|It has been 13 years since I was last in Key West, FL, and from that last time, I don't remember anything except which Key Club girl(s)* I was chasing and who we dressed in drag and sent out on the town*. Fast forward 13 years and I've got a whole new impression.|
Key West has a ton of lore associated with it in my life. First, there is all the Jimmy Buffett lore: Margaritaville, Duval Street, Capt. Tony's, A1A, conch fritters*, etc. Then there is the street preformer lore of Mallory Square. I went to two sunset celebrations down there and watched quite a number of shows. Nothing totally blew my socks off, but it was fun nonetheless. Finally, there is fiction lore. My favorite genre of book is the South Florida action/mystery*. A number of the books have parts set in Key West. Roaming around the streets gave me a better feel for the setting for those books.
I have a bunch I feel like I could say about Key West and how much I enjoyed spending a few days here. Instead, I'll just post these two totally cliched pictures: #1 and #2.
|Friday December 18 2009||File under: travel, USA|
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|I've just finished work on a project that I've had a good time with. It is a calendar to be sold for a fund raiser for the Bellingham Circus Guild. I think the finished product will turn out nice (although I'm not on the printing/assembly team). So if you are interested, be sure to get yourself one. Either talk to a member of the guild, or e-mail me and I'll act as middle man.
The project was very interesting on two fronts. For one, the layout of a calendar isn't so straight forward, at least with the way we decided to lay it out: the back of this page is the front of that page but upside down, etc. I had to make a mini-calendar to figure out the layout of it all. Working out the captions that go across pages was a task on its own. After working with it now for almost a month, I feel pretty confident that to do it again would be no problem whatsoever.
The second front that made the project interesting was one that has popped up in a few different projects of my recently. It goes like this: I pour quite a bit of effort into something, both technical and design effort. When I present the results of said effort to the "client" proudly, the criticisms I receive really affect me more than they should. Part of it is feeling that the suggester doesn't have a firm grasp of the technical implications of their changes (which means they have don't have an appreciation for my input). Part of it is a frustration that if the client had such strong opinions about the details of the thing, it would have been much more efficient use that from the get go instead of me putting in so much time making something that is just going to be deconstructed anyway.
I recognize that this is a symptom of collaboration and that this frustration is of my own creation. It is something that, now that I'm conscious of it, I can mitigate. All that said, however, being involved in projects like this bring me more joy and pride than frustration, so it's all good.
|Thursday December 17 2009||File under: jugging, misc|
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|Here in southern Florida, I've been staying with a friend who also happens to be a yogini*. Throughout the apartment are post-it notes with little reaffirming quotes. Most are formatted in the first person, which isn't quite the way I prefer my quotes, but the contents of them is just as inspiring. A few of my that I've caught myself thinking about: "I trust the process of life to bring me to my highest good", "The wisest follow their own direction", "New thought patterns can heal and relax your body", and my ultimate favorite, "I am here!" (although I would amend it to read "I am here now!").|
Yep, there really couldn't be a better place to have to find a Monday Quote.
|Monday December 14 2009||File under: quote|
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On my drive from Pueblo, CO to the airport at Colorado Springs, it was -5°F. That's crazy cold. The night before, biking back from pub trivia, it was about the same. Riding a bike in that kind of cold is really cold. I quite literally had ice chunks in my beard when we got home, but I was still wearing a smile. (In fact, I was still game for a little experiment in alternative alternative transportation. Check out Ryan's blog for a write-up soon.)
When I arrived in Ft. Lauderdale, it was 85°F with about 135% humidity. Quite a change. This means that activities (such as geocaching) have to be planned at off peak hours to avoid the heat and time for an afternoon swim has to be taken into account everyday.
Life's tough...but fair. See:
|Saturday December 12 2009||File under: travel, USA|
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|Blog posts while I'm traveling are supposed to be interesting. That's half the reason I travel. But, with no offense intended to the wonderful visits I've had so far, "interesting" might not be the best word to describe what's I've been up to. While movies, food, puzzles, pub trivia, walking, and lots of chatting is always a recipe for good fun (esp. with such great people), it's not the same as, say, a corrupt border crossing agent shake down or a visit to a million year old temple. In fact, the most interesting part of this trip so far (or at least that which I end up talking the most about because people seem the most interested) is the transportation itself.
