Contata (or is that ConToddler?)

Jun. 27th, 2017 09:58 pm
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We had a good time at Contata, despite my frequently missing pieces of concerts as I chased a certain toddler on a loop through the main room, dealer's room, con suite, dealer's alley, and back through the main room. Such is my life these days. What I was at least aware was going on (if not attentively listening to) sounded good, including concerts from MEW and Ed, Twotonic, Jane Sibley, the Angry Antz (Silke Kovàr and Steffi Zurek, from Germany), and the cast of dozens in the so-called "Kabarefsky" (singing songs of GOH Bob Kanefsky). I got to sing "Come Ye Muppets" (Bob's parody of "Come Ye Knights") in the Kabarefsky and play guitar for [personal profile] batyatoon on "Bootstrap" (Bob's parody of "Uplift").

Speaking of the Antz, apparently the rule that filk fiddlers (Silke in this case) must have at least a few streaks of blue hair applies in Germany as well...

The schedule was a bit unusual by filk con standards, including both the Brave Toaster and Interfilk concerts being on Sunday. Some of this was to accommodate the three NEFilk Summits to discuss the future of the NEFilk convention. (Short version: the occasionally-discussed merging of the three cons into one appears reasonably likely to actually happen.) Some was to accommodate the sound check for the Kabaresky (which I'd have put in the late morning, myself).

Having been mocked mercilessly for failing to include a lunch break in a Conterpoint schedule years ago, I was amused Contata failed to include a lunch break on Sunday schedule. Grazing in the con suite didn't quite stave off hunger from having a somewhat-hearty breakfast at 11, but a nice dinner with [personal profile] madfilkentist and [personal profile] lemmozine at The Famished Frog made up for the wait.

We also had a nice dinner at Marjan Persian Grill with Bill Laubenheimer, Carole Parker, [personal profile] runnerwolf and [personal profile] happyfunpaul on Saturday night. At least 15-20 other folks from the con had a similar idea. Thankfully we beat the rush. The food and conversation were good.

On the flip side, dinner on Friday was one of those "look back on and laugh" moments. Sheryl and I had gone to Ming II, since we (and Sam) like Chinese. However, for some reason the little guy didn't take to either my duck dish or Sheryl's noodle dish. To make things more fun, he found a pepper on my plate which he got a small bite of, then proceeded to rub on his cheek. Followed not surprisingly by a full meltdown. Once we got him back to our hotel room, washed his face off, then hit our stash of yogurt, fruit cups and apple sauce, he calmed down. (Other than a few minutes of fussing after I went back downstairs for the Kanef Source Songs theme circle.) Toddlers...

(I am told Paul and Beth are taking notes, since everything we are currently experiencing is in their future...*grin*)

Traffic was craptastic on the way north, thanks to a wreck on the Delaware Turnpike plus a later start from Maryland than planned. (We ended up having to run a few errands on Friday morning. Also, note to self...listen to Waze.) The run south was largely smooth sailing and left us time for dinner with my mom after we got home, as well as food shopping for the week.

Was it something I said?

Jun. 22nd, 2017 08:41 pm
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Several people who were on my friends list here dropped off. Such is life. If you want my witty repartee, that's mostly over on facebook. Here you will find primarily (boring) details of my life, health, and finances.

Life: I'm at this moment on my way to Contata. Grisly details: some leftover Delta points were surprisingly enough for a redeye to JFK. I could have brought a small instrument, like a uke, on Delta. But I'm not flying back on Delta. Somehow, I booked a return trip on Frontier. I don't think I knew what I was doing. On Frontier, a uke would count as a carryon. They charge for carryons. So, I have a daypack.

It's OK. I know there will be many kind people who will be happy to loan me an instrument if I ask.

I arrive at JFK at 6 AM. I estimate 2 hours to get to Morristown from there.

Finances: I probably have close to just barely enough cash on hand to cover my share of the hotel room. I'll need more if I'm going to have enough for things like transportation, food, spending money. I brought a few spare CDRs to peddle, plus (good news) I have over $200 in bids so far on ebay auctions that end Monday night. If people pay promptly (most do) I'll be fine. If not, well, I can use my Paypal card, and that should give me an extra day or two, by which time everything will be fine. Worst case scenario: next payday is a week from tomorrow.

