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  1. Yes, and the old lady HATES IT. Dad was a firefighter, so I've always done annual drills. Building in good habits saves lives.
  2. Never get tired of it. It's a season focused on a message of peace, love, and giving. People heap scorn upon christmas, when it's really the corporate takeover of all things that's to blame. I usually wait another week or two to cut a tree, I like them to last into the new year in the house. Then I put it on the patio so birds can enjoy it (I unplug the lights!). Used to be a big hit with Bart. In late Jan or Feb I'll limb it and put it in the woods to return to the earth.
  3. No, I can't imagine being trapped with that many humans. I honor my grandfather by staying off the ocean (our family is a long line of mostly short-lived fishermen). Longest 'voyage' was probably from St George Harbor to Monhegan, which is about 11 1/2 miles each way. The old family fishing grounds, going back to the Revolution.
  4. I got on a vintage mini kick once, trying to collect a couple of my favorites from my youth. Once I got a few of them, I stopped because I remembered why I'm not generally a nostalgic person. Leave nostalgia as a memory, enjoy the fruits of modern state of the art sculpting and casting.
  5. I love to cook a big meal from scratch, but we have a small family (just the two of us and our moms) and the moms don't really care about the quality of the meal and have complained about my time being spent in the kitchen, so.... The last few years I've been buying a box from our local market. They bundle a bunch of generic stuff together, it's bland but, again, the moms love it. Keeping my ego out of it and making it about them is the whole point! The box contains a pre-cooked breast, some marshed taters, green beans, stuffing, gravy, cranberry sauce, and rolls. I will usually do some cranberry sauce beforehand from scratch, though, because that's one of the fiancee's favorites. Everyone gets a big bag of leftovers and we all focus on the important part: spending time with family.
  6. Thanks! I did start a new portrait a couple weeks after my last post, but I'm keeping off my old social media WIP updating because that cycle was part of what burned me out in the first place. However, I can give a sneak peek 🙂
  7. When I've lived in metros, yes. I used to do a mix of that and skateboard/walking, and I loved it. Where I live now, it's poorly run and funded and a general bad experience between the ill-maintained vehicles and incompetent staff. Also, I live very close to work and the market, so there's little need anymore. I do wish this city was a bit more walkable, I've been lobbying for the past 13 years to get sidewalks in my neighborhood!
  8. Hoping to finish the portrait I have up on the easel (since June 1). It was just meant to be a refresher to knock off rust and it kind of took on a life of its own, and I'm letting it.
  9. I've started drawing again but I'm not this kind of artist, that can just pump out daily work. For example, the piece I'm working on I started on June 1. :)
  10. The terror of huddling in our darkened house, hoping nobody is taking license with the 'holiday' to mess with our property. I used to be the 'good candy' house (for similar reasons), but finally gave it up after a couple years of just nonstop gangs of un-costumed teens ruined it. I enjoyed the little kids, but it's become free candy night for hoodlums, so no thanks.
  11. Give: the premium stuff. I don't want to be the house with the toilet papered trees. I give the teens extra candy. Bribes work. Get: I'm a Reese's monkey.
  12. I dunno, I've got a lot of weird stuff. Small artist-produced things, out-of-prints, production samples, and of course old crap. No idea which is considered rare or if any of it is worth anything (I've had close to zero interest when trying to sell stuff in the past and I'm not much of a capitalist).
  13. Heat, humidity, chores. There's never enough time to get the chores done between spring and autumn, and I'm prone to heat exhaustion. One reason I loved the Modesitt book Fall of Angels. The 'angels' come largely from a planet that is much colder than the one the Saga of Recluse is set in, and can't function well outside of their mountain home. I feel that. https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/185224.Fall_of_Angels Winter means cozy woodstoves and maybe 15-45 minutes of snowblowing a week, with many weeks requiring almost no outdoor chores. Also, the hordes of folks prowling the streets in scanty, ill-fitting clothing all summer are indoors. Heaven.
  14. I'ma just gon go ahead and steal your answers today!
  15. Probably the Dragons being launched these days. From scifi, I guess maybe the Clear Air Turbulence. Originally an album cover for Ian Gillan, then written into the Culture. Not that it's an amazing design, but it's a cool album and book series; and the design reminds me of my favorite book of spaceships from when I was young (Terran Trade Authority).
  16. When I stopped making excuses and procrastinating and just pulled up my boots and took care of my responsibilities. Life's not easy, but it's a lot harder when you refuse to take on your personal, professional, and civic responsibilities. At the same time, I'm quite proud of the fact that I managed to keep most of the fun activities I loved as a kid (minis/guitar/art/games). You can be childlike without being childish. The Great Peacemaker of the Haudenosaunee. I'm fascinated by the great stunted democracy of the New World that was not rooted in Greek tradition. We would just smoke the peace pipe and talk about life.
