October 21st, 2009


Saturday Dinner with Phoenix et al

Saturday night: Mel's Drive-In.

I headed out a touch late, and Teshi called, a bit concerned, when I wasn't at the appointed place at the appointed time. Twitter was being a bit flaky, so none of my Twitter commentary after starting out actually made it through.

6:18P: "Nothing goes further than a random afternoon smily face, no words attached." 4th St & Market

I arrived, just as Teshi popped out to look for me. The party was waiting to be seated; the party included JD, Ryan, Sabrina, two people I assumed to be connected to JD in some esoeteric fashion, and a tall, thin woman in a power chair who I knew at once must be leora. Introductions and chattering occurred, although I marked it curious that JD did not think to introduce me to his two friends.

There was much communications-juggling, as JD attempted to ping people who were not yet present.

A large dude with a lot of blond hair showed up: Tif's promised cousin. There were more introductions, and I endeavored to explain how we all knew each other. When it came to JD's pair of friends, I stopped, and allowed as how I had no idea who they were.

Hilariously, and much to my chagrin, it was maidenus and her consort; I had met them but a few weeks previous! Thus my faceblindness mocks my social connections.

Tif showed up eventually. We were seated, and had an energetic waiter. I ordered a chocolate shake; the waiter suggested something to make it more interesting, such as a banana; my recoil must have been visible. The waiter was ... a little weird, even after I mentioned OMFGNO, ALLERGY. (Not swell-up-and-die, but OMG OW allergy.)

Abe showed up somewhat later, and food ensued. Tasty!

The noise level was appalling for any kind of coherent conversation at any distance further than one person away, and sometimes not even then. There was much hilarity despite the noise, and occasionally even because of it: at one point Tif said something of the sort (about the noise) to her cousin, who totally could not hear her on account of the noise.

Tif's cousin declared that given that there were ten of us, one of us had to be an axe-murderer. This was a cue to share the AK-47 Guy story. (It's one of those things that's going to only sound more and more preposterous the more times it's told. Egads.)

JD showed off his banana bag, which features Engrish so notable that at first it was thought to be a deliberate joke.

7:54p: Someone link Tif to the Queen of Wands vagina dentata strip, please.

Abe has this habit of trolling, like responding to some reference to Harry Potter with "but I don't follow Lord of the Rings" and the like, and mixing Star Trek and Star Wars, and Trekkers and Trekkies. (For the record, the term "Trekker" never resonated with me. Not sure why.)

Leora declared Maiden the cutest.

The party at the diner broke up, with Ryan, Maiden, and her consort heading in a homeward direction, and the rest of the party zipping across the street to the nearby Metreon, as it was close and offered places to sit and chatter (quieter places!), and both quiet and close were issues, given that Tif has a worse time with noise than I do, and Leora was uncertain of her battery.

As we paraded in, JD spied and hailed someone I didn't know. Turns out it's a neighbor of his, someone who they'd already encountered two times earlier that day. There was much hilarity.

There was much chatter, complete with shop-talk. We eventually de-convened, as the place we were sitting started to shut down. We headed in our different directions: Abe for home (in that slacker's paradox where walking is easier than catching a cab, and while catching a bus might be easier yet, it would mean following someone else's advice).

I realized as I emerged that in fact my place-memories had betrayed me, as I had been to the Metreon before, for the new Star Trek movie, but I had been so disoriented then, and going the wrong direction to start with, that it had not been planted in my brain properly, so I did not recognize it when walking it again. Unnerving thought, that.

Tif's cousin was for his hotel, and the rest of us were for Powell Street Station. The elevators had been out earlier, causing Leora to have to come up through the mall; this time, the near elevator was on, much to everyone's relief, especially Leora's battery. We chattered (mostly shop talk) before heading our separate ways: Sabrina and JD for the Muni, Leora and me for BART, and Tif was about to head off Muni-ward when we hit the elevator and saw the problem.

In the nook of the elevator door slept a dude, in pale blue pants and a black sports team jacket with gold and green logo-ing. The seat of his pants was discolored with stains we feared we knew the provenance of, although at my distance he did not give off a noticeable odor. He was a complete roadblock, such that one would be uncomfortable to step over him, and completely impassable for Leora's chair.

