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June 12th, 2006


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12:31 pm - Walking With Fire: An Eastern Indo-European Conference 2006 (or: Cthulhu is my Co-Pilot)
This year, you all get a play-by play, as I have my laptop and no distractions.

It's about 4 AM on the first. . . Night? Day? whaterver it is of Walking Wtih Fire. I just got here thirty minutes ago. Let me recap.

Saturday morning, around 8 AM, I left Columbus. This was after a night of staying in and watching a movie while waiting for my laundry to get done. I have leared, though, that there's nothing like a call from an ex-future-mother-in-law to get the party started and throw an amusing wrench into your plans for the night.

The morning, though, was the most beautiful weather one could possibly ask for to drive in. The clouds were simply amazing to watch and if they ever looked threatening, a quick prayer to St. Barbara fixed the issue quickly.

I thought about a lot on my drive. At one point, I realized that nearly all the songs I'd burned to CD's reminded me of someone, so I found myself hitting the "next" button a lot. I also decided that my life is starting to seriously resemble an Eagles song.

Btw, has anyone ever been to Winslow, AZ? And if I stand on a corner, will you drive by in a flat-bed Ford, slow down, and take a look at me?

PA's speed limit seems to be 45 MPH by default, but at least the turnpike isn't under construction anymore. Of course, I paid $14.75 to take *part* of it! I've never received sticker shock from a toll before, but I did this time. It's okay: there were more tolls to discuss.

While listening to a Kenny Chesney song, "Living in Fast Forward," I found myself wondering if all this festival-going-to was my way of living out that mythic drama. I quickly dismissed that thought, though, as I was falling asleep at the wheel.

So I pulled off at a service area and took a nap. I slept for about 30 minutes, and then got back onto the road refreshed, where I passed under the AT.

I stopped in Philly (after getting lost by going the wrong direction) and had dinner with tlachtga and candygraez, which was actually rather delightful at a great little diner I'd seen on my way in (after I figured out where I was going). But, alas, I had to cut that short in order to get to NYC, where I was hoping to catch up with healing_coyote.

Unfortunately, healing_coyote fell asleep, so I didn't get to see her. This happened to generally work out for me, though, as I didn't have to detour into downtown NYC on my way through. But I saw, for the first time, the NYC skyline at night. It was, as expected, a bunch of lit-up buildings, but what astounded me most was the smog that reflected so nicely the lights back down onto the water. Amazing.

I got hit with a $5.50 or so toll when I got off the NJ Turnpike, and a $6 toll to cross a bridge. A freakin' bridge. Yeah, there's no reason to have tolls like that. Of course, I paid nearly twice that on my way home.

There is something about driving into New England at midnight and after that allows you to see exactly what Lovecraft saw in this area. I had another stop at another reststop for about an hour and a half nap, and then drove on to the house, where ferrelux was still awake to show me to my room.

Sunday morning, I woke up to bangkokrobot shouting:

"Is Uncle Mike in there?"

"No, Raa-Raa," came the answer. "Uncle Mike is not in the closet."

And all I could think was, Thank the gods someone knows!

We took a walk out to the beach after I finally got to say my hellos, which was actually more like a set of fun rocks to climb around and sit on and walk over by the sea. I climbed on the rocks and enjoyed the view, all the while knowing why Lovecraft chose this area, this sea-view specifically to set so many of his stories.

Monday, I woke up to find a Cei in my kitchen (Ceisiwr Serith).

On Monday night, after a chat on the phone with healing_coyote, we all sat down and had a chat until about two in the morning. It was one of the best conversations I've ever had at a Pagan festival, and something really felt different about it. I wasn't sure what it was, but the next morning I realized something that was definitely different about the whole conversation, something that I had never seen at a Pagan festival before:

No one was drinking.

It's strange to think that when I reflect on the conversation, and how good it was, one of the most noticible things about it was that no one was drinking. It should not seem so out of place that we were all stone-cold sober, but it does.

Tuesday was spent visiting sights in Marblehead, Danvers, and Salem. We saw St. Michael's Church and toured their grave yard, searched (almost) in vein for the Danvers Mental Institution (the basis for Arkham Asylum which is being torn down to make condos) and also (almost) got arrested for trespassing, the site of the Salem church, and the memorial to the Witch Craze. Quite a bit of our time was spent driving around the crazy New England streets :)

Cei led a great guided meditation based on his PIE work that was entirely in Proto-Indo-European (but easy to follow).

On Wednesday night, I did dishes in just my hat.

