I hauled my ass out of bed at 9am today to be ready to head down to Seattle to see Metropolis
. On-street parking was a 2-hour limit before you had to plug the meter again, and the movie was longer than two hours, so I had to pay the full day price for the parking lot (weekends you pretty much only get that option) as well as shell out for the tickets. The show was well worth it, though. gra_is_stor
had never even heard of Metropolis
before I mentioned the tickets to her. One of her roomie's friends/sweeties was over when she was talking about it and was "wait, what? You've never heard of Metropolis?!?!" I was happy to correct this lack of geekitude.
I was pretty well still in geekgasm territory while we had lunch afterwards. Alloy Orchestra totally delivered the goods, as last year, and this time I briefly got a chance to go up and tell them that they were pretty damned epic and that I'd really enjoyed their performance last year as well. Sadly, lunch wasn't as stellar as the movie. We walked a couple of blocks over to Serious Pie, a pizza and salad place downtown. Apparently, her salad was good, but my pizza was only middling. There wasn't much flavor to it, and most of that came from the rather overdone garlic salt that substituted for actual ingredients. The crust was overdone and burnt in places, which didn't please me much, but in looking at the other tables, it seemed to be the rule for that place. I won't be going back. Not that I usually go to downtown restaurants for lunch anyway, but it was overpriced and underwhelming.
It being a lovely, sunny, and quite warm day in Seattle, we wandered up to Volunteer Park to see if the Conservatory was open. It was closed for a private party or something, so we went for a walk around the reservoir. I only made it about 3/4 of the way around before cramps caught up to me, and had been aware that my day wasn't likely to be very active. The walk was a little more than I'd anticipated, but I had hoped I would make it around without too much trouble. We sat under some trees and rested for a bit before finishing up the walk, up the hill back to where I'd parked Garuda. Once we'd staggered back to the car, I dropped gra_is_stor
back near her place, as she had to run an errand up that way. Sadly, I didn't get a chance to see joyful_storm
, who was in the area but not done with what she'd been doing by the time I had to leave.
Upon my arrival home, I caught up with emails and whatnot, and took some valerian and feverfew in hopes of heading off a migraine (mostly successful, but I still have a very mild one). Eventually I put a couple of patches on my newer light jacket. It's a North Face jacket, and they have a very unfortunate tendency to not just put their logo on stuff, but to put it prominently on both the breast and the back shoulder of the damned thing, and I resent being used as a billboard when the corporation isn't paying me. The offending logos are now covered with a couple of Burning Man patches from when I was there in 2007. I find those much more aesthetically pleasing. I quite like the jacket, don't get me wrong. I just hate the whole "YOU WILL NOW ADVERTISE FOR US WHETHER YOU LIKE IT OR NOT" attitude they have to their clothes.
The post brought a copy of Rekindling the Flame: A Pilgrimage in the Footsteps of Brigid of Kildare
, recommended by mael_brigde
. As luck would have it, this little book actually contains a rough map of the area and includes the location of the original Brigid's well, and an approximation of how long a walk it is from St Brigid's Cathedral in Kildare (about 20 minutes), so now that can be crossed off the list of worries I've had. There's enough information here that it might be findable on Google Maps or maybe Google Earth, though I'm not certain they would show it. Anyway, it'll make things easier for planning, at the very least! My scanner isn't working, and won't be until I download the driver for it again, but I took a photo of the pertinent part of the map and emailed it to vyviane
so that she can look into it as well.
There was dinner later, and a couple of loads of laundry, which will get folded tomorrow, as I'm simply not up to dealing with it tonight. And now, bed. Tomorrow, there will be #writechat, provided I manage verticality before it ends at 3pm. At the moment, I'm not sure I can guarantee that.