tablesaw: An indigenous American crucified on a cross crowned by a bald eagle. In the background stands a Mesoamerican temple. (América Tropical)
I'm back in LA, and recent evidence confirms that Portland may be quirky, but Southern California is weird, the kind of Capital-W Weird that encompasses Lovecraftian-level Weirdness.
  • There was an earthquake in Los Angeles last night. It wasn't big (magnatitude 3.7, below the 4.0 threshold for most Angelenos to care about), but it was centered in a populated area (I was playing board games less than a mile from there only three hours earlier). It also managed to move through most of the LA Basin without losing much strength; it woke me up sixteen miles away, wondering if this was the beginning of a large quake, tensing to leap out of bed and prepare for coming chaos. Instead I fell right back to sleep, and when I woke up, I couldn't remember why I was looking at the clock at 3:18.

  • The Los Angeles City Council voted to ban medical-marijuana dispensaries within city limits. This puts city law at odds with the state law which is at odds with federal law. (The LA law is also at odds with federal law since it affirms the right to "grow and share marijuana in groups of three people or fewer.") I love this quote:
    "The best course of action is to ban dispensaries, allow patients to have access under state law," [Councilperson Jose Huizar, who proposed the bill,] said. "Let's wait to see what the state Supreme Court decides and then we will be in a much better position to draft an ordinance that makes sense."
    Because when the law is unclear, the best thing to do is take the most drastic action possible while waiting for a final result.

  • I just recently learned about a wonderful blog series running on the KCET website: Laws that Shaped L.A. One was nominated by gaming buddy Mark Valliantos: "The Roots of Sprawl: Why We Don't Live Where We Work." It's about the 1908 zoning laws (the Residence District Ordinance and the Industrial District Ordinance) of Los Angeles, and how they were designed by the first Progressives who were trying to use the laws to create a more ordered and virtuous city.
    "People had a sense that when it came to land use of the city, we could spread out, we could avoid some of the problems of the East Coast industrial cities," he says. "But in the end, it's a shame. We went too far in the other direction, too much toward cars, too much toward sprawl. We're still repairing that today."
    My other favorite so far is on the Laws of the Indies enacted by King Philip II of Spain in 1573, which explains why Los Angeles isn't centered near the port (where Long Beach is) and why downtown LA's grid clashes with the areas around it (a story continued in an article on Thomas Jefferson's 1785 Land Ordinance.)

  • Occupy LA was an odd moment in our police history, when the LAPD (the L.A.P.D.!) was calmly letting Occupy do their thing. And yet, when folks take chalk to the streets, someone I know (don't know if I should reveal their identity) got caught in a MacArthur Park–like cleansing of the area, which resulted in getting beaten with a nightstick when trying to leave. It wasn't until after the police had begun firing rubber bullets into the crowd that a different officer let them through with the advice, "Run and hide."

  • And now there's Anaheim where the police seem to be going on a killing spree aimed at driving toward a 1965-style riot. Local radio station KPCC compared the situation to the one described in a 1963 report by the Los Angeles County Commission on Human Relations. The local nickname "Klanaheim" was earned in the '20s when the Ku Klux Klan briefly (and ultimately unsuccessfully) took over the city government. But resident OC Mexican Gustavo Arellano
    Wonder why Orange County trembles whenever its Mexicans protest? Welcome to the Citrus War of 1936, the most important event in Orange County history you've never heard of.
    His article about the Citrus War of 1936 details an extended racialized labor struggle in which
    Orange County Sheriff Logan Jackson deputized citrus orchard guards and provided them with steel helmets, shotguns and ax handles. The newly minted cops began arresting [mostly Mexican] strikers en masse, more than 250 by strike's end. When that didn't stop the strike, they reported workers to federal immigration authorities. When that didn't work, out came the guns and clubs. Tear gas blossomed in the groves. Mobs of citrus farmers and their supporters attacked under cover of darkness.
tablesaw: A man comes home frome work, his hat reads "Crossword Makers Inc" (Crossword Makers Inc)
When I started this temp gig, I threw myself at it with abandon. I'd been feeling sad and anxious and worried about not having work and maybe never having work again and being unwanted by everyone, and then there was some work. Yay! Everything fixed.

