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Current Music:"Over At the Frankenstein Place", RHPS
Subject:bright lights, big city
Time:02:40 pm September 28th, 2016
Current Mood:yes
The highlight of the last few days: Dinner last night with bork. He seems to be doing well with lots of things, and he really had it coming.

The lowlight: Yelling at my son this morning for not getting out of bed after being informed of the need to do so three times. He was on the verge of tears, which I haven't seen from him in years. Le sigh. What he's been doing (until, I hope, tomorrow) is setting an alarm on his phone earlier than he really needs to, i.e. for the same time as I do, and ignoring it, or worse yet letting his phone battery drain. Doing what makes sense so seldom even occurs to him. He needs to learn basic adulting, starting a few years ago.

A light, reasonably bright: Ex's dad is supposed to be released from the hospital to a rehab place out in 425-land today. Ex says he's doing better, and that m'boy & I will have to find some time to visit him. Gladly. I'm all about ביקור חולים, yo.

Another light, also bright: Back to the old team at work. Happy about that. I'm lightly touching Elixir. Ew, I'm a hipster!
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Subject:Ethiopian food a go-go!
Time:11:54 am September 16th, 2016
Current Mood:[mood icon] chipper
Ethiopian dinner at Meskel with Funny Lady. Ate too much because Meskel is delish, told every '16 Burn story I could remember, and relaxed just enough. I really like hanging out with FL. I think I finally managed not to get out-dressed by her. I decided to go go-go:

Not my usual look.

Dress: by Desigual, from the boutique across from the Tin Shed restaurant in Portland. I bought it on the way back from Burning Man. Boots: new Fluevog Jillians. (How fortunate for me that cupcake_goth doesn't like them. They're way more my style than hers.) Yes, they were 40% off, but my quota of one pair per year is now used up until 2018. I'm pretty sure I have a shoe problem now. And that problem is that I'm out of space for them in my closet.
Speaking of Burning Man-related events, Seacompression isn't happening this year because nobody could be bothered to run it. Le sigh. There is, however, a Burners Without Borders thingy at the old Rainier brewery. Have ticket, will show.
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Current Music:The Beegees
Subject:It happened at the marketing conference.
Time:02:04 pm September 15th, 2016
Current Mood:swoony
For the first time in my life, I did some sewing for work. StartupCo hosts a marketing conference every year. This year's MC caught his jacket pocket on something and tore about 10 cm of seam. E, one of the women in charge, knows I can sew. A few minutes later, I'm scrambling for a sewing kit. (I ended up hitting the convenience store across the street, and putting the kit in the box of emergency supplies for next time.) It wasn't my best work, but it was under considerable time pressure and it did the job. Nice jacket, though.

But what really happened at the marketing conference happened at the big, crazy party afterwards. I met a woman, who I will here call Grenade after the tattoo on her back, with a strong physical resemblance to someone I have... strong feelings for. I asked E to hit me, and she considered it seriously. Grenade's cute. She's personable. She's local. She's a techie, more or less. She's a Burner. She's genderqueer. (Yes, I checked the pronouns.) She has a boyfriend, which may be a problem or two, but one never knows, especially around here. Is she any older than Much Younger Woman? That question just occurred to me, and I don't know the answer. Anyway, she's exciting, she's in Zuckerberg's data mine, and I certainly hope to see her around.
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Current Music:live video of a marketing talk
Subject:an interesting night at Lambert House
Time:11:58 am September 14th, 2016
Current Mood:[mood icon] accomplished
The folks who run Lambert House are starting a capital campaign to buy a house (!) now that they're about to get kicked out of the house they've rented since 1981. (Boo!) One of the volunteers, who works at Tableau, wanted to do some data visualization that illustrates who we serve. And who maintains the database for that and runs the statistical reports? Yours truly, of course, so out go the CSV files - lots of stoopid mouse clicks for that - onto some flash drives.

