Where You're Not

Short posts written relatively frequently, ostensibly to my scattered friends and family over various seas. However, everyone is welcome and I'm honoured if you take an interest.

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Happy Saturday evening!

After a lovely open mike night at Woodland Creatures with Strigine (at which we did not perform but we did score some free plastic cups with tattoo-like designs on them) I had a very normal sort of Friday at work.

There has been a lot of bass and bagpipe playing around here lately due to my preparations for both another Storm the Palace gig coming up in July, and the world pipe band championships in August.

This morning I accidentally made incredibly weak coffee and then finished weeding the garden (for the moment). Jalapeño suffered through the coffee, poor man. I’ll aim for stronger stuff tomorrow. He did still help me with a new bass line later though so I didn’t totally short circuit his brain with my poor barista skills.

This afternoon I was very indulgent and went to two films at the film festival. One was a documentary called Saving Brinton which Realism highly recommended (and indeed, he went to see it a second time). It’s about a man from Washington, Iowa who saved the entire film collection (including projectors, slides, posters, and of course film reels) of a couple called Frank and Indiana Brinton. They travelled around the US showing these films back in the late 1800s and early 1900s.

So this guy, Mike Zahs, tried for years to get historians and their ilk interested in the films and finally the University of Iowa took an interest. It turned out some of the films were the only remaining copies of Edison and Méliès films, along with other very early works of filmmakers, they haven’t ID’d all of them yet. Some were ones assumed lost. It was a great documentary and Mike Zahs himself was there at the end for a Q&A as were the two filmmakers.

Then, best of all, they showed some of the old films including a Méliès film which hadn’t been shown since 1910 (outside of Washington, Iowa, where they hadn’t realized it was the only copy of that film in existence and had been happily watching it once a year for 20 or so years, if I recall correctly), while Mike Zahs provided very amusing commentary. It was amazing, and the documentary is a really nice portrayal of small town USA which makes a good change. It also made me slightly homesick. Zahs himself is certainly a national treasure. If you see Saving Brinton showing anywhere please go see it.

The other film I saw was a light French comedy called C’est la vie!, about a catering company running a huge wedding and everything going wrong. It was fun.

Tonight Jalapeño is out at a gig, as he was last night. The kids are in good form, washing up was accomplished with no quibbling. Hagg-Bag has been decorating his model of the trenches with blood, though when I queried him about it he said “actually, it’s more flesh than blood.” While he may not understand the full emotional impact of war at this point he’s at least aware of the technical and physical aspects of it.

I bumped into North (piper) on my way back from the film fest and we caught up briefly on how things are, and the war against live music the council and grouchy old bastards continue to wage against the city. How will these grouchy bastards ever cope when the Festival starts? We shall keep on doing our best.

 

A surplus of snails

I have now experienced my first ever paid sick day. It’s only a cold but I realised, hey, I don’t have to go in. Reader, it was amazing. Nothing untoward happened while I was gone, though the trouble with the pegasii continues. They’ve now started sleeping really late so their deliveries are also increasingly late. They claim the increased summer sun has a soporific effect on them. They say this every year of course.

That on top of the dragons going mad over sales of as much as 50% on select helmets, goblets and whole treasure chests, means there’s been an increase in singed ears. There’s a particular breed, Flaming Whingnuts, who get especially agitated when the pegasii in Ireland, which we have particular trouble with, don’t show up for return collections on time. Still, we’ve all survived so far and the gremlins have been kept well-supplied with whisky so they’ve been behaving for the most part.

Today I had a day off. In the morning I had a bass lesson. I’m currently learning the bass line for Picture This by Blondie, along with several other songs. (The song choices are from Radio’s other students. Because I’m the only bass student at the moment I have to learn all the bass lines for the student get-togethers). So the lyrics for Picture This, they are not great and do not make much sense but I’m starting to grow strangely fond of them because I’ve heard them so much. Also, Debbie Harry’s voice is just so nice no matter what.