What actually happened is that instead of resolving the stress and anxiety of not being employed, it was transmuted into a laser-like focus on this new job (again, only a temp job) so that I wasn't paying attention to friends or anything else. It had a new commute long, which was new, but I still felt like at the end of the night I was tired and didn't have time to do or see much.

My friends have been waking me up out of that, and I'm talking with people again, but it’s a small circle of people on my chat, text, and social meetups. Going from talking to almost nobody to talking to a few people again is making me miss the nice broad sweep of broadcast information that a journal gives me. And though I keep reading DW and LJ and Tumblr, I don't interact even in comments, much.

But my schedule is really SNAFU, so I'm not going to make any promises about that. Last week, I only worked 2.8 days because of the U.S. holiday and an extra day I took to spend time with my family on the beach. This week, I'm getting prepared to go to Portland, Oregon for a week and a half for the National Puzzlers' League Convention, followed by a family wedding.

I mean, really; the Con is two days away. The pre-pre-con party is happening right now, I think. I am probably the least prepared for this con than I ever have been for any con ever. I am going to show up on Thursday and I probably still won't understand why all of these people I know happen to be at the hotel. The whole things just feels so weird.

More pressingly, I have no idea what I'm going to do for the three or four extra days that I'm in Portland. I may, in fact, spend them mostly in a hotel room reading actual books. Which will be okay too. But it's more vacation than I'm really used to ever taking in another city on my own.

Poll #11098 PORTLAND
Open to: Registered Users, detailed results viewable to: All, participants: 5


What should I do with my free time in Portland, Oregon?



Rambly post is rambly. I defy editing.
tablesaw: A twenty-sided die glows with the power of the Great Old Ones. (Cthulhu Icosahedron)
Leading up to the NPL Convention next month, I'm taking care of some business, like letting my regular RPG group know that I'm not going to be around. This reminded me of the time that I suggested bringing some RPGs to the next con. Of course, that was before the last con, but hey, I'm remembering now, okay!

So would people be interested in some RPGs after hours? I'd be thinking about some short low- or no-prep games like In a Wicked Age, Apocalypse World or Dungeon World, Inspectres, Fiasco, Leverage (can't link there from work, for some reason), or other things of interest.

But I'd want to know if there's interest, so that I can possibly print some materials and pack my dice.

This offer goes for folks I might be seeing in Boston or Providence outside the con too. And I guess I should post this to the NPL list too.

Infodump

Jun. 5th, 2011 10:58 pm
tablesaw: -- (Default)
Things done since ever.

  • Bought tickets for the NPL Convention in Providence. Will be flying into Boston on the 4th (5 p.m. EDT), looking to bum around before heading to the hotel on Wednesday afternoon, then flying out of Logan early on the 11th (7 a.m.). Who'll be around?
  • I also said, "Screw it!" and asked for the rest of that week off from work, so it's going to be a real vacation for me all through to the 15th. I don't know what I'm going to do with myself. But it will not be working.
  • I'm coming out of a funk (well, came out of a funk a week or so ago). It's always hard to identify it when I'm in it, till my body rebels and says, "No, Tablesaw, you need to do things again. You're going to do those situps, and then you're going to go out and see people." I'm looking ahead to when the pushback happens, the time when I feel a little sick or a little tired, and I let my momentum slip, and I can't pick it up again. On the horizon, this is most likely to happen because . . .
  • I'm probably going into the dentist this week to get my other wisdom tooth looked at. I have a feeling it's going to need removal too. The last time that happened it took a lot out of me. If it happens again, I'm going to need to plan ahead so that I can remomentatize myself.
  • I planned to go geocaching with [personal profile] trinker, and then found out it was to happen on her birthday, so I went all out to be the birthday fairy. It turned out kind of okay.
  • All the TV shows ended, and everyone is pregnant, I guess.
  • My phone, my crappy-ass phone—that is only one step removed from a crappy assphone—has started losing its charge, so I'm actually getting a smartphone. Virgin Mobile, which I've been using to keep my cell-phone bill under $10/month, has an unlimited data plan for $25/month. It should arrive this week. So that'll be interesting.
  • The Portal 2 print is framed and gorgeous-looking. I'm also wrestling with framing these prints on the cheap, which would be easier if the United States and Canada hadn't decided that they wanted their own special paper sizes.
  • Oh, I got a haircut too. For me, it's super short. But then, my hair was getting kind of long. For a while, it looked way too young for my big, bearded, thirty-three-year-old face, but it's looking better with a beard trim.
  • I watched a friend run Dungeon World at Strategicon over the weekend, which got me rereading Apocalypse World. After playing through a campaign, the directives made a lot more sense. It's a fascinating game, which is probably why I keep talking about it to everyone I meet. Also, much like with Smallville, I'm seeing it in the shows I watch. Sons of Anarchy and Dexter are totally running on Apocalypse World.
  • Finished Dragon Age:Origins. Pablum is too exciting a word.
  • Visited the Museum of Death, knocking another item off of my bucket list (defined as things that are close enough for me to throw a bucket at). It was disappointing. I was hoping for a curatorial perspective beyond, "WOW ISN'T THIS COOOOOOOOL!? SERIAL KILLERS, MAN! FUCK SOCIETY!" There were some nice touches: a set of crime-scene photographs near (what I assume was) the brief mention of the murder-suicide. On the other hand, relics of Jeffrey Dahmer and Ed Gein were counterposed with "ads containing humorous depictions of cannibals." Yeah, that wasn't too pleasant.
Gotta go to bed now . . .
tablesaw: The Maple Street streetlight blinks on and off and on. (Monsters Are Due)
Incidentally, while obviously it's useful to prepare for the Big One around LA, it's probably not going to get as big as Japan.
"What's especially important in the U.S. is we expect an even larger earthquake on our own Cascadia Subduction Zone," said Heaton, specifying that related hazards are located in Northern California, Oregon, Washington and British Colombia - not along the San Andreas fault that runs through inland Southern and Central California.