After a quick assessment, Tif hit the intercom button to summon a station agent; the agent advised that BART police would be on their way. Tif headed off Muni-wards after assurances that I'd stay until these things were seen out.

As we were waiting, the elevator dinged, upward bound, and a man with a bicycle appeared: yet another item with wheels that ought not to run over the guy. The man -- shirtless, capped, frowny -- proceeded to holler and chivvy the sleeping dude until he removed himself and his things from the elevator alcove.

The way cleared, Leora sailed in, and I took the escalator down. We met on the BART platform and continued chatting, covering such topics as the instructional graphics on her chair's controls: do not expose to rain or snow, one that I can't recall but was fairly sensible, and one that seemed to indicate that one ought to read and drive. "RTFM!" I proclaimed it, at length. The so-called "horn" was a polite little beep; I ha-ha-only-seriously suggested an air horn attachment.

And we all went home.

http://maidenus.livejournal.com/199712.html (Locked.)

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running, bomb tech

GIP: bomb tech

I've loved this shirt ever since I first saw it, even though I'm not a bomb tech. I finally found a copy of a pic with it in the summer of 2007 (June, July) and put it away in ScrapBook where I could always find it.

I figured I might as well icon it, today.

(For DW people, there are some LJ-only posts in the past couple days; I was testing some stuff.)

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Monday: "Irish" bar

Monday night: [info - personal] phoenix/phoenixdreaming's stay in SF is drawing to a close. When she and JD noted the Phoenix Irish Bar, it was a necessity that they dine there.

The time of the meetup was set for 7, and I arrived just after, making good time from BART. There had been flooding on Muni. Stacey arrived a bit later, and then Skud. Nicole and Jesse followed, and Emily completed the party.

Sabrina had photos of JD and Ryan trying on various hats and such. Ryan looked long-suffering, and JD ... well, was JD. Topics in Open Source came up, naturally. The main source of hilarity was the closed captioning on one of the many TVs scattered about the pub; there were enough missing letters and malformed words that a simple football game was transformed into smut, if one took the captions with a dirty mind.

Sabrina tried the chicken with Irish bacon, which was supposedly breaded and fried. It was not; it was, however, extra-crispy. Ryan and I both had a bite under the "Taste this; it's really not all that good!" principle, and I identified the source of the unexpected crispiness as charring: it had clearly more to do with the barbecue method than the frying. It was not unpleasant for those who like that slightly-charred taste, but would have been weird if that were unexpected. The authenticity of the food was ... well, approximately like the authenticity of any ethnic food in a restaurant aimed at locals and not the community, the world around. Most of it was tasty, though.

Ryan, Skud, and Emily made their departures before the rest of the crowd. I shared Shawn-stories with Sabrina. People shared glasses-stories. There was assorted gossip.

We eventually called it a night, and set back out. I still walk slowly, but I'm starting to regain a certain measure of speed. Not perhaps that others would notice, but I am noticing it, and it makes me happy.

I do not walk on the South side of 16th Street between Valencia and Mission after a certain time of night if I can avoid it. The combination of bars and a wide sidewalk leads to roadblocking crowds and dodgy denizens. While the North side is more shadowed and has a certain number of dark alleys, the denizens there are more likely to leave me alone. JD and Sabrina realized that I, trailing behind the party, had crossed the street, and joined me. The clusters of the party re-joined each other approaching the BART station.

My cranky knees do not care much for stairs, either up or down. Thus I attempted to summon the elevator. When there was no reassuring red light after some poking, prodding, and waiting, I pinged the station agent. She rather querulously said that there was mopping, and did we have a baby carriage or what, clearly implying that if we didn't have same, we ought to come over to the side of the station that didn't have mopping going on. "I have bad knees," I stated, and that was sufficient for her to boot up the elevator.

During this exchange, a somewhat scruffy-looking woman approached our party and said things that I could not make out, although she did not seem to be addressing any of us in particular directly. She joined us on the elevator, then made her sock-footed(!) way across the slippery-when-wet floors into the depths of the station.

And thus concluded Monday.

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