Then I pretty much spent the rest of the day weeding. The bluebells are now well past their prime and are all falling about the garden turning brown and, in many cases, slimy. I got the majority of them out today in the back garden. The ones in the front garden must wait for the weekend.

I did much of the weeding while listening to an audiobook of War and Peace. I’m rather delighted by how this is working out. I downloaded it because I’ve been meaning to read it and I realised I could slowly work my way through it on my walks to and from work/whenever I get the notion in my head to go jogging. It totals 61+ hours so it’s going to take a while but so far it’s hilarious. The way the narrator describes people and what they’re doing, and what they’re actually doing, is excellent and very dry. I got through 3 hours of it today while weeding.

Dangerous Beans helped in the garden by sunning herself and being American Psycho, the bird edition. Realism came out eventually too and mowed the grassy bit. Jalapeño stayed inside and finished playing a game called Nooki the Flying Horse or somesuch.

I’m just kidding, it’s called Ni no Kuni II and it was very pretty.

The kids are here and suffering through the last two weeks of school before the summer holidays. There is a weird phenomena surrounding kids doing dishes. Everything can be going along fine, then the kids start doing the washing up, and somehow, suddenly, things turn sour amongst them. To be fair to the other two, this usually has something to do with Vault Boy. But I do remember exactly the same thing happening with the Owedazzler and the Hannimal and myself when we were little and doing the dishes. I guess it just offers such opportunities for pettiness if you happen to resent what you’re doing.

I’m currently reading a book called We Want Everything by Nanni Balestrini about a worker from southern Italy moving to northern Italy in 1869 to work in a Fiat factory and getting involved in the worker/student strikes/protest there.

No, I’m off to support live music with Strigine!

 

 

 

 

 

In which Storm the Palace goes on tour and I learn about midgies

So I actually had sat down with the bass to practice just now. I usually try to stand up to practice but I have a cold so I’m home early (as opposed to at Jalapeño and Tomorrow’s session) and in my pajamas and I feel like sitting down. But then Dangerous Beans started making horrendous yowling noises outside the door of the music room so I got up and opened it to check on her and she came sliding in and I sat down again with the bass. She proceeded to jump into my lap, got the cable all woven through her legs, and started rubbing her head aggressively against the neck of the bass. I now find myself plus one cat, (a purring, content cat,) and the bass is leaning harrassedly nearby. In short, I thought I’d make good use of cat-time and do a blog post.

Backing up a bit, we had a visit a couple weeks ago now from my cousin Jerez. (For those of you I know are wondering, Jerez is a city in southwestern Spain famous for making sherry. It seems like a good name. Why? I don’t know. Maybe Jerez has been there. She has been many, many places now. Or maybe she likes sherry. Or maybe she shares characteristic with sherry. The mystery continues . . . )

Anyway, she and the kids got on like a house on fire and she very kindly came to STP’s gig at the Safarie Lounge. Me oh my, it was a good night, better for some than others and ain’t that just the way of it? Jerez was also very patient about me dragging her to various foreign films with varying amounts of plot and substance behind them throughout her stay.

Storm the Palace was on tour last week as many of you are aware. It was only a week but it was the first time I’d ever been on tour and it was very fun and highly educational. I also saw more of Scotland in one week than I had to date. We met loads of great people, and a few who are Dead White Males at heart, but mostly it was great people and we saw many great places. Here are lots of pictures:

Some of you will have already seen this one but I wanted to post it again due to Rapid’s face. This was in Appin, on the beach by Castle Stalker.

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This was the view from the kitchen of the St Mary’s Space where we stayed and performed when we were up in Appin. Though actually, St. Mary’s Space is in Fasnacloich which is so fun to say. A lovely couple run it while raising their daughter and having day jobs. It’s an amazing former church turned art space/studio/venue. The interior decor,  all done by Chablis, the lady of the couple, is to die for. The wallpaper made of old books and magazines. Everywhere you look you see something new.  Also, the gig was great and the folks there were fantastic. There were some true Buffy fans in the crowd. Please do feel free to visit St. Mary’s Space’s facebook page here.

