Bottled Chaos

I wish I could say my slowdown in posting here has been because I was away at GenCon, but sadly that’s not the case (I’ve only been once, back when it was in Wisconsin, but I will return).  My partner and I recently purchased our first home (so I’m not really all that sad), and I’ve been pretty busy getting ready to take possession and move in.  It’s been stressful, so there hasn’t been a whole lot of time to generate Ménage à Monster content.
I’ve always hated moving, so I knew that packing up the apartment would put me in a bad mood, but home ownership is an entirely new game – one that I don’t have a complete understanding of the rules.  It draws on a knowledge base that I am woefully ignorant of, and I’ve got to admit I’m a little bewildered.  I’ve always been a renter, so I never really concerned myself with anything that I deemed the landlord’s problem.  I’m not one of those guys who watches Holmes on Homes (my brother is Mike Holmes’ spitting image, but I guess that doesn’t count), so when the insurance broker asks what kind of wiring the house has and what the wires are made of I don’t even know how to go about finding out (compounded by the fact that there is a major language barrier preventing clear communication with the current owners).  And that’s just the tip of the iceberg, the ‘known unknowns’.  It’s the ‘unknown unknowns’ that I’m really worried about.
It doesn’t help that every time I watch the news or open a newspaper there’s another story telling me that buying a house was a dumb idea and describing in excruciating detail how sinkholes, sewage mishaps, bedbugs and termites are going to make it unliveable.
But I’m also excited (I can’t wait to get my group together and christen the house’s basement as our new gaming space).  I guess if this were a D&D adventure, right now I’d be the stereotypical crusty dwarf who complains the whole time but secretly can’t wait to get back into the dungeon for an old-fashioned crawl.  I’m way too tall to be a Dwarf, so no more bitching from me.
One benefit of packing is that it’s pretty fun getting to sort through some of my stuff that hasn’t seen the light of day for many years (is it weird I like to flip through my old comics to sort them alphabetically?).  The whole process is a bit like a strange archaeological dig into your own life.
Apparently, somewhere in the chaos, I also found the time to screw around on Photoshop and create this homage to the classic Absolut ads of my youth (which are apparently experiencing a renaissance), using the awesome, Nurgly (not a real word) Les Edwards cover of The Lost and the Damned.  I’ve said it before; life just isn’t worth living if you can’t find the time to procrastinate on something completely unproductive.
So over the next couple of weeks expect a slowdown of activity here while I establish a lair in new territory and clear the land of monsters.  I’m going to need more boxes… and some men-at-arms would be nice too.

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6 Responses to Bottled Chaos

  1. Kaiju says:

    A classic cover. Nice work!

  2. 4649matt says:

    I absolutly love that image!
    Most of the market is noise and paranoia, so congrats on the new home.

  3. Andrew says:

    Are you moved in yet? Would love to see that brick oven in the backyard at work!

    • We move in on Monday (crossing my fingers it goes smoothly). Yesterday I finished the process of getting the place ready for habitation (never thought I’d be so happy the house is as small as it is). Now we just have to finish packing up!

  4. Glad to know Im not the only one who felt the need to blog wane over the past few weeks (don’t have a good excuse like you do though, I’ve just been really lazy). Love that Vodka mock up, not sure I’d drink it though, looks a bit infectious 🙂

    Good luck with the move on monday!

    • Thanks for the goodwill.

      Now that you mention it, Vodka and Nurgle probably don’t make the greatest pairing. While I’m sure his cult would venerate the process of fermentation, they would be shocked at alcohol’s antiseptic qualities 🙂

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