En route to Boston

Saturday, March 30th, 2013 09:39 am
chanaleh: EVERYTHING WILL BE AMAZING (amazing)
I'm about to get on a bus for Boston (well, Cambridge: arriving Alewife ~3:30pm today) and staying through Monday morning.

  • I have stuff going on most of today/tonight, at which I will see many of you.
  • I'm relatively open tomorrow (Sunday) morning/afternoon, AND I will be Zipcar-enabled; of course, going out places can be somewhat curtailed by it being the yontif of the goyim (Diesel's probably open, though, no?).
  • And I got a 12:30pm return bus for Monday, specially so that I can meet folks for (Passover-friendly) brunch around 10:30, if anyone is free from work and interested in that.

It also occurs to me that I have sort of neglected to find anywhere to stay for Sunday night, so, er, if anyone who wants to see me has a couch or something to offer, I'd be grateful.

Moadim l'simcha!
chanaleh: (breathe)
I am pretty sure the last time I was at Lunacon was in 2008. So it's changed a lot:

(1) The hotel has been substantially renovated. I actually quite liked the changes aesthetically (fireplace!), but by the end of the weekend I was a bit nostalgic for the old look (and the old coffee shop!)
(2) Apparently the con's gotten smaller since I was last there, and apparently also there was some extra-special organizational chaos going on -- but from where I was sitting, I felt approximately zero impact (programming? what's that??), so whatever. Everyone I saw seemed to be having a pretty good time, or at least holding it together while enabling other people to have a good time (so thanks to all those people for that).
(3) In particular, I very much felt the absence of [livejournal.com profile] ablock, as well as [livejournal.com profile] xdaemon and [livejournal.com profile] aurelis and several other specific folks I associate strongly with Lunacons past. (No bagel run! Sniff!)
(3a) Relatedly, this may be the first time I have ever been at Lunacon without at least nominally working tech.
(4) It is also for sure the first time I have ever traveled to Lunacon on the MetroNorth commuter rail rather than roadtripping from Boston. (No Rein's Deli!! Double sniff!)

In any case, however, it was excellent to get to see [livejournal.com profile] kalessin and [livejournal.com profile] mercury_sparkle (even if it was mostly in the ops office, at least we still got to have dinner together)... and lots of other dear friends, and some cool new ones. And I did make it to the hot tub for about 20 minutes (went down by myself, but chatted with the nice folks who were in there, and it was all good) before heading up to a certain single-malt-themed party.

And bringing MuffinButtons to Lunacon for the first time was definitely fun and worth doing. FAQ #1: How'd you do? I broke even on my con expenses (including transportation and Saturday dinner) with literally about $4 to spare. Oh, um, except that's on gross receipts and I still have to pay sales tax out of that, so came out a bit under, after all. But that's still pretty good.

And, signal boost: my next-door booth neighbor was this adorable young math teacher who draws an adorable, smart webcomic called Monster Haiku. And every single time new people came up and he would pitch them the book, my brain kept serving up to me the idea of how much Tiger Boy would have liked it. Which was both exasperating and endearing in about equal, if small, measures. Yes, every strip actually is a haiku (in the basic American 5-7-5 sense, not the Japanese content-structure sense). With monsters. Since I use LJ as my RSS aggregator, I have syndicated it as [livejournal.com profile] monsterhaiku.

... And now I'm headed out shortly for my performance at the New York Gilbert & Sullivan Society. This is a scaled-down reprise of the January show I did at Temple Israel Center in White Plains ( LJ | DW ), consisting largely of Anna Russell's delightful parody piece "How to Write Your Own Gilbert & Sullivan Operetta", plus a bunch of solo/duet/trio selections, and finishing up with Trial By Jury because hey. 7:30pm at the Community Church of New York, 40 E 35th St (corner of Park). Robbie, our Fearless Leader, called me this afternoon to warn me that some of our folks might have trouble getting to the show if the snow got bad, and so, basically, "be prepared to wing it, the show must go on, all that". So if we end up doing a spontaneous from-memory 4-person rendition of the entire Act I finale of Iolanthe... well, I just hope they have a camera running. :-}
chanaleh: (sleeping)
I was about to say "belated con report", but it's really only been two days since I got home, even though it feels like about 6.

Things that were awesome about this Arisia for me: lots )

Things that were less awesome: few and minor )

But, seriously, that's kind of all I can think of. It was pretty fab all around.

So I've pretty much made up my mind to sign up for vending at Lunacon in mid-March. :-)
And now I have done three loads of laundry and it's time to go to bed.
chanaleh: (Default)
Whew. Another whirlwind Boston weekend.

Oh, before I forget (since it already feels like weeks ago): I posted my July 4th notes (link to LJ version) on the date more appropriate, so as to try and get back in the habit of posting things more promptly instead of huge catch-up entries every several weeks.

So, Boston weekend, the third in four weeks )

ETA: The bus! Which took SEVEN HOURS to get from South Station to Penn Station! If [livejournal.com profile] awhyzip hadn't packed me that fruit salad for the bus, I would have been a lot sadder by the time we landed. As it was, within a few minutes after I got home, I was standing over the stove literally eating sausages (okay kosher Moroccan lamb kebabs om nom) right out of the frying pan because OMG STARVING. I think [livejournal.com profile] justom is right that in the summertime it's just not worth trying to leave in either direction before 6:30pm, because you can't get there before 10:30pm no matter what you do.

... So.

In some ways I saw a lot more people than I normally might, but conversely, not necessarily in a very focused way. I had several people say "When are you coming BACK so I/we can SEE you??" -- and the answer is, definitely not for a few more weeks, no matter how many social activities I will be missing next weekend! We're coming for sure Labor Day weekend for a wedding, but that's likely to mean time is pretty booked up. But it's possible there will be another visit in the interim. Will advise.

