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Haunted Basement begins again [29 Sep 2016|10:41pm]
Welp, Haunted Basement is rolling again. Have I mentioned that I'm designing a room for the first time? I'm designing a room for the first time. Does anyone read this? Hi, Russian intellectuals who I recently learned own this site now! Or the Russian mob? Or the Russian government? It's unclear.

Anyhoo. I'm already exhausted and injured (hello, leg scrape that will take a while to fully heal), but I think I'm doing it smarter this year. Fortunately (ish), I couldn't get time off from work during hte Fringe, so I have a bunch of PTO left over, and I'm burning it now. One day off a week, and hopefully Halloween and the day after as well. I say hopefully, because we are astonishingly short-staffed at work right now. We just lost two long-term people to transfers, and although we've done a lot of hiring, proper training is next to impossible when we're this busy. Still, I'm getting the time, and it should help me keep my sanity. And sleep. Oh, glorious sleep.

...that's it? I guess so. Wow, short entry.

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Project Zero Three (A New Beginning): Day 300 Checkin [20 Aug 2016|01:20am]
Day 300 already... man, time is passing. Another few items done, along with a whole Fringe Festival. Still keeping up with Habitica, which is helping with the long-term items. Let's see where day 300 stands!

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As it stands, Day 300 (8/19); 9/101 DoneCollapse )

Completed GoalsCollapse )

Long-term list items (percent to go):

12. Origami Cranes (860/950 - 90.52%) (Got the daily task going, plus a few extra. Still not near the rate needed, but finally got the wheels on the ground)
46. Pulp magazines (26/68 - 38.23%) (Huge progress again. Amazing how fast this goes once it starts moving downhill. Now, to keep it up)
48. Misc Movie List (17/22 - 77.27%) (Not nothing, but fell behind the desired rate. Maybe time for a focus?)
49. VHS (21/23 - 91.30%) (Woo! Not much, but something- I broke the 100%)
50. mp3s (255/264 - 96.59%) (Dead nothing this round)
58. Sushi (61/65 - 93.84%) (Okay, seriously. I know this is probably the least important one on the whole list, but I have to meet up with friends more often)
69. New DVD shelf (51/48 - 106.25%) (Forward progress, but still not better than I was on day one. Time to find some household chores I can do to commentary tracks)
76. Emily's Movie List (81?) (No change, either direction)
86. Classic “Who” (566/578 - 97.92%) (Stalled on same, unavailable storyline. Will find a way)
96. Caching: MN Counties (35/35 - 100%) (No break, yet. Want to make unrelated fall plans; will try for something then)
97. Caching: Wildflower Parks (78/78 - 100%) (Also nothing, but have a Duluth trip planned in two days. Should be able to get at least one down)
101. Caching: 14 Events (13/14 - 92.85%) (Nothing this round- maybe something for Halloween?)

We'll see how the next century goes; Haunted Basement is coming up, after all. But I should be able to accomplish... something or another.

Onward and upward.
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Close friends [31 Jul 2016|07:11pm]
So, I'm an introvert. This is true. No surprise.

Longstanding consequence of that which I've been feeling keenly of late: I don't tend to hang out with people by default. I love to, and will with gusto, but it's a planned event 99 times out of a hundred, not just a thing that falls together. Obviously, a lot of that is based on convenience; when I lived in a dorm with friends, or had a friend in the apartment next door, it happened more often. Thanks to a non-office job, I don't get off work at the same time as anyone else, so even work friends are out for a spontaneous thing. I did happen to park my car the other day just as a friend was walking past on her way home, so I invited her up for a chat and cat snuggle. Discovered she was cast in Masquerade at Bernard's, too, so neat synchronicity there. But that's the exception, not the rule; normally if I have an evening free, I just hermit up and vanish from sight to everyone but those who live in my home.

And that leads to not feeling like I have those close friendships I see hints of; those lifelong BFFs that form a wall of a single force from multiple people, without having a sexual relationship or somesuch to act as a second bond. It's strange how jealous I get of that. I have dear ones in my heart, quite a few of them, but I'm not sure I properly express that to enough of them. Leads to what feels like mismatched reunions when I see them after a long while. Probably why I've only been in two wedding parties, as a ring-bearer when I was 5 or 6, and as an officiant a couple months ago. Never as a best man, never as a groomsman. I have many friendships, many dear, but not really any where I'm the obvious top-of-the-heap choice.

