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Omegacon Movie Room Schedule

omegamanSo if you are going to Omegacon this weekend, here is a sneak peek at the Movie room schedule.  Most people at Omegacon aren’t interested in watching movies all weekend and that’s cool.  But if you need a two-hour break from Settlers of Catan, here are some choices for you!

This year’s movie room theme is Toys and Games.  I have no idea why it took me so long to use the theme for the movie room.  It’s kind of perfect.

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Friend a Day – Anna Montgomery


I just have a few Friend a Day posts left so I’ve saved the last couple for friends I’ve known only a short time.

I met Anna because our sons are in a two kid scout troop.  We met the first night and she thought I looked familiar.  It turned out she was a big fan of Vilification Tennis and I’d actually pulled her up as an audience “volunteer” a few years prior.  Small world.

So while we aren’t the greatest scouting parents ever (due to mutually crazy schedules), we’ve been getting together on a regular basis to hold play dates in scout uniforms.  We’ve even gotten her involved in running Omegacon.  Score!

I’ve slowly learned a lot about Anna over the last couple of years, one scout night at a time.

She knows her way around the kitchen, as I’ve discovered when we have some sort of cooking project for the kids.  That would explain why she’s involved in consuite for Omegacon as well.  I imagine her creativity in the kitchen is why her kids will eat just about everything and mine will…not.

She’s also fluent in Spanish.  I’ve never learned any language except English so I’m always impressed when someone can speak more than one.

Not so long ago, I also learned she’s an artist.  She draws mostly as a hobby but there is a lot of talent there.

Anna is a very open person.  I learn a lot about what’s going on in her life every time I see her.  She’s always got great stories to tell about her work and her family.

I see her mostly for scout nights and a few school functions.  Our kids get along so there is a lot of unstructured time for the adults to hang out.

Nothing wrong with that because I really enjoy that unstructured adult time.

Life brings us new friends in all sorts of ways.  It is always a good idea to step back and appreciate those people and I really appreciate Anna.

Friend a Day – Karl Anderson


Karl is my oldest friend.  We’ve known each other since we were in grade school and while we have drifted in an out of each other’s lives, we have never drifted too far.

When I moved out on my own, he was my first roommate.  He was the first person I called when I learned my dad had died. He was the best man at my wedding.  I introduced him to his wife.  At least I think I did.  I’m going to take credit for it.

There is something about Karl that is comforting.  As everything around us changes, he always feels at least a little bit the same.  He gets older, sure.  So do we all.  But his personality has remained just about the same.

He’s quiet and mostly private.  He would prefer to spend the majority of his time in front of the computer or with his family.  In front of the computer.  Yet every now and again there is an unmistakable twinkle that betrays a dry, sharp, and (to some) surprising sense of humor.

When we were growing up, I was always impressed by his artistic skill.  I’d always hoped that he would become a cartoonist because he has a real knack for it.  Webcomics are out there so maybe someday soon he’ll give it a try.

These days, Karl and I see each other mostly at Omegacon and CONvergence.  At Omegacon, he’s one of the folks I try to make time to game with.  He’s sharp, quick to pick up rules to new games, and he is always up for something he hasn’t played before.

We’ve shared a lot over the years and while we haven’t always lived in the same home or had a lot of time to spend with one another, he’s one of those people whom I’ve always been grateful to know.


Friend a Day – Erin Kasper


Erin and I have been around the Renaissance Festival for a long time and as a performer, I can’t tell you how valuable I think she is to the cast.

Over the years, she has been one of those people who sees a need and steps in to fill it.  She doesn’t do it because she wants attention.  She does it because she thinks that it is important.

When we needed an Entertainment director, she did it because someone needed to.  When the Children’s realm was without leadership, she stepped in to take it over.  When nobody was making sure the years of service awards were happening, she stepped up and did that.

Most of what she does is not audience facing work.  That makes it all the more valuable because she makes it easier for the entertainers to entertain.

She’s also one of the best one on one street performers I know.

About ten years ago, there was a cold, rainy day at the festival.  There were hardly any audience members and I remember looking at Erin and saying that there was probably one audience member for every entertainer.  The two of us decided to adopt a couple for the day and proceeded to walk them around the festival for about three hours.

It was one of those entertainment moments nobody sees or talks about but for those two people, it was extraordinary.  Erin gives people those extraordinary experiences all the time.

Erin is one of those people who works really hard and then plays just as hard.  I’ve had great times with her juggling torches around a bonfire at Omegacon, playing black light mini-golf at CONvergence, and laughing at dinner after long, hot weekends.

Being around Erin reminds me that some things are important and they won’t get done if you complain that nobody is doing them.  Sometimes you just have to do it yourself.

Erin is a great person.  I’m so glad that she’s a friend.

Geeks Without God Goes to the Zoo

Geeks Without GodWe have a pretty laid back Geeks Without God this week.  The three of us got together on Sunday afternoon of Omega Spring.  We were all pretty sleep deprived but had enjoyed our weekend so we ended up just telling stories about games we played, media we watched and a trip to the zoo.  Having tackled some serious topics of late, this episode is decidedly schizophrenic.  It’s also pretty mellow and goofy.

So if that is your thing, please have a listen.

2012 Omegacon Movie Room Schedule

About a year ago, I started this blog with a post about the upcoming Omegacon movie room schedule.  While not the actual one year anniversary, this post qualifies as my topical anniversary.

The one thing to remember about the Omegacon Movie room is that I schedule movies that I either like or want to watch. Half the time, I’m one of three people in the room so I might as well want to be there.

Usually I cook up the theme for the room way early but this year I wasn’t inspired until just a few weeks ago.  The theme for the movie room is “Wrath of God” and it all keys off of the first movie I’m showing.

So here’s the list along with lengthy and pointless commentary:

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