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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 Music:the dishwasher
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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Subject:Nun protects brain.
Time:10:45 am August 13th, 2016
Current Mood:D'oh!
You know how you're supposed to replace bike helmets every five years? I finally got around to replacing mine twelve years after I got it. I must say, the fit & ventilation are much better. I've also replaced a purple helmet with a screaming greenish yellow one, a worse fashion choice but a better one for visibility. Seeing as how I ride my bike on the streets for at least a few blocks almost daily, this needed to happen.
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Current Music:Garth, "Alive in L.A."
Current Location:the dining table at my Lake Place
Subject:peregrinations around Seattle
Time:10:24 am August 13th, 2016
Current Mood:[mood icon] chipper
The other day I ran out of butter and, due to Burning Man prep, ran low on fridge space. This meant I finally had to break down and get a butter dish. Luckily, I live a short walk from the Purple Store, which had just the thing. I got to talking with one of the owners, whom I recognize from nerdvana. (Pity I can't remember his name.) I'd noticed a land use sign on the building. He says he & his partners are in a race to buy the place so they can keep operating for a few years and then redevelop it, and do I know anyone in commercial real estate? I know someone in residential real estate: the Siberian Siren. I have duly contacted her.

He also had some info on the St. Germain Temple, which is housed in a nifty old 1920s movie theater next to his business. Yeah, it's a cult, and he confirmed my suspicion that they only use the place on Sunday afternoons. He said, "But they're funded, they're endowed."
"So they're not going anywhere," I said.
"Nope. It's one of the most underused spaces in the city."
That an almost criminal waste in a city with a real estate market like ours. That place cries out to be a live music venue in a part of the city that can be, well, a bit dull. Grrr!
Speaking of the Siberian Siren texted me last night asking, "Are you still planning to go to the Merc?"
Uh, I don't remember saying I was, but going to the Merc with the prettiest woman in the club? Shyeah! Go with the flow!

So yeah, it was a nice, low-key night. I didn't wear much due to the warm weather; it's fortunate that Broadway & Madison isn't a hub of pedestrian activity. The SS can be a terrible flirt, which I'm sure is one reason why I like her so much. Watching her in action gives me inner nyuks.

SFDs: MAC everything makeup, camisole, black & red corset, black mesh skirt, red fishnets, black thong, Fluevog Konas. It was the first time I'd worn heels in months and I'm happy to report that I'm not crippled.
Time to retrieve my dozen hard-boiled eggs.
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Current Music:Linden Ave. - My son is still asleep.
Current Location:the dining table at my Lake Place
Subject:The Queen of Broken Hearts rules my living room.
Time:07:51 am August 11th, 2016
Current Mood:[mood icon] satisfied
I just got the photo on the left of seelenschwester by leenerella last night, and it's hanging on my living room wall. (I had to move ravenmimura's spoof of the famous "We Can Do It!" poster to my bedroom next to the bed, which, as I hope you'll agree, is the perfect place for it.) What really makes the Queen of Broken Hearts for me are the details, and the backstory. Now that I look at it, I love the one on the upper right even more, but I didn't move fast enough to get it. Let that be a lesson to you potential art buyers.
I'm marinating the last batch of tofu to dry as I type: just 3.5 hours for tasty vegan protein. And I'm finding it gloriously convenient that leenerella, morthael & icprncs, my ex, and my son's workplace are, compared to a trip from Phinney, close together in the south end. I'm slowly but surely building a mental map of the place.
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Current Music:"My Boyfriend's Back"
Subject:Hey la, hey la, my boy is back.
Time:01:22 pm August 9th, 2016
Current Mood:choky motions with the hands
Worked real good, had a big group at Lambert House, was database monkey, then got home to my son who was in bed with the lights out before 2200. There ensued a five-minute argument about whether he should take a shower; I could smell that he needed one as soon as I walked in. Shower he did, but really? Again with the argument? About a basic health activity? He didn't even work yesterday.

If he complains about the peas I'm making with dinner tonight, they're going up his nose.
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Current Music:Juno Reactor, "God Is God"
Current Location:the dining table at my Lake Place
Subject:the end of the tale of tooth #18
Time:04:43 pm August 2nd, 2016
Current Mood:[mood icon] hopeful
I just took the day off and got my first ever root canal, hold the gas. The anesthetic still hasn't worn off. I have to tell you it wasn't as unpleasant as my most recent crown, not even close. Please, please let this be over. I've had pain of one kind or another on the left side of my mouth for six months.

Fun fact: referred pain often makes it difficult to pinpoint which tooth has the problem. This was true in my case.

Still stocking up for )'(. While I'm waiting to feel my face so I can eat safely, I think I'll quarter & dry some more figs. Don't tell Ex I got them from PCC and not her pal with the trees.
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