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Yeah, the salt mine was as terrible as advertised, made even worse by a forced update that completely broke my WSL2 Ubuntu install. Not sure if I need to blame Microsoft or the IT department with their stupid ESET software. I don't have time to fight with my tools right now. Bad enough I'm stuck in a couple ill defined tickets, but I can't even ssh into the server any more. I hate computers.

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Checked in on my ID.4 order. Still says "Order Locked" with an "Estimated Delivery" of "mid-2022". Ha! Still on the fence as to whether I should put another $2,500 into the 12 year old Odyssey minivan (which is in otherwise pretty good shape) or just bite the bullet and jump into the EV pool. No tax break any more, so I'm afraid if I do it now it will be during the tiny window between tax breaks, which would be just my luck. But nothing that currently qualifies would work for us.

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Still going strong in Solotober! I played another game of *One Deck Dungeon*, first repeat play of the month. It was already set up after my early demise the night before, so I swapped out another hero and tackled the Hydra's Dungeon again. This time it was the Rogue, who has an interesting heroic power - daring gamble. Roll 1 or 2 dice extra dice in any encounter and use those but if a 1 shows up, take damage and time off. She made it to the boss Hydra, who crushed her in the first round.

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## Morning Mastodonians!

Played a few hours of *Borderlands 3* last night with the Gang of 4. I keep trying to layer some strategy on top of the frenetic game play, but perhaps that is a mistake. The other guys seem to like it well enough but I just find it mostly frustrating. There is so much loot and even an expanded "backpack" doesn't give you enough room to store stuff to check it out. The other guys just find a gun they like and sell the rest. Perhaps I should try it that way.

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Be easier on yourself. You are human. And humans screw up. Learn and do better. Always forward.

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The salt mine has been getting its pound of flesh out of me these days. Between the idiots in IT rebooting my laptop every day and screwing up my setup and random people filling my afternoon with meetings, I could crawl into a hole and die. It's all I can do to not just close the laptop and walk away. I took Monday off, so perhaps a 3 day weekend will help. It almost certainly will not but I will take solace where I can get it these days.

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A friend recommended a few off the beaten path series and I tried one of them last night, as I was looking for something a bit shorter. *Panchayat* is the story of a New Delhi slacker who takes a job as a "panchayat" in a remote rural village, where he is sort of the government representative. Seems cool. Another Prime recommendation was *The Family Man*, another Indian drama about a super secret spy trying to juggle domestic life too. And he said *Red Oaks* is pretty good too.

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Still managing to stick with Solotober. I played the original *One Deck Dungeon* last night and got crushed by a boulder as I tried to go down the stairs to only the second level. Not having much luck with encounters in these dungeon crawl games. Got wiped off the map in *Shadows of Malice* on my very first encounter on Monday. Probably time to try something besides a dungeon crawler, as the dice have been against me!

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## Morning Mastodonians!

You probably missed me yesterday, right? No? Ah, well, here I am again, a bit late but ready to go. Had a pretty enjoyable session in D:OS2 last night. I think we may finally be done with the Bloodmoon Island part of the story and back on the "mainland" to see where our next quests sends us. Perhaps 2/3 the way thru the game now? We had to restart the big battle once, due to my incompetence, but we persevered and took down The Advocate. Now onto Nameless Isle, I guess.

Reminder - Coca Cola with coffee is as gross as it sounds. Even on sale, don't do it

Dad Lunchbox Joke of the Day: Why is it so hard to get good cell reception in a cemetary? 

It's a dead zone

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Oh boy, the salt mine looks particularly dark and dreary today. One glance at a schedule chock full of meetings and my heart just sinks. A nothing getting accomplished kind of day, although I have at least 3 tickets screaming out for my attention. I've been scrambling to fix one of those "how did this ever work?" bugs for a couple days now, as my first few attempts ricocheted off the target. Think I have a solution but it requires lots of testing.

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Already a busy day planned here. I have to drop a foster kitty at the vets for some dental work, then a full day of meetings, then pick said kitty up and deliver back to foster. I got to deliver a foster kitty to his forever home on Saturday, which was nice. An apartment in South Boston with 5 young ladies - he is going to be one spoiled kitty! They were very excited to see him.

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I'm doing a challenge on BGG called "Solotober", where you play a solo game every day in October. Seems unlikely to happen, because I am lucky to play a game a week, never mind a game a day. But hey, here it is, Oct. 3 and I've played for 2 days in a row. First day was a bit of a cheat, as I played *Elder SIgn* on my Android tablet. But it is a pretty faithful rendition of the game. And yesterday I finally got *Under Falling Skies* to the table, a nice little dice placer.

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## Morning Mastodonians!

Wow, I cannot believe the weekend is over already. That went by in a flash. Went out to Amherst to visit my daughter, who has had a rough couple weeks. First COVID, then losing her cat for a few hours, then breaking her arm. So we brought her supplies, helped with some chores and brought her a friend. Then we took her out to a lovely lunch and then some ice cream. Hope the visit cheered her up a bit.

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