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Castle Stalker. We didn’t quite make it inside. (Slept a bit too late for the one-time-a-day tour).

 

On the way from Appin to Skye we witnessed what could have been a very bad accident indeed on one of the twisty roads through the highlands. However, everyone survived uninjured. They somehow managed to just barely miss a huge gully and all the really big trees. We even caught up with one of them later in Portree.

Fairy Pools on Skye/the mountains behind them + Jalapeño

 

Intrepid explorers at the Fairy Pools.

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Meta Fairy Pool photo

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On Skye, Strigine and Rapid stayed in a B&B while Jalapeño and I stayed with an old mate of Jalapeño’s. We got to hang out with real locals and get a feel for the politics underlying the Portree community.

The midgies were terrible. I mean terrible. But, though  I saw them on me here and there I only sustained a few non-itchy bites, to the disgust of my bandmates.

Here’s the dressing room for the venue in Portree. The gig itself was one of the quieter ones but we had fun anyway. Here, Strigine is going for what we’ve called ‘full Megan Draper’ with her attire and makeup. It’s a strong look.

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Why is this photo here? I believe it was something to do with how the strawberries matched Strigine’s shoes. It’s not because I have a weird crush on Strigine and her ankles.

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Then we were off to Wick for the Lyth Arts Centre! Or, to be precise, about 10 miles north of Wick. It was really cool and strangely flat there and it didn’t really get dark. I realize I failed to take photos of the actual centre or  stage or accommodation but try to imagine them, they were all really pretty and comfy AND they had a Cluedo set from the 30s.  (Rapid won.) The folks who run Lyth Arts Centre are full of energy and, like St. Mary’s Space, they’re doing great things for the community. (Vermont people, both places are very akin to Catamount Arts).  You can visit their facebook page here.

We were also supported on this night by a young local band called Forgetting the Future who were fab and should definitely keep doing what they’re doing. They’re also really organised.

Here is Cluedo.

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Here is Strigine looking sooooo elegant in her pajamas. (So as I mentioned I’m in my pajamas right now and I do not look that elegant. The bass bullying cat curled up on my lap doesn’t help but she’s warm and soft so that’s fine.)

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Before abandoning the far north we went as far north as you can go. Here’s a lighthouse from that point.

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There be puffins in them there cliffs. We did see them, flying around and talking about how orange their beaks were.

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We had a gig in Inverness the next night but I didn’t take any photos there and it was the other quiet one. However, we did meet two excellent friends of Strigine’s who play D&D and understand Firefly etc.

Then our last gig was in Nethybridge in the below excellent place. We performed in an actual tipi. On the left is the cottage we stayed in. On the right, the tipi. Previous to that we met up with Strigine’s sister, Applecross, for a walk around a nice loch. Before the end of the tour she gave me some tiny trees (rowans and birches) to bring back. They’re in the back garden now, in pots, doing tiny tree things.

 

The inside of the tipi.

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Pretty flippin’ sweet, right? And the fire kept the midgies away. We had a very fun night and the show went really well. We may have had sore heads in the morning. Worth it.

Now we’ve been home for a while and I’ve been very busy. At work we’ve had a problem with some pegasaii eating weird berries en route back to the warehouse. As a result they’re leaving their parcels for days sitting in hedges and stone circles while they wander around hallucinating vividly before remembering what they were supposed to be doing and that they really need a drink. This has lead to some very upset dragons, as you might imagine.

We took the kids to see Solo the other night. I really enjoyed it for a heist film and everyone in it was just so good looking. Except the big evil slimy aliens of course.

Jalapeño and I also saw Deadpool 2 last night, heh. That was fun.

There has been other stuff of course. I could get into what I’m reading and all but it’s very complicated and now it’s slightly past 23:00 so it’s time to use these pajamas for their true purpose. The cat will be mad. Thanks for reading, space cowboys, and please forgive typos I’ve missed.

 

 

 

 

An uncertain day in May

We are currently in a weird week between gigs and submitting my visa renewal application. Plus the weather isn’t sure if it wants to rain or be warm .

