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Monday, July 6th, 2009
5:28 pm
AC Sketches
Here are the five sketches I had done at Anthrocon this year:

There's a story behind each one of these, but I'm too exhausted to go into them right now. Just enjoy the pictures, and if you can, make sure the artists know how much!

Dominus tecum
6:23 am
Another AC.
As I sit here writing this, Jacob O'Hare is driving Chris Okane to the Amtrak station so he can catch his 7:20 train back home. Jacob, I am truly indebted to you for offering to handle this task.

Anthrocon was a lot of fun for me. As a change, I didn't bother with any of the Writing Track Panels. In past years they consumed all my time and while I enjoyed being a panelist, after three years and seeing the same faces year after year and having the same conversations, I felt I should take a break. Instead, I ran a Rodents! panel, and that was a lot of fun. 15-20 rodents showed up, and we talked about how awesome rodents are, all the different types of rodents, some of the bad stereotypes we suffer from, and how the fandom totally gets it wrong about which animals would really be on top if the world were furry. ;-)

I also had a chance to play in Xavier's Paranoia game. I'd never played Paranoia before, but I've been wanting to do so for some time, and Xavier's been wanting to run Paranoia for some time. Ah, the waiting did not disappoint! That was an awesome game. I laughed so hard it hurt. Multiple times!

I obtained five sketches this time, which I'll share later after I upload them to FA. This is as much as I really expected to get, and I got some really nice ones too. No disappointments at all!

A big thank you goes out to DarkWolfie and TashaBear for the surprising but wonderful gift of the leather badge. You took me completely by surprise and blew me away! And big thanks also for inviting us to your grey-muzzle party. You two are the best and I look forward to seeing you again!

Drawing in the TF Art Jam was a blast as usual. This time I drew a Triceratops, thanks to the many art books Indagare left at our disposal from which I was able to cull a good body shape. I wish I hadn't had to bug out so early from that, but it was great seeing Zax, Shiro, Comus, Tamarik, Provo, and all the others who were there.

The Sunday morning worship service went nicely too. Dante's testimony was very powerful and a reminder that all are welcome in Christ, and that all can be drawn into His loving embrace and be granted His forgiveness and pardon. I royally screwed up the first verses in each of the songs I played, but I had them down pat for the second and third verses at least! I'm half afraid to see the video of it as my own singing was over the top!

And it was wonderful seeing so many of my friends there at AC. Those I've known for years like Confused, PakeshDe, Pathia, Nius, Zannah, Crimson, and Bren, those I've met in the last few like, Flanowa, Sinha, Luca, Thedi, TOS, Swift, Silaria, Indagare, Arrow, and Xavier, those I only just met this time like Becca, and those who I met again like Lionus. I am forgetting tons of names, and I blame my lack of sleep, but it was great seeing you all.

I wish that my friends didn't have to leave, but I am not terribly sorry that Anthrocon is over. It is a long convention, and I'm plum wore out now. Another day of con would have done me in. But I am looking forward to coming again next year. I want to say thank you to StitchWolf, Deranged Kitsune, Ryx, Jacob O'Hare, and Chris Okane for staying at my place. And also to Paul, Cody, and Stephy from Blacksburg, for enjoying our hospitality Wednesday night. It has been a wonderful treat to me to have you here, your presence, your comity, and your camaraderie has truly transformed this event into one that I will always treasure.

Dominus vobiscum

Current Mood: satisfied
Monday, June 22nd, 2009
4:34 pm
TSA Bash!
I just returned from this year's TSA Bash in Columbus, OH. There were 18 of us there, including many friends form past Bashes, and a few new faces that I was delighted to see. We played lots of games, went to an Air Force Museum (amazing!), and did lots of chatting and all around having fun.

It was wonderful seeing everybody, and getting a chance to catch up with folks I don't normally get to talk to. The games were fun, especially the RP game where I got to turn into a rat anthro, and the game of Lupus where I was the were-hamster, not to mention all the boardgames! Mrs. White did it with the Candlestick in the Billiard Room!

Mostly, I love the Bash because I have a chance to be with dear friends with whom I share something very special in common. All those who have ever attended a Bash know what I mean. If you are part of the TSA crowd, then you will understand just how special those few days can be. I know they have been, and always shall be, a highlight of my summers.

I hope that all returned home safely and that I will see you again soon.

