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About JamesBrown

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  1. I also appreciate having to earn a title or rank. I don't want to see people show up on their first day and announce themselves as "First Captain General Lord of the Purple Undead Army," or whatever. (Although, come to think of it, that would be an awesome rank.) That said, I earned my initial ranks (Aspie, Algai, etc.) when it was easy to do so. We had a lot of activities going on where I could earn points, so my training and rise was swift and didn't feel over-burdensome. Then came the outages in 2018, and suddenly a lot of people were AWOL, and it became impossible to achieve higher rank. That was frustrating, and could easily be the cause for people to drop out from lack of interest. So maybe a balance? Perhaps continue the introductions and fact-finding missions, but not quite so many points needed to qualify before advancement? And on a different note, is anyone else bothered by the fact that it's impossible to see if a club has new unread posts without clicking down into each one? The top of this page has eleven links to sub-clubs (is that the right term?) plus Members link and a blog, and I have no idea if any of them have anything new.
  2. haycraftd, wooer of women. Congratulations on your progress so far, and good luck. You're so close.
  3. Recently I finished A Clash of Kings, by George R. R. Martin; The Path of Daggers, by Robert Jordan, and A Wanted Man, by Lee Child. I'm currently in the midst of: Pyramids, by Terry Pratchett The Burglar Who Painted Like Mondrian, by Lawrence Block (re-read) Master and Commander, by Patrick O'Brien I'm listening to Master and Commander on audiobook in my car, but sometimes my attention wanders. When he gets deep into descriptions about the rigging of his ships, I get bogged down in the details. So I bought a hard copy of the book, and I'm going to start what I expect will be a multi-year project. I'll slowly read it line by line, looking up every term I don't know, until I can understand everything as the author intended. Places, persons (real or otherwise), ships of the line, I want to know them all.
  4. I listen to Spanish learning CDs in my car. But man, I'm a slow learner.
  5. Thank you, ladies. It was a successful move. Yes, it was hot and sunny, and unfortunately his dorm had no elevators, but we got him moved in around an hour. I just called it a good workout (heavy lifting, time on the stairmaster, some light cardio) followed by a relaxing shower afterwards. Now it's back to just the two of us, puttering around the house, trying not to get in each other's way, enjoying each other's company. It's not the first time we've been empty-nesters, so there's no syndrome effects. Just peace and quiet.
  6. Tomorrow we'll be moving my son into his dorm. His classes start in one week. And we get our house back. <pleased>
  7. Congratulations to you, haycraftd. You are now one step closer to Der'Manshima. You are hereby awarded your Manshima sword. Keep it ever sharp, every ready, and ever true. You carry the honor of the White Tower on its blade. Ceremony observers are now free to offer congratulations and well wishes.
  8. The Algai haycraftd has met the requirements to be promoted to Manshima and may post his Declarations when ready! (Hold your congratulations until after the Declarations have been posted! Thank you!) The Declarations take three parts:Declaration of Self: Post a few sentences to a paragraph about who you are. Why did you start reading WoT? How did you find DM? Feel free to add anything you think will be interesting or meaningful. Declaration of Commitment: Post a few sentences to a paragraph about your time as a Algai. What projects have you done? Have you made any friends? Please share with us your memorable moments. Declaration of Intent: Post a few sentences to a paragraph about what your plans are as a Manshima and Der’manshima. What projects are you planning to do? Have you gotten involved with a Community Discipline? Please share with us your future goals and plans.
  9. Took a painting class last night at a local artist studio. Part of the lesson fees goes to support the local theater. A woman demonstrated painting a landscape scene, and we copied as best we could. It was interesting to see the variety of results among the students. Note: I will NOT be sharing my result from last night. I'll be sticking with my abstracts, thank you very much. I'm within a few days of finishing another work that I'm happy with.
  10. How are we handling classes for initiates? All my cheat links to the old forum no longer work.
  11. Welcome, brownbirdsedai. I'm JamesBrown, Sword Captain of the Warder's Guild here at the White Tower. As you might have seen, we're in the midst of a remodeling project here at the Tower. Once the proverbial dust settles, we'll get you set up with an introductory class and guide. Meanwhile, feel free to poke around and ask polite questions. We're glad you decided to pop in, and we'd love to get to know you better.
  12. Every once in a while I contract the genealogy bug. But with my last name, it isn't very long before I get hopelessly stuck.
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