Twins and Planes Episode 2: The Twins Strike Back

In the last episode I regaled you with the adventures of the twins as we flew to Hawaii.  In this episode the family has finished a wonderful vacation at the Aulani resort.  With little to no sunburn and plenty of beach sand in our shoes, hair and well everywhere we prepare for the flights home.  

On this morning we decided to visit Lanakai Beach to get some pictures of the girls and see one of the arguably most beautiful public beaches I have ever seen. (If any one has a home there please put me in you will to inherit it.)  The girls loved the beach in fact after only 10 minutes they had lost their dresses and diapers and we had naked sand babies running around. They were so happy. Luckily locals and tourists alike couldn’t get enough of the girls and everyone there was good natured about two hyper active naked two year olds.  We spent about two hours soaking up the sun and enjoying our selves before heading back to the resort to prepare for the flight home. One last Dole whip stop and we would head home.

After a rather uneventful and fairly stress free afternoon we headed to the Airport around 4 for our flight. On the bus to the airport the lady seated next to me had the same name as one of our littles and she was loving the energy pouring off the girls.  In the Airport the girls were a little crazy but not to much to handle.  It helped that the after eating a snack there were two little boys that they could play with at the gate.  

The revenge of the twins began on the planes. First, the twins have become the escape artists to rival Houdini and they would not be content to sit in their car seats for more than four minutes at a time. S decided she had to sit next to daddy but E wanted to also of course this flight was full so we had to sit in two different rows and so the twins kept standing up to check on each other and the us.

Flight one: Escape and snacks were the first signs of trouble. As stated before neither girl wanted to sit. Snacks and juice were not enough to contain them. So for the first hour of the flight we had yelling jumping fighting twins. Finally, they fell asleep and we had hope. A hope that died a quick but very smelly messy death. E got sick. I am talking excoraist split pea soup projectile vomit sick.  She covered the back of the seat, the floor, herself and K. Did I mention the guy sitting next K was really nice but drunk as hell. So he doesn’t know what to do I have just woken up to vomit sounds and K’s pleas for help. All while E keeps vomiting. (In retrospect I give her credit I mean who knew she had that much in her.) Finally, after what feels like an hour but was probably 10 minutes her fits if vomit stop and we are left with a child covered in vomit now crying and a strapped to a seat covered in vomit.  K is overwhelmed and has a look of shear exhaustion.  Finally her drunk seat mate switches seats with me as S is a rock and K could use the help.  So we get L cleaned off and in just a diaper when she falls asleep in my arms. Everything, seems to call down so I fall asleep holding her to wake up not 30 minutes later to the most horrendous smell.  L now has diareaha and it has leaked out of her Diaper and doused my shirt.  I take and clean her off and wipe my shirt but it is no good.   The rest of the flight K is in vomit stained clothes and I am in shit stained shirt.

Landing in Anchorage we make a B-Line for the nearest store with clothes. And I think we spend. Almost 150 on t-shirts, leggings, and sweatshirts just to get rid of the smell.  We then clean and change in the nearest restroom where The family restroom is locked and inaccessible.  Luckily they had a play room so we could rest as twins played. L in her brand new adult small T-shirt dress and S in her PJ’s.

Flight 2: was actually not bad being only a 45 minute flight. The girls were decently behaved though we gate checked the remaining carseat as the puke one we unceremoniously left at the arrival gate and never looked back.  The girls were excited to be sitting with out the carseat so keeping the seatbelt on them was near to impossible.

On landing we quickly gathered our bags and left the airport headed home to our beds and some much needed rest.

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Twins and Planes Episode 1: We Had Hope

I hate flying.  Now, I  have never enjoyed flying because the seats are uncomfortable and not designed for tall people.  But, my recent trip to Hawaii with the twins have made me hate flying.  This isn’t the first time we have flown together but this trip took the cake.  The funny thing is every started fine for the flight out to Hawaii.  The twins actually got in the car without a fight and we left for the Airport with plenty of time.  Security, actually went quickly and the twins were well behaved, well behaved for them that is.  The first flight was short and uneventful.  The real fun for the travel there began after getting off the plane.  I realized that I lost my headphones and the twins decided that the Airport was the place to play.  Both L and E loved the moving sidewalk and needed to run from K and I no matter what.  Food was not on their agenda as L decided her chicken strips would be better with half a shaker of salt and E decided nothing tasted good.  As we waited for the next flight K and I chased the twins up and down the halls.  The best part of this was L deciding that she had to jump on every black tile she saw.  we made a game of it and had a blast.  The last flight was actually much rougher.  The girls wanted K and I to change seats multiple times and then when they fell asleep we and all was good E began screaming on decent.  In her defense the pressure change was dramatic and painful even for me.

Explorers Unlimited

I want to take the time to help spread the word about a play by post community that I have, in the past, had the pleasure of taking part in Explorers Unlimited.  I bring this up because of the Rifts Savage worlds release has me really excited.  You see Explorers Unlimited is a Rifts Play by Post. This is a play by post community for the dedicated role player.  As they like to say it isn’t just another play by post site and they are 100% correct.

