Saturday, April 28, 2018

Weekly Recap For April 15-28 2018

The school year is beginning to wind down. Summer plans are starting to fall into place. We have a four-day weekend right now for International Labor Day, and we did a bit of sightseeing today at Qibao Old Street, which is the closest of the several "canal town" historical districts around Shanghai. I had been there previously with the Kiddo, but it was nice to go on a less crowded day (our previous visit was during the Chinese New Year holidays) and to show Gynn around.

This weekend was also WWE's Greatest Royal Rumble event, which we watched last night and today. Lots of spectacle, and some fun moments, but the matches could have been better.

For most of the rest of the world, this weekend is the opening of Avengers: Infinity War, but we have to wait until May 11 in China. (So no spoilers, please!).

I also started playing in the D&D group I was invited to join, and the first session was great. We play again tomorrow. I also attended a Magic: The Gathering Prerelease tourney here in Shanghai. Didn't have much success in terms of wins and losses, but had fun playing the new cards (in Chinese!).

While all of this has been going on, I've posted a few book reviews:

Book Reviews on Goodreads

Jax Starlight Volume 1 by Jenn Nixon. (5*).

The Complete Plays by Christopher Marlowe. (3*).

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child by J.K. Rowling, Jack Thorne and John Tiffany. (4*).

Star Wars: What Makes a Monster? by Adam Bray. (3*).

Trickster's Choice by Tamora Pierce. (4*).


I'm Supporting Daniel Hurd, my wife's cousin, who is riding in the Great Cycle Challenge to raise money for the fight against children's cancer.


In the immediate future: D&D tomorrow, and then two days off, which will be spent reorganizing a bunch of paperwork around the house.

All sorts of end-of-school things are happening in the coming weeks. We're planning on heading for one more visit to one of the canal towns before the school year ends, and we may have some other random sightseeing around Shanghai.

It looks like we will be in Merrimack NH from June 20 to July 8, and then splitting our time between Dedham MA and Cape Cod MA from July 9 to August 2. I'll be taking the Kiddo to Maine for the annual father/son road trip during our time in NH. More specific arrangements should be coming together in the next week or so.

Friday, April 13, 2018

Weekly Recap For March 18 to April14 2018

Another busy couple of weeks.

Kiddo had about five days of birthday festivities, starting with a classroom party celebrating all of the March/April birthdays in his grade, then a movie night with me (Pacific Rim 2: it delivered an acceptable level of giant robot/giant monster mayhem), a party with some friends at Global Harbor Mall, and finally dinner out with parents and birthday presents at home on his actual birthday.

Spring break started at the end of that week, and we were soon on our way to the Kiddo's hometown, Wuxi. We had a nice whirlwind of sightseeing in Wuxi and Suzhou, enjoying lovely hotel buffet breakfasts the whole time.

This week has been back to work, and getting caught up on various small projects. I've been behind on a lot of my "daily goal" kinds of things (including this blog). I did manage to watch pretty much all of the Wrestlemania weekend events, and it looks like I'll be joining a D&D campaign here.

An I had time to do a couple of new reviews:

Comic Reviews on Comic A Day

Dog Man and Cat Kid by Dav Pilkey. (9/10).

Babalon Babes #3 by Michele Witchipoo and Witches Brew Press. (8.5/10).

Book Reviews on Goodreads

Fire and Ice (Warriors #2) by Erin Hunter. (3*).

Dingoes At Dinnertime (Magic Tree House #20) by Mary Pope Osborne. (3*).


I am supporting burlesque performer Morgan Fey's request for funding for medical expenses for her beloved pet rat.


The big news is that we just bought our tickets for our trip home for the summer! We will be arriving in Boston on June 19 and heading back to Shanghai on August 2. As of right now, our plans involve staying in the New England region for the whole visit home. We're looking forward to seeing lots of friends and family, and we're starting to look at things we want to do while we're in the area.

Other things that we are looking forward to: Possible museum expedition with Kiddo and his friend later today. My first game with the new D&D group tomorrow. Also looking forward the release of Magic: The Gathering's Dominaria expansion next weekend (not sure if I'll be able to make it to a prerelease event or not due to work scheduling stuff and the fact that the store I had been playing at in this area closed, but hoping to work something out), and then the release of Infinity War coming up soon after that.

Friday, April 6, 2018

[WWE] Wrestlemania Weekend Predictions by myself and the Kiddo!

