July Fourth as a Kid

July 4th was on Friday which for those of you who don’t know, is Independence Day in the USA.

There was a band, picnic, games, and fireworks at a park right near my house.

I went to that with my wife and had a lot of fun.

But I don’t want to write about that today. I want to write about how I used to celebrate July 4th with my mother.

When I was a kid my mom and I always went to a fireworks celebration on July 3rd at the Frost Amphitheater on Stanford campus.

The celebration at Frost Amphitheater happened on July 3rd so that all the people that worked at it could enjoy the real holiday with their own families.

It never mattered much to my mother and me which day we were celebrating July 4th on. One day for a celebration of Independence is as good as another.

The event starts with waiting in line.

There are a few seats that you can reserve, but they were quite expensive. Most people just got lawn tickets.

Lawn tickets don’t come with assigned seating, so the earlier you get there the better your seat is.

We would sit in line for an hour or two with all our picnic stuff, baskets and coolers of food, games, pillows, blankets, etc.

Once inside we’d set up on the lawn and wait for the music to start.

When we first started going the band was usually a giant orchestra that played lots of classical music.

Later on they switched to more popular bands that people could dance to like Cherry Popping Daddies.

I liked the classical music better, but listening to the Cherry Popping Daddies got me interested more and more in swing dancing.

The concert would go on until dark and then the band would announce the fireworks coming up.

The fireworks were set off behind the amphitheater and looked like every other fireworks show.

After the explosions were over everyone packed up their stuff and left, just like every other fireworks show.

They’ve stopped doing the July 3rd event, but I’ve started missing it more and more lately.

Maybe they’ll start it up again next year!

-Mister Ed

Gurutama Timeline Thoughts

I’m a bit at a loss for how to make my coming posts on Gurutama’s timeline interesting.

My initial thought is that the Gurutama posts are more for me than for whoever is reading them.

I’m using those posts as creative vehicles for the world my friends made. I’d like there to be more details for us to use and this is a way to force myself to write them.

Up until now I’ve been able to drop a picture of some kind into each post either of the area or the race I was focusing on for that post.

What pictures can I use for a timeline though? I don’t have anything already made and scouring the internet is far less likely to produce something appropriate (or legally usable).

I could draw something myself, but that would require far more time than I’m willing to commit to the project.

I should just accept the timeline being pictureless, but if I do I want there to be something else cool in each Gurutama timeline post.

I can’t think of what that cool something should be just yet though.

As for what I plan to do with the timeline posts, that’s pretty easy.

While we were playing Dawn of Worlds I kept track of events and created a rough timeline of what occurred.

The rules of Dawn of Worlds split the actions into three distinct ages.

The rules suggest that a turn in the first age takes 500 years of time within the created world. A turn in the second age takes 100 years and a turn in the third age takes 10 years.

This allows the initial events to be slow just as initial developments on Earth were slow, but then speed up later on. It also reflects that the presently living people in Gurutama will know more about recent history than centuries old history.

The timing rules present a problem though. One player can do something on turn 1 in the first age, but than another player can’t react until turn 2 which is 500 years later.

This means that sometimes counterattacks within early wars will take centuries to formulate!

Obviously that can be explained away within how the timeline is worded, but that wording does not exist as of now.

As I go through and present the timeline I need to fix those errors and add clarifying information where it’s needed. I plan to also add extra fun stuff when I feel like it to spice up the world.

There’s the plan!

If you think of anything cool that will make the timeline posts more interesting, let me know please!

-Mister Ed