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    Echidna Shuffle components! Much like the sneaky snacky squirrel, I have no idea how to actually play it. It’s a pick up and deliver game with echidnas hauling various colored bugs around. It’s perfect for a little one who likes to sort things.
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    Threshing Eve had arrived in Elmsford. The last of the wheat was finally stocked away in the town stores, and most of the farmers felt a comforting, if not entirely not comfortable, weight in their purses. Elmsford wasn’t exactly bustling most of the year, but Threshing Eve had a way of pulling folks into town, even the farmers from the the east bank of the Rhill. In the corner of Elmsford’s only inn, a Storyseller sat in waiting. His once-red cloak was road-worn to a brown, and his soft boots looked in need of a cobbler’s love. Times were tight, but Threshing Eve offered the promise of a few extra coins, or at least rounds of drinks and a warm meal. As the farmers and townsfolk wandered into the inn in twos and threes, he twirled his talefeather deftly in his left hand. He glanced up with a sudden sparkle in his chestnut eyes, and began to speak, seemingly to no one in particular, but with a strong voice audible from across the room. “You all heard the one of the Wickersneak? Aye, yes, that’s an old one, worn thin like a cheap halfpenny. Let’s see, I caught wind of a piece of a tale down near Higginsford. But that one’s still half-baked at best. Maybe with seasoning and another sprinkle of rumors, it'll be ready in a fortnight or so.” The Storyseller leaned back in his creaky oak chair and looked out the window, his eyes momentarily lost in thought. “Ah, I think I have a tale for you all. Mayhap you’ve heard it, as it’s an old one, but mayhap not. Let’s wait a spell and when the light dims it’ll be ripe for a-tellin. Maybe some more folk will come in and fancy a listen. Now, I will say, a tale such as this is liable to leave a fellow a bit parched, I’m just sayin’.” The Storyseller drained his ale, wiped his mouth with a grimy sleeve, and looked around expectantly. “Do you all know how this inn got its name?” Bill Sunderland chimed in, “Aye, Kamrin’s Papa’s Papa’s named it. Old Man Khanas fashioned the sign, and it’s held up mighty fine, despite being a bit worn. I heard they brought the board all the way down the Rhill from up past Ledford.” The Storyseller chuckled mirthlessly as he eyed his now-empty wooden mug, “Well with a story as fine as that, perhaps I should hang up my travel sack and pass my talefeather off to you lad. No, not the story of the naming. What I’ve got for you lot is the story behind the naming. I tell you what, once folks have a chance to knock some of the dust off their boots and whet their appetite for a proper tale, gather round and hear of the Sapphire Stag.” (OOC): Come join in for a little narrative-driven adventure. I'll post once per day, in the evening (Pacific Time). Please keep your posts in-character, add (OOC) if you need to. It'll just be a fun little one-off tale, and we'll see where the adventure takes us. I haven't run an forum post RPG before, so it'll be a new experience for me as well. Now let's see who else might be in the Sapphire Stag on this Threshing Eve in a small nowhere town along the bank of the Rhill...
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    My friend John and his wife have a tradition that they've shared with me. John and Linda live on Lake Owasso in Minnesota, and are the proud owners of a pontoon. The residents on this lake have a "parade" every 4th of July. Starting at 9:45 am, boats congregate at the west end of the lake and then proceed around the lake in a semi single file column. Last year I lost count at over 100 boats. Many people decorate their boats (my favorite is the pelican dingy that is donning a top hat and a US flag as a cape. The grand kids in the dingy are waving flags and having a blast). Residents not on boats like to sit near the shore and wave at the people on the boats as they pass by. We've been fortunate for quite a while (over a decade) to have acceptable to outstanding weather. We bring bloody marys and screwdrivers as well as snacks to enjoy. The first boat in the column is always the same boat. Most likely the original ring leader. A woman on that pontoon dresses up as the statue of liberty (including green face paint) and stands at the front of their pontoon, and waves to everyone on shore with great gusto. When we get back to the starting point, that pontoon stops and Lady Liberty lights her torch (probably about 100 sparklers) and salutes all the boats as they pass her by. The phone generations probably think we're a bunch of hicks, but it's a great way to spend the morning out on the lake.
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    Happy July 4th! Somewhere around 15 years ago - maybe closer to 17 now - I started a family tradition of hosting my immediate family at my house. At the time, Mrs. Zoxe and I were just getting started out, one brother was still in high school, another in college, and my parents were both working to pay those bills. My brothers always had plans with their friends so we planed our "July 4th" party for the weekend after and never actually on the day. That's always left Mrs. Zoxe and I open on the actual day. Fast forward to 2018 - they're all married. There are grandkids, and now my mom and dad are retired. My brothers are now pulling "dad duty" and all their friends are married with kids too, so we actually could do the BBQ on the 4th but that's not the tradition. So today, I slept in, have some coffee going, will fry an egg for breakfast and then I'll start airbrushing some minis.
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    Happy 4th of July to you all. I'll be thinking of you while partaking in the parade. I hope all you Canadians enjoyed Canada Day on Sunday.
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    Sounds good to me : )
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    Official HR handbook say yes.
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    I've all the pieces for the game, except some metal coins coming up this fall. More cities and villages will be hepful, horses for everyone in 3 colors. Note: the cowboys are for the saloon tycoon, but may be too big for it (3x the original one)
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