Director Ken Shulman drove me home, as he does so often, and filled me in on a couple of things:
  1. For the first time in the 13 years he's been director, the city audited the House's data collection and reporting practices. Long story short - and all stories from Ken are long - we aced it, natch, and we left other agencies with much bigger budgets looking slack at best and fraudulent at worst. Big warm fuzzy for me there. I guess Ken's paranoia about getting hardcopies for everything was justified. I need to document how I do that stuff, though, as I've been saying for years, so somebody besides me can run the reports in case the city wants to watch us do it.
  2. No, bar a miracle Lambert House is not going to have $2M to buy a new place by the time we have to move out in December. Ken envisions a multi-year capital campaign, and he's doing his level damnedest to quietly line up big donors first, which he says is the way of these things. So, if any of you guys have tens or preferably hundreds of thousands of dollars burning a hole in your pocket and you want to keep queer kids from killing themselves, you could do far worse than Lambert House.
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Subject:Nun cleans, tells tales.
Time:12:59 pm September 12th, 2016
Current Mood:[mood icon] accomplished
I spent all afternoon Saturday & Sunday cleaning, drying, and stowing all my playa clothes and camping gear. My sleeping bag needs a trip to a laundromat; it's too big to fit in the usual size of washing machine. The Wendling got my car washed because, as the one driving it, he thought it would be a good idea if he could see out of it. I'm proud of him. It's still dusty on the inside, though.

I did find time to tell tales to the Siberian Siren at Witness, which of course ran late. Did you know the owner of Witness delivers a sermon of sorts on Saturday nights? I didn't. The clams & sausage there are fantastic. And I knew the SS was a regular at witness, but sheesh, they treat her like the tsarevna she is. Last night: ionan & J at Thaiku. Since those two are (former?) Burners, they get my stories better than most.

Dating? Kind of happening. The woman I had such a good time with at the Merc a few weeks back says she's in a relationship now. (?!) Much Younger Woman can fit me in for dinner, though, and there's not-officially-a-date-but-I'm-not-entirely-sure-anymore with Funny Lady.
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Current Music:Rabbit In the Moon, "Out of Body Experience"
Subject:T-18 hours; dad of Ex
Time:12:57 pm August 23rd, 2016
Current Mood:[mood icon] busy
Everything is coming together for the Burn in that magic, synchronistic way that usually happens on playa. Well, it's coming together in my apartment. I'm still a bit behind schedule in stuffing it into bins and loading it into the Sanctimobile. But I only have, oh, 120 more items left to pack? I'm not planning on panicking, though, until after dinner tonight. M'boy & I have to go out because - you guessed it - the dining table and the floor underneath it are covered with bins & gear.

Speaking of the Wendling, he is right now at the home of his maternal grandfather, Exdad. Exdad has had a couple of transient ischemic attacks, and he's got some bleeding in his brain for which he has surgery scheduled next month. Ex sent our son over there to make sure he's OK. M'boy says he's moving & talking a little more slowly than usual, but I gather the difference isn't drastic. I wish Exdad all the luck. He was always one of my kinder in-laws, and I can tell that Ex is worried sick about him. (I haven't heard from Exbro in a while, but it's safe to assume that he's worried too, and unlike Ex, he's too far away to help.)

This is Hot Pink, signing off until after Labor Day.
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Current Music:traffic, because most of my windows are open
Current Location:the desk at my Lake Place
Subject:Nun gets prettier.
Time:08:10 pm August 20th, 2016
Current Mood:[mood icon] excited
Leg waxing & shellac manicure: check. Gotta have hot pink playa-proof nails, duh.
Dreads & braids: tomorrow afternoon, all of it, and then some.
Feverish packing: starting tomorrow night. Good thing the kiddo works then.
Freakout: probably starting tomorrow night.

I think I have places to put all the bins in my apartment before I load. I think.
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Current Music:My ringtone. The mayor of Beaverton called.
Current Location:not Black Rock City, NV
Subject:where I am and where I want to be
Time:01:42 pm August 19th, 2016
Current Mood:out of fucks
I accepted a short-notice but important-looking meeting invitation at work this morning. I forgot about it by lunchtime, when it happened. Luckily, my temporary boss reminded me. And oh by the way, the meeting conflicted with monthly queer lunch. One of the folks that got laid off showed up for it, so now I feel kind of terrible for not staying on top of it.

