If you could drop everything you are doing and do whatever you wanted, what would it be?
T.V, movies, surfing the net do not count.
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My new job, and our new life has brought us to beautiful Mackenzie British Columbia, home to the coolest sledding hill.
Cooking is creative, productive and it can be a relaxing output for many people. It can be exciting coming up with a meal idea, or a creative cake idea for your wife who happens to be gluten free.
Rather than risk messing up everything like I almost did with the waffles fiasco, Jen and I worked together to create the monstrosity we call her birthday cake.
I am having a hard time forming the words to explain Risk. It is not simply a game, it’s an experience. Here are some of the procedures I use when Risk is involved.
As soon as your friends and you have decided to play risk, the game officially begins. Even if you make plans in the morning and play later, those hours in the day are a perfect time to make alliances and gain influence.
The background music played changes the game completely. Try playing with an “epic battle music” playlist.
When deciding which territories you start with, deal the cards randomly. The player(s) with the random cards add 2 to their beginning force. This makes the game go much faster.
After the territories are chosen, dole out your beginning force to a maximum of 4 per territory. This prevents someone placing all their men on one territory, and makes the game go much faster.
When cashing in cards instead of using the raised set rewards the game provides , set a fixed number of extra troupes. The combinations I use are;
3X cannons – 4 infantry
3X horses – 6 infantry
3X infantry – 8 infantry
one of each – 10 infantry
This makes it so huge armies of 50+ don’t get made, the forces remain small, and the game goes much faster.
I know a lot of people do not like risk because of the time it takes to play, the luck involved, or they think there are simply way better games that should be played over risk. I would say that Risk has a simplicity that can’t be rivaled by any other war game I’ve played, and more than 70% of what makes this game is table talk, playing the players.
The plan was simple and romantic. Drive to the “honeymoon capital” Niagara falls, have some delicious authentic indian food, walk in the park we used to flirt in when we were dating, and then finish the night off with a stop by the arcade.
Unfortunately this is not what ended up happening. We were almost at the restaurant when our car spluttered and died. Dressed up for a date, in impractical sandals and shoes we had to push our car through a set of lights into an empty parking lot. At this point if someone wanted to get worked up, upset, or frustrated I wouldn’t blame them. However, we decided to laugh it off. It only took 5 minutes to have my father in law, and the tow truck on route, and after that business was taken care of the date could start.
Here is a list of fun things to do when waiting for something, like a tow truck.
a) Wallet scavenger hunt: First one to find every letter in the alphabet just using the contents of their wallet wins
b) Eye spy: This is not only for kids. Have one player spy something, and the other player has to guess what it is. Or if you have more people you can race to find things, example “First one to find a red E wins”.
Note : Avoid just hanging around on separate cell phones the whole time. It’s supposed to be a date. There are two player games that are fun to play on your phone if you’ve got one. If you don’t have those games or there is a risk you might give too much attention to your phone put them both on the dash of the car. First person to touch their phone looses.
Being a leisureologist, or maybe because I never clean out my car means the trunk is full of things to do. We had a volleyball, soccer ball, and a frisbee at our disposal. Always be prepared.
c) try to catch the frisbee for every letter of the alphabet: This took us a lot longer than I want to admit.
d) Jackpot: This is a game we played once my father in law came. Get one thrower and two catchers. The thrower gives a point value for his toss, and whoever catches it gets those points.
e) Bet on when the tow truck will arrive: I suggest using price is right rules. Whoever is closest to the actual arrival time wins.
It ends up we had a great date. It was not what we planned, and it will likely be very expensive (depending on the car repairs) but it was a great night. We could have let the break down ruin our night, but instead we embraced it. Leisure is what you choose to do and how it affects you.
After a long dry drought, nothing is more satisfying than a nice rain. Well maybe not for everyone, but my wife and I certainly were not going to let a little rain stop our leisure. After a wonderful meal we ended our evening with a Segway tour.
We toured through Michael Rennie park, St Catharines Ontario, Canada. Home to the renowned Ridley rowing club, and many other things. The tour was beautiful and we saw lots of nature, and wildlife. I could go into more detail, but this isn’t what I want to talk about.
SEGWAYS are cool! After a really easy two minute lesson Jen and I were zipping around on segways. These machines are super intuitive. Once I got the hang of it, moving around was as natural as walking. We went for 3.5 kilometers, and spent about an hour touring the trails.
At first I thought it was a bit pricey, (40$ each) but remember you cannot put a price on experience. We spent more on our meal before the tour, but it will be the experience that I remember long term. I definitely would like to go again.
So I was innocently doing more research on LARP (live action role play) when I was attacked!
I am still not sure why I was attacked, but I was able to catch it all on video. I have a feeling I have not seen the last of this mysterious rogue.
A little bit of planning, and a lot of amazing weather and safety from God can go a long way. The trip was amazing!
We got to our lake early in order to get the best site. The parameters for a good site include;
- A fire pit, and thunderbox (for waste removal)
- The thunderbox should be in good condition, and not visible by the campfire
- Good sites for your tent
- Sites in the shade to block the heat of the sun are best.
The trip was very quiet, and relaxing. Hunting, cutting, and splitting firewood was a great way to meditate and vent stress. Having to work for my morning coffee gave me an appreciation for my coffee maker. All in all I got exactly what I wanted from this trip.
A few things I learned;
- Don’t jump out of the canoe, expecting your father-in-law/canoe partner to stay upright.
- If you happen to risk someone’s dryness, by lets say jumping out of a canoe, make sure they don’t have expensive electronics in their pockets.
- If your digital camera happens to get wet on your camping trip, don’t fret. There is a chance it will work once it’s dried out.
Note: No cameras were permanently hurt during this trip.
It was sad to leave. The first thing I noticed once we got back on the highway is we all turned our phones back on. “beep 25 new emails”, “beep 16 new text messages”. In a lot of ways I wish I was still out there. Backcountry camping is a leisure experience you can’t get by doing anything else. I recommend it for everyone.
What did you do on your long weekend? What leisure should I do next? Feel free to leave a comment below.
This fad photo is much more personal.
Find a photo of when you were young, then try to recreate the picture as you are now. Try to match facial expressions and body positions.
Zefrank made this official here. You can submit your pictures and they will be added to the many others.