Sunday, May 29, 2011

Building Things

I enjoy building things. I'm not good at it, but I do enjoy it. After going to the Geekway, I came home with 4 or 5 more games than I left with thanks to raffles and trading, so I'd run out of room for all my games. To remedy this problem, I decided to build a game shelf (ignore the fact that I'm not building shelves to support my habit). That is what I did this weekend.

Friday night, I went to Lowe's and bought three 1"x12"x6'pine boards. I already had the stain and screws that I needed to complete the project. My plan was to build a 42" tall shelf, with 2 other shelves within it, and the last shelf being about 2 inches above the ground. That way the two ends would act as legs and I wouldn't have to worry as much about getting it steady on a floor, since there would be only 2 points of contact instead of one long board at the bottom. By the time I started though, I completely forgot I meant to do it this way. So it turned out as one big box. With 2 shelves in the middle. Giving me 4 total shelves, if I decide to use the top as well.

It felt good to complete it. I'll never be the best woodworker, but I do a practical job. What that means is it won't be a family heirloom, but it'll hold games or books or tools or whatever else for the next 20 or 30 years.

Other things I've built my kitchen, big utility shelves in the basement that cannot come out, a blanket box for the basement, two bookshelves that I built my sophomore year at college for my dorm (still got those in the basement), and for the future...a Crokinole board...maybe...someday...if I can get help.

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Email Signatures

I send thousands of emails from home and work each year. Some about nothing important at all and some that have national security at stake (okay, not really, but I like to think so). I have 5 lines on my signature block at work. My name, my title, my company, my phone number, and my fax number. These all seem to be reasonable to me. However, I've received a few emails in the past days that have made me think maybe I'm not following proper email etiquette. Some of them have had 10+ lines explaining how to contact their grandma and what is the best thing to do in a tornado warning. So without further ado, I'd like to tell you I'm going to improve my email etiquette.


Mr. Adam Daulton, MBA, PHR, Esquire
Theology, Board Games, and Life
The Internet
The Daulton Household
A Street In Indianapolis
United States of America
North American Contitent
The Milky Way
The Universe
317-XXX-XXXX cell
317-XXX-XXXX wife's cell
317-XXX-XXXX Neighbor's Cell
73899373 Cat's Collar ID Number
Softball Coach
238-23-2323 Fake SSN
Yats Is Great
And so is Bacon

Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Found Old Draft

There are some things in the life of a man that are important. These things can be as simple as being able to not throw like a girl and as complex...okay, I guess important things to men aren't complex.

Monday, May 9, 2011

Collecting Games

When is something collecting? I've always been a collector from the time I was young. I like having things organized and listed and nicely collected. Here is a quick list of things I've collected: baseball, hockey, football, and basketball cards. I think I have many of these still somewhere around my house. At one time I really collected David Robinson cards & Reggie Miller cards. My two favorite players in the the 1990s in the NBA. I've also collected stamps and I think I still have a Ben Franklin stamp from 1903. Another thing I collected was Pogs. You remember those? They were popular for about 1.7 days back in 1996 or there abouts. I loved getting all the eight balls.

Now I'm an adult, I collect other things. Louis L'Amour books, which I still need about 10 to have a complete set of novels. Though I'm tired of them publishing a bunch of short stories together, with only 1 new story in the book that they found in some file drawer somewhere. I also collect board games and that is what spawned this post. I just bought another game, Dungeon Lords, which is an awesome game and in my Top 25 Games of all time.

All of these things that I've collected though, doesn't make me a collector. I hear what are thinking right now, "You have over 100 Louis L'Amour books and 100 board games and still have pogs sitting around and don't think you're a collector?!" Okay, I understand your chagrin, but let me explain why I'm not a true collector. I collector collects just to collect. I collect to use. I have played all but 2 of my board games, read every Louis L'Amour book, and as for the pogs...okay well, we won't go there. So I'm a collectuser. I like having everything organized and loved my match box cars collection that I kept in a bucket when I was nine, but I always raced those cars and play my board games or read my books.

Thursday, May 5, 2011

Day 1 of Kaylee and Dad

It's been a long time since I have posted. I've thought of plenty of things to write about, but have either not wanted to spend the time to write about a serious subject that I should do some research on or thought about writing about something not serious and then thinking I should write about something serious. So instead today, I'm going to write about my day yesterday.

Got up at the normal time, went into work from 6:30-9:30, but then things became abnormal. I took Krista and Ella to the airport, for their trip to California, then Kaylee and I headed up to Carmel where we stopped at Play It Again Sports to get some softball supplies and after a lot of chasing Kaylee around came out with a couple softballs, a scorebook, and a pair of batting gloves.

After that we went to the McDonald's at Carmel Drive & Keystone. She had about 3 McNuggets and I got the #1 as I usually do. By this time she is starting to get tired and cranky, but we continued on our journey to the library to pick up Smallville Season 9, yes I enjoy the Superman Teen Show, and World War Z. I'm not usually a zombie fan, but this was recommended to me by two different people, so I thought I'd give it a read.

We came home and Kaylee finally took a nap, while I continued my quest to beat Portal 2. I got stuck though and so didn't do so. Then with Kaylee up I buzzed my head while Kaylee ran around in the driveway, we had dinner, watched some SportsCenter online, and then Kaylee got her much needed bath. Then off to bed for her while I waited on Trevor to make it here.

Trevor made it around 12:15am, we talked until about 2am, and then went to bed. It was a long day, but a good day. This isn't the most entertaining post, but it's been such a long time, I figured I needed to write.

P.S. I'm really itching to play Rise of Empires, a new board game a buddy gave me, so I'm excited that game day is coming soon.