Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Oh No, a Problem Arises --    

Today (Monday) I received a package from On Military Matters.  In it were four new hobby books (well, new to me).

There were two Osprey Men-at-Arms volumes for Colonial gaming:
  • # 411 -- Warrior Peoples of East Africa 1840-1900 by Chris Peers
  • # 453 -- Armies of the East India Company 1750-1850 by Stuart Reid
And two of the new Charles S. Grant / Phil Olley publications:
  • The Annexation of Chiraz
  • The Wargamers' Annual -- Volume 1
 Okay, that's great news, isn't it?

Well, yes . . . but I'm trying to finish preparations for my Gunfights in Grizzlyville game for our upcoming local convention . . . and the Olympics are taking place right across the Strait of Georgia (channel between Vancouver Island and mainland BC) from us.

So how do I allocate my time?  I want to do it all, of course . . . but that isn't possible . . . at least not all at once.

Also my wife was a professional figure skater (seven years touring with Ice Capades), and we both very much enjoy watching all of the Olympic skating . . . and here in Canada we get to see every single moment of every competitor's routines . . . not just the leaders or highlights, but the whole competition.

So tonight we watched all twenty pairs' long programs.  And we still have the Men, Ice Dancing and the Ladies coming up,

What am I to do?

I will enjoy all of it eventually, but I'm still a little kid at heart (I ignore the fact that I'm in my 60s) and I want to do it all right NOW . . . and I can't.

And, oh yeah, my copy of Black Powder is due to arrive here next week.

-- Jeff


abdul666 said...

All of us 'not too serious' wargamers are still little kids at heart!

Ross Mac rmacfa@gmail.com said...

Look at the bright side Jeff, it seems that Black Powder will work well for Colonial actions as well as for European H&M so will tie in with the other books once it arrives. And at least you're in the same time zone as the games! This sittimg up till 1 am watching skating will kill me!
-Ross Mac

Bluebear Jeff said...


Actually many (forty-some) Olympic teams practiced on Mt. Washington, which is just a few miles from us.

We even had a pre-Olympic practice women's hockey game between Sweden and China just a few kilometer's from here (although we didn't get to see it).

Indeed so many of the Swedish teams have practiced here in the Comox Valley that one of the Swedish coaches urged all of us on Vancouver Island to think of Sweden as our "other home team". I rather like that thought.

As for "Black Powder", I got it for $20.07 CND (Amazon.ca has now upped the price to $31.95) . . . I'm not sure that I would have ordered it otherwise.

-- Jeff

Heinz-Ulrich von Boffke said...

Hi Jeff,

I have the answer. . . COFFEE and lots of it! Seriously though, I know what you mean, although only the skiing highlights are show here and Nordic gets much less airtime than downhill, slalom, and jumping. Sigh. But there is the internet. Happy reading!

Best Regards,


Prince Lupus said...

Just enjoy it all.

I'm having a quiet week while the kids are on holiday, skiing (Vermont not Vancouver).

Fitz-Badger said...

May all of our problems be like those!
I've been down with a cold or flu, but still managed to get a bit of painting done (pics on my blog soon). Also got some new books.

DestoFante said...

I look forward to a review of "The Annexation of Chiraz"... I loved "Raid on St. Michel", and I have Chiraz on my list. I'd love to hear what you think of it!

marinergrim said...

Jeff there's nothing for it but to use all twenty four hours in the day and sleep afterwards.

Conrad Kinch said...

I've found sleep is both over-rated and often unnecessary.

Steve-the-Wargamer said...

...and on another plus side - better too much to do than not enough!!