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December 30th, 2006


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02:57 am - An amazing day, followed by a stressful day
On Thursday the 28th, my parents celebrated teaotter's b-day (she's 32, and while her birthday is technically Dec 28th, she actually celebrates in September to avoid both being away from all her loved ones on her birthday, and because she dislikes how close to Christmas it is). They were in a better mood than usual, and before dinner, I managed to set up their Tivo 3 unit (a rather daunting task, that earned me their old Tivo 2 unit) and we went out and had lovely food at a local (and particularly delicious) Japanese steak house (rare filet minion teppanyaki is one of my very favorite foods). Then, at 9:00 PM, Becca and I went out with lyssabard, tlttlotd, rialian. The joy we felt at seeing actual freaky wonderful, loving, and amazing individuals is difficult to express, especially since these particular individuals are all quite exceptional. We all hung out at Lyssa and Bryce's house until 3 AM, talking cuddling, and etc... (with rather much of the etc... going on between Becca and rialian), leaving me time to cuddle and talk with Lyssa and Bryce, bonding over youthful pyromania with B (his experiments with thermite most definitely trump mine with the fuel from model rocket engines) as well as much media, RPG, food, and occult geekery, and more than anything else, spending time with two people who I only met in June (at Walking the Thresholds), and who I do not know exceedingly well (or nearly as well as I wish to) but who, both times I've spent time with them) have felt like home and family to me in a way I find both somewhat inexplicable and profoundly wonderful (except for the obvious problem that they live much too far away). Also, the dynamic of dealing with two people who are monogamous but exceedingly touch-positive was exceedingly nice. I thrive in touch and sex-positive environments, but with the exception of Aaron, I have little of that with anyone here except Becca and Alice (sigh). In any case, that particular evening is one of the most wonderful that I have had in quite a number of years...

Today started out well, packing and leave-taking went well, and the airport lines were slow. Then, trouble started... First, my driver's license turned out to have expired in August, which I had not noticed (nor had the airport security on my journey from Portland to DC), so I had to go through the extra-special security screening. Everything after that was fine, until we landed, when we found that because of a delay in a friend's flight, his housemate was not there to meet us, since we were no longer arriving at the same time, then the journey via light-rail and bus became a rather dark and lengthy comedy of errors involving confusions about routes and times on all sides, leaving Becca and I utterly exhausted. Once again the miracle of flight is reduced to something quite miserable. I love being in different places, but I dislike traveling long distances and utterly loathe flying.

Then, we arrive home to find Alice stressed about zir decision to become more visibly and actively genderqueer (various forms of gender variance seem astoundingly common among people I know), and then finding out that Aaron had emailed us all to tell us he likely would not be back from Lincoln Nebraska on Sunday because a dear friend of his mom (who is also someone Aaron liked quite a lot, and who I met twice many years ago, and also liked and was impressed with) had just died, which made me sad, and when I talked to Aaron, he was feeling much as one would expect. Hopefully tomorrow will be calmer...

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From:lyssabard
Date:December 30th, 2006 06:01 pm (UTC)

Blushing...and happy!

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else, spending time with two people who I only met in June (at Walking the Thresholds), and who I do not know exceedingly well (or nearly as well as I wish to) but who, both times I've spent time with them) have felt like home and family to me in a way I find both somewhat inexplicable and profoundly wonderful (except for the obvious problem that they live much too far away).

YES. And yes, you do live far away. *giggle* It is a rare and wonderful thing to find "home" people. *Thinks* Maybe....if we cut out a few states in the middle of America, and then build a nice straight bridge....Or, you guys could move here. *EG*

Also, the dynamic of dealing with two people who are monogamous but exceedingly touch-positive was exceedingly nice. I thrive in touch and sex-positive environments, but with the exception of Aaron, I have little of that with anyone here except Becca and Alice (sigh).


You could guys could make a chaste woman backslide, dear. And I shall cuddle and snuggle and snog all you like (provided B & B are ok with that. :)) I tell you, the evening was rejuvenating for both of us and we are still happily sighing over the "OMG they are WONDERFUL WIERD PEOPLE!" factor.

Must talk more with Becca, too. (Having had my share of LDRs (Long Distance Relationships), I am entirely sympathetic to such plights. But I am amazed and enamored at finding someone else who uses narrative in wonderful ways.

My deepest sympathies to your travel woes, but moreso to your loss, as well. May your grief go as easy as it can. I recommend that you all do what Doc and I are going to do: Make lazy an art form today. Watch the hair on your belly grow. Or on Becca's belly. :) Or, on Alice's belly. Or have a group belly pet n watch.

