Day 12, Cycle 6: Coffee Ritual

Coffee-and-birdIt’s been a rough cycle, I was knocked down right from the day of infusion and I spent a lot of time in bed. In fact, yesterday was the first time I’d gotten out of the house since the infusion, it was for medical appointments, and I was exhausted afterwards.


As of day before yesterday, I have an appetite again, so I know I’ve turned this corner. It was wonderful to feel hunger again, and to have food taste good! Just one more infusion, and we’ll be done with this particular process.

This morning, I was lying in bed and just enjoying the ritual of coffee-making Edmund had started in the kitchen. I was smiling to myself as I imagined a row of bonzes hitting gongs and chanting with every step:

I hear water running.

The kettle has been filled. Aummmmm…

I hear the sound of beans tumbling and smell a whiff of rich coffee. Then the coffee grinder whirrs.

The beans have been ground. Aummmmm…

A pssshtt! of steam, a strong aroma of coffee fog unfurling.

The grounds have been wetted. Aummmmm…

The chiming of the kitchen timer, the slow sigh of the French press piston being carefully pushed down.

It is done. Coffee is reborn.  Aummmmm… Aummmmm… Aummmmm…



RPG a Day: Giving back to the community

6. What is the most amazing thing that you know a game group has done for their community?

Big Bad Con logoI don’t know about the most amazing, since gamers organize lots of beautiful things like fundraisers to help send cash-strapped gamers to conventions, holiday toy collections, food drives, games for enlisted personnel, etc.. But I’m awed at what Big Bad Con has become in just a few years. Right from the beginning (2011) it was always about community, with all proceeds left after paying for hotel,, supplies, etc. going to the Alameda County Food Bank, Doctors Without Borders, and Child’s Play. The goal of the convention itself was to build up the gaming community by offering “great games for awesome gamers.”

By the third or fourth year, you could already feel the event had moved further into community building by focusing on diversity, making gaming more welcoming to everyone, promoting new voices, supporting game designers, inviting game community organizers more than celebs, organizing workshops and demos, and establishing formal community standards. As a result, it has become the safest, most welcoming game convention in the already diversity-friendly San Francisco Bay Area.