Monday, April 25, 2011
My first stop was the little house that Stephen and Abbey share.
Stephen still stresses easily. I hope it's not just the plumbing again. How can anyone fret over plumbing so much?
He shuddered. "Saw the Grim Reaper yesterday and I can't stop thinking about it."
"Yeah Dad. It's not nice at all. And it happened in the pub, which isn't a great thing for a business."
"How is the pub going?"
"It's doing pretty well. I have another job as well. Don't want to depend on the pub too much."
"That's a good idea. Pubs don't usually have too much problem though, customers are very loyal."
"So, you and Stephen going to give us some grandchildren soon?"
"Not yet. We aren't even engaged. You have to be patient."
"I'm an old man. I don't have time for patient. I'd like to see some more grandchildren."
"Hey Dad. Well, things at work could be better."
"What's wrong with it?"
"They just don't seem to recognise my talents at the theatre. I should have had at least one more promotion but they like keeping me at the bottom of the totem pole."
It was a hot day and the swimming pool was the place to be. Brad and Em turned up. As did a lot of other people from around town.
That's an awful thought. What if I lose Vanessa? Might as well tear my heart from my body.
"I'm not positive but I think Nicolas might have an evil streak."
"Well, he started telling me about his latest mastermind plot."
"Does it worry you?"
"Umm, yeah, a bit."
"Ok, I see. Tell you what, Penny. I'll get your cousin Jerod over. You chat to him."
"Jerod definitely has an evil streak. Get to know him then ask. He is family, you can talk to him."
"Uncle Phillip? I'm surprised he remembered."
"Fraid it is. But why would you want to ask?"
"Well, my boyfriend was telling me his latest mastermind plot."
"Ah, that's nothing to worry about. It's a sort of mind game, nothing more."
"It's a mental challenge. Like if I had to make someone vanish in Egypt, how would I go about it?"
"How would you..."
"Never you mind. The only way that I'd actually implement a plot is if someone were threatening me or my family. Harm me or mine at your own risk."
"So that's it?"
"Well, there is the small problem with candy and babies. I mean, you shouldn't give candy to babies, it's bad for them. So me taking it off is good for them right?"
"The parents feel the same way. Something about their screaming babies makes them unhappy."
I'm glad to see she knows both of them a little more now.
"Was your chat with your cousin instructive?"
"It was very interesting. I think that it will be ok, if Nick happens to have some evil, as long as we stay together."
"You need to go shopping."
"Cool, Dad. You want me to pick up something for you?"
"No, dear. You need to buy yourself a hat."
Tuesday, April 19, 2011
I had forgotten exactly how much cross country running is involved in these adventures. I think next time, I'll send one of the girls to do the running around. I'm getting a bit old for this.
I think she's caught almost every fish you can in China. We should head for France or Egypt next time for her to find some new types of fish.
I wonder if there will be traps? I hate traps.
Ronnie is very much Vanessa's girl. They both love their books, both quiet and studious. Penny belongs to my side of the family; athletic and a bit of a slob.
There are a lot of statues that I must haul all over the room. First I had to get them out of my way.
I'm too old for this.
Apparently having a very tranquil mind can have some very interesting results.
I was in luck, I didn't have to walk through all the passages again. As I opened the chests, they each triggered a secret door. Walking out was a fairly direct line back to staircase up and out.
Thank god for that. I was not looking forward to spending hours backtracking through those passages.
"Dad, it was so cool."
"What was Penny?"
"Meditation. After a while of relaxing and concentrating on a mantra, I felt so light."
"You were floating."
"I was? Cool. Then I found I was one with the universe. That's when I knew I could teleport here."
"We should set aside some time to meditate. It's good to clear your mind of all distractions now and then."
"Ok Daddy, I'll remind you."
Traveling by zenoport would be fast if you didn't have to spend hours meditating first.
While I was tracking down my contact, Penny went for her first official martial arts tournament challenge. On her first try, she lost her match. My girl didn't let that deter her at all.
She challenged her opponent again.
Ronnie? I think she was either reading or playing chess.
When I had delivered the package and Penny had won her match, we returned home.
Saturday, April 16, 2011
"Hey Dad, can we borrow the car? I want to do some shopping with Nick."
"Shopping? Does that poor lad know what he's in for?"
"He made me swear to keep it quick and as painless as possible."
"Ok then. Don't stay out too long."
She's decided to flirt with an old friend of hers, I think that one is Kyra Pendragon. I can never keep the Pendragon girls straight in my head. There's several of them.
So far, no one has been back for a second visit with Ronnie. James must be hard to replace.
While the laundry was going, Vanessa and I made a little trip across town. We haven't been to see Vincent or the baby for too long.
Isn't she just the cutest thing?
Our first and so far only grandchild. Vanessa and I keep hoping for more grandchildren. But Vincent and Kari haven't said anything about a second child and Stephen has yet to officially settle on a life partner.
Damn, he looks a lot like his dad now. The resemblance is more obvious with that new hair cut.
So I wanted to go to China. Vanessa was offered cash to smuggle one of her books to China. Penny wants to work on her martial arts in China.
So we decided to take a family holiday to France.
I checked the notice board for adventure.
If memory serves, that's going to be interesting since it's supposedly has quite extensive tunnels, labyrinths and traps underneath the main structure.
The shopkeeper paid her an extra 1,000 Simoleons for it. That alone paid for her airfare over.
She's been training hard. She's preparing for her first ranked match.
Vanessa and I both warned her that ranked matches would be tougher than what she's used to. Don't get expectations too high.
This is so worthwhile. I've been finding some great artifacts.
Especially when you need to enter a dive well.
Oh yes, the thrill of the treasure. That's why. I should find quite a bit of treasure. There's been no one here for centuries.