March 23rd, 2019


Slow Start To A Long Day

Re-bandaged the finger, after iodining it. It hardly bled at all. The dressing I thought was a clear bandage was actually just a thin plastic film to protect a bandage, so I used a big Band Aid as before, and sealed it and taped it. It survived the shower no problem.

It was a cold, dreary morning, drizzling on and off, mostly on. Banana and Kind bar, lots of time in FB and Twitch. Got real bored and fired up my Twitch stream at about 11:30, and had a few people from other streams I follow show up to chat. KCEA was playing on the speakers and they liked the music.

12:30 I made lunch, melted cheese on Jewish Rye. Some kind of ice cream for dessert.

In the mailbox was the new BP drug.

That brought me up to the storm chaser stream, and during/after that there were two others actually chasing storms. That lasted till about 4. Or rather, I started falling asleep so I took a nap. Woke up, grabbed the tablet, and soon Spook was on the bed rubbing against the USB cord, wanting to be fed.

Good timing, I got up and poured out some treats, and around 6 got in the car and took the back way to the Crowne Plaza where Consonance is. Took 45 minutes. Lots of Cisco swing shift traffic. The freeway would have been faster, probably. Maybe.

In time to register, and get a good seat for the opening concerts.

Tom Smith kept to his motorized scooter, and only did a couple of numbers. There was a charming woman from Alberta who sang a fun pirate song and a fun Firefly hat song. Her stage name translates as Painted Lady butterfly.

Another woman did a set, she has one of those little girl voices, and her songs rely heavily on the word "dumb". Good ideas not well executed.

Finally the toastmaster concert, which was supposed to be Char herself, but she accumulated several others to sing harmony and play more instruments for a lot of the numbers. Her bestest friend sang backup on most of them, and annoyed the hell out of me because BFF smiled through every number, no matter how morose, as if she was in a choir concert, and she also sang louder than and often ahead of Char. It was as if she thought it was her concert, not Char's. The handful of Char solo numbers were by far my favorites.

One line caught my ear: And the one thing that he never thought to rescue was his heart

After the concerts I went to the con suite, which as usual was too small, crammed, and not as usual had no actual food. Painted Lady was there and I made friends by telling her that her hat song needed someone in the audience to shout "I'll be in my bunk".

Back downstairs, I sat in on the open filk which Tom was in charge of, but there was too much morose and my head hurt so I left.

Best surprise of the night was seeing lemmozine there. He has mostly left LJ and hasn't said much on FB lately, that I could see.

Home, it took about 7 minutes.

Cooked up some mac and sausage and cheese. Custard pie with banana slices and whipped cream.

Loaded up Google Keep with three songs, one was written for last year but I didn't make it. I'll do two tomorrow.

Plans for tomorrow:
Consonance by 10 (?) for Painted Lady's Roman music session
I've signed up for two songs at about 12:45
Dinner across the street

Consonance first full day

Woke up an hour early. Spook jumped on the bed and pushed the tablet out of my hand so I walked her to the kitchen and gave her treats early.

Re-wrapped the finger, no blood but there would have been if I hadn't peroxided and iodioned it. This time the plastic wrap did not protect it in the shower so  had to re-wrap it, no plastic because the finger really needs to breathe.

Half a banana and a Kind bar, quick check of email & FB, then off to Milpitas. No rush hour so took the freeway, was there in 15 minutes.

10 am session with Vanessa from Alberta started with 3 people, but grew to fill the room. Most filk events are open ended and you don't miss much if you're late, but this was a structured class, so being late was not good. She started by teaching us a song found on a Roman tombstone circa 1 AD. It had both words and trop on the stone - trop being musical markings. She presented this as the oldest complete written song we know of. I thought the trop in the torah were older but further research shows those did not appear for many centuries.

She had three songs written in Greek which were Roman songs - Greek being the lingua franca of the Roman poets, apparently. She came across as fluent in ancient Greek, among other languages. She has a beautiful, trained voice as well. And she is the same kind of beautiful as my cousin Shana in England.  All through the con I couldn't take my eyes off her - she would be a great portrait model. A pity she is significantly othered and 2500 miles away.

Vanessa Cardui The splotches are from the disco multi-colored lights they were using.

Visits to the con suite were next, it wasn't as jammed with chairs, and there was coffee cake and dark chocolate.

2-fers were from noon till about 1, I was second to last. I did okay, but audience reaction was tepid. Lem was next, he had some tuning issues and didn't get the applause he deserved.

Then 3 concerts. Infilktion with Char was loud and mostly boring, I left in the middle.
Concert by Vanessa was amazing. A wide range of subjects, and very filk oriented. Audience loved it.
Toyboat did straight rock and roll, no hint of sci-fi content.

Then the Interfilk auction, which was slow and mostly alcohol, which is something new. Very few CDs of filk music - Harold's passing left a huge dent.

Blind Lemming Chiffon (an old friend from Denver) and I went to dinner at the Halal Chinese place across the street. Plan A was the Malaysian place, but it has been replaced by "Fusion Noodles" - all Chinese, Shechuan from the looks of the posters. I had the worst chowmein noodles ever, but there was all kinds of meat and seafood in it, so I mostly left the noodles on the plate. He had chicken moo shoo, which disappeared quickly.

It was cold and very windy both directions.

Back for more concerts:
Sunni Larsen, who sings beautifully but plays violin even better. She mostly sang. Vixy & Tony backed her up for much of the concert, I have not seen them in a while and they both have been on the same diet as me, it looks like. Sad because unlike me they were trim not too long ago.

Tomboat = Toyboat + Tom Smith wrapped things up. It started great with Tom singing some group participation filk numbers, but then took a turn to the dark side, heavy rock songs. I guess that's what happens when you have a rock band behind you.

Was asked by a new fan, Tamara, if I had sung a lullaby at last year's 2-fers, but sadly I was not there last year. She said it inspired her to sing this year. Gave her my card.  On my way out (9-ish) I dropped by the filk circle room and gave Vanessa my card.

Home in 12 minutes. Or was it 15? Less than 45.

Shot up (I forgot at dinner) took meds. BP was high.

Nobody's on Twitch. Have been keeping track of FB all day - my Hilton Honors membership gets me free wi-fi at the con hotel.

Plans for tomorrow:
2-fers at the con start at noon - will look forward to Tamara
Tom Smith at 1, hopefully he will perform the music I came to hear
May stay for Jeff & Maya's - but may bail if they go all rock star or morose on us. 50% chance of that.
Definitely leaving before the Rock Jam.
Do some shopping at 99 Ranch across the street. Lamyay if they have it, maybe a lobster or two if the price is right - they don't say online. Coconut water
Charge the car
Catch up on Tivo