Health: Everything seems OK.

Well, I'm almost at the airport now. Bye.


Jun. 22nd, 2017 01:10 pm
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Gorgeous, sunny day today.

I really donwanna be at work.

Long cat is long

Jun. 22nd, 2017 08:04 am
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As promised, here are some pictures from yesterday's trip to MRFRS. I noticed a tail at the top of the big rolling cage, so it was amusing enough to photograph:

Pictures behind the cut )
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Status: Still Open

The furniture is interestingly shuffled, right now. I'm gathering stuff in the living room to give to the Habitat for Humanity Restore. We'll see how much of the attic I can clear out before their scheduled arrival date. It should be a substantial declutter, if nothing else.

Outside, the roses are blooming. Oddly enough, this year they started blooming before the day lilies, which are just getting started. If you come by and don't see me right away, come around back and tell me I can stop weeding around the tomato plants for a bit! The weeds are quite tall, as I've been busy with indoor tasks and runs to the Geek Squad, glasses place, and other such tasks.

Computer follies have continued, the car acquired a large screw in a non-repairable part of one tire, and when I went in to get the replacement "temple" (arm) of my glasses replaced, they broke the still-functional old one, so my glasses are still kind of wobbly on my face (the spares they found to loan me in the meantime have a "spring feature" that, in my opinion, is a "spring bug").

But still, it's summer and nice out (here, anyway--no 100 degree temps this far inland so far).

I'm going to continue offering a five-card reading for $25, or if you want a larger reading we can discuss costs. As always, a signal boost will allow you to ask for a clarification card on some part of this reading, if you wish. Alternatively, you can ask for a Torn World reading and get an in-character reading in Affamarg or the Breidalam Mountains using that world's standard layout for the divination disks.

Or, of course, you can simply ask for a single card (with the usual clarifying card for people who tip or signal boost). The guitar case below is my personal PayPal link, featuring my own artwork, which still inspires me even though it isn't Tarot-related.

So, let's see if I can offer some some inspiration or spark some creativity for you. You can ask about real life or a creative project, or even a game. I can draw a card for you to meditate on, to represent the Guide you need right now, or to get you unstuck. I can draw a card for a character or can draw a card or cards for you to use as writing or art prompts, and I can modify a more-traditional five-card spread into a prompt for a story focusing on plot or characters or a little of both.

New friends and old are very welcome. The grass is shaggy, and weeds are keeping the tomato and squash plants company, but some of the roses have started to bloom, and I'm happy to have you visit.

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I've written before about why I do readings and some of the decks I use here, feel free to hop over and check me out. I'll wait.

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Thank you, and Blessed Be!

As always, these readings are for entertainment and inspiration only. See my "Dandelyon's Readings" page if you have questions.

Caturday: Litter bugged

Jun. 21st, 2017 12:02 pm
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They've gotten a new kind of cat litter in the shelter, which assumes the consistency of wet cement after it's been used a while. Everyone hates it. It means changing litter boxes more often, scoops getting dirty faster, and more work cleaning the floor. The cats even managed to track litter onto the top of the big rolling cage. The cats seem to like lying in it, just to add to the annoyance.

Poor Hernando. He was in a bite quarantine cage today, and apparently he's been spraying. He may have been the one who got the windows I mentioned last week. Such a friendly cat, I'm really surprised he could have bitten anyone.

Joni Mitchell is now in a cage and is being as territorial as she was last week. Virginia was only able to clean the bottom of the cage (Joni was sitting on a top shelf) without being warned off.

I got some great pictures of Bongo, but at the moment I'm in the library with my laptop, so pictures will have to wait till later.

As we were finishing up, I checked all the rooms for trash and went into the feline leukemia room. Strangely, there were no cats in there and I saw two litter boxes and some toys in the wastebasket. This was odd, and I decided not to take them without more inquiries. It turned out there was a sign on the door declaring the room off limits to everyone — ringworm outbreak! There are so many warning signs everywhere that after a while you stop noticing them. Maybe they should have had a hotel-style "do not disturb" hanger on the doorknob. I washed my hands thoroughly and sprayed my shoes all over with disinfectant.

