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Or a Round-sing (indoors preferable unless Spring springs up unexpectedly on cue)

To those at Swat, or near Swat, or likely to travel to Swat for such an occasion -

When would be a good time in the next week (March 19-March 27) to hold such an event? And where? Folk-sing preferred, although Round-Sing preferable to None. Please help me determine a copacetic time and location which does not conflict with the other things most likely attendees would otherwise be doing, and I shall then post to [FUN] the particulars.

This may be my last chance to enjoy such an event for months. So please take pity on a Mawrter-alum-SWIL-hanger-on-in-exile and make her Last Spring Break of her Life Dream come true!

Here is a short synopsis of my break, using as many references to LJ people as I can muster (and there were other neat people involved, but I don't use real names in here without explicit permission, so if on the off-chance you are one of such folk reading this, you will either have to understand or let me know how how you wish to be referenced in the future.)

Hung out with [ profile] ericaceous and [Bad username or site: plasticsturgeon, @] after the Sturgeon left for points north. Food and shopping (the good kind, for produce and other food products) occured on each occasion.

Walked around BMC and HC with [ profile] jedibl just before the holidays hit in earnest. Our old stomping grounds have changed in some ways, both with turnover of people and the addition and modificaiton of buildings. Campus was so quiet! We saw some professors, including one of my bio profs who was not a young man when I had him in 1995. We left offerings to Athene.

[ profile] meanfreepath came into the city during a torential downpour and got a small taste of my life at med school as I tried to find a notary on campus (it took 3 phone calls, and talking to 4 people once arriving at the correct office - or the one next to it.) He then was my hero by helping me get my microscope out of my locker, onto a bus, and then back to the microscope rental shop. Where here "help" is a proxy for "he carried it and I opened doors and supplied Septa tokens." We then put our sodden jackets in my drier and made a truly excellent dinner of curried rice noodles.

Hogmanay was wonderful. At times the plans for it caused me to sound as though I had swallowed a Septa schedule, but so-be-it. We followed[ profile] gallian stayed with me, as in Plan A (which stands for how we (A)lways do it, for Always being defined as 2 consecutive years,) with the addition of a second, quite delightful houseguest, and then [ profile] gallian and I went out on the train to [ profile] jedibl for dinner and then To The Ball.

At a bit after midnight, about half a dozen of us snuck outside for a brief Roundsing under the bell tower. We have decided that this needs to become an annual tradition. Temporarily wounded [personal profile] reldnahkram and [personal profile] eclectic_boy and I made an interesting threesome. It was nice to have company in the elevator! I managed to catch up with [ profile] playfulfordian who I hadn't seen all year since I hadn't made it to dance class all year. Hung out a bit with [ profile] meganpowell and a large purple frog of our aquaintence.

I did my one dance - the beautiful, rhythmnic John McAlpin, with a great deal of help and support. How pleased I was that [ profile] wayman came upstairs for this, even though he was saving his strength for Mumming (Mummering? Mummying? Help?) the next day. [personal profile] fiddledragon was my partner, and we had a few Bryn Mawr-typical moments of gender confusion. Also in the set were [ profile] tirerim and [ profile] jedibl and [ profile] gallian was my hero by compiling the entire set for me. Thanks! One dance with help may be my limit, but I am so happy to be dancing again.

The Greylock recovery party resembled, from time to time, the clowns in the circus car, as we played a rousing game of "How Many People Can We Squeeze Into One Living Room?" We played some other games too, including the game for which I will travel miles to enjoy – "Name Game." Speaking of games, [personal profile] tirerim was my hero and found me Fluxx! After years of searching, I now have my very own Fluxx, and everyone should come play it with me.

The weather was so gorgeous that a number of us rambled over to campus (the majority of whom were playing Frisbee™ Golf at the time) and then had a second Roundsing. A truly wonderous moment occurred just after we had walked under the train tunnel. A train passed, and most of us - including but not limited to the small child in our company – turned and waved. I turned to [personal profile] crystalpyramid and [personal profile] fiddledragon on the last day of my magical break, amidst a conversation about the treasure of true friendship. Even considering the few people in medical school with whom I have been the friendliest, I can’t immagine a single person I have met here who would ever stop to wave at a train just because it was there.

I just hope I soaked up enough “because it was there-ness” to get me through the next five months.

So I have a bunch of stuff to recommend. I can't remember what I've mentioned to whom, so I'm just putting it here in one swell foop.

For science fiction fans who like science in their fiction (specifically life sciences) you can't get much better than David Gerrold's Chtorr books. David Gerrold is the same person who brought us Trekies "The Trouble with Tribbles." The books feature an alien invasion - but not little green men or anything so hackneyed. Rather, it's a biological invasion, affecting and infecting humanity at every conceivable level. Lots of ecology and sociology and some rather compelling, complex characters. I own two - long story - and unfortunately not the first two. Don't start the first book at bedtime.

For science fiction fans and murder mystery fans, especially if you are both, try J.D. Robb's "In Death" books. This is a pseudonym for romance writer Nora Roberts - I don't read romances so I refuse to comment on how the "In Death" books read on a romance front. What they are is decent standard murder mystery fare, the cop variety, not the cozy amateur variety, with the twist being they are set in 2058. Cars fly (although protagonist Eve Dallas' is generally broken), guns have been outlawed, we've got a few off-planet colonies, but crime is pretty much crime, and the conversations between the characters are enjoyable. I own three, including the first but otherwise non-consecutive.

For murder mystery fans and library people, I present Elizabeth Peters's (Barbara Michaels, Barbara Mertz) Jacqueline Kirby. She's a college librarian, a quoter of everything from Gilbert and Sullivan onwards and a collector of eclectic knowledge. Her glasses are always slipping (they are a barometer of her moods) and she carries a Purse which her students think (not altogether unjustifiably) is magic. In later books, she decides to write a bad romance novel on a whim and ends up getting published. I want to be Jacqueline Kirby when I grow up. I actually own all four books in this series. How did that happen?

For those interested in autism, on [ profile] shrewreader's recommendation, read Elizabeth Moon's The Speed of Dark. You may know Elizabeth Moon from her more classic sci-fi writing - this is different although it is mildly SF. She knows her subject, a fact which is evident in every line of dialogue, every glimpse into the protagonist's mind. If you read it, please tell me what you think of it because I'm sort of edgy to discuss it.

Just to see if you were still paying attention. Movies? Me? Movies? Riiiiight.

Web things

If you have a disability, or are interested in disability, or know someone with a disability (and you do, besides the one in ten Americans statistic, you know me!) please consider stopping off at The ADA Game It's an on-line game where you answer questions about the ADA and then give points to your city. [ profile] taneliashke,[ profile] lywen and [ profile] batshua and I desperately need backup on the Biloxi team. One of the beautiful things about the game is that you are only allowed to answer five questions per day. While this is bad for getting your team more points, it is wonderful because then you can't end up stuck playing the game long past when you should be doing other things like studying or earning a living. I play for about 2-10 minutes/day, max.

[ profile] batshua has been sending me amusing links of late and this one is too good not to share. The Invisible Library references books which only exist within the pages of other books. It includes all the books that are mentioned in the Harry Potter series, for instance.

And last but not least, really really not least, if you haven't read The Spoon Theory, go read it now. If it doesn't help explain your life, read it because it sure helps explain mine.

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