The $5,000 decision to get rid of my past

Ben Kuchera:

The games weren’t bringing me joy; they were just ghosts trapped inside jewel cases. The collection was a weight I was dragging from house to house, and opening a bin only to find boxed NES games always felt like metal poured into my gut. These games made me picture a young woman wanting to hug me when I was hurting, then deciding not to. The games were bottles of expensive, and then cheap, scotch in the garbage, double-bagged so the neighbors wouldn’t see how bad it was getting.

I never got this extreme with my board game collecting, but I can relate to the relief he feels after escaping the trap of collecting and completionism. It took downsizing and a transition through an apartment to let go of stuff, lots of stuff, including over 100 boardgames.

Wednesday What’s Up

What I’m Reading

  • Tao of Seneca – Free PDFs – This is more of a pointer if you want to get a taste of what the stoic thing is all about.
  • Finished reading Think Python and I didn’t think it was very good. I wouldn’t use it for a CS class. There are better intro books and I’ll try to mention some later.

What I’m Listening To

What I’m Contemplating

What I’m Playing

  • The Great Dalmuti – One my all time favorite large-group games that isn’t a party game. Plus you get to wear funny hats.
  • Tichu – The next step up from The Great Dalmuti is… Tichu! Always love this partner game and I was able to introduce two new people in a late-night game with Matthew.
  • Played the classic Catan with Geoff and Mike. I don’t love this game but will always play it. Always seems to be a slog, even when I’m winning.
  • I introduced Geoff to the 2-playerAgricola: All Creatures Big and Small and he enjoyed it. I love this quick-playing farm game.
  • Ninety-Nine
  • No Thanks! – good even with four players.

Wednesday What’s Up

What I’m Watching

  • Chris D’Elia: Man on Fire – New standup special on Netflix that started slow but had some very funny moments. The guy is just fun to watch.

What I’m Reading

What I’m Listening To

What I’m Contemplating

  • Library Millionaire – You probably have access to many more resources through your local libraries than you think. And if you live in a metro area, you might even be able to join multiple library systems.
  • 11 books on science Bill Gates thinks everyone should read – Case in point, I think my library has 3 or 4 of these available for me to download as eBooks.
  • Finland tests a new form of welfare – This is becoming more of a thing, and I’m not sure how I feel about the basic guaranteed income idea. As automation increases I wonder if this will be an answer.
  • HSA – The Ultimate Retirement Account – I hadn’t though about using HSAs in this way, and now that we qualify Julie and I are taking advantage of this vehicle for tax-free savings.
  • Five Reasons To Wear The Same Thing Every Day – I’m not there yet but have simplified my wardrobe significantly. I’m thinking about gradually migrating towards a small collection of quality items that I like wearing to eliminate this form of decision fatigue.

What I’m Playing

Many visitors at the lake over the past two weeks so plenty of gaming going on.

  • No Thanks! is my go-to bar game with more than 4 people. Easy to teach non-gamers.
  • 7 Wonders Duel – still enjoying this 2 player game.
  • Pax Renaissance is the heaviest game I will play this summer and I continue to enjoy it. Takes the right kind of player to enjoy it, but the game goes more quickly than you might think given the complexity.
  • Cards Against Humanity is one of a few party games played in the last 10 days.
  • Say Anything – ditto
  • Dixit – ditto
  • Codenames – ditto
  • Jump Drive is a streamlined Race for the Galaxy that I like playing. Also been playing the new iOS Race for the Galaxy (vs. AI only so far) and like it.
  • Villages of Valeria – Played this 4 or 5 times and I cannot figure it out. I get beat by even new players.
  • Red7 is a game where I may need to reconsider my rating of 7 as it has hidden depth. I’ve played 3 or 4 times in the past week.
  • Don’t Mess with Cthulhu – I’ve played a DIY version of the Time Bomb game and it is the hit of the week here. Werewolf has not been played, but this one has had 4 or 5 plays.
  • Ninety-Nine – Excellent 3-player trick taking game you can play with a standard deck.
  • BANG! The Dice Game – We had some kids here and they enjoy this game so we played it twice. Not my favorite but better and shorter than the original BANG!
  • Century: Spice Road is a new game for me that my nephew brought out and it is quite fun. Similar to Splendor.