  17. I like them. My first portrait model picked them as the music for one session, which is how I learned about them. Back in portrait class, everyone who was inclined had a chance to pick the music for a session. I turned a bunch of folks onto the Budos Band that first semester!
  18. I've been struggling to find good books for a few years now. Partly because I do a ton of non-fic reading, partly because I have many, many other things on my plate. But also partly due to growing tired of a) tropey stuff I've read a hundred times and b) people airing out their political/religious/cultural hangups in the guise of fiction. I don't mind much if that stuff seeps in, it's natural. But too many times it's a thinly-veiled manifesto, it seems. So I was pleasantly surprised by the Book of Koli trilogy by Carey. Post-apoc England with possibly the best protagonist I've read, both as an agent of the reader discovering the world and as a vibrant persona himself (too often an author goes one way or t'other). It's written in 1st person, which I normally dislike, and it's written more or less in a low English accent, which could get annoying pretty quickly...but somehow it all works. I just finished the lukewarm Ancestral Night by Elizabeth Bear, which is an oddly similar kind of novel. An author's first scifi work that focuses on characterization. I feel Carey was so much more successful at almost every level, which is a shame because Bear painted a really great backdrop, teased out some amazing mysteries, and had the framework for a great character struggle...but ultimately failed on every level (in my opinion). I had a minor revelation at the grocery store last night. I would look forward to getting home and reading Bear, because I like to be home, curled up with a book. The ritual, if you will. Last night I was dying to get home so I could see what happened next in Carey's book: I was entranced by the characters, story, plot, I have no idea where it's going and Carey keeps delivering new twists on the narrative.
  19. Hard to say. I buy more stuff than I should directly from artists. I buy a lot of music directly, since I listen to a lot of indie label stuff. I've bought student art that I liked when it was hanging in the studio when I was taking night classes (I just left a note and my card, I bet the teachers got a kick out of the classroom becoming a gallery). Every now and again I'll pick up a piece from a local artist, the last one is a painting of a skunk in a perfume bottle (because I have many skunks in the woods). Rarely can I swing for a big-name piece, last one was a small portrait drawing from Patrick Jones. Probably the most common thing is supporting my buddy's art supply store/gallery that he started in mid-2019. Unfortunately for him, I use cheap materials and don't go through a lot of them (especially during my 2-year art drought).
  20. Shootin' zombies is always a favorite. A few months back I had another go-round with 7 Days to Die (I see Ludo is playing!), which I've been playing for years now (I think I'm near 700 hours!). More recently I went back to State of Decay 2, which has had a lot of nice development since I played at release...and new content just dropped, so I'll likely be back soon! During the early pandemic, Days Gone was a great escape with some great characters in addition to the usual zombie bashin' stuff. Music is my other big one. Plug in, enter flow, remember old friends and enjoy my ability to play awesome stuff without thinking too much about it. Getting a bit of an unfortunate streak, first Dusty Hill from ZZ Top (there are usually 3 or 4 Top tunes in my normal set rotation anyway), then Charlie Watts (I haven't done a ton of Stones on bass, but I had a few in my guitar setlist, notably Wild Horses was a staple for guitar/vocals), and yesterday I learned an old bandmate had passed unexpectedly in his sleep, so it was Pantera time (he could play any Dime solo flawlessly, so it was fun jamming Pantera with him).
  21. That's one of the most important discoveries of this pandemic re: art; that deadlines had really been stressing me out. I've been lucky enough (and let's be fair, judged competitions are more about luck of the draw with judges than good artwork) to have done very well in regional exhibitions, which created a lot of pressure to churn out work as people wanted my stuff in their shows and most galleries have pretty strict requirements about only showing new and un-exhibited works, so... With the piece I'm working on now, I was happily putting in 10-30 minutes every few days, maybe once a week. When I put my landscape in the regional this year, just to support the local association, I was immediately asked about what I would be putting in another annual show by basically everyone (I made the mistake of showing the WIP as a way of saying I was finally feeling like drawing again). And hey, it was maybe 75% done and it was a month before submissions were due. And then I didn't touch charcoal to paper for 2 weeks solid. Being an introspective type, it was pretty obvious that I had to build a mental barrier against external pressure to exhibit. My process is slow, and while it would be nice if I could churn out works, I like my results and slow makes me happy. As soon as I decided to ignore the exhibit requests, I started working on the portrait again. Seems like a small thing, but it fundamentally changed my approach to my relationship with the regional art community. I'm going to be the crotchety reclusive artist that puts out a piece once in a blue moon and I don't really care if folks don't like that. Sorry about the long posts, I feel like this was a huge revelation for me, because I do like exhibiting and the social nature of the art community. It goes back to my mini painting days, why I didn't enter as many competitions as I wanted to, I never realized how much my want to do that conflicted with my need for no deadlines. "When it's done" has always been my mantra for others, I finally realized I should apply it to myself, too. Take care of yourselves!
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