Wednesday was Settlers night
. There was great anticipation as we finally cracked open Cities and Knights. The expansion adds considerable complexity
to the game, it's a little intimidating at the outset, but is great for playability. The development capabilities in the expansion add quite a few options up front, but they also change as progress is made. I am simultaneously excited for- and fearful of the inevitable Settlers/Seafarers/Cities stratorgy
won. I was a couple resources from a last-to-first comeback when I handed the dice to her. Jon
was held at twelve of thirteen victory points for a few rounds when his dominance was (at last) recognized. Curt was not far from the finish either. On account of our newbiness to the expansion, the lack of a dominant force/quick winner, and some very 'contemplative' turns, it took five hours to resolve
the victor of Catan. That meant 02:30 on a school night. It never really dragged
, unlike Risk or Axis where you can finish a pint before your opponent has decided which three territories he'll invade.
I burned about a quarter of my amputated overhang that night. The wood was particularly poppy and there wasn't a shortage of embers on the wood floor. No housefires or burn marks on the highly laminated (not laminate) surface.
I stopped by Dixieline
's home furnishings showroom because their kitchen and bath selection is pretty good. I was optimistic, Home Depot just doesn't have much variety and any store that specializes in such fixtures is overpriced and/or requires install. My original goal was to find a pedestal sink
that would mesh well with the tight confines of the downstairs bathroom.
Unfortunately the only inspiring ones were ultra modern, and that would clash pretty badly. I took a liking to the Xylem
Essence and Europa vanities because they were very slim and had no cabinets
. I liked the Essence more and could even tolerate the countertop vessel, but doing a wall-mounted faucet did not appeal. I settled on the Europa with a one-piece white china top.
Joe sold it to me, he didn't mind discussing the options with me and wasn't pushy, but unsurprisingly all of his knowledge seemed to come from the catalog.
It wasn't until the invoice was printed that I was informed there was a $100 handling charge
. Joe seemed to expect unpleasantness and meekly suggested that it was offset by their 25% then 20% discounts (which I intuitively know means 45% off list price!). Anyway, that bs was enough to deter me from returning but I was still okay with the bottom line and went ahead with the order. Joe told me it'd arrive within a week.
Then Thursday I (Jon
) called and was informed the sink top was back ordered
and they should have originally told me two or three weeks. I cancelled the order
and was told there would be a restocking fee but they'd try to get it waived because my arrival date was wrong. I pointed out they couldn't well charge me a restocking fee on something not in stock and made the impression that I wasn't going to put up with any more bs. Joe called me later to confirm.
Unfortunately, for future projects this leaves me with Home Depot and the internet. The former has limited supply, the latter offers only jpgs to suggest the quality and consistency of the merchandise.
I headed over Expo to see if they were still open
; the place is in the final stages of Circuit Citying. Selection was pretty limited, but they had a few vanities not unlike the Xylem one for a pretty good price. The only tops available were black glass, which I decided against based on style. I did snag an independent sink drain (rather than the one that comes with the faucet) and after the install I'm very happy with it. It's easier to install, looks better, and is of better construction.
The final pull from Expo was a sturdy shelf
probably used for stocking small items. Now it's holding up Rob
's big ol' crt tv and the sound system pilfered from Casa Morelos. No more bleeding clutch cables without some tunes or Futurama dvds.
Today we took Jon
to Plaster City
way out on 8. Ty
attended, so did Erik
and Ian with their big Hondas. The barbecue was a challenge to secure, but very clutch for the grilling of sirloin burgers.
The terrain was a significant contrast to the previous excursion
, tight trails were replaced with 360 degree mobility, packed dirt was replaced with sand.
We navigated terrain, ran a small oval course, hill climbed, and did some jumping.