No solution here. Or even certainty that I need to change this course. Just momentary sadness, and acknowledgement.

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Rolling stones/stopping to smell the flowers/just keep swimming/additional metaphors [10 Jul 2016|08:26pm]
Got back a few days ago from a trip out to Denver and back. Road trip, intended for a geocaching event, and we hit quite a few hides along the way. Also visited with a couple of old friends, and several of Emily's relatives.

It came out in the course of the trip that these sort of things are really getting to Emily. Not travel, she loves travel, but the constant quick-hit-and-move-on nature of it. She really wants to go to one place and be there for a while, really get the most out of it. And, while I like that, I tend more towards the hurry-and-see-as-much-as-possible type of trip. Anyway, it's out in the air, so we're going to compromise more in the future. We're good at that; figuring out what we're feeling and how that's leading to conflict, then resolving it without a pointless fight.

It's not that I don't like staying one place and soaking it in. Hell, I had this whole weekend free of work or other responsibilities, and I spent it at home. Introvert nature and all. But when I go somewhere... I don't like missing things. I'd rather do the same path a half-dozen times, hitting a portion of what's worth doing each time, than do a half-dozen trips to each of the points on the line and empty them. Probably something about keeping moving, feeling the motion and the accompanying illusion of progress. Anyway, next trip will be more static, because I'm not a jerk. I'm forming vague plans now.

In the meantime, I finished the first draft of Masquerade at Bernard's last night. So that's one giant artistic job complete. Now, to meet with the director (and co-writer) to figure out the needs for Draft 2, and who's going to actually do that. Also, the auditions are Wednesday, so we may have a cast before we have a finished script. Wouldn't be the first time.

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Drowning in awesome [30 Jun 2016|12:32am]
Busy week. Ridiculously busy. Writing draft 3 of Mead Hall, then first cast readthrough. Final building for Transvestite Soup's CONvergence party room, plus a show, plus fielding some audition e-mails. Writing for Masquerade at Bernard's, although not nearly enough. Packing for the trip to Colorado, and planning what to do en route and while with friends. Finishing the photo shoot for the Creeps tarot card (with Emily's ABUNDANT help), then a BBQ for a visiting Creep. Plus, doing 13 hours of continuing education to renew my pharm tech certification before the end of the month. I chose most of this, and have been (mostly) successful in balancing it. I may be drowning, but I'm still swimming.

And breathing.

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So, apparently I have an area of expertise [04 Jun 2016|03:46pm]
Creative endeavors continue. Human Combat Chess opened and closed, I think with the best show of all years. Did a job as announcer that I'm rather proud of. Wedding I officiated went off without a hitch, until afterwards when one witness didn't sign the license and we had to redo the thing. Did that this morning, though, so I think it's settled now. Mead Hall has auditioned and been cast; we had the first script workshop and came out with some good notes. It's one of the best first drafts we've ever had, and we've accomplished most of the redrafting we set out to do. At least one more writers' meeting before the second workshop should polish up Draft 2, which should be pretty close to the final product. And it's time to dig in earnest into my fall writing project.

I was approached by a friend a few months ago to ask if I'd be interested in co-writing a piece he was doing for Fearless Comedy Productions in the fall; a Shakespearean adaptation of "Weekend at Bernie's". Which, y'know. Shakespeare. Yes I was interested. We've met a few times since, we're confirmed and the project is officially moving ahead. I haven't written much of the first draft yet; just the prologue and a bit of framing, but that's the plan for the rest of the day, once I stop procrastinating.

So, it's a fun project. And a challenge, since we set the deadline for the first draft for two weeks, which is ridiculously fast. But it's as much the fact that I was thought of; I'm one of the local expects in this particular niche genre. I just happened to be the closest friend to Duck of the trio of Tedious Brief writers. Not the reputation I'd expected, but one I'll happily take.

In other news, the RPG to-do list app I mentioned in the last real update (Habitica) is working like gangbusters. I'm building some good habits, and up to level 19. Now, to write some scenes from "An Interlude at Bernard's" (or whatever it ends up named) and make progress on a to-do list.

