Posts tagged: Board Games

Fate U R So Cruel

By , April 15, 2005

Sometimes fate just won’t let your mind rest.

My friend Josh joined me for a game of Scrabble. Seemed like a good idea, and something that would take my mind off other things. It was not meant to be. With one tile left in the bag, I had REGALES at my disposal, but nowhere to play it. I settled for attaching REGAL to an E already on the board. That left me an S and an E. I drew the one remaining tile. You guessed it.

Sad Scrabble Tiles

At least there aren’t two Z tiles in the bag.


Trivial Pursuits

By , February 2, 2005

I played Trivial Pursuit the other day. Stymied on my first two turns, on my third turn I went around the board and collected all six colored triangles, made it to the center square, and correctly identified the Glenn Miller Orchestra as the band in question. I won the game in about five minutes. I wish I were always that smart.

I drove my van on Saturday, but the brakes weren’t working well. I kept having to slam it into the curb or into large objects to stop it. That would be an example of one of the times I ain’t so smart.


My Living Room

By , December 8, 2004

I’ll show that Yale just who has an ugly apartment. Prepare yourselves for a virtual tour of my humble home. Today I give you, my readers, the opportunity to decide if an ugly blanket belongs in my pad.

I think the perfect place to begin is with my couch. Doesn’t it make you want to curl up with a nice book, or a martini? Or me?

Tiger Print Couch

Here we see what was once a plain, simple bookshelf. A nice coating of faux leopard fur jazzed it up nicely, don’t you think? Couple that with the faux giraffe drapery hanging from a bamboo pole and you have yourself a swanky soiree waiting to happen.

Giraffe Print Curtain

Here is a close-up of my bar. Cocktails, anyone?

Tiki Bar

Below the bar you can see my collection of lounge records and vintage board games. I’m always up for a game of Risk. You should totally come by some time and play me.

Vintage Boardgames

Let’s move along to the corner of the room now. Very lovely, isn’t it? Since this picture was taken the CD case has been moved across the room, but it looks lovely here, no?

Tiki Themed CD Shelf

Here are some DVDs.

Tiki Themed DVD Shelf

This next little beauty I built myself, from scratch. Just wood, screws, hinges and so forth. And of course, faux fur. Is there *anything* that doesn’t look better when draped in fur???

Fur Coated Entertainment Center

Did I mention that I hot-glued faux zebra to the television? Well, actually Fizzy did. Turns out she is far more adept with a glue gun than am I. She is responsible for most of the actual attachment of fur to the various items. You go, Fizzy!

Zebra Fur Television

The furry TV stand opens up to reveal the stereo, as well as many vintage Tiki coasters, matchbooks, menus, and ads.

Tiki Decorated Entertainment Center Left Side

This is the other side:

Tiki Decorated Entertainment Center Right Side

I am very proud of this next part. I was able to build a sliding tray to hold a turntable! It pulls out so I can put on a record, then slides back in real good like. I done good.

Turntable Shelf

The speakers, too, are covered in leopard fur. Oh, do you see the lovely blue palm frond serving dish? That dates back to the 1950s. I have no idea where those handcuffs came from. Who put those there?

Leopard Print Speakers

Overseeing everything is the great god Tiki.

Tiki God

We had some leftover leopard fur, and that lamp was practically *begging* to join in the fun.

Leopard Print Hanging Lamp

And now a nice shot that gives an overview of the entire living room. It’s that rug that really ties it all together. In the background you can sort of peek into my ’50s diner themed kitchen, but that is a post for another day.

Tiki Living Room


10 Random Facts About Me

By , February 23, 2004

1. I wear a size 13 shoe, which puts me on the cusp of available sizes. Some shoe-makers stop at 12, some stop at 13, so finding shoes is a crap shoot for me.

2. I never lock my car, and only roll the windows up if I think it will rain.

3. People who attempt to guess my ethnic mix are often perplexed. Am I white? Am I… something else? Turns out I’m 50% Sicilian, 25% Mexican, 12.5% Cheyenne Indian, and 12.5% Swedish. Now you know.

4. I think Coke is lots better then Pepsi. So is RC. Pepsi is too sweet.

5. I’ve never lost a game of one-on-one basketball

6. As a kid, I taught myself sleight of hand involving cards; prestidigitation, as it were. To this day I can still do some pretty neat card tricks, but I know that’s kind of dorky, so I tend to keep it to myself.

7. I collect vintage board games.

8. I consider myself responsible for Taco Bell returning the Enchirito™ to their menu.

9. My favorite animal is the monkey.

10. My favorite director is Preston Sturges. I’ve watched all his movies many times each, and can practically recite them as I watch, and yet I never tire of them.

Today’s Question: What 10 things do I want to know about you?



By , February 3, 2004

One time, I was playing Scrabble, see? There were no tiles left in the bag. I had 7 tiles, my opponent had but 5, and it was my turn. Sadly, I was trailing 231 to 340, a difference of 109 points. That’s lots in any game, but darn near insurmountable in the late stages of a Scrabble match. In other words, I was pretty sure I was all for the can.

Before me on my wooden rack lay the letters UUERQS, and a blank tile. I stared and pondered, and lo and behold, discovered a word amidst my tiles. I played BRUSQUE across a triple-word-score square, and with the word I created going down, plus 50 points for using all my tiles, I earned 103 points. On top of that, as the bag was empty, I earned an additional 6 points for the tiles my opponent had left, and said opponent lost 6 points for those very same tiles.

The end result? I won the game 346-334; the once-certain thumping had become a narrow victory at the last moment. I felt pretty cool that day, let me tell you, because only the cool kids play Scrabble, right?


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