I woke up entirely too early (yesterday now) this morning.  Seems that Bruce and Cori’s son has a problem with staying in the house at night.  He came back in about 4:30 am Eastern Time, which is 3:30am my time.  He didn’t manage to wake anyone else in the house but me.  I could not fall back asleep.  So as of right now I have been awake a little over 22 hours.  Surprised I can still do that.

Bruce and I when to the store about 10:30am to get last minute stuff.  Now, I had told the people at Taylor’s Bakery I would be there between 10:30 and 11.  We got back to the house about 10 minutes til 11, and started loading.  We got to Taylor’s about 11;25.  I am anal about time, luckily the bakery wasn’t horribly busy and we got the cakes and were off getting to Sam and Shel’s just before noon.  Noon is when Thanksgivingfest was scheduled to start.

We sat and talked and ate for a while before things started breaking down into games and movies and such.  We watched the movie The Gamers: Dorkness Rising.  It was kinda funny, kinda silly, quite the surprise.  It was pretty good actually.  If you are remotely a gamer, it’s worth the time to check it out and it is on Amazon Prime Video.

The second movie was Airplane.  You know, the comedy.  I got bored with it shortly after it started and went and watched my friends who were playing Ticket to Ride (I call it Trains). Sam and Shel supplied the game, have like all the expansion and play whenever they have a chance.

When that game was done, some of us tried a new game that Hoggle brought.  It is called Labyrinth.  Yes, based off the movie Labyrinth.  Basically you get 13 turns to get 4 characters together and take on the big baddies in the middle of the board.  The catch is that there are dice rolls you have to make to beat these individual squares you land in.  OK, I am not doing it justice.  Just leave it to say, it was a little weird, a little difficult, and a little fun.  I think it was more fun with the people I was playing with, While we were playing Labyrinth, they watch a movie that I can’t remember the name of.

Then while Xanadu played, we played Magic: the Gathering.  The 3 of us who play don’t really touch our decks between Thanksgivingfest.  It’ kinda funny, We have a lot of “I wonder what this deck is like” and “I wonder what’s in this deck” moments.  I told Hoggle I would play him if he didn’t break out his vampire deck.  He agreed.  So I brought out my Slivers Deck and kicked the crud out of him.  My Slivers deck is now blackballed too.  Then -jubal joined us, he kept getting really lucky.  I think he won all the 3 way battles we had.  It was fun, Tony and Adam are great people.  We managed to catch a lot of Xanadu after we finished Magic.

Then a bunch of people started leaving.  Seems that people have lives outside of the Gang.  Anyhow, by now it was getting later.   We then watched the Rocky Horror Picture Show, with Sam, Bruce, and Hoggle doing the cutsie little comments that go along with the movie.  It was enjoyable too.

Then everyone who was left decided it was time to go, it was like 12:30am by the time we got out of there.  Bruce got us back here in one piece, so it’s all good.  And when I got here, I got a piece if pepperoni pizza that I had been craving all evening,  So it was doubly good to get back here.

Things to note:

Sam has a cool little arcade machine with a few hundred games.  Played quite a bit of the wrestling games when I first got there.

Shel still barely talks as far as I can tell.  I mean she talks, but compared to the rest of us, she is really quiet.

Sam and Shel’s house fit the 18 of us fairly well.  I wouldn’t have wanted to put many more people in there.

Cori bought entirely too much food.  She threw away a lot.  But its always better to have too much then too little.

The cakes, both of them, were totally gone.  I had a sheet cake that was supposed to feed 24 and an Angel food cake which was supposed to feed 16.  So 18 people at 40 servings of cake.  lol.

I gotta make some new Magic Decks with my old cards or at least shuffle the ones I have better.  I had 9 lands out and the next 5 cards were lands of different types.  Yeah, I think shuffling is in order before next year.

There is still a palpable tension between a few of the Gang members who got divorced and one of them remarried.  They don’t argue or anything, just you can feel that they are not completely comfortable with each other.

We did get by with no drama this time.  WOOT.  At least none that I was aware of.

All in all it was a grand time.  I had a blast.  Now it’s after 2 and I am fading fast.  The song tonight if I can find it will be from one of the movies we watched…


Author: Jeff Campbell

I am 50 year old guy, who beat blood cancer but is getting his butt kicked by bone marrow cancer. At this point it appears I am dying. Married and in love with the most wonderful woman in the world (27 years). She has stood by me thru a lot of crap and I love her so.

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