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12th December, 2008. 11:44 am. Working on a Sci-Fi Club for my area

Me and Bob Hole were chatting on-line last night and the final outcome of the conversation was the decision to try and start a science fiction club in our area. We've both been in the area for about a year now and I have only just realized how close (he's in Roseville, a little over a half-hour away). We've also had the same problem of finding a group to join up with this side of Sacramento (and going in to Sac is a bit much for the finances right now). That of course logically led to the crazy idea of starting our own. We're in the collection of ideas phase now and of course are having plenty of fun batting back and forth ideas for names. The current name configuration is something like Science Fiction Society of Western Sierra but that is definitely not set in stone yet. I've got of course the LASFS by-laws and managed to get the by-laws from about four other groups on-line as well. Any suggestions, warnings or ideas from the general crowd here? We want to try and get the organizational framework as set up as we can before doing any sort of membership drive so that there will be less chance of chaos ... okay so that the chaos will be a bit more managed since chaos is definitely part of the fun. The whole goal is a social club with a general science fiction focus, not specifically literary, media or gaming. Anyway, I guess I'm just opening this up for hopefully productive commentary.

Current mood: energetic.

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6th December, 2008. 12:06 pm. Help Vera Nazarian

Yet another sign of the times
Vera Nazarian is facing forclosure due to a series of truly unfortunate events (a fradulent lawsuit, mother's illness, father's death and sub-prime mortgage). Please consider donating, spreading the work, and/or participating in the charity auction. I myself sent along ten dollars ... every bit helps.


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20th November, 2008. 1:12 am. Missing Loscon this year

After careful consideration I've decided not to go to Loscon this year. First of all is the obvious reason of finances. The transmission going on the car recently and the higher overall business costs this year with the new store has been major drains. I usually only break-even at Loscon when I'm in town so coming from out-of-town means it would be a very poor financial decision at this stage. The second reason is very personal ... lets just say that the scab really hasn't formed over an emotional wound from earlier in the year. I don't want to drag my drama llamas into the arena .. especially when I still care deeply for this individual and don't want to cause him any troubles during a time when he is always very stressed and busy. I want to keep at least the friendship part of our relationship intact and don't want to drag other people down with my emotional swings. This is also my reason behind pretty much deciding to back out of most fannish activities since it's hard to go to any convention without running into him. This is as much as I really want to discuss on the topic but I guess I must be feeling kinda bitchy about it today to end up even bringing up the subject in the first place in a public forum. I just wanted to put all the cards on the table so people would better understand my decision and not just try and solve the financial end of the decision. I will miss you all and wish you all a wonderful Loscon.

Current mood: depressed.

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18th November, 2008. 10:42 pm. Another Boar to Go

On the way home today I noticed another set of tire tracks overlaying mine from last night. Then a large blood spot with hair scattered and what looked like a bone and an obvious boar carcass on the side of the road. The blood was still mainly red which suggests that it was a fairly recent hit. Same exact spot as my hit from last night and very close to the same exact time since I was driving home a bit later than last night. When I got home I quizzed my dad who said they hadn't noticed anything except my tire skids when they had driven home a half hour earlier. Therefore it would have been at pretty much the same exact time. It makes me feel better since it was thus obvious that I hadn't done too much damage last night. However, the incident definitely didn't teach the boar a lesson about staying off the road. I'm just hoping that whoever hit him tonight didn't get hurt.

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17th November, 2008. 9:44 pm. A Boar to You

