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I keep thinking today to Thursday. Much to my disappointment, I remember it's actually Wednesday. Wednesday the 13th. Not quite the same ring as Friday the 13th.

I don't have much to talk about. Not much in the way of knitting has been done. It's been too hot to knit. The only things I've finished is Grilltech's socks on the 4th of July and a wash cloth about a week ago. Not exactly exciting blogging material.

It's been raining off and on all day here, which we really need, but I left the back window down. Not looking forward to a wet seat.

Friday Night Game Recap

Cast:
DB - Human Mage
Norco - Human Mage
Happy - Troll Tank
Rico - Human Merc
Crayon - Human Decker
Hawk - Elf Gun Slinger

Tuesday morning around 5:00 am the party started winding down. Norco slept at the docks in his car. Everyone else drove home. Hawk was followed for a while, but not pulled over. Happy was given a ride home by Rico, when Rico tried to charm his way into Happy's place he was given the cold shoulder.

About 10 am, Happy's other phone started chirping. Lady Jane informed Happy she had an appointment at Kleinfeld's at 2:00 pm. Don't miss it.
Once Happy made it to Kleinfeld's, she was measured everywhere. Then the trying on clothes started. After three hours, Happy picked three dresses and new armored jacket, only to freak out at the total. When she tried to back out and only get one, another phone call happened and Happy ended up spending well above her limit.
Hawk went about his day like normal.

DB spent the rest of his night at a "friend's" house.

About 4PM Norco realized he needed to call Angela Woods. When he did, he reached Ever After Productions and was put right through. Angela quizzed Norco on if he was really sure, he was up for anything, because he seemed pretty uptight. After some reassurances on Norco's part Angela told him to meet Don Johnson at La Petite Chateau.

Since the place sounded fancy, Norco went and purchased some nice clothes. He showed up at the restaurant early only to realize, it was black tie, not causal. When he tried to buy the valet's tie, Norco was told he could rent a tie for 30 nuyen in the Chateau. Once meeting the dress code, Norco was ushered back to a private room where he met Mr. Johnson. The job at hand at simple, exchange three hard drives for three others. The pay was 20K, but Norco being shrewd, talked Johnson up to 40K.

The team jumped into action. Crayon figured out the company was in an A security rated neighborhood. Knight Errant response time was minutes and one of the sales team out was until Monday. DB and Norco did a magical scan of the place and found it was clean. Crayon found out the owner of the five story building was Steed.
The next day about Crayon, Norco and DB went to SolaTech claiming to have an appointment with the salesman who was out on vacation, after a couple of minutes DW Tripp showed up and brought them into the conference room. After a 15 minute presentation on why SolaTech was the place to host their server, DW took the team on a tour of the server room. DW boasted "we have 24/7 security" and "we can have our deckers design your web site if needed". There was a total of two cameras in the general work area and three in the server room. The door was FOB access both in and out.

The team left with a promise to look at the contracts and let DW know if they'll take a slot or not. While they were leaving Crayon over heard the receptionist telling someone "No, you don't need to make an appointment, you can show up anytime you'd like. Yes, 8 PM would be fine."
For some reason, Crayon couldn't figure out which server was which in the room, but did have a general idea of where server 5 was. So it was suggested by Norco that they mug DW and he mind probe him to get the required data. Happy volunteered to do the mugging, but didn't want her face to be the one seen. So DB went over and made her look like an Asian male.

About 5:30 PM, DW leaves the office, and heads to the parking garage. While there was heavy foot traffic on the sidewalk, the parking garage was empty. DW must have known something was up because before he reached the door, he turned and asked Happy if there was something he wanted. Happy reached out to grab DW, screaming "What did those people want from you today?" Norco turned on the mind probe and the overwhelming thought was "oh god, oh god, I want away from here." DW managed to dodge Happy's grip and made it up another stair. Norco concentrated and got the server information. Happy interrupted DW's action to try to grab him again, but tripped and fell on the stairs. DW saw his chance and ran for the door and his freedom. Norco radioed up that what was needed, there was no reason to chase DW further.

