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He don't like the young folks, I know

Pretty busy weekend, despite the heat. Spent a lot of it out and about, surprisingly; lots of things needed to be done and couldn't be put off.

Friday night: long-delayed meeting with Steph for not-sushi (the rest of the staff having gotten their sushi a couple months back) and talk about registration plans for 2007. Went home afterwards and hacked on apazine, discovering in the process that the printer had developed a wide black streak down the midle of the pages. Grrrr.

Saturday: went to Kinko's, printed and copied the zine on Astrobright Red to match the scorching temperatures, and headed to the collation at basilpsyche's place (OK, his mom's place. Whatever.) Pretty fat issue this time with lots of contributors. some of whom (hi, luned!) even showed up! Wooo! Went to dinner with jolest and Jeanne at the recently reopened Town Talk Diner.

It's expanded into a bar/restaurant of the trendy sort. That having been said, the food is good and the tweaking of the menu items is both minimal and of good quality (adding gruyere to the grilled cheese sandwich or offering garlic/parsley fries along with the standard shoestrings, for example) so that you don't feel like the unwitting victim of collision cuisine experimentation. It's a tad spendy, on a par with downtown bar/grill joints, but then I'm a cheap bum whose usual dining expeditions involve Chinese buffets. Went home afterward, hit the pool (aaaaaaahhhhhh) and some hours later sallied forth to spend entirely too much money at the Wal-Mart Supercenter on food, kitchen stuff, and a new beach towel of extraordinary magnitude. (It fits around my ass.)

Sunday: picked up jamestrainor for breakfast and swimming. The children have finally reached the point where the hairpulling and poking is now an occasional verbal thing, praise Jesus. We hit Q. Cumbers for the breakfast buffet, went back to the apartment after stopping en route for P to acquire work shoes that didn't kill her feet, and then soaked ourselves in the pool for a couple of hours. I took jamestrainor home after that, hit B&N for fresh reading material (Charles Stross' Accelerando and John Steele Gordon's An Empire of Wealth, taking advantage of a 25% off coupon for the latter) before going home and vegging for a couple of hours. Once it was dark, I packed up all my laundry and headed out to the laundromat, did laundry and read about half of Accelerando, swung by the local Wal-Mart to get stuff we'd forgotten in the Saturday run, and finally got home around midnight. Stayed up until about 0200 reading more Accelerando.

And that was the weekend.