"We don't believe we could have an 8.9 here," Heaton said.

"If you want the Big One, you'll have to go to Portland," remarked Lucy Jones, chief scientist for the USGS Multi-Hazards Demonstration Project for Southern California.

Graves explained that known faults in Southern and Central California simply don't have long structures like the Subduction Zone that caused the Japan quake.

"We just don't have these types of structures in Southern California. "I wouldn't say it's impossible, but certainly it would be unprecedented," he said.
"Caltech Scientists Eagerly Await Lessons from Monster Quake," San Gabriel Valley News.

Earthquakes in the Northwest won't be a surprise to those familiar with another geological catastrophes, but 9.0 is still pretty huge to consider for that areas, and a quake that large would affect a wide range, as it has in Japan.
tablesaw: "This sounds like Waiting for Spy Godot" (Hunt)
I still am not quite prepared to talk in detail about the Mystery Hunt, because a lot has to do with my team experience, which was awesome, but also more personal. So instead, here's a list of recommended puzzles from this year's Hunt.

This post contains minor spoilers. Most Mystery Hunt puzzles have little or no instructions. Under the cut tags, I'm going to give more explicit instructions and some comments to make the puzzles accessible, both to more casual solvers and to seasoned veterans who want to skip ahead to the good stuff. (If you don't see any cut text and you would prefer not to see some or all of these spoilers, read this page from my Jaunary 19 page.) Complete answers to each puzzle can be found using the "Call in answer" link at the top of each page.

Keyboard Cat. How it works )

Toad's List. How it works )

Everybody's Got to Be Somewhere. How it Works )

Meta Testing. What It Is, How It Works )

Timbales. What it is )

Stuff Nerd People Like. What It Is, How It Works )

Expletive Deleted. Figuring out how to fill in the blanks shouldn't be that hard, and I'd feel bad spelling it out. I will spell out how to get from there to the final answer: How to Get from There to the Final Answer )

The Cats Meow. How It Works, Why It's Fun Even if You Don't Want to Solve It )

Part of Speech. How It Works )

Painted Potsherds. How It Works )

Inventory Quest. How It Works )

Laureate. No need for spoiler tags, this one is straight up with its instructions. This is a cryptic crossword, so if you're not familiar with those conventions, it's going to be very difficult. Specifically, this is a cryptic in the style of the Listener Cryptic, so if you're an American cryptic solver unfamiliar with British conventions, this will still be very hard. But if you do happen to be familiar with solving very difficult cryptics in the British vein, this puzzle is lots of fun.

