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  #492 New January 27th, 2019 01:22 AM
Man, I love chocolate milk. Cookies and milk are another favorite, but, like my doctor told me, I can't eat like a teenager anymore. More's the pity. I've had some real good times with chocolate milk, milk shakes, and other associated beverages. Oh man is that stuff good.

What does this have to do with Traveller? Not a gerat deal, to be honest. I think I got some choc-milk stains on some character sheets on my old desk back in the day. And some chocolate stains on other things ... scratch paper for ammo tracking, working out DMs, whatever.

Good times. Real good times. Times when you knew the world was going to open up before you, whether Traveller or other gaming was going to be part of it or not. When I shop at the local Safeway the mountains remind me of the final celebration in Return of the Jedi. There's a kind of wondrous imagery there. As if the Ewok Village were in the forest as I head towards my car.

A similar moment was at what used to be a dead end at the local Wells' Fargo. Undeveloped brushland with the Santa Cruz mountains and the sun blazing away behind them. Very space opera. I could stand there for hours if the sun would keep its evening dusk posture.

But, the truth is I've got to finish off another mini-adventure for the very cool Magnus. But, unlike the previous three-years where I was occupied with a lot of personal junk, it will not be a chore.

I don't know all of who reads my ramblings, but recall that time when things were right, or nothing was too wrong, or if something was wrong then you had a moment to yourself to look at the sunset after it had dipped below the horizon, and you could imagine something beyond. For as the sun set on Memphis, Pensacola, New York, Boston, wherever you were at that time in the 80s when Traveller was still evolving, you knew there were times ahead.

Dietrick's art for Traveller has that perpetual dusk motif for a lot of his pieces. And that reflected in the tone of the time. Standing at that dead end, starring out over the Interstate 92 traffic coming off of and going onto the San Mateo bridge, and staring at the Santa Cruz mountains, one could almost get a sense of adventure up ahead. Wrongs to be righted, places beyond to explore, oceans to dive into or sail over, skies to soar, and mountains to explore.

That was kind of Traveller's motif, as well as FASA's Star Trek RPG, Gygax's D&D, and a host of other games, books, movies, and just real places in general. Whether I was exploring Mexico with the adopted family, the San Diego Zoo, or up in Canada with the former lady friend, or again the extended family exploring the Rockies and places that could only accessed during the summer months. New York, Boston, and just the whole New England area in general, or even a brief stay in Chicago. It was the stuff of Traveller.

Although in 79 or 78, I was carrying around my boxed deluxe edition of Star Fleet Battles, and not so much Traveller.

Pulling on life experience for concepts and for writing material for adventures and this web log is part of what my life is all about. I hope it can be part of yours.

Whether I was sailing off Boston, touring the museums and theatres in New York, or just driving along the coast with my little Vargr, maybe visiting the local surfers or talking with the rangers, you absorb those small moments of normalness and enjoy and reflect on them, and if given the opportunity, bring them back into a piece of writing.

I recall sitting in the children's section of Candlestick Park back in 1995 or so, and some African American woman who lived in the area (Hunter's Point is ostensibly black, and at one time had a high crime rate, though I think that's been mitigated some), had a tall paper cup of beer and was celebrating. Well, alcohol isn't allowed in the children's section (the seats were cheap for a reason, out behind right field underneath the BONDS sign), and she was asked to leave. But, she was fun, and unlike a lot of drunks, not overly obnoxious. Still, she should have known better. Even so, I've now found an opportunity to include that in any fan fiction nor an adventure, but I may draw on that experience and put it in there.

Or, Mike Benjamin's three in the park homers. I was there for all three that season. The first one was a rainy game, which, if memory serves, was actually a double header to make up for another rained out game. Benjamin was a small speedster who smacked the ball to center field past the center fielder who had to run to the warning track grab the ball and throw it back infield. That was awesome. Will I ever put that in a piece of writing other than this web log? I'm not sure. But it's one of those really fantastic memories that you never forget.

Will that ever fit a piece of fiction? I don't know. I do know that some of my high school Traveller players tried to generate Will Clark and Joe Montana as PCs and NPCs. Whatever. I really wasn't interested in sports idols in the Travellerverse, but I guess I wasn't too opposed to it. One guy lost his PC whom he named after the stuntman who played the psycho in Texas Chainsaw Massacre. As Ref I can safely say that it was not intentional, but nor am I sorry that character bit the dust.

So, as I sat back staring out my bedroom window with my feet kicked up on my desk, I would grab an occasional chocolate milk and contemplate life, the universe and everything. I might think about Trek, Traveller, SW, or maybe girls or geo-politics. I truly wish I had not lost that house, but, I did, and all I can do now is write about it. But during those golden days of when my career was taking off, and things were right with the world (okay, the 89 earthquake put a damper on the Giants'-A's series), but I could grab the Vargr unit, put her in the car and either drive off to the bay front or take her across the mountains to the ocean, and let run along the beach (out of sight of both CA Rangers and San Mateo Sheriff's officers).

Not everything is associated with Traveller, but sometimes real life memories, good memories, can be excavated for a fictional application. And it doesn't have to be for a scifi RPG, but for any piece of fiction. But again, chocolate milk seems to act as a catalyst at times

Not all strolls down memory lane to augment writing are pleasant. I've been in car crashes, had vehicles hit me when I was on my bike, faced down a gang or two, but the scariest time I ever had was on flight from JFK to O'Hare. We're coming in over the neighborhood a couple of days before or after New Years', it's super-cold, and suddenly the lights dim and we violently bank right and then left, as if the pilot were a former Vietnam F4 Phantom jock who was having a flash back. We were at a severe angle, and I'm looking at the windows to the right seeing streets one moment, and then evening sky with stars the next. I was in my late 20s, had flown since I could ever remember, but that was the last time I ever got on a place.

I may put that in a piece of fiction at some point. But, if I do, I'll have a tall glass of silky smoothe and sweet chocolate milk with me.

Ah memories. I wonder if they have chocolate milk on Type-S's
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#3 January 28th, 2019 04:35 PM
Blue Ghost Says:
"Ego stroke mode off"
#2 January 28th, 2019 03:32 PM
SanDragon Says:
He is not the only one who reads your blog, and yes! Stop stroking the Magnus!
#1 January 27th, 2019 05:25 AM
Dude, ya got stop with that complimentary stuff, my ego's too damned big already. Yeah, chocolate milk rules! I too recall looking out the window and seeing the streets of Manhattan below me on the other side of the aircraft. They do like thise hard banking turns out in NYC. Both cool and terrifying at the same time. And I read the blog, might be the only one but I read the blogs, and sometimes check out the new artwork too.
 


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