to write another book review. The reviews to come are: The Stepsister Scheme by Jim C. Hines, Undone (Outcast Season, Book 1) by Rachel Caine, The Eternity Artifact by L.E. Modesitt Jr and Key to Redemption by Talia Gryphon. And I just started Infoquake by David Louis Edelman.

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