One other bit

Jun. 20th, 2017 10:39 pm
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I won't be in Finland for Worldcon, but I *will* be in Jackson, WY for the 2017 solar eclipse. If you look at the eclipse map for Wyoming, you'll see that Jackson is smack in the path for totality.

This is going to be very cool!

Memories good and bad

Jun. 20th, 2017 10:03 am
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I like the "On This Day" feature over on Facebook. It's kind of a near way to go back and look at what I was doing a year ago, two years ago, three years ago, or more.

8 years ago, I was up in New England for Conterpoint, that year's Permanent Floating Northeast Filk Convention. In 2012 I'd just come back from England. I was there for a friend's wedding and it was lovely! In 2014, I was also in England (not surprising, because I was living there at the time) and I was regretting the last pint the night before.

A year after that, in 2015, I'd just arrived in Stockholm for several days holiday before going of to Åland for Archipelacon. It was a great trip. really relaxing. Stockholm, Mariehamn, Turku, Helsinki. Had a lot of fun on that trip, both alone and with other people.

Some day I'll get back there.

May 2017 Bookpost

Jun. 17th, 2017 07:57 pm
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Here's May's list of reads. I don't have a whole lot to say this month. If you are wondering why there is no GOTG Vol. 3 listed below, that's because Angela is part of Bendis' 2013-2015 run and The Realm of Kings is the last volume from Abnett/Lanning's 2008-2010 run.

42. The Book Smugglers Quarterly Almanac: Vol 3, Ana Grilo and Thea James, eds.

43. Guardians of the Galaxy, Vol. 2: Angela, Brian Michael Bendis (author), Sara Pichelli (artist) (graphic novel)

44. Guardians of the Galaxy, Vol 4: The Realm of Kings, Dan Abnett & Andy Lanning (writers), Brad Walker (artist) (graphic novel)

45. One More Time: The Best of Mike Royko, Mike Royko and Studs Terkel - Somewhere in all the articles celebrating the Cubs' World Series win someone noted Mike Royko was smiling. Royko's widow and several friends picked 100 of their favorites from the 7,500 columns the famed columnist wrote for the Chicago Daily News, Sun-Times, and Tribune.

46. Apex Magazine #96 (May 2017)

47. The Handmaid’s Tale, Margaret Atwood

48. Crosstalk, Connie Willis

49. Breath of Earth, Beth Cato

50. The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society, Mary Anne Shaffer and Annie Barrows - A fictional tale of life on Guernsey under German occupation during WWII, told in letters to and from a postwar-London writer who discovers their story.

A messy Caturday

Jun. 14th, 2017 01:01 pm
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Today's session at the cat shelter seemed easy enough at first, but things kept piling up. One cage had some ugly yellowish-green guck next to the litter box. I'm not sure which way it came out of the cat. Cyan had gotten out of his cage at some point overnight, and he's on a special diet, so he shouldn't have been out. He's a huge, friendly cat, and definitely not cyan. That would be a horrible color for a cat.

Virginia noticed stuff on a couple of upper window panes. Some cat must have been spraying there.

There was dried blood on the floor and several other spots with messes requiring extra cleaning.

A black cat named Joni Mitchell was guarding her tree (set of shelves) ferociously, not letting Virginia clean it. She got the cat off by tipping the whole thing 45 degrees.

Two new cats were named Baloo and Mowgli. I don't know whether this will be the start of a Kipling theme. They don't seem to be eating much, even when we got them some special tuna cat food.

The cat whose picture I showed last week is Hernando, not Lito. Someone swapped the names when telling me who they were. Hernando is still really friendly. I'm surprised he hasn't been adopted already, but I'm sure he will soon. Some of the less friendly cats, like Pick, have been adopted. Almost any cat is to someone's taste.

Almost. Otis is still in the basement. He's a poster cat for the anti-declawing league. He was declawed, and he sprays and bites. It's not that he's always hostile; he can be very nice, but he's unpredictable. Declawed cats are more likely to take up biting because they feel defenseless.
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