Anyway, waaaaay to much has gone on since May 3rd to put all in one post but for now, here are some photos. To start with, a nice tree in Stockbridge.

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Here is Arthur’s Seat and Salisbury Craigs from Calton Hill. I can’t remember why I went up there but I do remember Jalapeño couldn’t hear me on the phone because the wind was too strong.

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Here’s one of my favourite bits of the Water of Leith, next to the nice tree pictured above. Not shown, multiple ducks.

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Here is a graveyard wherein I ate a Twinkie a couple of weeks ago during my lunch break at work. Among others, (obviously) David Hume is buried here.

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Here is a lovely latte art rose the barista in Artisan Roast made for me when I met Renaissance there for coffee and catch-up.

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Here is a loaf cat.

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Here is a shot from the dog show(!!) Strigine and I went to yesterday. (Strigine is on the hunt for the perfect small dog). Sometimes it was confusing.

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Here is an uncomfortable Chihuahua.

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Here is a book printed in 1910 which I picked up from The Gently Mad today. The woman who illustrated the cover and other parts of this series, was born in 1875. Her mother still believed art was the work of the Devil and went so far as to destroy some of her daughter’s work but said daughter prevailed and eventually went to the Glasgow College of Art. I will look up her name again after this . . .

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This also gave me the chance to find out more about the bookshop and the mystery people who run it and their various skills.

And lastly, Scrimmy Bingus won a region-wide art contest at her school! The prize is 4 days (I think) studying at the Edinburgh Uni Art School and with all sorts of art pros from different industries, including Rockstar North. It’s pretty frickin’ sweet and she beat a lot of stiff competition.

And that is all for now except your polite and friendly reminder that Storm the Palace has a gig this Friday along with many fine artists at the Safari Lounge. All are welcome and we’d love to see you there 🙂

Springtastic

Things are much as they were. Very worky. Jalapeño is still jet-lagged because I can’t get him to go to bed earlier than 23:00 even though he has to get up at 6:30 for the school run. It must be terrible being male.

To celebrate my return to the 21st century, here are some garden pics!

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Don’t be fooled by the sunshine. It is NOT warm. Dad says it got up to 85F in Vermontland yesterday. That is true warmth. Mostly all Scotland gets is illusory warmth which looks warm from inside but outside there’s always a cold breeze. It’s like getting what you think is a filled chocolate with caramel and nougat and realizing it’s hollow inside after you bite into it.

I am really happy some of my tulips are still surviving though.

I’m currently halfway through this lovely book.

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It’s absolutely riveting and makes me want superpowers in a way I haven’t before. Like really want them. Even if I didn’t use them it would be amazing to know I could. It has blurbs from Margaret Atwood and Joss Whedon. It was my anniversary gift from Jalapeño when he got back. I gave him one called The Philosopher’s Flight, by Tom Miller.

Short hair was well received by the kids, especially Scrimmy Bingus who shouted, “I’m so proud of you!” and ran over to give me a hug. All the kids keep busting out old school dance moves at random. I’m not sure where this is coming from but it’s very entertaining.

Other than that it’s dragons, practicing, visa stuff and so forth. Many thanks to all who have watched and commented on the new Storm the Palace video. We had fun making it and we hope you enjoy playing it!

If you give a mouse a G&T . . .

It was a weekend of dragons, drink, and delight.

The dragons this week have actually been pretty snoozy. Sometime they get like that for a bit when the weather gets warmer. However, one actually bestirred herself enough to claw-type a very nice email praising the work of two colleagues who work in the actual trading halls, (which are blessedly gremlin free I hear) where the dragons and their gnomes show up in person. She was a very well-bred Tufflehoot, such that she likely drinks tea with her raw steak.

Anyhow, I sent a gremlin down to the trading hall in question via hedgehog (to give him something to do other than mess up the computers here), to pass on the kind words. By hedgehog because gremlins grumble terribly if forced to walk long distances since they’re mostly used to sitting around in motherboards spitting on things. You can fit twenty of them on one hedgehog but they get overexcited and start singing inappropriate songs.

