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Jay Lake
Date: 2011-03-18 06:18
Subject: [conventions] ICFA, day 1
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Tags:books, conventions, florida, sunspin, travel, writing
The flight yesterday was okay, except when it wasn't. On the Denver-Orlando leg, the seat immediately behind me was occupied by a young boy who was either non-neurotypical or developmentally delayed. About every 60-90 seconds for the entire 3.5 hours, he had to tell his mom what he doing right then. This took the form of, "Mom. Mom. Mom. Mom. Mom. Mom. MOM! MOM!" until she acknowledged him. Also, he kicked the base of my chair almost the entire time. Ah, the romance of travel. Nonetheless I managed to get in a decent nap and a couple of hours work on Sunspin.

Stepping out of the airport in Orlando to the bus rank, I was warm for the first time in over a year and half. Last summer, tapering off chemo, I felt cold the whole time even when the weather was hot. It hasn't been hot since. That was a blessed sensation.

Once I hit ICFA, the usual round of hallway chat began with a cast of dozens. All good stuff. Had dinner with a new friend, then spent the evening hanging out by the pool drinking a bit and talking a lot, including a midnight swim and hot tubbing. I got back to my room about 12:30 to discover that I had lost both my credit card and one of my gloves. Now mind you, it was one drink. A few panicked minutes later I discovered the credit card on the floor, wedged up against the dresser. This morning I found that my missing glove had apparently stayed up drinking after I went to bed, and was passed out under one of the poolside chaises.

Walked just before dawn today with Farah Mendlesohn, Edward James and Cecilia Holland. Here's Edward and Cecilia as authors in the mist:

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I have a reading shortly, then my schedule includes lunch, a nap, some writing, poolside lounging, drinking, dinner, poolside lounging, drinking, with a swim or two in there somewhere.

Ah, ICFA.

Photo © 2011, Joseph E. Lake, Jr.

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Kari Sperring
User: la_marquise_de_
Date: 2011-03-18 13:55 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Lovely photo.
One day I'll get to ICFA. Although the chances would increase greatly if it moved to Colorado.
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Jay Lake
User: jaylake
Date: 2011-03-18 14:06 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Colorado...?
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Kari Sperring
User: la_marquise_de_
Date: 2011-03-18 16:09 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
The beloved loves to ski. So any con that is in the skiing season and somewhere reasonably near a ski area would be a big draw. He's still sulking that Mythcon was in Aspen when the snow wasn't. Florida, alas, is a bust on skiing. Plus it's apparently full of alligators. Some of them in swimming pools!
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Kari Sperring
User: la_marquise_de_
Date: 2011-03-18 16:10 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
It's me that worries about the alligators, admittedly. (Marie Brennan had me draw a map of the US at the last WFC. Alligators featured. As did your good self.)
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Jay Lake: jay-cranky_old_man
User: jaylake
Date: 2011-03-18 16:20 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Keyword:jay-cranky_old_man
Aww, I'm glad I rank up there with large, carnivorous reptiles in your book. ;)
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ubiquitous_a: bg-fieldtrip
User: ubiquitous_a
Date: 2011-03-18 16:36 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Keyword:bg-fieldtrip
As someone who has lived in Orlando for 5 years, and West Palm Beach for 7 more, I can honestly say that the only time I've ever seen an alligator was when I went with friends to the Everglades to go on an airboat ride.....specifically to see the alligators.

Generally there's not much gator activity up in Orlando, since they are landlocked, and nowhere near the Everglades. Even down here in South FL, it's still pretty rare, and generally then only in those areas near boating canals, if then. There certainly would be sightings down on the stretch of I-75 that runs East to West across the very bottom of the state from Miami to Ft. Myers (called "Alligator Alley" for a reason, doncha know), but that's to be expected since it runs right through the Everglades.

Honestly, local fauna you'll see more commonly are lots of teeny tiny lizards called curlytails, an occasional medium sized lizard, frogs/toads after it has been raining, palmetto bugs (flying cockroach), and during certain times of year lots of dragonflies and butterflies. The only ones I am ever really concerned about are fireants, and when at the beach, the man o' war jellyfish that occasionally wash up onshore.
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Kari Sperring
User: la_marquise_de_
Date: 2011-03-18 17:04 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Thank you. I know it's a very silly British thing, that I think alligators are everywhere!
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ubiquitous_a: eddie-cakeordeath
User: ubiquitous_a
Date: 2011-03-18 18:45 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Keyword:eddie-cakeordeath
That's okay....as Eddie Izzard once said, Americans think all Brits live in castles. Admittedly castles are less prone to bite than alligators, so I suppose that's a less fear-inducing myth. :p
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Kate Schaefer
User: kate_schaefer
Date: 2011-03-18 15:21 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
You took a crepuscular walk with Cecelia Holland. My high school self is filled with massive envy.

Have a great time.
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User: mmegaera
Date: 2011-03-19 01:35 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Keyword:garden
I would love to learn your secret for being able to sleep while the child sitting behind you is kicking the seat.
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Jay Lake
User: jaylake
Date: 2011-03-20 19:37 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Years of parenting has given me the ability to tune out a great many things...
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