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The last thirty-odd hours have been remarkably interesting.

There were many good moments. For starters, I saw Theresa. Theresa was the bitter senior my freshman year, a very smart girl who I mainly got to know by watching Buffy and Angel with her and Jag. Aside from television and exec meetings, my strongest memory of Theresa that year was at the General Meeting of Doom (contact me if you're in BSFFA and you don't know what I'm referring to; this should not be forgotten) when she compared the club to the McCarthy administration. That summer, I ran into Theresa at GenCon and found that not only was she less bitter, she was a remarkably cool person. I learned more about her in one hour over lunch than I had that entire year, then dropped out of contact for three years. At any rate, she came by last night (along with Conan and Carolyn) and we spent a few hours in high-quality conversation, first in the lounge then during packing. Theresa, you rock.

Packing was subsequently interrupted by Dessa. Dessa and I have been spending a lot of time together these past few days (apparently her family thinks we're dating) talking about this and that, the future, post-grad, etc. etc. and so forth, and I am reminded, as I always am whenever I talk to Dessa, what an absolutely amazing person she is. Raina has said that Dessa should be an appointed position in BSFFA; if it had any hope of success I might support her. Dessa and I went to the dance where we cha-chaed and waltzed (sorry about your feet). Fey and I tangoed and Lauren and I swung. Then the dance was over, alas.

After dancing I talked with Fey and Liz about Portland. Earlier this year Fey invited me to move out to Portland with her and Liz, but it's also possible I'll go to Charlottesville, VA with Dessa. Rent's about even. Cost of living is slightly cheaper in Virginia. Job opportunities are even. Charlottesville is within weekend distance of Philadelphia and DC, both of which hold people I know and love, while Portland is within weekend distance of Seattle. Neither has a readily obvious gaming culture, though Charlottesville is a college town which may open possibilities. Portland has better martial arts opportunities. I need to get an answer back to Fey in a few days.

Following the residency talk was [i]The Complete Works of William Shakespear: Abridged[/i] in the Smoking Lounge with Jinx, Quady, Dessa, Sarah, Adam, Amy, and Buddha. That show is fucking hilarious. Turn off your computer and go see it. No, don't rent it. Go to London and see it. Right now.

This was followed by sleep, waking up early to do set up and bus tables for graduation breakfast, and going to graduation. The ceremony: rather boring. Seeing people graduate: not so moving. Hanging out with Conan: fucking awesome. Saying goodbye to people: utterly heartbreaking.

(in no particular order)
Fey
Dessa
Hunter
Kyle
Beth
Alex
Jay
Jessa
Marley
Dave
Bobby
Amy
Sarah
Lauren
Brian
Other Brian
John
Steve
Bridgette
Zee
Carla
Kelly
Jenny
M'ris

And I'm barely scratching the surface (appologies to those I missed; this is intended to be a sampling, not a comprehensive list). Graduation was followed by some very long drawn goodbyes, hugs, kisses, tears, and promises.

Then lightning round packing, barely getting my stuff into the storage locker, and managing not to vomit on the way to the airport. The flight was inconsequential. Seeing my parents is good, even seeing my sister is good. At this point there's not a whole lot else to say.

Jungle of Doom people, send your pieces in. Don't slack off in this.

May 2012

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