On Friday evening I went out after work to meet Strigine and briefly Rapid as well (though he was a tired bunny and had to go home early) and hear several bands at a place called Safari Lounge, (it has good beer and, surprise, surprise, a safari theme).

The hard working gentleman, Suzerain, is putting on a series of these shows featuring several bands each time. INCIDENTALLY, STORM THE PALACE WILL BE PLAYING THERE ON THE 25TH OF MAY.

*Ahem*

It was a fun night. Earplugs were needed, (small venue, big sounds) but the music was highly enjoyable and original. Only one drunk guy tried to talk to me and it turned out he was offended I was wearing earplugs because the drummer was his brother.

I also got to meet Grappa, a mystery person I’d been wanting to meet for a while who runs a recording studio. And I got re-acquainted with Cardinal, whom I’d met briefly before but not really gotten to speak with. She’s not so keen on dogs but seems pretty cool nonetheless. One the way home we kind of walked a nice little U around/through Leith. I’m imagining a U, it was probably more of a topless rectangle.

Then it was back to the dragons in the morning. I increased my sleep debt this weekend but the days have been so moreish I couldn’t help it and have no regrets. Then after work along came Strigine for pizza, practice, and drinks. So we sang, (and in Strigine’s case played guitar). Strigine has taken some words I wrote down and turned them into a living melodic creature which is wildly exciting to me. We crashed out after lots of wine and Ella Fitzgerald.

What was Realism doing during all this? Turns out he was meeting a friend who sometimes travels to Scotland for football matches. (He and Realism met whilst travelling in . . . maybe Patagonia?) Realism has also been busy attending concerts and films the last couple of nights. Specifically, film-wise, A Fistful of Dollars.

The Hannimal is on chicken pox watch at the moment with Skidbear who wasn’t showing symptoms last I heard but we’ll see. Skidbear is now eating mush and mostly likes to push it into her face.

On an unrelated note, white wine and cucumbers go surprisingly well together.

I’m currently reading Mr. Penumbra’s 24-hour Bookstore by Robin Sloan. It was Dad’s suggestion. It’s very fun and a positive twist on the relationship between the internet and printed word. I also just finished reading The Work of Art in the Age of Mechanical Reproduction by Walter Benjamin. I’m still kind of confused about how that ended up happening. I was talking to a photographer at work and things just got out of hand but I’m glad they did. And I also finished Bitch Planet Vol. 2 by Kelly Sue DeConnick, which was a cunningly concealed surprise gift from Jalapeño in his absence. The book itself was grim but good.

I’ve been talking to Dangerous Beans A Lot lately. She doesn’t mind but she’s not a great conversationalist. She did enjoy all the practising on Saturday night though. She zens out to guitar.

Now I finally have a day off after 6 days of dragons in row and I’ve mostly eaten Battenberg cake and been out to get shopping plus continued gathering visa paperwork. (Today was verified bank statements.) Feelin’ the Sisyphean vibe at the moment but we’ll keep going. I did garner some ice cream treats and a random compliment about my coat from a nice young woman in a red hoodie.

Now, off to gather up Jalapeño!

Oh, and I am this close to having my phone back with the original number. Stay tuned.

A hail from the salt mines

Pssh, it was hardly salt mine-ish to be honest. Today the dragons were pretty calm, though I did have one who was having a lot of trouble using a discount charm. It turned out she’d never actually been given one. I just barely stopped her from placing an order without it which would probably have resulted in a crispy gnome or two on her end, not to mention my poor ears.  (If she’d consulted with her gnomes in the first place there probably wouldn’t have been an issue.) We got her all sorted out and in the end and sent her on her way with a fresh order of red hot slippers.

I forgot to mention – I had most of my hair cut off while I was in the States. It caused a much exclaiming at work, in a positive way. The gremlins disapproved by making my computer do weird things all afternoon but we all settled down eventually.

