And There Was Much Rejoicing...

I know I haven’t been posting a lot lately, because I’ve been out there, Seizing the Day, living Life to the Fullest, and Trying to Keep Up With My TV Watching.  And it’s not that I don’t want to share vivid and humorous description my quirky hijinks; I want all of you to know what I’ve been up to and what I’ve been having for breakfast.  I really need a personal blogger.

Yesterday I spent a delightful day with thrihyrne.  Her schedule currently has her days off each week as Tuesday and Saturday.  So I’ve been devoting Saturdays to her.  On Sunday, I take her to work in the morning, then amuse myself in various ways for the day (today has included a walk with Arwen and Hz, a phone call with my mother, a playdate with Hz and a LiveJournal post (which you’re reading RIGHT NOW!)).  I then pick her up at the end of her work day (7:00pm), and we then have time together until I take her home on my way to Big Happy Fun Time on Monday morning.  

Anyway, yesterday we slept in, had luxurious morning coffee/breakfast/internet, visited a Steampunk/Gothic Industrial clothing store in Sellwood in search of costumery for next month’s Steamcon, went to some outlet/discount stores and scored an excellent induction cooktop, and watched the first two episodes of "Avatar: The Last Airbender."  Last weekend we had a delightful mini-vacation with a night at an airbnb location in Damascas with a hot tub.  Life has been like that; I’ve been having such a good time living it that I’ve hardly had time to document it.  

I will try to not wait five weeks before I post again.  Until then, I hope you’re Enjoying Life, too!
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Tomorrow is the 1st!

If you're like me (and you probably are), you don't remember to say "Robots, robots, robots*" as the very first thing on the first day of each month until late in the day, by which time you've already said a whole bunch of other things, so your luck is only Normal Luck for the month, instead of really awesome Good Luck.

Well, let this be your reminder.

Soon I will post about how my life is still being thoroughly wonderful and my non-work time is primarily devoted to the lovely and amazing thrihyrne, and in July there was much sushi and cake and Olympics and some socializing, and there are significant events and changes in lives around me, but not tonight. Now I will go to go to bed and dream of good-luck robots, and wish you the best of everything for August!

*If you're still saying "Rabbits!" or "Rabbit, rabbit, white rabbit," or some other similar words, depending on where you come from on the first of the month for luck, may I point out that it's the new Millennium, and robots are where it's at. I'm just saying.
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Birthday! Birthday! BIRTHDAY!

Today is my 50th birthday. I feel I should post something profound to commemorate this milestone. Perhaps an agglomeration of the Great Wisdom I’ve gained over five decades. When I try to write that, however, I flounder, merely coming up with some Handy Tips* and explanations to Young People how life was when I was young.**

So, I don’t know. I guess I’ll talk about some things that have been on my mind lately: And I go on about it behind this cut...Collapse )
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Now, Braces-Free!

So, I got my braces off today.  I wouldn't have been looking forward to it as much if I'd known how painful the removal process would be.  They snap the brackets off of one's teeth by torqueing them until they break free. Seriously.  Some came off easily, and others were several seconds of "OW OW OW OHMIGOD I'M NOTSUREICANTAKETHISANYMORE!!SNAP!!"  Then there was the Grinding of the Adhesive From My Teeth.  By the time all that was over, the mouthful of alginate to mold my retainers seemed tame.   

I'd made myself a lunch, but my mouth ached far too much to chew it. Fortunately, I'm the sort of person who would have a spare bottle of baby food in my desk drawer for just such an emergency, so I didn’t go hungry.

Anyway, here's what I look like now:


For Your Conversations This Week, the Talking Points About Evan...

  • After a month of 4-day work weeks, I’m back to 40 hrs/week, tempered by my now-normal practice of spending weekends with thrihyrne, with a night or two of sleepovers during the week (enjoy!).
  • Saw “The Avengers” movie last weekend (enjoyed!).
  • Last night had a barbecue at sanguinity & grrlpup’s house (enjoyed!).
  • Experiencing a weird pain in my ribcage on the right side, as if I’ve damaged something which hurts particularly badly when I breathe (not enjoying). Friday night/Saturday morning was the worst, but it seems to be improving, so I don’t think it demands an urgent-care visit.
  • The weather in the Northwest is being sunny and warm, which does feel good, despite the fairly abrupt shift from 50ish° weather (and it also prompted the purchase of a sunhat and 85 SPF sun block for thrihyrne, which I will share to keep my delicate skin safe).
  • Had a long phone conversation with my mother today, for which I will take Mother’s-Day-celebration credit, although I call her pretty much every weekend, so it’s not as if she never hears from me the rest of the year.
So, Life is Good. I wonder what Wonderful Things will happen the rest of the month?
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Stumptown 2012!

