January 16th, 2016

What I've been doing

I haven't posted in a while because I've been a bit busy with stuff, but since I use this journal as a record of my own life I want to note some of it.

For New Year's I went to nbowa's. Hung out, played poker once (wasn't the first one out, was actually ahead at the break, but as the stakes went up I quickly ran out of chips), played some other games, had some alcohol but didn't get drunk, generally got to hang out with a bunch of cool people. I did bring my guitar and played a few things.

Last weekend, birder2 and I went to GAFilk. The drive was long but the weather was not bad. The music and company were fine. I was really tired most of the weekend. It did not help that I forgot the filter for my humidifier, so I didn't have that relief from the dry hotel air, but I seemed to be sleeping as well as normal, just not feeling rested. I was particularly having trouble Saturday night, where I was mangling songs I should be able to play relatively well.

I started to have symptoms of a cold Tuesday, and skipped my regular activities in favor of bed rest until Friday.

Magic update

I'm also going to update on Magic. I didn't touch a Magic deck for the first two weeks of 2016. Friday at FNM, I played my Hardened Scales deck in standard, the last time before the new set becomes legal. I did awful, 1-3. It's a marginal deck that has to get lucky to do well against serious decks, and I just didn't.

This weekend was the prerelease for Oath of the Gatewatch. I went to the event today. My pool was lousy -- I didn't get much value and I didn't get cards that seemed to make much of a deck. I had far too little removal. Really, the only thing I had was bombs, so I ran what ramp I had and a bunch of high cost spells. After losing the first 2 rounds, I won the next 3, so I got one prize pack. My streak of winning the door prize lottery is also done -- I got sleeves.