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Project Zero Three (A New Beginning): Day 200 Checkin [11 May 2016|11:20pm]
Another century of days. Some big events passed, and a bunch of little hits on long-term goals. Plus wedding planning; not enough of that, but enough to distract me from this list. But hey, just started using an app that gives me XP for completing tasks; as I load it up with this stuff, maybe we'll see more progress? Maybe?

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As it stands, Day 200 (5/11); 6/101 DoneCollapse )

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Long-term list items (percent to go):

12. Origami Cranes (949/950 - 99.89%) (Still no change. Time for a new daily task?)
46. Pulp magazines (37/68 - 54.41%) (BIG work here- almost halfway done already. If I keep this up, I should finish by the halfway point... 500 days after the original goal)
48. Misc Movie List (18/22 - 81.81%) (A smidgen of progress... I'm actually pretty close to on target here. Dunno if I can finish, but I can finish those accessible at least)
49. VHS (23/23 - 100%) (Nothing done here except a mental recommitment, and a few more DVDs obtained and unwatched)
50. mp3s (255/264 - 96.59%) (Not very much, but a few)
58. Sushi (62/65 - 95.38%) (Another pathetic, delicious showing)
69. New DVD shelf (54/48 - 112.50%) (Huh. I thought I'd come out ahead this time, but instead it's slightly worse again. Must focus here, when entertainment focus is allowed)
76. Emily's Movie List (81?) (Still can't really work out the percentage here, but one down)
86. Classic “Who” (566/578 - 97.92%) (Some progress, but still stalled on reconstruction episodes. More to come, though)
96. Caching: MN Counties (35/35 - 100%) (Still no trips, but it's warmer now. Might be worth a Sunday or two outside the city)
97. Caching: Wildflower Parks (78/78 - 100%) (Ditto above, again)
101. Caching: 14 Events (13/14 - 92.85%) (One down! Any progress here is notable. Still, need fresh ideas to hit this more)

So, it rolls on forward. Another hundred days ahead; we'll see what I manage to scratch in that time.

Onward and upward.
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Overcommitment, Part... I have no idea, 17? [24 Apr 2016|02:17pm]
I posted on FB a couple of days ago, to share announcements that had just come thru about projects I'm working on. A new Double Bill podcast, audition announcement for Mead Hall, the FB event for this month's Game of Thrones themed Rocky Horror, and the event for Human Combat Chess. And in doing so, it became starkly clear how crazy much I'm doing. Because that wasn't everything- the podcast I'll be guesting within the next week, the show I'm writing for fall, the wedding I'm officiating next month, my own wedding planning, the half-dozen smaller writing projects I'm vaguely working on that don't have a deadline in place... No wonder I have to make so many to-do lists. And, of course, I can't think of a single one I'd want to withdraw from. Awesome.

That said, I just downloaded an app that gives me RPG experience and gold for completing to-do list items. We'll see how long that sticks.

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Introvert energy [28 Mar 2016|02:16am]
So. Nosce ipsum. Or nosce te ipsum, I've never been fully clear- I don't Latin much. Either way, know thyself.

At work, there's a few workstations one can end up at. Basically- filling prescriptions, answering phones, typing prescriptions, or working the out-window, which includes both taking in new orders and selling completed ones. And I've always hated out-window; I try to work at that station my fair share, but it drives me bonkers. I always thought it was because I work better when there's a series of smaller projects to complete, rather than one long, drawn-out, never ending task that lasts until shift end. But, after over 10 years there, I realized the other, more central reason.

I'm an introvert. Introverts, by as good a definition as I've ever seen, are people who recharge with alone time. As opposed to extroverts, who recharge with social time with friends. I've known that for, really, my whole life. Known it by name ever since I heard that definition. But working out-window at work, and to a lesser extent answering phones, requires me to have constant short-term interactions with people, some strangers and some regulars. Potentially hundreds of those in a day. So my social energy leeches out of me. Whereas filling meds, typing prescriptions, or doing the dozens of little inventory jobs that are my responsibility and I rarely have time for, are perfect introvert activities. So yeah, the projects thing is true and probably helps. But it's the social energy battery drain that destroys me.

