October 12th, 2006

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Only a few eps left in Season 1 and I still don't get what the frak is going on with Carnivale. The sad thing is, from browsing about online I pretty much know that the answers never will come, even if I watch all the episodes. Apparently the creator played this show incredibly close to the vest, no doubt assuming that HBO would let him have his whole 6 year run. Cut down to a third of that, the characters might as well be speaking swahili for the amount of sense they're making. I could really use some exposition at this point. If it weren't for the fact that it came so heavily recommended, I'd have tossed this series by the wayside by now. Certainly I never could have watched it week by week during its run knowing that each new episode will fail to bring illumination.

On a sidenote, can anyone believe that Diane Salinger actually picked up a paycheck for her role as Apollonia? That must be the cushiest acting job ever. All she has to do each episode is stare at the ceiling and look retarded.

In other news, I'm looking forward to gameday at the Panera this week. A new game order arrived around a week ago and included some gems that I've been dying to try out. I've taken the time to work my way through the instructions and I'm hoping that everything goes over well. First and foremost, I want to give Fury of Dracula a whirl. It's a reprint of an old Games Workshop game from around 15-20 years ago and takes place after the events of Bram Stoker's Dracula. Apparently the good Count is alive and kicking and trying to escape the hunters who are after him. The game has a really unique cat and mouse feature where the Hunters almost never know for certain exactly where Dracula is. Instead, they can only track him by stumbling over his backtrail and the encounters that he leaves behind. It becomes like a game of fox and hounds with some combat thrown in.

In addition to Fury of Dracula, I'm looking forward to trying out a couple of others including Through the Desert, El Grande, and Dungeon Twister. All are very highly rated and recommended and I can't wait to give it a whirl. With time constaints, we'll probaly only get through a couple but it's past time I started actually playing some of these games rather than just accumilating them.
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Chateau de Corrections, room for 1

Jobless man asks judge for jail time

POSTED: 2:55 p.m. EDT, October 12, 2006

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) -- A man who couldn't find steady work came up with a plan to make it through the next few years until he could collect Social Security: He robbed a bank, then handed the money to a guard and waited for police.

On Wednesday, Timothy J. Bowers told a judge a three-year prison sentence would suit him, and the judge obliged.

"At my age, the jobs available to me are minimum-wage jobs. There is age discrimination out there," Bowers, who turns 63 in a few weeks, told Judge Angela White.

The judge told him: "It's unfortunate you feel this is the only way to deal with the situation."

Bowers said he had been able to find only odd jobs after the drug wholesaler he made deliveries for closed in 2003. He walked to a bank and handed a teller a note demanding cash in an envelope. The teller gave him four $20 bills and pushed a silent alarm.

Bowers handed the money to a security guard standing in the lobby and told him it was his day to be a hero.

He pleaded guilty to robbery, and a court-ordered psychological exam found him competent.

"It's a pretty sad story when someone feels that's their only alternative," said defense attorney Jeremy W. Dodgion, who described Bowers as "a charming old man."

Prosecutors had considered arguing against putting Bowers in prison at taxpayer expense, but they worried he would do something more reckless to be put behind bars.

"It's not the financial plan I would choose, but it's a financial plan," prosecutor Dan Cable said.

Holy crap. This is probaly what happens once you take the chain gangs and daily anal rapes out of prison life. It becomes a source of free room and board. The sad thing is, it's probaly not the worst idea in the world, ecspecially if you got put in a minimum security prison. After all, I hear inmates there have acess to tv, movies, the internet, and books from the library. There are probaly worse ways to spend time.