The team still seemed to be at a loss of what to do, when Crayon mentioned someone was showing up at 8 PM tonight. If they could get in along with that person, then part of their problem was solved. Rico commented why not show up as a cleaning crew? Happy, Hawk, Norco, and Rico went to buy blue jump suits and cleaning supplies. It ran the team about 500 nuyen. While they were doing that Crayon forged some fake orders for them to be at SolaTech at 7:45 PM. He then inserts into the SolaTech matrix. Norco wanted to be disguised, because he knew the layout and didn't want to be on tape as showing up again. DB turned Crayon invisible, so he could do the work without being seen.

At 7:45 PM Rico, Happy, Hawk, Norco, and Crayon try to get into SolaTech. The security guard points to the FOB reader, Rico knocks on the door again and holds up his pocket sectary. The guard comes over and asks what is going on. In broken English, Rico states "new cleaning crew, here to clean." The guard takes the sectary and locks the door, he checks it against the orders on the system and sure enough they match. So he lets the team in.

At 8:00 PM the tech showed up and went into the server room. Crayon followed him in, but in his haste brushed up against the tech. The tech stopped and looked around, but couldn't see anyone. Shrugging he went to work. 45 minutes later he leaves the room. Crayon jumps into action. Starting with server 13 (Halcon Manufacturing) he quickly swapped out the drive. Crayon then moved to server seven (StreetMed) and took a bit longer to swap that drive out. Finally he went to server 22 (Zippy Quik Couriers) and finished the job. Crayon then radioed the team he was done.

Rico took a bunch of dishes and put them in the microwave. Entered 20 minutes on the clock and walked away. Less than 30 seconds later sparks are flying and smoke is billowing from the machine. The fire alarm starts going off and the security guard comes running. Once again in Rico's broken English he starts explaining how he was drying the dishes. The guard was annoyed, but took him at his word. Meanwhile, Crayon overrides the door and lets himself out of the server room, then the offices. The cleaning crew finishes up and leaves the office.

Norco calls his Mr. Johnson and lets him know the job is done. Mr. Johnson arranges for a meet the next morning for dropping off the drives and payment for services. Since the job was done so fast, Johnson gave a bonus of 5K. Norco, didn't tell the team about the bonus, but is uncomfortable just out and out keeping it. So maybe he'll start a team fund.

Karma Award: 3 points

Meanest Pet Guardian Evah!

I cleared the room of all pets in nothing flat.

I turned the vacuum cleaner on.

Friday Game Night Recap

Cast:
DB - Human Mage
Norco - Human Mage
Happy - Troll Tank
Rico - Human Merc
Crayon - Human Decker
Hawk - Elf Gun Slinger

DB received a call from an old friend of his, asking if he wanted some work. DB being short on funds, accepted the job. He went and met his client at the downtown Seattle’s JAVA! Dolores Clayborne, his client, had her PDA stolen by her brother. Dolores supplied all the latest information she had: an IP address, where he worked, and his disconnected LTG number.

DB went to Trideo Memories and talked to the owner. Turns out James "Bender" Clayborne had been fired about a month ago. A dead end there, but DB did find out Bender hung out with a guy named Fry. At this point, DB realized he needed a hand he called the gang and told them he was looking for someone and would they help?

Crayon started looking on the matrix for the IP address. Every once in a while, he would get a ping, but the device wasn't staying on long enough for any critical information to be gathered other than general information on Redmond for the first ping. South side for the second.

Together the team went over to Bannock Arms apartment building to see if Bender's address was current. DB and Happy knocked on the door. They hear the “clink” of four locks opening and then the door opens two inches. The gleam of a door chain could be seen. A blonde woman, who was none too happy about being asked questions about Bender, let them know Bender usually hung out some place around 34th and Oak in town.

The group caravans over to Oak Street and Crayon narrows down which house on the block could be the one Bender is in. A family was playing in the front yard on the house next door. Two punks was sitting on the porch of the target house and the house to the on the left was quiet. Too quiet. Norco and Happy stayed at the car in front of the quiet house. Crayon and Rico stayed next to the car in front of the house with the family playing. After a few minutes of conversation, the group noticed they was being watched by someone who appeared to be quite young further down the street.