Dominus tecum
Monday, May 25th, 2009
6:03 pm
My friend Indegare came to visit this weekend, and we had a wonderful time. We played some games, cooked on the grill, chatted, and even watched some fun stuff. He introduced Kim and I to That Guy With the Glasses and with it came back so many wonderful childhood memories.

I always feel a twitch in my whiskers when I see new furs posting in the various groups I'm in and find out that they were born in the nineties. I used to get freaked out about them being born in the eighties, but the nineties! Come on guys! I was already on my way out of my childhood then! I was born in the seventies. I'm not supposed to be feel old!

But, must like with RTN, That Glasses guy brought back so many wonderful memories, and he even had some good things to say about some of them. A lot of it seems to be focused on cartoons and kids movies that came out in the eighties, which means it's perfectly timed for my peak cartoon watching years. After watching many of his videos, especially his top 11 lists, I want to go watch a lot of those old cartoon movies again, like Rescuers Down Under, Secret of Nimh, An American Tail, and Beauty and the Beast. Okay, I'm sure it's just a coincidence that the first three that popped into mind centered around rodent protagonists. ;-)

And let's not forget all those wonderful cartoons that my brothers and I watched religiously Saturday mornings and weekday afternoons! Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (Splinter rules!), GIJoe, Transformers, Dinosaucers, Chip & Dale's Rescue Rangers, Duck Tales (the theme song of which is currently stuck in my head), Inspector Gadget, Tale Spin, Gummi Bears, Dungeons and Dragons, Darkwing Duck, Denver the Last Dinosaur, Tiny Toons, Looney Toons, Garfield and Friends, Voltron, Thunder Cats, SilverHawks, He-Man, She-Ra, Spiderman and Friends, The Mighty Orbots, the Smurfs, and good grief, I even watched My Little Pony and Care Bears. A part of me wants to go see many of these again, but another part of me remembers the time I did manage to see some episodes of the original Voltron again. I cringed at how just plain awful it seemed to me now. There were only two ways to enjoy it; for pure nostalgia, or by repressing all my adult instincts. Ah,I sometimes wish I could do the latter more easily!

My brothers and I can still remember many individual episodes of each of those cartoons. I even tried writing fanfiction for Transformers (in which I stole a plot from GIJoe and put it in the Transformers franchise), for Duck Tales, and for TMNT. I even after a fashion wrote fanfic for the Megaman franchise, but it wouldn't become a cartoon until later.

Since I went into college, I've only ever watched a few cartoons. The Simpsons, which I enjoyed because of all the pop culture references more than for the actual show, the first season of Sailor Moon which I really got into at the time, and the first season of Tenchi Muyo (which I sometimes watch over again). I also sort of watched the Father of the Pride that had a half season before being canceled, but again, that was more funny for the pop culture references and that all the characters were animals. I tried watching a few others, including Xtreme Dinosaurs (because it had dinosaurs in it), but I was never able to really get into any of them. Nor do I really have time to do so now. But I have such wonderful memories that I will always cherish. And who knows, once Kim and I have children, maybe with my child I'll discover some more, or help them discover some old favorites. :-)

Now excuse me, I have to go sing the Duck Tales theme song again....

[DANCING]Duck Tales! Woo-oo! Every day we're out there making Duck Tales! Woo-oo![/DANCING]

Dominus tecum

Current Mood: nostalgic
4:59 pm
Memorial Day
To all those serving in our Armed Forces, to all those who have served, and to all those who gave their lives for the freedom of Americans, and the hope of freedom to all around the world, I offer you my heartfelt thanks. You do not hear this enough.

Dominus tecum
Tuesday, May 19th, 2009
7:34 pm
Three Doctors
This weekend I went down to Charlottesville to attend my younger brother's graduation from UVA's Science and Engineering department. He's been working hard at this fora long time now, so it was a great relief to see him finally finished. There are now three men in my family with PhDs, and all in different disciplines. I'm just hoping he can get a good job soon. I don't have much confidence in the current market, but my brother's smart, he'll find something.

What I loved about the graduation was that UVA decided to have several ceremonies, one for each of the separate schools. So, instead of sitting through three hours of names of people we don't know, it was just under an hour and very personal. I hope more colleges takes that route in the long run. It also meant we didn't have to listen to some stuffed-up and over-important commencement speaker. Too many of them around.

Now we enter the very busy period in which I have something happening almost every weekend up through Anthrocon. I have a friend coming down on Saturday, next weekend I'll be going to Kennywood, two weeks later, the TSA Bash, and then two weeks after that, Anthrocon. Exciting stuff! Maybe I'll even get some writing or music done in that time!

