ragani: (Smile)
Going to one's 20th HS reunion can be a chancy thing, especially when you missed the 10th so have not seen most of these people since you graduated. I helped out with some of the prep, most notably by scanning in the senior portraits and printing them out to be name tags. This turned out to be a big hit as people really got a kick out of seeing who had changed a lot and who looked the same (one guy even went around taking photos of everyone's name tag). Not to mention how helpful it was for jogging our memories. The turn-out was rather good, considering, and we ended up with probably 130+ people (including SO's, about 105 actual graduates from our year). The place was packed, wall-to-wall alumni, and I had almost lost my voice in the first hour just trying to make myself heard. It was odd being mobbed by people you may know, but don't necessarily recognize (I was handing out the name tags). I recognized several people right away, and totally flubbed a couple too (sorry Ceni and Tim!).

It was also fun having both John Hodgeman and Jonathan Coultan at my reunion. Nope, they did not crash it. Hodgman was the year behind us, so knew many of us in our year (including the girl he married), and it is through him that JoCo (who was a college buddy) met and married another girl in my class. John gave me a big hug when he saw me, but we did not talk much because there were so many people there we never managed to hang out. At some point I struck up a conversation with JoCo. Being at a reunion where he was a spouse is a different dynamic than the last time I met him, so I actually got a chance to talk to him this time (last time I had a sip of his brandy while talking with Hodgman at his book signing).

Additional highlights of the actual reunion include at least one apology for how badly I was treated by one of the guys who teased me a lot when we were in grade school (I had another one before the reunion from another gal by e-mail), and many people thanking me for my help with the reunion who barely talked to me in HS. Not to mention finding out that a friend of mine used my name in a screenplay he is writing as one of the kids who is the first to get killed in a slasher movie. He was worried I would be offended, but I thought it was a hoot!
ragani: (Miranda)
Had a great time at BayCon. Especially hanging out with my soon-to-be-published author friends, The Brothers Kollin(azov) who have their first book, The Unincorporated Man, due in March '09. Mark your calendars and be sure to add this to your Amazon list once it becomes available.

Got a Wii for my birthday from [livejournal.com profile] chaosloom. So cool! I want more games, of course, but am enjoying it plenty with even just the Wii Sports that is included, and now, Raving Rabbids games (1 and 2) I got myself on Friday.

My actual birthday was rather low-key, so I am thinking of having a late birthday party on Sunday, June 22, al la brunch and games (yes, I may even share my Wii). Since it is so close to [livejournal.com profile] silverkun's real birthday, and he planned my birthday event last year, I might just make this a joint birthday party. I am sure I can talk him into bringing all his cool games, as well as his Wii, so there will be lots of games available. Oooh, dueling Wii's!

BayCon

May. 21st, 2008 10:58 am
ragani: (Miranda)
Yeah, I am going. Making time for it in my über busy weekend has been a challenge, but I don't want to miss the chance to see several of my friends on panels (such a Eytan http://www.theunincorporatedman.com/). Not to mention, Pirates!!

The only problem is that [livejournal.com profile] chaosloom needs my car for moving needs on at least one, probably both days. Which leads me to my request.

Is there anyone coming from the east bay that can give me a ride? Mostly for Saturday morning, to BayCon from the east bay (I can meet you at a BART station if needed, although that limits what I can bring, costume wise), and maybe Sunday both ways. I am happy to contribute money for gas, of course.

Also, I didn't plan to need a place to crash, but it might make sense if I have at least a back-up plan in place for Saturday night, just in case.
ragani: (Smile)
As mentioned before, my birthday plans are for dinner tonight. I decided that I wanted to go to Café Colucci, which, despite the name, is actually (really good) Ethiopian food (and yes, they have honey wine). The plan is to meet there at 7 tonight. The menu is online, to give you an idea of what they serve. They do not take reservations, so let me know if you are going to join us so that we know to wait for you (or not if you are going to be especially late). They are BART-able though, from the Ashby station.

Hey!

Jan. 23rd, 2008 03:25 pm
ragani: (Pen-Hey!)
Perhaps what I should be asking is if any SoCal friend want to join us this weekend?
ragani: (Miss Muffet)
After saving so much by taking the Megabus to LA, you would think we could afford the other expenses easily enough, Well, it turns out that January is one of the hardest months for me work-wise, and so the hotel and park tickets are somewhat prohibitive even without the cost of travel. At this point we have a rather pricey hotel booked for Friday and Saturday nights (1/25-26), but we are actually arriving Thursday night. Staying with friends could work, although we are limited in our transportation once we are there, and I want to make sure that at a minimum, [livejournal.com profile] chaosloom, his brother, and myself are taken care of for lodging, if not [livejournal.com profile] msvwrose and [livejournal.com profile] gardengirl_34.

