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Today's recipe for drunk:
2 shots Bombay Sapphire
1/2 shot St. Germain
tonic water & ice

As I am an extreme lightweight these days, it's likely I will not finish the drink. However, it is deliciously botanical and biting - for those who are not dilettante drinkers and do not like pretty bottles more than they actually like alcohol, Bombay is gin and St. Germain is elderflower liqueur. This is an approximation of a drink I had in San Francisco that had some sort of additional citrusy thing in it - which I cannot remember because I am indeed a lightweight these days and a single drink made me very tipsy. Tipsy is fun, because when I end up in front of a mirror in the ladies' room or wherever, I see that I look disheveled, and I am supremely confident that disheveled = hot. Which tends to be a bit of a self-fulfilling prophecy.

Anyway.

So, I am back from a hectic trip to Atlanta, then a 2-day gap, then Durham, NC, then Our Nation's Capitol, which I had not visited prior to this trip. R. (who will be known from here on out as Pirate, because "Arr," and also because it's her daughter's current favorite type of bandit) and I try to see Tori Amos as many times as is feasible whenever she tours - which meant a somewhat insane driving schedule to places I'd not driven before. Every time I go to Atlanta, I have to ask myself why I don't go more often - it's got a lot of the things I want in a city, even if it is too hot most of the time. I was disorganized getting there, and I was a half-hour late for the show, but what I did see was very good. She did a bunch of stuff off the new record at that show, and I'm just not that into the new one, but I never get tired of hearing Precious Things, and she apparently never gets tired of playing it.

As it turns out, Durham is charming, DC is beautiful, and Virginia is almost as good as the Pacific Northwest for green splendor. Tori was amazing - Durham was the best performance, but we had 5th row seats in DC and she was clearly very happy to be back in a place that has a lot of memories for her. Before the show in DC, we met up with someone we've both known online for years. Pirate is actually friends with her; I just know who she is. She was very close to someone (now dead) who really disliked me for unclear reasons, so I was a little uncomfortable going into the situation. However, it all turned out fine, and we all achieved tipsiness and enjoyed ourselves. Also, there was blackberry pie.

I would love to go back to DC and stay for at least a couple of weeks so that I could make a good effort at seeing the museums. It would also be possible to take a day trip or two to see other places I've always wanted to visit - Baltimore, for one. As a big fan of Homicide in its day, and then an even bigger fan of The Wire, I think I'm probably fairly right-sized about the glamor (or lack thereof) that Baltimore has to offer, but I'd like to see it anyway.

I was pretty loopy from driving so much in such a short period of time. Pirate lives in Knoxville and after I dropped her off there, I headed west for Nashvegas...and at the split I headed south instead of west and got halfway to Chattanooga before I realized what I had done. Eventually, I did make it home and had an emotional reunion with the dogs. The Mr. and I were also glad to see one another.

Something I miss about writing fanfiction is that whenever I traveled, I could say where I'd be, and people who liked my writing would clamor to meet up, often travelilng some distance themselves. I never liked it when people would treat me like a rock star instead of a friend, but I miss being a part of a subculture where meetups were practically mandatory when visiting new places. From this you can infer that if I ever mention that I'm coming to a place you either live or would also like to visit, I would be happy to meet you if you are interested.

I am continuing to make stuff for Sims 2 and hope to post a big project soonish. I will probably pretend I'm still mostly not here until I've finished this up. Taking a semi-break from playing and wasting time online (not all of it is a waste, but a fair bit really is...) has been rather refreshing.

Too much typing, not enough drinking. My ice has all melted.

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Date: 2009-08-05 11:55 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] sixtylilies
I have to say, I'm thrilled you're sticking with Sims 2, at least for now. Practically everyone else has jumped on the Sims 3 boat, to my dismay.

Also, I envy you for seeing Tori.

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Date: 2009-08-06 10:11 pm (UTC)
sixtylilies: wide-eyed staring person with dark circles around their eyes. (o.o)
From: [personal profile] sixtylilies
I don't think it seems stalkery, I'd love to have a big sister (I'm the oldest in my family, which sounds more impressive than it is because I only have one sibling). When I was little I yearned for a big brother, but as I got older I realized I was probably better off without one, because I experienced them through visiting friends and they were predominantly shits. Not that you asked.

As for Tori, I mostly enjoyed American Doll Posse, though I didn't think it really matched up to some of her older work. I have yet to hear anything from the new album, but most of the people I know that listen to Tori were not impressed, so I haven't gone out of my way to get it.

I don't have an iPhone, but I am beginning to lust for one more and more. What sort of game would you make?

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Date: 2009-08-06 11:51 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] metatwaddle
Something I miss about writing fanfiction is that whenever I traveled, I could say where I'd be, and people who liked my writing would clamor to meet up, often travelilng some distance themselves. I never liked it when people would treat me like a rock star instead of a friend, but I miss being a part of a subculture where meetups were practically mandatory when visiting new places. From this you can infer that if I ever mention that I'm coming to a place you either live or would also like to visit, I would be happy to meet you if you are interested.

I know we haven't talked too much, but I would be up for a meetup if you do come to Baltimore. I live in northern Delaware, which is about an hour and a half away. Couldn't give you many suggestions about what to do there - Philadelphia is my city, not Baltimore - but at the very least we could go to the Inner Harbor and see the aquarium and such. Even if you're just in DC, I could come down there and we could hang out for an afternoon, or whatever you'd like.

I think online meetups are tons of fun, and I'm usually willing to drive a couple of hours to meet some interesting people. It's funny to me that GoS is a pretty tight-knit community, but meetups don't seem to happen very often. I wonder why that is. In my other online activities, meetups are encouraged when someone is traveling. I've met plenty of people through a sci-fi forum I used to go to - some in Baltimore, DC and New York, but mostly in Philadelphia. I met my current boyfriend at one of the Philly ones, and that's part of why I've become such a fan of meeting online friends. They're usually pretty cool in person.

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