|So, what's new?
||[Oct. 2nd, 2014|12:06 am]
I was laid off in February, quite unexpectedly. The day I was laid off, I walked out on the ice at Forty Creek and took film photos of the fantastic ice shapes that had built up over a bitter winter. I was using an old Seagull TLR (twin lenses reflex), and one with a faulty mask inside that scratched the negatives. It was months before I realized that.
My immediate sensation the day of the layoff was one of extreme relief. For weeks, months, I'd been under stress.
It is now October, I am still out of work, and benefits are about to be cut off. Kores has gone back to school, and Velvet is of course still in her job... thank goodness. I am experiencing less stress, and have diverted my productive energies to making supper two nights out of three, sometimes cleaning, film photography, and Minecraft. Many things have happened in the interim.
In March, I attended Furnal Equinox and had a great deal of fun.
In April, I took a lot of day long road trips. I turned 40, and on my birthday I drove Kores and I up to the Blue Mountain township. They aren't mountains, but they were nice big hills.
I went to California in May, to visit Kores' mom. I got deeply intoxicated a couple of nights, at our motel, staring out at a weird Los Angeles sky on a balcony that overlooked a freeway.
Everything overlooks a freeway in Los Angeles. I went to a number of diners with Kores, including one mentioned in a Tom Waits song.
We drove to the Salton Sea and Salvation Mountain, the first time I've ever been into a desert. We got gas in Palm Springs and explored a dead strip mall in the middle of nowhere. Salton Sea was like one of the sad dead lakes in Mordor, and Salvation Mountain was someone's mystical Christian desert vision.
I also visited the tomb of Ray Bradbury... and an angelic choir of celebrities, including Marylin Monroe, Jack Lemmon, Peter Falk and Don Knotts. They're all in the same cemetery.
Over the summer, I went to Con Bravo, where I presented the 2014 Cthulhu Cup adventure I'd written. It was set at the Grimsby Beach Chautauqua in July, 1914. I was also a panellist at FanExpo, thanks to the Bitterguy and Teddog. I also attended the Prisoners of Gravity anniversary panel, and heard a lot of behind the scenes stuff.
In August, we retired the Haunted Police Car, and Velvet bought the household a Blue Dodge Caravan she has dubbed "The Blue Dragon." It was a loyal steed on our epic family vacation to Quebec. We stayed in an off-season resort and watched the mist roll over the mountain. We toured the Old City in Quebec City and the national assembly. Absolutely beautiful.
It was the first time we took a very public vacation as a polyamorous triad. No one noticed, no one cared. It was refreshing, and despite a lot of driving for me, it was an excellent trip. Velvet drove a good chunk, and it was delightful to have the experience of riding in the back with the girls.
The girls are getting huge. Tall, beautiful and smart. I did a lot of day trips with them this summer, to Lake Simcoe, Orangeville, and various hiking trails. School seems to be treating them better so far this year.
It's now October. I had a third interview for a job yesterday. I went well, and hope to hear back from Friday. I have no gut feeling about it either way.
I need to write more. It's been so long, I was starting to forget I could.