Articles for the Month of October 2013

Denver Botanic Gardens

20131030-112520.jpg Well, originally I was going to write a blog about the office cutie, and I still will at some point, but right now I’m sitting out at the Denver Botanical Gardens on a glorious fall day, in an unexpected nook, and I find myself completely enchanted.

Tucked away in a back corner of the gardens is an enclosed iron gazebo, perhaps technically a greenhouse, painted green to mimic the color of aged copper. There are windows to keep out the elements, and a lovely set of wrought iron lamps to light it for use at night. (For special occasions I suspect) The wrought iron scrollwork that covers the outside is, I think, really what has captured my imagination. I can just see this place on some rich estate, where two young lovers meet up to tryst, or where a bevy of older ladies meet for mid afternoon tea, or where you would shelter from an unexpected rainstorm. It seems like something you would see at Downton Abby. It is well supplied with tables and comfortable outdoor chairs, wicker looking, but considerably more comfortable.

The fall colors in the trees surrounding the building are an absolute riot of oranges, reds, yellows and greens. And it’s so very peaceful. This could well be my current new favorite spot in Denver. Occasionally one of the visitors to the gardens will wander in, poke around and wander out again, and it’s not silent; I can hear children laughing a good ways away, and the conversation of sedate adults as they enjoy the scenery.

I expect once winter sets in, it’s really too cold to sit out here much, and I equally suspect that during high summer it’s much too hot, but right now, at the end of October, it’s perfect. Here’s hoping that November has quite a few pleasant and warm days!

Mile High Con 45

Whereas MalCon was the Unexpected Convention for me, and I waffled back and forth, once I had secured a pass for MileHigh Con I was certain I was going to go. This time, instead of working for musicians, I was working for Author Paul Lell of Kalijor Press. (Go check him out; his books are fun).

There wasn’t all that much time between MalCon and Mile High Con, but even so, I determined that I wanted to create a new CosPlay outfit, portraying the main character in Paul’s books. So I started poking around online, and seeing how much it would cost, and I emailed Paul to see if he had any suggestions. Boy am I glad I did – he had already created the outfit for one of his previous helpers, and I was welcome to see if it fit (and it did!). That saved a lot of time and effort on my part (Thanks Paul!) My contribution to the outfit, other than boots, was the purchase of a LOT of temporary tattoos. Read the books; then you’ll understand why.

Friday I was able to leave work early and head down to Denver. Thankfully a friend offered to help me apply the tattoos. I should have counted how many we used, but sadly I only just now thought of it. Needless to say, there were a lot. After I’d managed to get into my costuming, I headed over to the con. There was a bit of a snafu at check-in, they didn’t seem to have my badge. But since I had proof of purchase they wrote up another one for me. As it turns out, Paul had picked up my badge, so I had an extra one. I gifted it to the daughter of a friend of mine, and she had a –great- time.

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It’s really interesting walking around in a wig, with contacts instead of glasses, and covered in tattoos – even fake ones. A number of people came up and asked if the tattoos were real, and a few people said they were too intimidated to come up and talk to me, until I spoke to them first. There were a number of people who didn’t recognize me, a few of whom had to talk to me for several minutes before they figured it out. The fact that The Ex was one of those people amuses me to no end.

The con itself was fairly mellow. I was able to chat with several of the regular con-goers and catch up. I met a lot of new people, and in a weird twist of fate, I –actually- remember their names. That never happens. I even started up a new flirtationship! Those are always a good time, and he seemed in no-way offended when I declined to get together with him outside the con.

I had the opportunity to hang out more with The Writer, but since he was working, and I was also working, we mainly waved in passing during con hours. I did get the chance to go to an author reading with several different folks and hear him read a short piece, and also to get together briefly for ‘drinks’ with him at one point.

On the whole, the con was fun, but thankfully not exhausting. Working for Paul wasn’t terribly taxing, but even with the relaxed schedule I didn’t get up to nearly as much mischief as I have at past conventions. Onward to the next one!

The Writer

20131013-184104.jpg Well, so I haven’t blogged recently on dating because I haven’t been dating a lot lately. Since the move I’ve been trying to settle in, and then there was the flood, and well..etc.
This past week I recently met up with a new gentleman, we’ll call him The Writer. His company has proven to be exceptionally entertaining, and I hope to enjoy considerably more of it. We’ve been out several times in the past few weeks, and seem to have a fair bit in common. During our conversations, at one point I was explaining my plight with the insurance company (Basically I have 15 days or so to finish buying stuff for reimbursement from State Farm) He suggested we visit several of his favorite bookstores in a wild attempt to replenish my bookshelves all at once. I think we did an admirable job. I now have several first run copies of classic fantasy and sci-fi, including a rare young adult book by Isaac Asimov that Amazon values at near $100. I got it for $2. I would not have even thought of getting it if not for my new friend. In addition, I found several new books to read, and several authors that I love.

My main bookcase is now stacked double on all but one shelf, and I had to free up space on my secondary shelf to make room for all of the new cookbooks. After our lovely trip around to the bookstores he treated me to dinner at a local Mexican restaurant and then left me to get ready for the costume party I was going to later in the evening.

The costume party was great fun; I ran into several folks that I know. Apparently they were all of the mind that I should have brought my earlier date with me to the party, the more the merrier. I’m not sure how he would have felt about that though. One thing at a time I suppose. I anticipate I will be seeing him again.