January 27th, 2008


Oh Homeowners Association, How I Hate Thee...

I should have spent today finishing up the characters so I can playtest my other OwlCon game.  Instead, I spent it tearing boards off my fence and replacing them with new planks.  Thirty planks, to be precise.  As well as using a shovel and brute force to re-true a couple of fence posts and shore them up with pieces of brick and gravel.  All to appease the homeowner's association, who were not assuaged by my first attempt to fix the fence, who then sent us a second letter giving us a deadline of Thursday to fix it, complete with a threat of lawsuit.  Charming.

To be honest, my first attempt was half-assed, but in keeping with what was previously sufficient.  This time, I've certainly done a more thorough job, but my worry is that the thorough repairs will just show off the generally iffy condition of the rest of the fence, which admittedly needs to be replaced completely (should our budget ever allow).

Ultimately, I ran out of boards and had to run back to Home Despot to get some more.  And by the time I was done, I had to shower and change to go to Jane's parents' place for her birthday dinner.  Which was, of course, filled with screaming from kids and borderline racist commentary from the adults.  In other words, par for the course.

I'm beat, but I really need to finish up the character sheets and general guidelines about the cool stuff they can do.  I'm going to have to work on the fence tomorrow morning before I go to work in order to finish the last really, really bad spot.  Jane's going to call the management company and see if she can get the deadline extended just a bit, but if they won't budge, I've got to have it presentable by Thursday.  Fun, fun, fun.
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