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Friday Filler – The Speculation Train Just Pulled Out of the Station- Again

Thank Grog It’s Firday!

I’m writing this early, as today I will actually be on my way to Boise, for Terri’s funeral. Not a great week. I could use some grog.

Compound this with the reality that our “new normal” of lulliness continues, with two very seemingly ambiguous bits of news, that are sure to stoke the “Speculation Train” to the point of flying dangerously down the tracks and around a corner not meant for such speeds.

The first bit came from a Simpson’s writer, the second a notice from E3, which will likely be attended by the same writer. Irony, thy name is Selman. 

Let’s get deep into the coal reserves, and stoke the firebox a bit…as that seems the best way to blow off an 8 hour drive across the state, to another state, and a different state of mind altogether.
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EA Confidential: The Secret Behind Chester Dupree

Back in the spring of 2014, when we were doing our first fundraising efforts for what would become Friends of Buyijja, I was not beyond holding the readers hostage for a small donation.

In this case…I was happy to share some “Insider Information” about a very random, and seemingly Non-Canon character, in the form of one, Chester Dupree.

In this case, having friends in high places paid off. Mostly.

As we have now been doing fundraising for Buyijja for almost 5 full years, and the majority of the funds raised have been through generous, unconditional gifts from Tappers, I feel it is time to share this story with everyone!

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Friday Filler – Respectfully Eat My Shorts Mouse Boy!

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OK. Yes. So, the headline is a bit of a taunt to the Simpsons’ new dark ruler…if you actually believe that Disney is as bad as all of the old school, traditional media types believe they are.

I am not in that camp.  In fact, I am one of those who thinks that large, efficiently run, diverse, amazing companies, should be allowed to rise to the top, and be everything they can be, without the fear of being called “a monopoly.”  Companies that get too big, ultimately go the way of Rome, and buckle under the pressure of handling too much…with too wide a grasp. Ask Microsoft…and perhaps even Facebook. But, I like the world better with Google and Amazon. Too political?

Well…as it pertains to the Simpsons, and for that matter, TSTO, I am going to go with the belief that Disney knows what a treasure the show is, and has the kind of deep pockets, and forward thinking, to make both the show, and the game, a continued reality for years more to come. Belief is a powerful thing. It creates faith…and then reason is thrown out the window. But, I digress…

The Disney statement is bold. Yes.  But, both Disney’s new Masthead, and “Sizzle Reel” released this week when the ink was barely dry on the final acquisition papers of Fox Entertainment, would tell a story that should put this conversation to bed.

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Friday Filler – New Land, New Questions, and the Future of TSTO

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First of all…yes…the snow is still hanging around.  Not happy. But, that’s life…right?  Something pretty, turns ugly, and dangerous, and then won’t leave.  Sounds like my first wife.  (*snare drum/kick drum- Ba Dum!*).

This has been a very odd mini-event. It was ridiculously EAsy…even by today’s mini-event, mini-expectations. I finished the whole thing on Tuesday. As in, more than a week ahead of schedule. And, I didn’t even tap regularly.

I was so busy ignoring the game in my downtime, with a couple of exceptions, that I wasn’t even aware of a HUGE SOMETHING that transpired…that may not just be a Game Changer, but could also be… (Gasp!!) The End Of TSTO as we know it!
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Friday Filler – State of Despair Turns Into State of Joy

Thank Grog It’s  Firday,

So, we here on the West Coast know that you folks from colder climates are likely to make fun of all of the news of our “Snow-Ma-Geddon” (not to be confused with Rhiannon Giddens, the absolutely stunning folk/roots singer).  Not sure why my mind jumped to that…but I have had so little sleep, and so much added stress this week, that my brain (what is left at this advanced age) is in free-fall (no…not the Tom Petty song).  But, I digress…

This week, right in the final stages of planning our huge FUNdraiser for my Rotary club…and pulling 16-hour days, 7 days a week for the last 4 weeks, we got hit with what they are calling a “100 year snow event.”  It was impressively insane…but, anyone my age remembers a handful of “snow events” bigger than this one.  We did get almost 2 feet…really fast ( we got 4′ in 1969).  And it was the kind of heavy, wet snow that breaks trees…and power poles…and all sorts of other stuff.

It’s the kind of snow that had all of the West Coast folks going, “Oh…isn’t it beautiful!  I hope we get a Snow Day!” after a few hours, but then, “OH DEAR GOD…PLEASE LET IT MELT!! So they can turn the electricity and cable back on!” after three days of more snow…freezing rain…and biting wind.

And by Wednesday night…it was obvious…we had to postpone the event. So there were 225 people to be informed. Catering cancelled. Everything put on hold. And boxes and boxed of auction items stacked up in my family room.

But then…things got weirdly joyful.
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Friday Filler – Making More with Less During Downtime

Thank Grog it’s Firday!!

