Red #3 Tuesday, Nov 4 2008 

29 October 2008
I took this photo for the Red assignment, but since that’s over now, it simply becomes a red pool ball (the #3) and a red-wrapped piece of chalk on a black-felted pool table.
#3.
Cheers.

~KR (Written on 3 November 2008 )

Listening to:
New Day by Bono with Wyclef Jean
from New Day, Part 1

Camera: Canon PowerShot SD850 IS
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The Red Dragon Tuesday, May 13 2008 

11 May 2008
Happy Mother’s Day, Mum!
What a relief from Saturday. A front moved through early, early, early Sunday morning pushing out all the humidity and bringing with it a cool breeze. The morning air was crisp & cold, almost fall-like.
The attendance was great, much greater than the past few Mother’s Days we’ve had at the faire. Perhaps it was the weather. Whatever it was they were happy and in a playful, spending mood…at least in my shop. We had another robust day pushing our year over year way up. My new manager seems to be making a world of difference for East Wind Games. And, speaking of East Wind Games, it’s time to show off another product. This is a new product line that I just picked up.
The Red Dragon
It’s a backgammon set with Red (pictured) and Blue dragons guarding the ends. It’s beautiful.
Cheers.

~KR (Written on 13 May 2008 )

Listening to:
Back to me by the Positions
from Mastered CD!

Camera: Canon PowerShot SD850 IS
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Draughts or Chess? Monday, May 5 2008 

3 May 2008
Saturday. Week 5 of Scarborough Faire.
Happy Birthday Starr!
The day was phenomenal for a faire day. Temperature in the low 70’s with a slight breeze and sunshine. Can you ask for better? Here you see a family playing chess on my large chess table that I have set up in the front yard. In the foreground, next to a small garden is another table with a jumbo draughts (Americans call it Checkers) set.
Draughts or Chess?
I was taught to play draughts at an extremely early age, as are I think most American youth. I grew, quickly, to detest the game because I either won too quickly or lost too quickly. There was no challenge in the game. As the owner of a game store, I have found a new love for draughts, but not in the form I was taught. There are, literally, hundreds of draughts variations that enhance the game and make it much more challenging and oh, so much more fun. My favourite version is Irish Draughts and I sometimes play it to distraction.
Cheers.

~KR (Written on 5 May 2008 )

Listening to:
We’ve Been Had by Walkmen
from The Walkmen

Camera: Canon PowerShot SD850 IS
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Scottish Billiards Monday, May 5 2008 

1 May 2008
Happy Beltane! Happy Mayday! Happy Birthday, Sis!

This photo was taken at my local haunt, Rob’s Billiards and Sports Bar.
Scottish Billiards Setup
I was writing an article about Scottish Billiards rules & scoring and needed to test the scoring system. So, after work, I went there and roped a couple of friends into playing with me. I like the game.
You can read the rules at the newly-launched East Wind Games blog.
Cheers.

~KR (Written on 2 May 2008)

Listening to:
Les Trois Cavaliers by La Bottine Souriante
from Rock & Reel

Pirates, Oh my! Thursday, Apr 24 2008 

20 April 2008
Sometimes it’s not easy to not turn this into an advertisement for East Wind Games. It’s an introspection, a musing, a diatribe on occasion; but I don’t ever want it to be just a commercial vehicle. So, I feel slightly bad that so often it seems that my photos are of my product, or my shop or my…whatever. But, when you are immersed in the entrepreneurial aspect of a small business, you find yourself surrounded by that business at all times. So, it sometimes is just not possible to not mention it, or use product images as the journal entry of the day. So, that’s what we have: Pirate Chessmen from East Wind Games.
Pirate Chessmen
Cheers.

~KR (Written on 24 April 2008 )

Listening to:
Too Shy by Kajagoogoo
from Billboard Top 100 of 1983

Camera: Canon PowerShot SD850 IS
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The Youngest Pirate Thursday, Apr 10 2008 

6 April 2008
Jordan takes a break from a demanding game of XTreme Bocce and lounges on the Blazing Sun bench in the afternoon sun.
Jordan
Cheers.

