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Posted on 2007.02.23 at 15:32
Current Location: 63134
Current Music: The Da Vinci Code

Take a look at a castle. Any castle. Now break down the key elements that make it a castle. They haven't changed in a thousand years.

  1. Location. A site on high ground that commands the territory as far as the eye can see.

  2. Protection. Big walls, walls strong enough to withstand a frontal attack.

  3. A garrison. Men who are trained and willing to kill

  4. A flag. You tell your men you are soldiers and that's your flag. You tell them nobody takes our flag. And you raise that flag so it flies high where everyone can see it.

Now you've got yourself a castle. The only difference between this castle and all the rest is that they were built to keep people out. This castle is built to keep people in.

This will be the first night in recent memory that galinda822 is absent from our Friday night festivities that one of us or the other was not out of town. To prepare myself mentally for this new challenge, and after speaking at some length with the wife about this anomaly, we've decided to entomb ourselves in our edifice all weekend.

As dry as the evening may be without the gaiety of galinda's presence in our home, the prospect of a self-imposed lockdown has its pluses. Not having to shower or even get dressed...I love not having to leave the house! You don't have to answer the door, or the phone and you can do absolutely anything you want. Time has no meaning when you don't have to leave the house, life, it seems, has no meaning. And in this hectic day and age, who couldn't use a little more of that?

To further separate myself from the world, I plan to lock myself into my mad-scientist basement office all weekend and "make avatars." Likely I'll drag down a bottle of scotch and a roll of scooby-snack with me. Also, and this was to be a surprise, but the idea of "Two Old Men" Volume 4 has been rolling around in my head like a bb the last two weeks. Unfortunately, my trial of Comic Life has expired, and paying for something I so seldom use seems like a bad idea. I did, however, in anticipation of my creation, make a sidebar link named, "My Comic Strip" which will launch Volumes 1-3.

So wish me luck in my endeavors, think of me often, and I will emerge victorious Monday morning!

Thanks to celtmanx for this American Pie/The Phantom Menace crossover spoof.


galinda822 at 2007-02-23 23:27 (UTC) (Link)
I'm so sorry that I'll be missing our Friday night festivities! Enjoy the lockdown though - everybody needs those once in awhile.

Maybe I'll at least get a chance to chat with you since you'll be online 'making avatars'.

Have a fantastic weekend!
ehowton at 2007-02-24 00:40 (UTC) (Link)
Absolutely. And thanks for that other - I plugged it right in and...BAM! I can't wait to get started.
galinda822 at 2007-02-24 17:17 (UTC) (Link)


I look forward to viewing the results!
ehowton at 2007-02-24 18:37 (UTC) (Link)

Re: Fantastic!!!!!

I'll unveil it first thing Monday.
irulan_amy at 2007-02-24 00:15 (UTC) (Link)
Aahh, lockdown sounds good. As much fun as it is to get out into the world, a weekend of my couch and computer and crafty things would suit me just fine. I need to actually plan that though, or it won't happen.

Enjoy your weekend! :D
ehowton at 2007-02-24 00:46 (UTC) (Link)
Thank you ma'am! Its always a love-hate thing with lockdown; on one hand, the time is yours - you own your own destiny! On the other, after two days of doing nothing and knowing what happens the next morning, Sunday night can be a depressing drag...
CeltManX, Devlin O' Coileáin
celtmanx at 2007-02-24 00:31 (UTC) (Link)
Good luck in your endeavors!!!!
ehowton at 2007-02-24 03:30 (UTC) (Link)
I endeavor to accomplish nothing. Hard to reach your goals when you set them so high.
CeltManX, Devlin O' Coileáin
celtmanx at 2007-02-24 04:03 (UTC) (Link)
"This castle is built to keep people in."

That's from the Last Castle right.

ehowton at 2007-02-24 04:06 (UTC) (Link)
Yup. Great movie.
Melancthe the Woe, So-Called
melancthe at 2007-02-24 05:56 (UTC) (Link)
I got all excited because I saw the name and I thought you guys were talking about Jack Vance's novel The Last Castle, not the movie. Heh.

"Toward the end of a stormy summer afternoon, with the sun finally breaking out under ragged black rain clouds, Castle Janeil was overwhelmed and its population destroyed.

Until almost the last moment the factions among the castle clans were squabbling as to how Destiny properly should be met. The gentlemen of most prestige and account elected to ignore the entire undignified circumstance and went about their normal pursuits, with neither more nor less punctilio
than usual. A few cadets, desperate to the point of hysteria, took up weapons and prepared to resist the final assault. Others still, perhaps a quarter of the total population, waited passively, ready almost happy to expiate the sins of the human race."

< /gratuitous Vance quoting >
ehowton at 2007-02-24 07:00 (UTC) (Link)
'The summer squall had ended, but the heat of the sun bore down through the dissipating clouds creating an unbearable humidity. Burg Howton had finally lost its siege.

Even as she fell, majestically, the garrison had turned upon themselves to meet the fates as best they saw fit. Not the nobles, however - they carried on as if the kasern still stood strong. The few remaining Elite Guard, filled with righteous indignity, snatched up the last of the weapons from the armory for their last stand while the remaining peasants stood slack-jawed, waiting to be judged in blood by the victors.'
Melancthe the Woe, So-Called
melancthe at 2007-02-24 06:05 (UTC) (Link)
I personally feel that any weekend spent "making avatars" in quiet solitude, along with an adequate supply of booze, is an awesome weekend. But, then again, I am just a lazy wench. :)
ehowton at 2007-02-24 06:22 (UTC) (Link)
I'm a man of many talents.
Melancthe the Woe, So-Called
melancthe at 2007-02-24 06:38 (UTC) (Link)
Yes, I believe you indubitably are!
ehowton at 2007-02-24 07:04 (UTC) (Link)
The last time I heard that word was in Mary Poppins right after she says, "Supercalifragilicousexpialidocious" backwards. Dick Van Dyke exclaims, "Indubitably!" What can I say, Mary Poppins is a muscial!
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