Cornfield Meet

Things collide here.

Pictures from a fall walk.

This is not Bloomfield, New Jersey.

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Neither is it New York Comic Con.

Both are places Jenn and Kelsey and I were supposed to be visiting this weekend for a long-anticipated get-together with friends and a GeekDad panel at the convention.

We were supposed to leave this morning. Unfortunately, it turns out my car needs a new wheel bearing, and it needs it now. Frakafrakkingfrak.

This all came to light yesterday, and I was tremendously pissed off and mopey and sad. A couple hours of Wednesday’s regularly scheduled Dungeons & Dragons Encounters at Backlist Books helped, as did an unexpected but very welcome past-midnight phone call from my old friend Ivan, whose family we were going to stay with for the weekend.

I drove my car to the mechanic’s this morning. It’s only about a mile-and-a-quarter from our house, so I walked home. It was bright and mild, and because it rained yesterday, the air was full of fall: the smell of wet leaves in the sun, an occasional whiff of apples, acres of corn husks drying and the sound of leaves falling in the woods.

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(It wasn’t all pretty: My walk also included two cross-the-road detours to avoid recently deceased possums.)

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I reminded myself of what I’d told Ivan last night: I’m planning to make the most of the time off work. I have three writing projects I’d like to tackle, movies and TV shows I’d like to enjoy with a beer or two, a book to finish and another to start.

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I’m still frustrated over the scuttled weekend plans, of course: I haven’t been able to attend a GeekDad panel since the first one at PAX East in 2009; my friend Kirk is signing his book at Comic Con; I was looking forward to catching up with Bonnie Burton; and we don’t see Ivan and his family nearly enough. Jenn and Kelsey are also missing a reunion with one of Jenn’s oldest friends and a belly dancing convention.

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Big-picture-wise, though, it’s just an inconvenience, and there will be other conventions and other excellent times with friends.

This was a good walk home.

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October 13, 2011 - Posted by | Current Affairs, Fiction, geek, Ohio, photos, Travel | , , , ,

2 Comments »

  1. Nice perspective. Missing a workshop with legendary Suhalia Salimpour is a bummer as is missing my time with Kels and Yillah. But we still get our time together and we’re saving a few bucks. The universe will let us know when the timing is right.

    Comment by Jenn | October 13, 2011 | Reply

  2. For the record, those opossums weren’t dead. You stunned ‘em just as they were waking up. Norwegian Blues stun easily, major. (Beautiful plumage.)

    Comment by AB | October 14, 2011 | Reply


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