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Utterly Predictable

So, here it is, mere hours until I hope to be on the road...and a mere two days after I'd first hoped to set out for Montreal.

There was this magazine that needed laying out, you see, and these four newsletters that were just approved to go to print.....

Yes, life as usual and then some. Laundry is done, the stuff to go in the car is mostly assembled or piled high in visual proximity of the door. Sleep is next, well, after those newsletters go to print. Unless I run into a problem that requires thinking. If so, I'll sleep first, then finish up the files and upload them to the printer in Minnesota.

So what did I do? I read a piece of email, learning an interesting fact about a person I'll meet this weekend, and...

Yup. I had an idea. In the course of putting that idea together, I ran across a tiny, little prezzie I picked up years ago for a friend I'll see Thursday, so wrapped that up.

In short, I did what I've done in the hours before going to a convention for, oh, decades now. I had fun, putting together something totally unplanned, unexpected. A little bit of Geri magic, or Geri weirdness, or thoughtfulness, or something like that. It's that thing I do that I then forget and somebody writes years later about receiving a little ribbon flower when I was a GoH at their first convention, and how welcome it made them feel...it's like all those lovely prezzies large and small that I've been on the receiving end of at convention after convention. It's small. Very small. If I've read it right, it will a lovely, unexpected point of fannish connection. If not, well, it was this weird, thoughtful thing I had the joy of doing.

The real win -- in terms of my own realities and needs du jour -- is that it took 20 minutes instead of 3-4 hours like these impulse ideas usually do.

I could still put another week or so to good use. But I've slept 8-9 hours for most of the nights this past week even if I have now been up since Sunday afternoon. I will sleep before driving, and I'll send those newsletters to print, too.

It's Worldcon. I can tell. The real joy of it, personally, is that I am happy. Happy, and ever so grateful for the many kindnesses -- the ever-so-generous fannish gift economy -- that is making the trip possible in the first place.

See you on the Funway....


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Aug. 4th, 2009 06:37 am (UTC)
Enjoy it all, and add a degree of enjoyment on my behalf. I know it'll be fantastic for you, and you'll be fantastic for it!
Aug. 4th, 2009 09:27 am (UTC)
It's in Canada. Eastern Canada. Of course I'll be thinking of you. I save some of the very best moments and memories and channel them your way.
Aug. 4th, 2009 03:19 pm (UTC)
Fantastic! (By the way, did any of my maunderings about hair color help you?)
Aug. 4th, 2009 05:00 pm (UTC)
Yes, they did. Or, to be more precise, they will. Sorry I didn't respond to the information itself. Very useful.

There was a Sally's beauty place 5 blocks from Toad Hall. Here, not so close. But I know what to look for and your suggestion that I start with a box kit first and then go with the economical volume approach.
Aug. 4th, 2009 06:39 am (UTC)
It's that thing I do that I then forget and somebody writes years later about receiving a little ribbon flower when I was a GoH at their first convention, and how welcome it made them feel...

My most treasured fannish possession (bar none) is the piece of gravel you sent me after I did the changes to the Scarbo Tower page on Wikipedia, adding a "Cultural References" section for The Enchanted Duplicator.
Aug. 4th, 2009 09:33 am (UTC)
Grin. I knew it was right to send it to you, and am thoroughly pleased to hear how right.

It's all in the story, and we're weaving the stories of the future ourselves even as we treasure the artifacts that connect us to the stories woven by fans of earlier eras.

Funny you should mention a rock. Well, a pebble, anyway.

Also, we're likely to try some UStream stuff in Montreal. Are you going to be around this weekend? No times set yet; just a notion. (There's free wifi on Anticipation's party floors.)
Aug. 4th, 2009 10:37 am (UTC)
Mark and I will be on our way after work tonight. This is my first Worldcon. It will be good to see you again.
Aug. 4th, 2009 11:39 am (UTC)
I am *so* looking forward to seeing you this weekend!
Aug. 4th, 2009 05:03 pm (UTC)
Ditto! Ditto! Ditto!

So much. So very, very much.
Aug. 4th, 2009 02:32 pm (UTC)
In 24 hours, I should be preparing to land at YUL. (Well, I'm not going to be flying the plane, but you know what I mean.)

I am so looking forward to this week. I need this week.
Aug. 4th, 2009 05:02 pm (UTC)
Likewise. May we both have the week we need and so richly deserve.
Aug. 4th, 2009 03:57 pm (UTC)
I'm going to miss that Geri sweetness.
Aug. 4th, 2009 09:15 pm (UTC)
Ustreaming sounds good to me
I will definitely be around. As soon as you have details, let me know and I'll post them on tuckerverse. My own attempts to get some webcasting sorted for the weekend didn't work out, as I couldn't find the right combination of people who were (a) interested (b) not too busy with other things and (c) actually at the convention...

Edited at 2009-08-04 09:16 pm (UTC)
Aug. 5th, 2009 05:46 am (UTC)
See you tomorrow, I hope. (Well, later today by now.)
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