Spent the afternoon and evening at the Fireside with karindira, mkhobson, maryrobinette, and thirdworld. karindira, mkhobson and I went out to the Barley Mill afterwards, then due to a transportation surprise on mkhobson's part, I ran her down to her palatial estates in Oregon City. Nice 30, 35 minute round trip with the top down in the Oregon night, a drive I wouldn't have made otherwise. We won't discuss me getting slightly lost on the way back -- dead reckoning and a good sense of local geography carried the day.
Worked on Black Tulip background this evening, so no word count. Thank you very much to all who responded on the Black Plague question. Extremely helpful response, and fairly entertaining stuff in the bargain.