Here are the traditional Wrestlemania predictions by me and the Kiddo (age 10), including the rest of the weekend's WWE matches.

Axxess Invitational Tournaments

WWE United Kingdom Championship Invitational

My Pick: Drew Gulak wins tournament. Pete Dunne retains.
Kiddo's Pick: Zack Gibson wins the tournament and the title

NXT North American Championship Invitational

My Pick: Wolfgang wins tournament. Champion retains.
Kiddo's Pick: Hideo Itami wins tournament. Champion retains.

NXT Tag Team Invitational

My Pick: TM61 wins tournament. Champions retain.
Kiddo's Pick: Sanity wins tournament. Champions retain.

NXT Women’s Invitational

My Pick: Candice LeRae wins tournament. Champion retains.
Kiddo's Pick: Nikki Cross wins tournament. Champion retains.

NXT Takeover New Orleans

Undisputed Era (Champions) vs. Authors of Pain vs. Roderick Strong & Pete Dunne (Triple Threat Match for the NXT Tag Team Championships and the Dusty Rhodes Tag Team Classic Trophy)

My Pick: Undisputed Era
Kiddo's Pick: Strong & Dunne

Ember Moon (Champion) vs. Shayna Baszler (NXT Womens Championship)

My Pick: Shayna Baszler
Kiddo's Pick: Shayna Baszler

Johnny Gargano vs. Tommaso Ciampa (Unsanctioned Match)

My Pick: Johnny Wrestling
Kiddo's Pick: Johnny Wrestling

Richochet vs. EC3 vs. Lars Sullivan vs. Killian Dain vs. Velveteen Dream vs. Adam Cole (Ladder Match For The NXT North American Championship)

My Pick: EC3
Kiddo's Pick: Lars Sullivan

Andrade "Cien" Almas (Champion) vs. Aleister Black (NXT Championship)

My Pick: Aleister Black
Kiddo's Pick: Aleister Black

Wrestlemania Kickoff Show

Andre the Giant Memorial Mens Battle Royal

My Pick: Big Cass
Kiddo's Pick: Lars Sullivan

Wrestlemania Womens Battle Royale

My Pick: Becky Lynch
Kiddo's Pick: Bayley

Cedric Alexander vs. Mustafa Ali (WWE Cruiserweight Championship)

My Pick: Cedric Alexander
Kiddo's Pick: Mustafa Ali

Wrestlemania Main Card

Seamus & Cesaro (Champions) vs. Braun Strowman and a mystery partner (Raw Tag Team Championships)

My Pick: Braun Strowman & James Ellsworth (no, really!)
Kiddo's Pick: Braun Strowman & Randy Orton

The Usos (Champions) vs. The New Day vs. The Bludgeon Brothers (Triple Threat Match for the SmackDown Tag Team Championships)

My Pick: Bludgeon Brothers
Kiddo's Pick: Bludgeon Brothers

Ronda Rousey & Kurt Angle vs. Triple H & Stephanie McMahon

My Pick: Rousey & Angle
Kiddo's Pick: Rousey & Angle

Shane McMahon & Daniel Bryan vs. Kevin Owens & Sami Zayn

My Pick: Owens & Zayn
Kiddo's Pick: Bryan & McMahon

The Miz (Champion) vs. Finn Balor vs. Seth Rollins (Intercontinental Championship)

My Pick: Miz
Kiddo's Pick: Balor

Randy Orton (Champion) vs. Rusev vs. Bobby Roode vs. Jinder Mahal (Fatal Four-Way Match for the U.S. Championship)

My Pick: Well, since the match is happening on Rusev Day... Gotta go with Rusev!
Kiddo's Pick: Jinder

Charlotte Flair (Champion) vs. Asuka (SmackDown Women's Championship)

My Pick: Asuka
Kiddo's Pick: Asuka

Alexa Bliss (Champion) vs. Nia Jax (Raw Women's Championship)

My Pick: Jax
Kiddo's Pick: Jax

Undertaker vs. John Cena

My Pick: Undertaker
Kiddo's Pick: Cena

AJ Styles (Champion) vs. Shinsuke Nakamura (WWE Championship)

My Pick: Nakamura
Kiddo's Pick: Nakamura

Brock Lesnar (Champion) vs. Roman Reigns (Universal Championship)

My Pick: Reigns
Kiddo's Pick: Lesnar