Monday morning! Sensibly there were very few panels scheduled at 8:30, and indeed I didn't plan to be up then. I pretty much did wake up early, so I went to the empty room that would contain the next panel I wanted and ate cranberry bread with a side of interwebs.
Animated Revolutions. The summary mentioned Gargoyles, She-Ra, and Pirates of Dark Water, and Jaymee brought up a couple of Sonic the Hedgehog cartoons as well. I've only seen any appreciable amount of She-Ra, but I thought it was a great concept. Looks like I definitely need to see Gargoyles -- a mixed-race woman is the main human character, she lives a realistic life as a working-class cop in NYC (apart from the animated stone beings), and she apparently has actual sense! Add a decent character arc for the villain, and I will be checking to see if Scarecrow has this on video.
I made another visit to the dealers' room to pick up a stunning and warrantedly expensive necklace from Laurie Toby Edison. (She asked me to show her my research movies next time I see her. Must remember!) I also bought a pretty, steampunkish brooch revised by Betsy Urbik -- no nonfunctional gears, but filigree and chains and a dangling hot-air balloon charm. I finally got to see elisem
and play with beads a little! We were going to go sing at the Signout, but the timing didn't work out.
Lunch was with boxofdelights
at Nick's, which she pointed out was the second year in a row -- but it is a comfy hole, and I need a comfy hole by Monday! Then we eventually managed to get ourselves to the Olbrich Botanical Gardens, where it was ridiculously hot in the conservatory but also beautiful. We wandered and lounged in the grounds just a little, but needed to get her back to the hotel by 5:30. On the bus back she let me read her copy of Something More and More
, which I'd meant to buy but hadn't, to finish the two stories Nisi had left us all hanging on at her readings. Great stuff; I want to read more about the character in "Pataki".
I walked up State Street again to go to the lake that way, via Jamba Juice. There was a place I hadn't sat before, between frat houses as usual, and I finished Ash
by the water as the sun went down. The bugs weren't too bad, and a few people and one dog came by but weren't a bother. I saw what I think was a river otter swim by on an errand and return the way it came. It was still pretty hot, but by the lake it was better, and when I left the heat had dissipated in town a little as well.
After all this, though, I really needed a shower, so I took one and then went to the Dead Cow Party to hang out with kalmn
. Seamed my sweater front and back quickly to try it on, discovered I need to take in the back, and ripped it back. Felt an urge to watch a movie (but what?) but didn't pursue it. Ate all the cheese things at the buffet: cheddar curds, fried curds, cheese and macaroni. Yay Wisconsin.
Relaxed for a while in the newly spacious room with meganbmoore
and went to sleep.
Today I packed and paid up and arranged a shuttle, and forgot my toiletries in the room. Good thing I'm not leaving yet. It is warm and humid but beautifully windy. I'm considering the park by the lake and the Museum of Contemporary Art.
I really wish the entire world would stop letting the garlic bagels touch the other bagels. It's especially weird when the other bagel is sweet, like the lovely dark-swirled cinnamon-raisin bagel at Gotham. Of course, the salty cream cheese is pretty fucking weird too, so the garlic is almost a detail. Their music is making me happy, though, all cheerful 80s this morning. I know marzipan_pig
has Opinions about "Come On Eileen" but I enjoy it.
Time to go give Betsy a hug before she leaves. Pictures later!