It’s been a few days since I made a post. It’s been really busy down at the studio, be we are getting caught up. There’s been a logjam in assembly, but that is near to being cleared. It’s a natural push and pull; sometimes a lot of clients want their models assembled (instead of sending them in all ready to paint). We like doing the assembly, don’t get me wrong.
I am still setting up projects for June, still time to get on board. Things are wide open in July. I am completely at your disposal for any matter.
I’m done with the Oceanic Eldar. The only thing I might add would be a couple of Falcon Turrets (to switch out with the Night Spinners) and maaaaybe a Scorpion Grav Tank. That would bring it to 3000 pts. It’s a generous 2400 points now.
The orks are in process. I’ve got about twenty more boys assembled up with some conversions to make them a little different (eg different close combat weapons). That’s a solid 1500 pts already. I’m actually quite excited to play them. It’ll be a nice change of pace from prancing around with the Eldar.
So many games, not enough time.
I’ve been really stressing out recently. There were some unexpected expenses this last month and that really put the hurt on. We’ve all been there. Running a business has some insane pressures. But as time wears on I don’t get as worked up each time. I’m getting tougher. Most of my problems are financial or adminstrative in nature. I think this will prepare me for future challenges.
Last night I was snuggled in bed with my wife, the window open to the spring air, the gentle chirping of crickets outside. And the rustle of gentle wind in the aspens. We watched Iron Man on her laptop and ate rice krispie treats with a huge glass of ice cold milk.
The baby was up at 3am, and again at 6am, so I just got started right off. The kids were all asleep helter skelter in the living room. Summer break is a magical time. My wife and I are firm believers in unstructured time; we don’t like to have our kids in too many programs, if any. When I was growing up the only activity I was really involved in was D&D. I had almost complete freedom to come and go as I pleased from age 12. I had a GREAT childhood to say the least.
Anyway, Sarah is out this week. She’s spending some summertime with her family, so I’m pulling double duty. The happiness level is down about 40%.
For lunch today my wife showed up with three of the four kids. We picked up some cheap chinese lunch special and headed back to the studio for some Magic with Renn and Joseph.
What else? Still got those various armies. A box full of Lord of the Rings and another full of Khador; Chaos Mortals ready to go, too. I should do a studio update tomorrow. I haven’t done one because the main table is strewn with painting materials and various Orks.
A good friend of mine moved away today. I am very sad.
It’s fun to see how it looks from the other side.
I have some major bills due at the end of this month. I am ready to part with virtually anything at the studio. I’m thinking mostly of the various armies. Please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org if interested.
I’ve got a great crew and we’re all ready to work. I am at your disposal for any matter.
For myself, I feel grateful to those that have died in the cause of Liberty and the defense of our Rights as humans, wherever that cause has been taken up, especially those that risked all in the dark times of the American Revolutionary War. To this day we are the inheritors of the Bill of Rights, which to me is worthy of life itself.
I leave you, kind reader, with good will and highest hopes, these quotes from Thomas Jefferson.
A wise and frugal government, which shall leave men free to regulate their own pursuits of industry and improvement, and shall not take from the mouth of labor the bread it has earned – this is the sum of good government.
An association of men who will not quarrel with one another is a thing which has never yet existed, from the greatest confederacy of nations down to a town meeting or a vestry.
Educate and inform the whole mass of the people… They are the only sure reliance for the preservation of our liberty.
Every government degenerates when trusted to the rulers of the people alone. The people themselves are its only safe depositories.
I know of no safe depository of the ultimate powers of the society but the people themselves; and if we think them not enlightened enough to exercise their control with a wholesome discretion, the remedy is not to take it from them but to inform their discretion.
I never considered a difference of opinion in politics, in religion, in philosophy, as cause for withdrawing from a friend.
Nothing can stop the man with the right mental attitude from achieving his goal; nothing on earth can help the man with the wrong mental attitude.
Bill of Rights
The Preamble to The Bill of Rights
Congress of the United States
begun and held at the City of New-York, on
Wednesday the fourth of March, one thousand seven hundred and eighty nine.