I am thinking that if there was a way to find a cheaper hotel situation or at least offset the cost of the hotel by not having to buy park tickets, it would help make this much more feasible.

Anyone have access to free or deeply discounted Disneyland tickets? I know that [livejournal.com profile] chaosloom would like to visit both parks while down there, so some 2-day park-hopper tickets would be ideal.

Can you help me make a birthday wish come true?
ragani: (GEN butterfly logo)
In late January we are celebrating the birthday of [livejournal.com profile] chaosloom by taking a trip down to Disneyland. We are going the last weekend of January, and welcome our friends joining us there.

While weighing our options for travel, we ended up deciding on taking the bus. Although the travel time is still as long as driving ourselves, and without the flexibility of having our own car, the price sure was right. Will had been telling me about the great deals you can get at Megabus, which offers typical rates of about $10 each direction from SF to LA. So yeah, that is already a great deal right there. Additionally, they even have $1 fares for some of the off-peak times that are booked far enough in advance (they only have booking open 45 days in advance so you have to plan around that). Well, I ran across a promotion code that ended up costing me a whopping 0.50¢ for four round-trip tickets to LA from SF. Yes, you are reading that right, less than 0.13¢ a person!

I like the idea behind why they are doing this:
"Megabus did the math and calculated that if they take 56 cars off the road with each bus trip filled to capacity, it will result in 3,850 fewer pounds of carbon emissions for every 100 miles traveled. If they fill 1,786 buses with this promotion, they will reduce CO2 emissions by 6.9 million pounds for every 100 miles traveled."

Hey [livejournal.com profile] dalisair, you might consider taking the bus up to SF for the remainder of Dickens Fair as I suspect the price at Megabus fits into your budget (even without the promotion) better than those flights you have been having so much trouble with.
ragani: (iPod Floating)
So, it is that time again... First Friday Game Night is almost upon us and I am working on a playlist. The theme this time is Heroes and Villains so many songs from the past playlists have already been added for reprises.

Meanwhile, I would love to have any suggestions that you might have as to what I can add to the playlist that fits the theme.

BTW, please do consider yourself invited. It is an open game night, and it has been picking-up in the last few months.
ragani: (Corset Sepia)
Got caught up with work. Mostly. Now I need to do some billing to get paid for said work.

Still have some prep to do for the window that [livejournal.com profile] chaosloom and I are doing Saturday at 4 (it becomes a coordinated window around about 4:30) and we are going to have to wing it if we don't get any rehearsal time in. Oh well.

This weekend looks to be as busy as last one, what with a Storytelling party tonight and a Veddy British party Saturday night. Not to mention some shuffling around of schedules at the booth due to my window and various and sundry illness (stay healthy guys!) which should make Saturday... interesting (note, I did not say bad, just interesting). Oh, and I think I get to meet [livejournal.com profile] chaosloom's father at fair that day too. Yes... like I said, interesting.

To add to that, the third roommate returns from her travels so [livejournal.com profile] gardengirl_34 and I have some tidying to do. Nothing too bad, but we have been rather distracted lately, what with Dickens and the holidays.

Oh, and this gives me a good excuse to use my new icon based on a DG window from last year. I have yet to see any decent photos from the window that [livejournal.com profile] fools_and_irish and I did last Saturday. The ones my mom took are all blurry as she is still learning how to use her new camera.
ragani: (Default)
One of the things [livejournal.com profile] chaosloom and I wanted to fit into last week that there just was no time for is going to a showing of Enchanted (warning - trailer loads with sound). Since things were way too crazy to actually fit it in, we decided to go tonight instead.

There are several showings at the AMC Bay Street, including a 7:00 and 7:45, which seem like the most convenient for people with more typical work schedules.

Anyone interested in joining us tonight?
ragani: (Miss Muffet)
Does anyone have a spare opening weekend ticket I could have? I would like for my mother and her friend to both be able to come on Friday, but I only have one ticket.
ragani: (i am no man)
This afternoon, [livejournal.com profile] chaosloom and I are going to see Beowulf at the Sony Metreon IMAX theater. We got tickets for the 4:45 PM showing. I know that is early, but if anyone wants to join us, let me know.
ragani: (iPod Floating)
I am putting together the playlist for the Monsters! game night that is happening on November 2nd. I have decided that I am going to have to be very flexible with the theme since there are only so many songs that are clearly about monsters.

Any suggestions?
ragani: (Default)
Got the plans figured out.

We shall meet at 7 PM in San Francisco at the San Francisco Center food court. Yes, the food court is not small, and since we are not going to be able to be sure of where we can get a table, people are just going to have to look for us. I will try to get there early so as to get a large table that is centrally located. Some interest has been made in eating at Out The Door, however, many options abound.

The showing is at 8 PM, and I suspect that since this movie has been out long enough now we will not need to make too many plans to do more than get in line once we are done eating, but buying tickets before eating might be a good idea.

