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August 25th, 2008

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01:49 pm - Recent & wonderful visits
We're going out to my B-day dinner in five hours or so, but for now I have time to relax and consider the last two weeks.

At the last minute, due to her sudden ability to go to an event in Southern Oregon sponsored by this fascinating-sounding organization, shadowmorphic came up to Portland and spent Friday evening to Sunday morning with us a week ago. This was a lovely reprise of her visit to us in April, with the added bonus that amberite was also here to see her. While completely unexpected, Jade has with great speed become one of our closest friends and someone we consider family and home in a way that is rare, precious, and wonderful. She is someone I very much enjoy having in my life and I very much look forward to seeing her again soon.

Then, this weekend, my old friend from college, bard_bloom, his wonderful wife beetiger, and their four-year-old child projectmothra visited. This visit had been planned many months in advance, and they were planning on staying with us, but unfortunately, our new dwelling is significantly smaller than our last and so they ended up staying in a nearby hotel (which definitely made me sad, but worked out quite well). In any case, it was a lovely visit, and also the 2nd time I'd seen Bard and Vicky, and the 2nd time I'd seen Bard since we were both in college, far too long ago. Our previous meeting was in the Spring of 2003. Both of them seemed to be even happier than they were 5 years ago, and while I am well known for not liking and being very uncomfortable around young children. This was shockingly not the case with Rhys (Bard and Vicky's son). They are, by a truly impressive amount, the best parents I've ever encountered and while he was mildly distracting and somewhat exhausting to spend long periods of time around, being around Rhys did not set off any of the negative reactions I normally associate with being around young children and I'm looking forward to seeing what sort of individual he becomes.

It's also deeply amusing to think about how similar Bard and I turned out, with our various remarkably similar fringe subculture associations, including both poly and pagan, and the fact that we have both written RPGs (his being game, the World Tree RPG as a well done hobby, mine as a career involving dozens of RPGs). I'm also pleased that we are both obviously happier and more well adjusted than we were at age 21.
Current Mood: pleasedpleased

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Date:August 25th, 2008 09:44 pm (UTC)
I'm glad both visits went well! It sounds fun! We recently had beetiger, projectmothra, and lediva over at our house for, essentially, a tea party. Rhys is by far the most pleasant 4-year-old I have encountered (other than my fairy god-daughter, of course -- one has one's biases), and a delight to have had for a visit. We have been lucky enough to have met him once or twice before, and seeing his transformation over time has been fun!

I have yet to meet bard_bloom in person, though. Must remedy this sometime!
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Date:August 27th, 2008 09:11 am (UTC)
Definitely, he's good people. I'm also pleased that I got to know Vicky a bit better, she is definitely well worth knowing.
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Date:September 5th, 2008 12:30 am (UTC)
But was I worth meeting? It was great meeting the Blooms. Now no more a person I see online. Now a person I have met. It was good to meet all three of you, You, Amberite, and Teaotter. It's neat to meet new people.
And you're all gamers, too.

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