First I was awakened out of a sound sleep by my agent with bad news about a project. Then I went to take the recycling downstairs and got locked out of the house (the front door swung shut unexpectedly). A passer-by with a cell phone enabled me to call my landlord, who sent someone over right away, but it still took forever as I stood outside in a bathrobe and bare feet.
Okay, back to revisions on Supernatural: Heart of the Dragon, which I'm fixin' to finish tonight....
In 1190, King Richard I and Philip of France jointly issued an edict regulating gambling with games of chance by members of the Christian crusading armies. No person under the rank of knight was permitted to play any game for money; knights and clergymen could play for stakes lower than 20 shillings per day and night; the monarchs could, naturally, play for whatever stakes they chose, but their attendants were restricted to stakes of 20 shillings. If any exceeded this sum, they were to be whipped, naked, through the ranks of the troops for three whole days.
Necessity never made a good bargain. Benjamin Franklin (1706-90)