Garuda's oil got changed today, and the fuel injection system got cleaned out as well, so everything's set for the trip to PantheaCon later this month.
This evening I went to a class on teaching and presentation skills by passionandsoul
and had an absolutely fantastic time. I learned some really good stuff, including the fact that I'm actually doing pretty well with what I do as a presenter. The one concrit I got in the presentation section was that I was going too fast, but I already knew that was an issue for me, and the presentation that my partner and I did for the class seemed to be very well received (we each got a partner and a random topic to present on for two minutes). We lucked out in that it was a topic we both knew quite a bit about and were able to bring different perspectives to it, so as a tag team we did really well.
I got a chance to pick up a couple of passionandsoul
's books from him, and afterwards I took him over to the Grind, where he met some friends and I watched the dancers and a scene in progress. Overall, it was a wonderful, fun, and informative evening and I'm so glad I got the chance to do this.
On the physical side, I'm definitely aware that I'm not taking the tylenol now. I knew that it took the edge off a lot of the chronic pain, and am even more aware of that edge now. My hip was giving me more trouble than usual, even taking into account the cramps. I am definitely going to try calling and getting an appointment with the patient advocate at the VA tomorrow so that I can go down and discuss my issues next week.
BIRTHDAY NOTE: I'm holding my birthday celebration on Sunday, March 27th at the AFK in Everett, from about 6pm onward. Let me know if you'd like to come so that I have some idea of how many folks to expect. I hope that if you're in the area, you'll be able to attend! It's not every day I have a 50th birthday! I want my friends to be around to shove me into my second half-century with style!