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GaFilk, etc. 
14th-Jan-2008 03:22 pm
Last weekend I took Friday off of work and flew off for GaFilk.

A good time was surely had -- although I missed most of it. Bed at about 11pm on Friday, about midnight on Saturday. (Continuing that, it was about a quarter after 10 when I crashed last night, and then I just didn't wake up this morning until the spouse spoke the time. I think the alarm merged in with my violent dreams.)

I did attend most of the concerts, although missed all of the open filk.

Some of the highlights of the weekend:

Flying with knitting needles and not having them taken away.
Listening to (and chatting with) Peter Beagle.
Understanding when Cat signed that Kathy's cross stitch was *beautiful*.
Getting to hear the BroBards live -- and meeting them.
Finishing a book that I've owned for over 8 years, but only recently had time to start: Fool's War by Sarah Zettel. **Fantastic**
Walking from D to T in ATL -- and back again.
Many good hugs.
... including one from Peter Beagle.

The only disappointments I had were not being able to stay up longer and partake of the music, and not having the nerve to claim a promised hug... or to request/offer hugs from/to some people whom I don't know well...
14th-Jan-2008 09:44 pm (UTC)
OH! When we talked, I thought you were referring to a book in Asprin's Phule series! Yes, I read "Fool's War", thought it was many years ago.
15th-Jan-2008 07:02 pm (UTC)
Ah. Sorry for the ambiguity. I've not gotten to the Phules yet. Don't think I own any. Yet.
15th-Jan-2008 02:11 am (UTC)
Wow, how did you manage not to get your knitting needles taken away? Great to see you again, tho I missed Clarke. I'm jealous that you got a hug from Peter Beagle!!
15th-Jan-2008 07:09 pm (UTC)
Right time, right place. I was in the Dealer's room saying goodbye -- and had just hugged a half dozen other people. He was talking about Ann Arbor, and got the message that Closing Ceremonies were about to begin...

As to the knitting needles, the TSA doesn't say they're banned, but suggests that individual guards may feel threatened and take them away. And that if you use plastic (or wooden) needles, this is less likely. I happened to have the correct number of plastic needles in the correct size. (Those are the only plastic ones I have.) I did not knit in the airport or on the plane -- so I kept them out of eyesight while there. I was relieved, as I only had Carry-on. If they'd been pricks (no pun intended) I would have had them check the bag, but I'm glad I didn't need to.
15th-Jan-2008 12:26 pm (UTC)
T'was indeed a good convention. I'm glad you all dragged me to it. Be sure to call me for lunch again the next time you and/or Clark are in the Nashville vicinity.
15th-Jan-2008 07:13 pm (UTC)
If it's anything resembling food-time, "deal!"
15th-Jan-2008 02:10 pm (UTC)
Always lovely to see you m'dear. (Even if I didn't get a mention in your con report....) I'll try to dig out that tape for you ASAP.
15th-Jan-2008 07:12 pm (UTC)
Thanks -- 'twas good to see you too.

(There was a lot left out of the pseudo-semi-con report, you might have noticed.)

"Thanks" on the tape. And no real rush. My Busy-ness knows few bounds.
16th-Jan-2008 12:58 am (UTC)
It was good to see you. The only really bad thing about being all the way down here in TX is that I rarely get to see my old friends in the Southern and Midwestern con circuits.

16th-Jan-2008 03:02 pm (UTC)
It was quite good to see you too.
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