A decade that took to figure out. You're never so blind as when you think you're already seeing clearly. There's always deeper to look.

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Mexico! Nevada! [25 Feb 2016|09:27pm]
So! Went to Mexico last month for a friend's wedding. There must be stories attached to that.

And there are! It was my first time in Mexico, first time at an all-inclusive resort, first for a lot of things. Emily came with, of course, and we ate way too much and slept way too much and relaxed to hell and back. We missed the chance at touring the Mayan ruins (by the time we realized it existed, it didn't fit on any days), but went snorkeling at a small reef, and got down to a touristy-area to find a couple of geocaches. Also I proposed and she said yes.

So. Yeah. Engaged. Making the plans now, and FREAKING OUT A BIT, but not at all about my choice. Emily and I fit together, and I was never more sure than when I dropped to one knee and she cursed in surprise. Perfect.

Everything that wasn't our engagement fell apart almost immediately afterwards, of course. I got held by airport security on the way back for reasons never fully explained, but I think my name is similar to someone on a no-fly list. So that should be fun in the future. The marriage we went down to attend ended the day after they got back, for Big Good Reasons. Which were... almost the worst timing possible. And I screwed something up, that's led to some friendship drama tangentially related to the trip. No idea when, or how, that's going to resolve.

Then, this weekend, Emily and I and mutual friend Scott (purplesquirrel1, though I don't remember how to do LJ links and don't care to check) head to Nevada for a day of Vegas, side trips to Hoover Dam and Death Valley, and a day of geocaching where we intend to top 400 finds. This is the year I leave the state the most, that's for sure.

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Project Zero Three (A New Beginning): Day 100 Checkin [02 Feb 2016|04:09am]
Man, that passed quickly. Life has been busy. Still, managed to knock out a couple, and make great progress on a few more. As such...

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As it stands, Day 100 (2/1); 4/101 DoneCollapse )

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Long-term list items (percent to go):

12. Origami Cranes (949/950 - 99.89%) (Barely scratched it. Still, still need a routine)
46. Pulp magazines (55/68 - 80.88%) (Here, however, fantastic progress. Almost double speed. Keeping it up!)
48. Misc Movie List (19/22 - 86.36%) (Surprising progress here as well. Be nice to finally get these done)
49. VHS (23/23 - 100%) (Nothing here; need to work on entry #69)
50. mp3s (260/264 - 98.48%) (Not great, but some. Need to do some more sweeps)
58. Sushi (64/65 - 98.46%) (Will probably fail this again, but any progress is delicious)
69. New DVD shelf (53/48 - 110.41%) (Aaaand I continue my grand tradition of making this one worse)
76. Emily's Movie List (82?) (Can't really count this yet, since I might still discard some possibilities)
86. Classic “Who” (570/578 - 98.61%) (Very small progress, but once I get past the reconstructions it should go faster)
96. Caching: MN Counties (35/35 - 100%) (Nothing lately, but we have some trips planned)
97. Caching: Wildflower Parks (78/78 - 100%) (Ditto above)
101. Caching: 14 Events (14/14 - 100%) (Should be scheduling one in the next week or so)

Man, a lot more list items than before. Lists within lists. At least some things are happening. And on we go.

Onward and upward.
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2016, and my remote hermitage [09 Jan 2016|06:56pm]
Another new year rolls in. I don't really do resolutions, but the one I'm committing to this year is to be less of a hermit, especially since it looks like I'll be moving next year. So if I'm gonna see these friends of mine, I have to do it now.

Most of my hermitting happens just because I'm an introvert, and between a full-time job and theater projects, I need to grab what time I can to recharge. But, like everything beneficial, I can go overboard with it, and just vanish into my cave unless I have no excuse to. So, that's my resolution- don't do that so much, man. Now, if you'll excuse me, I have to go shower and get ready for a party tonight. Woot woot.

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Klingon, Goodbye, HCC, Fringe, and so on [07 Dec 2015|11:12pm]
I really need to get my website up and running. There's actually things happening now.

Klingon Christmas Carol is running again; opened last weekend, actually. I'm once more playing nephew Vred, and this time young SQuja as well. I missed last year, so I don't have an unbroken history, but it still feels like a return to normal. First time I've done this particular double-casting as well; it gives a nice opportunity to differentiate between the characters. Really do some ACTING, yeah? Audiences seem really receptive thus far, too, which is important and great.

