One day late, as yesterday Xanga maintenance did not allow me to update. In compensation, you won have to wait for what I have to say on the FSL current freeze, and to take a look at my new avatar?o:p>
On Tuesday, I got an email from my brother. If you do not know it, he is a hotel manager in the little town of Biarritz, a sea resort on the Atlantic coast, a few kilometres away from the Spanish border. The place had its time of fame during the 19th century, as it was one of the favourites of Empress Eugenie, Napoleon the 3rd wife. Anyway, my brother wanted to check if his hotel (really a good place to call in you ever visit southwestern France, good bang for your bucks) was listed on Google. Needless to say, he found it in a good position, as well as * wink, wink * the various miniatures I have displayed both on the AFFSHC home page, and the LotB contests galleries. As well as a little surprise (Lagoanere is my surname)?o:p>
1779 December 19. Sunday.
Dined with Monsieur De Tournelle, with all my Family. The Regent, or President of the Souvereign Court of the Kingdom of Gallicia, The Attorney General, the Administrator of the Kings Revenue of Tobacco, the Commandant of the Artillery, Mr. Lagoanere and others were there.
The Entertainment was very sumptuous in all respects, but there was the greatest Profusion and Variety of Wines I ever saw brought to any Table. In Addition to the Wines of France ,Bourdeaux, Champaigne, Burgundy, We had Constantin and all the best Wines of Spain red and white. The names and qualities of all of them were given Us, but I remember only the Sherry, Alicant?and Navarre. The Spanish and Irish Gentlemen were very liberal in their Compliments to the Consul on the Excellence of his Wines which they pronounced the oldest and best they had ever seen. The Chief Justice and Attorney General were very gay and very jocular with the Consul and Mr. Lagoanere on his rich and rare Selection of Spanish Wines and archly insinuated that it was a studied Exhibition before the American Minister and a mercantile Speculation. I afterwards was informed that Mr. Detournelle and Mr. Lagoanere had some secret Connection in Trade, which could not be avowed, as an Ordinance of the King of France prohibits Commerce to his Consuls. Mr. Lagoanere avowed that he had procured the Wines.
This quote has been taken out of John Adams?diary, the John Adams who has been the 2nd President of the United States. I cannot be sure the Lagoanere in question is one of my direct ancestors. Several brothers, 2 or 3, moved from Manciers (a little town in the Gers area) to Bordeaux (Bourdeaux is an archaic spelling, even by the 18th century). There one of them became a noble, as he bought a charge from the King (my ancestor, * chuckles * , and added a de before his name, which the family later renounced, whatever the reason, during the French Revolution. I am nearly positive the Lagoanere who dined with John Adams must have a close cousin to my ancestor?o:p>
And after this errmmm, protocolary dinner, on to another kind of protocol. Namely, Internet Protocol, which is this string of numbers you can type in the address bar instead of the url, as if the u.r.l. were not complicated enough as they are. Well, these tiny bites of information have caused the most anguishing frustration for me this week. Since there was some kind of mix up, I have been unable to access CBT forums ( try to guess the withdrawal affliction) for the better part of the week. Needless to say, to compound on my misery, important events were set in motion in the Fan Councils game?You can guess how grateful I am to TeamNutmeg who fixed the problem for me. Hmmm, I wish sometimes I were more computer literate, though when I watch most people of my generation, I guess I do not rank too low in this respect.
On a different topic, the Fan Councils role playing game on Classic Battletech.com is on hold till further notice. Maybe this is a good thing, after the recent spate of flaring tempers, as events are, very likely, heading to decision point. This is a game after all, and the cardinal rule of games is that people must have fun?Letting things cool down a bit will certainly prepare people to enjoy what comes next. And, like all good games, when a decision has been made and a conclusion reached, it is time to start another. I would rather be of the opinion tosee the moderating team set events so that the game reaches a natural in plot conclusion before the end of the summer?
Nous sommes ici par la volont?du Peuple, nous ne sortirons que par la Force des Ba鮡nnettes.