THE Conventions of a number of the States, having at the time of their adopting the Constitution, expressed a desire, in order to prevent misconstruction or abuse of its powers, that further declaratory and restrictive clauses should be added: And as extending the ground of public confidence in the Government, will best ensure the beneficent ends of its institution.
RESOLVED by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America, in Congress assembled, two thirds of both Houses concurring, that the following Articles be proposed to the Legislatures of the several States, as amendments to the Constitution of the United States, all, or any of which Articles, when ratified by three fourths of the said Legislatures, to be valid to all intents and purposes, as part of the said Constitution; viz.
ARTICLES in addition to, and Amendment of the Constitution of the United States of America, proposed by Congress, and ratified by the Legislatures of the several States, pursuant to the fifth Article of the original Constitution.
Note: The following text is a transcription of the first ten amendments to the Constitution in their original form. These amendments were ratified December 15, 1791, and form what is known as the “Bill of Rights.”
Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.
A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed.
No Soldier shall, in time of peace be quartered in any house, without the consent of the Owner, nor in time of war, but in a manner to be prescribed by law.
The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no Warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by Oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized.
No person shall be held to answer for a capital, or otherwise infamous crime, unless on a presentment or indictment of a Grand Jury, except in cases arising in the land or naval forces, or in the Militia, when in actual service in time of War or public danger; nor shall any person be subject for the same offence to be twice put in jeopardy of life or limb; nor shall be compelled in any criminal case to be a witness against himself, nor be deprived of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law; nor shall private property be taken for public use, without just compensation.
In all criminal prosecutions, the accused shall enjoy the right to a speedy and public trial, by an impartial jury of the State and district wherein the crime shall have been committed, which district shall have been previously ascertained by law, and to be informed of the nature and cause of the accusation; to be confronted with the witnesses against him; to have compulsory process for obtaining witnesses in his favor, and to have the Assistance of Counsel for his defence.
In Suits at common law, where the value in controversy shall exceed twenty dollars, the right of trial by jury shall be preserved, and no fact tried by a jury, shall be otherwise re-examined in any Court of the United States, than according to the rules of the common law.
Excessive bail shall not be required, nor excessive fines imposed, nor cruel and unusual punishments inflicted.
The enumeration in the Constitution, of certain rights, shall not be construed to deny or disparage others retained by the people.
The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the States, are reserved to the States respectively, or to the people.
The weather here in Utah Valley is gorgeous. There are huge plumes of white and grey clouds coming over the himalaya-like mountains to the east. It’s a springtime rain, temperate air and wet streets. I find the sound of thunder comforting.
This morning I was starting to feel weary. And generally so. Like a thick pall of darkness.
I didn’t want to go to church. I was two inches away from saying “bag it” and staying in bed. But I didn’t. I got the kids dressed and off I went. I’m glad I did. I just can’t stay in a bad mood when I’m there.
I got home and my angelic wife fried up some chicken. Orange juice, and vanilla ice cream for dessert.
Then off to home teaching.
Saturday my wife and I tore into the garage. It was dirty work. And we found petrified layers of junk under the other layers of junk. After that I headed to work, but had to call it short due to a splitting sinus headache. All that dust probably got to me.
I regularly get emails thanking me and my crew for our enthusiasm and inspiration. That really gives me a lift. I would encourage those that like what BTP stands for, and what we do, to get going and place an order. We are ready to work, and to stand behind our product.
20 But lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust doth corrupt, and where thieves do not break through nor steal:
21 For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.
22 The light of the body is the eye: if therefore thine eye be single, thy whole body shall be full of light.
23 But if thine eye be evil, thy whole body shall be full of darkness. If therefore the light that is in thee be darkness, how great is that darkness! — Matthew 6
I think that this refers to daydreaming; what am I thinking about all the time? What am I fretting about? Imagine a man standing in a paradaisical sunlit glade, but that he has two discs of blackness over his eyes (his troubles, his worries, his obsessions). I think that sometimes I am blinded to the rich blessings all around me.
I met Bill at Adepticon. He’s quite an exuberant fellow. I wish I could have chatted with him more.
Here’s his website: http://miniaturesunlimited.com/