As most of you know, I've moved up into the mountains. There actually is a herd of about six deer, a flock of about thirteen wild turkeys, a pair of red foxes, and plenty of skunks, squirrels (both grey and ground), and racdoons - all frequent visitors on my parents property. They have about five acres on a side of a hill with my grandparents old place of six acres next door. About a month ago a off-duty fireman on a motorcycle hit a deer just at the junction of where our dirt road (Adair) hits the main road (McCourtney). There are plenty of opportunities to hit animals along McCourtney as it winds through the foothills from my parents to Grass Valley proper (my parents are technically in an unincorporated area). I travel this road every day to and from my store in Grass Valley. It takes about a half hour to 45 minutes due to the winding nature of the road. Every day I see road kill - squirrels, skunks, and possums being the most common with a deer showing up at least once a week as well. So what did I have to hit - a boar. Of all things for me to finally hit along this road it had to be a very muddy wild pig. I was driving home from the store at about 9 PM (I close the store about 7:30 but usually don't leave until much later). It was of course very dark and I saw in front of me a pair of eyes. I started slowing down (had been going the speed limit of 45) thinking it was a possum and thus not worrying so much ... until he turned away and I saw how big he was. He was as tall as my headlights and about three feet long. He was almost the color of the asphalt because of his hair and the fact he was covered with mud from the irrigation ditch paralleling the road. I slammed on the brakes but still hit him pretty solidly sending him rolling off the far side of the road. If I had had with me anything more substantial than a pocket knife I would have stopped to dispatch him if necessary. However, I knew it could be a wild and extremely dangerous animal that I had just hurt. I could see him flopping a bit and think I just knocked his wind out more than anything. The area was near a BLM stretch of wild life preserve so he could have wandered out of that area. They are reported from that area. Wild Boars aren't native to California so I don't consider them particularly valuable wild life ... they destroy more natural habitat than contribute to it. Several native bulbs are endangered specifically because of them. Don't get me wrong, I feel terrible about hurting any life just not as bad as I would about most other types of animals. When I got home I was still shaking but the car just has mud splattered over the hood and front and has the license plate frame all bent out of shape. If I would have been going much faster I would have had much more substantial damage. I'm just still shaking my head over the fact I hit a boar ... of all things

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15th November, 2008. 10:51 am. What's in a Name

Yanked from baka_kit

WITNESS PROTECTION NAME: (mother's & father's middle names)
Lee Warren

NASCAR NAME: (first name of your mother's dad, father's dad )
Roy Warren (okay so they are male names, err)

STAR WARS NAME: (the first 2 letters of your last name, first 4 letters of your first name)
Glsusa (??)

DETECTIVE NAME: (fav color, fav animal)
Maroon Arabian

SOAP OPERA NAME: (middle name, city where you live)
Marie Grass Valley, don't like this one

SUPERHERO NAME: (2nd fav color, fav alcoholic drink, add "THE" to the beginning)
The Tan Scotch

FLY NAME: (first 2 letters of 1st name, last 2 letters of your last name)

GANGSTA NAME: (fav ice cream flavor, fav cookie):
Carmel Ginger (I like this one)

ROCK STAR NAME: (current pet's name, current street name)
Cuddles McCourtney (okay ... now that works)

PORN NAME: (1st pet, street you grew up on)
Pandy Yaleton (that's even scary)

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13th November, 2008. 11:12 pm. Only that long?

How long would it take for a Tyrannosaurus Rex to digest your corpse?

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5th November, 2008. 12:08 pm. Farewell Michael Crichton

A warm Goodbye to Michael Crichton. You'll be missed. But even dinosaurs can come back.

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31st October, 2008. 11:21 pm. All that candy ...

No trick-or-treaters came to the store :(

I sorta expected it since I'm in a dark parking lot and back away from the street. However, I was expecting at least the AA folks to drop by and take advantage of the big bucket of candy by the door. Oh well, guess I have an overload of sugar for the next time by blood sugar gets low. I decorated up the outside of the store with Mummies, Skulls, and cobwebs but the rain coming in yesterday night messed most of that up. Luckily there was a break during the afternoon when I could reset the decorations and even set up my dollar table. No sales today but I've otherwise had a good week except for Monday. Friday and Saturday are usually my worst days at the store. I've even been considering closing on Saturday in the future and being open on Sunday instead. Tomorrow will tell if the trend continues. I really did expect more people dropping by otherwise ... but the rain probably had a great deal to do with that.

Halloween has always been my favorite holiday. Part of it is the close association to my birthday and the fact that the only parties I had for my birthday (prior to Michael's shindigs) were actually Halloween parties that I pretended were for my birthday. I've always loved costuming, as most of you already know, and Halloween gave me one of the only excuses in my pre-con years. My sister really never liked Halloween and I didn't have anybody else to go out trick-or-treating with so eventually I ended up being the one at the door on Halloween. Guess I really miss that.

Current mood: depressed.

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29th October, 2008. 10:39 pm. Tawonka comes to work ...

I've uploaded pictures of the current configurations of my store as well as pictures of Archaeology Days to my scrapbook. Below are pictures of the Trading Post's newest employee - Tawonka.

He's even gotten into the fullest spirit of the store by trying on my hat :)

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