Renewing the 3 Question Meme…

I’ve bombarded enough other people with three questions that I suppose I have to give them a chance to interrogate me in turn. Here’s the deal.

ask me three questions, no more, no less. Put this writeup in your own LiveJournal right after you’ve put your three questions in my comments, below. I’ll answer the questions as I see fit, and then visit your page and ask you three questions. Anyone at all can put three questions in my comments, and I’ll answer them.

Feeling and sounding a mite better today, though I had a bit extra taken out of me by the fact that I taught an extra class (5th grade) near the end of the day. My free period comes last on Fridays, so I have an extra 10-20 minutes to do my own stuff (including update here) before going on to afternoon sports, or whatever. On Fridays on my weekends on duty, I also have responsibility for covering the whole dormitory building I live in from 2:10 to 2:50, right before sports begin. Joy.

Last week, B and I helped each other to build a bender in the woods behind the lean-to. A bender is a house made out of saplings, planted in the ground in a circle, and then having the skyward ends bent down and tied together. It’s low to the ground, and eventually it’s going to be a sweat lodge — not for the kids, probably, but for B, myself, and others who care to join us.

is making a pen and ink drawing of me as a bear, with turtle and sunflowers around me. I can hardly wait to see it!

got me to stay home last night, instead of visiting S and J and R, my RI friends. I’m glad she helped me see the wisdom of staying home. I really needed an early night. I’m still scratchy and squeaky, but not as bad as I was. And I’m improving.

I used the transparency machine at school to scale an 8.5″ x 11″ map of a town up from something like a mm per 25′ to 1/4″ per 25′. The result is going to be a stunning posterboard map of the town of Parth Morren, described briefly in an earlier entry. TP wants to play D&D and he wants to play a rogue — rogues don’t do so well alone in dungeons, and so I’m developing a city for him to play in. So far, I have a whole neighborhood of streets and alleys blocked out, and the main streets of the rest of the city laid down. The bridges are inked in, and about 1/3 of the circuit of the city walls and the docks. I also have five ropewalks marked, and may add one or two more –I’m thinking of them as the Orienese city’s equivalent to a Roman portico or a Greek stoa, a place for serious conversation and shade, as well as work. I also have a shipwright and a boatwright marked out, a couple of stables near the gates, the main marketplaces, and a couple of guild halls and temples. I also plan on adding a paper-making shop and a couple of weavers’ factories. So far I have only two inns marked, but I know there need to be a lot more, because a large portion of the population is going to be transient. I know where the Smiths and the Armorers hang out, and also where most of the food shopping is done. If you have any ideas about things I should put in a medievalish city of 15,000 people, though, please let me know.

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