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...ramblings of the imperfectly innocent
Did someone get the number of that truck? 
2nd-Jul-2008 11:16 pm
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Yesterday was the longest day at work in quite a while. Finally finished up the first and largest phase of my current project, successfully battled the evil Perforce, and got the first deliverables to Test. Yay! Today saw essentially no actual work get accomplished, but rather many more niggling little details got taken care of. There seems to be about 1 day every week like that. Maybe I should plan for that instead of it just happening.

Got my big Phoenix trip writeup about 90% done. Hopefully will be posting it over the next few days.

Did the first steps towards editing all my photos. They are now in their correct directories just waiting for some free time.

Did lots of digital organizing. Downloaded many shows off TiVo to clear some space. It doesn't know what to do with all that room!

My sister got me 18 Cupcake Royale cupcakes for my birthday. They are awesome. I am meting them out one per day. They freeze well. The lavender are outstanding, the vanilla with sprinkles are excellent, the chocolate and mocha are very good, the mint are disappointing.

Booked air/hotel/car for not-IdesMadison in August. That was surprisingly expensive. United loses major points for not letting me book available Economy Plus seats for money or miles. :( Arriving afternoon of Thu, Aug 7, leaving afternoon of Sun, Aug 10. Will end up having visited Taliesin and Taliesin West in the same summer! Also excited to see ted_badger, rwgill, many Madisonites, and whoever else shows up.

United, however, also gains major points for allowing me to book my Christmas flight home for free. Yes. $0. Sure, I have to leave AVP at 6am and have a tight (40m) ORD layover, but it was free. Saved $660.

Things with Paul are going very well. Of all the people I've dated lately, I think I have the highest hopes for him. This could be very serious. There is one thing that is very weird: Paul is, like, 90% me. It is slightly odd dating myself. I would not describe this as good or bad, just weird.

Solstice Parade was awesome. Since a 10:30 arrival time by bus worked for me 2 years ago, I figured it would work again this year. I was very, very wrong. I counted *7* packed-to-capacity buses (arriving every 15 minutes) before there was one I could get on. I arrived just after the nude bicyclists (who were at the beginning of the parade) passed, so I didn't miss much. I stood next to this adorable gay male couple and their baby; it was very touching watching them co-parent. Parade was very nice, took some pictures, but many shots. Festival part was nice too; among the many vendors were booths for each of the 3 major urban development projects I care about (Rt. 99/viaduct removal, Rt. 520 bridge/interchange replacement, Sound Transit Light Rail expansion options), and I learned a lot, especially about all the viaduct "replacement" options (PDF: 1, 2) that the city is considering. As long as they don't go for a repair (ugh) or rebuild (no fucking way!) option, I'm okay with pretty much everything else. The Alaskan Western option, though, would put a major artery/freeway literally right out my front door, which would be OK but suboptimal. All I know is that ST friggen better have some light rail option on this year's ballot.

At the fair, I knew I need to have some food, but didn't want a big ball of fried anything on a stick, and this sports supplement/smoothie place kinda caught my eye. Had a pomegranate smoothie with extra whey protein ($7 for about 48 ounces, and only about 500 calories) and it was the best drink that I have ever had. It was fruity with a little creaminess, just the right amount of sweet, and very filling. I could not have picked a more perfect thing if I tried. Need to go back there. Also got some free Brown Cow yogurt, and some samples of the stevia-sweetened soda that they have now. I'd been wanting to try that since I'd heard of it (dude, 0-calorie soda without extruded sweetener product? Win!). Sadly, 3 of the 4 flavors were just vile. I think that perhaps stevia tastes different to me than it does to other people. The lemon-lime flavor was passable, though, so I will probably give that one another go.

Seattle Pride was good. Weather was warmer than perfect, but not near as hot as they predicted. Got a great seat under some trees right at 4th and Lenora. Collected many free gifts (condoms, lube, tea, stickers, &c). Saw ctseawa briefly. Saw sinnabor and philbutrin riding, but they had already left the post-parade festival (judging by LJ timestamps) by the time I got there. Paul was sick, so he could not join me. Several other of my friends ended up not actually going (I found out later), so that was disappointing. Had a good time regardless.

