November 7th, 2002


D&D Nov-5-2002

Working through journal backlog from most recent to least...

Tuesday's D&D session wasn't a piece of blazing brilliance that will shine forever in the hearts and minds of all the players. But it was perfectly adequate, and I'm not aware of any serious problems--and that's perfectly fine.

There was more roleplay in this session than in many. First, they talked more with the elf they'd rescued. In the adventure, she was just an elf commoner, but I'm trying to make elves more exotic and strange in my campaign, so I didn't want to leave her like that. Instead, I brought back a human rogue they'd met in a long-past adventure and explained that the elf had been the human, wearing a cap of disguise. I worried that this might seem too contrived, but the players seemed to like it. (Mike did point out later that she needs to have a more zesty personality, which is definitely true.)

After that, they talked with the intelligent greatclub that they had taken from the ogre. I think they got somewhat surprised by the way the greatclub presented itself. But they're still being pretty suspicious of the greatclub...

And then, combat. I was worried that the dire wolves might be too deadly for the folks with their 1d8+10 bite, but the pair of dire wolves and the weaker cub seemed like a good warmup encounter. They did manage to take Turok down once, but it wasn't really a terrifying battle--which is fine. There will be enough opportunities for challenging battles later.

Snell-Cohen Wedding

On Sunday, we went to Seth and Karen's wedding. It was a great wedding. Yay!

We started off by getting up too early and going to Squirrel Hill for Lori to get her hair done for the wedding. I went to Giant Eagle for breakfast food, there again for Diet Coke, and a third time (unsuccessfully) for a scarf for Lori's hair.

Then we road-tripped down to Baltimore without particular trouble, with lovely clear weather.

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The major thing I noticed about the whole wedding (including dinner) was how much fun it was. I found myself musing that my Christian heritage tends to look askance at the really fun parts of religious celebrations as secular and oogy--and that's really a shame.

At dinner, we sat with two men I knew through gaming and their wives, and we had much good conversation about gaming and marriage and many such things. Thumbs way up to Seth and Karen for the seating arrangements.

We also danced enthusiastically if not well. More fun.

What a great wedding! What an excellent wedding for Seth and Karen!


We took the Roadfood book down to the wedding with us. On Monday, when we came back from the wedding, we decided to stop at a few of those restaurants. Lori initiated the tradition of getting waitstaff to sign the book next to the entry for their restaurant--this will be a fun tradition to continue.

For lunch, we ate at the Women's Industrial Exchange in Baltimore. I had the crab cake platter with tomato aspic and deviled eggs; Lori had the chicken pot pie with deviled eggs.

I found the food somewhat bland, unfortunately. This was further complicated by the fact that I concluded that I don't really care for tomato aspic very much, and I seem to prefer deviled eggs with more punch. (I've been considering deviled eggs with more spices--I'll try these and report.)

The food wasn't bad, but if we were to look for roadfood in Baltimore again, I would prefer to go to a restaurant we had not tried.

We did some early Christmas shopping in the Women's Industrial Exchange store. Very crafty, very femme.

For dinner, we ate at the Park-N-Dine in Hancock, Maryland. (Follow the signs from Exit 3 on I-70.) This was a very tasty and satisfying meal. I had a cup of bean soup (listed as a regional specialty--pretty good), a large slice of country ham (salt-cured, not sugar-cured--very salty and savory) with buttered potatoes and green beans and corn (cooked southern-style, by which I mean simmered with pork bits until all resistance was eliminated). Lori had roast turkey with stuffing, mashed potatoes, and the same green beans and corn.

The review listed pudding as a specialty of the restaurant, but they had no pudding today. Instead, Lori had a slice of Boston cream pie (very good, at least the tastes that I had).
For my dessert, I had a piece of lemon meringue pie that looked so absolutely perfect that I had to pause and admire it for several moments before starting to eat it. The crust was golden brown, the lemon filling was a perfect yellow, the meringue was perfectly even and browned exactly the right amount, and the whole piece had been separated from its neighbors perfectly, so there was no crumbs or slop on the plate. I feel a little bit sheepish for raving about this piece of pie so, but it was truly a wonderful-looking piece of pie. And it tasted very good, too.

I would happily go to the Park-N-Dine again on any trip along I-70. (But I would advise some caution in eating there to my friends who keep kosher.)