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And just in case of whininess

Silhouette is going through a "I don't like anything" phase again, after cheerfully consuming anything I'd give him for several weeks. *sigh* But boy, is he begging. Mow mow mow mow mow mow mow mow mow mow...

Sometime last night the dam holding back the big puddle they've laughingly called the "Tempe Town Lake" for the last decade or so finally broke, letting the water gallop happily down the Salt River (where it's been dying to go, of course, since it's practically straight downhill) and leaving what remains the Tempe Town Mud Puddle. Of course, since in the intervening years it's become a real "waterfront" area with condos and marinas and other water-related businesses, I'm sure the folks in Tempe are gonna feel the pinch until they get the dam repaired and the lake re-filled (when it was first built they couldn't get the rights for actual Salt River water, even though it's in the middle of the Salt River bed, so had to pipe in water from the Colorado. Yes, my state is often insane). The dams are/were made of rubber, and they've been sitting in the Arizona Sun since 1999 (without, of course, the cooling/watering system it was supposed to have). Hmmm. Wonder what caused the collapse?

I have had a headache all day, varying in degrees from excruciating to "barely tolerable with drugs." Some of it is probably air pressure; it's been considering raining in the Valley for a while, but not doing so, so it's just hot and humid. Plus, for some unknown reason I simply woke up at about 2:20 this morning and really never got back to sleep, and had to be in to work early, so really didn't get to sleep in at all. So generally... blergh.

Plus, I'm all whiny because nearly everyone I follow on Twitter is arriving at ComicCon today and tomorrow, including the guy who runs J-List, Simon Pegg, and Nathon Fillion. Now I know that ComicCon is not what it once was, and it's a big media circus now, but we started going when it was held in a HOTEL -- and remember the year it moved to the new, big civic center. I remember when it started to get so big. But before then, I just loved it -- I got to listen to Mark Hamill be a delight and saw pencil proof previews for movies like Beauty and the Beast and The Hunchback of Notre Dame. I watched anime, classic SF movies, and old Doctor Who there, and wore costumes and walked WAY too far because we were staying at the cheapest hotel on the map and... and... and...

I guess I just miss conventions, period.

I want to go camping. I want French fries. I want political commercials to stop running. Whine, whine, whine.



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Jul. 22nd, 2010 12:28 am (UTC)
I don't want to go camping. I don't want French fries (had those for lunch). I do want political commercials to be over with but I know that won't happen.

But yes, I want a good con to go to. A nice, large con, with an art room and dealer's room and those two aren't the same thing and there's still an artist's alley and cool guests and....
Jul. 22nd, 2010 12:34 am (UTC)
We haven't been camping since the drought started. Alas.

I haven't had French fries in ages.

Yes, one of those. Just wander around the dealer's room, hang out in a pleasant con suite, catch a movie...
Jul. 22nd, 2010 12:48 am (UTC)
Heh. I've never hung out in a con suite, even when I wound up being part of the con staff inadvertently at a Robin of Sherwood convention back in the '80's. (PEOPLE COULDN'T FIGURE OUT HOW TO PUT TOGETHER PEG BOARD FOR THE ARTISTS. GEEZE. I had to take over before someone GOT HURT. And that led to me helping the artists set up and...)

I usually hang in the dealer's room, artist alley, and if I can fit in a couple of panels, I'm happy. I also love hall costume contests, because I hate sitting still for costume contests. Hate it.
Jul. 22nd, 2010 01:57 am (UTC)
Well, this was in the day of good, comfortable con suites with good food and good company, not the pretzels-and-popcorn fare that it started to drift toward in our latter con-going days.

I remember fiddling with those pegboards. CopperCon never did return one of my pieces... (musing on that fact, remembering that NorWestcon never did, either)
Jul. 22nd, 2010 04:21 am (UTC)

Ugh ugh. Sorry about the loss of art.
Jul. 22nd, 2010 12:59 am (UTC)
You can go be me at the big romance writers' conference next week if you want.
Jul. 22nd, 2010 01:58 am (UTC)
I'd love to, if I could get there!

Jul. 22nd, 2010 01:16 am (UTC)
[hugs and French fries]
Jul. 22nd, 2010 01:58 am (UTC)
Well, baked potato slices, anyway! (hugs!)

Jul. 22nd, 2010 01:38 am (UTC)
Kanda is doing that too. Suddenly chicken isn't good enough for him. Oh starve. granted he doesn't have Silohuette's issues (or is that cuervo)

Just shakes head at the 'lake'

hope the headache feels better.

i've been wanting to go to comicon since the 80's but...yeah. Try for a smaller con in phoenix?
Jul. 22nd, 2010 02:01 am (UTC)
Cuervo was the sick one. Silhouette is just old and cranky and wants the EXACT RIGHT food, not this slop I'm trying to palm off on him (ProPlan Chicken Entree, which he liked just FINE the last time he had it).

Tempe Town Lake, hee hee hee.

I want to try for any con at all, but of late my wife doesn't seem all that interested, so money tends to go to other things.
Jul. 22nd, 2010 03:21 am (UTC)
ah ok

yeah, I can understand that though a lot of local cons are under 30$ at least around here
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Jul. 22nd, 2010 05:13 pm (UTC)
Yeah, the only way I found to be sure to get in to something you wanted to see was to arrive about five hours early, get a seat in the room and NEVER LEAVE. It's better if you have a friend with you who can hold your seat if you need to run to the bathroom, but then you run the risk of overzealous security people not letting you back in.

I must admit that I'm still finding myself wishing I was there this week... because, even though I know the chances of actually seeing anything I want to see or getting any of the cool swag I'd want to get are slim to none, at least if I was there I might actually manage it!
Jul. 23rd, 2010 12:54 am (UTC)
Oh, I know it's a nightmare now. In my memory it's still a slightly crowded super-good-fun-time, but I KNOW it's not that anymore... I just haven't been in so very long. I could spend hours in the dealer's room.

I don't have any Vicodin handy, but there is some hydrocodone left from my surgery. But I have been taking a LOT of Advil (and always with Diet Coke).
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