That comes to an end before the end of December (of course), and then in January the next thing starts; The Goodbye Project with Upright Egg. The Egg hasn't done anything in several years now, and although it isn't official, this show feels like it will be our swan song. Time will tell, of course, but with a project exploring goodbyes it feels right to enter with that mindset.

I'm the official playwright for the Project, which in Egg terms means I'm about 60% scribe, 20% exercise creator, 10% original material, and 10% structure guide. I'm going to draft a few small pieces for this weekend's workshop, to give the performers something to work with, but no more than a few pages' worth. Then they'll make something lovely, I'll write it down, and feel like I'm taking credit. Vague guilt; the playwright's best friend! I don't know where this will go, but I'm excited for the journey. "How do you say goodbye, when it's the last thing you want to do." Already have a few directions that can go.

That will perform in March, which should give me a little time off before the next project: Human Combat Chess! I'll be commentating again (90% sure; I've been asked and accepted, but haven't gotten confirmation yet). Ironically (or at least notably), it's happening earlier this year, so I could probably audition for a fighting role without it interfering with Fringe. But I was asked to commentate before I sent an audition request, so I'm choosing to interpret that pricing myself out of range of fighting. I was just so good at talking they didn't need to see me with a sword in hand. Sure. Why not? Anyway, I enjoyed the hell out of it last time, and look forward to doing it again.

That performs into mid-May, which should give me time to fully gear up for Fringe in August. I've applied with Fringe Orphans again (number 4 in year 5, hopefully), and Tedious Brief has applied as well. TB had a meeting yesterday to suss out what exactly we'd like to do, and came up with a couple of ideas that struck us hard enough that we want to make them happen. We also had a few stupid ideas that might make for Fringe Orphans, so hey, bonus. Our top choice was an idea co-created with someone outside the company; we approached him about making it happen, and he seems excited about it. Dunno his level of involvement yet, but we're having a meeting/viewing party next Monday to move forward. Lotto isn't until February, so we have months until we know if it's actually happening (same with Orphans, of course).

Beyond Fringe... oh, who knows. I've got a lot of writing projects on burners; it's time to start giving them the energy they deserve. Writing for Goodbye will hopefully get me back in the habit, but I'll need to put the effort in. And, of course, I already have three out-of-state trips planning for 2016, with a fourth in my pipe dreams. But hey; I just passed the 10 year anniversary at work, which gives me another week of PTO. Gotta use that on SOMETHING, right?

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HB 2015 [04 Nov 2015|01:03am]
Another Haunted Basement is done. I am still exhausted, incredibly sad that it's done, and coming down with the usual post-show-immune-system-gives-up illness.

This year was terrific. I mean, they all have been, otherwise I wouldn't keep coming back. But the social aspect of it really took off for me this year; when I'd arrive and pick what room I was to work that night, it was more about who I'd be working with than what I'd be doing. I got to pair up with some old friends who I'd never actually played with, and learned new games each and every night. I made up a song, took two rounds to refine it, then sang it to horrified patrons as I used their hands to stroke each other. I made grown men scream, grown women run, and hugged my friends doing the same. I got interviewed by a magazine, communed with a ghost, and taped a bloody tampon to a friend's face. I'm glad it's done- it wiped me out. I'm sorry it's done- I love those people, and spending time with them in any other way just isn't the same. Creep Prom is in a week and a half (note to self; find a dress), but as much as I'm looking forward to it, it won't be as good as the exhausted hanging out after the final show, sitting in the burned-out Christmas room and talking about sex lives, or lying in a pile on the green room floor, or standing on the porch watching people in bloody makeup shotgun Summits.

I figured something out this year. What makes the Creeps so special, as people, is that when we're down there, we're honest. We're pure, for the duration. Everyone is in touch with who they really are, and what they really want. I don't like everyone down there; in fact a couple of them I can't stand. But they're family, in a very real way. And I'll miss them, and I'm glad to get away.

So it always goes- I want everything. I want to spend every minute there. I want to escape and do something else. I want to live every life I can, and the one I've had so far is so damned wonderful sometimes that it hurts. How weird is it that a haunted house brings all this out?

