August 8th, 2006


Much Yayness to Report

It's been a great few days, which is a rarity for me. It's not that I live a bad life or anything, but there's been much happiness and good news recently, and it's extremely rare for it all to happen so close together. It's a nice feeling, and one I wish could last 365 days a year.

First, this weekend was MarcyCon 2006 up in Waterloo, Ontario. It's always nice to go up there and see the Italianos - I don't see them nearly as much as I used to. They're some of my favorite people. The same with Brett Savory and Sandra Kasturi, Jay Ridler, Mike Kelly, Stephen Leclerc, Monica Kuebler (finally got to meet her fiancée B. too) and so many others. But even better was getting to spend some quality time with glamberson, seeing his wife Tamar again and finally meeting their baby girl, Kaelin. Much fun was had, much alcohol and meat (including a hamburger stuffed with cheese and bacon!) was consumed, and our late-night (early-morning?) viewing of Friday the 13th Part 3 on the Italianos' gigantic widescreen TV reminded me that the movie has no redeeming entertainment value whatsoever, aside from pointing out the scenes that used to be in 3D (the old hippy passing the joint directly to the camera was a standout). The new Chez Italiano is fantastic, too. I'm jealous of their house. Terrible traffic at the Canadian border aside, it was a wonderful time, and I can't wait to go back for MarcyCon 2007.

Then, last night, I met up with jewellwelles at local bar Camp (designed to look like a summer camp inside, complete with archery targets and kayaks on the walls - it sounds lame, but it's actually a fun place) so we could buy each other belated birthday drinks. I think it was the longest time she and I have spent together talking only to each other, and it turns out she's even cooler than I originally thought. Then, after some glorious cheese fries at the local 24-hour diner, it was back to my place for two taped episodes of Garth Marenghi's Darkplace, which is much funnier when you're drunk.

Then, today, after we had breakfast at the same 24-hour diner (luckily the wait staff had changed shifts, otherwise I'm sure it would have depressed and confused them to see us again), I dropped jewellwelles off at the subway and came home to a bit of good news via email:

I'm now officially an Active member of the HWA!

(Everyone I mentioned this to thought I was Active already, but no, some bad business decisions early in my career kept that from happening until now.)

Tonight, one last crit group meeting with leethomas and Stefan Petrucha before they move away from New York. Should be much fun and even a little boo-hooing.