The quick version of my New Year's trip:
I wasn't as ready to go Sunday morning as I should have been, and I got stressed out about taking longer than I meant to about getting packed. But even though I ended up leaving something like 45 minutes later than I meant to, I was able to grab a sandwich and get to VOTK when I meant to. I got my calendar and the folks there were really happy with the several years' worth of aluminum cans that I dropped off -- out of proportion to how much 40 lbs or so of cans could be worth. I then headed up to Milwaukee and got to filkart's, where we piled into his car and we went to Barisha's for an event that was scheduled to be a group singalong with the local public radio's folk music show. We didn't end up doing much singing, instead hanging out and chatting.
Monday morning Art and I went off to the Milwaukee Public Museum, leaving ithiriel to do work she had to do. From there, we walked to Thai Palace, our favorite Thai place over the years, where ithiriel met us. Unfortunately, Thai Palace seems to started watering down their menu. My "hot" Nam Sod was quite hot, but the curry that followed, while tasty, didn't deserve to be called more than medium, and itheriel ordered her food "Thai style" and survived. From there, we headed to New Year's Eve at Lytheria. The party was fun; I had a good chat with beige_alert, played one game of cutthroat and actually managed to look like I knew what I was doing with a pool cue, and ate more than I should have. The first round of filking was good, with more people than would fit in the filk space, and I did several songs without falling on my face. Then we toasted the New Year, and most of the filkers got sucked into the stupid vortex watching the commercials tape a second time. The second round of the filk was just me and Michael, and I was getting tired. We started leaving around 2, and were actually on our way by about 2:30. We'd decided that ithiriel would ride home with me while filkart drove Jim home in her car. ( and then things got very interestingCollapse )