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Dayton 500 Results

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Here are the results from my NASCAR fantasy team as of race 1.

My Drivers

Jimmie Johnson finished 27th after winning the pole  and leading 1 lap, earning me 48 points.  Dale Earnhardt Jr. finished 9th after leading 12 laps, earning me 84 points.  Mark Martin led no laps and finished 31st, earning me 30 points.  Dale Jarrett led no laps and finished 16th, earning me 60 points.

I earned a total of 222 points for the week, placing me in the 33rd percentile of all the yahoo fantasy NASCAR teams.  The top teams earned 370 points.

I was a little surprised at how well Dodge did in the Daytona 500  they really took me by surprise.  However, I am still not ready to pick any Dodge teams for next weeks race at California.  Instead I am going with two Toyotas and two Fords.

My Picks for the Auto Club 500

Carl Edwards
Kyle Bush
Jamie McMurray
Brian Vickers

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Written by dgarman

February 19, 2008 at 6:41 am

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New Job at Intermedia Marketing Solutions

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Before I have even worked a single day at Hoss’s, I have already quit.  The reason is that I have been offered a better job at Intermedia Marketing Solutions.  My job will involve taking incoming calls from current and potential Verizon and  Direct TV customers.

Unfortunately, this will mean the end of my run as Dungeon Master for our D&D group.  I will be working every weekday evening from 5pm to 11pm.  I plan to ask Dave, the most experienced and enthusiastic member of our D&D group, to take over as Dungeon Master in my absence.  Hopefully a spot on day shift will become available in the near future.

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February 16, 2008 at 11:12 pm

Fantasy Picks for the Daytona 500

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Okay NASCAR fans, the great American race will soon be upon us.  It is time for all my fellow fantasy sports nerds and I to make our selections.  This year I am playing in a Yahoo fantasy NASCAR league for the third year in a row.  I didn’t do so well my first to years, but I am more focused this year.  I have a new strategy, and hope to achieve much better results.  So without further delay, here are my drivers for race 1.

Jimmie Johnson
Dale Earnhardt Jr.
Mark Martin
Dale Jarrett

After the official race results are in, I will announce how well I fared, and where I stand in relation to the rest of the Yahoo fantasy racing community.

Written by dgarman

February 16, 2008 at 4:20 am

Posted in NASCAR

Ben the Trader

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I have decided to elaborate on the Village of Quietvilleby delving into some of the important characters there a little deeper.  I will start out with Ben the Trader in today’s post.

Bio

Ben the Trader was born the son of a chieftain of a nomadic clan in the Sylvan Vally.  He was educated as a minstrel, an art prized by his tribe, but he grew bored, and left his people to roam the lands for a time.  In his adventures, he befriended many other clans.  He came to live among the wild races, elves, dwarves and gnome, and learn there languages and ways.

In his travels he had many adventures, and made many contacts.  After his father passed away, he decided to retire from adventuring.  He leveraged his inheritance, along with the contacts he had made over the years, into a successfull career as a traveling merchant.

After accumulating a significant sum of money, and encountering many dangers along the road, Ben decided to settle down and set up a permanent outpost for his business ventures.  Thus he founded the village of Quietville.  Ben is now married, expecting his first child, and serves as the mayor of Quietville.

Stats

Male human bard level 2, CR 2, size medium, (5′ 8″ tall) 10 hit points, Initiative +2 (+2 Dex), Speed 30′, AC12, (+2 Dex), Attack +3 Melee or +3 ranged, Saves Fortitude -1, Reflex +5, Will +1, Alignment Chaotic Good, Strength 14, Dexterity 15, Constitution 8,Intelligence 15, Wisdom 7, Charisma 15

Skills: Concentration +1, Disguise, +6, Hide +2, Survival  +3, Knowledge (arcana) +5, Knowledge (nature) +7, Listen -2, move silently +2, perform +7, Profession (teamster) +3, Sense Motive +3, Spot -2,  Swim +4

Feats: combat casting, point blank shot

Bard Spells Known: 0-level, detect magic, flare, ghost sound,  mending, resistance
1st level, mage armor, silent image

Physical Description

Ben the trader is a balding, slightly over weight, middle aged man.  He has an impressive handle bar mustache, which is starting to show some grey.  He usually dresses in fine fabrics in fashionable colors for the season, and a fine woolen or fur cape.  He has a taste for expensive clothing and jewelery, and can always be seen wearing his new gold wedding band, and his gold family signet ring on his right hand.  Much of his clothing is embroidered with his personal seal, which is the image of a ruby.   He walks with a limp in his left leg, and uses a cane, which also doubles as a club when necessary, which he is quite handy with.  He usually caries one or more ornate daggers in his belt, and carries a hand crossbow concealed beneath his tunic.

Personality

Ben is a friendly, likable man, with a sharp wit, and a quick sense of humor, although he some time lacks common sense.  He is quick to make Friends, and proves a loyal Allie.  He is not wise in the ways of governing a village, but he is smart enough to know this, so he relies heavily on the advice of the local clan elders in making laws.  He is generous, and supports the cause of local druids whenever possible, as he is also a nature lover.  He is a curious person when it comes to magic, and has never ending questions for traveling magicians that pass through town.  He is also an accomplished composer of string music.

