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31st-Jan-2006 05:51 pm - The end
I haven't looked at LiveJournal for months, and I'm quite enjoying my life in reality. I like all of the folks who read this, but this doesn't seem like the right medium to me anymore. I'm not going to delete my journal, (and I'm still payed until May) but consider this my last post. Send me an email, give me a call, or better yet, stop by.


Also, I just sent an email to all my friends who live in town or are particularly interested in dinner parties/feasts. Or, rather, I sent email to all of them that I had email addresses for. In case you fit that description, but didn't get the email, here's the letter:

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All future Feast news will be disseminated by email, word-of-mouth, or perhaps someone else's LJ/mySpace.
12th-Jan-2006 01:38 pm(no subject)
In the past month I've been moving and setting up the new house, and I haven't read LiveJournal once. However, now I'm going to shamelessly expect everyone else to read it for last-minute dinner party news.
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7th-Dec-2005 09:23 pm - Winter
Not much can get me as excited about riding my bike into town as a thermometer that says 18 degrees (Fahrenheit, or about -8 C) and visibly accumulating snow. No joke. I made it three miles to the Greenbriar Collective house without getting cold to speak of, except a little in my left second toe. Not bad considering I was wearing sandals.

In other news, I got a new house this week, with gizer, flying_indie, tank182, zacholl, ibn_rafferty, amusedtodeath, and elusivethereal. It's in town, relatively close to campus and other common in-town destinations, which is convenient, though I will miss having woods nearby. It's a big house, with 5 bedrooms, 2 living rooms, and 2 kitchens. The address will be given a more secure post. This will be the new location for the monthly dinner parties, which might additionally be increased in frequency. We haven't set a date for the first one yet, but I'd personally like to do something on or immediately before the winter solstice, which is the 21st. How do folks feel about that date?
25th-Oct-2005 08:51 pm - Halloween Dinner Party
A reminder to all concerned parties that the October Dinner Party is this Saturday, the 29th.  We want to do this one early, so that people can go to Halloween parties if they want; the plan is to eat around 6, so you might want to assemble around 5.
16th-Oct-2005 11:44 am - Awake?
I just came awake from a 3-day Civilization 3 binge. At one point we played for 25 hours with only a minor break for food.  Sometimes, it's good to be a dork, but only sometimes.

It has come to my attention that the 22nd is the same day as cellogirl5874's party in Tulsa, which I want to go to if I can get a ride.  So, unless anyone else has made indelible plans, let's move the October dinner party to the 29th.  Concerns, Clarifications, Consensus?
11th-Oct-2005 10:21 pm - Dinner Party
The October dinner party is on the 22nd, at dinner party time.  There's no food theme, but since it is close to Halloween, costumes and things made of pumpkin are encouraged.
6th-Oct-2005 12:54 pm - And more things
I also have a large quantity of honey mushrooms, which I'm sure I can't possibly use myself, so if anyone wants some of those, let me know.  You can even come pick them yourself if you like.
6th-Oct-2005 10:34 am - Things
If anybody wants some things, I'm giving away some things.  Specifically, kitchen things.  gizer and I went through my boxes of kitchen stuff from the hotel and her boxes of stuff from the co-ops she's lived at, and condensed it down one household's worth of stuff (which we still don't really need at the moment, since my mom also has an overfull household's worth of kitchen stuff.)  We'll take it down to Goodwill in a week or so, but if anybody wants some, here's the list of free stuff:

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11th-Sep-2005 11:11 pm - An outdoor weekend
I went to the Oklahoma BioBlitz this weekend.  For those who missed out on my earlier post, BioBlitz is an event in which biologists, both professional and amateur, convene in a single, usually noteworthy location, like a state park, and spend 24 consecutive hours identifying as many species of life as possible.  This year's Oklahoma BioBlitz was at Mohawk City Park up in Tulsa.  Mom and I were wondering how good it would really be; city parks aren't exactly known for their diversity.  When we got there, we were even more skeptical:  we saw lots of solitary trees, lawn and picnic tables, with what appeared to be thin bands of forest.  However, as it turns out, it is a very big park, and also contains a lot of, believe it or not, old-growth hardwood forest.  There were some oaks out there upwards of five feet thick.  The species count was 1063, only 7 down from last year's record count in Okmulgee.

I went up there partly because wandering around outside counting living things is almost exactly my idea of a good time, and also because I hoped to meet some professional mycologists.  I love collecting mushrooms, but I can still only identify a small fractions of the ones I collect, and I thought it would be great to have someone there to do the hard stuff.  Also, I wanted to learn about microscopic identification of fungus (which is really the only sure-fire way), maybe buy or beg some Meltzer's reagent, and get information about what, if any, schools in the area might be able to get me a master's degree or PhD in mycology.

It didn't turn out that way.  Apparently, the state had only two professional field mycologists, one at UCO in Edmond and one in Lawton.  The guy in Lawton recently got a job offer in Illinois and moved away; the one at UCO thought that, since it hadn't rained in almost two weeks, it wasn't really worth going.  So, instead of learning from an expert, I was the "expert".  I went on two collecting tromps through the woods myself, and other people brought me a few things here and there.  Altogether, my "group" contributed 61species to the count.  A lot of those were only identified to genus, and as the deadline came, a lot of them simply got a "misc. gilled mushroom."  Still, it was exciting and fun, if a bit stressful.

Also, I got bitten by a lot of bugs out there.  Saturday morning and early afternoon, as I was trying to feverishly identify all my specimens, I was completely crawling with ticks.  The average distance between ticks on my legs was in the neighborhood of 2-5cm.  Also, I surely had some run-ins with chiggers and mosquitoes, along with other biting flies.  I started counting my bites a little while ago.  I got up to 64 on the front of my left thigh.  I would put my estimate for my entire body somewhere between 150 and 300.  I itch like crazy.

Today, gizer and I went out to the Lake Thunderbird Stone Tool Expo.  It's amazing how many people there are around who make stone tools!  They were all very friendly, and we sat around for hours talking to them and watching them knap flint and obsidian.  It was a little like the Medieval Faire, only it was the Neolithic Fair instead.  Mostly what was for sale were arrow- and spear-heads, a few knives, and a lot of raw stone.  Nobody was dressed up as neolithic hunters, but they did apparently have a ritual on Saturday night called the Ooga-Booga.  They seemed pretty interested in the authenticity of their work, although the majority used simple copper tools to chip the stone, primarily because it is cheaper and easier to maintain than old-school antler and bone tools, or even older-school hammer stones.  There were some guys there working with antler and bone, though.  Some (most?) of the knappers actually use their stone arrowheads for hunting.  It was really interesting to see people doing something that people have done for hundreds of thousands of years.  One of them told a story about a place he found when he was out in the hills in Western Oklahoma, and he came across a pile of chert, with a mound of flakes next to it.  Obviously, it was a workshop.  He sat down and worked on an arrowhead, but broke it.  In aggravation, he tossed it away.  Afterwards, he went to the place where it had landed and found it full of broken arrowheads.  Such continuity!
2nd-Sep-2005 01:50 pm(no subject)
September already!  It seems like just a few days ago that I was flying back for a wedding at the end of July.  August went by in a rush of visitors and moving.

Moving?  Yup, gizer moved in with me at the beginning of last week.  We have too much stuff for one room, and that needs to be rectified.  The solution is not to get another room.

I spent some time yesterday morning updating my wish list.  I'm glad that I took more things off of it that I added.

My birthday is the 13th of this month, a Tuesday.  The weekend before, I will be at BioBlitz! with my mom.  The weekend after seems like a choice time for a dinner party.  Say Saturday the 17th?  Any objections?
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