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(I've never tried to do lj user tags here and I don't expect it to work, but that's the whole point of this post so here goes...)

So just how many people that I know who DON'T live in NYC are here (or near) this weekend??
[personal profile] 42itous
[personal profile] aliothsan
[personal profile] skreeky and Jon
[profile] bbbsg

And who else?
And why didn't we arrange carpools?

JB (and his mother), having been at the SAME CONCERT as 2 of the listed people, and not having their phone numbers, so not able to make contact and hopping on a probably-REALLY-FULL chinatown bus tomorrow at noon.
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It's been striking me in the past week just how many people I _didn't_ see, or didn't see in more than just passing (and that passing only once), at Arisia.

Some of this is due to some social choices I made, I know. Some is certainly due to those people's similar choices, and some, I suspect, is due to the layout of the hotel.

Hm.
I wonder if there's anything that can be done about that 3rd factor.
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Things you don't expect to see on exhibit at the Museum Of The History Of Science in the Old Ashmolean Museum... Works by people you know. (That'd be stuff by Tom Willeford, in the Steampunk exhibit.)

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Things you don't expect to see on exhibit at the Museum Of The History Of Science in the Old Ashmolean Museum... Works by people you know. (That'd be stuff by Tom Willeford, in the Steampunk exhibit.)

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During the 1983-84 school year, one of the parents at my hip little progressive private school got it in to his mind to start a circus. He wasn't planning on having kids as the acts, but as the crew.

He managed to get it up and running, and for about (a month?) during that summer, we toured that show.

The top was canvas; old and heavy - especially when wet! Said parent/impresario had built slides for the bases of the center poles, and we-the-crew, occasionally with a truck helping, but usually not, would have to raise the top, as well as previously laying it out, and then hanging the sidewall...

The bleachers were metal frames that took 2x(10? 12?)s and those on their own made for one hell of a load-in/out job.

I don't remember who most of the acts were, except for one.

I have no idea how he did it, but he got Lottie Brunn, one of the best jugglers in the world, and probably the most famous female juggler (ever? at least of much of 20th century...) to perform with us.

She was - it seems - about 58 at the time, and still a consummate professional, and just an amazingly nice person, especially to this horde of kids who was doing all the shit work to put this show on.

I never saw her again after that summer, but I've always remembered her.

Tonight, someone reminded me of the circus and I did a quick google.

It seems Lottie died in early August.

With all the circus surrounding me these days, I've always kept that little show (whose name I've currently forgotten) and Lottie (whose name I'll never forget) in my heart.

... And tomorrow, [livejournal.com profile] 42itous and I go to see the current Cirque show. Yay. :)

The Times obit, in case it ages out from their site. )
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During the 1983-84 school year, one of the parents at my hip little progressive private school got it in to his mind to start a circus. He wasn't planning on having kids as the acts, but as the crew.

He managed to get it up and running, and for about (a month?) during that summer, we toured that show.

The top was canvas; old and heavy - especially when wet! Said parent/impresario had built slides for the bases of the center poles, and we-the-crew, occasionally with a truck helping, but usually not, would have to raise the top, as well as previously laying it out, and then hanging the sidewall...

The bleachers were metal frames that took 2x(10? 12?)s and those on their own made for one hell of a load-in/out job.

I don't remember who most of the acts were, except for one.

I have no idea how he did it, but he got Lottie Brunn, one of the best jugglers in the world, and probably the most famous female juggler (ever? at least of much of 20th century...) to perform with us.

She was - it seems - about 58 at the time, and still a consummate professional, and just an amazingly nice person, especially to this horde of kids who was doing all the shit work to put this show on.

I never saw her again after that summer, but I've always remembered her.

Tonight, someone reminded me of the circus and I did a quick google.

It seems Lottie died in early August.

With all the circus surrounding me these days, I've always kept that little show (whose name I've currently forgotten) and Lottie (whose name I'll never forget) in my heart.

... And tomorrow, [livejournal.com profile] 42itous and I go to see the current Cirque show. Yay. :)

The Times obit, in case it ages out from their site. )
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Tonight, with the passing of Rick Wright, the name on my mind is Amaryllis (Dave) Berne-Keyt.

Anyone have any info on where she is now?
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Thoughts of 'where are they now' are coming to mind... might as well ask the net at large.

I'd have more than the one name right now, but it really seems like LSE's disk is failing.
FRAK.