I think I'm mentally halfway to the playa already, and not a minute too soon. I've bought all the stuff I can buy, printed all the stuff I want to print, and I'll spend the weekend packing. Hmm. I can't pack & load clothes until I do laundry, and I'll be spending the weekend with my son, getting beautified, or with the Tickler, so that means no sooner than Monday night. Der Plan is to hit the road Wednesday ASAP.
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Current Music:Hanssen, "Coconut Palm Forest"
Subject:Nun carries on.
Time:01:41 pm August 18th, 2016
Current Mood:[mood icon] numb
Long time no type. I haven't been in a funk; I just didn't have anything I considered post-worthy until yesterday.

28% of StartupCo got laid off yesterday morning. I was not among those laid off.

StartupCo's founder, product wizard, and ex-CEO is on vacation overseas. That's probably for the best; he seems like the kind of guy for whom delivering that kind of news could be lethal. As it was, our current CEO made it most of the way through her 25-minute talk without crying. Most of the way.

The shape of the layoffs, product mix changes, and other strategic decisions seem tailored to please investors. They're good business decisions, at least in the short- to medium-term, but I worry about our distinctiveness as a company. See the founder above.

I did a little mental arithmetic: of the eight of us who'd ever shown up to more-or-less-monthly queer lunch, three are gone, including the organizer. That's a mantle I will gladly accept. One of those laid off says our executive team is now whiter and more male than ever. Le sigh.

I think I may be the only person in the company who got real work done yesterday, pushing a commit at 1645 and handling a production issue at about 2200. In between those two times there was much beer consumption at Linda's, then dancing to some righteous tunes at Jacob London's record release party on the roof of the Monkey Loft while the sun set, until the nachos from Linda's disagreed with me.

Fun fact #1: Half of Jacob London is trans. I was honored a few years back when Hanssen asked me to have coffee & talk about how very much we have in common. They (Hanssen) usually make a point of talking to me at their shows. I snarfed their latest EP last week because I heard a song from it on KEXP and it was dope; see this post's music.

Fun fact #2: The Monkey Loft is about seven blocks from the nearest light rail station, Sodo. Now I'm sure I've used every light rail station. A young woman in a fabulous yellow '50s retro sundress who got off at Sodo with some swoopy-haired, gay-looking boyfriends, asked me if I was going to the Monkey Loft like them on account of looking "all fancy"*. I'm amused that the hipster kids had the same idea I did and took the train; I hope that doesn't dent its popularity.

Fun fact #3: One of the Beavers, 2013's mayor and dapper, dyke magnet Foxy, needed proof of a name change resulting from divorce. The trouble is, she lives in Oakland, CA and the divorce happened in Seattle. As luck would have it, StartupCo is just five blocks (i.e. one light rail stop) away from the court house that I recently spent so much time in. Ba da boom, ba da bing, I FedExed her a certified copy of her divorce decree. She thanked me profusely and asked what she can do for me. Evil laughter ensued.



*SFDs: purple company t-shirt, mostly-purple Bombsheller leggings, Fluevog Half-Truth Alisons, MAC makeup. A pretty normal work outfit for me.
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Current Location:the dining table at my Lake Place
Subject:A personal best?
Time:11:29 am August 14th, 2016
Current Mood:caffeinated
I hit four (4) parties yesterday, starting at about 1630. There was much driving in between. The rundown:
  1. A polycule made up mostly of fat femmes had their housewarming in the south end. It's a lovely house with lots of nooks and crannies, a lovely back yard, and with larger rooms perfect for the play parties that they say will be forthcoming. The Tickler arrived as I was leaving, so we made a spectacle of ourselves in the street in front of this house that recently sported a Pride flag out front. Perfect.
  2. M, a co-worker from two jobs ago, recently went through open-heart surgery (!) and had a sixtieth birthday party in his leafy back yard near Sand Point. I got to bring other folks we worked with up to speed on the whole I'm-a-girl thing. Tried not to talk too much about Burning Man; failed.
  3. My neighbors. I'm sorry to say I was outdressed by all the women guests - hey, at least the leggings I was using to hide my pre-waxing stubble were Bombsheller - but gosh, didn't all those straight women look lovely?
  4. Chez Funny Lady. Hung out with her, the Norwegian, et al. Fire spinning. Cats. Queer makeouts that didn't involve me on this occasion, but still, a good time. Almost closed the joint at about 0300.
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