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I realized I haven't updated what I've been up to the last couple of weeks, but basically it was DC Pride, and then CON.TXT over the past two weekends. I'll include pictures to make it interesting. :)

The weekend of Pride I took off early on Friday so my co-worker and I could use his truck to get a few large items I still had at the old house, including a broken washer and dryer I needed to take to the dump. That went well, but then after stopping for gas I passed my co-worker on the side of the road - he'd been rear-ended in stop-and-go traffic. I felt bad, but he pointed out the other guy's insurance would take care of it, so I stuck around for a while until the cops showed up. Later that night I went to gaming and although there was a little more snark than usual, it was fun as it always is.

Saturday was the Capital Pride parade. I drove up around noon and met up with Asians & Friends Washington at a park in Alexandria for a BBQ and pot luck, which was much fun - quite a lot of people showed up, so I got to meet some new folks as well as hang out with people I've already met (and this is a really, really nice bunch of guys that I'm really starting to look forward to hanging out with every chance I get).

From there I went into town to find parking. My usual spots on the fringes of duPont Circle were, of course, completely filled, as well as the immediate area being cordoned off for the parade. I gave many thanks to Al Gore for inventing GPS, because I was finding areas of DC I'd never driven around before, so it was actually kind of neat. Had to park a bit of a hike away from the festivities, but I figured I need to start getting into shape for walking around Pennsic. :)

I stopped off in the circle to meet up with folks, but apparently they'd changed plans while I was parking, so I went with plan B and hung out on the steps of another member's townhouse, which was right on the parade route and right next to the reviewing stand. In the past when I've gotten tired of things I've tried to find new ways of experiencing them; for example, when the pride festivals got boring, I ran a booth, so it was fun again. I've watched a million parades in my day and was expecting another boring one, but I discovered that standing next to the reviewing stand was QUITE fun. Not only was Lena Lett, the drag queen hosting, incredibly funny filling the pauses in between groups, but she was announcing who each group was, which was really useful since half the time I couldn't see banners or signs or t-shirts from where I was.

Speaking of parades, I've had some queer friends in the past say that pride parades were bad for the community - too much rampant, un-middle-American sexuality, and not enough "normalcy," so it gives us a "bad image." (Insert appropriate amount of eye rolling here, but don't hurt yourselves now!) Not only do I wholeheartedly not agree with such claptrap, but I've been trying to find out if these friends have attended a parade since, oh, 1991 or so. NEWS FLASH - they're BORING. So for shits and giggles I decided to Tweet each group as it went by, and then did a little analysis. From least to most, we had:

5 humanitarian groups
5 healthcare groups
6 sports groups
8 bar/clubs (3 of these had scantily-clad people on them - the horrors!)
10 governmental groups
11 political groups
11 religious groups
15 social groups
29 community groups
35 businesses

Boy, we're a bunch of Radical Fairies out there with cockrings and nipple pasties and leather chaps, aren't we? Oh, wait - no, we're not. The parade was sponsored by, among other such controvertial businesses, a bottled iced tea company, a car rental company, a national bank and a trash removal service. OMG CALL PAT ROBERTSON.

The most lurid thing I saw besides men in Speedos was the live cast of Rocky Horror Picture Show, and the group that got the biggest applause was the Mormons for Marriage Equality group (followed closely by the ususal favorites, PFLAG).

Anyway, I made sure to thank Lena afterwards for being so entertaining. I got a picture:

After that we all went to a great little Thai place for dinner, and again there were quite a few folks that turned up, so I got to meet even more people. On the way home I stopped off and hung out with another friend. Much fun! :)

Sunday I got my hair cut, checked out hotels for my upcoming party, had dinner with a friend from DC who was down in the area and I hadn't seen in a long time, and then went shopping at K-Mart. (I know, so exciting, why don't I update more?)

Work's been a little hectic with the end of the fiscal year coming up shortly, plus I've been putting in summer hours so I can take the occassional Friday off. One night I got stuck on the bridge on the way home in construction and I thought there were worse places to get stuck for a few minutes:

So then last weekend was CON.TXT, a bi-annual slash convention that Stuart (minotaurs) introduced me to 6 years ago. This was my third, but by the end of it was really the first one where I was noticed. :)

I got there Friday afternoon in time for a Doctor Who panel, which is always fun to discuss with slashers and geeks. I checked into my hotel, helped out with some logistical stuff, and then unloaded my games to play while the Friday night dance was going on. We had 4 tables going at the height of it, so it was a good time.

I'd been fighting a chest cold all day, so I decided to skip breakfast and the morning panels I wanted to go to and slept in instead. I eventually got up, got something to eat, and hung out at the con for a while, helping wherever needed and meeting some new folks. I hit another Doctor Who panel, went to dinner with brak666, went back to my hotel room to rest for a minute... and woke up around midnight, so I missed the video show. :( Still, I needed it, and I think it actually prevented me from getting *really* sick over the weekend.

Sunday I made it in time for breakfast and the art show auction, and managed to win a piece even though ceciliatan tried to outbid me (foolish woman!):

It's my second piece by digitalwave, and although I have no interest in the fandom (it's "Supernatural"), I like the way she does wings. ;)

After that I went to an Avatar/Korra panel, volunteered some more, checked out of my hotel, and went to the dead duck panel (their hiss & purr). I made it home, collapsed with the kitties, and tried to get better.