Dominus tecum
Wednesday, April 22nd, 2009
7:00 pm
Kim and I discovered RTN, the Retro Television Network. We've been enjoying seeing The Incredible Hulk, Knight Rider, the A-Team, etc... every weekday night.

It's kind of scary when the shows we grew up with as kids are now considered Retro.

But dang are they way better than the new crap that gets shoveled at us on other channels.

Dominus tecum
Saturday, April 18th, 2009
9:42 pm
You Might be a Geek if...
You take pictures like these:

I'm a Geek
I'm a Total Geek

Dominus tecum
Tuesday, April 7th, 2009
5:54 pm
It's snowing!

*does the Happy Trike Dance*
Thursday, March 26th, 2009
10:01 pm
Going to Technicon, but...
I'm driving down to Virginia Tech for Technicon 26 tomorrow. It should be a good weekend. I always have a lovely time in Blacksburg, and I look forward to seeing all of my friends again.

Unfortunately, I have very unhappy news. My sister called me today to tell me that her husband f 13-14 years just walked out on her. She got home today and his computer, some of his clothes, pictures, were all gone. He'd left behind his ring and a note. Apparently, from what he told my folks, he still loves her but doesn't think it's going to work out. It seems they've been having some troubles, but I won't get into that here.

Suffice it to say, if you believe in prayer, please offer some for my sister and my family in general. My younger brother had his girlfriend dump him last month too.

Dominus tecum

Current Mood: distressed
Friday, March 20th, 2009
8:08 pm
Argentina Cathedral
A friend of mine, Senko, who lives in Rosario Argentina shared with me a whole slew of photos he took of a famous Cathedral near where he lives. He gave them to me a few weeks ago, and I've been meaning to share them but I just kept getting distracted. Busy Trike!

Anyway, here they are. Many of them are sideways, but they're large enough it shouldn't be too hard to see. Enjoy!

Dominus tecum
Saturday, February 28th, 2009
11:43 am
Well this Sucks
I'm three months away from paying off Kim's truck. She took it to get its annual inspection today, and they told us that it'll be over a thousand to repair it, but even then, the frame is so degraded that it won't matter. So we have to go buy a new vehicle for her. I was really looking forward to not having any car debt. Guh.

I don't know what the future holds, but I'm doing my best to trust in God that all will be well for us.

Dominus tecum
Sunday, February 1st, 2009
10:13 pm
Steelers win! 27-23! What a fantastic game!

I guess now I should try getting to sleep. ;-)

Dominus vobiscum
Friday, January 30th, 2009
10:54 am
I've never seen it come down this fast or this thick. Wow! This makes for a very happy Trike!

I just drove home from the Chiropractor, and I'm very grateful for my snow tires. Took me a moment to get traction, but I never lost it. Even stopped to help a woman figure out how to get herself going again. Thanks to the advice of my good friend Deranged Kitsune from Ontario, I was able to navigate without fear. :-)

I hope it keeps falling and we have enough snow to actually make it worthwhile to do something with it!

Oh, and go Steelers! :-)

Dominus vobiscum

Current Mood: chipper
Tuesday, January 13th, 2009
6:43 pm
Goodbye Yuoo
Last night a friend of mine from Furrs For Christ, Jesse 'YuooFox' Birch, died. I wish I could say I knew him better.

Nevertheless, I ask everyone to pray for his soul, and for the comfort of his friends and family.

Dominus vobiscum

Current Mood: sad
Monday, January 12th, 2009
7:48 pm
Update on the Trike
Happy New Year all!

I haven't posted in quite some time, nor have I really read LJ at all lately. I wish I could promise that I would be doing so more, but with my schedule, that's not likely.

My schedule is now thus:

4:30 AM - Get up
6:00 AM - 3:30 PM - Work
4:00 PM - 5:00 PM - Practice Organ/Piano
5:00 PM - 8:00 PM - House Chores/Dinner
8:00 PM - 9:00 PM - Time with Kim and then Bed

This is on a work day. My other days are freer, but with all that I'm doing now that time is absorbed by my writing, adoption paperwork, and readying the house for the adoption. We're currently in the Home Study and on Wednesday we're going to have one of the adoption agents over to inspect our house and tell us what we still need to do.

Once we have the Home Study done, we'll enter the big wait while they try to match us up with a birthparent. Kim and I are very excited.

