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A few more photos, work, Readercon

Of course, just a day before I need to start the slow process of traveling to Readercon (first a journey to my dad's to pick him up), I'm inundated with work I need to do. I may have to take some of it with me to Readercon, which I haaaaaate doing. (I like typing all those a's though.)

But I'm still going to share some photos. This morning, as I set out for my walk, there was a whizzzzzz, like an electric car, only what it actually was was a guy with a backpack, bandana, and cigarette, sailing past on a skateboard! I was so delighted. He got off the skateboard when he reached the big downhill at the end of my street, so I was able to chase after him (shameless!) and catch him on the boardwalk. I said he'd looked super cool sailing by, and could I take his picture? And he said yes! And so I did, and thanked him.

And here's the other photo. It looks like a tiny mud patty, but it's really a very flat toad. We've seen him before, camouflaging himself nicely on this rail, and once even hanging out on the window of our door. A very chill toad, with pleasant golden eyes, which he opened at the musical sound of my camera turning on.

So yes, I'll be away at Readercon this weekend, and since I don't have any mobile devices, you probably won't hear much from me. And when I get back, you still may not hear much from me, because of work being so demanding--but then again, I like it here and come even when I'm busy, so who knows.

PS I apologize for not leaving comments today. It's partly work, but partly LJ is giving me nothing but 503 varnish errors. I hope it gets over that soon.


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Jul. 8th, 2015 09:59 pm (UTC)
Love your pictures!

Have fun at Readercon! (And a safe trip!)
Jul. 9th, 2015 12:42 am (UTC)
Thank you for the good wishes. I'll tell you all about it when I get back!
Jul. 8th, 2015 10:02 pm (UTC)
The errors stopped for me. It's been about an hour since they started.

For some weird reason, my journal stayed up during the plague of errors.
Jul. 9th, 2015 12:42 am (UTC)
Yeah, after typing that, I got access back.
(no subject) - amaebi - Jul. 9th, 2015 11:28 am (UTC) - Expand
Jul. 8th, 2015 10:14 pm (UTC)
Jul. 9th, 2015 12:41 am (UTC)
((strong hugs back))
Jul. 8th, 2015 10:34 pm (UTC)
In any case, I'll probably only update once while you're away. Maybe twice.
Jul. 9th, 2015 12:41 am (UTC)
If you update twice that will be FIVE entries I need to catch up on. But I'm planning to look at one or two this evening.
(no subject) - yamamanama - Jul. 9th, 2015 12:51 am (UTC) - Expand
Jul. 8th, 2015 10:34 pm (UTC)
Ahhh, there he is, your own fatty toad. :)
Jul. 9th, 2015 12:40 am (UTC)
Yes, though I think I'd call him flatty toad, the way he flattens himself out.
Jul. 8th, 2015 10:37 pm (UTC)
Looking forward to seeing you at Readercon!
Jul. 9th, 2015 12:39 am (UTC)
The feeling is mutual!
Jul. 8th, 2015 11:52 pm (UTC)
I shall see you at Readercon! Safe travels!
Jul. 9th, 2015 12:39 am (UTC)
And you're reading! I look forward to seeing you :-)
Jul. 9th, 2015 12:08 am (UTC)
I really wish I could go to Readercon, especially since it's so nearby, but it's always the weekend I go to Sirius Rising festival. Have a blast!
Jul. 9th, 2015 12:38 am (UTC)
It's also usually (always?) the weekend of Connecticon, which my daughters have been to a couple of times... i guess there are only so many weekends in the year! I'll have a good time--you have a great time at Sirius Rising, too!
(no subject) - lizziebelle - Jul. 9th, 2015 12:40 am (UTC) - Expand
Jul. 9th, 2015 12:48 am (UTC)
Strange things happen on the internet! (What's a varnish error?) I've received - one this week, but earlier too - brusque PMs that say only "you do not have authorisation to view this message", which seems unnecessarily recursive and chilly.

I like your toad very much indeed, and I envy the careless ease with which you type your aaaaaaaas. :)

Have fun at at Readercon, and good driving to you!
Jul. 9th, 2015 01:47 am (UTC)
I think that message you got, which I've sometimes gotten too, happens when a person posts and entry and then decides to make it private (or to limit who sees it). But it does have a cold feeling, because you get a sense of being excluded. I did the opposite this week: posted a private entry (that no one could see but me) and then changed the settings to public once I was ready to go live. It was the salamander entry, actually: I wanted to wait until I got permission from Urbpan to use his photo (or, if he had preferred me not to, I would have just linked to his entry). But I hate to think of LJ notifying people when I post a private entry--that sounds like a bad plan--so I hope it wasn't my entry that triggered the message about no authorization.

The a's! I should save them up and give them to you!

And thanks for the good wishes re: Readercon (and I'm glad you liked the toad; he's very sweet).
(no subject) - heliopausa - Jul. 9th, 2015 01:54 am (UTC) - Expand
Jul. 9th, 2015 01:48 am (UTC)
Thank you for sharing this frog and your lovely thoughts with us. :)
Jul. 9th, 2015 02:56 am (UTC)
Oh, how I love your toad. Its expression is priceless.

The skateboard guy is very cute indeed, but can't really compete with the toad.

I hope you have a lovely Readercon.

Jul. 9th, 2015 11:30 am (UTC)
I love the idea of a skateboarder/toad competition. It showcases the idiocy of competition in nearly all cases.
(no subject) - pameladean - Jul. 9th, 2015 04:22 pm (UTC) - Expand
(no subject) - amaebi - Jul. 9th, 2015 08:32 pm (UTC) - Expand
Jul. 9th, 2015 04:26 am (UTC)
I said he'd looked super cool sailing by, and could I take his picture? And he said yes!

That is a great picture.

The toad is also quite attractive.

Hope to see you at Readercon!
Jul. 14th, 2015 08:43 pm (UTC)
So, so happy that I got to hear you sing--even if our actual words together were very few.
Jul. 9th, 2015 07:47 am (UTC)
Great pics and nice thoughts!
Jul. 14th, 2015 08:44 pm (UTC)
:-) Thanks, very glad you enjoyed!
Jul. 9th, 2015 11:24 am (UTC)
I salute your lovesome toad. And all amphibians.
Jul. 14th, 2015 08:44 pm (UTC)
Amphibians are such wonderfully liminal creatures.
Jul. 9th, 2015 04:46 pm (UTC)
Have a wonderful time at the con!
Jul. 14th, 2015 08:43 pm (UTC)
Thank you; it was lovely.
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