Anyone trying to get in touch with any of our users in the coming days might want to use alternative addresses...
(For me, jailbait/gmail)

In the mean time, anyone ever heard of Pam Israel from Poughkeepsie?
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Thoughts of 'where are they now' are coming to mind... might as well ask the net at large.

I'd have more than the one name right now, but it really seems like LSE's disk is failing.
FRAK.

Anyone trying to get in touch with any of our users in the coming days might want to use alternative addresses...
(For me, jailbait/gmail)

In the mean time, anyone ever heard of Pam Israel from Poughkeepsie?
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Starting out as a very bad one, as part of the long - and can stop ANY TIME NOW - snit of the universe, and moving on to one that - while I'm still very sad for [livejournal.com profile] hammercock and her family - I'm feeling more balanced than I have been for a while. I don't know how long it will last, but it's good for now. (I more than sort of wish I wasn't sleeping alone tonight, but I'm in much better shape to handle it now than I would've been a 2pm today.

Many thanks to [livejournal.com profile] roozle and [livejournal.com profile] sunspiral for hosting, and for many of the attendees for all the many hugs, snuggles, smooches, and even {gasp} conversations today. I needed them all.

Perhaps even thanks to the weather for giving the party a very different dynamic than usual, which served to help settle me in to a fixed place for extended periods, making all of the above much easier to get.

Please, everyone, stay as well as you possibly can, and love one another while you're doing it.
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Starting out as a very bad one, as part of the long - and can stop ANY TIME NOW - snit of the universe, and moving on to one that - while I'm still very sad for [livejournal.com profile] hammercock and her family - I'm feeling more balanced than I have been for a while. I don't know how long it will last, but it's good for now. (I more than sort of wish I wasn't sleeping alone tonight, but I'm in much better shape to handle it now than I would've been a 2pm today.

Many thanks to [livejournal.com profile] roozle and [livejournal.com profile] sunspiral for hosting, and for many of the attendees for all the many hugs, snuggles, smooches, and even {gasp} conversations today. I needed them all.

Perhaps even thanks to the weather for giving the party a very different dynamic than usual, which served to help settle me in to a fixed place for extended periods, making all of the above much easier to get.

Please, everyone, stay as well as you possibly can, and love one another while you're doing it.
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I can name 4 people on my friends list right now with dead, dying, or critically ill relatives.

Gah. I'd really like to not see this as a trend, but it's hard.

{sigh}
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I can name 4 people on my friends list right now with dead, dying, or critically ill relatives.

Gah. I'd really like to not see this as a trend, but it's hard.

{sigh}
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Kimberly's paternal grandmother passed away about 10 minutes ago.
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Kimberly's paternal grandmother passed away about 10 minutes ago.
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"May your coming year be filled with magic and dreams and good madness. I hope you read some fine books and kiss someone who thinks you're wonderful, and don't to forget make some art -- write or draw or build or sing or live as only you can. And I hope, somewhere in the next year, you surprise yourself."
-- Neil Gaiman, 2001

(http://www.neilgaiman.com/journal/2004/12/happy-author.asp - quoting http://www.neilgaiman.com/journal_archives/2001_12_01_archive.asp#8303142 )

(Though I can't help but wonder about the construction in the middle of the 2nd sentence... I suspect a mistake, but it /could/ be art, I suppose...)
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"May your coming year be filled with magic and dreams and good madness. I hope you read some fine books and kiss someone who thinks you're wonderful, and don't to forget make some art -- write or draw or build or sing or live as only you can. And I hope, somewhere in the next year, you surprise yourself."
-- Neil Gaiman, 2001

(http://www.neilgaiman.com/journal/2004/12/happy-author.asp - quoting http://www.neilgaiman.com/journal_archives/2001_12_01_archive.asp#8303142 )

(Though I can't help but wonder about the construction in the middle of the 2nd sentence... I suspect a mistake, but it /could/ be art, I suppose...)
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Some reasonable number of people expressed Ooh!-ness on hearing that it existed... for them, and for all linguistically-interested folks, I point you at: [livejournal.com profile] ozarque.
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Some reasonable number of people expressed Ooh!-ness on hearing that it existed... for them, and for all linguistically-interested folks, I point you at: [livejournal.com profile] ozarque.
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[Poll #333414]
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[Poll #333414]
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The LSE as a whole is 10 years old.

The house is properly warm, and not too much of a mess, either. I particularly love that about our parties.

Thank you all. It was great.
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The LSE as a whole is 10 years old.

