Saturday we went to two parties: alorarose's birthday party at her house with her newly refurbished pool, then CJ-Con: the Afterlife Launch, a memorial party run semi-convention-style at C.J. Henderson's home in Brooklyn where his widow still lives. Both parties were fantastic, and we had a great time seeing old friends and making new ones. I'm really glad that we were able to put in appearances at both, and we had a fantastic day.
Sunday was the wedding of our friends Tara and Brad. I first met Tara at New York Comic-Con two years ago when she came over to The Chronic Rift booth and totally fangoobered me, as she was (and still is) a huge fan of my writing. We got to talking, her and me and Wrenn and also Laura Anne Gilman (who was hanging out at our booth), and we stayed in touch and became good friends. Brad had been with her at NYCC, initially standing about a foot behind her and rolling his eyes a lot at how goofy she was being, but eventually he realized that we actually enjoyed her company (and his once he started talking to us). We've hung out together, all five of us (the two of them and me, Wrenn, and Dale) any number of times since.
Yesterday, they got married at a Presbyterian church on Long Island, where the ceremony was jointly performed by two pastors who are also married to each other. Amusingly, though both have been ordained for a decade, this was the first wedding they'd done in tandem. I told them afterward that they should totally make it a thing, and they laughed and said they might.
In any case, it was a lovely ceremony, followed up by a delightful reception at an Italian restaurant elsewhere on Long Island, where we hung out with Geralyn and Danny, who are magnificent people, and a grand old time was had by all.
After crashing last night (it was quite a weekend), we got up this morning to have the car given a once-over for two reasons: 1) it's due for inspection and 2) we're driving it to Atlanta in ten days for Dragon Con. It needs some work, which will be duly taken care of.
Today I've got the rewatch to finish up (I've done all but the review, most of it accomplished in the diner across the street from the mechanic), more of "Streets of Fire" to write, plus I'm helping out at the dojo tonight. Actually, I'll be at the dojo a lot the next two weeks (at least until I'm off to Dragon Con), as Shihan is going on vacation starting tomorrow, and the rest of us black belts get to pick up the slack.
How was your weekend?
Current Mood: tired
Current Music: "The Coast" by Paul Simon