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  • Mon, 16:29: Heading to the airport to pick up Stone. Poor thing can't tell the difference between Sunday midnight and Monday 12:00 a.m. Bless.
  • Mon, 16:31: Also managed to jerry rig a temporary fix to my clanking muffler. Saved by Zeus himself!
  • Tue, 04:03: Tonight's life lesson: The rules apply to me, too. :/

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  • Sun, 16:36: Successful first day, way ahead of usual schedule. Kitchen up, shower almost done, lots of folks arrived, and been dry, sunny & pleasant...
  • Sun, 17:19: @synicism77 None although I haven't been down to the swamp. Typical hot sunny Pennsic so far. When do you arrive?
  • Sun, 18:53: Found out what that rattle was on the drive out - the muffler disconnected from the pipe. Hopefully it'll be a simple and inexpensive fix.

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  • Fri, 12:44: Greetings! I will once again be tweeting Pennsic, so thanks for reading my adventures!
  • Fri, 12:46: Finally on the road. Packed to the gills with Mom's goodies. So full my chassis is unhappy. See you in 5 hours! :)
  • Fri, 15:20: That awkward moment you realize you'd have to tell St. Peter you didn't crash while texting, you were picking granola bits off your shirt.
  • Fri, 17:46: Hooray for Brunton's chocolate milk!
  • Fri, 23:46: Arrived safe and sound. 3 hour wait at Troll but Celeb rocked Land Grab so we're sleeping on our home ground on E-12 tonight!

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  • Thu, 21:06: Thank goodness I'm finally done and ready to go... ... start packing the car for Pennsic. (Did I mention I want to cry?)

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  • Mon, 16:55: Decision time. Do I go with the better 1-year place that costs more, or the less perfect but cheaper situation that's month to month?

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  • Mon, 02:33: I really suck at this moving thing. So damned sick of it... :(

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  • Sat, 22:40: I dreamed last night I was talking to Obama at a party, and he gave me very astute personal insight into my life. My subconscious, perhaps?

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  • Thu, 14:45: Just to let you all know what kind of day I'm having, I am JUST NOW having my FIRST cup of tea. BACK UP, BITCHES.

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  • Tue, 14:39: And now I officially don't like my boss anymore. Lovely.

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  • Tue, 03:31: I wanted it so I bought it even though I don't need it & I'm not sure what I'm going to do with it but I love it so leave me alone about it!

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Buy all the things!

OK, fine, I wanted the thing, so I bought the thing, even though I really don't need the thing, and I'm not even sure what I'm going to do with the thing, but I love the thing, so leave me alone about the thing already!

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  • Sat, 03:02: Yeah, yeah, gay marriage, blah blah blah. STILL SINGLE.

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  • Fri, 11:19: Oh, happy day! Congrats to all my married friends & those who were waiting. Proof that endurance patience & love always triumph. #lovewins

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Equality at last

Oh, happy day. :) Congrats to all my married friends and those who have been waiting for this day. This entire fight proves that endurance, patience and love eventually triumph. #lovewins

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  • Wed, 23:22: @beziergames I have to say I still love using Start Player Express dice every week at my gaming group. They want sets! Sell them! :)

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  • Sat, 23:06: A lovely lesbian librarian wedding, then a storm and power outage. I won't infer anything from the latter about the former. <3 Laura+Tara!

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  • Tue, 02:33: Yeah, I know I'm in desperate need of a change in my emotional quotient when I get choked up watching an old episode of "Voyager"...

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  • Sat, 23:48: Blew me off once, appeared out of nowhere, gave me the wrong quadrant, then the wrong street number. Why do I want to be friends with you?

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  • Wed, 23:27: Tired. Work stress, sick/dying friends, too much traveling, family issues, new relationship pains, and drama. Taking a long weekend for me.

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  • Tue, 23:59: No good deed goes unpunished, as usual...

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  • Tue, 01:48: Feeling sad that a friend I haven't seen in a while suddenly passed away last week. :(

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Useless...

Dear Posh and Prince,

I'm not sure if you noticed, but there's a bug right there. Right in front of you. See it? Moving around on the floor? Right there in front of you? Oh, you do? THEN WHY AREN'T YOU CHASING IT?

Useless, absolutely useless...

24 years and counting!

Interesting. According to the Pennsic Land Office's records, 2015 will be our 22nd year on E12. That also means it'll be the 24th encampment.