We stayed in on Thursday, relaxing and watching movies.

On Friday, we went to Providence and enjoyed a day of wandering from Lovecraft haunt to Lovecraft haunt. I called healing_coyote from atop Lovecraft's grave, and climbed two English Beech trees in two cemetaries.

We picked up healing_coyote at the train station in Prividence and brought her back to the house. That night we hung out and talked for a while before heading to bed.

We slept in on Saturday, and then saw ceolnamara off to the airport.

On Saturday night, I took healing_coyote to get some dessert at Friendly's, and then I dropped her off back at the house while I took a walk down to the sea shore.

I stood on the rocks, gazing out into the darkness. I looked to the horizon, watching a lighthouse in the distance, and the clouds sweeping across the dark sky. The waves were crashing, and the seabreeze was coming in strong, as the rain from the sky was replaced by the spray from the sea.

I jumped from rock to rock, trusting my footing to fall on the right surfaces. I found my way to a solitary rock surrounded by water, and I turned into the seabreeze.

And that's where I heard the Call.

From far across the water, the winds picked up. They poured over me, cutting through my clothes, cutting to the bone. From deep within the night, the howling came. It screamed in my ears, and dug into my skin. My shirt and bondage pants rippled in the winds, and the chains rattled and jingled in the strength of the wind. I watched the waters below, dark and chaotic, and saw the flowing tentacles in the waves.

I felt that I was both the most powerful and the most insignificant being on the planet. There were things I could summon, and things that could tear me down a deep and dark hole, never letting me out. But I went neither way.

I simply was. I ended my time at Walking With Fire knowing exactly who and where I was. I was oriented.

I drove healing_coyote back to NYC the next morning, and Cthulhu was my co-pilot and navigator for the streets of NYC. I got out alive, which is more than I can say for the driver of the Hummer that pissed off Summer Fun Cthulhu.

Porn videos with Aaron Burr, Richard Nixon, Ronald Reagan, Mikhal Gorbechev, Alexander Hamilton were filmed; hot oil wrestling; naked pillow fights; men in skirts and bondage pants were all a part of this WWF. Pictures will be along when I get them all re-sized and re-worked.
Current Location: Southeast of Disorder
Current Mood: amusedamused
Current Music: "Havana Daydreamin'", -JB

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From:snakesinspace
Date:June 12th, 2006 04:36 pm (UTC)
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Yay!
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From:chronarchy
Date:June 12th, 2006 05:07 pm (UTC)
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You made it great. I'm missing so much from the week. . . One cannot fit it all in, and I was trying to type every day!
From:perlgirlju
Date:June 12th, 2006 04:41 pm (UTC)
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Oooh, I covet your Cthulhu.
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From:chronarchy
Date:June 12th, 2006 05:07 pm (UTC)
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Covet all you wish. He'll bite your hand off if you try and steal him, and rim his margarita glass with your fingers.

Or something like that.
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From:peaceful_fox
Date:June 12th, 2006 04:45 pm (UTC)
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Btw, has anyone ever been to Winslow, AZ?

I have, and I stood on the corner, too! There's actually a cheesy monument there!

And if I stand on a corner, will you drive by in a flat-bed Ford, slow down, and take a look at me?

Of course!
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From:chronarchy
Date:June 12th, 2006 05:08 pm (UTC)
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I have to get to that corner. Maybe next year, for DMF, I'll pull it off.
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From:erienc
Date:June 12th, 2006 04:45 pm (UTC)
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lol
"Is Uncle Mike in there?"

"No, Raa-Raa," came the answer. "Uncle Mike is not in the closet."

And all I could think was, Thank the gods someone knows!

people know they just might be holding out a hope :)
I am glad you had fun ... I wish I was with you guys:(
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From:chronarchy
Date:June 12th, 2006 05:06 pm (UTC)
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Missed you, babe. Sorry you didn't make it.

