June 21st, 2003

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Another Friday night

The work schedule shows one job due at 6:00 a.m., another at 2:00 p.m. and then nothing until Monday. The first job is all in proofreading. The second one is being worked by one person. This means I'm left with nothing pressing to do for the rest of the night.

Part of me wants to run off and do something fun. Of course, most everything in this neck of the woods closed down an hour ago. What's a boy to do?

I think I'll dig out my random writing file and jot down some notes I had for a story the other day.

I've been re-reading a lot of Le Guin lately. It's been great fodder for dreams and great inspiration for getting some writing done. I should pick up her Steering the Craft again as I found it inspirational when I first read it.
  • Current Music
    Perfectly Good Guitar--John Hiatt--Perfectly Good Guitar
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Shady thoughts

With the Winnipeg Folk Festival screaming towards us at light speed, I'm thinking about my experience last year and what I'll be doing this year to make it even better.
  1. Put sunscreen on before leaving the house.
Apart from that, I'll just be going up earlier (Wednesday sometime) and coming back later (Monday morning) in order to make the travel less stressful. There's been talk on the Baggiecon list about shade and the lack thereof. With more people coming this year, it may be a problem. I don't have any frame of reference, though.

For me, I'm thinking about ways to capture some shade for my tent to avoid the early morning baking that seems to plague everyone. Was thinking that a surplus parachute and strategic placement might help. Did some googling around Burningman information and this appears to not be the ticket I originally thought it would be. (Parachute cloth is apparently too sheer.) Am now considering the application of a space blanket to the outside of my rainfly. But how to attach it? Duct tape?

For clothing, I'm thinking of whipping up some lightweight cotton pants like the pair of hemp ones I picked up last year. "Long, light and loose" are watch-words for the heat and "layers" for the unpredictable parts. Am thinking that a good method of dress would be wicking shorts and tee under cotton or linen long outer layer. I've got a few things that should work OK, but may need to explore the depths of my closet or pick up a few things. (I really like my REI MTS tee, for example, and would use one or two more when biking.)
  • Current Music
    One Night In Boston--The Tim Malloys--Drunkards, Bastards...