Lys - who's ideas kept her out of the best schools.
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From:tlttlotd
Date:December 30th, 2006 06:23 pm (UTC)
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It was wonderful seeing the two of you, also. We've wanted to spend time with you for a while now, and Lyssa and I had a great time with you. It was especially fun trading old "Ye gods, I can't believe I did that" stories with you.

Flying is much better than, say, taking a Greyhound bus cross-country. One can rest assured that such will not happen again unless there are deadly serious extenuating circumstances..
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From:heron61
Date:December 30th, 2006 07:46 pm (UTC)
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Flying is much better than, say, taking a Greyhound bus cross-country. One can rest assured that such will not happen again unless there are deadly serious extenuating circumstances..

Dear gods yes! I have vivid memories of 10 hours on a bus that was completely full, sitting next to one of the most obese people I've ever encountered (and thus only having half a seat), in the seat in the very front of the right side, with the window directly in front of me, driving east during sunrise, with the sun shining in my eyes like daggers. Yes, bus travel is worse. Trains are far superior and if we could get some of the 200 mph bullet trains or (even better) the 300 mph maglevs, then train travel would be a fast, easy, safe, and not wretched way to get around North America. At 300 mph, the journey would be 9.5 hours. Given the inherent safety and lack of potential weaponization of trains vs. planes, I'd add in no more than an hour on either side, for a total of 11.5 hours at most, vs. a total of 8 for non-stop flights and 11+ for flights with stops. You can walk around and sit in a dining car on a train...
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From:tlttlotd
Date:December 30th, 2006 10:06 pm (UTC)
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Holy cats.. that makes my trip from Pittsburgh to Texas back in the summer of 1985 look like a cakewalk. The air conditioning failed when the bus got to Oklahoma, and we nearly broiled to death in the last leg of the trip.

I agree completely. A bunch of us took an Amtrak train to New York City last summer for a conference, and it was the smoothest, easiest ride I've ever had. They even had power outlets for laptops. You can read, draw without trouble, even make telephone calls. Sleeping is also very easy on a train.
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From:heron61
Date:December 30th, 2006 11:29 pm (UTC)
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The events of your life always seem to be considerably more extreme than my own - likely an unintended result of so much of my magic being channeled through my luck.

As for Amtrak, I love it - it's absolutely wonderful for trips from DC to NYC or similar journeys. For longer distance travel, we need maglevs or at minimum Japanese/EU style high-speed trains, since sleeping cars are expensive and currently Portland to any east-coast city is a 3-day journey, and that's a bit much for me, even if I could afford a sleeper car, and even Portland to LA is more than 24 hours.
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From:tlttlotd
Date:December 31st, 2006 03:32 am (UTC)
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My life, from the time I got here, has always been varied and interesting. I do not know if it is a result of what we had to do to get here or if it was a natural turning point in our timeline or what it could have been.. life became very complex after we got here. It took a while to start leaving the lab (so to speak - I was rather reclusive for a while) but things just happen around me. Perhaps it was a shockwave resulting from my arrival. My predecessor was something of a magnet for oddness, and we seem to still have that particular trait in our timeline.

In truth, I do not know. Things are.

Trains are most definitely the way to travel, at least for shot jaunts across the country. If nothing else, they are much more comfortable than cars or airplanes.

I have heard that some locations are considering setting up such trains, but the plans have been in the works for many years now. Airplanes are the dominant form of long-distance transportation these days, as much of a pain as they can be sometimes.

One of these days I might have to try a sleeper car - I find the normal passenger cars quite comfortable for sleeping.
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From:roniliquidity
Date:January 4th, 2007 08:45 pm (UTC)
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*blinks*...So, did you guys meet because you both know gwenix and company or it it just anther really weird coincidence?
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From:heron61
Date:January 4th, 2007 09:41 pm (UTC)
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Indirectly, we met because Alice knows rialian and because cusm and a_machine are involved with Four Quarters Farm. In a more immediate sense, we met because before a ritual at the farm, I overheard Bryce, Lyssa and a few other people discussing Blue Rose, and so I walked up and introduced myself as the author, which is always a nifty thing to be able to do :)
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From:tlttlotd
Date:January 5th, 2007 11:30 am (UTC)
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It's sort of a strange coincidence... we met on a camping trip last summer and kept in touch.
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From:heron61
Date:December 30th, 2006 07:10 pm (UTC)
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Most definitely we shall be there, and I very much look forward to seeing you (and Solo and Tenshi [who I would love to spend some time talking about all things angelic]) again.
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From:alephnul
Date:December 31st, 2006 04:53 am (UTC)
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Sorry about leaving you stranded at the airport! If my internet connection hadn't been down Thursday and Friday, I would have picked you folks up even though Barry's flight was late. :(

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