Our TRIP! We’re heading on a cruise to the Nordic Countries later in 2015! The trip will start in London, go over a wide range of stops in the north from Dover to Dover, and the trip will conclude in Paris!

Watching Max grow! Max’s intelligent and sharp observations about his day, life, and the universe are really something. His latest kid obsessions are Minecraft and his new Linux Lego-Guide-Simple-To-Build Kano computer. Once he clears the Kano blocks, I suspect he’ll be programming in python in short order.

New stores nearby! Both Safeway and The Habit are coming to Alameda Landing, which is within a long walking distance of our Bayport community…Safeway is, well, Safeway. But it’ll make getting the essentials a LOT easier than driving to the other side of the island to get them. The Habit is my “mid-range burger joint” (above FiveGuys and InNOut, to be sure) – their mocha shake is great as is the BBQ Charburger.

The EndGame Café! I love the idea of a eat-n-hang out board game area.  Additionally, I may be able to learn the rules of stuff I already have… and that leads me to…

Learning about games I already own! Caverna, Castles of Burgundy, Show Manager and Junkyard Racers, I’m looking at you!

Drooling Over Games I want to own! Xia: Legends of a Drift System, Dead of Winter and Police Precinct, I’m looking at you!

Looking at Board Games coming to iOS that I’m interested in! Galaxy Trucker and Twilight Struggle, I’m looking at you!

and other stuff in the works! As Max would say, 2015 is going to be “epically awesome”!

Yee hah!


For those that still fondly remember playing video games on an Atari 2600, this site will bring back memories.

My favorites:  “Wrong button!” was Missle Command.  We’d grimly name the cities after local cities and even as kids would pause and ponder what that meant after THE END flashed on the screen… (dang Cold War ruining our childhood fun and all)…that and “Starship Future Engineering Challenge” because its real title was “Basic Programming” and I actually did write some old programs on this thing before graduating to an Apple IIe soon after.

Yes, I was a nerd even in the late 70s…

Related:  Fun with Choose Your Own Adventures, which I may have posted here before…

Val and I have updated a lot of family gems on facebook over the last couple of weeks.  There’s a number of Max albums and some videos too, so if you’re into that sort of thing, but don’t yet have access, definitely give us an e-hollah and we’ll tap you into the Steelaraza Facebook Matrix.  🙂

On a COMPLETELY unrelated note, since I’m a statistics geek at times, I thought I’d share a find — it’s a collection of US statistical data since 1878 called The Statistical Abstract of the United States.  It’s the…