Anyone from LJ land going to join us?
ragani: (Default)
Several people have told me a Friday night outing would be best for the group Golden Age viewing. Since I am hosting a game night on November 2nd and there was a party I wanted to attend this Friday, I was not sure that was going to work. However, due to unfortunate medical complications, the party has been cancelled (take care, and get well soon), which frees up this Friday after all.

I propose this Friday we gather for some costume porn. Now, the only questions left are where and what showing time.

Personally, the AMC Bay Street (showtimes: 4:45, 6:20, 7:25) works best for me, but I realize there are several San Francisco people involved so my second choice is the Kabuki (4:20, 7:00, 9:30) as sadly, the otherwise more convenient Metreon is not an option.

Edit: The SF crew has suggested this alternative SF viewing locale:

Century San Francisco Centre. Their standard evening showtimes are 7:20 - 8:00. The San Francisco Centre is right on the MUNI/BART line at Powell -- it's the new shiny mall with the lovely Slanted Door takeout place in the basement. More convenient, I think, than Japantown.

I have to agree that it is more convenient over the Kabuki.

So, who all is in for a Friday showing? If so, which location and time is your preference?
ragani: (Meez at RenFaire)
I have never before attended Folsom Faire, although I have heard many good things about it and have been told I should not miss it. So, when [livejournal.com profile] chaosloom invited me to join him and The Naughty Minstrels for their annual visit I agreed to go.

It will be fun wearing my English garb for the first time in ages! I tried the bodice on yesterday and it is a bit tight, but will work (the gap is just over an inch in the front). [livejournal.com profile] gardengirl_34 has agreed to help me make sure everything works and make adjustments as needed tomorrow morning.

So, who else is going to Folsom Faire?
ragani: (Default)
Well, I finally talked to the friend who I want to treat to seeing Elizabeth: The Golden Age as a late birthday present and next week is fine for a movie outing. Life is just too busy this week for me, what with helping [livejournal.com profile] chaosloom move, chatting with [livejournal.com profile] inside_edge about designs, and getting ready for Folsom Faire (I have to dig out my English garb for this one!), not to mention a scattering of more mundane work stuff.

That, and none of you bums seemed inclined to join us anyway. But if you are interested, let me know. I was envisioning a group outing where we went out to eat afterwards and tore the movie to bits over good food and enjoyable company.

Porn!

Oct. 15th, 2007 07:18 pm
ragani: (Default)
You guys are no fun!

Yeah, I doubt there is much historical value to Elizabeth: The Golden Age, and I fully expect to role my eyes through out the movie at much of the cheese.

However, I think this review has summed up why I want to see it:

The popularity of royal costume drama has given rise to a subgenre: textile porn.
ragani: (Default)
I want to get a group together to go see the latest Elizabeth movie, preferably this week, some weekday evening in San Francisco (although East Bay might work too).

I am willing to consider next week, but since the main reason I want to do this is to take my friend Elizabeth (who's namesake is actually Elizabeth I) for her birthday, it all depends on when she is available. I missed her party that was last Saturday and need to make it up to her before she moves out of state.

Who is interested? If so, what night works for you?
ragani: (henna)
Friday night game night went very well. The playlist was appreciated and set the mood well. We had nearly as big a turn out as last time, which even included the host of another game night, who skipped out on one of his own groups scheduled events to join us!

I slept in my own bed that night and got to faire late Saturday morning. Miss L ended up being the only henna artist there for the first hour or so, which is ironic since she was pulled in to be our back-up artist this year. Business was good and kept me and the other artists busy most of the weekend.

Saturday night I was pleased to have, for the first time, remembered in advance to bring the proper attire to attend Black & Pearl. Ironically, it took so long for the other shows to end before it started, I got distracted, and ended up in a rather nice RV drinking Manhattans with [livejournal.com profile] chaosloom and several other Naughty Minstrels. It really was difficult to convince myself to leave for the ball when I was sitting comfortably inside on a wing back chair with the occasional bachelor(ette) party crashing by and plenty of interesting conversations to keep me entertained.

Sunday I made my first real pilgrimage to Casa de Diner to wait for the traffic to disperse. [livejournal.com profile] chaosloom and I tagged onto [livejournal.com profile] gypsy_ritsa and her boy and eventually got a table and slow but friendly service. We kept telling her we were in no hurry when she apologized for the slow service - really it was that or sitting in traffic with low blood sugar.

Over dinner I asked what everyone's highlights had been so far at this Ren Faire. I think it would be fun to hear from any of the others who have been working faire this year their answer to the same question. Since I don't want to spoil the answers (yeah, I want you to think on your own about this one), I ask that you reply without looking at other responses.

So, what are your highlights so far from 2007 Northern Ren Faire?

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