One thing I did do at the con was to create my own white-faced whistling duck (of which I am their king):

Alas, whatever I fought off over the weekend gave me bronchitis. Last year I let my cough go way too long and it drove me crazy, but this time I recognized it quicker, so although I was feeling good Monday, I felt crappy again Tuesday, so I called out sick and only got up to go see my doctor, who gave me a cough suppressant and an antibiotic (so far I don't need Prednisone like I did last year). I'm sure it'll be gone in a week, but I'm determined to make sure it's over and done with before Pennsic.

This weekend is gaming, an AFW dinner, and hopefully my packing dry run for Pennsic (new car, no idea what will and won't fit). The following weekend is my party, then no plans for July 4. I have my traffic court date the week after, and then it's All Pennsic, All The Time until I leave on the 27th. :)


So what's new with you? ;)


( 20 comments — Comment )
Jun. 22nd, 2012 09:35 am (UTC)
Since I'm not working this week, I seem to be spending a lot of time staying up in the middle of the night. Tried grocery shopping yesterday, except that the local chain couldn't process bank cards, and I only had $5 cash, no checkbook. Bought ice cream, came home.
Jun. 22nd, 2012 02:15 pm (UTC)
But, hey - ice cream! :)
Jun. 22nd, 2012 10:09 am (UTC)
unless reality warps somewhere i do not know about DC pride is not every pride parade.
Jun. 22nd, 2012 02:15 pm (UTC)
Having been to many, many parades over the past 20 years in a wide variety of locales... yes, yes it is.
Jun. 23rd, 2012 10:19 pm (UTC)
then why is there so much fetsih gear and nudity and such in the ones i have seen video of. Like Pittsburgh. hell it is all i hear about from the people that go most of the time. that and how horrible the protestors are at them
Jun. 25th, 2012 03:57 am (UTC)
The key is the "video" part. People focus on that part of it, which represents all of about 5% of the total parade (and, by extension, the whole damned community). Don't furries constantly complain that the only thing people see of their community is the plushies and the ones having sex in their fursuits on the hood of a car?
Jun. 27th, 2012 11:32 pm (UTC)
Not always. but then we also do not post that as the entirety of our existence. where as if i look up the videos posted By gays for gays of the parades or read their journals. all i hear about is that. and see the public sex and shit. if gays do not want that type of image even amoung themselves then why is that the only thing they focus on. i am not talking about the news either. but the participants. this is what they show me. The gay parade on the news for pittsburgh was well covered and showed none of that. if i went by mainstream media i would think they were all suit wearing people and drag queens.
Jun. 27th, 2012 11:45 pm (UTC)
Hey, I like scantily-clad men, too, so of course that's what I focus on, too. And the news wants the extremes, so you get suits and drag queens. My whole point of Tweeting the parade was to show that the vast majority of our community is just as boring as the rest of society, and that we're *not* just suits, drag queens and assless chaps (as much fun as those 3 things are).
Jun. 22nd, 2012 02:18 pm (UTC)
Omg! Quite an awesome read .. and it seems you had a wonderful time!! Nice Pics!

That cough thing you mentioned. I'm wonderin' if that's what i've developed. Since i'm still barkin' a tad when i do cough.

Oh.. i'd like to do the marvy things you do.. but i think it would take a klonopin or two.. and a few glasses of wine.... to get me out there... and started! ;) Then i go wild.. i'd prolly be all over you! :P

In hopes you have a WONDERFUL Day!! ♥
Jun. 22nd, 2012 03:46 pm (UTC)
It was an awesome time. I've been having to make a tremendous effort since the divorce to improve my social networks, but after a year I think I've made some significant progress.

Definitely get the cough looked into - as my doctor said, if you keep coughing, your body isn't going to get a chance to heal. Wise words! :)
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Jun. 22nd, 2012 03:50 pm (UTC)
Almost? Please - the pandering is painful. Really, does Waste Management really need to drive a trash truck festooned in rainbow flags down the street for us? And I think every single DC city commissioner was there, as well as several candidates running for various offices.

I remember the days of crappy floats, drag queens and jockstraps - and those were the dykes! :)
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Jun. 22nd, 2012 04:21 pm (UTC)
Some of my generation decry the commercialization of pride, but I just ignore it and enjoy the little flavors that still shine through, like a live RHPS cast or Mormons for Marriage. :)
Jun. 22nd, 2012 03:15 pm (UTC)
the only Pride parade I've been to is San Francisco and that one gets a little racy.

But, I was really surprised to see that your parade had a Mormons for Marriage Equality group! Good for them!
Jun. 22nd, 2012 03:51 pm (UTC)
I dare say SF is even probably being slowly invaded by corporate America, but if anyone's going to keep the real flavor, it'll be them. :)
Jun. 22nd, 2012 05:08 pm (UTC)
Glad you had a good Pride weekend. :-)
Jun. 22nd, 2012 05:29 pm (UTC)
I did. Pride is always fun. I wasn't quite feeling up to heading all the way back up for the festival on Sunday (it's an hour and a half drive or so), but that's ok - same rainbow crap, different year. ;)
Jun. 23rd, 2012 06:40 pm (UTC)
That is one nice piece of artwork.
Jun. 25th, 2012 03:58 am (UTC)
She does lovely work, really, if you like manips and have fannish tendencies. :)
Jul. 3rd, 2012 09:04 am (UTC)
Thanks, sweetie, for the kind words! :)
Jul. 3rd, 2012 05:12 pm (UTC)
Any time! Your art speaks for itself, really. ;)
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