Wednesday, August 28, 2013

On the road again: WorldCon, San Antonio, day 0

After three interrupted hours of truly terrible sleep, I woke up, showered, threw my Dopp kit into my suitcase, and headed for the airport.  Everything on the first leg went as well as it could:  pleasant work time in the Admirals' Club, an upgrade and a breakfast and a bit of dozing and a bit of work on the plane, and an early arrival.

As I was waiting to board the second plane, Griffin waved hello, and we hung out a bit.  It's always good to catch up with him, as I expect I'll be doing on and off throughout the con.

The second leg was short, and I was in an exit-row seat, so I dove again into work and had a pleasant enough flight.

Work ate most of the rest of the day, though I managed to register for the con and to buy some Coke Zero--essential work fuel--for the room.

It's my first night in Texas, so dinner was barbecue at a local branch of the County Line, and dessert was ice cream--not Amy's, but pleasant.

More work, some UFC fights on TV, more work--did I mention work?  Busy day.

In about twelve hours, I moderate a panel, so I'm going to crash now.  Tomorrow, the WorldCon starts for real.


David Drake said...

Dear Mark,

This is in reference to your earlier post on modifying 'unique'. I don't go through blogs looking at possible comments on old posts, and I don't care to know people who do.

This afternoon I listened to a 1955 radio play from Jacob's Hands, a story co-written (with Aldous Huxley) by Christopher Isherwood. Isherwood himself was the narrator, and in his introduction he referred to the central character as having a talent so unique that it killed those whom it cured.

Now: I share your dislike of modifying 'unique', but I Am a Camera is a work of genius. I have written nothing its equal.

A couple millennia ago, Cicero said (I'm paraphrasing here), "If the reports of Cato's drunkenness are true, they edify drunkenness instead of demeaning Cato." From here on out, I will refrain from objecting to others who follow Isherwood's lead by modifying 'unique.'


Mark said...

I take your point, but the vast majority of the abusers are neither Isherwood nor Cato, so I will continue to object to the modification of "unique"--though usually silently, because speaking about it is rarely worth the trouble that doing so can cause.


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