His most important allies include the wild elves, the druids, the church of Pelor, and the wild human clans

His most hated enemies are the orcs and goblinoids, and the bandit clans.

Important Possessions

gold wedding band, gold signet ring, six jeweled daggers,  hand crossbow, fine lute.

Written by dgarman

February 14, 2008 at 2:07 am

I Found This Cartoon That I Wanted to Share

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A funny cartoon

Written by dgarman

February 11, 2008 at 7:21 pm

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The Village of Quietville

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I have been working on some new ideas to use in my Wednesday night D&D campaign.  I am writing a new town that will be used as a home base during the early part of my campaign.  I am calling this town Quietville until I can think of something better.

History

This town was founded by a traveling merchant, Ben the trader, who built the first trading post here.  He would broker deals between the elf and human tribes that hunted in the woods to the north, and the dwarves that mine in the hills to the east.  He also built the first tavern and boarding house across from his trading post, as well as a market for traveling vendors. 

He later opened up a quarry to the south, and rented land for farming in the west.  Over the years he became quite prosperous and wealthy, and eventual acquired enough wealth to hire a nearby warrior tribe to serve as guards in his settlement.  He also hired a great gnome wise-man to come act as judge in any disputes that would arise in town.

However, these were dangerous times.  A failed robbery attempt by Orc bandits took place, in which Ben the Merchant was gravely wounded.  To this day he still uses a cane and walks with a limp.  For this reason, he hired Theodoric, a Half-Orc ranger, as his personal bodyguard.  He also appointed Theodoric’ brother, Crag, as sheriff, and ordered him to organize and train a village militia to help ward off an further Orc attacks.

All has been peaceful for a while, But Kolear, captain of the Orc bandits, has yet to be brought to justice.  Crag, sheriff of Quietville, has offered up a reward for anyone who can find the secret Orc bandit hideout, and bring Kolear to  justice.  Rumors have been going around that the Orc hideout can be found somewhere northwest of the village, among some old ruins.

Recent Events

Ben  the Merchant’s popularity and respect among the local tribes has increased recently, due to his recent marriage to Rose of the Wild, the queen of a popular local clan.  It has recently been announced that they are expecting there first child.  As a gift to his new bride, Ben has constructed an extravagant villa for her, on a small hill overlooking the village.

Ben has also recently earned the favor of the church of Pelor, as he has just finished construction of a grand temple dedicated to the sun god’s honor.  The church will soon be sending a delegation of priests to service the temple.  They also plane to open a martial school for paladins on the site, as they have long been seeking to move there school away from the distractions of the bigger cities in the empire in the north east.

A new thorn in the side of the sheriff and his guards has sprung up recently.  The spoiled and bored children of some local merchants are attempting to form a thieves guild in the village.  Crag is determined to put a stop to this, but has had a tough time of it thus far, as these missguided young men and women have been protected by there wealthy families.

Written by dgarman

February 10, 2008 at 11:30 pm

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Light at the End of the Tunnel

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It appears that my long weeks of unemployment are finally coming to an end.  A local restaurant, Hoss’s Steak and Sea House, has decided to hire me as a part time salad bar attendant.  The pay will be $7.25 per hour.

I am not in a position to turn down any type of job write now, so I will be going in on Monday evening, at 7:30pm EST, for my orientation.  I still need to keep looking for a better job however, as I need something full time, with benefits.  A higher wage would be nice as well.

I have a few potential leads on better jobs.  A local grocery store chain, Staufers of Kissel Hill, just interviewed me for a nursery sales clerk position, that would be full time, and pay $8.50 per hour to start.  This job likely wouldn’t begin until April, and there is no guarantee that they would still have work for me a few months down the road, but I would be willing to take that chance in order to get my foot in the door at Staufers.

I also just had an interview at a printing company called R.R. Donnelly.  They are a well established, successful company, that has been in our area for a long time.  They interviewed me for a forklift operator position, that would start at $11.90 per hour, plus $17.85 per hour on weekends.  I was really impressed by this company when I went there for my interview.  It was not at all what I expected from a “warehouse” position.  The people were very friendly and professional, the building was very clean, low noise, and climate controlled, and the interview itself was a casual, low pressure affair.  However, there are several candidates for this job, and only one spot available.

I also just found out about a telemarketing job that has become available in my area.  It can pay as much as $10.50 per hour if quotas are met.  I know how may people feel about telemarketing, understandably, but having done this type of thing before, I actually enjoy this type of work, so I am excited to explore this opportunity.

Unfortunately I have also received a couple rejection letters from companies I have interviewed with.  These have come from companies that do credit checks as part of there hiring process.  My credit is completely shot, and I don’t really see any hope of repairing it.  I  am not letting this get me down though.  I just have to have faith, and keep doing the right things, and eventually I will find a career path I can be proud of.