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19 April 2011 @ 10:37 am
I don't have the shoes for this  
Last night I presented the annual Stolee Lecture to an audience of about 60 BVU students, faculty, and staff. When I saw the beautiful video projection set-up they had, I asked the audience if they'd rather see slides of my trip to Mars, or hear me read a story as originally scheduled. They voted overwhelmingly for the Mars talk, so Mars it was.

Iowa people are quiet, polite people. They didn't react a lot, or ask a lot of questions, but I'm told the talk was well received.

After the talk I wrote 1630 more words on the steampunkish story. It now stands at 7003 words and still isn't quite done, which is unfortunate as I was asked for 3000-5000 words. Once it's finished I will see how much I can cut, and then I will probably have to beg the editor's forgiveness for going over. We will see.

Woke up this morning to snow. Two or three inches of wet, slushy stuff, still coming down, and a hard cold wind. I am assured this will not affect my ability to get to the airport. I really hope it doesn't cause any problems, because I'm tired and I'm lonely and I want to go home and see my sweetie.

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et in Arcadia egobooapostle_of_eris on April 19th, 2011 04:09 pm (UTC)
only a foot?
(I was going to post something about a couple of inches not slowing things down much, but you beat me to it)
threeoutsidethreeoutside on April 19th, 2011 03:51 pm (UTC)
"Iowa people are quiet, polite people."

An article about Iowa in National Geographic some years ago called it "Middle Earth," and the Iowans "hobbits." That doesn't connote "quiet," necessarily - but I suspect an audience of hobbits would be very respectfully quiet for a visiting out-of-state lecturer, even while wondering why anyone would ever want to *live* out-of-state.

And I have to show my ignorance and ask, where is "I don't have the shoes for this" from? it rings bells but none of them have an origin engraved on them.
David D. Levinedavidlevine on April 19th, 2011 04:02 pm (UTC)
As it happens, it's not a quote. I really don't have the right shoes for this weather.
threeoutsidethreeoutside on April 19th, 2011 07:23 pm (UTC)
Well, then, it's up to you to use that sentence so it becomes resonant down through the ages. (And back through the ages, so there will be an actual *reason* for me to think I've heard of it before. Instead of me just being weird.)
dd-bdd_b on April 19th, 2011 04:32 pm (UTC)
I believe the rest of that snow is on its way up here. Some of it may still be happening during the pre-Minicon work party tomorrow.

A bit late for it; though nowhere near unprecedented.