Meanwhile, seedlings continue sprouting in Vermontland and I’ve been eyeing up the disused greenhouse in the back garden here. Realism has given his blessing for having it cleared out but it occurs to me I don’t actually have any idea what grows well in greenhouses in Scotland.

Tonight I managed to squeeze in practising almost all my instruments. Now I’m going to go watch a puzzling film to wind down. Dangerous Beans may come along too and make snarky comments but she should be in a good mood as she stole some Wensleydale earlier.

Two thirds of Balancing Monks are back in Vermontland, doubtless they are quaffing fine beer and building mountains — or at least large hills — of future plans, this is healthy and normal behavior for such beasties.

 

Keep Awake post

I landed in Edinburgh today shortly after 12. My plane was so un-full for the long flight that I got to lie down across three seats and kind of fall asleep once in a while. When I woke up they’d put a tiny snack box by my head.

The visit Stateside was great, though it went by far too quickly. Among other things I caught up with Tornado and baby Lazerbeam, who is now talking which is weird but good. I also got to be buried in Tornado and Chatoyant’s collection of 6 kittens, the offspring of the very productive Ms CatCat, (so named by Lazerbeam). You cannot go wrong with a pile of kittens. Huge congrats to Tornado and Chatoyant, who are expecting again this fall! (Though they are not cats, just to be clear!) Lazerbeam will have a sibling to teach about unicorn riding and such.

Jalapeño and the Balancing Monks generally have had several successful shows and a very exciting live recording which I attended along with Mom, the Owedazzler, and Narnia, boy was that an entertaining car ride. I also went along, at the Owedazzler’s suggestion, to a concert by The Mountain Goats which was a great slice of Burlington life and the music was highly enjoyable though not the sort of thing I normally go in for. Also, Lion was there and I hadn’t seen him in ages since he’s been on tour. He’s joined the cool nose piercing club.

There was much catching up with pipe band people, and straight up piping as well. Habanera turned 30 this past week so that was well celebrated at Instant’s house with beer and a bonfire + music.

I got to hear some early tracks of the new 5th Bus. album. It’s a good ‘un. If the Northeast Kindgom had charts it would top them. I suggested they submit a track for Christmas number one in the UK. Mom sagely pointed out you probably have to be a UK band to make that happen.

I still have no working phone, and probably won’t this month despite my high hopes. Sadly, that means no photos here. I took lots of picture of the dogs and cat in Vermontland on Jalapeño’s phone but then he left me and I forgot to get them emailed.

Rosie, Mom and Dad’s pure white cat from Ms CatCat’s previous litter, is very funny. She likes to crawl onto your back while you’re sleeping and meow loudly into your ear.

Speaking of cats, Dangerous Beans seems pleased to see me. She is curled up on my lap now and I found a dirty spot on the bedclothes where she’s been sleeping while we’ve been gone. She has some sort of plant life stuck on the end of her tail at the minute.

Jalapeño is still in the States so it’s just me and Realism here. He’s listening to opera in his sitting room. Over dinner we discussed his never ending battle against the bluebells (it was warm last week I’m told and the garden is going nuts) and an edition of Frankenstein he picked up which contains copies of the original manuscripts, one with and one without male Shelley’s  contributions to Mary Shelley’s work.

Right, well, I’m falling asleep writing this and the inside of my brain sounds like the inside of a pigeon’s brain. (If you’ve never seen Jalapeño do his impression of the inside of a pigeon’s brain, ask him to do it next time you see him.) Of course many more things went on in the US (music!) but this is what I’m capable of typing about at the moment. Tomorrow it’s back to the dragons who will be gearing up for the summer Challenge season. And who provides the most impressive armor in which to menace a Good Knight, or even a mediocre one? I think you know.

PS. Blame particularly weird typos on the jet lag.

 

2 clicks to fly time

Evening all,

Jalapeño is reading to the kids, every time a particularly vivacious character comes up I can hear every word they shout. He’s reading them Stardust, by Neil Gaiman.

