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Mark Atwood
Yesterday I went out with pheonix_jade, shopping at B&N and then lunch together. I picked up some books I had promised to a friend, and enjoyed hanging out with my brother.

That evening, while my parents and I were watching TV (reruns of NCIS and of House), the internet connection went down. The cottage house, where the cable model and router are, was without power. My dad called the power company, and walked the street the cottage was on, assessing the extent of the blackout. A short while later, a power company repair truck showed up, and the guy found the problem. A bundle of mylar balloons had gotten up into the lines, and shorted them, blowing the fuses on two poles. He pulled the balloons out with an insulated grabber, and then installed new fuses, and the streetlights and houselights turned back on. The outage didn't affect too many people, most of the houses on that street were empty because their people were out of town visiting family.

Also that evening, I dug out one of the house's more obscure storage areas, and extracted boxes of my old comic books and D&D stuff. I'm going to bring them home with me, put them into standard long boxes, and store them with my other comic books. Most of my AD&D stuff (a full set of the original AD&D hardback rulebooks, an almost complete set of the modules, and about ten consecutive years of Dragon Magazine and the first several years of Dungeon Magazine) is still missing, hopefully it's stashed in one of the other storage areas, and will get excavated next holiday. Most everything with an ISBN, I logged into LibraryThing.

Today I finally succeeded in hacking "Location:" into my preferred LJ client, an old version of ljupdate.el. The latest version can do it, but for reasons various and assorted, I don't want to upgrade.

Also today, from a different storage area, I got a box of "treasures", mainly the plush animals of my early childhood. Those I'm going to pack into something good (I'm thinking a basic cedar box) with some packets of silica gel, and put into my own storage locker. Also retrieved was a box of books, original editions of the first four DragonLance trilogies (Chronicles, Legends, Heros, and Tales). All well read. All now logged into LibraryThing. Those as well, will go into storage.

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Current Location: Atwood Compound, Farmington, Utah
Current Music: woodstove fan

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mauser From: mauser Date: December 28th, 2006 06:11 am (UTC) (Link)
I still have my original AD&D books, except my Monster Manual, as it turns out. I have NO idea what could have possibly happened to it or how it could have gotten separated from the rest. A shame, because it was one of the ones with the stuff it shouldn't have in it.

(My player's handbook has an inverted cover.) _
gipsieee From: gipsieee Date: December 29th, 2006 04:08 am (UTC) (Link)
I have become accustomed to thinking of cedar as not particularly ideal for keepsakes. The aromatics that make them bug repellant can also damage the contents. Acid free paper in plastic or cardboard seems to be the current recommendation...
From: hollyking Date: December 30th, 2006 07:52 am (UTC) (Link)
I've thought of switching to ljupdate.el for posting. Care to share why the later versions don't work for you?
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