Hints, with a bit of love!. How )

A Representative Sampling. How It Works )

Plotlines. I think this is the puzzle that maximizes accessibility and awesomeness. Definitely look even if you click through immediately to the answers. How It Works )

Toto, I Have a Feeling We're Not in Kansas Anymore. I can't really spoil this one, but I feel like the aha is fairly accesible to the right sorts of geek. If you don't see what's going on fairly quickly, click through to the answer. If you do, here's how to get a final answer ).

Unnatural Law. How It Works )

E Pluribus Unum. Okay, this one looks unfair, but it's actually fairly tractable, and can be a good way to start thinking laterally about puzzles like this. How It Works )

Unlikely Situations. Just look at the puzzle. If this puzzle is for you, you'll recognize it instantly and figure out what to do. If you don't it's probably not the puzzle for you. How It Works ) Even if you don't want to solve the puzzle, you may want to click through to the answer to see a little bit more about the subject.



So those are my recommendations. There's a lot more stuff that I enjoyed, but it's all less accessible, and I'll probably need to talk about them more spoilerily to do them justice. These are just ones I think more people would get a kick out of.

If you think I've listed too many, then here are my top three fun, accessible puzzles: Toad's List, Inventory Quest, and Plotlines. Go do those.

Also, here are some puzzles that I didn't work on but are on my list to try. No descriptions because I haven't spent any time working on them.
tablesaw: A trial sign ("This trail is OPEN") against a blue sky in Los Angeles's Griffith Park. (Hiking (Open Trails))
I spent the weekend with many wonderful people. But I spent it in Boston, a city that hates me and wants me to die cold and alone.

So before I talk about the Hunt and all the other noteworthy things from this weekend, I would like to alert Boston to a few things.
  • I just walked out to get a salad made of locally-grown organic vegetables. Also, I was wearing sandals.
  • In fact, it's so warm, I need to open up my windows to make sure the house cools down a little.
  • Southland is fliming outside my house tomorrow. Literally right outside my window.
Yeah, fuck you, Boston.

(P.S. Boston People I still love, mkay?)

Hunt Get

Jan. 14th, 2011 12:08 pm
tablesaw: "This sounds like Waiting for Spy Godot" (Hunt)
In IIF headquarters, safe and sound. See you all soon.
tablesaw: Jennifer Connolly and David Bowie from <cite>Labyrinth</cite> (Labyrinth)
Games:
Main Program:
  • Fair or Foul: Completed with Snackcakes (of DASH)
  • Three on a Match: 23/30
  • Vowelled Sets: 16/18
  • Flat-Solving Competition: 1st place in pairs solving (with [livejournal.com profile] cramerica)
  • Lots of Luck: 72/78, 2d in Pop Culture, possibly 2d overall (with Reign, Btnirn, [livejournal.com profile] jangler_npl, and Trick).
  • Cryptic Crossword Competition (Final Score): 100 pts in 62 minutes. 2d in California division (behind [livejournal.com profile] rpipuzzleguy) and 6th or 7th overall.

Walkarounds:
  • Experience Music Project & Science Fiction Museum with Wraavr and Ucaoimhu

Handouts:
  • Scandal by [livejournal.com profile] thedan: Took me far too long to understand what was going on.
  • Northwest Airlines by [livejournal.com profile] jangler_npl: Very nice finale.
  • 56-Across by Dandr: Solved on light rail.
  • Wonderland & Pacific Northwest by Ucaoimhu: Solved on plane.
  • Transsubstitutions by [livejournal.com profile] tahnan: Completed except for subtitution cipher (because the cipher is long)

Alcohol:
  • Something from Two Beers, I think.
  • Mac & Jack (imperial size!)

Stolen from Bar:
  • One beer glass

Sneaked Back into Bar:
  • One beer glass, plus tip

Con Photo:
The attendees of the National Puzzlers' League Convention in Seattle. The first two rows are very large and clear while the other hundred or so attendees look like tiny floating heads.
  • Five minutes late, way the hell in the back. Not really happy with the uneven composition of the picture.

Confiscated by TSA
  • 3 containers of yogurt

Listened to on iPod
  • 3 episodes of Wait! Wait! Don't Tell Me!
  • The Archandroid by Janelle Monáe on continuous loop about 15 times

Tally

Jul. 3rd, 2010 01:35 pm
tablesaw: Close crop on Brock Samson's I'm-gonna-kill-you face. (Brock Samson)
Games:
Handouts:
Miniganzas:
  • Cold Storage: 5thish place with [livejournal.com profile] hahathor and Aleph.