~KR (Written on 9 April 2008)

Listening to:
Hope by diGBox
from Decompression & More

Camera: Canon PowerShot SD850 IS
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Polyhedron Dice Thursday, Mar 13 2008 

10 March 2008
A man who helped shape my pre-teen world & defined my teen-angsty geekdom has recently passed away. Gary Gygax, co-creator (with Dave Arneson) of Dungeons & Dragons died in his home in Lake Geneva, Wisconsin on 4 March. The man, while not necessarily visionary, took the mundane and with the help of his friend, Dave Arneson, re-wrote rules to create one of the greatest phenomenons in recent history. The Age of Role-Playing was born in the minds of those two men. While animosity & credit soon got in the way, the contribution of Gary Gygax cannot be overlooked or understated. These, now-ubiquitous polyhedral dice collections, were his brain-child and with this I salute the man, the husband, the father — Gary Gygax.
Polyhedron Dice
R.I.P. Gary

~KR (Written on 13 March 2008)

Listening to:
Any Colour You Like It by Dark Side Voices
from Dark Side of the Moon A Capella

Camera: Canon PowerShot SD850 IS
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7 the Hard Way Saturday, Feb 9 2008 

5 February 2008
It's that time of year again when my thoughts start to turn toward faire and the task of running my store at Scarborough Faire. East Wind Games has done well the past two years there, and I look forward to what this year might bring – along with all attendant challenges that are bound to surface. So, with East Wind Games on the mind, I took this photo of a pair of dice that I happened to have at the office with me:
7 - The Hard Way
Cheers.

~KR (Written on 7 February 2008)

Listening to:
This Town's Disaster by Blackpool Lights

Camera: Canon PowerShot SD850 IS
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Colour Stack Friday, Dec 28 2007 

27 December 2007
After a number of days off, back to work was pretty difficult. The joy of it is, I have the office pretty much to myself. Which means I can get a LOT of work done with little to no distraction. No loud sales-gaggle across the hall; no plethora of conference calls; no people wandering by to "have a chat." Lots of good, quality work gets done. it also allows for a bit of house-cleaning. That is: straightening the desk, cleaning out all those old pens that no longer work but you keep them around anyway, trashing old documents that are no longer relevant (or at least filing them) and so on. During the cleaning frenzy, I re-located these:
Stacked Colours

They had been shoved back behind a stack of file folders. I pulled them out, dusted them off and tried, once again in vain, to solve its hidden puzzle. These cubes (there are actually four of them) may be arranged in such a manner (only one solution exists, apparently) that all four long sides show each color only once. It's quite maddening and although Katrina gave this puzzle to me several years back, I have yet to solve it. I think I just give up too easily.
Cheers.

~KR (27 December 2007)

Listening to:
I Can't Win by The Mojo Filters

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Character Tiles Monday, Dec 17 2007 

9 December 2007
Ater a pretty lousy emotionally turbulent morning followed by a great deal of work, Marita Beth went over to Ginger’s for a much-needed “girl’s day out.” She, Ginger & Kelly sat and did what girls do while playing Mah Jongg. I, meanwhile, finished my work and then went to No Frills Grill for a very exciting Dallas Cowboys game. I’m not the biggest fan of American football you’ll ever find. I find the rules cumbersone and overly-restrictive; but I can certainly get swept up into the emotion of a rich game and there’s no denying the amount of talent present on the field and sideline of any given professional football game. The Cowboys won, I finished my beer and then crashed the girls party. It was getting on in the day, so I didn’t intend to stay long, but since Kelly was leaving the next day, I had to get over for a kiss and a hug. Besides, even though Ginger only lives a few blocks away, we all tend to hermit ourselves after Dickens so I hadn’t seen her either. So, there I went and sat and watched a few hands of Mah Jongg. They were well-embroiled in a three-hand game, so I didn’t wish to intrude, but I did take a photo of Marita Beth’s hand at one point.
Mah Jongg Figures
I took a bunch of photos at No Frills Grill, too, but I like this one best.
Cheers.

~KR (9 December 2007)

Listening to:
No T.V. by Pope Joan
from You Gotta Get it Out

Camera: Canon PowerShot SD850 IS
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