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Project Zero: Round Three [24 Oct 2015|03:49pm]
One. More. Time!

Filled out the blanks with new items; some ambitious, some modest. Time period starts October 25th 2015 and ends July 22nd 2018. Further elaboration upon request. Private goals are due to confidentiality agreements, embarrassing things, or master plans. I’ve also started tracking how many lists each goal has been on, to show how many years it’s been on my radar. And away we go.

Last edit: October 24th, 2015 (Day 0). New items: 0/41. 2-Listers: 0/32. All 3 Rounds: 0/28. Total: 0/101 done.

1. Fix Teeth (Remaining: 2-3 Fragment Extractions, 1-3 Implants)
2. MD Checkup
3. 10 Day Master Cleanse
4. Sleep Apnea Study
5. Visit Allergist

6. Cook 10 New Dishes (0/10)
7. Learn Welsh
8. *private*
9. Didgeridoo
10. Meditation class
11. Dance class
12. Fold 950 Origami Cranes (0/950)
13. *private*

14. Get brianwatsonjones.com up and running
15. See plays by 4 established Twin Cities companies that are new to me (0/4)
16. See 6 plays that don't have any friends involved with them (0/6)
17. Get an agent
18. Draft one-man show idea
19. Finish first draft of Tunesville
20. Write something for cracked.com
21. Buy season tickets for a theatre company; use them all (1/3) [Initial: Starting with one down, begun during the last list]
22. Get reviewed by name in a paper (in any capacity)
23. Develop Hallowe'en show
24. Get a play produced by submitting to an out-of-town contest
25. Write “Business People”
26. Draft “Rumors”
27. Redraft “Word Salad”

**Default World
28. New day job
29. Write Will
30. Pay off credit card [Initial: 50.82% of credit limit]
31. Help 5 friends move (0/5)
32. Clean Walls
33. Apt Nooks/Crannies
34. Seattle Move
35. FB Memorial Settings
36. Inbox Zero [Initial: 159 Emails, 56 Starred]
37. Clean Out Egg Archives
38. Clothes Purge
39. Cull Books
40. Full Car Fix
41. Computer Cleanup
42. Cull FB Friends

**Long Overdue
43. Empty "get-rid-of" tub
44. Beat "The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess"
45. Get a tattoo
46. Finish pulp magazines (68 to go)
47. Take an IQ test
48. Finish Misc Movie List (22 to go)

49. Phase out VHS (23 to go)
50. Legalize mp3s (264 to go)
51. Repair Pea Coat
52. Revamp Bike

**Fun (or, because I want to, and I can, which means I should)
53. Sky Dive
54. Visit L.A.
55. Absinthe party
56. Visit Russian Museum
57. "Ancestral" tartan
58. Eat sushi 65 times (0/65)
59. Revisit Burning Man
60. Attend an opera
61. Learn Greek letters
62. Learn NATO letter callsigns
63. Learn Cockney rhyming slang
64. Do a pub crawl
65. Restaurant: It's Greek to Me
66. Memorize The Raven
67. Go skiing
68. Celebrate Festivus
69. Empty new DVD shelf (48 to go)
70. *private*
71. Visit NYC
72. See Aurora Borealis
73. Visit Spam Museum
74. *private*
75. Get Asian wooden bell
76. Emily's Movie List (? to go)
77. Read Foundation Series
78. Complete TMBG Collection
79. Eat Camel
80. Eat a Bug
81. Do a Corn Maze
82. 10 Old Friend Dinners (0/10)
83. Hike a Mountain
84. See Sarah C
85. Read “Scary Stories To Tell In the Dark” in the dark
86. Watch all Classic “Who” (578 episodes, 8 Doctors to go)
87. Visit Virginia
88. Visit Boundary Waters
89. Get a Corgi
90. Tip 100%
91. Tip Mailman at Christmas

92. Cache in a new country
93. Achieve Earthcache Platinum status (3 to create; Silver level; Gold level)
94. Cache in a New State
95. Complete Jasmer Grid
96. Blackout MN Counties (0/35)
97. Blackout Wildflower Parks (0/78)
98. Project A.P.E.
99. 10 Icon Day
100. 400 Find Day
101. Host 14 Events (0/14)
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Project Zero 2.5: Trashing old goals [05 Oct 2015|06:57pm]
Okay, time to cull some goals that stopped mattering in the last couple of years.

