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I keep thinking I'm going to write full-length posts for some of the things I've been doing, but it's just not happening. So, then, here's the essence of it:

Where I've been )

Where I'm going )

and other random stuff )
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The 25th annual Medfest is Saturday, April 9, 2011. That's just two weeks from tomorrow! Are you coming? You should be!

You don't know what Medfest is? Why, it's the Medieval Festival put on by That Medieval Thing, a student organization at Drew University in Madison, NJ. Like a renaissance faire writ small, it features music, plays, vendors, food, archery, and a living chess game among its many diversion. There's no charge to get in. It's a great way to spend a spring day. So plan to join me there!
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The weather Saturday was absolutely gorgeous. It was just a touch chilly, but that would have been an asset for the people wearing heavy garb or doing athletic things. The sun was bright, and I remembered to apply sunscreen at the beginning of the day. I didn't remember to reapply it later, so I did get a little bit of color, but not so much that my boss will yell at me tomorrow.

All the action behind the cut, including photos and even video! Something for everyone! )
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Most of the time, I do a decent job of passing for normal. However, I have the opposite of a poker face, so sometimes my reactions give away that I just don't think the way other people do.

We just received a set of plans at the office by FedEx. Instead of being folded, they were rolled, and shipped in a "tube" package, which is suitable for maps and plans, or posters, or anything of that sort. The assembled package is a large triangular prism. Perfectly reasonable, right?

Except I associate something entirely different with that kind of packaging. The Medfest swords were mostly from Starfire, and thus were guaranteed to stay intact and in good shape, even with the wear and tear we put on them. Usually once a year we shipped one of the swords back to them for repair or replacement. The best way to ship a sword, from our experience and Starfire's recommendation, is in a FedEx Tube. And the year that shipping the sword was my responsibility was the first time I ever saw that packaging.

So when the FedEx driver showed up with our delivery this morning, I'm afraid it may have been rather apparent that I wasn't thinking about site maps. Yes, I'm a strange one.
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That Medieval Thing's 24th annual festival will be held on Saturday, April 10, 2010.

Everyone should go. It's fun! It's tradition! Get back in the habit, so I won't have to nag everyone endlessly next year!

It's likely John and I will end up having people back to our place for an after-party again, although we haven't discussed it yet.

Questions? Comments? Irrelevancies?


* Or else don't. No serious consequences or retribution. But I'll be disappointed and make pouty faces. :-( And you wouldn't want that, right?
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How can it be December already?

Once again, I've failed to update for almost a month. This last year, it's been hard to find the time to babble much.

So, here's the good, the bad, and the somewhat surreal: )
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Medfest is in two weeks, on April 8. Please come.

Why, you ask? )
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Once again, a Medfest skill has proved useful in the so-called real world.

I created and used a WordPerfect mail merge at work today.

It brings back happy memories (and not so happy memories) of printing 80-ish alumni letters down at the Aide Station, writing notes to the people I knew, and walking to the Madison post office to buy the stamps to mail them all. It lost a little of its charm after I bought the labels and we didn't have the Battle of the Envelopes. But by then I knew a good half or more of the people I was writing to, and it was almost as much fun as writing my Christmas cards.

I wish it could have stayed with someone with the time, dedication, and money to sink into it. But suckers like me are not easy to come by...

At any rate, that's what I did today.


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