Just a quick post between days at Stumptown Comics Fest 2012:
1. Eight hours of a convention make Introvert Evan very tired.
2. Despite that, it's been excellent, with many fans coming by and saying that they miss the comic and hope for more posts.
3. It's delightful to watch someone read my "Get Out Of Trouble Free" card (or any other of my works) and laugh.
4. Most importantly, thrihyrne has been my Minion, enthusiastically handing out swag and telling people about my comic.  Here's a photo of us:

The Ask Dr. Eldritch Table - Stumptown 2012
               click photo to embiggen!

Soon we will return to the Convention Center for Sunday's session.  Hope to see you there!


Put Down That Chainsaw and Listen To Me!  Whether you are a fan of Hayao Miyazaki’s* work or not, you should check out  the Studio Ghibli series at the Northwest Film Center in May.  They will be screening 35mm versions of many Studio Ghibli movies, including several that aren’t available on any home media in the US, and even some that are not about a girl having a magical adventure involving strange creatures!  Really!***  

Click. Here. Now:  http://www.nwfilm.org/screenings/41/428/

* Film director and secret genius behind the “Jackass” TV show and movies.**

** Allegedly.

*** There might be singing cats. I don't know.  I haven't seen all these films yet myself.

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hat, tophat, Evan, 2019

Of Headaches and Book Critiques

On a day of heavy rain and a throbbing headache, I received my judge's assessment of my book "Ask Dr. Eldritch Volume #1 Are Aliens Eating My Crackers?" (a critique provided to those who enter the Writer's Digest Self-Published Book Awards).  Ratings were given on these four things (from 1 - Poor, to 5 - Excellent):
Plot:  2  
Grammar: 4
Character Development: 2
Production Quality and Cover Design: 4

The Judge's biggest complaint was that it wasn't a story.  To which I would say, "Well... yeah."  There wasn't a category for "Collections of Humorous/Satirical Advice Column Letters," so rather than go with the misleading "Nonfiction" category, I submitted under "Genre Fiction."  The Judge suggested that he would have liked it better if there was an overarching story line, which I did kind of think was an interesting idea, but I do read that as "We were expecting everybody to submit novels for this category, and you did something different."  He also didn't address what issues dropped my Grammar and my Production Quality to only 4's, which I would have liked to know more about.  So I can't say I felt I got a lot of useful feedback.

I was amused by the thought that even without plot and character development, I still got '2's for those categories.  Makes me wonder if any books get a '1', and what those are like.

On the plus side, the Judge did say, "each letter was original and very humorous," and "the talent shown in the prose confirms that the author is a good writer."  Which, honestly, is all I really want to hear.  

And now I'll go lie down in hopes of making the throbbing headache go away.
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    melancholy meh
hat, tophat, Evan, 2019

Snow Globe Fire FRENZY!

The local news has erupted with stories about the Snow Globe of Death!

KPTV: Snow Globe Blamed for Couch Fire   (text and photos)

KGW: Snow Globes Ignite Fire in Milwaukie Home     (short video)

KATU: It Was the City of Portland Snow Globe That Tried To Burn My House Down   (video, with Demonstration!)

In all of these, BILJ is merely identified as "a neighbor."  Neighbor K came over last night to thank him again, since if BILJ hadn't been in the right place at the right time to hear the smoke detector going off, a fire might have ignited and burned for quite a while before anyone noticed.  As it was, most of the damage was caused by the firepersons breaking a door open and dragging the couch outside.  Interesting how things work out, sometimes.
hat, tophat, Evan, 2019

Fire! Fire! Fire!

As you can probably imagine, thrihyrne and I spent a blissful weekend together, working on projects, going shopping and doing giddily-in-love-couple stuff, which I could go on about, but instead, I'll tell you about the Fire Next Door.  

Our first indication that something was up was when BILJ ran into the house and back out.   He'd heard the neighbor's smoke-detector alarm sounding, saw a living room filled with smoke, and went for a fire extinguisher and the neighbor's house key.  He couldn't find the key, but soon after he was back over there, the firepersons showed up.  I"d gone over to be helpful, but once the Grown Ups In Charge arrived, I went and hung out with Hz to stay out of the way.  

It turned out to be a smoldering sofa* caused by the sun shining through... A SNOW GLOBE.  Yes, a "harmless" snow globe on the windowsill focused the sunlight onto the sofa material and got it going.  If BILJ hadn't heard the alarm when he did, it might have ignited, and the damages would have been far worse than a badly charred sofa and a lingering smoke smell.  

So be safe, Everyone!  Check your smoke alarms and fire extinguishers, and make sure your snow globes aren't trying to burn your house down!

* Note: "Smoldering Sofa" would be a great name for a progressive Ska accordion band.