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Sneak Peek: March 2014

2 Mar

March 2, 2014



Neither illness, surgery, pain, discomfort, Lego distraction, nor sweet, sweet, medicated oblivion can keep The Editors and Staff of Mr. Blog’s Tepid Ride from quickly knocking out some half-assed blogs for you, our Valued Readers.

Already in the can (heh heh, in the can) are the first two March Madness blogs from Sir Allan Keyes (he was knighted in an obscure Balkan village) but as you might expect, they have nothing to do with basketball. Neptune, King of the Sea, a young boy with a horrible disease, and Mindy Cohn all have slots in his brackets.

I’ve got a rant about the United Parcel Service’s new delivery scheme in which they save millions of dollars each year by not delivering packages. I’ll mock a World War Two veteran, and threaten to punch a hipster to boot.

All that, and I’ll reminisce about the greatest hotel I ever stayed in, this month at bmj2k.com.

And as for those brackets? Las Vegas has Mr. Drummond (AKA Mr. Blog favorite Conrad Bain) taking it all.



Lego Time!

22 Feb

February 22, 2014

A little over a week ago, I introduced you to The Palace Cinema, the Lego set which I would build during my recovery. (Don’t worry, the operation went well. The doctor tells me I didn’t need all of those parts anyway, and my insurance company recently went out of business so there was no need to worry about things like sponges or anesthesia. Those just drive up the cost anyway, and take it from me- doctors who work out of their attics are very cost conscious.)


I never built anything out of Lego, even when I was a kid. (I was more of a tea party and scones GI Joe kind of kid.) And this set has almost 2200 pieces. Big pieces, small, pieces, and lots and lots of tiny prices that get lost in the rug. This was going to be a challenge. If I’ve learned anything in my nearly two days of building, it is this: It takes forever to sort those pieces out, and even longer find the one you want when there are only two of them in a set of thousands. Sure, there are 987 long grey girders, but there were only 2 tiny brown “L” shapes. This would not be the case if I were building a life-size movie theater.


100_0093100_0094Of course, this is all hampered by the fact that I had a four-hour operation, a debilitating operation, and my movements tend to be stiff and I have to get up and move every so often or I just get sore and achy and Legos all over the place.

But all is going well so far. I don’t want to go on too much or post too many pictures (Captain Pigheart may sue me for stealing his gimmick- one of them, anyway) but I’ll let you know how this turns out, and also, if you care, how my recovery is going. I still can’t sleep through the night, but at least I have something to do at 3 am. 100_0117









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