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The day we wed.

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Our wedding date was a coincidence; we wanted to ensure Megan’s maid of honor could (legally) drink. We had originally selected a date in late May. Our venue wasn’t available. The first Saturday they were available was June 7th.

What’s so special about June 7th?

Not much…usually. But June 7th, 2008? In American notation, that’s 06/07/’08. Your last chance to have a “sequential” date this millennium is 11/12/’13.

The date was a bonus I didn’t care much about. Even as a kid, I’d fantasized marrying the woman of my dreams.

Megan literally was. In every sense of the word. The Beatles must have had her in mind when they wrote Because: She turns me on, she makes me high, she makes me cry, more than the world, wind and sky.

It was the happiest day of my life…but so have many days spent together since. It’s a delicious paradox. Read More →

The day I called “dibs” on my future wife.

Many have asked how I got my wife to game. I don’t know how it is for others, but among my friends, there are only two kinds of couples: Mixed couples with one gamer…

…and BATTLE COUPLES, RAWR!

We’re a battle couple. We’ve played MMOs together. Platformers. Band games. Puzzle games. RPGs. Cards. Boards. Strategy. Despite our  introversion, our BATTLE COUPLE status is the envy of friends whose partner (for unfathomable reasons) does. Not. Game.

Worse, the Muggle determines all shared activities, insisting that the gamer watch tv during family time, but the Gamer can never ask the reverse (for the Muggle to join in gaming). It’s one-sided. Personally, I think both parties should make sacrifices.

Their stories are familiar and heartbreaking: The raid cut short because your partner was irritated. Leveling slower than your friends because the honey-do list (intentionally?) leaves no time for play. Audible nagging in Ventrilo’s background.

They all ask the same question: “How did you get your wife to game?”

Um…I didn’t.

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ASK JASON ANYTHING: What is the proper place of judgment in soceity?

It’s a writer’s job to know a little bit about everything, and to thoroughly research anything he doesn’t know. ASK JASON ANYTHING is your opportunity to challenge Jason with a question of any kind, whether it’s scientific or religious, financial or social, political, historical. It can be something you already know, or something you’re genuinely curious to learn. You can ask trivia or knowledge or advice, and every Thursday, Jason will do his best to answer.

TODAY’S QUESTION:

What is the place of judgment in society? Is judgment a “good thing”, or not? Should one judge the object, say the clothes a person wears, or judge the person for the object? What is the relation of judgment to (discriminating) taste?

I’m of the rare opinion that we don’t judge enough in today’s society. We glorify a multitude of sins against ourselves and each other, all in the name of avoiding judgment.

We glorify stupidity, through movies like Waterboy and Forrest Gump, which make heroes out of simpletons, whereas Silence of the Lambs and Star Wars portray villainous manipulators of infinite intellect.

We glorify laziness, in the form of expecting federal government to save us from every crisis. Bought more house than you could afford? Cry to the government; they’ll fix it. Run your national business poorly and lost all your customers? Cry to the government; they’ll fix it.

And they’ll raise taxes on those living responsibly to do it. Read More →