I am now one week away from our Rotary club’s big event. I took this on, because after doing two weddings last year, I figured, “how hard can it be to do a huge event for 200 people and raise $70K?”  Reading that line in print…makes me realize that maybe I should have read that line in print a few months ago, before I agreed to “chair” this thing.  The Southtowne SpeakEasy is going to be epic. If I live long enough to get through it.

Anyway, to say that I am not happy that we have some down time in the game this week, would be a bold-faced lie (And let’s face it…we don’t need any more bold faced lying going on in the world. Our liar cup runneth over). But, even in downtime, when everyone else has a chance to design, catch up, be creative and expand…I find myself having to do more, with less, even though I have more to work with.

That’s right…I’m talking about the idiotic Item Limits that continue to vex me. I hit it again last week. The hard item limit. The real deal, “You need to store…blah…blah….blah…” item limit warning.

And just when I had a ton of donuts to spend! But, I found a solution!

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Friday Filler – When Valentines Goes to the Dogs and Worse

I get it. Really, I do!  EA/Gracie have to stick to at least some semblance of storyline extracted from actual Simpson’s episodes.  But, man…this just took a nasty turn.

Even worse, when I went back to look at the full episode that this final portion of our Love Springfieldean Style (E12S19) event is based on, I was reminded just how much I hated it.

This episode is from the era of the Simpsons that almost destroyed the legacy of great writing that proceeded it.  Some would argue that the “Golden Era” ended after 10 years. But, I would argue that this past season has really been a return to clever, more personal stories that made the show great.

But, man…this episode…this “thing that defies description”…it really doesn’t cut it for me.

Don’t get me wrong…. I like a couple of the items we are getting for free this final chapter. But, the story behind it?  Not so much.

Let’s take a look…
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Special Thanks To Very Special Addicts

As I like to do after one of our fundraisers, I am printing a list of those who made the effort to donate in this last round of School Book Funding for the school in Uganda we support.

This is the 13th round of books, supplies and teaching aids we have provided to this little school in the middle of the Ugandan jungle. Without us, there would be none of the critical books and supplies needed to educate more than 270 children from the village of Buyijja, and other villages in the area who have no other school.

The best news of all, these gifts are changing lives…and the teachers there are reaching goals of success. of which  many schools in developed nations would be proud.

I’ll let our project manager deliver the results…
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Friday Filler – Hippies, Trains, and Records

Uhm….Like…Groovy!  Far Out! And…THANK GROG IT’S FIRDAY!

I have to admit it…this first “chapter/act” of this event really hit my old funny bone!  Emphasis on old!

It is hilarious when things close to home are parodied in a way that makes you scream out, “HEY! I KNOW THOSE TWO!!” so loudly that it startles the wild turkey’s in the front yard to take cover.  And man…did the return of Ned’s parents ever do that.

But, then…I saw the animations…and screamed out, “WHOA!!! Twirly Dancin’ to the Vinyl!!!” which didn’t make much sense to anyone within ear-shot, but would have made a ton of sense to half of the people wandering around downtown Eugene, on any given weekend, during the Saturday Market. Because, at the SatMa (as nobody in Eugene calls it), you will find more twirly dancin’ and lovin’ for all things retro (including some of the twirly dancers), along with a bunch of booths and gawkers and free lovers, all trying to get back to the “good old days.”

Then, I realize once again, as Carly Simon used to sing, “These ARE the good old days!” Which is confusing…as she sang those words almost 50 years ago…and the only real “Anticipation” is wondering, “that if all that is old is now new again, is it also better?” In other words, are we anticipating that things were better, or are we just forgetting the way they were?

Let’s dive in. Ned’s parents are the touchstone…for all that is old/new/and reborn…
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Friday Filler – It was the Best of Tools, it Was the Worst of Tools…

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Look. I’m gonna cut right to it. I’m not in the best of moods to be writing today, as I am dashing this out, before heading off to a funeral for a friend.  If you think you are tired of hearing me writing about maudlin stuff…imagine how I feel, living through a bunch of maudlin news. But, it seems to come with the age.  At this stage in life, the lottery for a long life and the “expiration button” seem to be just a click away. But, I admit to being rattled a bit by the “selection process.”  So many really good people gone…early by most standards…when so many jerks are still around.  But, that’s life. Nobody said it was fair. And the randomness of “who goes when,” is what should keep those behind appreciating the little things in life that make us happy…like TSTO and this great community of tappers!

And….let’s face it…most if not all of the news we got in TSTO was anything but maudlin! We finally got an answer (we think) for the final stage on the Golden Goose Realty.  AND (speaking of “Finally”),  we got a tool that we have been asking for in TSTO, almost as long as there has been a TSTO!

Let’s take a look…
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