Alcohol:
  • Alaskan Amber
  • Pyramid Heveweizen
  • Something in a jug from [livejournal.com profile] hahathor
  • Fruity hotel happy-hour drink

Main program:
  • Lexagon Mixer: 58(?)
  • True/False Trivia: Made into the finals once, advanced no further.
  • RighTangles by [livejournal.com profile] ericberlin: Completed
  • Cryptic crossword competition: Completed before time over (62 min?)
  • Whirled Cup: (Algeria) two wins, two losses.
  • Hidden Contest: Assisted completion (main work by [livejournal.com profile] tahnan, Qoz and Vroo)

Things Forgotten:
  • Camera
  • Earplugs
  • Clipboard

Con Is On

Jul. 1st, 2010 11:46 am
tablesaw: "Tablesaw Techniques" (Techniques)
Safe in Seattle on hotel wifi. Napping now, tour later. Still need a puzzle icon.
tablesaw: Run Away (to the ocean, to the country, to the mountains . . .) (Runaway)
A post to say, among other things that I won't be posting for a while, as I'll be in Seattle for the National Puzzlers' League Convention following my recent tradition of going on even-numbered years.



Traveling always makes me anxious, and this is no exception. No major freak-outs, but [personal profile] ojouchan's been keeping me in check because she knows me and is awesome.

My flight leaves early tomorrow morning. Too early, really; I chose the flight based on getting into Seattle early and forgot about getting to the airport even earlier. Since I don't want to leave my car this time, it means getting a shuttle van for the ride there. Which means getting picked up stupid early. Bleah.



It also, then, may not have been a good idea to commit to GMing a game of Cortex K (aka the Smallville RPG), since it means I can't go to bed early. (Would I have been able to sleep? Probably not, but still.) In fact, it probably won't be worth it for me to go to sleep after gaming at all.

We're running our faux Vampire Diaries campaign, Darkwillow as a one-shot. I . . . didn't go into campaign creation with a good idea of what that would mean, so I was a bit stressed out early on trying to flesh out the world quickly. But as things started falling into place, it got progressively easier. I can see how, after a few games of regular play, GM prep goes down to almost nothing.

Josh has also given me a peak at some of his old prep materials for Shercroft Academy, and it's hilarious to see how some of his planned adventures went nowhere near where they were supposed to.



I'm apparently addicted to yogurt now. I was looking for something sweetish to use as an afternoon snack that wasn't a candy bar out of the vending machine, and started eating yogurt. I don't know that I actually like it, but it's just everything I need when I need it. Still, better than a Snickers bar.
tablesaw: Run Away (to the ocean, to the country, to the mountains . . .) (Runaway)
Just got confirmation for the time off for the National Puzzlers' League Convention in Seattle on Fourth of July weekend, arriving Thursday and leaving Monday.

Better start planning...

Safe in NC

Nov. 23rd, 2009 11:41 pm
tablesaw: Run Away (to the ocean, to the country, to the mountains . . .) (Runaway)
That pretty much says it all right there.

Stealing wifi. I'll say more later.
tablesaw: The Maple Street streetlight blinks on and off and on. (Monsters Are Due)
I can always tell when I'm about to travel when I get really anxious. It interfered with dinner and dishes tonight, but I ended up eating a huge spinach salad to get rid of the dying greens, so that was okay, I guess. Still, I'm going to have to kick the dishwashing into overdrive tomorrow.
tablesaw: Paul, who is a ghost, declares this to be "Booooring!" (Booooring)
I got a head start on vacation today. I slept late and took a nap, then showered and started cleaning up the bedroom. So I've got one more day of weekend to prepare for next week's vacation. I'm putting my to-do list up here mostly so that it can be amended by [livejournal.com profile] ojouchan if necessary.