Instead of subjecting you to a rambling tale of less than smooth transportation (with no pictures), I thought I would instead give you the option of reading my account of one leg of this trip, with all its ins and outs, ups and downs, etc. I wouldn't take the time to write it all out if I didn't find it pretty interesting, but I know I'm slightly skewed towards alternative transportation.
Anyway, if you are intrigued, read on. If not, at least go check on your bingo card, as some unexpected squares might be marked off.
|Thursday December 10 2009||File under: travel, transportation|
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|It's not really supposed to snow on a vacation unless you are skiing or something of the sort. Luckily this is neither a vacation nor am I looking for what is supposed to happen because it's pretty much been snowing non-stop since I've arrived in Fort Collins. Not only is there snow, but it is COLD*!
But we've not been deterred. Courtesy of my wonderful hosts, we've been having a great time. There's been playing in the snow, checking out the local garden's light show, and even a little productivity. Luckily we got the fireplace going so we've had some nice warmth and atmosphere to come home to.
But with all this cold weather and snow, I could really go for a little warmth. Hmmm...maybe I'll look into that*.
|Monday December 7 2009||File under: travel, USA|
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Not that I ever had any doubt, but I was struck today with the realization that a mountain vista with snow, sun, and water is a dang pretty sight (even if it is below freezing at midday). A couple of inches of snow are predicted for tonight which will give everything an even prettier glow. Yeah for scenicness!
|Saturday December 5 2009||File under: travel|
|As is becoming somewhat of a routine here on BdW, the Friday Comic is going to go on a bit of a hiatus while I'm on the road. I can only assume that it will start back up in full strength soon after the new year, as my enthusiasm for the project (originally slated to be 4 weeks long) is at an all time high. So hopefully a little adventure will manifest itself into a couple new comic ideas and the series will plod on towards magic number 100 in no time flat.
As a hold over, at least for this week, I thought I would offer up something I had totally forgotten about: my comic beginnings. I wanna say it was sometime between 6th and 8th grade that Ego Man was conceived (and lived out the remainder of his short career). The drawings are even cruder than my current drawings, but there is definitely more plot. In briefly glancing through, I even detected a romantic subplot. Anyway, I scanned a few pages* for your enjoyment*. Page 1, Page 2, Page 3(with special guest artist Andrew from Brothers Root), and Page 4
|Thursday December 3 2009||File under: misc|
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|Last time I did a meandering domestic adventure (spring 2008 through the Northeast, if you recall), I noticed how many forms of transportation I was using. Ferries, craigslist rides, biking, etc. This time around, I thought I'd make a game out of it.
Transportation Bingo works like this:
* each person gets a card with many forms of transportation in a random arrangement. (The arrangement is based off a seed word which you might be asked for that allows for you to get the same arrangement from any computer. Capital letters matter.)
* when I use a certain form of transportation on this trip, I will add it to the list of "used methods" which will cause that square to be red.
* when someone gets 5 in a row, just like in bingo, they win.
* prize for the winner is yet to be determined, but is bound to be "oh gee thanks, I guess" worthy.
The hope is that those who want to follow along for this latest adventure can do so by just checking in on the bingo page. "Oh, he just rode on a passenger only ferry across Mobile Harbor. Bingo!"
So the programming aspect of this was done kind of hastily without much cross-browser/cross-platform troubleshooting, so let me know if it isn't working for you. I wanted to get it posted before I get on the train to Denver this afternoon. Speaking of which, I had better go pack up and hop on the bus down to the station.
|Tuesday December 1 2009||File under: travel, coding|
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|Have you heard of Movember*? As I understand it, the point is to get guys to grow mustaches (in November) in order to raise awareness of men's health issues. If you want to learn more about Movember (or just see a bunch of neat mustache pictures) check out their website.
Any excuse for ridiculous facial hair, I say. I've done quite a few straight mustaches recently so I thought I might go a little fancier. And differently than most shaving experiments, I actually wore this one out of the house and down to the bar*. If I didn't have to look semi-respectable the next morning, I might have kept it even longer. I kind of dig how it looks.
Oh, and here are a few pics of the process (that I am posting for posteriety, not because I've deluded myself into thinking people actually like seeing such shamelessly egotistical photos): before and halfway.
|Saturday November 28 2009||File under: beard|
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