It’s been a worktastic week for me but the dragons have been mostly okay. There have been a few freaking out about having to switch return pegusaii. We’ve started using silver pegusaii for returns rather than the usual white ones we use for delivery which has confused a lot of dragons. (You know how dragons are). They’ll settle down soon, except for the ones who live in places where there are no silver pegusaii. They have to go through a special returns process involving oxcarts and transfers of gold for refunds of shipping costs where the gold is transported by Swans, which are majestical but not very fast. Yikes. Why can’t the pegusaii help with the transfers of gold I hear you ask? Why indeed.

The weekend was full of fun especially as, on Saturday night, Strigine and I went out on a pub crawl down Leith walk. I have never before so perfectly maintained the precise level of intoxication one seeks to have fun and relax without feeling like Hell the next day. We saw a lot of great pub dogs and I finally had a macaroni pie, that classic Scottish dish.

We skyped Mom on Sunday evening and nobody barked during the entire thing, kids or dogs.

Rhinoceros was great, by the way. They had the actors transform into Rhinos by slathering themselves in white paste which doesn’t sound alarming, but the atmosphere they built up around it and the way it was done with no comment made it highly effective and somewhat chilling.

As it’s the last week of Easter hols the kids have been mainly doing nothing. Today though, Vault Boy went to meet some friends at a Japanese cafe (I think it was), while Scrimmy Bingus visited her friend’s house. Hagg-Bag, meanwhile, has been packing and preparing for his class trip to a cold outdoorsey place the name of which escapes me. They may go gorge walking which is apparently walking up rivers for fun.

Last night I went to see Summer With Monika, by Ingmar Berman, at the Filmhouse. My, my. How tragic. How lovely. How much do I want to run away in a boat now and make terrible mistakes?

On Friday Jalapeño and I head Stateside! In the meantime, I’m de-frumping my wardrobe.

And last, but not least, a big ol’ HAPPY BIRTHDAY! to the Owedazzler. A quarter of a century old. Well done him.

 

Deceptive Sunshine

After some fantastically snowy weather yesterday it’s become a beguilingly bright Thursday here in Edin-burger.

Frankly the week has just flown by. I’ve been all tangled up in work and learning the bass line for Ziggy Stardust, plus playing two sets of highland pipes (not at the same time) in preparation for the pipe band championship this summer. I just got some new drone reeds which is super exciting if you’re a piper and they work. I can vouch for the former but have yet to find out about the latter, they are pretty though.

I’ve also been trying to alphabetize our CD collection and I’ve been experimenting with keeping lipstick on my face for longer than 30 minutes. Usually I just end up eating it.

Wow, Vault Boy and Hagg-Bag say they’re going to go outside and play with water balloons. There was a big puddle of ICE in the garden this morning. Don’t worry, I’ve told them to come in before they get hypothermia.

I’ve been chatting with the Hannimal and she’s just got Skidbear to bed and is filling me in on life in Ulaanbaatar this time around. Skidbear is still adjusting to the time changes she’s gone through.

Tonight I’m going to see Rhinoceros at the Lyceum. That should be fun. I’ve never experienced French absurdist humor in live theatre before, or at all really. I have read the play (in English) in preparation and am looking forward to seeing how this adaptation works out. Ethel is going as well and we’ll have drinks beforehand as I reckon that can only enhance the whole thing.

We had tunes at the Black Cat on Monday for Jalapeño and Tomorrow’s session. Elliposoid was there in a nice blue shirt, fresh off the train from England, and there were a couple of percussion dudes.

The dragons at work have been very low key lately. I think the warmer weather is making them sleepy. However, we’re having a major overhaul of our systems soon. This always causes the gremlins inside it to get overworked and tired, then they overdose on their head-of-a-pin size espresso shots and start to go haywire at which point the dragons trying to shop get very upset. It’s sure to be an exciting time.

Sidenote: I’m enjoying Poor Things much more than I did Lanark. (Good call on that one, Aegir). So far it’s a rather funny Gothic romance/satire with beautiful illustrations.

Not much news from Vermontland. The Owedazzler is vague as usual, and congrats to him and Secret on their two year anniversary!