Things to do (mostly on Friday but generally by Sunday night):
  • Get a haircut.
  • Visit Disneyland for a Princess and the Frog discount thingie (this is the most likely to-be-done to be dumped) (Done, but now I can't find the card!)
  • Get quarters from bank.
  • Get cheap cell phone. (Number above)
  • Buy Eid gift for future brother-in-law.
  • Do laundry.
  • Pack. (Mostly done, but needs some finishing touches.)
  • Finish dishes. (Not completely, but all potentially stinky things were taken care of.)
  • Take out the trash.
  • Arrange the DVR so that the hard drive doesn't overflow.
  • Write about El Verde Origins (still playing through Sunday, use code VERDEBCT for $7 off the ticket price tomorrow and Saturday night!).
  • Return library books
Things to remember to pack:
  • Ipod
  • facial tissues
  • Netbook
  • Eid gift for future brother-in-law
  • Cheap cell phone
  • Clothes
  • Nice clothes
  • Chargers (iPod, cell phone, DS)
  • Baby mouse ears from Disneyland
tablesaw: -- (Real1)
On Sunday, I was wiped out and still a little off balance because of my gut. Still, [personal profile] ojouchan and I got up and out in time to meet Artistry, [livejournal.com profile] hahathor, [livejournal.com profile] tmcay, and QED at Olives at the Bellagio. Last week was Restaurant Week in Las Vegas, and a number of good restaurants were offering discounted prix fixe menus, with the proceeds going to charity. The lunch we had was three courses for only twenty dollars.

Twenty dollars and nine cents!!!!!!!

Yeah, nobody knew what was up with that.

Anyway, the food was good, and Ojou took pictures of it, so maybe we'll see it eventually.

After that, we took in parts of the strip. I got to see the inside of Planet Hollywood, which made me miss the Aladdin. We went to Coca-Cola World and M&M World. At M&M world, I got 3-D glasses that didn't work and had to run around the theater to watch the silly movie. I was starting to feel tired already, so we decided to split up at the MGM Grand. Ojou and I would head back to the hotel, while they continued Strip-searching.

We took the monorail, which was fun but expensive, walked back to the car, and drove back to the hotel, where I passed out for a little while.

When I woke up, we went to meet Artistry and Hathor at Carnevino at the Palazzo for more fancy food. By the time we got there, they'd already ordered two dishes of raw beef and a salad, which we helped them finish. We each ordered a dish ourselves, which arrived with their almost-raw filet mignon. QED and T McCay joined us as Artistry enjoyed a grappa.

Afterward, we walked across the street to the Wynn, where we went to Parasol Down to see the Lake of Dreams. A show was beginning as we took the curved escalator down, so we were "treated" to a giant frog lip-syncing to War's "Low Rider". Note scarequotes. It scar[r]ed me deeply. To take the pain away, I ordered una "flor de Jalisco," which was a very nice tequila-and-pomegranate cocktail.



Monday, Labor Day, I was still feeling tired, so I slept through the complementary breakfast. Ojou woke me up in time to pack up our luggage, check out, and head to the other hotel. We spent some time trying to solve [livejournal.com profile] zebraboy3's Labor Day puzzles (not making very significant progress) while Ojou and Artistry looked around the hotel, and compared the two Embassy Suiteses for a possibly mini-convention next year.

Eventually, we decided to hit a traditional Vegas buffet, so we headed out to the new casino/hotel/resort M for their magnificent buffet spread. We stuffed our faces for a while, and spent a long time just talking at the table before we left.

Ojou and I picked up a Hathor for our car and headed home. Unsurprisingly, there was some traffic going back down the 15, we passed two major accidents that caused major traffic. To pass the time, the three of us switched out our iPods with the car stereo, playing a song each in rotation the entire way.

Having stuffed our faces earlier that afternoon, and faced with a time deficit getting back to LA, we didn't bother stopping for food (though we did occasionally snack on the M&Ms we'd gotten at M&M World) until we got to [livejournal.com profile] cramerica's apartment, where Hathor would be spending the next two nights. I don't remember what we did; I think we just watched TV; I was kind of zoned. Ojou and I went home and got ready for work the next morning.



Tuesday, work was slow, which was good because there was practically nobody there. At home, Ojou cooked fish, and we watched TV that we'd been letting pile up.
tablesaw: A sketch of me talking and smiling. (Personable)
On Thursday, I slept well past noon.

Wait, hold on. Before that, I woke up before sunrise. Because I didn't have to work, I thought I'd make breakfast for [livejournal.com profile] ojouchan for Ramadan. So (beef) bacon and eggs were cooked, badly at first, and with greater skill as my eyes focused. By the time I was done, [livejournal.com profile] cthulhia had woken up (or given up trying to sleep), and she joined us. We had food until eventually everyone passed out again, where I stayed until well past noon.