Still, despite my limited time, the year has started off nice, and I'm still able to chat with friends from time to time. I am content for now. Take care all!

Dominus vobiscum
Friday, December 19th, 2008
7:55 pm
A Little Sick
It's been a while since I've posted. There's a lot going on in my life that is very personal and I don't like going into it here. One thing that disappoints me is that I won't be visiting my family for Christmas this year. This will be the first year I've not celebrated Christmas with my family and it bothers me.

Kim and I have set up our tree and done the best we can for each other. Sadly, one of us has been sick for pretty much the whole month. Kim's been suffering for a while and now it's my turn. Naturally I get sick on my day off. I'll be okay, but I won't be coming online tonight to chat with folks like I normally do.

One bit of good news, Kim and I have started the Home Study phase of our adoption. Once this is complete, we're told the average wait for a healthy Caucasian baby with both parents known is between 18 and 24 months. Thankfully we've specified we're willing to consider several other situations so our wait time should be shorter (we're hoping to celebrate with a new family member next Christmas, but understand if that doesn't happen).

So, mixed bag, but Christmas is a wonderful time. We'll be attending Midnight Mass for the first time, and I know it's going to go well. I always love singing Christmas Hymns at Church.

A Merry Christmas to all my dear friends. This holiday means more to me than presents and family. It is about the eternal family into which we've been invited by He whose birth we celebrate. And it is the greatest of wishes, joy for such a wonderful gift, that I offer to all my friends and family at this time. Merry Christmas!

Dominus vobiscum

Current Mood: sick
Saturday, November 8th, 2008
10:45 pm
Please Buy my Book!
Well, it's not really my book, I just have a pair of stories in it.

This is the anthology put out by Will Sanborn full of anthropomorphic horror tales! It's the top item on his page, Alone in the Dark.

I've already been paid for my work, but I think everybody should pick up a copy of this. Help Sanborn out so he can keep making this wonderful anthologies of furry fiction. :-)

I've read about half the book myself, and there are several very good stories in this. I'm delighted to say that the first story in the book is one of mine. :-)

And each story comes with a picture drawn by some talented furry artists like Synnabar, Heather Bruton, Caribou, DarkWolfie, etc... My two stories have art by Synnabar and Heather Bruton.

Dominus vobiscum

Current Mood: cheerful
Friday, November 7th, 2008
10:08 am
Latest Project - Music Case!
My latest act of carpentry against nature is this lovely little book/music case that is now snug between the wall and my piano. It took a few weeks of intermittent work to build, and I indulged myself by adding the decorative molding at the top and bottom. Also, I had to buy a jigsaw to make the slant cuts in the side pieces, but it was well worth it. I already know the jigsaw is going to come in very handy for future endeavors.

I still have to stain this, but I'll worry about that another time. For now it happily holds all of my sheet music and my organ shoes so I can finally clean the top of my piano off!

Now to figure out what I want to do for my next project!

Dominus vobiscum

Current Mood: pleased
Tuesday, November 4th, 2008
5:33 pm
Election Prediction
Kim and I have both cast our votes. Now we can only sit back and wait to see what happens. Here's a quick summary of my predictions:

Obama defeats McCain. Obama carries all the Kerry states plus Colorado, Iowa, Florida, Nevada, New Mexico, North Carolina, Ohio, and Virginia. Missouri is close but goes by a hair to McCain. North Dakota and Montana are also very close but McCain carries them by a few points.

Senate: Democrats pick up seven seats, Alaska, Colorado, New Hampshire, New Mexico, North Carolina, Oregon, and Virginia. They come close in Minnesota but Coleman(R) hangs on by the skin of his teeth. Georgia may go to a December runoff if Chambliss doesn't eke ahead, but I predict Chambliss will prevail in the end.

House: Democrats will pick up nearly 30 seats. Two Pennsylvania seats will switch hands with English(R) and Kanjorski(D) both losing their seats. Other things to look for: Sali(R) of Idaho going down to defeat. New Mexico having an all Democratic Delegation. Alaska electing it's first Democratic Congressman since 1972.

Governors: Democrats will pick up the Missouri statehouse, and successfully end of challenges to races in North Carolina and Washington. The North Carolina one will be particularly close.

So, if you are a Democrat, you are in for a good night. If you are a Republican, take solace in the knowledge that your going to come back swinging in 2010 and 2012.

Dominus vobiscum
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