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Joshua Bennett Vogel, October 27, 1964-December 20, 2017

Joshua Bennett Vogel, October 27, 1964-December 20, 2017

This is, without a doubt, the hardest news I have had to share. VOGEL, Joshua Bennett With great sadness, the family of Josh Vogel announces his passing on December 20, 2017 following a very brief illness. He is survived and remembered with love by his…

Board Game Compression Experiment

Board Game Compression Experiment

Reading about folks “compressing” their games in preparation for travel, I was inspired. We just returned from a weekend trip to Indianapolis (about 90 minutes from our home on the outskirts of Cincinnati, Ohio) with a bag full of games (in their boxes) in tow.…

Board Game Night, 2017-06-25

Board Game Night, 2017-06-25

For many months now, Wendy & I have been quietly hosting Board Game Nights at our house. We try to get folks together for “gaming unplugged” about once a week, though sometimes schedules get in the way and make it less often than we’d prefer.

But once we get folks together, phones are put away (except for the occasional rules clarification and recording of the game on BoardGameGeek.COM), and people begin to interact in meaningful ways, all facilitated by cardboard chits. Laughter happens, drama happens, game-based tensions rise and are resolved, and common experiences are experienced, real-time and together, around a table.

Last night, we had friends over for the first time to play games, and they brought their bright 7-year old daughter with them. Among other games, we played MYSTERIUM, which allows you to vote for or against the selections made by other players. The little girl was very anxious about voting against anyone because “they’re [my] friends!”, she said.

We talked about it with her at the table, helping her to understand that it’s just part of the game and “nothing personal”. While she was still a bit apprehensive about voting against her friends, she embraced the spirit (pun intended) of the game and fully participated.

I hope, if nothing else, that she enjoyed the game. But more so, I hope that she learned that games can be a ‘safe space’ that is non-damaging (and in fact healthy) to relationships. Even if you have to vote against a friend!

[UPDATED] Cincinnati Bell — STILL not complete!

[UPDATED] Cincinnati Bell — STILL not complete!

The Cincinnati Bell installation from February 28, 2017 still is not complete as of this writing (May 2, 2017). They have not buried the fiber in my yard. I’ve spent dozens of hours on the phone with Cincinnati Bell, trying to determine when this will…

Well, that was an ordeal!

Well, that was an ordeal!

I’ve been fighting with Cincinnati Bell for over a week and half now. We ordered installation of FiOptics service (with a Static IP) to our home to get rid of Time Warner Cable and their dreadful Internet service. I’ve had Cincinnati Bell 5 installers in…

2017 Off To A Good Start!

2017 Off To A Good Start!

I worked all day yesterday at my day-job (I work remotely). And then I found out it was a holiday. SMH #AtLeastIWasProductive

Happy New Year to us all!

RIP Chuck, a great dog

RIP Chuck, a great dog

On April 11, 2016, we laid to rest our dear, sweet dog Chuck. He’d been with us a long time — and was a mature dog when we got him — so he was an old fellow. Chuck’s story is largely unknown… Before we met…