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I had a great Pennsic, right up until the end, when Draco the Honda Accord wouldn't start after not running for almost a week. And then I got him started and drove home, only to have him die again Sunday morning when I was driving the boy toy over to our local IHOP for breakfast.

Now I'm waiting for a new radiator and a new alternator. Those fixes will cost me almost as much as the car originally did (and I still haven't even *begun* to pay off the friend who lent me the money to buy it). I guess it's still cheaper than trying to buy yet another car. But I can obviously cancel any hope I have of getting anywhere near the path of totality next Monday.

Ah, well, at least I made it home before the car conked out. I have AAA Plus for 100 miles of free towing, but Pennsic is 300 or so miles from my residence, so I would have had to pay $800 for towing it back to my part of Greenbelt.

And what is it about my Pennsic attendance and violence? Three years ago, the last time I went to Pennsic, we had the shooting of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri. This year I drove home to greet the news of the white-supremacist rally and ensuing deaths in Charlottesville, Virginia. What is it with me and Pennsic and violence in the streets? Or is this just a sad coincidence? Certainly I deplore the alt-right white-supremacist neo-Nazi crap.

Date: 2017-08-15 05:25 pm (UTC)
zhelana: (Default)
From: [personal profile] zhelana
I think this kind of violence is becoming normal in America, you're just making patterns out of something that isn't really there. Look to see how often similar violence happens when you're not a pennsic.

Date: 2017-08-17 12:52 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] gorgeousgary
I'll be on business travel Monday, so I'll have to sneak out of a meeting just to see *any* part of the eclipse. That being said, I'll be fairly close to the 90% line. Not totality, but still pretty darned impressive, I think.

There was a partial eclipse here in the DC area sometime in the mid-80's that I recall being pretty cool. I remember my class making pinhole cameras out of shoeboxes.

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