Category Archives: Life

Virtual Bastion is Coming

It was four years ago that I teamed up with Hatm0nster and Cary (from Recollections of Play) to create the collaborative gaming community known as United We Game.  It was here that viewpoints could be exchanged and opinions respected, as in the end, we are all a community, a community of unique individuals united by a singular passion.  Over the years, we have grown and have even expanded into Youtube to share our love of gaming in another medium with an even larger audience.

It’s time we took the next step. Continue reading Virtual Bastion is Coming

Bonus Time: Chicks and Ducks Need Hardware, Too

Another silly and random bonus post is here, and this one involves avian babies.  I was at the hardware store looking for a carbon monoxide detector when I discovered, much to my delight, that this was the time of year they have baby chicks!  The first sign was the chicken coop they had on display just past the main entrance.  The second sign was the chirping.  Cheeping.  Cheerping! Continue reading Bonus Time: Chicks and Ducks Need Hardware, Too

Who Will Win the Kingdom Hearts Sweepstakes?

I am a historically unlucky person.  This is not a complaint, per say, but a simple fact.  I regret that this is so, but alas, it is so very so.  I first became aware of the inexplicable animosity Lady Luck feels for me when I was a duckling, and I entered a simple elementary school-wide contest.  There were various baskets filled with goodies, and we simply needed to place our tickets on the baskets we wanted most, and the ensuing drawing would determine the winners.  Based on the number of baskets, there should have been dozens of winners, if I recall correctly.  The fact that I didn’t win anything was not the baffling part.  What was, mind you, was the strange fact that nearly every one of my friends was the proud winner of something.  Aargh, my much younger self had said.  No, I was not a pirate back then, but aargh was my unhappy response, nonetheless.

As upset as I was on that sad day back during my ducklinghood, the situation remains now an amusing conundrum more than anything.  Alas, I could be struck by lightning on a clear and cloudless day, if fate willed it!  In fact, I once fell down…probably one of the only times in my life that I fell flat on my life, more or less, and what was there to break my fall?  Why, a cactus.  Yes, a cactus.  I had to pull about half a dozen long, thick needles from my hand, and the ring finger of my left hand, which had been pierced in the joint, remained paralyzed for about a month afterward.  At the time of my unfortunate tumble, I tried to soothe my wound with a bit of water, and do you know what happened next?  I got chased by a bee.  No joke.  I think it was a thirsty bee, but either way, I did not appreciate its company in that moment. Continue reading Who Will Win the Kingdom Hearts Sweepstakes?

Do You Know…The English Muffin Man?

As many of you may know by now, the Duck likes to bake.  That doesn’t mean I’m good at it or can devise cunning, new recipes that are entirely my own.  That also doesn’t imply that I own an apron that says, “Kiss the Cook” because…what, why’s that a thing?  (On a side note, never do what an apron tells you, especially an apron you have never met before.)  But I bake stuff sometimes.  And it’s fun.  And yet, considering I am in no way a professional baker, I am sometimes lacking the necessary supplies or the knowledge to find said supplies.  Honestly, it took me years to find almond paste.  Who knew it looks like a sausage and is packaged in a long, thin box?  What kind of sick game are they playing at! Continue reading Do You Know…The English Muffin Man?

Puzzle Wall…Meet Vintage Disney Wall!

Remember puzzle wall?  Sure you do.  You just don’t remember that you remember puzzle wall.  Ahem, well, my rather mundane quest to decorate the emptiest wall of my room has finally proven to be a success.  All the puzzles have been safely returned to their box (sniff, I miss them, but surely I’ll figure out a way to hang them up properly in the future), and my Disney posters have just arrived in the mail.  There are five of them, all vintage, 50’s-style, which I really like.  Four are small posters for the park and various attractions and the last and largest of them all is a neat Peter Pan poster. Continue reading Puzzle Wall…Meet Vintage Disney Wall!

Bonus Time: The Duck’s Youtube Channel

A select handful of people may be aware that the Duck has a Youtube channel.  Well, the channel has been neglected for a good while now, partly due to the fact that creating videos for United We Game’s channel has been my highest priority this past year.  Nevertheless, I have decided to finally give my personal Youtube channel the love and attention it so deserves. Continue reading Bonus Time: The Duck’s Youtube Channel

In Remembrance of the World’s Most PuzzlingWall

During my recent and ongoing quest to do something different with my life, I have been…redecorating.  It probably doesn’t sound like a big deal, but for me, it kind of is.  You see, I have been more or less living with much of my possessions in boxes for the past several years.  When you have changed houses as often as I have, you eventually grow tired of packing everything up time and time again, and thus, I decided I’d save myself the trouble by not unpacking to begin with.  Boxes also make pretty good tables, I have learned. Continue reading In Remembrance of the World’s Most PuzzlingWall

Bonus Time: Bundt Conundrum

So, I was at Target the other day for milk and mounting putty (for putting stuff on the wall without the need for thumbtacks).  It was during a period of time during which I had temporarily lost the will to eat healthy, and I was looking at the various desserts they had available.  I was eyeing a pair of small Bundt cakes when I came upon a very baffling sticker and burst out laughing.  And now I present you all with a mini-challenge.  Please analyze the photo below and see if you can tell me what is wrong with this sticker.  Leave your thoughts in the comments below, dearies! Continue reading Bonus Time: Bundt Conundrum

New Theme, New Outlook, New Beginnings

You may or may not have noticed by now, but the Duck’s blog has a new theme!  Since my earliest days on WordPress, my blog has sported the same virtual garb (or, might I say, “digital style”), a theme of dark colors called Motion.  But no longer, I declared last Tuesday!  It was time to freshen up this dreary, old journal with my new, far cheerier theme, Shine On!  I wanted something a bit brighter and uncluttered, and by golly, I think I picked the best theme I could.  While I had actually been meaning to update this blog for the past year or so, it was thanks to a recent change of attitude in life that finally motivated me to grant my blog the transformation it had so desperately needed, among other things.

It’s rather complicated, but I’ll try to explain as best I can, in my vague kind of way.  I can be a rather private Duck sometimes, you see.  For the last unspecified span of years, I felt as if life had been passing me by.  Every day, it felt as if I was waiting for something to happen, even when that something remained entirely unknown to me.  And when one is waiting for some event they wouldn’t recognize even if it looked them in the eye and declared its arrival, one finds themselves waiting a very long time indeed. Continue reading New Theme, New Outlook, New Beginnings