July 11th, 2003



So this morning was weird.

Normally, Val gets up to shower sometime between 6:30 and 7:00. Sadie still barks when she comes down, so when Sadie barked this morning, I realized that I had overslept. I wondered why, and I looked at my alarm clock.

It said 12:47.

Crap. The clock stopped working. Now I'll have to get a new clock.

It didn't occur to me until I actually woke up that she had just come downstairs at 12:47 in the morning. Sometimes I can be rather dense.

Barb is catapulted next week into museum mode. She is working a new installation, and it's going to be an intense push to finish in time, so I'm on my own for stuff next week. I may end up doing some camera tests if the weather gets relatively nice. There are some special effect shots that I want to try, and I'm actually eager to find out if I can indeed do what I want to do.

BTW, for those of you who aren't aware of (or couldn't attend) Convergence, the lovely chebutykin has posted a mind-swapping convention update on the Cthulhu Coffee site. Particular attention should be paid to the Guardian of Forever pictures, the zombie pictures, and the clay sculpture pictures, as I, yes I was a contributor to some of the convention memories this year. :)

Hey, I'll take recognition where I can get it, right?

Seriously, Cheb has done a marvelous job in documenting conventionosis (the disease of going to Convergence), and it's well worth a look. Go there now. I'll wait.

Major-league gladness that it's friday, and the weekend is imminent. I still need to unpack a lot of stuff from the convention and restore the studio and basement to some level of workability, and start in on plans for next year.

And sleep.

And perhaps pick up a weed-whacker. Our house is starting to look like a jungle invasion.

Lexica Pente

1. Do you remember your first best friend? Who was it?
Wow, not really. I remember a guy named Craig Anderson, but it was more a friendship of convenience, as we were both in the same neighborhood. That neighborhood was hellish; I remember when we were moving and the moving van was parked in our driveway when the school bus came home, the entire bus cheered.

2. Are you still in touch with this person?

3. Do you have a current close friend?
A few. Barb is definitely the closest, and the one that I share the most with, but I generally have a difficult time maintaining close friendships. I genuinely enjoy being around creative people, but I usually end up feeling like I'm not creative enough unless I'm doing something, so I'm usually a lot friendlier when I'm on a project.
Wow, I guess I'm neurotic. :)

4. How did you become friends with this person?
I first "met" Barb when she was about 12. I used to play chess with her half-brother when I was a ham radio operator, and one time we talked for a while. Later on, I met her in college when she was dating a friend of mine. We actually didn't find out about the first meeting until after we had been dating for quite a while. And really, we knew each other for *years* before we started dating.

5. Is there a friend from your past that you wish you were still in contact with? Why?
Urg... hadn't thought about it much, but probably Scott Lyons. We used to work together in Radio in Bemidji, and we got along really well-- I think our senses of humor really clicked. Then he went and got married to some Norwegian chick that looked like Brigitte Nielsen, and faded into oblivion. Norwegian chicks don't like me. :)

It's really odd how this one made me think about myself and past friendships. I've managed to change a lot over the years, and I don't think a lot of those friendships would stand anymore.
Barb has a core group of friends that she's had since grade school, and they still actively do things together. I have very few friends that have remained since college, and most of the time I'm alone.

Wow, I really sound pathetic now. :)

Secrets of the Guardian

This is for those of you who are interested in the dirty details of the Project from Hell, otherwise known as the Guardian of Forver facade for Convergence 2003. It is pretty long and gets a little ugly in places, so if you really don't care, it would be good to skip.

Also bear in mind that this was my interpretation of the experience, and I am biased. :)

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