To continue, Cthulhia and I headed over to Thai Town for kanom krak at Bhan Kanom Thai, and an actual meal at Thai Patio. Both were good, though coconut (the key ingredient in kanom krak) isn't really my thing. But soon enough, we were off across the valley to the Getty Center.

It seems like every time I'm at the Getty, I'm with a woman who knows far more about everything to do with art than I do. Which is awesome. The smoke wasn't as bad as I expected, and we got to see a lot of Los Angeles. We stayed until they started kicking us out of places, then we drove back to Los Angeles along Mulholland Drive.

We finished the day with [livejournal.com profile] ojouchan and Cthulhia's NIN hostess [livejournal.com profile] m0reta at Fat Fish, which was fat and fishy as always.



Friday, I went back to work. There's schedule weirdness when it comes to holidays, but the upshot is that my weekend went all over the place. So after my normal Thursday, I went in for another day in the office, to pave the way for my Labor Day weekend.

It was, to put it bluntly, a bad idea. There were lots of folks out on vacation, and a number more who just coincidentally got sick. And although we expected a slow day going into the long weekend, what we got instead was a bunch of lawyers who wanted things done now now now before the weekend was over. I got home achey and angry, and I don't even remember what else I did that night.



Saturday, I went back to work again, and this time things were slow. During downtime, I learned more about Photoshop, and made this:
A sketch of me talking and smiling.
It's from a drawing by [livejournal.com profile] persona_kun for The Gamer's Quarter, from the time we all went to dinner at Orochon Ramen.

I left a little early (like everyone else got to do the day before), and hurried home to quickly pack. A short while later, Ojou and I said goodbye to Cthulhia and set ourselves on the road to Las Vegas.

It wasn't the greatest drive ever. There was some minor traffic on the way out of Los Angeles. And then we had to drive through Mordor. The Station Fire wasn't actually anywhere near the 15 (our home is much closer), but the wind was blowing the smoke east. And we hit Angeles National Forest right around sunset, to make the creepy even creepier. Somewhere around there, I had to switch from music to podcasts to keep myself from feeling disoriented.

We stopped in Barstow for dinner, but our first choice Bob's Big Boy was closed. It wasn't even late yet, but for some reason, they'd decided they should clean their carpets when we wanted a simple Big Boy Combo.

Rebuffed, wanting to get back on the road, and not wanting to spend much money, we stopped at Del Taco instead. We usually have good food there, but it wasn't so great then. So not great, in fact, that we had to pull over in Baker and at another rest area just a bit farther on so that Ojou could visit the restroom.

Eventually, we got to the hotel a little late, just after midnight, in fact. Ojou was still feeling shaky, but I called [livejournal.com profile] hahathor to meet up for a quick hug and meet up. She gave me her room number, and since we were both on the second floor, I walked down the hall.

Until I ran into a wall. The number Hathor'd given me wasn't there. It turns out she was in a different Las Vegas Hilton Embassy Suites less than a mile away along the same road. We were in the wrong hotel. So we went to bed.

And sometime around five a.m., I got the same stomach trouble that Ojou'd had.
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I've only got one day off tomorrow, so that I can take a full weekend Sunday and Monday. We're taking a trip to Vegas to meet up with [livejournal.com profile] hahathor and others.

Tomorrow, I've got [livejournal.com profile] cthulhia in town. We're probably going to do some sightseeing (Getty sounds like a good option) and eating (Cthulhia wants to visit Thai Town).

I added a few more links to The Pervy Survey.

Tonight's episode of Leverage was awesome.

Mushrooms taste good.

I need to set up the futonbed now.
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This weekend, [livejournal.com profile] ojouchan and I drove up the I-5 to attend my cousin's wedding at the High Hand Nursery in Loomis, California. During the ceremony, the officiant read statements by the bride and groom, answering questions like "How did you meet for the first time?" and "What was your first kiss like?" While cute, I knew this wasn't for Ojou and my wedding when they got to the question "Where do you see the two of you in 50 years?" and in my head I answered:
Stepping out of my flying car with my new cyborg body, I extend my fifth waldo to my robomate . . .

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