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Whatta weekend!

Spent Saturday cutting out stumps, leveling an 8x8-foot piece of ground in the back yard, constructing a foundation, and then building a shed with madmatmax. Afterwards, I quickly cleaned up and donned the most-relevant costume I could imagine: Handyman! Pretty much wore the gear I'd been wearing all day ;-)

Click the image to Mac & Mel's Flickr page. Mel sez, "Every mad scientist needs someone to build the secret lab."

Just about then, dozens of people started showing up for our Halloween Dance Party (on Friday, we moved a bunch of furniture to make most of the downstairs living area into a dance floor). Thanks to all who came over and shared your awesomeness, and thanks to clevermanka for throwing such a great party! It was great to see everyone. Oh, and for the first time in the six years I've lived in this house, a pair of little monsters came to the door looking for candy. As you can imagine, I hadn't planned for this eventuality, but thankfully I still had most of a bag of taffy. They got big ol' handfuls! I say we petition to get kids trick-or-treating again. I miss all the precious little costumes.

Spent today getting a U-Haul truck for picking up a huge SF book & model & comic collection donated to the Center for the Study of Science Fiction and AboutSF. Many thanks to Nate (a.k.a. about_sf) for going over to Kansas City with me to load the collection... which turned out to be about five times as many as the donor had estimated (total is something like 500 boxes). We filled the hell out of that U-Haul truck and Nate's car, then called on Matt once again to help unload the books into the Center's now-seriously crammed space and the comics into temporary storage. You guys ROCK. The sorting and cataloging begins this week. We still need to return to fetch another 80 or so boxes of models and collectibles :-O

And just minutes ago when I turned on teh intarwebs, I discovered that Kij Johnson has won the World Fantasy Award for 26 Monkeys, Also the Abyss (click to read this wonderful story online). Congratulations, Kij!

Now I'm wiped out. Later!

Chris

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victoria_lane
Nov. 2nd, 2009 05:48 am (UTC)
You are so fun. It's refreshing.
mckitterick
Nov. 2nd, 2009 05:50 am (UTC)
Thank you! :-D
woadwarrior
Nov. 2nd, 2009 06:14 am (UTC)
Much busier than me!
mckitterick
Nov. 2nd, 2009 02:40 pm (UTC)
I'm looking forward to a weekend a little more like yours!
siro_gravity
Nov. 2nd, 2009 07:19 am (UTC)
you leveled an area, laid the foundation and built a shed all in one day?? :O YOU ARE SUCH A MANLY-MAN!!!!
mckitterick
Nov. 2nd, 2009 02:39 pm (UTC)
Well, I had a lot of help from my friend. Still, it was a solid day's worth of work!
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mckitterick
Nov. 2nd, 2009 02:38 pm (UTC)
That would be great! But maybe not for the first book....
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yanbaoqin
Nov. 2nd, 2009 01:17 pm (UTC)
Shoot! Wish I had been there! Sounds like it was awesome!
mckitterick
Nov. 2nd, 2009 02:37 pm (UTC)
You shoulda been! How went the checkup? Are you in?
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justaqt
Nov. 2nd, 2009 01:58 pm (UTC)

You should come with us to our annual Trunk or Treat!
There are LOTS of costumes, and Prizes for costumes!! :)

(This is us---->) http://www.facebook.com/home.php?#/photo.php?pid=30582048&id=1203144922
mckitterick
Nov. 2nd, 2009 02:37 pm (UTC)
That's awesome!
clevermanka
Nov. 2nd, 2009 03:10 pm (UTC)
I love this photo of you so much. You're so handsome! Thank you, Stu, for the fabulous shot!

I agree on trying to get more trick-or-treaters. I think I scared the two got with my enthusiasm. I loved trick-or-treating when I was a kid and it makes me sad that I don't get to experience the other side of it as a grown-up.
mckitterick
Nov. 2nd, 2009 03:19 pm (UTC)
She manages to capture a lot of silliness, that's for sure!

I wonder how one attracts T-or-T'ers? Pumpkin? Halloweeney stuff in the windows?
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scarlettina
Nov. 2nd, 2009 04:03 pm (UTC)
Chris, that picture is awesome. Also, when did all that snow fall into your beard? Dude! :-)
mckitterick
Nov. 2nd, 2009 06:06 pm (UTC)
Thank you... I think ;-)
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xjenavivex
Nov. 2nd, 2009 05:38 pm (UTC)
That is an awesome pic. What a haul you guys picked up. That is terrific. Will you be posting about anything in the collection?
mckitterick
Nov. 2nd, 2009 06:07 pm (UTC)
Danke!

Yeah, I know. Sorting will be a serious (and long-term) task, but I can't wait to discover what we got! It's like Christmas.
minnehaha
Nov. 2nd, 2009 07:01 pm (UTC)
Hey! You should have goggles, like all the cool kids.

K.
mckitterick
Nov. 2nd, 2009 07:11 pm (UTC)
Goggles make everything better.
tully01
Nov. 2nd, 2009 07:50 pm (UTC)
That picture SO says: "Hey, boys and girls! Put on your safety goggles, 'cause today we're playing with isotopes!"
mckitterick
Nov. 2nd, 2009 07:57 pm (UTC)
Aw, yeah!
tully01
Nov. 3rd, 2009 07:34 pm (UTC)
Oh yeah, we gonna get any of those donated goodies to auction off for you next spring?
mckitterick
Nov. 3rd, 2009 08:26 pm (UTC)
I plan to talk with you about that: We'll have tens of thousands of comics, un-built models, collectible toys, and duplicate books to go up for auction. In fact, there's about 80 more boxes of such in the donor's storage that she wants removed in the next couple of weeks. I don't suppose ConQuesT has auction storage...?

Going to be HUGE and FUN auction next year for sure!
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dragonet2
Nov. 4th, 2009 02:37 am (UTC)
About SF and a check
from ConQuest. Did you get one? It hasn't been cashed. We had another one from someone in town and the recipient had not received it.

Our postoffice box is borked so if the address was slightly wrong and it was returned, the envelope may be lost.

Email me please, dragonet@kc.rr.com

Thanx

Paula Helm Murray
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