Get Medieval!

Medieval Times, Schaumberg, Illinois

Operation Bandicoot, Day 5, July 14, continued.

Another stop for this day was the Medieval Times dinner theater. also in Schaumberg, Illinois. Actually, Michael and I sat this one out, but Lisa and Caitlin had a great time!



While I stayed home for this one, I have attended this theater before, and I remember it being a load of fun. Sometimes the camp and corn factor goes through the thatch roof, but that’s half the fun. Apparently this theater has several rotating stories, so each time you attend you’ll get a different show. That was news to me, but after thinking about it, that makes perfect sense. If nothing else, the performers would get sick of doing the same show over and over again! I suspect it’s something akin to summer stock theater, at least in terms of business operations.


Michael doesn’t do well in dark, noisy places like movie theaters. We figured that attending a dinner theater with clashing swords and galloping horses would be asking for trouble. So, he and I stayed home and played with his new Duplos.

Next: Fish in the Shedd

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    Nine and 1/12!


    On March 7, Caitlin had her annual birthday party. We jokingly called it her “9 and 1/12” birthday, because it was one month after her actual birthday. Things were a bit busy in early February. Anyway, the celebration was held at a local venue that has an indoor playground, arcade, and party rooms. The Culpeper area needed one of these, truth be told. Ten kids showed up, and a good time was had by all. Even the parents liked the place!









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    Collage of starter models

    Time to bolt!It’s Time to bolt!


    One day I came home from work, and discovered that my daughter had been building with the Erector set. A few days earlier she had asked me about using it. I suggested that she start with some of the simpler models designed for the smaller sets, like the 1 or 2 level sets from the Renaissance era. (The bulk of my Erector is Renaissance-era Class-II.) This is exactly what she did, and she even made up a few freelance models. A group portrait of these models is featured above.

    From left to right to right we have a truss bridge, a four-wheel horse drawn carriage, an elevator (background), and mobile cargo crane, a two-wheel horse drawn carriage, a covered bridge, and a… whirligig flying machine thing. We never really decided exactly what to call that thing.

    As you can see, she made use of the customized carousel horse parts that were created for an earlier model.


    This is one she made a little later, after looking at some photographs of horse-drawn sleds. She really likes the carnival horse parts, both official and custom.


    This one dates from a bit earlier, and it’s supposed to be a “steampunk recreational vehicle.” It’s supposed to be powered by the two steam boilers on the roof. I did the actual building of this one, but she designed it. She made up a few drawings (blueprints!) which I used to build this. She then pimped out this ride with furnishings made from Legos, and sent some Little Ponies on a cross-country adventure.

    She’s a Lego master builder, who dabbles in Erector and other building toys. Damn, I’m proud of that girl!


    Happy birthday, Caitlin!


    On Saturday, February 7, 2015, my daughter Caitlin turned nine years old.

    Two days old.

    She was born on a cold morning in Takoma Park, Maryland, at Washington Adventist Hospital. She has always been an easy-going, high energy girl, and she tends to light up whatever room she enters. She is sort of a celebrity in the extended family, because she was the first Pugh girl born in over thirty years. There is a running joke within the family the Pugh men “don’t throw girls.” Generally the Pugh line is very male-heavy, so there may be something to that.

    I broke with tradition.

    Lady Loki costume


    Caitlin’s interests include Tai Kwon Do,

    building toys,

    Girl Scouts…

    and just having fun!

    Being in the third grade, she has had some exposure to the less savory aspects of growing up. I suspect she’ll have some rough patches, but I know she’ll manage.