March 2012 calendaring

Thursday, March 1st, 2012 08:00 am
chanaleh: (crow's nest)
It's astounding... time is fleeting. :-}

Also, I have a mad plan to come up to Boston for a certain Hot Foods party this weekend. I thought the mad plan would be to take a 24-hour Zipcar, because I also want to catch Sudbury's Ruddigore, of which it is closing weekend. But that turns out to be way too mad (costwise, because of the extra mileage charges), so I might bus and get a Zipcar locally instead, do an early and a late party shift, and run out to Sudbury in between for the 8pm closing show. -- Unless I decide in the next 36 hours that I'm completely insane to think about this! I will advise.

Anyway, on to the calendar. )
chanaleh: (snoopydock)
We're having a housewarming next Sunday night! I set the Facebook event to "private", so if you are (or might be) in the NYC area and I didn't get you added -- or, of course, if you are not ON Facebook and need the details -- let me know.

Also, I designed a new Rosh Hashanah card which I should, assuming they get delivered reliably, be sending out at the end of next week. Thus:

[Poll #1778990]
chanaleh: Snoopy in a Santa hat (xmas)
Every year around Thanksgiving, I say to myself, "This year is going to be different." This year, I did my first gift shopping the first weekend of December and I thought, "Hey, I'm on track, look at me, I could actually have some gifts shipped out early this year." Yet at 4:30pm on December 24, there I was, still wrapping family gifts. )

Sigh.

I wrote a blanket apology for this phenomenon two years ago, most of which is still generally applicable. The question is, *why*? )

Well, at least my mom called me this afternoon to say that they got my package today (in California! w00t!) and were really pleased and touched. (Also yesterday, when I called my dad, he reiterated how much he absolutely LOVED the book I sent him last month for his birthday, which he is still finishing reading... so I felt happy to have done well by him on that one. It's always nice to actually hit one out of the park.) So... happy Boxing Day!

I'm supposed to be at a party right now, but... I woke up with a sore throat this morning, and though it wore off by midmorning, it's generally the sign of an incipient cold. Which I don't want to (a) share around nor (b) make worse, on top of being generally run-down from the preceding week's medical adventures. Despite the 2-hour nap I took this afternoon, I'm still tired enough that by 7:30 I was actually in tears at the idea of mustering the koach to go out and spend even an hour at the party. :-} It's rare enough for me to run out of energy, particularly social energy, that I really have to listen when I do. So, I'm sending regrets with [livejournal.com profile] ablock to the hostess and host, and likewise to the rest of you I would have liked to see there.
chanaleh: (sleeping)
[livejournal.com profile] jessruth said to me a week ago, "You haven't updated since Staxmas! I have no idea what you've been up to!" Yeah, I know; busy busy, not much to narrate. -- But when Tiger Boy says to me "Hey, you haven't updated in a while!"... I know I am overdue. :-)

So let's see.
long rambly State of the Chanaleh )

LJ stuff: Suddenly both jweiss and Kosher Boy have succumbed. Welcome, [livejournal.com profile] brass_rat and [livejournal.com profile] toyb, respectively. :-D

[livejournal.com profile] arisia stuff: Did I mention I'm selling buttons in the honest-to-God Dealer's Room this year? I may live to regret it, but hey, I have to try it once. You can find me at Table 8. And hey, Pup, Joelll, I'm crashing with you after all. *grin*

Um, and there is more upcoming, but I think this is it for tonight. Bed is seriously calling.
chanaleh: Muffin the Vampire Baker: "It's him, Muffin! You have to protect him at all costs!" "I'M ON IT!" (i'm on it!)
Don't forget our joint birthday fiesta tonight! 8pm-2am chez [livejournal.com profile] ablock. Cake around 11:15pm. Be there or miss out on me and [livejournal.com profile] gilana in our party finest.

Oh yes, and it's also [livejournal.com profile] mangosteen's 33-1/3. ;-)

Okay, off to Costco.
chanaleh: (breathe)
State of the [livejournal.com profile] chanaleh:

New job is great. I did feel distinctly homesick on Monday -- which is a very unusual sensation for me -- but shortly thereafter I was already beginning to feel settled in. LaTeX City, population: me )

Public service announcements:
  • Tonight at 7pm, [livejournal.com profile] gilana and I (and [livejournal.com profile] moria923 and [livejournal.com profile] heliopsis and many other talented folks) are performing at this Broadway Night fundraiser at First Church in Davis Sq. You should all come if you're (a) free and (b) at all entertained by the idea of a closing singalong (or, conversely, of me and Gilly in slinky black gowns and feather boas). It'll be cute, and you get dessert.
  • Also tonight, at 10pm: Selichot (a pre-Rosh Hashanah service) at [livejournal.com profile] tremontstshul, for those who are interested.
  • Next Friday night, Sept. 30, at 8pm (after shul): Sean Altman and Five O'Clock Shadow perform at Ryles. Tickets are $12 (plus $2.50 apiece extortion convenience charge for advance purchase). I'm going to buy tickets online later this week. Feel free to buy your own advance tickets (or at-door, of course, if that's your thing), but anyone interested in joining my order should speak up by Tuesday latest.
  • Party at [livejournal.com profile] ablock's house! Saturday, Oct. 1, 8pm-3am. Nominally this covers [livejournal.com profile] ablock's own birthday (the 27th I mean, of course, 24th), but as we're having it so early in the month this year, really it's more about mine (the 6th) -- and [livejournal.com profile] gilana's (the 3rd), whose birthday last year proved such a... festive occasion that we are happy to co-opt its fearsome power. ;-)

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