I... wow. Seriously. Just wow. I never in a million years thought that would happen. I think the first year we started out with like 6 people camped up against the East royal's ass (behind the portajohns at the top of Horde Hill). Then we were forced to move over by the barn for a year. And then we ended up on E12 (in the sun, no road access, no fire pit, no kitchen tent, no sign).

Corey​ and Kevin​ remember. Charles​ was there, too. So were Alexandros and Carson. And Celeb​'s been around almost that long, too.

(And damn, that means this will be my 25th Pennsic! Double wow!)

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  • Wed, 15:18: Oh look, my ass is getting BBQed across the coals again by other SCAdians for doing my job. (BTW passive aggressive posts aren't the answer)

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  • Mon, 13:26: Preferring to drive at night - upside, no traffic; downside, almost hit 2 deer on the way home last night.

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  • Sun, 01:58: Shit Ray Says When I Wake Him Up: "Zzz... zzz... Huh? Four... zzz... zzz..."

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  • Fri, 17:09: I love my IT guys but how can you not have one copy of MS Publisher in the lab? Not everyone uses Mac or the best programs. Don't judge.

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  • Wed, 13:08: Oh Bigelow English Teatime, how happy you make me...

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Weekend with Ray

Had a great, long weekend with Ray. Things are going well. :)

I went to work on Thursday, and Ray came down late that night. Friday he went in with me and practiced over in Montgomery Hall, our music building, for a while, then we met up with Clint, a friend and co-worker of mine, for lunch in the Great Room, our campus dining hall. Afterwards he got some more work done, and I got a surprising amount of work done myself, knowing I was planning to leave early. Ended up staying later than I thought I would, so we hit Long John Silver to grab food. Friday night was game night, and he took to it quite well - in fact, he made me play Splendor with him after we got home. :)

Saturday we were supposed to meet Kyan for lunch but he bailed, so we slept in, hate a late breakfast, and did some housework (he'd brought some laundry with him). We finally broke for dinner, went to pick up Thai food, then Clint came over and we ate and played Gay Monopoly (Ray won handily).

Sunday we decided to adventure around, and ended up doing a wine tasting at Cove Point Winery (my favorite), then did some shopping around town. When we got hungry, we went to Golden Corral (his first time), then home for more board games (I think he's hooked!).

Ray stayed over Sunday night but left first thing Monday morning, around the time I was getting up to go to work.

I'm totes sprung. He's awesome. :)

Tempest v. Teacup

The changes made today have removed the teeth from the law - the threat of a boycott worked!

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2015/04/02/mike-pence-religious-freedom_n_6996144.html

"The revised law explicitly bars a business from denying services to someone on the basis of categories that include sexual orientation and gender identity..."

This means Indiana's LGBT protections are back to where they were before (which clearly need to be worked on, as the state lacks comprehensive LGBT protections). But it does put the law in line with the federal law it was originally modelled after and other states that have this law. (In fact, it's somewhat better than other states, as it explicitly mentions sexual orientation and gender identity, which some states do not.)

Another article:

http://www.npr.org/blogs/thetwo-way/2015/04/02/397042514/indiana-arkansas-struggle-with-changes-to-religious-freedom-laws

"Lawmakers meeting in Indianapolis on Thursday approved changes to the law to prohibit service providers 'from using the law as a legal defense for refusing to provide services, goods, facilities or accommodations. It also bars discrimination based on factors that include race, religion, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity or United States military service...' It is the first time the Hoosier state has defined either sexual orientation or gender identity a protected category."

SCA drama vs. modern politics

So, for those who may be following on other social media, the heinous Indiana law has bled into the SCA, because the big 50th year anniversary event is being held there next June. (Alas, being the moderator of a couple of different SCA-related Facebook groups, I've gotten to read and deal with a LOT of drama over it during the last three days since the news made the headlines. Not fun, let me tell ya.) A lot of folk are, of course, boycotting the entire state, which of course means the event might suffer.

However, after all this discussion, I am asking people not to boycott. Here are my reasons you should attend:

*** The event staff is working hard to make sure people are treated equally.

Let's face facts - the event is not going to move. An event of this size takes many years of planning, and the event staff have already invested a couple of years, including signing contracts that would be financially crippling to break. There is no possible way a new staff would be able to pull off the logistics in 18 months elsewhere, let alone find an appropriate venue that isn't already booked by now.