The forum is structured as a living world.  There is a common area is based in Merctown and sets the common timeline for the game.  This allows all groups to have a single point of reference for time and the like.  Though the timeline can become a little skewed based on post speed in the individual adventure groups, but the moderators do a decent job of catching and correcting this as necessary so that all groups may stay synched on the world calendar.  Each player group has their own boards and threads for equipment, characters, adventures and out of character chat.  Mecrtown has a separate thread for every establishment in the town as necessary.  All major locations have a permanent thread and others are created as needed.  This in it’s self is not that special, but there is more substance to the site.

Character generation- All characters have to be approved by the overall site GM and the process is interactive with the site GM requiring at least one live chat session if not more with them to create and finalize the character.  This approval is required because the site maintains a strict balance for race and class in order to maintain the overall balance of the setting.  This is important, because in the Rifts universe it is extremely possible to lose power balance quickly.   The process for creating a character is not simple either.  Anyone who has played and game by Palladium Books will tell you that character creation is long.  Explorers Unlimited does not shy away from this and instead embraces the process.  They completely document their requirements, format and process for even the biggest newbie to understand.  Additionally, they provide a FAQ to answer the most common pitfalls, but the mods don’t shy away from answering questions if you still have trouble.  All in all the creation process was always a pleasure for me.  Stats were always easy the hard part came to back ground.  The site requires that all Characters be given a back ground that is at least 3 standard paragraphs long.  Longer backgrounds are actually preferred and the GM tends to give you quite a bit of leeway in creating your background once your overall concept is approved.  Of course if the background is too out there they will tell you, but this is Rifts so a lot will be forgiven in the way of craziness.

Participation – The site has a very rigid participation requirement.  Honestly this was always my biggest hurdle given my career though they are very accommodating within reason for forecasted outages.  They require at least one post a week minimum or more often if the flow of the thread requires it.  Also the posts must be substantial and well written.  Also some of the player groups have additional requirements for posting and interaction.  All of the groups have generally good communication from what I could see and carry on chat via multiple methods to ensure the whole group stays on the same page.

GMs-  There is the Site GM and well lets just say I feel for this guy because he has to keep track of all the craziness and then there are the individual group GMs.  Each of them run independent adventures that are then woven into the narrative of the site.  This is a great system as there are groups for any type of character.  If you want to be mega powerful then there is a group for that.  If you want to be an adventurer/mercenary that is out to make a buck there are groups for that and if you want to be part of the hated Coalition States guess what there is a group of operatives from them you can be apart of.  Obviously, each group is limited to the number of players, but there are almost always openings.

Final thoughts – Unfortunately, I flaked a while back due to work and getting the twins and well a plethora of excuses.  I hope to one day return when I have the time and dedication to devote.  As it is I still follow the Facebook page, listen to the Podcast when I have time and try to read the site when I can.  I will revisit this topic in the future as this site is a great community that has for ever earned my respect.

Fashionably Dead….Please kill me

Today I would like to review probably the worst book I have ever had the displeasure to listen to.  Yes, I said listen to.  Because of work, the twins and family obligations I generally do not have the time to sit and read.  So I listen to audio books while I shower, drive, bathe the twins or do house work.  I use Audible and I will definitely write so more on the subject later but for now lets get to the subject of the post.

Fashionably Dead is plainly horrible.  In an earlier post I extolled my love of bad B movies, but that does not go for bad books generally.  I can appreciate some bad books or cliche books like any thing by Mark Tufo.  Though the writing in his books can be off his story lines are fun and the characters are generally well thought out.  Fashionably Dead on the other hand is not one of these books.  Robyn Peterman‘s book is best suited to those looking for paranormal light erotica not the normal contemporary paranormal reader.  When compared to Kelly Armstrong and others like her Robyn Peterman’s writing comes off as one dimensional and superficial.  None of the characters have the feel of being well rounded.  The main character is a girl, I refuse to use the term woman, that is turned into a Vampire while trying to quit smoking at a hypnotist.  She is a self proclaimed “Prada Whore” and is incapable of managing her life even after being turned.  Her best friend is just as one dimensional and an enabler for her vices.  After being turned she gets a foul mouthed guardian angel that takes the form of Oprah and combat trainer faerie in the form of Arnold Schwarzenegger.  Oh yeah her Best friend also has the ability to make her blood taste like what ever she has just eaten / is eating.

As the story progresses the heroine not only finds a whole clan of Prada whore vampires and then falls in lust, the book says love but all I see is lust, with a mysterious dangerous vampire.  Unsurprisingly we discover that she is the chosen one that is foretold in prophesy, her dad is a daemon, the guy she lusts after is the son of the vampire king and her spiritual brother, though that doesn’t stop a lot of sex.  Her best friend is the Faerie queen.  And the Kings long lost ex-wife is trying to kill him.

Basically, the story takes all the crazy elements of the paranormal fantasy genre and throws them at you.  I could go on but I think I have made my point.  Luckily, I got the book as part of a two for one sale.