December 27th, 2009

SSuiseiseki

Boxing Day reunion

Ah, Facebook. Once again you connect me with old classmates, and it's a hell of a good time. I hadn't seen LH since graduation day in 1977, and was a little surprised to find her a happily married housewife with kids. TBQH, given that she was somewhat of a proto-steampunk/Goth in high school, I had half expected her to turn out as...well, not a married housewife heavily involved in her church, even if the church is Unitarian Universalist.

On the other hand, people change a lot in 30+ years; facets of their personality emerge that you hadn't seen before, and you get the rare opportunity to see yourself through somebody else's eyes. It was a good time; her husband is a really cool guy, the kids well behaved, and her friends are pretty cool people too. Lots of good food, good conversation, not too much picking at emotional scars. (Although I have to wonder: is there something in the human brain, some obscure social software thing, that compels divorced people to do memory dumps about their exes to each other? Even though the last thing in the world you want to do with people you haven't seen in 30 years is talk about that stuff...)

So I think we'll be getting together again, maybe for table games or something. LH was one of the people I felt really bad about losing touch with, even though we weren't all that close in high school, and it's good to be seeing her again.
SSuiseiseki

ham and hotels

This business with the hotel rooms at Detour this year is fucked up. This will be the first time (that I'm aware of, anyway) staff hasn't had a block of rooms set aside for those who couldn't cover a room on their own and didn't mind sharing with others on staff, or just wanted someplace quiet to sleep when they were off duty. Guests were also in the staff wing, so they could get 2-3 hours of quiet sleep between raves and panels. (Only half kidding there.) I understand that it's not always possible to get a discount rate for staff, but blocking out a set of rooms for staff and guests should be one of the things the hotel department does as a matter of course. One of those minor perks that makes it worth being on staff.

In other news, stuck the "Christmas" ham in the oven for an hour to warm it up. SO GOOD. I had to put it away before I went face-first into it, it was that good. Yum. :)

Surgery followup appointment tomorrow at the VA downtown. Booya.