So as soon as this news broke, the staff started figuring out how to mitigate any potential harm to attendees. They're looking into exactly how this law would affect the event, and they're talking to local businesses to make sure they're not discriminating. These folks are local, so they know this site and this area, and they've said not only have they never experienced any discrimination, but that everyone they've talked to agrees this new law is apalling and they will continue to serve everyone equally.

And let's not forget that the staff are average folk just like you and me, with 9-5 jobs and families and lives, and are doing this on an all-volunteer, no-pay basis. Why punish them because of things beyond their control?

*** You will only hurt the SCA.

As I said above, the event isn't moving, so really, who are you hurting by not attending? The SCA. Without enough projected attendees to cover costs, the event could tank financially, and that means the SCA will bear the burden. Don't hold back your dollars from the event just because you don't want to give a few pennies to the state government.

Plus, this event is, by convention standards, a small one-shot. No one on a state level is going to notice if we don't show up. We're nowhere as big a fish as some of the other events, like GenCon, which is huge and annual, or the businesses that are threatening to pull money in the millions.

Look at it this way - you're going to support Indiana LGBT rights groups during this, right? Like Equality Indiana? Well come support the event, too, because they're also going to be in there fighting to make sure that everyone who attends the event will be treated fairly.

Attending means you're supporting your friends, the very same people you claim you want to support.

Now, if you feel the SCA Board of Directors isn't doing enough or should be doing something specific, contact them directly, and don't punish the Indiana folks for it.

*** You don't have to give Indiana any money.

If you plan ahead, you can limit the amount of money you actually spend in the state. Fill up your gas tank before you cross the state line, bring plenty of food with you, etc. You can attend and support your SCA friends while still giving a miniscule amount of money to the state government.

*** Clan Blue Feather will be attending.

Oh yes, we will be there in full force, out and proud, making our presence known, including having a Blue Feather Ball and other activities. By attending the event, you will really be showing how much you support us!

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Of course this is an important issue for many people, including me, and I'm hopeful that with this intense public outcry things will change by next June. Until then, I hope people will think very carefully about their plans for the 50th and decide to support the event

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  • Thu, 18:44: I swear to all that is holy if I never hear the word "Indiana" again it will be too soon. GAH!
  • Thu, 23:44: This year's Pennsic project unexpectedly started to take shape tonight. They called me mad, but I'll show them! I'LL SHOW THEM ALL!

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The hell???

Happy First Day of Spring MY ASS
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  • Thu, 12:51: Saw an old friend last night, today work, haircut, car maintenance, then off to see Ray for long spring break weekend. No complaints! :)

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Spring break!

So great catching up with Kyan last night, but busy day today - work, haircut, car maintenance, then off to see Ray for long spring break weekend. No complaints! :)

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  • Tue, 17:08: Shit Ray Says When I Wake Him Up: "Zzz... zzz... Huh? The cheese is magic... zzz... zzz..."

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  • Thu, 13:52: Rain has turned to sleet has turned to snow, so they're closing up early and I'm heading home. Everybody be careful out there today!

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  • Sat, 19:41: Having fun with a friend visiting from China, but sad to find out Mimi's Caf� closed. A southern California reminder for me is gone. :(

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  • Fri, 12:38: Refusing to believe Leonard Nimoy is gone. Not fair. :(

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  • Mon, 18:25: It's always so cute when people ask about my wife.

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  • Sat, 17:14: What else do you do in a snowstorm? Risk your life by driving to the supermarket! Because everyone makes French toast when it snows.

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  • Wed, 16:53: I am forever grateful that I continue to have amazing bosses who are understanding when I make stupid mistakes. I promise I feel guilty! :/

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  • Mon, 19:14: 2" of snow on the ground, 8-10" more coming, left work early, car winterized, fire started, bear ears hat on, eating dinner - good to go!
  • Tue, 09:24: Snow day! Probably got around a foot. Thankfully I don't have to shovel anything.

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The right to arm bears!

That... actually makes a lot more sense.

"This amendment is over the ability to join our law enforcement and last line of national defense, not guns at all.

Every person has the right to be part of our collective protection system – the right to join in our militia, for enforcing our laws, for defending against insurrection and invasion, shall not be infringed. Every person who is of age has the right to keep and bear arms within the well-regulated, the government managed militias."

http://www.addictinginfo.org/2015/02/11/2nd-amendment-wrong/

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  • Wed, 00:46: Man, I hate it when life is peaceful & content without thinking of people I hate, then WHAM! They pop up out of nowhere. Go be not here, K?

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