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...huh. Thought it'd be more. Well, five cut out, 36 completed, leaves me with 41 replacements to think up. Have probably a quarter in mind already, now to put them down on paper. Onward and upward, with a bit of weight shed away.
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Project Zero Two: Conclusion [05 Oct 2015|01:18am]
Another 1001 days pass. As a yardstick of my life, I've measured out two project zero lists, for over 6 years; nearly a fifth of the time I've existed. Which is... man, weird as hell. Anyway, how'd this one go?

Decent. Knocked out a little more than a third, didn't clear my big backed-up-reading goal, and a lot of important things went untouched. But a lot of other, difficult entries were cleared so long ago that I forgot that they weren't on the previous list. I'll make a third, no question, and start it as soon as it's written. Whether I get any better with time management is... unlikely. I think I'll also look at the goals that I dropped, uncompleted, from the first list and from this one, and give a think about what it means that I no longer cared to attempt them. But that's for the future. First, a look at what is ending.

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Long-term goals.

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And the final count.

Project Zero 2- 36/101Collapse )

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So there we are. I didn't clear as much of the list as I did of the first one, but I was more ambitious with the items on it. Not sure if that counts enough to wash it out. Now, I just have to cull my old list of items that I don't care about any longer, replace completed and discarded entries with new ones, call that the 3rd list, and start it up. Onward and upward.
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Western loop 2015 [31 Aug 2015|07:20am]
So! Emily and I just got back from a two week road trip. How'd that go?

Fantastic. And a few train-wreck moments, and near-train-wreck moments, but boiled down to its core, it went fantastic.

Geocaching: I haven't finished logging yet, but we found over 150, including the Block Party and APE Mega event. Failed on the 10 icon day attempt. We each logged in five new states, although not the same ones. Uncounted new counties, but we almost drew a line from Seattle back home. At least a half-dozen challenges completed, a couple dozen virtuals, 4 webcams... lots of little things that would mean a lot if a single person reading this knew what the hell it means.

National Parks: First off, I screwed up big time, and left my passport at home. So we didn't route thru Canada on the way back as intended, and so missed Banff. Because I am an idiot. So our route consisted of Dinosaur National Monument, the Cascades (our re-route instead of Canada), Glacier National Park, and a drive thru Teddy Roosevelt National Park. Dinosaur was awesome; the Quarry wall of fossils, a nice campground, and a box canyon all to ourselves. The Cascades were quick, but lovely. Glacier we stayed at for several days; a drive along the Sun Road, a whitewater rafting trip, a hike up to Grinnell Glacier, camping in the rain, a night at the Lodge, and a couple of good steaks, one made of bison. TR was really lovely, but I was antsy to get home by then, so the time spent felt too long. We'll have to go back to that one.

Miscellaneous: We did a whale-watching tour north of Seattle, and had an A+ day. A minkie, two humpbacks, and a whole pod's worth of orcas. Two half-pods, really, since they were identified from both J and K pod. We had a couple of near-fights that turned into processes, as our fights tend to do, and came out the stronger for it. We drove through quite a lot of brushfire smoke; I hadn't expected to be affected that much. But Glacier was shrouded in smoke for most of our stay (the rain cleared it up in time for the Grinnell hike), and we had a brief moment of panic when 187 miles of I-84 were closed in Oregon before we got there. It was reopened by the time we arrived the next day, but we still worked out a couple of alternate routes. And, uh, I agreed to move to Seattle. So that'll probably happen in a couple of years. I haven't told FB yet, since it's way too early for that, so consider this an exclusive.

So, yes. A few bumps the road (my passport, a few near-fights, one big caching goal unclaimed, a few near-misses where we arrived *just* in time for something), but overall, this trip was fantastic. I'm almost done unpacking, not nearly done logging caches. And well back in the real world. Stupid employment.

Otherwise, one Halloween project was destroyed by its own company (I wasn't deeply involved, but deeply enough to watch the drama unfold), and I've accepted a role as a Core Actor for the Haunted Basement again this year. We had our first meeting yesterday, and a tour of the build in progress, and yeah. I am excited for this, still. Can't wait for that bit of the future to begin.

