On Arisia

Jan. 21st, 2009 10:55 am
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I had an excellent time working the Green Room with [livejournal.com profile] erin_trying, [livejournal.com profile] rosefox, [livejournal.com profile] sinboy, [livejournal.com profile] glib_dichotomy, [livejournal.com profile] malaul, and Randee [edit: [livejournal.com profile] kitteridge, and anyone else I missed [edit: [livejournal.com profile] deyo, and [livejournal.com profile] mactavish, for example]. I didn't get to spend much time out and about in the con, but it all worked out. Got some tasties from Dealer's Row, and got significant driving experience—at night and in (light) snow on the way home, even!

Big loud drinking/dancing parties hold no interest for me, and I must remind myself that this is not a character flaw, and it does not mean that I will never meet anyone interesting, and it does not mean that I should force myself to go. It does mean that the "inflationary" portion of my friend-gathering life is likely over, however, as I don't have the forced social environment like High School anymore. [By "inflationary", I am referring to the cosmological concept of inflation, which is when the young universe expanded extraordinarily fast before slowing down to where we are now.] I'm OK with that. It also means that I will likely have a bad time at any party like that. And I already know that I will have a bad time at any party I'm too sleepy at.

Reading the above, I wonder if I'm becoming an introvert lately. I've always loved casual contact with people (i.e., living in the city, making small talk), but I just cannot deal with loud, crowded, hot, dark parties. They do not move me in the slightest, and I find them uncomfortable. Much the same thing with bars, although, in addition, they seem pointless.

Bah, after writing such things, I feel like such a stick-in-the-mud and/or old man. Also, boring.

Ma Bell?

Jul. 21st, 2008 07:54 am
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The 2600 van made it to HOPE, as usual. Emmanuel Goldstein, the Editor of the magazine calls it one of the greatest social engineering tools ever made. For instance, even though its color scheme is decades out of date, it is still able to go to and through restricted areas, including phone company facilities. Linemen wave to the van as it passes. Mostly, however, it is used to help the editor's friends move.

HOPE was a very good time. Much better than it was for me last time, largely thanks to Tom who was in town visiting. By now, if you follow such things, you'll know that 'The Last HOPE' is not the last HOPE, and there will be 'The Next HOPE' in 2010. For a while, I fell for it, but as the weekend progressed, I became more and more convinced that the con was simply going to take place somewhere else, hopefully somewhere bigger because the place was packed. But apparently that is not the case. So who wants to go w/ me in 2010?

I'm wicked sleepy now, but I hope to catch up eventually


Jul. 17th, 2008 08:15 pm
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My mom's going back to the hospital tomorrow. They are unhappy with the lack of progress made on the oral antibiotics, so she'll be going back in for a week or two for the IV. I'm worried, but I have faith she'll beat this soon.

Looks like an icky night. At least Tom's coming soon. And now I don't think there'll be anything relevant to our business at HOPE, which makes me feel a little guilty for taking it as training, but that's what my boss told me to do. (I guess that's a problem with defense, your problems are rather esoteric and not exactly discussed often.)
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Weekends are, as we know, made for construction by the MTA. It appears that some Yankee fans with some crayons decided to help the bridge-and-tunnel set figure out how to get to the game this past weekend. The other sign is usually there when there's construction, so I think that's done by the attendant. Found in Penn Station.

Did some needed housework yesterday. My problem with a lot of housework, like dishes, for example, is that I'll do a good amount of work, but the sink will still be nigh-unusable, which makes me feel like I'm wasting my time. If doing the work provides no benefit, why am I doing it? Why am I stressing over it not being done if doing it accomplishes no measurable good?

Tonight Tom comes in and tomorrow is HOPE. So a busy weekend is ahead of me. I hope to see Batman, but I'm not expecting it...

BBQ Fair

Jun. 7th, 2008 03:27 pm
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By Madison Square Park. Why aren't you here? Dinosaur is, and a dozen other great BBQ joints from all over the country.

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I know that [livejournal.com profile] rosefox and [livejournal.com profile] sinboy, and I think that [livejournal.com profile] kgola are all going to Arisia. Who else is?
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I would like to thank the following for showing up to my birthday gathering this weekend (in no particular order): [livejournal.com profile] queenbast, her Gabe1, [livejournal.com profile] faboo, [livejournal.com profile] malaul, their son Liam, [livejournal.com profile] ellf, his Lauren, [livejournal.com profile] ladyravn, [livejournal.com profile] jcholewa, Alex, Kitri, [livejournal.com profile] shoujo_mallet, [livejournal.com profile] faery_kat, her Isaiah, Laura, [livejournal.com profile] last_soldier, [livejournal.com profile] stoneliongrowl, [livejournal.com profile] catmandux, Montgomery, Jeff, [livejournal.com profile] angst_pirate, and [livejournal.com profile] quem98. Also, special thanks to my sous-chefs [livejournal.com profile] stoneliongrowl, Alex, and Kitri. And an extra special one to the last two in that list for showing up early and helping with cooking and soda buying. And finally ultra thanks to [livejournal.com profile] shoujo_mallet for being her wonderful self and providing what I couldn't to the party: cleavage and beer.

I promised shoutouts and they have now been delivered! You'll also be tagged on Facebook when it picks this up as a note.

It appears all had a good time, which was the goal. There was cake, so I know I'd call it a successful party. I enjoyed cooking, and still felt that I could abandon the grill to make quick little social stops without getting overwhelmed by either side of the equation. The only thing I could have used more of would have been snuggles, but then again, that's always the case ;-).

Sunday was a little stressful with the removal and cleaning of things from my parents' house, but y'all were well-behaved, so nothing broken, nothing stained. Had various transportation horrors on the way home, and again from my place to the Ren Faire up at the Cloisters, tossing me straight into badmoodsville.

Now I am running on low sleep and have tons of leftovers in the fridge. Yum!

How was your weekend?

1 Normally I'd be against the possessive form here, but it's simpler, especially when I do not know people's LJ names. If it offends you, then ignore it ;-)

Lunacon 50

Mar. 19th, 2007 01:14 am
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Lunacon was excellent! Got to have fun with people I know, and got to know others better. Big dick jokes abounded in the evening. We played Katamari in the pool. [livejournal.com profile] s00j was her mellifluous self. [livejournal.com profile] shoujo_mallet was excellent in all ways. The few panels I went to were good. My $5 cup was under utilized, as expected, but what is one to do with so many party options? Thanks to all the party makers and party havers!

Edit: For proper name dropping fun, check out this entry from dear Rose.
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