The house is properly warm, and not too much of a mess, either. I particularly love that about our parties.

Thank you all. It was great.

R.I.P.

Oct. 24th, 2002 07:59 pm
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Adolph Green, of the musical writing team of Comden and Green, is dead.



On The Town is one of my favorite shows ever...

"New York, New York! It's a hell of a town!"

R.I.P.

Oct. 24th, 2002 07:59 pm
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Adolph Green, of the musical writing team of Comden and Green, is dead.



On The Town is one of my favorite shows ever...

"New York, New York! It's a hell of a town!"

My Stuff

Sep. 7th, 2002 11:08 pm
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Remember last night, when I posted something totally inconsequential about dragoncon? Well, this is what I /meant/ to post...

I like my stuff. This is good, because I have a lot of it. Many people have commented, over the course of the move, that I have a lot of stuff. That I should get rid of some/much/all of my stuff. That there's too much of it.

I disagree, and quite honestly, I'm getting tired of hearing it.
(That said, I quite sincerely want to thank everyone who, no matter what their feelings on my/our stuff, helped me/us pack and move it. It was really unpleasant, but without the help it would have been truly hellacious. A million thanks, and we still owe you dinner.)

My stuff is many things to me. One of them being memory. I have a lousy memory in many many cases. Ironically, considering what I'm doing right this very second, I've always been a wretched diarist. I'm a poor corespondent. I just don't write much. This means that I don't have a written trail of what I've done over the years, mostly. This means that I would lose huge tracts of my past - or more accurately, be unable to bring them to the surface - without the reminders my stuff provides me.

Insert Appropriate Lyrics Here )

Some people might find this sad, but I'm ok with it. There is, perhaps, a weakness to relying on so much external paraphernalia...in the case of a devistating fire/flood/chasm opening in the ground, I'm fucked...and perhaps I would discover how much I'm capable of remembering without my stuff...but as it stands, I don't see the need to practice this.

Yes, it's a pain to move. Yes, it means I need to spend more money on living space, because I need, as George Carlin so aptly put it, long before he became so cynical and rant-filled, a place for my stuff. (Of course, he was wrong when he noted "How can you want Everything In the World? You'd have no place to put it!", as part of 'Everything In the World' would include all the closet/cabinet/warehouse space in the world, too.) but it's mine and I like it. I like having random things. I like never being fully sure what I'll find in the next box I come to or when I pack my closet 4 years after I (started to) unpack it.

That said, I threw out many many things when we were packing. I threw out lots of old papers. Many trees worth of printouts of info-mac and SF-Lovers digests, made when laser printers at NYU's computing centers were free and it was the easiest way to be able to read them all - not that I ever did...; many old computers (some of which found new homes via reuse or the general Camberville end-of-August scrounge fest)(and 1 I kept, because I want it to go to a good home. Who wants a DEC Rainbow, who will promise to care for it and love it?), the table I inherited from Laurie (Pinsker) Ramey when I moved in to KLG's townhouse after she'd moved out - though I'm still using her bookshelves and I still have the chair I got from Marty Gear which used to live in the KLGAI lobby; and lots and lots of cruft. I feel ok about having purged so much, mostly, but I still have a feeling that there are things I will now never remember again, as their triggers have been removed from my life.

(The Rainbow is also symbolic of something else about my stuff. I care about the fate of much of it. Many things I have I want to go to a good home if I'm no longer going to keep it. I know that not everyone attaches the same sort of significance to things, but if I do, I can guide the fate of things that leave my possession. Not everything, mind you...I know what trash is. I throw it away. Really. I just don't necessarily agree with you on the fine points of the definition.)

(I DO have a dream (queue: Beautiful Dreamer) of managing to sort the stuff before we move again, so that most of the boxes that move out of here contain one category of thing, where that category is better than just "Stuff"...but I'm not holding my breath. At the very least, I want to get my papers in better order. All the old letters and cards and such, all the photos, etc.)

Tomorrow, too fucking early, folks come to haul out their/other people's stuff from our new place, so that we'll finally have room (swap space) to unpack and make this warehouse a home. It'll be tight, but it'll be ok. I've got my family. I've got my stuff. We'll make it.

Your choice of witty closing lines:
We all have our baggage. Mine's just stuff OTHER people can carry for me.
or
Friends help you move. Real friends help you move books. And CDs. And Vinyl. And Cassette tapes. And clothes. And games. And stuff. And cruft. And junk.

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