June 18th, 2006

little review

Poem for Sunday

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Had a weird morning feeling like maybe I was supposed to be at con.txt but feeling so decidedly unfannish that I think it's a very good thing I wasn't, even though it's right near me. I was trying to post two Star Trek articles, and TrekToday's database was refusing to let me, and it was very frustrating even though neither of them was remotely earthshattering (Frakes to direct Ellison episode of Masters of Science Fiction, G4 successful with Star Trek 2.0), and I was thinking about all the ways in which being a professional Trekkie has killed not just Star Trek fandom but maybe all large-scale fandom for me and being kind of bummed.

Then in the afternoon, I went with vertigo66 -- who is, in fact, my oldest fannish friend -- to a Litha ritual and celebration, and even though beeej, who introduced me to the group, was not there (and I remembered her Dawson's Creek DVD with Joe Flanigan, dammit!) and even though the woman who leads the group's fannish inclinations are more Highlander and Gerard Butler than my long-term interests, we ended up talking lots about both geeky things that interest me and the things that interest me on a much deeper level and over a much longer time like Tarot and solar cycles (the guided meditation involved floating in the ocean beneath the sun, one of my absolute favorite things to do), and then there was cake involving apricots and raspberries and lots of cheese and brownie pie and pineapple slices, and I left feeling really good as I always do. The contrast between Jewish holiday rituals and Pagan holiday rituals for me is so remarkable that I may have to try to form my own local Tel Shemesh branch or something, because I'm not going to find what I want in any shul I know of anywhere nearby. The woman who runs this circle has another circle, so I know I'm not the only one celebrating in two places.

We had to get some stuff for our trip in the evening, so I went out with the monsters boys and apaulled (who is a saint, having taken our kids and vertigo66's to see the new Garfield movie so we could go to Litha -- and he rather liked it, since most of it is set at Castle Howard!) We started at Target, which was completely out of boys' underwear in size 12 -- is there not a federal law that states they must always have boys' underwear in stock?! -- and Bath & Body Works which has lots of stuff on sale for $4, then we needed to stop at Circuit City to get a Father's Day present for my father-in-law and ended up at Cici's Pizza since it was right there. We didn't get home till late and Saturday's laundries did not get done and Sunday we will be in Baltimore most of the day with in-laws, but hey, sooner or later we will either manage to get packed or have to stop in a Target somewhere in Kentucky looking for underwear, right? I am pretty sure I have issued fair warning that there will be lots of zoo, aviary and aquarium photos in the next couple of weeks while I am traveling, so here, some more National Zoo shots before the Maryland Zoo tomorrow!

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