The List, Day 971 (8/30); 36/101 DoneCollapse )
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CONvergence, onstage and backstage [13 Jul 2015|09:51pm]
So! Human Combat Chess opened, then closed. Good stuff in between; I think I did some really good work, got consistently positive feedback from cast, crew, and audience. Made some friends, got more practice on my "improvising from a basic script" skills (LEVEL UP!), and a good-sized chunk of Emily's family went to see it, so there's that. Oh, and an old friend from college showed up completely unexpectedly: he was in town for the evening on a flight layover, recalled I'd posted on FB about the show, attended, and nabbed me afterwards. Totally shocked me, too- I absolutely didn't recognize him for the longest time, probably due to the wildly different context. We ended up hanging out at a bar and shooting the breeze about London and mutual friends for hours. It was awesome, but in a way made me feel older. I've never gone to a class reunion, but that had to be what it feels like. Pure, uncut nostalgia. Still, great. And a great run overall for the show.

Then! CONvergence! CON is a local... con. Convention. It's the biggest one of the year in this area; not a specific genre of convention like Comic-Con or an anime one or PAX; it's a generalized nerd convention, focused more on costumes than anything. Transvestite Soup ran a party room there last year, and we did the same again this year. Plus, we performed on the mainstage Thursday night.

Great performance. GREAT performance. We rocked it, the audience loved it, our logo was on the podium, we were broadcast throughout the hotel on the internal station... that was one of our best shows ever. I'm incredibly proud of my cast, and thankful for the opportunity, and glad to have done it.

The party room? Also rocked. I worked the bar for a good deal of it, and there was a hugely positive reaction to the drink options. The decorations were gorgeous, great response from all who visited, and the tip jars were well-filled each night. And, though we didn't run out of condoms and dental dams, we sure came close. I think we ran out of some of the non-latex options, but that was due to someone who stopped by during the first night and took a whole fistful. Hopefully they needed 'em, who knows. Overall, great room.

But! And there's always a but. There was some HUGE backstage drama this year. I only know about it secondhand, but I got some pretty extensive information anyway. I don't want to go into it here, and let's face it, if you really care you already know it. In short, a friend got fired. No good reason has been given. Lots of bad reasons have been hinted at or theorized. This friend has many powerful friends. Something big could topple from this, or it could be a huge behind-the-scenes brouhaha with little-to-no lasting effect. Time will tell.

I'd love to return to CON, as a member of Transvestite Soup and/or a patron. But we'll have to see how this all shakes out.

The List, Day 923 (7/13); 34/101 DoneCollapse )
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Project Zero Two (The Reckoning): Day 900 Checkin [21 Jun 2015|02:43am]
Down to the wire, into the last 100 day round. Made a bit of progress this time, but still nowhere near a finished list. The next few months will be busy; Fringe, a cross-country road trip with Emily, but a few of my items are tipping right on the edge of completion, and I want to clear out a couple of the big ones this summer. So we'll see, as always. For now, how were the last hundred days?

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As it stands, Day 900 (6/20); 33/101 DoneCollapse )

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Long-term list items (percent to go):

19. Origami Cranes (50/1000 - 95.0%) (Again, not a one. Just fell out of the habit. Unlikely to do 5 a day for the next three months, but who knows?)
44. Pulp magazines (78/212 - 36.79%) (Again, not a full 10%. Since, at this point, I'd basically have to complete 3 every 4 days to finish off, I feel safe saying this won't happen. But I should be able to get it below a third of the original level)
48. VHS (23/48 - 47.91%) (Still no change. This might need to be the special focus of this period)
49. mp3s (265/300 - 88.33%) (Deleted a bunch of useless, borderline-legal music, but none of the ones that are relevant to this)
65. Sushi (68/79 - 86.07%) (Not this round. Got a plan for a date night, though)
82. New DVD shelf (45/41 - 109.75%) (Well, some progress. Maybe THIS should be the special focus)

Down to the wire, now. Time to prioritize, focus, and knock out the entries that I really want gone before the final summation. Or time to get distracted again and only do some incidental work. Time alone will tell!

Onward and upward.
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