Sunday Streets. Sunday was the second (annual, I guess) Open Streets in Berkeley, which means that Shattuck got shut down for cars from just north of our house all the way up to Rose (almost 2 miles). Kimberly and I checked it out again this year, biking instead of walking this time. Sadly, it was kind of disappointing. There was less interactive stuff (like last year's climbing wall), fewer small sellers, and there was no special food other than some barbecuing butcher that had four things on their menu. Instead it was mostly local businesses putting a table on the street. It was also GROSSLY crowded by the time we came back. Still, we got out of the house and ended up having lunch at Saul's -- an old favorite that we don't get to much. I'm glad we experienced the better 1st year, as I doubt I'll want to bother next year.
The Book, She is Done(ish). I haven't talked about it much here, but in my Skotos work time, I've been writing a book on co-op board game design for the last several months, along with Chris A. As of Tuesday, it's done in a very solid third draft. 140k words. We're going to send it around for comments, but it's out of my hair for the moment. I'm very pleased with the result, though the next question will be if the audience is wide enough to get a traditional publisher. Hope so! We'll see ...
Too Much Busyness. I had a three-day weekend with no gaming obligations, which is usually great, but sadly it was spoiled by work. First I took a few passes on some PR for Skotos. Then I spent many hours plodding through an index for Designers & The Dragons: The '70s to make sure that all of the intricacies that an indexer couldn't have known about were in there. Sigh. I did get out: I spent a few hours working up by Lake Temescal on Saturday, then a few hours working in the Tilden Botanical Garden on Monday. However, come Monday night I found that I was in an increasingly foul mood, which is the exact opposite of what I want after a long weekend. I sent myself to my room for a few hours and felt better after a bit of quite reading, but still ... not what I usually hope to get out of a long weekend. Alas.
Fortunately, I'm heading into a short week with no particular obligations other than finishing that index polish in the next several nights (plus daytime work at Skotos, of course, which is going to focus on RPGnet if I can shake free the time). This coming weekend is theoretically entirely obligation free too, so hopefully it'll be better.