September 9th, 2014



It doesn't feel like Tuesday.

Before work I was clued in by a Facebook friend that may favorite little theater is doing a pair of Alan Aykbourn plays I wanted to see. one is called House the other is Garden and they are done by one cast, simultaneously in two theaters. Pear Avenue Theater has leased another warehouse unit in the row in which they have traditionally occupied the last one. When I was in Bangkok I tech directed a series of three Aykbourn plays known as the Norman Conquests, which could conceivably be done that way. But these two were written to be performed separately together.

I made a mistake and bought a ticket for the Garden twice, because their stupid web page layout had the calendars reversed from the buttons to choose the play. The Person In Charge emailed me and was kind enough to switch one for the House performance I wanted. Disappointed that the talkback sessions are sold out.

Still messing with a somewhat broken machine at work. 1 pm dental cleaning, new dentist doesn't understand that I've been taking much better care lately, no bleeding gums. No cavities. Not much plaque except where my dentures pinch.

Stopped off at the Asian market next door, could only buy non-frozen, non-fridge foods because stuff would have the be in the trunk all afternoon. Had dim sum lunch next door, and keep forgetting that after 1:30 har gow has to be made special, and takes 20 minutes. The sesame balls were fresh.

Straight home after work, sat on the porch and admired all the new roses, and how the catmints really did what Master Gardener said, and are helping shade the roses so they don't fry. OTOH, the one bush which I'd pruned has lost all its leaves and I may need to replace it. Maybe next weekend.

Looking forward to the final month of YOTB. Rehearsal Thursday night.

So far my new OKCupid profile is only attracting scammers. :-( All the legit women want someone tall. :-(

Caught up on TMZ. Way too much Ray Rice.

Plans for tomorrow:
Hang out at Starbucks

My Worldcons

I have not been to many, because I came to con fandom late, and when I did there was Baycon and Silicon, bookending the summer, and that was enough for me.

My first Worldcon was kind of a Baycon on Steroids, ConJose. 2002. Photos are here and it was a who's who of many of my favorite writers. Bear, two Benfords, Brin, Vinge, Pohl, Niven. Lots of panels, and enough seats to be able to catch a little of another one if the first one you went to was not riveting. Many good Masq costumes and more hall costumes. It was a great time, and set the bar way up there for me, especially since I had not expected much from a local Worldcon.

Lack of finances and lack of vacation time has kept me fairly close to home. My next Worldcon was Denvention in Denver. I mostly liked the filk track, especially Kathy Mar's concert. I did not like that the hotels were not close to the event, but I liked the hall, except for all the walking between panel rooms. GoH was Lois McMaster Bujold, not a favorite of mine. I read a couple of the first Vorkosigan books, and was not thrilled with the way she treated women in them. Or how she came to idolize the dictator. Not as many hall costumes, I don't think I went to masq. David Brin was there (again) and gave a one man interactive chat. Fanzine lounge was all about alcohol. The con suite was funk, I met someone, but made the wrong choice to go back to the hotel instead of joining her and two of her new friends for dinner. Never heard from her again. Her new friend became an LJ friend, but she turns out to be batshit crazy, so I've stopped reading her pages.

Next con was Renovation, the 3 Bs were there again, con suite was a FAIL, chips was about all they had. Loncon party room was decorated in sci-fi & fantasy Underground station names. Lots of good panels, lots of good filk. Hilarious talk on the Creation Museum by John Scalzi. Masq was okay but I got no photos. Atlantis Hotel was excellent and even though it was connected to the event site, it was a LONG walk.

Finally London last month. Masq was excellent. Philharmonic was beyond brilliant. Most everything else was an amateur production. Way too crowded, no way to slide between panels because they were all full all the time. Fan area instead of hotel party rooms was a joke. Guests of Honor I had never heard of, one of them deceased and lionized up the yin-yang. Very limited food choices at the venue. Lots of food stalls, but not a lot of things I wanted to eat. I ended up playing tourist for two mornings. At least London was a great place to bail to.

Spokane coming up. No thank you. I was the news editor of an Eastern Washington weekly back in the 70s, covered the Spokane World's Fair (the Soviet Union pavilion was amazing) and have several friends who have moved there, with whom I keep in touch. I use the word "friend" loosely because they moved there to be with their fellow ultra-conservative, Christian compatriots. There's not much there there, and the weather in mid-August is an oven.

Kansas City MO. Nope, not going to a state which is still fighting the civil war. Can you say Ferguson?

So 2017. So many bids. Leaning toward Helsinki, but don't know if I can afford it.