Making some progress in drinking down my wine collection. Tonight was a very nice merlot by Kestrel, accompanying a lovely medium-rare steak, some broccoli and potatoes with cheddar cheese. Also, they make all-vanilla Tofuti cuties now! Woo!
Comments 
3rd-Jul-2008 07:37 am (UTC)
I don't really know anything about not-Ides so I'm going to assume I'm sort of not-invited. We'll see, though.

I think stevia tastes kind of weird to anyone. It's got a weird licorice sort of thing going on to my taste, it can be made palatable with lime juice but not otherwise.
3rd-Jul-2008 11:59 am (UTC)
Well, as I said last time, it's just me calling it that, so maybe I should stop. it isn't any big "official" thing as in years past. I just want to recapture that, you know? So, as rwgill mentioned both on the mailing list and in my previous LJ entry, we'll be there, and if other folks show up, then that'd be awesome.

I thought those horrible mixin dealies that you told me were so good and tricked me into buying were made with stevia? Is my brain playing tricks on me again?
3rd-Jul-2008 04:03 pm (UTC)
Huh, this is mail I have not gotten. I'm not surprised, I probably need to move ht mail to a different account that receives a higher percentage of the actual mail sent to it.

The mix-in dealies had some stevia and some sugar alcohol. I still think they're tasty, but I've gotten out of the business of drinking anything sweetened.
5th-Jul-2008 03:55 pm (UTC)
I just forwarded my original e-mail to your ht list e-mail address. If you want to drop me a note with a new address I can update it.
3rd-Jul-2008 11:30 am (UTC)
Ditto kimuchi's first paragraph; all I know is what I've seen in LJ (about friends who're going) and never from a Madisonian.
3rd-Jul-2008 12:00 pm (UTC)
copy/paste from above:

Well, as I said last time, it's just me calling it that, so maybe I should stop. it isn't any big "official" thing as in years past. I just want to recapture that, you know? So, as rwgill mentioned both on the mailing list and in my previous LJ entry, we'll be there, and if other folks show up, then that'd be awesome.
5th-Jul-2008 03:56 pm (UTC)
I just forwarded my original e-mail to your ht list e-mail address.
3rd-Jul-2008 01:41 pm (UTC)
Oh, so many bad puns on "riding the S.L.U.T" when you mention Seattle's mass transit system...

Yay for dating! I'm happy for you!
4th-Jul-2008 09:53 pm (UTC)
Hee! Yeah, that just doesn't get old, but only because that little piece is Paul Allen's boondoggle. The actual light rail (opening next year) doesn't have that particular albatross.

Yes, dating is awesome. I am very happy that you've found someone too! Good luck to you both!
3rd-Jul-2008 04:55 pm (UTC)
You probably missed me. I was marching with the Obama group. I got plenty of pictures (700+) that I still need to do post-processing on. It was a good parade... I had no idea how huge the Pride parade actually was until now.
4th-Jul-2008 09:55 pm (UTC)
Wow, yes, I did miss you. Did you go to Seattle Center afterwards? I was resolutely not taking pictures of Pride this year; Solstice was enough. The parade was good, but I think last year's might have been even better. Could be my personal experience reflecting on the parade, tho (I had way more fun last year).
4th-Jul-2008 11:03 pm (UTC)
After the parade ended at the Seattle center, I immediately took the monorail home. I was far too sunburned and drained from ocean fishing the day before to consider doing anything else afterward. I have tons of photos... working my way through them now.
4th-Jul-2008 04:12 pm (UTC)
~claps~

am so pleased hearing about your solstice parade

had such a loverly time with you, there. many fond memories ~smooch!~
4th-Jul-2008 09:57 pm (UTC)
Solstice was awesome last year; you were very much on my mind during this year's parade. That was a great visit.

*hugs*
22nd-Jul-2008 01:56 am (UTC)
EEeEeE

i love telling people about it:

"so, when i was visiting my friend frank in seattle, we saw an amazing number of happy nekkid people on bikes, and i got to explain the various meanings of solstice to non pagans and it was awesome!"

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