Archive for the ‘Friends’ Category

Melissa Loewen

Saturday, June 16th, 2007

Melissa

Sunday, the last time I saw you, you said I seemed worried I would never see you again.

I am glad that I called you after that, this Wednesday, but I now I wish I had called you Thursday, and Friday, and, hell, every other day this week. In our last conversation, we talked about how stressful the end of the school year was for you, with the report cards to complete and events which needed planning. How you had finally negotiated a lighter teaching load for next fall. I was going to come play trombone for your students this coming week. We talked about going hiking this weekend — how you needed to get in shape for your trip to Australia, where you'd be celebrating your 30th birthday with your best friend. (Though you would never tell us exactly what day that was.)

You'd been saving for years to make that trip, and it was only two weeks away. It was exciting.

It isn't right that you died Friday, in a car accident. Weren't you the first person I really opened up to in this city? Mightn't you have been the first person I called if this had been someone else?

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Tai Shogi

Thursday, June 16th, 2005

Sam had apparently been studying shogi, and it took me a few games to figure out a response to his opening last night. When I did, it was a long, slow, crushing victory as my forces eliminated his rook-side before dropping his captured rook in for the kill. So, it was an encouraging end, even if I did lose most of my games.

Anyway, I just ran across a page describing Tai Shogi, probably the largest natural chess variant. The board measures 25×25, and each player starts with 177 pieces of more than 100 different types, including the Drunk Elephant and the Reclining Dragon. The royal piece is the "Emperor", who is also the most powerful, being able to move to any undefended square. Now, there's a game.

Jacks Fork - Karen and Jon

Tuesday, May 31st, 2005

Jacks Fork - Karen and Jon
Originally uploaded by Kevin Saff.

Here's a closeup shot I got of Karen and Jon, but not before they both got their sunglasses on.

Jacks Fork River

Tuesday, May 31st, 2005

Jacks Fork River
Originally uploaded by Kevin Saff.

Yesterday, Karen B., Jon M., and I travelled many miles to float on the Jacks Fork river. We left shortly after 6 in the morning, fresh and ready to go, and returned around 11 tired, sunburned, and sore.

Since there were three of us, we rented a canoe and a kayak, and rotated positions so everyone could try out the kayak. Here's Jon and Karen early in the float.