Finally Hawk and DB get out of the car and start walking towards the two punks on the porch. About half way up the broken sidewalk to the house, a battered Westwind slows down and a hail of bullets sweep Hawk and DB. Hawk goes down and DB takes a hit. Another hail of bullets sprays the area and this time a punk on the porch is hit. Happy manages to draw her gun and shoot the driver in the chest. Rico jumps the fence and runs across the yard to throw himself on the child playing in the pool. DB disappears from sight and Crayon texted the house on the left - "Who hit you?"

The Westwind races off down the street, leaving blissful silence in the area again. Happy rushes to her fallen comrade, throws him over her shoulder and heads back to the pickup. Four gangers, armed with automatic weapons, come boiling out of the house on the left. Since the gangers didn't see anyone with guns out, they decide to talk instead of shoot.

DB reappears and asks about Bender. One of the gangers says yea, Bender is in the house. DB and Norco enter the house looking for Bender. While the outside of the house looks rundown and worn, the inside is even worse. Discarded half eaten food containers were on the floor. Dreamers were haphazardly laying here and there. On the second floor, they finally find Bender who is out of it. Rico makes his way up and carries Bender out of the house. After a brief discussion, the group caravans to Norco's house over in Renton - a two hour drive - to wait for Bender to wake up.

Also while at Norco's house Rico tries to give first aid to Hawk - who stopped bleeping on the drive over. Rico set up the portable medical unit and must have plugged the probes in wrong because when he flipped the switch, an electrical surge went into Hawk hurting him even more. Norco rolled his eyes and stepped up to magically heal Hawk - who wakes up a few minutes later with one hell of a headache.

An hour later Bender wakes up from his BTL fix and finds himself in a strange house. Norco was flicking him on the forehead asking about the PDA that he took. Bender played stupid and asked "What PDA?" Norco flicked Bender again on the head and said "Your sister's PDA."

"Oh that one, I sold it for 50 Nuyen to 2nd Life Circuitry." Bender replied.

Norco was frustrated that someone would sell it so cheaply hit Bender with a stun glove and knocked him out. Then Norco proceeded to call the shop and ask about the PDA. Asked if the owner would hold on to it for him. Unable to make the two hour drive before the store closed, the team crashes at Norco's place for the night. Bright and early the next morning they set up to second hand shop and buy the PDA. The owner was concerned about it not being wiped, but Norco was more than okay.
DB called his client and arranged a time for the delivery of the PDA. DB paid the group and that night they went out and partied. Crayon was too young to get into the club, but did make it to the after hour’s party.

There Norco noticed someone he ran into on Friday night, he stepped over to say hello and was pleasantly surprised to learn she remembered him. Angela Woods asked that he give her a call tomorrow, because she might be able to set him up.

Really?

I got a jury summons in the mail today. Has it already been two years?

List Day

  • I counted four cars at the bar this morning
  • My forehead and nose are peeling
  • I got a new computer for work, it's got Office 2013 on it. Not sure I care for the changes
  • Time to get up and walk around or my head will be on the desk
  • It's time to give myself a manicure
  • I need to cut down the irises this weekend
  • Trying to decide if I want to shop tonight (when it's busy) or wait until tomorrow afternoon (when it's busy)
  • I usually go first thing early Saturday mornings, but Grilltech is using the car on Saturdays
  • Oh man, cryptography is going to make me crazy
  • Only an hour left in my day, I can't wait

Recap

The alarm went off at 0400 this morning and I didn't want to get up. I hit snooze four times before crawling out of bed. Yes, I normally hit snooze that many times, but today it was out of resentment, not avoidance. Its tough getting up early after spending the past four days sleeping in.

Grilltech, Eldest, Baby Bird and I took a road trip to the Portland area over the holiday weekend. We had a lot of fun and Grilltech got to see friends he only talks to on Facebook. Baby Bird kept asking to go to the beach, so Saturday we drove out there. We spent about three hours playing in the ocean, making sand castles, and getting sun burnt. No, that was just me.

Now it's back to the daily grind.

Ouch

Sunburnt my face. Now my forehead is tight. 

Ouch

Spent 128 at the beer store.

Ouch.

Happy 4th

Nothing more satisfying then the booming echo of fireworks going off. 

Happy birthday America.