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Ecto gammat: the weekend that was

It was a fairly busy weekend, all in all, although half of it seemed to be spent in front of a computer screen.

Friday evening I went to the Clarion West party at Andy and Carrie's. I mostly hung out with my old confreres in the lounge area that had been set up in the middle of the back yard, complete with couch and firepit. Two Clarion West students came out and were interactive. One was a young Aussie guy named Jack who had just graduated from uni. I would have identified him as British from his accent, which reminded me of a young upper class guy I met in Melbourne the one time I was there. The other interactive student was a middle aged guy whose name I didn't catch. He was ex-military, and he mostly sat and smoked his pipe and listened to us, although he was willing to talk when I started asking him questions.

I was feeling pretty wiped out from the announcement of the layoffs at work, which I've decided it's not appropriate for me to write about here. Suffice it to say that I did not get laid off, and the atmosphere around here is pretty tense.

For the rest of the weekend I spent a lot of time working on my blog and on WOOF -- correspondence, the table of contents, my own zine. It all seemed to take up surprising amounts of time. I didn't get out in the sun enough, although I did work in the yard a bit yesterday. I also did find time to do some reading here and there, which felt good. Finished Moebius and Jodorowsky's The Incal, and read more chapters of Miyazaki's Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind and William K. Everson's American Silent Cinema.

Yesterday evening was a BBQ on the neighbors' back deck. It was the lovely day for a BBQ. The food was great, and the company was fine. Yet I was feeling a little out of synch. I don't know what it was. Maybe still feeling the tension from work. I didn't sleep well this weekend either. (Which is actually one reason I got more reading done than I would have normally.)

So an industrious weekend, and a social weekend, but slightly off. August is going to be pretty crazy, between various projects, visitors, a family reunion in Oregon, and Worldcon. carl got the first galley of Alternative Pants to me yesterday. That's the epic trip report I've written about my travels last November. So I can add proofing that to my To Do list. Und so weiter.

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wrdnrd
Jul. 25th, 2011 09:29 pm (UTC)
Naturally i'm curious how things shook out over there, and would be interested to discuss it with you via email (chris@wrdnrd.net) or over drinks. Of course, i also completely understand if you'd rather not talk about it at all, either.
randy_byers
Jul. 25th, 2011 09:51 pm (UTC)
E-mail ahoy.
surliminal
Jul. 26th, 2011 12:24 am (UTC)
well i'll look fwd to the triprep, lots, and glad you've not been laid of tho i know exactly how shit it is to work places this stuff is happening :-(
randy_byers
Jul. 26th, 2011 12:55 am (UTC)
Feels like I've been working on this damn trip report for eons, but it's almost there. With color photos, in the latest fashion!
smofbabe
Jul. 26th, 2011 03:58 am (UTC)
Glad you escaped the layoff but the survivor guilt can be a problem, as can be the added workload! Hang in there.
randy_byers
Jul. 26th, 2011 02:55 pm (UTC)
Thanks, smofbabe. The mixture of feelings is indescribable, if not indigestible.
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