This Saturday, I spent the day with Rae (raelee)! And Seanan (cadhla)! Two of the coolest girls I know! It was East Coast (Florida) meets West Coast (California) all up in this Bay Area. We engaged in quite a few fun gerunds.
meeting Rae and Seanan at Biryani House in Berkeley
getting a bunch of cool Middleman swag from Rae
ordering the kofta curry because I'd never seen chicken kofta, only malai kofta
listening to Seanan chit-chat with the owners about a ridiculous paranormal convent book or something
meeting alien hairless cat Ripley at Borderlands on Valencia
attending the reading featuring Nick Mamatas (nihilistic_kid) and Tim Pratt (tim_pratt, a.k.a. T.A. Pratt), two authors I knew nothing about but who seemed like funny, cool guys whose work I am more interested in checking out now
being oppressed by Seanan as she pushed me out of the way to deliver pumpkin chocolate chip brownies to her old pal Tim Pratt
introducing Seanan (and Rae) to the pirate store, which she had somehow NEVER HEARD OF (a-frickin'-hem)
using her ignorance of what was obviously in store to get her mopped
taking her into Paxton Gate after the outside sparked her interest and showing her the costumed rodent skeletons, which she agreed were better than bugs
hanging out with Tim and Nick for a bit at Phoenix, where Nick dorkily took cell phone pictures of the group
running into Tim while waiting for BART
singing Super Mario Bros. music with Seanan in the BART station
taking Rae and Seanan to Concord in Caprica while listening to Smellerbee
meeting Alice, Seanan's new Maine Coon OMG ADORABLE KITTY OMG
finally picking up my signed copy of Seanan's new CD
making Rae laugh by declaring, after noticing that Seanan had quite a bit of zombie-themed literature, "I am generally a fan of...things."
receiving an excess copy of Zombie Haiku and borrowing a bunch of comics
Seanan's realizing hours later that I had directed her to look at the skulls in the pirate store in order to set her up for a good mopping
eating salad and soup and bread and such at Sweet Tomatoes
receiving the best phone directions ever from Rae's sister, the kind you get in spy movies where it's like, "You will come to a stop sign up ahead. Continue until the road curves right. Go to the left. The train tracks will now be on your left. Drop the package off in the blue mailbox. No, not that one, the other one. Nice shirt."