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11 December 2007 @ 10:09 pm
12/11/07: Coffee time  
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A productive evening's writing at the coffee shop. It was only me and jaylake tonight, and Jay left a while ago, but I kept slowly plugging away. The plot is being fractious and not helping me to guide it to the right place, but I think some kind of confrontation is brewing even if it wasn't the one I had in mind. Also, Jay gave me some great writing-business tips. In exchange, I gave him my opinion (for whatever that's worth) on a novella of his which I think could be great if he just let it go in the direction it wants to go instead of the direction he wants it to go. But it's his novella and I wish him all the best with it.

kateyule and I have been enjoying the latest season of Amazing Race and we keep thinking about what it would be like to compete for real (as opposed to the pretend version we had in Thailand). I think we could be good at it -- it is what we do for fun, after all -- except for the physical demands of some of the Detours and Roadblocks, and the whole going-without-food-and-sleep thing. I know that there are a couple of tour packages offering a semi-equivalent experience for money (a trip around the world with some competitive and adventure aspects, though without either the million-dollar prize or the possibility of elimination). I've also considered asking our friends to put together an itinerary for us (places to go and certain things to do or see) which we would then unseal bit by bit as we traveled. Could be kind of expensive, though, since we'd have to buy all the tickets on a last-minute basis. Kate's also considered adding an element of unpredictability to our travels by going to the first postcard rack we see in a new location, giving it a spin, and traveling to whatever is shown on a randomly-selected postcard.

I'm just putting together a calendar of all the SF and square-dancing events we want to attend next year. There's two or three events every month -- we're plainly not going to be able to do all of them, and if we add any non-convention-related international travel (we're thinking Venice/Vienna, and/or maybe Kate's delayed trip to Guadalajara) or just-visiting-friends domestic travel (Bay Area, New York, and Vancouver are among the candidates) we're going to have to forego even more. The paradox of choice is that too much choice makes one unhappy. But it's still good to have the options.

Allan: Travelallanh on December 12th, 2007 07:12 am (UTC)
It would get me to watch TV for the first time in years.
If anyone I know SHOULD be on Amazing Race, it's you and Kate.
Johndjonn on December 12th, 2007 07:53 am (UTC)
I've watched very little of The Amazing Race, but I tend to agree that you'd be excellent candidates and competitors -- and you've got a sufficiently interesting combination of avocations, between the writing and the square dancing, that I'd think your chances of successfully making it through the application process would be high.

The trick to making an informal version manageable might be giving your hypothetical friends a budget along with the challenge of developing the itinerary, so that the travel tickets and other reservations would be right there in the packets as you opened them. (Or perhaps there's a travel agency that does this kind of thing nowadays, given the TV show's popularity....)
Nancynancymcc on December 13th, 2007 09:14 pm (UTC)
Travel targets, Europe
When we went to Venice this summer, we found not-far-away Verona to actually be more satisfying. I'm glad I saw Venice's canals and St. Mark's, but Verona's historical portions seem less decayed (and decadent?) and have views of a surrouding countryside that is magnificent.

On the other hand, I'm weird about art museums, which form another big attraction of Venice. I discovered, somewhat to my surprise, that I didn't care to see a lot of those huge canvases by the Big Names that I'd studied in art history, mainly because their subjects are usually intensely Christian and depressing.

Verona's musueum is associated with a Roman ampitheatre (used for performances today!) I found that Roman mosaics really rev my engine. And carved inscriptions ("here I am, at the foundations of typography.")

My tastes are sure clarified for me when I have to do time triage!

David D. Levinedavidlevine on December 14th, 2007 01:06 am (UTC)
Re: Travel targets, Europe
We have been to Venice once already, and loved it. We definitely want to go back at least once before it sinks. But the blood-drenched Christian art that infests Italy is definitely kind of off-putting.