As for hope being held out, well, they can hold out as long as they wish.
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From:rhiannon76
Date:June 12th, 2006 04:49 pm (UTC)
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I'm diggin' Summer Fun Cthulhu, and quite delighted to know that you take him on road trips with you-- my dance troupe does the same thing with hecubuscathead's plushy Cthulhu (our semi-official troupe mascot), though we haven't yet reached the point of dressing him in seasonally-appropriate clothing. We do, however, entice famous bellydancers to pose for pictures with him.
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From:chronarchy
Date:June 12th, 2006 05:12 pm (UTC)
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Apparently, he comes in the seasonally appropriate clothing. :) mazisexton got him for me :) I love my tentacly teddy!
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From:rfunk
Date:June 12th, 2006 04:54 pm (UTC)

No one was drinking

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I've found that I have the most fun in gatherings with little or no drinking. Possibly related to the fact that in gatherings with more drinking, I still drink little or nothing. And by lucky chance most of my friends don't drink much either.
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From:chronarchy
Date:June 12th, 2006 05:11 pm (UTC)

Re: No one was drinking

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The best part was not that it was a dry festival (it wasn't), but that we just. . . didn't drink. I don't think anyone had any alcohol the whole time, and the only reason I noticed it was missing is because it's so damn prevalent everywhere else.

A very nice change.
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From:tlachtga
Date:June 12th, 2006 05:08 pm (UTC)
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I got hit with a $5.50 or so toll when I got off the NJ Turnpike

Damn it. I'm really sorry, man, I thought I'd figured out a way for you to avoid that.

Otherwise, though, it sounds like an awesome time!
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From:chronarchy
Date:June 12th, 2006 05:09 pm (UTC)
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No worries. $5.50 is acceptible, as far as tolls go :) Granted, it's a tiny state, but yeah, I could deal with that a *lot* better than the $14.75 I payed in PA :)
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From:chronarchy
Date:June 12th, 2006 06:16 pm (UTC)

Re: 45? PA?

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I-70, until you hit the turnpike, probably has an average speed of 47 MPH. Perhaps, though, I'm overexaggerating for effect.

The $6 bridge was the George Washington Bridge. I did, though, really want to go over the Tappan Zee one, because of the name, entirely.

I passed State College at dinner time yesterday while driving down I-80. I had no idea where State College actually was until I picked up about six radio stations, all advertising things going on at Beaver Stadium (last time I was there it was completely cut off from the interstate system by backroads, though it appears that is being remedied), otherwise I would have taken your phone number with me and called you out of the blue in a misguided attempt to get you to buy me gas and food. . . I mean, to stop by and see you to reminisce about good times at Trillium.
From:ceolnamara
Date:June 12th, 2006 06:04 pm (UTC)
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It was nice seeing you.

It was amusung to wake up to raa raa asking me if you were in the closet that morning.
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From:chronarchy
Date:June 12th, 2006 06:17 pm (UTC)
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I actually woke up just before he asked. It just happened to be the first thing I heard :)
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From:qorinda
Date:June 12th, 2006 07:53 pm (UTC)
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Sounds like a lot of fun. I am SO looking forward to being in NE again. If I wasn't going in July, I probably would have tried to go to this. One of these days..... maybe for Hawaii, since I have never been to Hawaii yet.
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From:singingwren
Date:June 12th, 2006 09:37 pm (UTC)
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The fact that the Call oriented you is weird to me. I heard it once, too, and it threw my universe into confusion. There are still some murky shadowy places of weirdness I am deeply afraid to get lost in. Maybe the difference is that you've summoned Cthulu voluntarily and therefore have the illusion of control, whereas I feel more like Cthulu summoned ME and I will never, ever forgive him for that.

Boo Cthulu.
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From:smithing_chick
Date:June 12th, 2006 10:25 pm (UTC)
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Btw, has anyone ever been to Winslow, AZ? And if I stand on a corner, will you drive by in a flat-bed Ford, slow down, and take a look at me?

Well, the flat-bed's unlikely but I'd certainly slow down to take a look at you. Or can I be the "one says she's a friend of mine"? Or am I stuck being the one who wanted to stone you? (in the drinking sense). :)

Glad you guys had so much fun. I'm always jealous of all the Walking With Fire stories-they sound so fun & intimate.

I probably never would have noticed the difference with drinking or not, having been party to a great many late night, fully sober conversations in a variety of places. Deep meaningful conversations can occur with drinking, but only if drunkeness is kept to a minimum. That tends not to be the way of things at festivals.

From:healing_coyote
Date:June 13th, 2006 02:56 am (UTC)
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yay! that's all i can say.
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From:ariansdreams
Date:June 13th, 2006 04:44 am (UTC)
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The odd thing is, that song has been running through my mind all week.

"Looking for a lover who won't blow my cover" is my personal favorite line. It could mean all manner of things, I think that's what I like about it.

I am glad you had fun, and glad you got home safe.
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From:autumnfey
Date:June 13th, 2006 12:15 pm (UTC)
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Next year you should drive through upstate NY and VT to get to MA - a much nicer drive and you can come visit me!!!!

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