8:44 pm, Saturday, December 9th, 2006

I had to pick my parents up from the airport last Monday. While waiting for them (in short term parking), I watched this incredibly rude woman park her car in the middle of the crosswalk on the terminal loop. Actually, just waiting in the terminal loop at all is prohibited, but the current terror alert hadn’t warranted a police officer to keep the area clear so a number of unprincipled drivers had parked near the baggage claim. Anyway, she sat there for nearly half an hour — idly watching dozens of people walk all the way around her big SUV. Old people, mothers with toddlers, people carrying heavy luggage, she didn’t care. If you live in the Tri-Cities, watch out for an ill-mannered bitch in a dark green SUV, Washington license plate 533-RDL.

I finished listening to World War Z. The last half was much better than the first; I was pleasantly surprised to find one of the later characters voiced by Alan Alda. The most interesting part of the book for me was the section on “quislings” — humans who’d suffered some kind of psychosis (triggered by intense fear) that made them act like zombies. Brooks explains that they were the reason for misleading reports about zombies attacking other zombies or cases where people believed they’d found some kind of bite immunity.

I’m going to visit New York in February. My mom has a dog in the Westminster Kennel Club dog show so we’re going to attend that, but it should only take most of one day from the sounds of things. We’re also going to see a few shows I’m pretty excited about: Wicked, Spamalot, and Evil Dead: The Musical.

We had a non-sanctioned booster draft at Game-A-Lot last night. Sean, whom I met a couple weeks ago, organized it. There were only four of us, but it was a lot of fun. We used Time Spiral and, at the end, redrafted the rares, timeshifted cards, and foils. Also split up the uncommons and commons randomly. I thought redrafting rares would suck, but it actually makes draft picks much easier and makes it pretty likely you’ll get at least a few of the ones you were hoping for (moreso than in normal drafting due to the larger pool). There were only four of us and we placed in the following order: Thomas (1st), Sean, me, Peter. Even though I picked third on the rares redraft, I got the two cards I wanted most: Stuffy Doll and Shadowmage Infiltrator. If I recall correctly, Sean played blue/black/red, Thomas white/green, and Peter black/green. I played white/blue/black (relying heavily on the Infiltrator and Merieke Ri Berit).

Here’re some pictures. Clockwise, from the upper left: The dinner I made last night — pork sirloin with angel hair pasta, corn, and applesauce; Peter playing Magic; Jeff playing MTG against Peter (Dave and Summer are playing the World of Warcraft CCG in the background); Sean, Thomas, and Peter making draft picks; Thomas and Nolan.

Pork sirloin with pasta and corn
Peter playing MTG Peter and Jeff playing MTG, Summer and Dave in background
Sean, Peter, and Thomas drafting
Nolan and Peter

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